Telangana BJP leader K Laxman on Wednesday flayed the state government's decision to appoint tennis star Sania Mirza as the brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state, terming her as "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan and questioning her credentials for the honour.
Eminent jurists are now stressing on the need for judicial reform after sensational claims made by former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju about how an allegedly corrupt judge was allowed to continue in the Madras High Court 10 years ago after pressure on then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from his ally, the DMK.
Malaysian Airlines MH17 shot down: A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people on board is reported to have been shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday evening. Ukrainian officials said local residents had found wreckage.
There was a huge ruckus in Parliament today after Ved Pratap Vedik, a journalist close to yoga teacher Ramdev, met 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan.
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda today announced the Railway Budget 2014 - 2015, the Narendra Modi government's first railway budget, which the minister claims will be like 'nectar' for the future of the Indian Railways even if it seems like a 'bitter pill' to swallow for now. The railway minister has promised to modernise the Indian Railways network with a focus on seeking foreign direct investment to stabalise the cash strapped public sector.
46 Indian nurses held captive in war-torn Iraq have been freed by the Sunni militant group ISIS and are on their way home. The nurses, who will take a flight to India from Erbil airport, are expected to reach India by tomorrow morning.
Trinamool party MP and popular Bengali actor Tapas Pal, who has been caught on camera purportedly threatening to send "our boys to rape CPM women if necessary," does not deserve to sit in Parliament, CPM leader Brinda Karat said today. On hazy footage aired by local TV channels yesterday, Mr Pal is clearly heard assuring party workers that members of other parties will not be allowed to harm them.
Reports of the Narendra Modi government's plans to replace governors appointed during the UPA regime have unleashed a massive political controversy.
Senior BJP leader and union minister for rural development Gopinath Munde died in a road accident in Delhi today. He was 64. Mr Munde was on his way to the Delhi airport when his car met with an accident at around 6.20 this morning in the Moti Bagh area of the capital.
The comment made by Jitendra Singh - union minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office in the Narendra Modi-led government - about holding a debate on Article 370 has sparked off a major political row. Leaders of various political parties, notably those from Jammu and Kashmir, as well as senior leaders of the RSS, the BJP's ideological mentor, have given their take on the contentious issue.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in on Monday, his party has confirmed. "On the invitation of Prime Minister designate, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will make a day long visit to New Delhi," PML-N Spokesperson Siddiq Al Farooq said today. The two leaders are expected to meet on the sidelines of the ceremony, sources in the Pakistan government said. They also added that Mr Sharif would invite Mr Modi to visit Pakistan.
A day after his party the Janata Dal (United) was routed in the general election, Nitish Kumar resigned as Bihar chief minister. The JD(U) won just two of Bihar's 40 Lok Sabha seats, while its former partner the BJP won 31 along with its allies. The polls saw Mr Kumar's arch political rival Narendra Modi winning a decisive mandate to become Prime Minister.
Narendra Modi has led the BJP to the strongest showing by a political party in India since 1984. Together with its allies in the National Democratic Alliance, the BJP will win more than 330 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, which will ensure that it needs no post-poll allies to help form a stable government.
Several political leaders today condemned the BJP, which held protests in Varanasi over the refusal of permission to its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for a rally in the city.
As many as 31 people have been killed in ongoing violence in the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam in the last 36 hours. A curfew has been imposed and shoot at sight orders have been given in the Kokrajhar, Chirang and Baksa districts in Assam, after the killings by suspected Bodo rebels.