23:58 Have no desire to become CM or PM: Kejriwal:
Arvind Kejriwal claimed that he had no aspirations of becoming either "a CM or a PM".
"All I want to do is to spend my life working for my country," he said.
When asked how the AAP plans to contest the Lok Sabha polls -- without sufficient candidates or an organisational structure in place -- Kejriwal replied, "Janta khadi kar degi" (the people will take us to power).
He claimed that the people wanted the AAP to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
The government led by him had delivered on the promises made by it in its 49-day tenure, said Kejriwal.
On whether he will contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, Kejriwal said, "I will definitely campaign for AAP candidates. Contesting elections is not a primary concern for me".
23:49 We gave the people a reason to dream, to hope: Kejriwal:
Arvind Kejriwal, who stepped down as the CM of Delhi recently, on Saturday claimed that his detractors could call him a "left-wing or right-wing leader", but he would still provide a non-corrupt and clean government.
In an interview with CNN-IBN, Kejriwal defended his decision to resign over the Jan Lokpal Bill, claiming that he had done nothing unconstitutional by refusing to seek the Centre's permission over the bill.
"Show me where is it mentioned in the Constitution? Why do I have to seek permission from the Union home ministry for the bill," he said.
He also said that if the AAP government, in its short stint, had given the people a reason to hope and dream about a better future.
"The problem is people don't dream enough in India. If we could give them a reason to dream, that is enough," he said.
23:43 Telangana Bill: What will the BJP do now?:
The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have painted itself in a corner over the Telangana Bill.
None of the amendments proposed by it seemed to have been accepted by the UPA and the saffron party could do little to end the pandemonium that erupted in Parliament when the bill was introduced.
23:15 Suspected burglar lynched by mob in Mumbai:
A suspected burglar was lynched by a mob when he was caught trying to break into a local shop by residents of Abhyudayanagar at Cotton Green in central Mumbai, police said today.
According to police, one of the attackers has been arrested on the charge of murder.
A police officer at Kalachowkie police station in central Mumbai said the incident took place at Abhyudayanagar at Cotton Green in the early hours of Friday when the victim was trying to break into a local shop.
23:15 Kejriwal played politics with Jan Lokpal Bill: Congress:
Delhi Congress today accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of playing politics on the issue of Jan Lokpal Bill, saying voting in the assembly was held only on the message of the Lt Governor and the party had not refused to give support to the anti-corruption law.
"Congress only backed the Lt Governor's message to the Speaker regarding the Jan Lokpal Bill but it did not oppose the Jan Lokpal Bill," said Delhi Congress President Arvinder Singh Lovely in a press statement.
23:14 Right-wing group disrupts reading from Doniger's book :
Members of a right-wing group today disrupted a reading from a controversial book by American scholar Wendy Doniger after its publisher recently decided to withdraw all copies of the work from India, following a row over its contents.
The reading from The Hindus: An Alternative History, had been organised by students and professors at the World Book Fair in Delhi.
22:27 Why we should learn about Rani Gaidinliu:
'The Indian State has successfully excluded 44 million Indians who live in Indias Northeast from the historical, political and cultural memory of what it means to belong,' says Suchitra Vijayan in an article about Rani Gaidinliu, a forgotten freedom fighter from Manipur.
22:25 Soli Sorabjee backs Delhi LG's decision:
Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee today defended Lt Governor Najeeb Jung's decision to ask the AAP government to seek Centre's prior permission before introducing the Jan Lokpal Bill in the assembly, saying he was merely following existing rules.
"He (Jung) did not make the rule. As far as the rule is there, as far as the rule is not stayed or struck down by the court of law, the Lt Governor has to follow it. The LG did not make the rule. So the rule is there and one is supposed to follow it," Sorabjee told a news channel.
22:23 Bilawal slams Taliban for dragging Pakistan to 'Stone Age':
Amid calls by the Taliban for implementing Sharia in Pakistan, Pakistan People's Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari today said efforts are being made to drag the country back to the 'Stone Age' in the name of Islam.
Addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of the two-week Sindh Festival, Bilawal also raised questions about the PML-N government's peace talks with the banned Taliban.
"The Taliban want to impose the law of terror in the country but I want to tell them, if you have to live in Pakistan, you will have to follow its Constitution," he said.
22:22 Woman stabbed to death in Delhi's Karol Bagh:
A 26-year-old woman working for a multinational company was stabbed to death by a man in busy Karol Bagh area of Central Delhi.
Simranjeet Kaur, who worked at the company in Noida, was attacked and killed by the man on Friday evening while she was going to her aunt's place in Karol Bagh, police said today.
The knife used by the attacker was recovered from the spot, they said.
As Kaur was nearing her aunt's house, the suspect, who was following her, accosted her. He stabbed her once in the arm and then in the chest.
21:42 Rahul's latest: 'We need smartphone-type education system':
"We need a smartphone type of education system -- open and connected," Rahul Gandhi said today, pitching for sweeping reforms in the education sector, as he spoke to students through a webcast from Bangalore University.
"The revolution that opened up the communication sector, took power out of the hands of 500 MPs and put it into the hands of people. This revolution decentralised the phone. We need to do the same for the education sector," he said.
"We need a smartphone type of education system -- open and connected," Gandhi said as students from Bangalore and other places shared their ideas on education in the Silicon Valley of India.
21:39 Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda escapes again :
Odisha's most wanted Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda managed to give police the slip once again after a firefight with security forces in a jungle in Odisha's Ganjam district today.
The security forces learnt about a Naxal camp being held in a forested area on the border of Ganjam and Kandhamal districts, police sources said.
When the security forces closed in on the camp, the Maoists started firing and Panda escaped, the sources said.
21:32 AAP is totally a Naxal party: Subramanian Swamy:
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said the AAP is a 'Naxal party' with no specific manifesto.
"The AAP is totally a Naxal party, it has no specific manifesto except for water, power, and other services," Swamy told reporters
"Arvind Kejariwal has written a book titled Swaraj and it deals with Naxal issues. Kejriwal wants every mohalla (colony) to have a sabha and the government administration to run under it, this is against the law," Swamy said.
21:29 Rajagopal should be tried on attempt to murder charge: TRS:
Questioning the intentions behind Lok Sabha member Lagadapati Rajagopal carrying pepper spray to Parliament, the TRS today demanded his prosecution under the charge of attempt to murder.
"He is carrying a lethal weapon to hit the members of Parliament... Why should you carry pepper spray into Parliament? Is it ethical," said TRS MP Vivekanand.
21:12 Rakesh Maria is Mumbai's new top cop:
Top cop Rakesh Maria has been named the new Mumbai police commissioner.
His appointment comes in the wake of the resignation of Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh in January.
20:46 British PM hails Jaguar Land Rover as a great story :
Prime Minister David Cameron has hailed Tata Motors-owned luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover as a "great story", saying it epitomises the resilience of Britain's economy and its technological advancements.
He also praised the 500-million-pound investment by Tata Motors in a new Jaguar Land Rover plant in the West Midlands region.
"This is a great story of the future of Britain. We congratulate Jaguar Land Rover for the investment they are making, which epitomises what we need to happen to the British economy," Cameron said.
20:45 Afzal Guru's hanging a tragic incident: Mirwaiz :
Moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said the execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru was a "tragic incident" for the family and entire Kashmir.
"On the one hand, the secret execution of Guru has unveiled the true face of Indian democracy, while on the other it has strengthened the resolve and commitment of Kashmiri nation to carry on with the struggle," he said.
20:13 No over-enthusiasm to form govt: BJP :
The BJP seemed non-committal about forming the government in Delhi, following Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to step down, with the main opposition saying that while it did not favour dissolution of the House, it was ready to face fresh polls.
"There is no over-enthusiasm about forming the government. Right now, the ball is in the Lieutenant Governor's court. Let him decide. We will happily accept any situation that (unfolds)," BJP Legislative Party leader, Harshvardhan, told reporters.
The BJP has 32 seats in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.
20:12 Body of Gujarat fisherman arrives from Pakistan :
The mortal remains of a 35-year-old fisherman from Gujarat, who had died in a Karachi jail in Pakistan in December last year, were finally flown in to India today.
"Body of Bhikha Lakha Shiyal was transported on a Pakistan International Airlines flight and reached Mumbai airport around 3 pm," said J B Ghadiya, senior official of the Gujarat Fisheries Department, who received the body at the airport.
The body will be taken to Shiyal's native Garal in Junagadh district by road, he said.
20:06 India to provide helicopters to Afghanistan soon: Khurshid:
India will provide helicopters to Afghanistan "very soon" and refurbish the war-torn country's transport aircraft, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said today.
"We are giving them helicopters and we will be supplying them very soon," Khurshid told reporters who accompanied him on a day-long visit to the Afghan city of Kandahar, where he inaugurated an agricultural university built with Indian aid.
"We have also been giving them some logistical support and we hopefully will be able to upgrade and refurbish their transport aircraft," he said.
20:05 Pak court reserves judgement in Afridi's case:
A Pakistani court today reserved its judgement on an appeal filed by doctor Shakil Afridi, arrested for helping the US track Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, against a 33-year prison term given to him.
The Commissioner of Frontier Crimes Regulation, Munir Azam, reserved the verdict after hearing arguments by the defence and prosecution and is expected to deliver it in March.
Afridi's lawyers appealed against his conviction for treason for alleged links with the banned Lashkar-e-Islam group and requested the court to declare the sentence null and void.
20:04 Cabinet rules out Kejriwal, seeks Prez rule in Delhi:
The Union Cabinet, which held a meeting on Saturday evening, has decided to recommend the imposition of President's Rule in Delhi.
The Cabinet will make the recommendation to the President.
The Delhi Assembly will be placed under suspended animation.
The Cabinet's decision comes in the wake of Arvind Kejriwal stepping down as the Delhi CM after he failed to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the assembly.
Kejriwal had earlier sought dissolution of the assembly and fresh polls in Delhi.
20:00 KFA employees urge Yuvraj not to play for RCB:
Employees' union of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines, which has not paid its workers for the past 18 months, has appealed cricketer Yuvraj Singh not to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the forthcoming IPL championship on "moral grounds."
RCB, owned by airline chairman Vijay Mallya, has bought Yuvraj for a whopping Rs 14 crore during the first round of auction held in Bangalore last week.
"We have not been paid by Kingfisher Airlines for the last 18 months. The Rs 14 crore paid to you could have fed 15,000 mouths. It's now up to you to decide whether to turn a deaf ear to us and work for Mallya or to refuse his employment on moral grounds," the employee union said in an open letter to Yuvraj.
19:06 BJP praises Narasimha Rao:
Former prime minister P V Narsimha Rao today received praise from the BJP, which lauded him for the economic reforms he had kick-started in 1991 and suggested that the job of reforms would have been more difficult for him than it was for Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley said recent history has not been kind to Rao, who is largely credited with ushering in the era of privatisation and limiting government control of the economy, and the "good turning point" in the economy came when he became PM after the "wasted" 70s and 80s.
19:05 AAP's move to introduce Jan Lokpal Bill erroneous: CPI-M:
The CPI-M today termed the AAP government's move to introduce the Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly as "erroneous and inexpedient" and said this had provided the BJP and the Congress the opportunity to gang up against them, leading to the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Observing that the AAP government was "committed" to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill, which would have been "an important measure to fight corruption in public life in Delhi," the party politburo said "however, the manner in which this was introduced in the assembly was politically erroneous and inexpedient."
18:54 Kejriwal ran away from the battlefield: Shiv Sena :
Slamming AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for resigning as the Delhi chief minister, the Shiv Sena today called him a "deserter" who ran away from the battlefield.
"Kejriwal ran away from the battlefield, he is a deserter. It is a betrayal of the people," Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.
He said it is up to the people to decide who they want to choose now.
"The BJP should now strive to form the government in Delhi. Holding the elections again and again is not good for the country," he added.
18:30 Goa police to file a chargesheet against Tarun Tejpal :
Goa police will file a chargesheet on Monday against Tehelka
founder-editor Tarun Tejpal who was accused of sexually assaulting his woman colleague last year.
The chargesheet would be filed before Principal Additional Sessions court judge Anuja Prabhudesai, sources said today.
Tejpal has been accused of raping the woman in a lift at a hotel during Tehelka's Think Fest in November 2013.
The high-profile journalist was arrested by the Crime Branch of Goa police on November 30 after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by a local court.
18:29 I will remain in Bengal: Mamata :
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today emphasised that she will remain in state politics and dismissed as 'politics of drama' Narendra Modi's suggestion that she could realise her dream of West Bengal's progress if there was a BJP-led government at the Centre.
Taking a dig at the BJP prime ministerial candidate's recent interaction with people at tea shops, Banerjee said that unlike the saffron party, her party 'did not enact drama during election time'.
"We do this (interaction) throughout 365 days to get information about the problems of the people," she said while addressing a party convention.
18:26 Modi should not copy us: Sibal :
Taking a dig at Narendra Modi, Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal today said the BJP's prime ministerial candidate should come up with original ideas and stop copying those of the UPA government.
"He (Modi) is not aware of national issues. We sometimes expect to hear his original ideas but it has never happened till date. He should stop copying what we have done," he said on the sidelines of an event.
Sibal, a senior Congress leader, was reacting to Modi's speech at a NASSCOM summit, raising the issue of the need to cut electronic product imports and boost hardware manufacturing.
17:25 LG suggests Prez rule in Delhi, House under suspended animation:
Rejecting the outgoing government's recommendation for dissolution of the Delhi Assembly, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung is today understood to have suggested imposition of President's rule by keeping the legislature under suspended animation.
In a report to the Centre, Jung did not favour dissolution of the 70-member Delhi Assembly as recommended by the council of ministers headed by Arvind Kejriwal when it met last night and decided to quit. The LG's move keeps the option open for any political party or a combination of parties to try and form a government in future.
Sources said Jung has conveyed to the Centre that the national capital be brought under a spell of President's rule as no party is now in a position to form an alternative government.
The final call on the LG's recommendation will be taken by the Centre, the sources said. Home ministry officials said they would take the opinion of the law ministry and place all the facts before the Union cabinet for the final decision.
16:56 Lal Masjid case: Court summons Musharraf on March 1:
Beleaguered former military dictator Pervez Musharraf was today summoned by a Pakistani court to appear on March 1 in a case related to the killing of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi in a 2007 military raid.
The case is being heard by an additional sessions court.
Musharraf's lawyers submitted an application requesting that the 70-year-old former president be exempted from attending today's proceedings. The court accepted the application and ordered Musharraf to appear at the next hearing on March 1.
16:20 India backs Karzai amid his standoff with US:
Amid a standoff between the US and the embattled Afghan President, India today saluted Hamid Karzai's "extraordinary and brave" leadership in nurturing democracy and peace in the war-torn country.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, in his speech at the inauguration of Afghanistan's first national agriculture university, backed Karzai and lauded his leadership in the last 12 years.
Khurshid, who arrived here earlier today on a day-long visit, said upcoming elections in the country were a testament to the fact that democracy had taken firm roots.
"These elections are a testament to the fact that democracy has taken firm roots in this country. It is also a testament to your extraordinary and brave leadership over the last 12 years, and the manner in which you have nurtured the plant of democracy in this country," he said.
15:48 LS polls are about safeguarding national ideals: Sonia:
In a virulent attack on BJP, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said the Lok Sabha polls are vital to safeguard cherished national ideals like "unity and secularism" which were under threat.
"2014 is the most important election because it's about what kind of India you want. Idea of India is under threat by those who don't just seek to rule but to change India's very heart and soul," Gandhi said addressing a special convention of the Congress workers from across Kerala.
15:37 Ethnic Indian minister's resignation disappoints Malaysian PM:
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has described as "very disappointing" the resignation of a prominent ethnic Indian minister from the cabinet.
P Waythamoorthy, the leader of the Hindu rights action force (Hindraf), resigned as Deputy minister in the prime minister's Department on February 10, saying that the government has failed to fulfill its promises of protecting the rights of minority groups in the Muslim-majority nation.
Expressing his disappointment, the prime minister said, "After signing a memorandum of agreement with the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional to promote the agenda of the ethnic Indian community, Waythamoorthy's decision to step down is very disappointing."
He said,"Waythamoorthy should have met and discussed the matter with him in private before announcing the decision last Saturday. To fulfil the agreement, he should have adapted to and cooperated with the federal administrative system in order to achieve a consensus to carry out government programmes," Najib said yesterday.
15:19 Authors, writers' groups denounce withdrawal of Doniger book:
Denouncing Penguin's decision to withdraw US scholar Wendy Doniger's book, authors and activists today said it is a campaign to drown all questioning voices and prepare the ground for a chauvinistic and communal presentation of history and culture.
In a statement today, the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust said the "surrender" of the publisher in an out-of-court settlement, which involves the withdrawal of Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History
' and the pulping of its copies, has rightly "aroused much disquiet."
The statement has been signed by Irfan Habib, C P Chandrasekhar, Mridula Mukherjee, M K Raina, Ram Rahman, Jayati Ghosh, Zoya Hasan among others. "The event has, however, a still more sinister aspect. It is, clearly an early salvo in the renewed campaign to drown all questioning voices and prepare the ground for a full-fledged chauvinistic and communal presentation of our history and culture with no quarter allowed to dissenting voices," the Sahmat statement said.
13:41 India, Italy should resolve marines issue: UN:
The long-standing issue of two Italian marines being tried by India is prompting tensions between the two countries and they should try to find a "reasonable" and "mutually acceptable" solution to it, the UN has said.
"The Secretary-General is concerned that this long-standing matter between Italy and India remains unresolved and is prompting tensions between two friendly and important Member States of the Organisation," UN Chief Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters.
Nesirky's remarks came as European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after a UN Security Council meeting here yesterday that the EU is "deeply worried" about the two marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone being prosecuted in an Indian court under anti-terrorism legislation.
12:59 Jagan, Arun Jaitley discuss future strategies on Telangana:
Congress Chief Jagan Reddy YSR on Saturday met Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley and discussed future course of strategies to stop the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Sources say that a three-point proposal was discussed between these two leaders. Jagan is also planning to meet the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday to get the party's support in stalling the Telangana Bill.
Jagan, who was accompanied by YSR Congress leader and Nellore Member of Parliament Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, assured the BJP that there shall be a proposal for alliance between the YSR Congress and the BJP.
And for such an agreement BJP should ensure they stop the Telangana Bill. Jagan was categorical that YSR congress has the assurance of senior BJP leader L K Advani that the Bill would not be considered as legal. Sources say that the YSR Congress is confident that the BJP will stall the Bill.
11:17 The Pitfalls of Publishing Books in India:
Nytimes reports: In withdrawing The Hindus: An Alternative History
, by the American scholar Wendy Doniger, Penguin Books India joined a long line of publishers that have pulled contentious books from the Indian market '" a decision that they say has more to do with systemic problems in the country than a lack of commitment to freedom of expression.
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11:15 IAF warns pilots over 'dangerous' social media use: Dailymail
reports: Grappling for decades figuring out what causes its fighter pilots to make fatal errors in their cockpits, the Indian Air Force has officially identified a fresh adversary that could be posing a serious threat to flight safety: social media.
In a strongly-worded communication to all of the Air Force's combat flying squadrons in the country, the IAF's chief of flight safety Air Marshal P P Reddy has expressed extreme concern over what he sees as an over-indulgence in social media by pilots and flying crew, leading to their lack of sleep and an erosion in their ability to focus.
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10:38 Taliban to seriously consider a ceasefire in Pakistan?: Thenews
reports: It was for the first time that a Taliban leader participated in the government-TTP negotiations on Friday through a phone call and promised that the Taliban will seriously consider a ceasefire
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10:23 Airtel 4G In Bangalore For iPhone 5 Series Users: Indian Express
reports: Airtel has launched 4G services in Bangalore, but limited it to those using the latest Apple iPhones, the 5c and the 5s.
India's largest private telecom operator, says its services will enable users in India's tech capital to stream high definition video with zero buffering. while these are 4G services, the Apple iPhone users have the added advantage of having to pay only 3G rates for the same.
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10:13 Alagiri asks supporters to attend party conference in Tiruchirapalli:
M K Alagiri, the suspended DMK leader has asked his supporters to participate in the party's 10th state conference in Tiruchirapalli.
Referring to Alagiri and his supporters who were recently punished by
the party, Karunanidhi said that "if their action is forgivable, we will
Karunanidhi on Friday also slammed the Left parties for reportedly trying to project Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as a candidate for the prime minister's post, saying that the move "is nothing but opportunistic slavery".
03:13 Florence mayor Matteo Renzi tipped to be Italy's youngest PM :
Florence mayor Matteo Renzi is expected to be offered the chance to become Italian prime minister, as talks begin on forming a new government. President Georgio Napolitano is starting consultations following the resignation of Enrico Letta. He was ousted in a vote called by Mr Renzi at a meeting of their centre-left Democratic Party.
The 39-year-old would be Italy's youngest prime minister. Mr Letta was under increasing pressure over Italy's poor economic performance. After accepting the prime minister's resignation, Mr Napolitano's office said talks would begin with political leaders on finding a replacement.
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02:33 Mass killer Breivik threatens hunger strike for better video game:
Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik has threatened to start a hunger strike over his living conditions in jail, it has emerged. Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011, compared prison to "torture' and bemoaned, among other things, the lack of an up-to-date video games console in his cell.
His comments were made in a four-page hand-written letter to penitentiary officials, which contains a dozen requests, including making his jail time compliant with European regulations.
They also tackle issues of fundamental rights, such as a daily walk and communication. Breivik requests the Playstation 2 he has access to is replaced by a more recent Playstation 3. "Other inmates have access to video games for adults while I can only play the less interesting children video games. One example is 'Rayman Revolution,' a game designed for 3-year-olds,' the 35-year-old wrote. Breivik, in solitary confinement since 2011 for security reasons, claims he has behaved "in an exemplary fashion' and deserves an improved "activities offer' compared to other inmates.
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00:17 Man commits suicide over Telangana issue:
A 32-year-old man allegedly committed suicide over Telangana issue in Moinabad area in Hyderabad,police said on Friday. Mahesh, a private employee, was found hanging at his residence by his wife last evening, they said.
A suicide note written in Telugu purportedly by the victim, was found near his body, in which he said that he had seen yesterday's Lok Sabha proceedings on television and was depressed over the move of Seemandhra MPs to obstruct the formation of Telangana state, police said. Further investigation is on.