Nation:

Rahul takes on Modi, says Gujarat development balloon will burst

Wardha/Satna: Rahul Gandhi on Friday flayed Narendra Modi's much-touted Gujarat development model as a "new heavier balloon" filled with "gas" and said it will also burst like the BJP's 'India Shining' campaign in 2004 and 2009.

Rahul Gandhi cancels Saharanpur rally after Masood’s arrest

New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi called off his rally in Saharanpur on Saturday after the arrest of Imran Masood on charges of hate speech against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Congress leader Imran Masood arrested for hate speech

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Saharanpur, Imran Masood, was arrested on Saturday for his hate speech in which he allegedly threatened to ‘chop’ Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi ‘into pieces’.

BJP’s PM face Modi prays for Manish Tewari’s good health

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday prayed for the speedy recovery of Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, who is expected to undergo a surgery at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital.

Sabir Ali asks BJP leadership to put his membership on hold

New Delhi: Amidst displeasure in the saffron outfit over his induction, expelled Janata Dal (United) leader Sabir Ali on Saturday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership to put his membership on hold till the charges against him are cleared.

World:

Fresh objects seen in new Malaysia jet search area

Perth/Kuala Lumpur: Fresh objects spotted by planes searching for a missing Malaysian passenger jet in a new area of the southern Indian Ocean have again raised hopes of unravelling the three-week old mystery.

Putin calls Obama to discuss US proposal on Ukraine: White House

Riyadh: Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a US diplomatic proposal for Ukraine, the White House said. It added that Obama told his counterpart that Russia must pull back its troops and not move deeper into Ukraine.

US in talks with India, China to isolate Russia

Washington: United States says it is talking with India and China among others as part of diplomatic efforts to isolate Russia over its annexation of Crimea but it had not yet asked them to impose any sanctions.

State:

Doctors must imbibe a sense of social accountability: Kalam

Hyderabad: Former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday said that it was being increasingly felt that the students of medicine should also imbibe a sense of social accountability. There was a growing public sentiment that doctors be held to account by the society, said Kalam, while inaugurating the three-day 'Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists World Congress 2014'.

Militant hideout unearthed in Manipur, arms seized

Imphal: A joint team of police commandos and Central paramilitary forces unearthed a militant hideout and seized a large number of sophisticated arms in interior Thoubal district of Manipur, police said on Saturday.

Ravindra Bharathi School kids win NASA space design contest

Visakhapatnam: Students of Ravindra Bharathi School (RBS) won the international space settlement design contest organised by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the USA, for the sixth consecutive year in a row, sources said.

BSF needs to plug security gaps at vulnerable areas: Omar

Jammu: Disturbed over infiltration of militants into Jammu region with "ease", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said BSF needs to take a look at vulnerable areas and plug the gaps. n a series of tweets, Omar complimented the police, CRPF and the Army for a swift and coordinated response as militants had come heavily armed with clear plans to cause massive havoc.


Business

President clears re-promulgation of SEBI ordinance

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared re- promulgation of SEBI ordinance which provides powers for Sebi Chairman to authorize investigating authority or any other officer of the regulator to conduct search and seizure under the Sebi Act and crack down on Ponzi schemes.

RBI simplifies merchanting trade norms

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India on Friday further simplified the guidelines for merchanting trade transactions following recommendations of G Padmanabhan committee report.

Rising NPAs a concern, situation to improve with stabilisation of economy: RBI chief

New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday expressed his concern over rising non-performing assets (NPA) and said that the situation would improve only with stabilisation of the economy.

GSM user base up at 71.10 crore in February: COAI

New Delhi: The number of mobile subscribers on GSM networks rose by over 1 percent to 71.10 crore with nationwide addition of 76.1 lakh users in February, industry body COAI said on Friday.

Sports:

I want another shot at Indian batsmen in World T20, says Saeed Ajmal

Karachi: Pakistan off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal wants another shot at the Indian batsmen in the ongoing World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. "We have two more group matches to play in this tournament and they are must win matches for us if we want to qualify for the semi-finals," Ajmal said.


IPL spot-fixing: ‘Upset’ Dhoni offers to quit as Chennai Super Kings skipper

New Delhi: Expressing disappointment on being dragged into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing controversy, Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni has offered to quit as the skipper of Chennai Super Kings (CSK).


ICC World T20: India storm into semifinals with eight-wicket win over Bangladesh

Mirpur: India on Friday became the first team to qualify for the semifinals of the ICC World Twenty20 after routing hosts Bangladesh by eight wickets in a thoroughly one-sided Group II match.


Entertainment:

Katrina denies doing 'Raees' with Shah Rukh

Mumbai: Actress Katrina Kaif has denied being approached to star opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rahul Dholakia's 'Raees'.

VJ Rannvijay Singh to tie nuptial knot

New Delhi: VJ Rannvijay Singh, who is the heart-throb of million girls, is all set to tie the nuptial knot soon and the hunk has taken to twitter to announce his wedding plans.

I saw my mother's beautiful traits in Nanda: Saira Banu

Mumbai: Yesteryear actress Saira Banu remembers Nanda as ‘gentle, soft spoken and so unassuming’ and added that she saw a lot of her mother's traits in the late actress.

I'm an actor, not anyone's daughter on screen: Alia

Mumbai: Actress Alia Bhatt, who was last seen in 'Highway', has shot for some intimate scenes with Arjun Kapoor for her new movie "2 States", says she is an actor on screen and not anybody's daughter.

Sridevi unveils trailer of Amole Gupte's 'Hawaa Hawaai'

Mumbai: Actress Sridevi, who starred in the popular 1987 song ‘Hawa Hawai’, on Friday, unveiled the trailer of Amole Gupte's much-awaited film ‘Hawaa Hawaai’. The cast of the forthcoming movie was present at the event.


Lifestyle:

Married people at less risk of cardiovascular problems

Washington: Being married makes for a healthy heart, while being divorced or widowed is linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, according to a study of 3.5 million people released on Friday.

India to observe Earth Hour today

New Delhi: As the clock strikes 8.30 pm on Saturday, lights across India will be switched off to mark Earth Hour, which is observed on March 29 every year.


Better sleep can treat chronic pain

London: A good night's sleep is what chronic pain sufferers must first aspire to achieve before engaging in physical activity, which is a key treatment process in pain management.

Scientists create 'designer' chromosome

Paris: Scientists have created the first man-made chromosome for a complex-celled organism - a feat hailed on Friday as a big step towards acquiring the controversial ability to redesign plants or animals.


Tech:

New BlackBerry phones to cater to keyboard aficionados: CEO

Toronto: BlackBerry Ltd plans to introduce high-end smartphones that cater to keyboard aficionados in the coming 18 months, in an effort to win back core corporate and government clients who have shunned the company's touch-screen devices.

Leaked photo of alleged iPhone 6 reveals new size

New Delhi: Rumors don’t stop coming when it comes to Apple’s upcoming flagship device iPhone 6. This time an alleged leaked document, which is said to be of Apple iPhone 6, brings out few new details about the 5.5-inch variant of the device.

'#Aftersex’ selfies trend sets Instagram ablaze

New Delhi: The trend of selfies has gone viral on the social media. Adding a very interesting bit to league, selfie lovers have now started posting their photographs on Instagram right after having sex.