Poll survey predicts clear majority for NDA
In a run-up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections, first time ever, a poll survey predicted a clear majority for NDA. NDTV’s survey projected that BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would get 275 seats in the 543- member House.
This is 16 seats more than the poll had predicted last month. The BJP on its own would win 226 seats, the highest tally ever for the party and the best by any party since 1991, the poll done by Hansa Research estimated. The UPA would win just 111 seats, with Congress sinking to its lowest tally ever of 92 seats, it said. According to the poll, BJP will corner 22 of Gujarat’s 26 seats, with the Congress winning the rest.
Conservatives appoint first Asian male in the Cabinet
Sajid Javid, a former City banker has become the first Asian male Conservative Cabinet Minister, succeeding Maria Miller as the Culture Secretary. Mr Javid, whose bus driver father came from Pakistan, went on to make millions in the City, moving up from his Treasury role to replace Mrs Miller. Nicky Morgan is going to take up Mr Javid's old position as the Economic Secretary to the Treasury.
Son wins battle to deny his father share of his wealth
London: Sixty three -year-old millionaire businessman Jasminder Singh, boss of the £ 800 million Radisson Blue Edwardian hotels group, has won his High Court battle to deny his elderly father’s claim to a share of his family wealth. Jasminder Singh successfully defended his 87-year-old father Bal Mohinder Singh’s claim that under Sikh tradition he was entitled to a third of the family wealth.
Asian Voice hosts successful 2-day Inspirational Youth Conference
On Friday 28 March 2014, Asian Voice hosted a fantastic networking evening, as part of its two-day annual Youth Conference. The evening gave some of the most intelligent youths of today, the chance to network with our highly successful panel of judges as well as mingle with like-minded individuals in various different fields.
Poll panel chides Karnataka CM for remarks against Narendra Modi
Bangalore: The Election Commission has admonished Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah for his derogatory remarks against BJP PM nominee Narendra Modi.
The EC warned Siddaramaiah against making such statements in future. The CM during canvassing in Hassan clarified that he never addressed Modi as murderer, but the BJP government led by Modi as murderer. "I have not indulged in personal attack", he said.
A different set of alliances in Haryana this time
Chandigarh: In a State where electoral politics, in recent years, has alternated between the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal-BJP alliance, this time the scene was muddled with a different set of alliances. For the first time, the BJP contested the election as a senior partner with the relatively new Haryana Janhit Congress as its regional face. The INLD having failed to stitch an alliance with the BJP went alone and the buoyant Aam Aadmi Party, post its Delhi debut, has emerged as the fourth strand in the State’s caste ridden politics.
IIT graduates mint money by advising candidates
Gurgaon: Political consultant Saurabh Vyas is waiting for May 16 with bated breath when the results of Lok Sabha election will be declared. The 34-year-old IIT Bombay graduate has advised a few aspiring MPs during their "fight" for the prize.
Dismissed cop disrupts Jaitley's press meet
Amritsar: A dismissed head constable of Punjab police disrupted BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley's press conference when he questioned him on his stand on alliance partner SAD (B)'s sympathetic views towards terrorists and their honouring by Akali-backed Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Jaswant Singh Azad was waiting unnoticed near BJP's media centre and walked up to Jaitley and shook hands with him, introducing himself as a cop who had been fighting terrorism but was dismissed.
Hundreds file nominations on last day in Telangana
Hyderabad: Hundreds of candidates filed their nomination for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Telangana on Wednesday, the last day of filing the papers. With most of the parties deciding their candidates, the candidates rushed against time to file the nominations. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, president of Telangana unit of the Congress Ponnala Lakshmaiah, chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit G Kishan Reddy, actresses Vijayashanti and Jayasudha were among prominent personalities who filed their nominations.
S India holds the ‘master key’ in formation of next govt
Could the 16th general election be a game changer? BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is banking heavily on South Indian states – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In fact, if Narendra Modi would have to form government at the centre, he will have to win maximum seats out of 132 seat in South India that include three union territories – Andaman & Nicobar Island, Lakshadweep and Pondicherry.
SC recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'
New Delhi: In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the "third gender" status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender.
The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward.
Men involved in car crash at 2 different instances, appear in court
A man appeared in Birmingham Magistrates Court for causing death by dangerous driving a £100,000 car. Mr Hussain was allegedly behind the wheel of an Audi R8 Spyder when a collision took place with a Red Ford Fiesta carrying 49-year-old Noreen. The horrific smash killed Noreen Ryan last August.
Life sentence for gay husband who killed wife to hide sexuality
Jasvir Ram Ginday, from Walsall, has been jailed for life for murdering his wife in a bid to stop her revealing his homosexuality. Ginday, 29, attacked Varkha Rani at their home with a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner. He strangled her then burnt her body in a garden incinerator, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
Two pupils achieve high scores in national mathematics challenge
Two boys from Barham Primary School in Wembley have achieved excellent scores in this year’s Primary Mathematics Challenge (PMC). Bhav Rambhiya achieved a Silver medal and Rishy Mohananthass narrowly missed (by one mark) a Bronze. The prestigious honour demonstrates their achievement as among the best young mathematicians in the UK.
Parents anger at Headmistress taking a month off term to get married
Parents at Little Hill Primary School in Leicester, have expressed their anger at the school's decision to allow the acting headmistress Vina Pankhania, to have a month off during term time to get married to Amit Jain, whilst they would get fined if pulling out their children. Pankhania has been given four weeks unpaid leave because 'she has worked extremely hard over the past two years'.
Doctor is cleared for mistaken operation
A “designer vagina” operation, which went horribly wrong, has been regarded as a serious clinical failure but did not amount to female genital mutilation, a tribunal ruled on Friday 11 April.
Wisden honours Shikhar Dhawan
Wisden has named India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year for his performance in 2013. The 28-year-old Dhawan was the highest run-scorer during India's triumph in the ICC Champions Trophy, amassing 363 runs in five ODIs at an average of 90.75. He was awarded Man of the Series for his performance that included centuries against South Africa and West Indies.
Davis Cup World Group: India to meet Serbia
As India are looking to return to the World Group, their first challenger would be top-seed Serbia and more importantly they will be meeting them at home. There might be an added advantage as Novak Djokovic is unlikely to take part in the tie.
Indian football goes IPL way
Former cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly will own teams in the much-awaited Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament. Tendulkar, along with PVP Ventures bagged the Kochi franchise, while Ganguly successfully bid for Kolkata, which he will jointly own with Harshavardhan Neotia, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, Sanjeev Goenka and Utsav Parekh.
Best chance for Panesar to prove his worth
Graham Napier outshines England hopefuls Monty Panesar and Tymal Mills in Essex’s match against Cambridge MCCU. But England looking to fill the vacant spin and fast bowling spots may look at Panesar and Mills.
Judging from the hour-long meeting Panesar had with Andy Flower, in his new role as technical director of elite coaching, England still want the old Panesar back. Such a meeting would not have taken place if England had decided to move on from Panesar.
Gary Kirsten is new Delhi Daredevils coach
Gary Kirsten, former Indian cricket coach has landed in Delhi, but this time as coach of Delhi Daredevils. Kirsten got down to business immediately after getting into town as the Daredevils conducted their first practice ahead of their UAE sojourn. So is life as an IPL coach different for Kirsten? "There are many different things to being an IPL coach. I believe there is lot more intensity to it.
India A to tour Australia in July
The India A cricket team will tour Australia in July-August to play two four-day games followed by a limited overs quadrangular series. "The team will play two four-day games against Australia 'A' and participate in a limited-overs quadrangular series featuring South Africa A, Australia A and Cricket Australia's (CA) National Performance Squad," said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel.
IPL - golden opportunity for test discards
The Indian Premier League (IPL) which begins in United Arab Emirates on April 16 gives an opportunity for not only to the young and talented players but also the test discards to prove their worth once again.
This year's tournament is significant because the countdown to the 2015 World Cup starts from here. There are players who know that a successful IPL will make a world of difference to them if they are to stay in the reckoning and clinch that coveted berth in eight months' time.
Pakistan ends ICC 'isolation', want series with India
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that it had got assurances from India and other member countries of the ICC for the future bilateral tours. The PCB chairman, Najam Sethi said in a statement that because of these assurances the PCB had announced its conditional support to the revised ICC resolutions regarding the future governance structure and financial model approved previously by all members excluding PCB at the ICC executive board meeting held in Singapore on February 8th.
Pulitzer prize for Bangalore-born Vijay Seshadri
Washington: Bangalore born Indian-American poet Vijay Seshadri has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for "3 Sections", called "a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia."
Seshadri, 60, will get the $10,000 prize for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Columbia University, which administers the prestigious prizes announced Monday.
Pakistan hid Osama Bin Laden from the US
Washington: A Pullitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall claims that not only did Pakistan willfully hide 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden but also sponsored the Taliban insurgency after 2001 that has cost 2,625 American and British lives.
Musharraf's treason case hearing resumes
Islamabad: The special court constituted to try former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday resumed his trial for high treason after his formal indictment last month.
Justice Faisal Arab, who heads the three-judge court, is hearing the case pertaining to high treason charges against the former army strongman, Dawn online reported.
Tamiflu not effective against swine flu
London: A study has found that the use of drug Tamiflu is not effective in halting the spread of swine flu. The study finds that the government has wasted £ 500 million by stockpiling the drug. The review claims that Roche, the drug’s Swiss manufacturer, gave a “false impression” of its effectiveness and accuses the company of “sloppy science.”
Internet users told to change passwords
London: Following the discovery of a bug called ‘Heartbleed,’ internet users have been advised to change the password of their computers and phones. The bug is able to bypass the computer security settings. Computer expert Tony McDowell said that if the password is in any dictionary in any language then it will take just three minutes to crack. His advice is to use a phrase rather than a word.
Indian named US presidential envoy for global entrepreneurship
Washington: An Indian-origin academician has been appointed as one of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, an initiative to help develop the next generation of American entrepreneurs. Salman Khan, whose mother was born in Kolkata and father in Bangladesh, was named as one among the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).
Cameron pledges to reform Parliament
London: British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he would reform parliament following Maria Miller’s resignation. He said that he would do more to reassure the public that Parliament is “good and honest” after Miller left the Cabinet. “The biggest lesson I learnt is that that anger is still very raw and it needs to be acted on,” he said.
California man confesses to 40 killings
California: Prosecutors say a man charged with murdering nine people in California has told authorities that he has killed up to 40 people while working for a drug cartel. Errek Jett, a district attorney in Lawrence County, Alabama, said that 51-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez told investigators he carried out the crimes working as a drug cartel enforcer.