Gandhinagar, Mar 7 (ANI): The Gujarat Police on Friday stopped Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal's car mid-way when he was going to meet state Chief Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. Kejriwal was proceeding towards Modi's home to meet him with a list of 16 questions, without seeking appointment. As per reports, Kejriwal aide Manish Sisodia is now on his way to Modi's office in a police van to seek appointment for the meeting. "I am going to take appointment from Modi since police have stopped Kejriwal," said Sisodia. More »Gujarat Police stop Kejriwal's convoy on way to Modi's residence
"I got nothing to do with it." — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, the 64-year-old man identified by Newsweek as the founder of the beleaguered digital currency Bitcoin, in an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press. More »Quotations in the News
Thiruvananthapuram, March 7 (IANS) Amid reports that ace comedian and character artist Jagadish would likely be fielded by the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls, the actor has said none has approached him so far. "My association with the Congress party began almost four decades ago when I was a student and whenever I contested, it was only under the Congress banner and I always won. So, if the party wishes that I contest, I will not say no," said Jagadish to IANS. During the 2011 Kerala assembly polls, Jagadish was the most sought after campaigner of the Congress-led United Democratic Front candidates and he managed to reach out to maximum people. More »Have always been a loyal Congressman: Actor Jagadish
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A doctor who said he saw Oscar Pistorius weeping over his dead or dying girlfriend after he shot her has resumed testimony in the murder trial of the double-amputee runner. More »Doctor testifies in Pistorius trial
Will the 21-year-old high jump world record of Javier Sotomayor fall at the IAAF World Championships in Sopot? Ivan Ukhov might make that possible. More »Will Javier Sotomayor’s 25-year-old high jump world record fall at Sopot?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darren Sharper will return to court on Friday where his attorneys will argue that the former NFL All-Pro safety should be released from a Los Angeles jail. More »Darren Sharper returns to court seeking release
By Rahul Karunakar and Shaloo Shrivastava REUTERS - The Chinese yuan is still expected to appreciate modestly this year, buoyed by continued foreign capital inflows, despite the central bank's recent moves to weaken the currency to punish speculators, a Reuters poll showed. The poll of foreign exchange strategists conducted in the past week showed the yuan is expected to trade at 6.07 to the dollar in three months, 6.03 in six and 5.98 in a year, a rise of 2.3 percent from Thursday's close of around 6.12. More »Rupee to weaken; modest gains still seen for China's yuan - Reuters poll
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lakers were the designated home team this time. That meant the Clippers had to put up with looking at all those championship banners and retired numbers that their co-tenant at the Staples Center has had hanging on the wall since the arena opened 15 seasons ago — and weren't able to cover them up with banners of their own players. More »Clippers blow out Lakers again 142-94
By Rajendra Jadhav and Ratnajyoti Dutta MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Hail and heavy rain have damaged rapeseed and chickpea crops as they ripen in India's main producing areas in the last 10 days, cutting output and pushing back harvests, government and industry officials said. The storms have also affected wheat in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, states which produce high quality wheat. The damage to rapeseed could mean India imports more rapeseed oil, which is made from rapeseed. That could push prices higher as India is the world's biggest buyer of edible oils. More »Hail and rain damage crops, delay harvest
Oil prices rose Friday as the Ukraine crisis took a new twist and expectations rose for a solid increase in U.S. employment. More »Oil rises on hopes of more US jobs, Ukraine crisis
Ahmedabad, March 7 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal was Friday stopped while he was on his way to meet Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here. Police asked him if he had an appointment to meet Modi. Speaking to the media, Delhi's former chief minister said his party colleague, Manish Sisodia, had gone to seek an appointment. If the person who dreams of becoming the prime minister does not want to meet us, then what can we do?" Kejriwal asked. More »On way to meet Modi, police stop Kejriwal
Melbourne, March 7 (IANS) South Australia's Johan Botha has decided to appeal against the one-match Bupa Sheffield Shield suspension imposed on him under the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Behaviour. The appeal will be held Monday in Adelaide and CA Code of Behaviour Commissioner Anthony Crocker will hear the appeal. Botha was given a reprimand and two suspension points for two separate breaches of the Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Behaviour during the ninth round of the Bupa Sheffield Shield against New South Wales. The incident occurred during South Australia's first fielding innings. More »Botha to appeal against CA's one-match ban
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 62 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. More »Saudi Arabia reports 1 more death from new virus
Mumbai, March 7 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who recently wrapped up shooting for his new film "Bhoothnath Returns", has lent a helping hand to the underprivileged. Early Thursday morning, he visited Raigad (a district in Maharashtra) to collect funds for former Disney UTV managing director Ronnie Screwvala's foundation Swades, which works towards empowering rural inhabitants. "Having finished very late last night (Wednesday) at Lonavala and the 'Party with the Bhoothnath', getting to bed almost at 5 a.m. to be up again at 6 a.m. to leave for Raigad (district in Maharashtra), by helicopter an hour away, to visit at my insistence, the work that the Swades Foundation does for the rural inhabitants," Amitabh posted on srbachchan.tumblr.com Thursday. The foundation is jointly run by Ronnie and his wife Zarine Screwvala. More »Big B collects funds for Screwvala's foundation
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) You may not always have the company of your parents, friends or partner, but who's stopping you from travelling the world? There has been a 22 percent rise in bookings by women's groups and single travellers in India from October 2013 to February 2014 as compared to last year, data compiled by the Indian arm of global guided-holiday company Trafalgar indicates. More »Women and wanderlust: Spending me-time away from families (March 8 International Women's Day)
Reuters Market Eye - Shares of Bharti Airtel rise after Standard & Poor's Ratings Services upgrades the company's ratings, traders said. S&P, late on Thursday, raised Bharti's long-term corporate credit rating to 'BBB-' from 'BB+'. The rating agency says the upgrade reflects expectation that Bharti will use its significant free operating cash flows and funds from strategic measures to reduce its leverage to a level that is in line with an "intermediate" financial risk profile. Bharti shares were trading 4.2 percent higher at 298.95 rupees as of 1.05 p.m. (Reporting by Indulal PM) More »Bharti Airtel shares gain; S&P upgrades rating
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) The Sahara Group Friday offered to pay the entire amount to SEBI in cash instalments of Rs.2,500 crore each at regular intervals of three months, thereby extinguishing all outstanding claims by July 2015. The apex court bench headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan was told that the first instalment of Rs.2,500 crore will be paid within three working days after the restrain order on the operation of its accounts is lifted. The court was also told that the Sahara Group may also be returned the titles deeds of its assets that it has submitted to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Senior counsel C.A. Sundaram told the court that all the proceeds from the sale of these properties will be kept for returning money to SEBI. More »Sahara offers payment in instalments to SEBI
REUTERS - Ukraine's Crimean peninsula is at the centre of the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War. HISTORY Crimea, which juts out into the Black Sea off southern Ukraine, was absorbed into the Russian empire along with most of ethnic Ukrainian territory by Catherine the Great in the 18th century. Russia's Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol was founded soon afterwards. More than half a million people were killed in the Crimean War of 1853-56 between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, which was backed by Britain and France. More »Factbox - What is Crimea and why does it matter?
Washington, March 7 (IANS) The US media looks at India's upcoming general elections as an "insanely huge and complex exercise" to "one of the most significant elections in decades" that will put "more power in the hands and thumbs of the Indian voter than ever before". "Voters will choose lawmakers from the incumbent Congress Party, which has led India's ruling coalition since 2004, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, the new anticorruption Aam Aadmi Party and a variety of small but powerful regional parties." The Wall Street Journal called the elections "juggernaut" as "one of the most significant elections in decades - a contest between a weakened secular left and a resurgent right with Hindu nationalist roots". "The battle for the electoral supremacy is an evolving process in India and this time, the added opportunity of social media reach and mobile Internet penetration means more power in the hands and thumbs of the Indian voter than ever before," it said. In its view, "No party is likely to win a majority and a number of regional parties are expected to play important parts in forming the next government, but analysts say the elections mark a watershed for India's two national parties." Writing in the New York Times, Manu Joseph, an Indian journalist and author of the novel "The Illicit Happiness of Other People", said that as "India heads toward general elections", its 814 million "voters are being influenced by mutated versions of India's old fantasies". More »US media sees Indian polls as 'insanely huge' to 'most significant'
By Nick Said CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - From bar room brawler to test match troubadour, cricketing bad boy David Warner has made a swift transition into one of the sport's extraordinary talents and brought a new dynamism to opening the batting in tests. Once seen as a flashing blade in the shorter formats of the game, Warner has gone through an extraordinary transformation and according to captain Michael Clarke was now among the world's leading batsmen in the five-day version. As Australia triumphed in their away series against South Africa on Wednesday with their bowlers grabbing a dramatic win, it was Warner who laid the foundations for the 245-run triumph at Newlands in Cape Town. More »Warner progresses from short-form cameos to leading man