Top News in Brief (March 31)

Bangalore, March 31: Follow top news of the day:

11.10 pm: BJP's Smriti Irani to take on Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.

10.05 pm: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell quits.

9.15 pm: the Congress is set to gain in Assam while Nitish Kumar set to suffer a blow in Bihar, says CNN-IBN poll tracker.

8.46 pm:
Narendra Modi arrives for BJP's CEC meet. The decision on Smriti Irani's candidature against Rahul Gandhi is likely to get a nod at the CEC.

8.45 pm: The CNN-IBN poll tracker says Mamata Banerjee looks stronger in West Bengal while the Congress looks strong in Assam.

6.45 pm: MIM releases 1st list of candidates for AP assembly polls

6.40 pm: AAP releases 13th list of candidates; actor Jaaved Jaaferi to contest from Lucknow

5.30 pm: Finance Minister P Chidambaram says "Narendra Modi's business brand is 'crony capitalism'.

5:18 pm: No room for Sharad Pawar in NDA fold, says Uddhav Thackeray

5:15 pm: Orange objects seen in MH370 jet search are 'just' fishing equipment

5:12 pm: AAP releases manifesto for North-East Delhi

5:10 pm: AAP nominee against Salman Khurshid quits, claims corruption in party

5.00 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says Trinamool Congress will control Delhi.

4:24 pm: We have moderated inflation, but there is some distance to go: Chidambaram

4:20 pm: Yashwant Sinha's questions are puerile. He is a distant memory: P Chidambaram

3:40 pm: Upset over Supreme Curt ruling on Bhullar case, Congress man Bitta says he will seek permission from Sonia for self immolation

3:22 pm: Rahul Gandhi addresses rally at Nabarangpur, Odisha

3:20 pm: Former JDU leader Sabir Ali's wife Yasmin sits on dharna outside Delhi residence of BJP's MA Naqvi.

2:20 pm: Gujarat files response in HC on plea seeking probe into snooping row

2:16 pm: Manish Sisodia says he had offered Jaswant Singh to join AAP but he said he would like to raise his voice independently

2:00 pm: Pervez Musharraf appoints new lawyer in treason case

1:52 pm: AAP candidate from Farrukhabad Mukul Tripathi returns ticket, says party's running on 'jugaad'

1:00 pm: SC notice to Centre on plea against Lokpal selection process

1:00 pm: SC extends stay on Dec 16 Delhi gangrape convicts' death sentence

12:55 pm: Never supported BJP on Ram Temple issue: Jaswant Singh

12:50 pm: Congress MLA from Katni, Sanjay Pathak, joins BJP

12:40 pm: Azam Khan blames Babri demolition for terrorism

11:50 am: National rights panel asks for police action against Somnath Bharti's 'midnight raid' in Delhi

11:48 am: Modi addresses rally in Itanagar,"Don't question people's patriotism, we don't need certificates from you", he tells Sonia.

11:18 am: Former military ruler of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf indicted on 5 counts of high treason, Musharraf denies all charges

11.00 am:
Devender Pal Singh Bhullar's death sentence commuted to life term by the Supreme Court.

10:45 am: Four IIT-Delhi final-year students, who were on a road trip to west Rajasthan to celebrate their placements, killed in accident

10:25 am: "Taking support from NCP would be a betrayal of the people of Maharashtra," says Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray

9:40 am: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh backs Sharad Pawar's comment on Narendra Modi, says, "Pawar understands mood of nation like no one else. Not good news for Modi"

9:34 am: BJP poll panel to meet this evening, seat-sharing with TDP in Telangana likely on agenda

8:36 am: BJP MLA Heeralal Regar apologises after he threatened to strip Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi and send them back to Italy if the BJP came to power.

8:35 am: Ukraine can't function as unified state: Russia

8:09 am: Sharad Pawar slams Narendra Modi, says he needs treatment for talking 'rubbish'

8:00 am: The Delhi Traffic Police has decided to close National Highway 24 - that connects Delhi to Uttar Pradesh via Ghaziabad on Monday in the wake of protest call given by some Muslim groups

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