Top news in brief: March 19

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Bangalore, March 19: Here are the top news in brief for March 19 (Wednesday):

8:40 pm: BJP list out, Advani to contest from Gandhinagar

8:00 pm: 36 candidates contesting in LS polls have strong criminal cases charged against them

7:00 pm: Trinamool Congress pits candidates against Modi and Sonia

6.08 pm: Sources reveal that the Congress is considering Digvijay Singh from Varanasi against Narendra Modi.

5.45 pm: Congress's Capt Amarinder Singh may contest against BJP's Arun Jaitley from Amritsar. Singh will meet the Congress top brass on Thursday.

5.17 pm: Air Force asked to step in to douse fire near Tirupati.

4.54 pm: Sushma Swaraj to meet LK Advani, will convey CEC's decision.

4.16 pm: Schedule for the first phase of IPL7 (to be held in UAE) released.

3.33 pm: Protests break out in Bangalore after two girls commit suicide after being punished for playing Holi.

3.15 pm: Malaysian officials brief about MH370. They say the search operation is now focussed on  southern Indian Ocean.

2.20 pm:  Congress says that it has cracked down on and taken immediate action on the corrupt.

2.11 pm: Former UP CM Jagdambika Pal and stand up comedian Raju Srivastava join BJP.

1.20 pm: BJP workers protest in Lucknow against Jagdambika Pal's entry in the party.

12.23 pm: Alagiri praises Narendra Modi, says he is a good administrator and that he would welcome him as a PM.

11.02 am: Manish Tewari agrees to contest from Ludhiana.

9:45 am: BJP to announce 5th list

9:00 am: Khurshid compares Modi to a nursery student who thinks he has a PhD

8.40 am: Arvind Kejriwal's varanasi rally postponed tilll March 25.

8.35 am: Chinese patrol team enters Chimur area of eastern Ladakh.

8.30 am:
Crimean crisis worsens, hits military stage

8.25 am: BJP to decide on Narendra Modi's second seat today. LK Advani likely to contest from Gandhinagar constituency in Gujarat.

8:15 am: Aam Aadmi Party flags off campaign in Varanasi.

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