Top news in brief: March 17

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Bangalore, March 17: Here are the top news of the day:

11:00 pm: Congress likely to announce Delhi candidates tomorrow

10:00 pm: BJP leader Arun Jaitley slams Congress, takes a dig at Manish Tewari

9:30 pm: Suspended DMK leader MK Alagiri praises AIADMK, backs Modi as PM

8:00 pm: NCP MP Supriya Sule backs BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi

7:50 pm: The Sri Lankan police arrests two human rights activists on terrorism-related charges.

6:50 pm: Missing Malaysian plane: Kazakhstan says detected no unidentified planes.

6.00 pm: Congress to announce third list tomorrow.

4.51 pm: Tear gas hurled at protesters in Venezuela.

4.05 pm: Rahul Narvekar formally joins NCP.

3.55 pm: Shiv Sena workers protest outside NCP office in Mumbai after Sena spokesperson Rahul Navrekar joined the NCP.

3.20 pm: Malaysian officials brief about the missing MH 370. They say the search operation is still facing technical problems.

2.45 pm: Shiv Sena spokesperson Rahul Navrekar is all set to join the NCP. A formal announcement is likely to be made at 4 pm.

2.15 pm: Respect the apex court, BJP asks Rahul Gandhi

1.45 pm: Alagiri urged his party supporters today to save DMK from evil forces.

1.15 pm: Congress MLA challenges Narendra Modi, says people of Varanasi won't vote for an outsider.

1.00 pm: The people of Varanasi will decide whether I will contest against Modi from the seat.

12.29 pm: LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan defended Narendra Modi over Rahul Gandhi's interview and said that people had already chosen Modi as their Prime Minister.

12.00 pm: Baba Ramdev did a U-turn on his comments on Narendra Modi, said that he only advised the BJP to show restraint in their political activities.

11.40 am: Earthquake of 6.7 magnitude rocks Chile.

11.10 am: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley hits out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi saying that the Congress party and the UPA government were failing to set the agenda

10.10 am: Baba Ramdev today said that the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was in a hurry for the top spot and said that the BJP must show some restraint.

8.10 am: Authorities probe pilot's hand in the alleged hijack of missing Malaysian plane MH 370.

8.05 am: Andhra Pradesh MP's son thrashes policemen after being stopped from playing Holi on the streets.

8.00 am:
US diplomatic cables released by it in 2011 didn't describe Narendra Modi as "incorruptible", says Wikileaks.

7.52 am: Bangladesh and Nepal win their opening matches in T20 World Cup on Sunday. They beat Afghanistan and Hong Kong, respectively.

7.51 am: Crimea votes for reunification with Russia.

7.50 am: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called up his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh seeking technical help to search the missing plane, MH370.

7.50 am: The upcoming Lok Sabha election will cost a whopping Rs 30,000 crore.

7.49 am: Congress leader Digvijay Singh slams Arvind Kejriwal over his Rs 20,000 dinner 'thalis' in Bangalore.

7.48 am: PMK pulls out of BJP's alliance in Tamil Nadu

7.47 am: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal may contest from Varanasi against BJP's Narendra Modi.

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