Smitha Nair

  • Modi won't make visa issue an obstacle in Indo-US ties: C Raja Mohan 21-05-2014 06:30 PM

    Foreign policy expert C Raja Mohan said that PM-designate Narendra Modi wanted to improve relations with the United States. "He is not going to make the visa issue a problem in the Indo-US relationship." In 2005, the US State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for travelling to...
  • Watch: The grand preparations at Delhi airport to welcome Modi 17-05-2014 08:56 AM

    India's Prime Minister-to-be Narendra Modi will be landing in Delhi shortly for a victory lap. Modi-led BJP won a clear majority on Friday in the Lok Sabha elections, which the party attributed to the leader's popularity and mass appeal. ...
  • Moderate voter turnout of 53 pc in Mumbai as compared to other cities 24-04-2014 11:12 PM

    An average 55.33 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the 19 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, where polling was held on Thursday in the third and final phase. In 2009 elections 44.87 polling percentage was recorded in the state. The final voter turnout for Mumbai was 53.1 pc, an...
  • Shiv Sena's modi-fied Modi a huge hit in Mumbai 22-04-2014 08:26 AM

    Mumbai: While the BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi may be crisscrossing the country on a hectic campaign schedule even making himself available in the 3 D avatar, many candidates of the ally Shiv Sena believe that they have drawn the short straw. What if the real deal is not available...
  • Sharad Pawar skips Rahul Gandhi's rally, doesn't share stage with him 20-04-2014 09:03 PM

    Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday skipped Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's election rally organised in Mumbai. The NCP chief reportedly pulled out of the joint rally after Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi cancelled her one-day Maharashtra tour, citing health reasons. The NCP said Sharad Pawar had originally changed his...
  • Bombay HC notice to Ashok Chavan, postpones Adarsh hearing to June 10 09-04-2014 06:19 PM

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court while hearing the revision petition filed by the CBI seeking to delete Ashok Chavan's name from the Adarsh FIR on Wednesday asked the agency whether sanction was indeed to prosecute Chavan. The CBI lawyer told the court the agency cannot proceed to prosecute him under...
  • Election Yatra: Battle for Nagpur 07-04-2014 08:01 PM

    Just days to go before 2014 Lok Sabha elections, CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair visits Nagpur to find out the views of the voters on the candidates from their constituency where former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari will contest against Congress's Vilas Muttemwar and AAP's Anjali Damania. Nagpur is set to vote on...
  • Election Yatra: 3-cornered contest between BJP, AAP, Congress in Nagpur 07-04-2014 05:40 PM

    Nagpur: RSS's political offshoot BJP is all set for the Lok Sabha battle in Nagpur. Former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari will contest against Congress's Vilas Muttemwar and AAP's Anjali Damania. Nitin Gadkari, however, faces a formidable challenge in the Lok Sabha polls. So far, only in 1996 elections had the...
  • Pawar says Modi should be treated at a mental hospital, BJP hits back 31-03-2014 10:18 AM

    Mumbai: A day after Bharatiya Janata Party PM candidate Narendra Modi criticised Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar over the state of the hailstorm hit farmers in Maharashtra, Pawar has hit back. Pawar said that Modi needs to be treated in a mental hospital for talking rubbish. "Modi must have deranged as...
  • MNS was close to reaching a deal with BJP, hints Nitin Gadkari 28-03-2014 08:45 AM

    Days after the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance trouble, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has now hinted that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray was very close to signing a deal with the BJP. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Gadkari stopped short of saying that with Shiv Sena's strong displeasure, the talks with...
  • Ashok Chavan's nomination from Nanded is the return of a Marathwada leader 26-03-2014 11:44 PM

    Mumbai: As Adarsh Housing Society scam accused Ashok Chavan's candidature drew fire, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday came out in his support saying no law bars former Maharashtra chief minister from contesting polls. Chavan has filed his nomination from Nanded. Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a...
  • Election Commission puts paid news in perspective 25-03-2014 12:10 PM

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news, if found to praise a particular candidate and projected that candidate as the winner. ECI Director Dhirendra Ojha was answering a...
  • Let judiciary decide if Modi is guilty or not, says NCP's Supriya Sule 25-03-2014 09:45 AM

    Mumbai: One of the young leaders in the fray, Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule, who is seeking re-election for the 16th Lok Sabha, insists that Narendra Modi should no more be cornered for the 2002 Gujarat riots when the judiciary has given him a clean chit. In an exclusive...
  • Shiv Sena fishes in troubled waters of BJP, targets Modi, backs Advani 22-03-2014 10:45 AM

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena keeping up its trident attacks on the BJP batted for its senior leader LK Advani in the latest edition of its editorial 'Saamna'. The party mouthpiece attacked the BJP for sidelining its tallest leader while seat distribution for Lok Sabha elections. On the row between Advani...
  • Shiv Sena leader Mohan Rawale joins NCP 21-03-2014 03:46 PM

    Mumbai: The exodus of Shiv Sena leaders to Nationalist Congress Party continues in Maharashtra. The latest Sena cadre to defect is Mohan Rawale. The former five-time Shiv Sena MP joined the NCP on Friday. He had represented Mumbai South Central five times. Rawale was expelled from the Shiv Sena after...
  • Shiv Sena Shirdi candidate Baban Gholap convicted in corruption case 21-03-2014 03:06 PM

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena candidate from Shirdi Baban Gholap, who is presently an MLA from a constituency in Nashik, has been convicted by the Bombay High Court in a corruption case. Gholap was the social welfare minister in the BJP-Shiv Sena government in 1995. He was charged with corruption and accused...
  • Mumbai court convicts all five in two Shakti Mills gangrape cases 20-03-2014 11:31 AM

    Mumbai: All five accused involved in the two Shakti Mills gangrape cases have been convicted by a Mumbai court. The five have been convicted of rape, conspiracy, common intention and unnatural sex. The sentencing of the convicts will be pronounced on Friday. The two cases include the gangrape of a...
  • Is Uddhav's inaccessible nature behind exodus from Shiv Sena? 19-03-2014 09:48 PM

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is on the back foot after his party saw some high profile exits. The latest being the party's face on TV debates Rahul Narvekar. Known for his passionate defence of the Shiv Sena on national television as its spokesperson, Narvekar's dramatic switch to the...
  • Shiv Sena MPs quit to join Congress, NCP; party now a sinking ship 19-03-2014 08:43 AM

    Mumbai: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was on the back foot after his party saw some high profile exits and the latest being the party's face on TV debates Rahul Navrekar. He was a Thackeray insider and believed to be close to Sena chief's...
  • Wrong to say I benefited from dynasty, says Poonam Mahajan 14-03-2014 11:54 AM

    Mumbai: Denying that she has been benefited from dynasty politics, BJP candidate from Mumbai North Central constituency and daughter of late Pramod Mahajan, Poonam Mahajan, on Friday said that she has been given party ticket because of her hard work. "I am not fighting a by-poll where my father left...
  • Arvind Kejriwal cancels Vidarbha rallies citing ill health 13-03-2014 08:22 AM

    New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has cancelled his scheduled rallies in Vidarbha on Thursday citing ill health. However, he is expected to go to Nagpur on Thursday evening for the charity fund raiser. The entry for Kejriwal's fund raising dinner at a luxury hotel in Sardar in...
  • Bickering over MNS continues, BJP tries to placate Udhav Thakarey 12-03-2014 10:34 AM

    BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi stepped in to control damage after the Shiv Sena warned of a split if the party didn't make its stand on MNS clear. Modi spoke to Uddhav Thackeray late on Tuesday evening in a bid mollify its ally over BJP's ties with Sena rival Raj...
  • BJP desperate to mend ways with Shiv Sena, Modi speaks to Uddhav Thackeray 11-03-2014 11:20 PM

    Mumbai: With the skirmishes between BJP and its ally Shiv Sena refusing to settle down, NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi stepped in and spoke to Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray over the phone on Tuesday evening. It is being reported that the two discussed alliance in Maharashtra. This comes on...
  • No scope of alliance with any other party: BJP 11-03-2014 01:55 PM

    Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis said that the alliance with the Shiv Sena was intact there was no confusion within the cadres. He said, "Out of 26 seats which we contest we have already announced 19 candidates, Shiv Sena has announced around 10-12 candidates so there is no scope for...
  • Shiv Sena denies rift with BJP, slams MNS for political opportunism 11-03-2014 08:02 AM

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena has denied reports of a rift between the party and the Bharatiya Janata Party. An editorial in the party's mouthpiece 'Saamna' says that the alliance between the two is strong as ever. The Shiv Sena also praised BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying, "Modi is...
  • Rahul campaigns against corruption, shares stage with Ashok Chavan 05-03-2014 04:55 PM

    Mumbai: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was greeted by former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan at his rally in Aurangabad on Wednesday. Chavan's presence at his rally is being seen as an embarrassment for the Congress Vice President who is trying to build himself up as an anti-corruption crusader. Gandhi...
  • Sena attacks BJP again over talks with MNS, mocks Gadkari in 'Saamna' 05-03-2014 09:50 AM

    Mumbai: The bitterness between Shiv Sena and BJP in Maharashtra came to the fore on Wednesday when the former lashed out at its decades-old ally for trying to clinch a deal with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Shiv Sena's mouthpiece 'Saamna' in its latest edition...
  • BJP tries damage control after meet with MNS, Sena reportedly upset 04-03-2014 08:31 AM

    Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to balance its allies' concerns after its meeting with Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray. Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Monday night. This came amidst reports that the Shiv Sena is unhappy about...
  • Gadkari asks MNS not to contest LS polls, Shiv Sena kept in dark 03-03-2014 11:54 PM

    Mumbai: Ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the Bharatiya Janata Party is making every possible move to get more allies and garner as many votes. In a major development, former BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray met on Monday with the former appealing to the...
  • Eyeing elections, Maharashtra government to regularise more slums 28-02-2014 05:33 PM

    Mumbai: With an eye on Lok Sabha polls, the Maharashtra government has tabled the Bill to amend the Maharashtra Slums (improvement, clearance and redevelopment) Act in the state assembly on Friday. This Bill, if cleared, will allow for regularisation of slums up to Jan 1, 2000. The bill extends the...