Independent

  • Ministries asked to implement plans for Modi's big bang I-Day speech: Sources Yesterday

    New Delhi: All the Union ministries have been asked to implement as many budgetary proposals as possible before August 10 so that Prime Minister Narendra Mdoi can deliver a big bang Independence speech, said sources in the government. Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth directed the ministries to bring some major reforms before...
  • Man seeks permission to hoist national flag on his chest on Independence Day July 16, 2014

    The crowd gathered at the collectorate was left stunned for few moments as an elderly man sought permission for hoisting national flag on his chest during the coming Independence Day. The incident took place as Additional Collector Basant Kurre was conducting a public hearing on Tuesday. The unusual demand came from...
  • Iraq chaos fuels Kurds' independence dream, but hurdles remain July 7, 2014

    Iraq: A grave, freshly dug and adorned with pebbles, is the modest tribute to one more sacrifice in the long history of struggle for an independent Kurdish state. Hogir Fathi was looking forward to home leave in his village in autonomous Kurdistan when the 24-year-old, a fighter in the Iraqi region's...
  • 4 Indian-Americans honoured in US on Independence day July 5, 2014

    Washington: Four Indian-Americans were among 40 people who were honoured for their contributions to the US in the annual Great Immigrants tribute in New York on the country's independence day. Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella, Comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi, Carnegie Mellon University president Subra Suresh and former president...
  • Immigration in America's DNA, Obama says July 5, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Saturday called America's legacy as a country of immigrants part of the nation's "DNA," as members of the military community were sworn in as citizens at the White House. At a Fourth of July event marking the 238th anniversary of American independence, Obama praised the newly...
  • Rajasthan government to hold Independence Day function at Udaipur June 14, 2014

    The Rajasthan government on Friday announced that it would organise the state-level function to celebrate Independence Day on August 15 at Udaipur. Flag hoisting, parade, cultural programmes, merit awards and certificates to the recipient would be presented by the Chief Minister at the function, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sunil Arora, who...
  • UKIP: Anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic party storms Britain’s political arena May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: This appears to be a season for electoral forces of nature around the world. While we mull over the BJP tidal wave that swept through India and Thailand tries to steady itself after a coup, Britain's polity is contemplating the 'UKIP earthquake' as it has come to be...
  • 89 per cent votes for independence in east Ukraine referendum May 12, 2014

    At least 89 per cent of the voters in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region cast ballots in favour of independence in Sunday's referendum, media reported Monday. The turnout for the referendum was 74.87 per cent, and some 10.1 per cent voted against independence, Roman Lyagin, head of the electoral commission of the...
  • 66-year-old Independent candidate hopes to end bachelorhood after win April 22, 2014

    Barpeta (Assam): An Independent contesting from this Lok Sabha seat has promised to chase illegal migrants out, open gyms and help youths get married besides himself ending a vow and entering into the wedlock if he is elected. Kamal Uddin, 66, is a bachelor and has vowed not to get married...
  • Lok Sabha polls: 14 candidates in Tamil Nadu with 'zero assets' April 21, 2014

    At a time when many Lok Sabha candidates are coming out with eye-popping details of their assets worth crores, 14 candidates in the poll fray in Tamil Nadu, mostly independents, have declared 'zero assets'. They are among 845 candidates of well established political entities, among whom are 14 contestants with high...
  • There's no Modi wave, I've got a tremendous response: Jaswant Singh April 17, 2014

    Jaswant Singh is contesting as in Independent candidate from Barmer. He was expelled from the BJP for filing his nomination as an Independent. ...
  • Chhattisgarh: 11 Chandulal Sahus vs one Ajit Jogi in Mahasamund April 12, 2014

    Raipur: It is not uncommon to have two candidates of different political parties with the same name. But it rarely happens that almost a dozen candidates with the same name jump into the poll fray from the same seat. When it happens, the matter also becomes a little fishy. Bharatiya...
  • Photos of 'Indian Spider-Man' Gaurav Sharma: An independent candidate who scales walls and climbs his way into your balcony April 12, 2014

    Gaurav Sharma, an independent candidate also known as the Indian Spider-Man, handed out pamphlets to residents and scaled neighbourhood walls during his election campaign in Mumbai. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election - a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world...
  • Lok Sabha polls: It's Modi versus Modi in Vadodara April 10, 2014

    It is Modi versus Modi in Vadodara with a namesake of BJP's Prime Ministerial joining the fray as an Independent candidate in this Lok Sabha constituency. While BJP's Narendra Modi filed his nomination on Wednesday, so did Independent candidate Narendra Babulal Modi. According to his affidavit, 49-year-old Narendra Babu Lal Modi...
  • LS polls: Success rate of Independent candidates 0.53 per cent since 1952 April 7, 2014

    The country's electoral history has seen over 41,000 Independents contesting Lok Sabha polls till now but only 221 of them have won, the success rate being an abysmal 0.53 per cent. Out of total 41,309 Independents who fought the electoral battle, a whopping 40,420 not only lost the polls but also...
  • Afghanistan runs out of ballot papers as election turnout surprises April 5, 2014

    Kandahar/Kabul: Afghanistan's landmark election on Saturday was marred by a shortage of ballot papers that left many voters still queueing to cast their vote with polling due to close, as the organisers appeared unprepared for a high turnout. The Independent Election Commission ordered voting to be extended by at least...
  • Show Me The Money: Jaswant Singh's assets valued at Rs 11.5 crore April 5, 2014

    Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh has cash reserves of Rs 1.28 lakh. The leader who is contesting as an Independent from Barmer has his cash and assets valued at over Rs 11.5 Crores ...
  • Independent candidate from TN to fight his 159th election against Modi April 4, 2014

    A 55-year-old man has come in Vadodara all the way from Tamil Nadu to fight elections against Narendra Modi, with not an aim for winning but to set a record. Having no political ambition or hope to win election, Tamil Nadu-based tyre trading firm owner Dr K Padmarajan filed his nomination...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Will Congress gain from BJP infighting in Barmer? March 29, 2014

    Barmer: The Bharatiya Janata Party this election season is facing major rebellion from its senior leaders. All eyes are on Barmer where senior leader Jaswant Singh faces expulsion if he does not withdraw his nomination as an Independent from his home town. Barmer is locked in a three-corner electoral battle...
  • Snapshot: Independent candidate Rakhi Sawant looks environment friendly in all-green salwar-kameez, jacket, scarf March 27, 2014

    Self-titled 'mirchi girl' and Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant revealed her new, political avatar yesterday. Dressed in a greet outfit, complete with a khadi jacket and her head covered with a matching green scarf, Sawant posed solemnly for the shutterbugs. "Please give me one chance and see what I can do,"...
  • Uddhav feels I can govern better than Kejriwal, says Rakhi Sawant March 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Elections are in fashion this season and perhaps this is why another celebrity has stepped from the glamour world on the electoral stage. After Gul Panag, Kirron Kher, Paresh Rawal, now Rakhi Sawant is fighting elections as an Independent from Mumbai North West. People have seen her spew venom on...
  • Please give me one chance and see what I can do: Rakhi Sawant to contest LS polls from Mumbai March 26, 2014

    Mumbai: The Lok Sabha election in Mumbai North-West constituency will get a dose of glamour with the entry of Bollywood item girl Rakhi Sawant as an Independent candidate. "I have been virtually mobbed by people demanding that I should fight the election, so here I am," Sawant told media persons here...
  • LS polls: Rabri Devi challenged by estranged brother Sadhu Yadav March 25, 2014

    Patna: The Saran Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar will see a contest between two siblings- former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi and her estranged brother Sadhu Yadav. Sadhu Yadav will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections as an Independent. Yadav, who was earlier a part of his brother-in-law Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya...
  • Four in fray for lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram March 22, 2014

    Four candidates are in the fray for elections to Mizoram's lone Lok Sabha seat on April 9 with filing of nominations ending on Saturday, returning officer for the polls and district deputy commissioner Juhi Mukherjee said. Mukherjee told PTI that two candidates Robert Romawia Royte of opposition alliance United Democratic Front...
  • Only two nominations filed on first day in Haryana March 15, 2014

    Only two candidates submitted their papers on the first day of filing of nominations for the April 10 Lok Sabha elections in Haryana. Both the nominations have been received from Faridabad parliamentary constituency, Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant Walgad said on Saturday. He said Deepak Gaud of Akhil Bhartya Arakshan Virodhi...
  • Will campaign for 50 Independent candidates across India: Anna March 1, 2014

    Jalna: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Saturday said he would campaign for 50 independent candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Talking to reporters at Deulgaon-Raja near Jalna in Maharashtra, Anna said he had proposed a 17-point agenda for political parties and these 50 candidates, 12 of them from Maharashtra,...
  • Ukrainians turn Kiev street into shrine to their dead February 24, 2014

    Kiev: Thousands of Ukrainians streamed into Kiev's Independence Square on Sunday, carrying flowers and candles in a spontaneous pilgrimage to commemorate the protesters who died for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich. Marshalled through barricades by helmeted members of a self-styled 'self-defense' force, families poured down Institutska Street, the scene last...
  • Station: Three assassins deal with their insecurities February 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Saad Khan's directorial debut 'Station', a crime thriller, will be released March 28 under PVR Director's Rare, which is fast emerging as a leading platform for independent cinema in the country. 'Station' will release in cinemas across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad and Ranchi. The film's trailer was launched...
  • Ukraine clashes kill 21 more, EU talks shifted February 20, 2014

    At least 21 civilians were killed in fresh fighting in Kiev on Thursday, shattering an overnight truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, and a presidential statement said dozens of police were also dead or wounded. Activists hurling petrol bombs and paving stones drove riot police off a corner of the...
  • Relief for expelled AAP MLA Binny, HC declares him independent legislator February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: In a big relief to Delhi MLA and former AAP member Vinod Kumar Binny, the High Court on Wednesday declared him an independent legislator. This comes after Binny was expelled from Aam Aadmi Party and the Delhi Assembly Speaker MS Dhir had said that despite his expulsion from the...