Odisha law minister Maheshwar Mohanty shot at in Puri, injured

Bhubaneswar, Feb 22 (ANI): Odisha's law, tourism and culture minister Maheshwar Mohanty, was injured when two unidentified men opened fire at him near his house in Puri. Mohanty, 59, was driving a scooty back home from a function when two miscreants, who were apparently following him on a two-wheeled vehicle, opened fire at him in a narrow lane near Amala Club in the heart of the town at around 8pm on Friday, sources said. The minister sustained a bullet injury on his left arm and suffered head injuries after he fell from the scooty on being fired at. Mohanty, was taken to a hospital and subsequently shifted to Bhubaneswar on doctor's advice. Feb 22, 2014

United Airplanes' aircraft grounded at Mumbai airport sighting "major damage"

Mumbai, Feb 22 (ANI): A Boeing 777 aircraft of American carrier United Airlines (UA) was grounded at Mumbai airport Friday night after engineers found that its right engine cover was badly damaged, officials said. The aircraft, operating flight UA-48 from Newark to Mumbai, was grounded, terming the damage as "major", the sources said, adding it was being suspected that the damage may have been caused during take-off. The carrier has despatched a team of engineers from the US to fix the problem. Feb 22, 2014

Agra auto driver kills American wife, blows himself up

Agra, Feb 22 (ANI): An American social worker Erin White alias Kiran Sharma who fell for an Indian auto driver and married him in Agra, was viciously stabbed to death by her husband, who later blew himself up. The police also added that Bunty Sharma had met Willinger when she visited Agra in July last year. They got married in a court on October 11 and started living together in the Shaheed Nagar Colony of the city. However, soon differences surfaced in their relationship and eventually they separated. Feb 22, 2014

Steve Jobs to appear on US stamps in 2015

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): The US Postal Service is reportedly giving a fitting tribute to late Apple founder Steve Jobs by taking out stamps with the icon's picture beginning in 2015. Jobs, known as pioneer of the personal computer revolution, headed the technology giant apart from Pixar Animation Studios and founded NeXT Inc. According to The Verge, other deceased icons receiving their own stamps that year include Elvis Presley and famed Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. Feb 22, 2014

No power subsidy from April 1 in Delhi, BJP slams Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Subsidy for consumption up to 400 units, announced by the Sheila Dikshit government and later increased by the Arvind Kejriwal government, will cease in the new financial year as there is no provision for it in the interim budget for 2014-15 approved by Parliament on Friday. Reacting over this, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan on Saturday slammed AAP convener and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal for cheating the people of the state and making false promises. Feb 22, 2014

Delhi power tariff subsidy: Hope for less problem when AAP govt returns, says party

New Delhi/ Noida, Feb 22 (ANI): Reacting to opposition over Delhi power tariff subsidy given by former Delhi government, party leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh hoped that any such problems won't be faced by the people of the national capital once the party comes back to government with majority. Ashutosh said that the party won't interfere with the court's decision but problem will lessen one the audit of electricity companies are done. Feb 22, 2014

AAP warns Congress over 'goons attacking Vishwas in Amethi', says UP govt biased

Noida, Feb 22 (ANI): Commenting on AAP- Congress clash in Rahul Gandhi's constituency Amethi, AAP leader Ashutosh warned the Congress party to stop such things or else there will be a protest in whole UP. He said that organizing rallies and to promote their party is a democratic right of any party and no party can come in between the same. Further, Ashutosh said that when the party went to state police for filing complaint, nobody paid any heed to the same. He said that this clarifies that Mulayam Singh Yadav and Gandhi are united. Feb 22, 2014

Narendra Modi to hold three rallies in Northeast, JD (U) calls it 'circus'

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Launching a blistering attack on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, JD (U) compared his rallies with circus shows. Modi will address three rallies in the Northeast on Saturday. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar raised question on extravagant arrangements during Modi's rallies. Feb 22, 2014

Dignitaries from Saudi Arabia, Russia and Iran to visit India to boost ties

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Saudi Arabia’s crowned Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Rogozin, and Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit India in a bid to boost bilateral ties. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including cabinet ministers, senior officials and captains of industry. Later, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, would visit India. Feb 22, 2014

Manmohan Singh's last address to Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed Parliament for the last time on Friday and said that the passage of the bill on Telangana was an indication that the country was capable of taking tough decisions. He also praised Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for performing his duties efficiently and also praised the role of the Leader of the Opposition. Feb 22, 2014

Jayalalithaa hints at prime ministership with possibility of third front formation

Chennai, Feb 22 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa hinted at prime ministership during the launch of a state project. Jayalalithaa was speaking at the inauguration of the official website of Tamil Nadu Infrastructural Development Board in Chennai. While speaking about the proposed infrastructural policies for the region, she also added that she had a clear vision for India. The regional All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) had joined hands with the Communist parties of the country to form an alliance ahead of the upcoming general elections. Feb 22, 2014

Rahul Gandhi hopes for ordinance route for passing pending bills after BJPs betrayal

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of betrayal, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, hinted that government might pass anti-graft bill through ordinance. An ordinance or executive order remains in effect only for three months and it lapses if it is not cleared by Parliament. The Government couldn’t take up these bills in the last session of parliament before polls as proceedings were marred by disruptions by a section of Congress leaders and regional parties over creation of separate state of Telangana. The BJP turned down the government’s request to extend the session by a few days to take up these bills, which Gandhi has been pushing. Feb 22, 2014

Narendra Modis rally in northeast wont affect people: Ninong Ering calls it drama

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): As Narendra Modi is all set to address three rallies in northeast, MoS for minority affairs Ninong Ering said that any such rally won’t affects northeast people. Terming it as ‘drama’ by the BJP’a prime ministerial candidate, Ering said that Congress has worked for these states and just a rally won’t gain BJP any vote in the region. Further, he also appreciated Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for their modesty and said that unlike Modi who has already considered himself as the PM of the country, they refrain from taking the position even after persuasion. Feb 22, 2014