Maoists victimize dead police informers family in red corridor region

Gaya, Feb 25 (ANI): Maoists victimize family of a dead police informer in “red corridor” region of Gaya in Bihar, demolishing and turning their houses and farmlands into ashes, leaving them in distress with no means of livelihood. Lamenting government's apathy, the family said that the authorities had failed to provide them any compensation or help for their survival. The Maoists had attacked house of Vijay Yadav after brandishing him as a police informer in March 2011. The rebels also looted the house before burning it down. After the incident, Yadav fled from the village with his family members. Feb 25, 2014

We will seek forgiveness: Rajnath on 2002 Gujarat riots

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): With an aim to woo Muslims ahead of the General Elections, BJP President Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that his party will ask for forgiveness if it had ever committed any mistake in the past. Rajnath was apparently referring to the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, over which the party and Gujarat Chief Minister and now its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has faced enough criticism. Feb 25, 2014

Politicos on Kejriwals Modi wave comment

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Feb 25 (ANI): Politicos on Tuesday reacted to AAP chief and ex- Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s statement where he admitted that there is ‘Modi wave’ in the country. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi agreed to the same saying that now they won’t give Congress or its proxy party AAP any chance to ruin the country. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader refused to acknowledge Kejriwal saying that nobody in UP knows him. On the other hand AAP leader Ashutosh said that AAP is not scared of either Congress or BJP and has its own agenda to bring a change in the country. Feb 25, 2014

Nitish rubbishes Lalus claim that Bihar Assembly Speaker behind RJD MLAs revolt

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav hit out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who he claims is poaching his MLAs in collusion with the Bihar Assembly Speaker. However, Nitish rubbished Lalu’s claim and said that there is some dissent within the RJD, and it is wrong to say that the speaker is acting under some pressure. Feb 25, 2014

Nobody can crush media, but there is attempt to manipulate media: AAP

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Reacting on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s remark on media, AAP leader Ashutosh said that no one has power to crush media but there is a sure attempt to manipulate media for personal gains. He said that there are pressure on media to do positive reporting fro Narendra Modi and this is against journalism. Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal had also agreed to a ‘Modi wave’ in the country. Feb 25, 2014

Gun control debate in New Caledonia

A debate on gun control on the islands of New Caledonia is heating up, fuelled in part by a looming referendum on the polarising issue of independence from France.Duration:02:34 Feb 25, 2014

Political situation in Bihar collapses, politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): As the political situation in Bihar collapsed with a major split in Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD and thereafter a possible alliance between Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and BJP, political parties reacted to the series of events. One the one hand, Rajya Sabha MP Mohd Adeeb and BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi speculated it to be bad trick by JD (U) condemning the act. Whereas, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi took it as a common series of incidents which takes place as the elections comes closer. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi refuted claims of any trick by his party for the split and said that RJD and JD (U)’s membership is transferable and there is nothing to be concerned of. Feb 25, 2014

SC refers passive euthanasia plea to 5-judge bench

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Supreme Court on Tuesday referred a plea for voluntary passive euthanasia in the case of a person who is terminally ill and in medical opinion there is little hope of revival and recovery, to the constitution bench of 5 judges. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said an earlier judgement of the court on voluntary passive euthanasia in Aruna Shanbaug's case did lay down a certain procedure but it was not clear. Feb 25, 2014

Opposition slams Shindes crush media remark, Congress clarifies

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Giving clarification over his remark to "crush" the electronic media, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday said that he did not mean "journalism" but “social media”. Shinde was heard threatening to "crush" the electronic media, alleging a section of it was unnecessarily provoking the Congress party by indulging in "false propaganda" against it. However, the opposition parties came down heavily on Shinde for his remark, but the Congress was seen in a defending mood. Feb 25, 2014

BJP, JD (U) conspiring against RJD: Lalu

Patna, Feb 25 (ANI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Tuesday alleged that the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party are conspiring to split his party. Baffled ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Lalu said that what Nitish Kumar has done is similar to America's Watergate scandal. RJD Chief has called for an emergency meeting of his party leaders and is expected to meet all the 13 MLAs. On Monday, 13 of Lalu's 22 Bihar legislators announced that they had split away from the Rashtriya Janata Dal. They met Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary and sought to be recognized as a separate group; the Speaker immediately declared them "unattached" from the RJD. However, within an hour six of the prodigals were back in the RJD Feb 25, 2014

China downplays Modis remarks on Arunachal Pradesh

Beijing, Feb 25 (ANI): China sought to downplay remarks by BJP’s prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who said that the disputed territory of Arunachal Pradesh was an integral part of India and urged China to abandon its "mindset of expansion". Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, said that China was dedicated to promoting friendly relations with its neighbours and the resolving of disputes via talks. Feb 25, 2014

LS Polls: All options open to form likeminded coalition, says Congress

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, said that all options were open to form a non-communal and likeminded coalition in the run-up to the battle of 2014 polls. Election Commission is all set to hold the general elections starting mid-April and spread it over at least five phases till early May. Meanwhile, reacting on Aam Aadmi Party, Chief Arvind Kejriwal, Singhvi said that merely crying about negatives and not taking any measures of improvement is an insult to the nation. Feb 25, 2014

Rahul says dedicating their life to nation, soldiers are true heroes

Chandigarh, Feb 25 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi referring to the army men said that “dedicating their life to nation soldiers are true heroes” as the ex-service men thank him for his relentless efforts to push the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme. Gandhi regretted the delay in clearing of the scheme and said that it should have been implemented long back. Gandhi said that ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme would prove historical for the welfare of the soldiers, who defend the country by working in difficult conditions. Feb 25, 2014

Meant social media, not journalism: Shinde

Sholapur, Feb 25 (ANI): Giving clarification over his remark to "crush" the electronic media, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday said that he did not mean "journalism" but “social media”. Shinde was heard threatening to "crush" the electronic media, alleging a section of it was unnecessarily provoking the Congress party by indulging in "false propaganda" against it. Feb 25, 2014