Congress-BJP nexus exposed in Delhi Assembly today: Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that the BJP-Congress nexus has been exposed today in Delhi Assembly, as both joined hands in a coordinated effort to disrupt the House. He added that the match-fixing between the parties is of the worst kind. Feb 13, 2014

Maharashtra CM to implement new toll policy

Mumbai, Feb 13 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that a new toll policy is likely to be implemented in the light of recent agitations against toll tax collection in the state. Earlier, during the day, Chavan had met the MNS chief Raj Thackeray and discussed the contentious toll collection issue. Feb 13, 2014

Congress leaders protest outside Delhi Assembly over Janlokpal Bill

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): The Congress leaders on Thursday protested against the AAP Government outside Delhi Secretariat over tabling of Delhi Janlokpal Bill in the state assembly. The Union Law Ministry, earlier, clarified that the Delhi government needs prior consent of the Centre before it can table the Bill. However, reports had said that the Delhi government will table the controversial Jan Lokpal Bill in the state Assembly as decided. Feb 13, 2014

Mamata Banerjee ready to accept 17 points if comes to power: Anna Hazare

Ralegan Siddhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Anna Hazare after meeting TMC leaders Mukul Roy and KD Singh with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's word, said that Banerjee is ready to accept his 17 points if she comes to power. Further, he appreciated West Bengal CM and said that nobody else than she thought of changing the economic system form the village level. Hazare also praised Banerjee for her simplicity and said that if people will support her, change will follow. Feb 13, 2014

IOC seeks clarification from Russia on jailed activist

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday said it was seeking clarification from Russia over the jailing of a leading activist who criticised the environmental damage caused by the Sochi Games. Duration: 01:10 Feb 13, 2014

Badalta Manzar (Feb 13, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

Numbers of remote and far flung villages in kathua district have no resources of safe water supplied by Government Public Health department and are fully dependent on natural resources like borewell, springs, well, along with nullah and rivers which are not safe for consumption and are not good for health. To sort out the grievances of rural areas, the National Development Foundation, Jammu with support from Communication and Capacity Development Unit, Water and Sanitation Support organization, Deptt. of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control organized “ Advocacy Workshop for Media and allied Departments” to create mass awareness among people to get them checked up with testing lab. The government school in Rajouri district lacks basic facilities that are needed to create a suitable atmosphere for education. In the modern times, when electricity has become a necessity in every home to commence the day to day chores, people here are still reeling under darkness. The residents of aalosa village in Bandipora district are facing major power shortage with electricity playing hide and seek every day. Feb 13, 2014

Govt's claim of introducing Telangana Bill incorrect: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Thursday claimed that the central government's claim of introducing the Telangana Bill is incorrect. The leader of opposition also questioned why the bill was not mentioned in the list of business. Feb 13, 2014

BJP should admit it opposes formation of Telangana: Kamal Nath

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday accused the BJP of showing double standards on the issue of Telangana. Nath said that the BJP should admit in front of all that it opposes the bill as it is trying to create obstacles on technical grounds. Earlier, leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said that the central government's claim of introducing the Telangana Bill is incorrect. The leader of opposition also questioned why the bill was not mentioned in the list of business. Feb 13, 2014

Democracy killed in daylight in LS: Jaganmohan Reddy

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Reacting on ruckus created in Parliament on Thursday, YSR Congress President Jaganmohan Reddy said that democracy was killed in broad daylight in the Lok Sabha. He said that the bill was introduced in the house without any ‘yes or no’ and was arbitrary of the centre. Reddy also said that he and his party will go to all the opposition party and other political parties to garner their support against the Telangana bill. Feb 13, 2014

J and K Molestation case: Shabir Ahmad Khan claims innocence

Srinagar, Feb 13 (ANI): Former health minister of Jammu and Kashmir Shabir Ahmad Khan, accused of sexually assaulting a woman doctor, said that he is being framed in the case and claimed that he is innocent, while talking to media persons in Srinagar on Thursday. The doctor in her complaint to the police alleged that the minister made provocative advances to her - both verbal and physical - and molested her when she met him for an official work in the civil secretariat in Srinagar. Khan said that the false allegations had been put to destroy his political career. Feb 13, 2014

Telangana Row: Meira Kumar suspends L Rajagopal, other Seemandhra MPs

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday suspended pepper spray wielder L Rajagopal and other Seemandhra MPs, who created ruckus inside the parliament. The Lok Sabha commenced for all of two minutes during which time Kumar read out a list of Seemandhra MPs who were suspended. Kumar expressed her anguish over the unprecedented clashes in Lok Sabha and termed the incident as a blot on the country's Parliamentary democracy. The Parliament on Thursday was left in shock after suspended Congress MP L Rajagopal who was standing in the well of Lok Sabha, took out a bottle of pepper spray and sprayed it all around the house, leading to the immediate adjournment of the house. Feb 13, 2014

BSE closes points 272.88 down on Feb 13

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 272.88 points down to stand at 20175.61. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 89.10 points down to stand at5994.90. Muthoot Finance and Future Retail were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 8.81% and 2.99% along with Godrej Cons and United Brew-$ with an increase of 2.62% and 1.90% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Muthoot Finance and Cipla with a decrease of 8.34% and 7.78% along with BOB and Indian Oil Corporation with a decrease of 5.55% and 5.23% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 13.41 points at 11,804.69 while the banking sector is down 59.61 points at 11,683.77 and the realty sector is up 26.85 points at 1,232.20. The Indian currency is down 0.43% at Rs 62.36 per dollar. Feb 13, 2014

Powell- Modi meet to take corrective measures on wrong assessment done earlier: Defence Analyst

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): After US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell met BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday, Defence Expert Bharat Verma said that this is an attempt to take corrective measures on wrong assessment US has done earlier. He said that Modi is a modest man and has a road map on what he wants from US and will know better on how to extract maximum benefits out of relations with America. Verma also said that US is aware of the possibility of Modi being the next prime minister of India and the meet comes in that relation. Feb 13, 2014

Polticos condemn pepper spray in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Political leaders condemned the shocking incident of pepper spray in Lok Sabha on Thursday. Terming the incident as unfortunate, politicos demanded strict action against the MPs involved in the incident. Feb 13, 2014

Pepper spray in LS, blot on Parliamentary democracy: Kamal Nath

New Delhi, Feb 13 (ANI): Terming the Lok Sabha ruckus a blot on Parliamentary democracy, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said that political leaders demanded strict action against the MPs. The Parliament on Thursday was left in shock after suspended Congress MP L Rajagopal who was standing in the well of Lok Sabha, took out a bottle of pepper spray and sprayed it all around the house, leading to immediate adjournment. According to reports, TDP MP Venugopal Reddy broke mike on Secretary General's table in Lok Sabha and L Rajagopal smashed glass on the table causing commotion. Feb 13, 2014