It happens: Dance Festival

Khajuraho, feb 21 (ANI): The world-renowned Dance Festival began in Khajuraho - the city of ancient temples - in India's central province of Madhya Pradesh, with an aim to promote cultural and traditional dances of the country. Dancers performed several old and traditional Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Odissi attempting to keep the dances alive as a part of our heritage. The dancers described their experience of performing in Khajuraho city, a place famous for its temples with exquisite sex sculptures and paintings, a holy one. Many classical artists were honoured at the festival and young dancers got a platform to showcase their talent. The event saw the presence of various provincial leaders including state culture and tourism minister, Surendra Patwa. Many tourists from other countries also made it to the festival to view and participate in it.The week-long event will see classical dancers performing various dance styles including Kuchipudi, Kathak and Manipuri. The festival is also celebrating the exquisiteness and daintiness of human emotions and devout philosophy of Hindu religion. Feb 21, 2014

Andhra Pradesh bifurcation against democracy: Jagan Mohan Reddy

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Reacting on the process of bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the whole process was against democracy and the democracy was killed in the broad day light in the Parliament. He said that the Lok Sabha proceedings which was cut out off air and was passed arbitrarily was against the principles of the Constitution and such an incident had never happened in the nation. He also said that the prime minister ordered people to get out of Hyderabad but never announce about any capital or financial help. Feb 21, 2014

Over 60 protesters are shot dead in Ukraine protests

Over 60 protesters are shot dead in anti-government protests in Ukraine, as rival sides trade accusations of snipers, EU ministers try to broker an end to the crisis and parliament votes to ban police force against protesters. Duration:01:00 Feb 21, 2014

Libyans vote for constitution panel

Libyans go to the polls to elect a panel to draft a new constitution in the latest milestone in the chaotic political transition following the overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi. Duration: 01:19 Feb 21, 2014

UN chief urges deployment of 3,000 extra troops to CAR

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Security Council Thursday called for a rapid reinforcement "of at least 3,000 troops" to Central African Republic to re-establish order and protect civilians. Duration: 00:48 Feb 21, 2014

AK Choudharys statement clarifies that coup was mind game created by Shashikant Sharma: Defence Exp

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Reacting on Former Lt General AK Choudhary’s statement over an alleged military coup in Delhi, which spooked the UPA government, Defence Expert Bharat Verma said that the coup was a mind game created by the then Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma. He said that Sharma was playing with the minds of the political masters and creating gulf between the political masters and the military. He also said that it was a routine military exercise which takes place every now and then in the national capital. Feb 21, 2014

Gen VK Singhs Aide lashes on Indian Express for mis-presenting facts about military

New Delhi, Feb 21(ANI): Reacting on former DGMO Lt Gen A K Choudhary’s statement, Gen VK Singh’s Aide Kunal Verma said that he gave only matter of fact statement and that Indian Express if mis-presenting the facts about military. He said that when Defence Ministry and prime minister himself clarified on the same, how are the aforesaid newspaper above them. He also said that those were just routine military exercise which takes place frequently. Feb 21, 2014

Nitish calls for Bihar bandh on 1st March demanding special status for state

Patna, Feb 21 (ANI): After central government gave special status to Seemandhra for five years, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for Bihar bandh on 1st March pressuring for the state’s demand for special status. He said that it is proved that the central government can declare special status for any state if they want and they are doing injustice to Bihar and other such backward states. Feb 21, 2014

We have done justice to both Telangana & Seemandhra: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that the BJP has done justice to both Telangana and Seemandhra region and if the party comes in power, further justice will be done. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill or the Telangana Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday in the face of noisy protests. The Bill was passed without any change as the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party did not press for any of the amendments moved by it following an assurance from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over several issues, including a special package to the Seemandhra region for five years. The stalemate over the Bill ended after hectic negotiations between the Congress and the BJP. Feb 21, 2014

Gen (Retd) AK Choudhary says UPA feared coup in 2012, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Retired Lt-Gen AK Choudhary, who was Director General of Military Operations in 2012, has told that the "highest levels" of the UPA government were indeed spooked by the unexpected movement of troops under former Army chief General VK Singh's command. Speaking on the same, Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said that Army is a disciplinary force and there should be secrecy on such issues and retired officers should be careful before speaking. Meanwhile, JD (U) Leader Sabir Ali said that if there is a weak government in power, powerful people of military try to seize the power. Feb 21, 2014

Kejriwal hits out at Modi, Rahul on gas pricing issue

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): After making startling claims against Reliance Industries Pvt Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, seeking clarification on BJP's stand on the gas pricing issue. Addressing mediapersons on Friday, Kejriwal said that he has asked Modi in the letter why he is silent on the gas pricing issue. He further said that he plans to write a similar letter to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too, and distribute 10 crore copies of the letters, in various languages, across India. Feb 21, 2014

Kolkata pays homage to language heroes on International Mother Language Day

Kolkata, Feb 21 (ANI): People in West Bengal celebrated International Mother Language Day with fervour and paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives with an aim to provide an identity to the Bengali language. Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Abida Islam, organized a march with banners and placards in Kolkata in memory of those who died in the struggle to make Bengali the state language. The Bangla Language Movement of February 21, 1952 was a unique movement aimed at advocating the recognition of Bangla language as the region’s official language, allowing it to be used by the government. Feb 21, 2014

Telangana: Shutdown in Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam/Vijayawada /New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Anti-Telangana protests intensified in Andhra Pradesh as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions witnessed complete shutdown on Friday against the bifurcation and creation of new state. Lawmakers passed a bill to create India's 29th state on Thursday, despite mayhem in the parliament, as opponents made a futile last attempt to stop the Rajya Sabha from carving out landlocked Telangana from the coastal Andhra Pradesh. Security was beefed up in Vijayawada district and the shops remained closed in protest against the passing of Telangana Bill. The residents slammed the central government over their decision on Telangana and said that it was one-sided decision. Meanwhile, Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao hailed the efforts made by the party. Feb 21, 2014