Congress slams Narendra Modi as Lok Sabha polls draw near

Ahemdabad /New Delhi/Mumbai, Feb 23 (ANI): The ruling Congress increased its verbal attacks on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, as the general elections draw near.The verbal spat between the leaders of opposition and the ruling Congress has gained momentum with the general election due in May, which will decide the country's future prime minister. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia, said that eminent leaders of the BJP have earlier spoken against Modi, so it makes no difference if the other political party members also do the same. Congress leader and Union trade and commerce minister, Anand Sharma, said that Modi is incapable of understanding India’s diverse culture and religion. Feb 23, 2014

Militancy down by 70 % in Kashmir: Omar

Jammu, Feb 23 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah said that militancy in the state had come down by 70 percent in the last five years. The Kashmir region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. The chief minister said he would work for the revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives security forces sweeping powers to search, arrest or shoot people. Feb 23, 2014

Police inaction provokes gang raped teen to consume poison in Bijnor

Bijnor, Feb 23 (ANI): After sitting on a hunger strike for days against police's failure to arrest the four men who allegedly gang raped her, an 18-year-old girl attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh. The victim’s mother alleged that her daughter was forced to take this extreme step as no action was taken after the complaint was filed with the police. Superintendent of Police VK Shekhar, said that action in any case can be taken only after gathering of evidence. Feb 23, 2014

Families of Maoist victims in Jharkhand bemoan governments inertia, demand compensation

Galudih, Feb 23 (ANI): Families of the victims who were killed by Maoists in Jharkhand lamented over government’s apathy towards their concerns, as it has failed to provide them compensation and take action against the rebels. The Maoists killed two members of anti-Maoist party group called NASUS (Nagrik Suraksha Samiti), Santosh Mahto and Krishna Chandra Mahto in Keshpur area of Galudih district between 2006 and 2008. Feb 23, 2014

US Olympic committee reflect on Sochi games

The head of the US Olympic committee praised organisers for a 'phenomenal' games on Saturday. Larry Probst also hailed the close involvement of President Vladimir Putin in Sochi 2014. Duration: 01:34 Feb 22, 2014

Chinese still in winter sports 'second tier'

Chinese Olympic chiefs said Saturday they are satisfied with their team's haul of medals at the Sochi Games but admitted China still lags behind the top nations in winter sports. Duration: 01:22 Feb 22, 2014

Russia deputy PM hails Sochi security arrangement

The high profile members of punk group Pussy Riot came to Olympics host Sochi this week looking for trouble, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Saturday after the women were filmed being beaten with a horsewhip. Duration: 01:06 Feb 22, 2014

Disruptions created by Congress MPs in last session of Parliament disappointing: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that the most disappointing aspect of the UPA-2 regime (2009-14) were the repeated disruptions created by Congress Members of Parliament, and added that she came away from the final session of the 15th Lok Sabha with a feeling that institutions have been eroded with time. Feb 22, 2014

War of words between BJP & Congress over LS, Congress says no one day without disruption

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): As 15th session of Lok Sabha ended with many pending bills to be passed and government deciding to pass the anti-graft bill through ordinance, the opposition started on war of words over the issue blaming each other for Parliament disruptions. MoS for parliamentary affairs, Rajeev Shukla said that not one day went by when the opposition had not caused disruption at the lower house. Commenting on BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s allegation that it was Congress leaders who created chaos, Shukla said that they were few Seemandhra MPs who had regional sentiments attached to the issue. Feb 22, 2014

Hindu conversions should be stopped with Modis help: Ashok Singhal

Bhopal, Feb 22 (ANI): Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal on Saturday said that of late a major concern that has come up in front of them is the decreasing number of Hindus and that unless conversions were stopped immediately, the day would not be far off when Hindus would be reduced to a minority in this country. Addressing a press conference, Singhal said it has become "imperative" for each Hindu couple to have five children. Feb 22, 2014

More protests as Venezuela leader calls for talks with US

Opponents of Venezuela's leftist government prepared for a mass protest rally in Caracas Saturday, a day after President Nicolas Maduro issued a surprise call for direct talks with the United States. Duration: 00:58 Feb 22, 2014

Guinea pig meat sees gastronomic boom in Peru

The 'cuy', or guinea pig, is a traditional food of the Peruvian Andes. The meat of the little animal has seen a gastronomic boom in recent years, not only in Peru but also in the United States. Duration: 01:13 Feb 22, 2014

Ukraine opposition seeks to oust president

Images of morning routine at the Maidan Square protest camp, on the day militant anti-government activists threaten to storm the president’s palace. Duration: 00:39 Feb 22, 2014