Will release Rajiv Gandhi assassins if centre fails to reply immediately: Jayalalithaa

Chennai/ Coimbatore/ New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa triggered outrage in the Congress and elsewhere after the state government decided to release all seven assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This comes a day after Supreme Court of India commuted death sentences of three accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination to life term because of an 11-year delay in deciding on their petitions for mercy. The Supreme Court had granted powers to the Tamil Nadu government to exercise its remission powers under the sections 432 and 433 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc). Jayalalithaa decided to release the convicts after due consultations with the central government and announced the same in the state assembly on Wednesday. Feb 20, 2014

Chidambaram boosting revenue by taxing my speeches: Narendra Modi

Gandhinagar, Feb 20 (ANI): Continuing with the war of words with Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Narendra Modi said that the Congress minister was working very hard to boost the country’s revenues by imposing service tax on his speeches. Modi was addressing a seminar on 'Financial Services - a key driver for economic growth in Gandhinagar where he took pot shots at Chidambaram. Earlier, Chidambaram has said that he does not want to indulge in a class 8 schoolboy debate after Modi criticised the interim budget. Feb 20, 2014

Gaya school remains in dilapidated condition 3 years after Maoist attack

Gaya, Feb 20 (ANI): A school in Gaya district of Bihar, which was destroyed in a Maoist attack three years back, is still in ruins due to government’s apathy. On May 25, 2011, Maoist rebels destroyed a government-run school by dynamite explosion in Tillaya Khurd village of Gaya district. Since then more than 200 students have been facing a lot of problems and are forced to attend their classes under the open sky, even during the monsoon and winter season. The teachers of the school have repeatedly tried to contact the authorities regarding the matter but no initiative has been taken yet to reconstruct the school building. Feb 20, 2014

Delhi court awards death penalty to three convicts in Haryana gangrape case

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): A fast-track court in Delhi ordered death penalty to the three accused in a case of abduction, rape and gruesome murder of a 19-yr-old girl in 2012 in Haryana. The verdict was passed by Additional Sessions Judge, Virender Bhatt. Social worker, Anita Gupta, who was helping the family in fighting the case said that they were pleased with the judgment. The victim’s relatives celebrated outside the court premises after the verdict was delivered by the court. The father of the victim thanked the people for their support. Feb 20, 2014

Centre forms committee to look into the welfare of northeast people

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered a CBI probe into the murder of Nido Taniam, a college student from Arunachal Pradesh who died last month after allegedly beaten up by shopkeepers in the capital. The order came following a meeting between the victims’ parents and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Following widespread outrage over the incident, the centre has recently announced the formation of a six-member committee to look into the concerns of northeastern people residing across the country.The committee, led by former IAS officer M P Bezbaruah will examine the cause for violence and discrimination against people from the Northeast and suggest measures to be taken by the government to address these concerns. One representative from each northeastern state will also be a part of the panel. Feb 20, 2014

Italy PM-designate meets with political leaders

Italy PM-designate Matteo Renzi meets with political leaders. Former comedian Beppe Grillo, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, tells Renzi the time for coalition governments is over. Duration: 00:58 Feb 20, 2014

Kiev in flames as Obama warns of 'consequences'

Ukraine's embattled leader announced a "truce" with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats Thursday over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. Duration: 01:49 Feb 20, 2014

Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland

The centuries old tradition of cutting young girls is on the decline in northern Somalia, though it continues to have some of the highest rates of women who have undergone female genital mutilation in the world. Duration: 02:20 Feb 20, 2014

Rahul asks if PM's killers are released, can common man expect justice

Amethi, Feb 19 (ANI): Reacting to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s decision to set free all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that he is saddened that Rajiv Gandhi's killers are being set free. He also said that if a Prime Minister's killers can be released, what kind of justice common man should expect. Feb 19, 2014

Relief for expelled AAP MLA Binny, HC declares him independent legislator

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): In a big relief to Delhi MLA and former AAP member Vinod Kumar Binny, the High Court on Wednesday declared him an independent legislator. This comes after Binny was expelled from Aam Aadmi Party and the Delhi Assembly Speaker MS Dhir had said that despite his expulsion from the party, he will have to follow the party whip in any transaction of business on the floor of the House. Binny in his petition has sought that he be declared as an independent legislator and also objected to the whips he was issued on February 12 and 13 to vote in favour of the party in the House. Feb 19, 2014

Maoist menace: People in Gaya demand strict action

Gaya, Feb 19 (ANI): Residents of Maoist-hit Gaya district in Bihar demanded stringent policies and security measures to keep a check on expanding network of rebels and their activities. People said that the state government along with central government should formulate policies to flush out rebels and develop the region. Feb 19, 2014

UP Assembly uproar: Protesting MLAs should have taken off their trousers too, says Azam Khan

Lucknow, Feb 19 (ANI): UP assembly session began on Wednesday on a stormy note, with BSP and RLD members raising anti- government slogans and holding protests during Governor BL Joshi’s address to the joint session. Opposition MLAs raised flags, stormed into Well of the House and stood on the table while interrupting Governor’s address. Many MLAs walked out of the House and two RLD MLAs even took off their ‘Kurtas’ in protest against the SP government's alleged nexus with the sugar industry owners in the state. Reacting over the shocking incident, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said that the protesting MLAs should also have got rid of their trousers to express their manhood. Feb 19, 2014