Contact police if harassed in Delhi: Ninong Ering

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering urged northeastern students to contact police, if they are harassed by people in New Delhi, in the wake of an alleged diktat by a local body. Ering said this after a kangaroo court (khap panchayat) in New Delhi took a decision on Sunday to force northeast people to vacate the Munirka locality in the national capital. When asked about what is being done by the provincial ministry to provide safety to the northeasterners in Delhi, Ering said a helpline has been started exclusively for them to register their complaints. In an outrage to the kangaroo court’s decision, the concerned citizens of Delhi met officials at a police station in Vasant Vihar area. Feb 18, 2014

5 Maoists held, 21 surrendered in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, Feb 18 (ANI): As many as 21 Maoist cadres surrendered before police and 5 other were arrested in Andhra Pradesh, said a senior officer in Visakhapatnam. The Superintendent of Police, Vikram Jeet Duggal, said five rebels were arrested also. The government has launched various schemes to lure cadres from Maoists fold. The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless tribal people. Apart from prisoner releases, the Maoists have also demanded an end to tourism in parts of the state where tribals live. Feb 18, 2014

JandK village council leaders hail Rahul Gandhi for 73rd amendment

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Around 50 village council leaders from Jammu and Kashmir met Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi and hailed him for getting 73rd amendment of the Constitution approved by the cabinet in the Kashmir valley. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, Shafiq Mir said their struggle for getting the amendment approved has been possible only with the help of Gandhi. Reportedly, the 73rd amendment of the Constitution empowers the Panchayati Raj (village councils), a demand that has been pressed upon by Congress party and Gandhi himself. However, Mir took a dig at Narendra Modi and said he will not succeed in the province. Feb 18, 2014

Artist makes painting of Narendra Modi using his nail

Rajkot, Feb 18 (ANI): Showing his admiration for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, artist Bhati N in Rajkot painted Modi’s portrait using his nail. Visitors thronged the exhibition where Bhati has displayed his works, which he has painted using his six-inch long nail. Through his painting, Bhati expressed that along with him, people of Gujarat wanted to see Modi as prime minister of India. A large number of people showed up to see the three-day art exhibition and were astounded to witness a different kind of art work. Feb 18, 2014

Australian boarder Bright happy with Sochi silver

Australian snowboarder Torah Bright -- who won the halfpipe gold in Vancouver and took the silver in Sochi -- says participating in her third Olympic Games 'is just incredible'. Duration: 00:44 Feb 18, 2014

Hirscher ready for Olympics giant slalom challenge

Austrian world slalom champion Marcel Hirscher says he's well prepared for Wednesday's giant slalom but knows he faces a tough task in trying to beat US star Ted Ligety. Duration: 01:04 Feb 18, 2014

Five Japan divers rescued after days missing off Bali

Five Japanese scuba divers were rescued Monday after being found clinging to a coral reef in rough waters off the Indonesian resort island of Bali three days after they went missing, officials said. Feb 18, 2014

Jagan Mohan Reddy hits out at Sonia Gandhi for Telangana decision

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): YSR Congress President Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday lashed out at Sonia Gandhi and Congress party over Telangana decision and asked how would Gandhi feel if somebody come with a bill that those who don't belong to India should leave the country. He said that such a decision will set a draconian principle in place and that no bill have ever got passed without the assembly's approval and the approval of the state. Feb 17, 2014

Tarun Tejpal charged with rape in Goa Police chargesheet

Panaji, Feb 17 (ANI): Goa police on Monday filed chargesheet against former Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal under new criminal law amendment act (2013). Tejpal is accused of sexually molesting a junior women colleague inside an elevator in Goa's Grand Hyatt Bambolin Hotel during annual think fest 2013. If proven guilty, Tejpal can be sentenced for more than seven years of imprisonment. The team investigating the case had travelled to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to take the statements of the victim's family and friends. A few witnesses who attended the Thinkfest, where the incident reportedly took place, also gave their statements. Feb 17, 2014

FICCI gives thumps up to Chidambaram's interim budget

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): The members of the Federation of Indian Chambers Of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) applauded the union interim budget and welcomed the changes introduced in it on Monday in New Delhi. Indian businessmen were cheered by P Chidambaram's estimate that the fiscal deficit would shrink further to 4.1 percent in 2014/15. However, FICCI President Sidharth Birla said they were happy that Chidambaram had not used populist measures ahead of the elections, which they feared he would. Birla looked evidently pleased that Chidambaram had covered almost all topics to be raised by industrialists, especially manufacturing sector, in the interim budget. Feb 17, 2014

Politicians applaud finance minister's hike of defence budget by 10 percent

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Politicians on Monday applauded finance minister P Chidambaram's accepting of long pending "one rank, one pension" principle for armed forces as part of a 10 per cent hike in defence budget to $36 billion, a decision by which Congress could win support of soldiers ahead of upcoming polls. Feb 17, 2014

Kejriwal unveils AAPs economic policies

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Addressing industrialists at CII, AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday gave out the party’s economic policies. He said that if the government is corrupt, no privatization will benefit in anyway. Further, he said that the AAP is a new party and will definitely make mistakes and are here to learn and requested people for their support. Feb 17, 2014