TN govt decides to release Rajiv Gandhis assassins, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu Government decided to release all seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, including AG Perarivalan and Nalini. Speaking on the same, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said that after Tamil Nadu Government's decision, its the people who have to decide who is for terrorists and who is against. He further took a jibe at BJP for not uttering a word on the issue while it had bayed for Afzal Guru’s blood. Further NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination was a conspiracy and government should take well-thought steps. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi refrained from answering. Feb 19, 2014
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2014 Lok Sabha Polls: Anna announces support for Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Wednesday announced his support to TMC chief and west Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that his support is not personal or political, but based on her views on society and politics. Addressing a joint press conference with Mamata, he said that Trinamool chief could have led a luxurious life like so many other CMs, but she lives in a one-room house. H e also said that Mamata was the only one who replied to his letter regarding 17 issues. Feb 19, 2014
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Police, protesters clash in central Kiev

Flames engulf Kiev's occupied Independence Square as police storm the main protest camp in a bloody escalation of Ukraine's three-month political crisis. Duration: 01:14 Feb 19, 2014
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CPI vows to support Telangana bill in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Wednesday said his party would support the Telangana bill in the Rajya Sabha. The bill is meant to divide Andhra Pradesh in two parts. Earlier on Tuesday, the Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill by voice vote. Several members of parliament of the opposition parties like the Janata Dal (United), and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), however, had staged a walkout in protest over the manner in which the Bill was tabled and passed in the House. Feb 19, 2014
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UPA Govt. has taken all precautions to address concerns of Seemandhra people: Digvijay Singh

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Hailing the UPA Government for showing political will in implementing the election promise of creating a separate state of Telangana, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday said that the Congress-led Central Government has taken all precautions to address the concerns of the Seemandhra people. He further urged the Telangana people to show generosity towards the Seemandhra people. A historic bill to carve out Telangana state out of the united state of Andhra Pradesh was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by a voice vote, and amid strong protests by several members of parliament, including those representing the Seemandhra region. Feb 19, 2014
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Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case: TN govt to release all 7 convicts

Chennai, Feb 19 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu Government has decided to release all seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, including AG Perarivalan and Nalini. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday told the state assembly that the government has decided to release all the convicts in the case. The move by the state government comes a day after the Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of the three of the convicts, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan to life term on the ground of delay in deciding their mercy plea by the Centre. Feb 19, 2014

Telangana row: Politicos on Kiran Kumar Reddy's resignation

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): There were mixed reactions from political leaders over the resignation of N Kiran Kumar Reddy as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister. He has also quit the Congress Party. He criticized the Congress and said the new state of Telangana was being created simply for votebank politics. Feb 19, 2014
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Japanese firms adopt practices to protect environment

Tokyo, Feb 19 (ANI): Japanese manufacturing firms are adopting practices that protect the environment. Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, located in Kakegawa of Japan's Shizuoka prefecture, produces Pocari Sweat, an electrolyte beverage. Since its launch in 1980, Pocari Sweat has become popular among people of all ages. The company has expanded its product lineup to include a variety of convenient cans and PET bottles. To keep the environment safe, Otsuka Pharmaceutical focuses on reducing the weight of containers, especially the 500ml PET bottles, which are widely consumed in Japan. Pocari Sweat is now available in a container whose weight has been reduced from 27g to 18g. Feb 19, 2014
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Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigns, quits Congress

Andhra Pradesh, Feb 19 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is upset over the Telangana bill being passed by the Lok Sabha, resigned on Wednesday. Reddy has announced his resignation and said that he can't continue. Reddy resigned from the post of CM, MLA and membership of the Congress party. The former chief minister also attacked the entire Congress high command including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh wore a deserted look on Wednesday after regional, YSR Congress Party called for a shutdown in the state protesting against the contentious proposal of bifurcating the state and carving new state of Telangana, which was passed in lower house of the parliament. Feb 19, 2014
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Politicos say LS blackout illegal, Congress strategized

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Reacting on an unprecedented TV blackout in Lok Sabha during the passage of the Telangana bill in the house, Politicos said that it was illegal and strategized by Congress. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said that if anything like this 'emergency mindset' takes place today, the house won't be allowed to function. Another party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it was totally strategized by the Congress party. Further, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said that this is highly condemnable and illegal and that the party will meet the President regarding the same. Feb 19, 2014
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Bahrain king seeks to boost ties with India during his first visit

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, arrived in New Delhi for three-day official visit to India. The King will seek to bolster long-standing ties with India and open up new horizons of cooperation in various sectors. He was received at the Delhi airport by India's Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed. During his first visit to the country, the King of Bahrain will meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a number of other senior officials. A number of agreements and memoranda of understanding will be signed during the visit and the two nations would also hold talks on regional and global development and issues of mutual concern. Feb 19, 2014
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Maharashtra: Police recovered cache of arms and ammunitions after killing Maoists

Gadchiroli, Feb 19 (ANI): Police recovered huge cache of arms and ammunitions in a joint operation on Tuesday (February 18), which killed seven hardcore Maoists in the Kotasurya jungles in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Acting on a tip-off by sources, police launched a joint operation and killed the Maoists in an encounter, a little after midnight in the area that lies on the red corridor that is worst affected by Maoist violence. Kadam said the massive operation would prove to be a major setback for the Maoists. Feb 19, 2014
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Mauritius President promotes Ayurveda during his India visit

Kochi, Feb 19 (ANI): Addressing a conference in Kerela, the President of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag, strongly advocated the use of Indian traditional alternative medicine, Ayurveda, to cope with today's lifestyle. Purryag said that Ayurveda is not only curative but also preventive. Purryag is in India to attend the Global Ayurveda Festival scheduled to be held at Kochi. The five- day event will be inaugurated on Thursday. Mauritius and India share a strong bond as more than 60 percent of Mauritus population is of Indian origin. Feb 19, 2014