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Politicos hail SCs decision to put on hold Rajiv Gandhi killers release

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to put on hold Rajiv Gandhi killer’s release. The Apex court has restrained the Tamil Nadu government from releasing three convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Tamil Nadu government has been asked to maintain status quo till further orders. The Central Government on Thursday moved to the Supreme Court asking a stay on the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to release all the convicted assassinators of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The government has contended that the Tamil Nadu government cannot release the convicts since their case was investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is a central agency, and hence the state has to consult the centre. Centre has also asked the SC to review its order commuting death sentences of three men to life in prison. Feb 20, 2014

Harsh Vardhan becomes Delhi BJP President

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): BJP named Harsh Vardhan as the president of its Delhi unit. After his appointment, Vardhan thanked the BJP leaders and people of Delhi for their works and support and trust in the party. He also appealed the people to fight against corrupt and anarchist rule by Congress and AAP. Hs said that BJP will work against these two forces and will bring positive governance. Feb 20, 2014
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SC to hear centres review petition in Rajiv Gandhi case

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said that Centre is moving a review petition in the Supreme Court on Thursday to challenge Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to free the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi. He further said that he hopes the Supreme Court reviews the matter as soon as possible. He also added that it is unfortunate that political parties have double standards when it comes to terrorism. Feb 20, 2014
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Politicos condemn Jayalalithaas decision to free Rajiv Gandhis assassins

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Reacting on J Jayalalithaa government’s decision to free Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins, political leaders condemned the same. BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that any government should be harsh on terrorism. JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said that this is an issue of concern and shows that there is no unity in the nation. Meanwhile, I&B Minister Manish Tewari said that it was an attack on the unity and sovereignty of the nation and should be taken seriously. Feb 20, 2014
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Oommen Chandy denies lapses in Italian Marines case

Trivandrum, Feb 20 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that there were no lapses on the part of his government in the Italian Marines case. Chandy assured that the victim compensation fund will be handled by proper legal authority. Earlier, Rome expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday to postpone the hearing in the case. India's government has given its approval to an investigation agency to charge the sailors under its maritime security law, but said it would not seek death penalty if they were found guilty. Feb 20, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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