Three women Maoists arrested in Odisha

Bhubaneshwar, Mar 1 (ANI): Police arrested three women Maoists from a camp in Gajapati district of Odisha, recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition from them. During a combing operation, police raided a Maoist camp in a forest near Mohana about 300 km away from Bhubaneswar, after which the rebels belonging to the breakaway Maoist group, Odisha Maobadi Party (OMP), led by Sabyasachi Panda, were detained. Mar 1, 2014

Bangladesh: Law Ministers demand for speedy trial of Pak war criminals gets support

Dhaka, Mar 1 (ANI): One of Bangladesh's leading lawyers, Barrister Tureen Afroz recently hailed the country’s Law Minister Shafique Ahmed’s demand for conducting a speedy trial of Pakistani war criminals, accused of committing genocide during the 1971 liberation struggle. The Law Minister had hinted that 195 war criminals, who were handed over to Pakistan by Shimla Agreement -- tripartite treaty between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh – be brought to justice. Afroz said amnesty cannot be granted to war criminals under the Vienna convention, adding that international treaty is not binding on Bangladesh legal system unless approved by the parliament. Mar 1, 2014

Up Close and Personal with Mr. & Mrs. Satish Gujral Part - 1

New Delhi, March 1 (ANI): In an exclusive and intimate conversation, one of modern India's greatest artist Satish Gujral along with his wife Kiran Gujral spoke about their life, their passion for art, architecture and much more. Mar 1, 2014

Up Close and Personal with Mr. & Mrs. Satish Gujral Part - 2

New Delhi, March 1 (ANI): In an exclusive and intimate conversation, one of modern India's greatest artist Satish Gujral along with his wife Kiran Gujral spoke about their life, their passion for art, architecture and much more. Mar 1, 2014

Indian historians dig out 15 skeletons of fighters of the mutiny of 1857

Amritsar, Mar 1 (ANI): After 157 years of obscurity, on February 28, historians dug out a well in Amritsar which had the bodies of Indian freedom fighters buried deep in its abyss, allegedly killed by British soldiers during 1857 mutiny. For the past nearly 150 years, the well has been a cemetery for those freedom fighters, who played a great role in the First war of Independence against the British. Hundreds of residents of the nearby areas gathered to pay homage to the freedom fighters who laid down their lives in the war of Independence. Village head, Amarjeet Singh, said that before digging, it was ensured that every religious ritual is followed to pay due respect to the departed souls. Mar 1, 2014

Offered 11 seats to Congress, waiting for their response: Lalu

Patna, Mar 1 (ANI): Apparently alarmed by the BJP-LJP tie-up, pressure is building up on the Congress in Bihar for firming up its alliance for Lok Sabha polls. Speaking on the same, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said that his party has offered 11 seats to Congress and is now waiting for response. Mar 1, 2014

LS Polls: Kejriwal kicks off three-day yatra in UP

Ghaziabad, Mar 1 (ANI): Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday launched his three-day yatra in Uttar Pradesh. Kejriwal kicked off a roadshow from AAPoffice in Kaushambi in Ghaziabad as part of his 500 km yatra. He was accompanied by fellow party members Manish Shishodia and Sanjay Singh. The road show, "Jhadu chalao beimaan bhagao yatra", which began from Kaushambi would end in Kanpur Mar 1, 2014

Narendra Modi will be next PM: Rakhi Sawant

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Bollywood item girl Rakhi Sawant, on Saturday claimed that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be next prime minister of India. Rakhi , who visited BJP office in Delhi, said that she will campaign for Modi and saffaron party in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. She also added that she is BJP’s daughter. Mar 1, 2014

Former Army Chief VK Singh joins BJP

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Former army chief General (Retired) V.K Singh on Saturday joined the BJP along with a number of former armed services personnel. Singh said that his decision to join the BJP is the requirement of the day. Mar 1, 2014

Demand for Bodoland gains momentum

Guwahati, March 01 (ANI): Political leaders and activists welcomed the move by central government to constitute an expert committee to examine the demand for a separate Bodoland state from Assam, days after the Parliament passed the bill for the creation of a new Telangana state. The one-man expert committee was set up on Thursday, which would submit its report in nine months after consulting every section of the society on the creation and validity of Bodoland. The move was welcomed by the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief, Hagrama Mohilary who said that a similar process was followed in the creation of Telangana state. Mar 1, 2014

FIFA officials visit Kolkata to inspect venue for under-17 Football World Cup

Kolkata, March 01 (ANI): FIFA officials visited the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata to inspect the venue for the under-17 Football World Cup. In a press conference in Kolkata, FIFA delegation chief, Inaki Alvarez, said the purpose of the team’s visit was to carefully survey the facilities to be provided to the players. Expressing his satisfaction with the Salt Lake Stadium, he further said that the stadium has all the space required. The visit to the Salt Lake Stadium makes it the eighth venue in India inspected by a FIFA team so far. The team has so far visited stadiums in the Indian cities of New Delhi, Pune, Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi and Guwahati. Mar 1, 2014

Gen VK Singh to join BJP, politicos react

New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): Former Army chief General VK Singh will officially join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday. Speaking on the same, BJP leader Capt Abhimanyu Singh said that several army generals and soldiers are coming together to fight for the nation. Meanwhile, JD (U) Leader Ali Anwar said that it must be in the mind of Singh to come into politics since a long time. Further, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that army generals and bureaucrats must stay away from politics for at least for 10 years after retirement. Mar 1, 2014

Karunanidhi praises Narendra Modi, polticos react

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): DMK Chief M Karunanidhi showered praises over the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, a sign that may hint towards a pre-poll alliance between the two parties. Karunanidhi described Modi as a "hard worker" and a "good friend." DMK chief’s remark has created ripples in an already animated political scene. It is the political season to influence people and win friends, and the BJP is currently winning more than its Congress rival. Mar 1, 2014

BJP dares Congress to debate on Modis economic vision for India

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): The main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party challenged the ruling Congress party to have an open debate on the contours of Narendra Modi’s economic vision; a day after BJP’s prime ministerial candidate put forth his views for revival of the country's sagging economy. BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar took a dig at Congress for being "silent" after Modi came out with his economic agenda and took pot shots at the ruling party saying it seems a snake has stunned them. Outlining his vision for Indian economy, Modi had said in a meeting that India's family-owned traders must learn to work with large modern shops and online retailers. Speaking over praises from DMK chief M Karunanidhi, whose comments on Modi’s economic vision had sparked speculations about a possible alliance between BJP and DMK, Javadekar said that he would welcome comments from all the political parties including Congress. Mar 1, 2014

Govt announces measures to benefit people living in tribal areas

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh, announced in New Delhi that the central government will improve the already existing welfare schemes and launch new programmes to benefit people living in tribal areas. Ramesh announced a number of measures while addressing a news conference. The most important announcement was the provision of 150 days of guaranteed employment to people living in tribal areas, as part of the government’s flagship welfare scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The minister said the improved scheme will benefit thousands of tribal people at a small cost to the government expenditure. Mar 1, 2014