PM announces new initiatives for faster development of MSME sector

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new initiatives by the central government to focus on the faster development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. Focusing on skill development and promotion of new technologies, the MSME Ministry of India is setting up 15 new tool rooms with assistance from the World Bank. Singh added that the ministry has also taken steps to promote bilateral cooperation of the MSME sector in India with other countries for giving it additional exposure to international markets and foreign technologies. He requested the participation of private sector and civil societies for the success of these initiatives. Singh also threw light on the achievements of Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) which has created a staggering number of job opportunities. Mar 2, 2014

BJP calls Congress an ordinance factory

Mumbai, March 02 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, slammed the ruling Congress party for becoming an ordinance factory in order to save their governance as now their days are numbered. Naqvi was speaking at a news conference in Mumbai. Moreover, Naqvi clarified that for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) good governance is more important than secularism. Mar 2, 2014

Canada to woo young Indian entrepreneurs: David Johnston

Mumbai, March 02 (ANI): Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, said that the Canadian government will initiate a project to encourage start-up entrepreneurships from India, understanding the possibilities of newer ideas. Johnston was speaking at the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber National Convention 2014 in Mumbai. Johnston is accompanied by his wife Sharon Johnston on his visit to India that is aimed at strengthening bilateral and economic ties. Johnston said that Canada is looking forward to encourage young and innovative entrepreneurs from India who want to develop and market their ideas in Canada. He also stressed that stronger entrepreneurial ties between the countries is an imperative. Johnston also shed light on the commonalities of India and Canada. Mar 2, 2014

No human rights violations took place in 2009: Sri Lankan minister

Bhopal, March 02 (ANI): Sri Lanka's Deputy Finance Minister, Sarath Amunugama, who was in Madhya Pradesh to speak at an international symposium, said that there were no human rights violations in 2009 - towards the end of 25-year long war between the Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan government. Reacting to the recommendation of United Nations to investigate the alleged war crimes, Amunugama denied that there were any human right violations but said Sri Lankan government is falling victim to allegations of 'Tamil Diaspora'. Amunugama lambasted the Tamil diaspora who he alleged to be conspiring against the Sri Lankan administration. He added that his government will answer for the charges levelled against them. Mar 2, 2014

Police investigate rail station attack which killed 33 in southwest China

China, March 02 (ANI): Chinese police carried out investigative work after an attack at a train station on Saturday which killed at least 33 people and injured more than 130 in southwest China. Official state-run news agency Xinhua described the incident as an "organised, premeditated violent terrorist attack". Police shot dead four of the attackers and detained one, Xinhua said, while approximate five others are on the run. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed footage of local police carrying out investigative work in the aftermath of the incident as onlookers watched cautiously from a distance. CCTV also showed police wrapping a long, sword-like knife in a plastic bag, amid heavy security at the station. China blamed militants from the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday for the attack Mar 2, 2014

Russias Putin to send troops into Ukraine

Pro-Russians have held a demonstration in the southern Ukrainian city of Simferopol, as Russia's parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the go-ahead to send troops into Ukraine. Duration: 00:54 Mar 2, 2014

Ukrainians divided over pro-Russian troops in Crimea

Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Saturday as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm on the restive Ukrainian peninsula and Washington warned of "costs" to Moscow should it order in troops. Duration: 01:23 Mar 2, 2014

Killings in Bangui a day after French president visits

A day after French President Hollande warned against the partition of the Central African Republic on a visit to Bangui, violence has once again shaken the capital of the Central African Republic, with three former rebels shot dead. Duration: 00:57 Mar 1, 2014

Algerians protest against President running in polls

Protests have taken place in Algiers against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika running for a fourth term in the April presidential elections. Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, will run for a fourth term. Duration: 00:57 Mar 1, 2014

South Africans eager to follow Pistorius trial

South Africans weigh in on the start of the murder trial of Paralympian hero Oscar Pistorius who will take the dock under a media glare on Monday charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. Duration: 00:39 Mar 1, 2014

President gives assent to Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill

New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday gave assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. This will pave way for the creation of Telangana as the country's 29th state by splitting Andhra Pradesh. He also approved the imposition of President's Rule in Andhra Pradesh. There will be 13 districts in residuary Andhra Pradesh, while Telangana will have 10 districts, including Hyderabad city. Mar 1, 2014

Prakash Javadekar on RJD-Congress relation

New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that the Congress, RJD and the JD (U) are sad parties of Bihar and cannot get more than 10 seats. He also claimed that people in Bihar want BJP government in the state. Mar 1, 2014

Congress hails ECs order to take action on manipulation of opinion polls

New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): Acting on a complaint on alleged manipulation of opinion polls by some organizations, the Election Commission has asked the Centre to take appropriate action in the matter. The EC has said the matter involves allegations of conspiracy to prepare false reports/polls for publishing misleading information on consideration of illegal payment of money in return. Speaking over the EC’s decision, the Congress leader K.C. Mittal said that the action taken would expose the nexus, manipulations and the vulnerability of opinion polls. Mar 1, 2014

LJP and BJP had Rs. 50 crore deal over alliance: Rebel LJP MLA Zakir Hussain

Patna, Mar 1 (ANI): Zakir Hussain Khan, a rebel LJP MLA who recently joined JD (U) has alleged that there has been a deal between Ram Vilas Paswan and BJP worth Rs. 50 crore. He further added that BJP gave LJP the money and the deal happened in Mumbai. He further demanded an investigation into the matter. Mar 1, 2014

BJP pays tribute to former party president Bangaru Laxman

New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): Former BJP President Bangaru Laxman, died in Hyderabad on Saturday after prolonged illness. He was 74. Tribute was paid to him at BJP’s Delhi Office. Party leader Prakash Javadekar said that Laxman’s absence would be felt in the political circle. Mar 1, 2014