Anna Hazare clarifies on letter to Mamata Banerjee, says he is misquoted

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare who earlier backed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as a prime ministerial candidate, clarified that he had not just written a letter to Trinamool Congress but to other parties as well. Earlier, Hazare had said that he is not averse to supporting Banerjee as a prime ministerial candidate if she would follow his 17-point economic agenda. However, on Sunday Hazare said that he has been misquoted. However, TMC is excited about the possibility of Hazare's support and said the 'exchange of letters' between the two sides make it evident that Hazare would be backing them. Feb 9, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates national Agricultural exhibition

Nagpur, Feb 09 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday inaugurated the national Agricultural exhibition 'Krishi Vasant', organized by Ministry of Agriculture and the Government of Maharashtra at Central Institute of Cotton Research in Nagpur. Mukherjee said that such exhibitions promote the agricultural sector. Mukherjee is on two day visit in Maharashtra and will have stopovers in Mumbai, Nagpur and Gondia for a few occasions. He was the Chief Guest at the agricultural exhibition and was accompanied by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. Feb 9, 2014

'Gravity' takes off thanks to London CGI wizardry

The film "Gravity", starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is one of the favourites for this year's Oscars, not least for its special effects. But it was in a London basement, not Hollywood, that the visual magic was made. Duration: 03:01 Feb 9, 2014

Britain's royals urge end to illegal wildlife trade

Britain's Prince Charles and Prince William made a father-and-son appeal on Sunday for an end to the illegal wildlife trade, ahead of a major international conference in London. Duration: 01:11 Feb 9, 2014

RSS does not need certification from Shakeel Ahmad to prove itself: Meenakshi Lekhi

New Delhi, Feb 9 (ANI): Commenting on Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad's tweet about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Sunday said that the RSS did not need certification from Ahmed to prove itself. Ahmad had earlier tweeted that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi represented the ideology RSS which had killed Mahatma Gandhi. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi too had made the same statement while addressing a rally in Gujarat on Saturday. Feb 9, 2014

AAP PAC meeting ends

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday stated that it will stay adamant on the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill. Party leader Sanjay Singh said that there were many bill passed during Sheila Dikshit's government without any permission. Feb 9, 2014

Rahul Gandhi targets Odisha govt, says BJD stole money sent by Centre

New Delhi, Feb 9 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday targeted the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government while addressing a rally in Odisha. Gandhi said that Odisha is rich in natural resources but the people of this state are not getting its benefit as the BJD along with the mafias are looting all the money. Rahul Gandhi started his two-day visit to the state on Sunday and is expected to hold several rallies. Feb 9, 2014

IOA polls expected to bring India back in Olympics fold

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): As the IOA (Indian Olympic Association) polls is all set to take place on Sunday with Ramachandram to be elected as the chief of the World Squash Federation, the acting president of the IOA, VK Malhotra said that India’s flag is expected to return to the and Olympic fold and will be hoisted at the event. India’s IOA is to return to its parent body IOC after ending the 14-month suspension. Feb 9, 2014

Solicitor general wrong, giving pre-mature advice on Delhi Jan lokpal bill: Lawyer

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Supporting eminent lawyer Soli Sorabjee on his stand that there was no need to take prior consent of the Centre before introduction of Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly, lawyer Surat Singh said that the solicitor general is wrong and is giving pre-mature advice on the matter. He said that the Delhi government has power to pass the bill in the state assembly. He said that the whole debate is wrong and Arvind Kejriwal is right in passing the bill. Feb 9, 2014

Rahul Gandhi accuses BJD of stealing funds, party calls it desperation before polls

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Reacting on Rahul Gandhi's accusations that the BJD government in Odisha is stealing funds and that it has done nothing for people, the party leader Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo said that it is mere desperation of Congress party before 2014 general elections. Deo said that the people of Odisha have elected BJD for the last three years and will continue doing it and that they know what the government has done for them. Feb 9, 2014

Howrah gang rape: Definitely TMC supporters involved, says Mohd Salim

Kolkata, Feb 09 (ANI): Reacting on yet another shameful incident in West Bengal where a woman and her mother-in-law was gang raped by eight men in Howrah, CPI (M) leader Mohd Salim said that the accused were definitely TMC supporters and that is why the party leaders are not acting hard on the criminals. Salim further said that the state government rather than catching the criminals are humiliating the victim’s family. Feb 9, 2014

Both Congress and BJP are befooling people: JD (U)

New Delhi, Feb 9 (ANI): Reacting on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s veiled attack on BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, indicating that he is fooling people, JD (U) Leader KC Tyagi on Sunday said that both BJP and Congress are befooling public and are expert in it. Feb 9, 2014

Specially abled take part in marathon for inclusion and equality for all in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 9 (ANI): Around 2000 runners including persons with disabilities and active citizens, sportspersons and social media assembled at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday to run together to promote the value of inclusion and spirit of active citizenship. The purpose of the marathon is to create mass awareness and sensitize general Feb 9, 2014

Bollywood stars congregate to raise awareness about cardiac problems in children

Mumbai, Feb 9 (ANI): Bollywood stars thronged to raise awareness about cardiac problems in children, as a marathon was held in Mumbai on Sunday from the iconic Siddhivinayak Temple in the city. Salman Khan and Dino Morea flagged off the marathon spreading awareness about cardiac problems in children. Addressing the mediapersons the organizer of the event Ness Wadia said the marathon would aware people about the cardiac problems. Feb 9, 2014