It happens : Blind Car Rally

Gujarat, Feb 27 (ANI): Visually impaired people experienced car driving in Gujarat as they took part in a blind car rally on Sunday. At the rally the sighted drivers were navigated by visually impaired individuals, with their route mapped in Braille. Around 90 visually impaired navigators were selected to drive across pre-selected city circuit. The rally, which was organised by Ahmedabad Round Table 40, aims at making society aware of the challenges faced by visually impaired people. The cars in the rally also sent across other social messages such as “Save the Daughter” and “Clean India” as they bore stickers bearing the slogans. Feb 27, 2015

It happens : Dance Festival

Khajuraho, Feb 27 (ANI): The colorful and magnificent dance forms of India continued to fascinate the audience from across the world at Khajuraho dance festival in Madhya Pradesh. The week-long extravaganza at the brilliantly lit Khajuraho temples, which celebrates the spring season, aspires to showcase the essence of various Indian classical dance forms at its purest. According to Indian mythology, the gods and goddesses were great lovers of music that comprises vocal singing, instrumental music and dance. Other Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Mohiniyattam also enticed the audience. The dancers explored these forms through duet, solo and group performances, enthralling the audience with elegance and grace. The temples at Khajuraho are famous for their Nagara style architecture and erotic sculptures. Feb 27, 2015

Reactions pour in as Mufti - Modi meet clears way for formation of BJP-PDP govt in JandK

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday react after meeting between PDP Chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the way for the formation of PDP-BJP government in JandK. BJP and its allies shared the view that the government will work for the welfare of the people of the state and that both the parties will ultimately reach a common programme for JandK and for the welfare of the people of the state. Meanwhile, political parties including NCP, JD (U) and Samajwadi Party opined that the alliance will not give positive results to the state. Feb 27, 2015

Army distributes free textbooks to flood-affected children in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 27 (ANI): Indian army distributed free textbooks to children, hit hard by last year’s devastating floods, in Jammu and Kashmir. The initiative is part of ‘Operation Sadbhavana’ of Indian army under which it has been helping people in the areas of education, health care, community development, among others. More than 200 sets of books of class IX and X were distributed among the children at a function in state’s summer capital Srinagar. Students also thanked the army for its noble gesture. Feb 27, 2015

Japanese delegation meets Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi to boost business ties

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): A Japanese delegation led by the chief executive officer (CEO) of Japanese multinational company Hitachi limited, Hiroaki Nakanishi, met Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on Friday to boost business ties between the two nations. Speaking at the meet, Naidu thanked Japanese companies for helping India in executing various projects, including construction. He also boasted of India’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and relaxation in Foreign Direct Index (FDI), a step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government. Last year in September, Modi visited Japan in a bid to strengthen diplomatic relations and both the nations agreed to boost defence ties. Feb 27, 2015

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for maid abuse

A Hong Kong woman is jailed for six years for beating and starving her Indonesian maid and keeping her prisoner, as the judge calls for action over laws which leave domestic workers exposed to abuse. Duration: 01:19 Feb 27, 2015

Prince William visits Commonwealth cemetery in Japan

Prince William visited a cemetery for soldiers from the British Commonwealth in Japan on Friday (February 27), He laid a wreath at the Cross of Remembrance memorial in the Yokohama War Cemetery, The Feb 27, 2015

Crimean oysters aim for Russian palates

Sergei Kulik is Crimea's only producer of oysters and the annexation of the peninsula by Russia has opened new trading markets. Duration: 02:17 Feb 27, 2015

Economic Survey says GDP growth to top 8% in FY16; politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): The Economic Survey, tabled in Parliament today expects the economy to grow by over 8 per cent under a new calculation method that makes India the world's top-growing big economy. India has reached an economic sweet spot, which should allow for some big bang economic reforms, the Economic survey report said. Meanwhile, politicos from rival parties said that the statistics are manipulative as the base year was changed. Feb 27, 2015

Politicos react as Jaitley to present Economic Survey 2014-15 in Parliament today

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to present the Economic Survey 2014-2015 in the Parliament this afternoon. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that he will see how the government keeps the financial context of the country. SP leader Naresh Agarwal alleged that number game is played in the economic survey. The survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the past year. It highlights the performance on major development programmes and policy initiatives of the government, say reports. The survey also points out the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term and is presented to both Houses of Parliament. Feb 27, 2015

Politicos react as Pak army chief warns India ahead of Jaishankar's visit

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Friday after Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif warned India that any provocations on its part would exact a "befitting response" from Pakistan. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that it is Pakistan which regularly violates ceasefire. Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that Pakistan should stop threatening India as it knows that what is India. The warning came ahead of India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar visit to Pakistan next week. Reportedly, the visit is an effort to resume talks between the two sides following a six-month break. Feb 27, 2015

Differentiating reactions come in as Hashim Ansari's 'out of court settlement proposal' on Ayodhya i

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Feb 27 (ANI): Differentiating reactions come in on Friday as Hashim Ansari's proposal for 'out of court settlement' on Ayodhya issue receives continuous jerk by both the community leaders. BMAC Convenor Zafaryab Jilani said that the Muslim working committee decided that the matter cannot be sorted out with understanding and that it should be left to the court. Muslim Cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali also opined that the Supreme Court's decision should be followed. Shiv Sena Spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that commended the approach and said that out of the court settlement is a good step. NCP leader Tariq Anwar also supported the move. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the fundamentalists from both the communities have created such situation. Feb 27, 2015

Poverty sends Nepal's 'freed' farmworkers back to slavery

Freed with great fanfare when the Maoists came to power, Nepal's farm slaves have been forced to return to their former masters to beg to be taken back, homeless, penniless and forgotten by successive governnments. Feb 27, 2015

Finance Minister Jaitley to present Economic Survey 2014-2015 in Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is all set to present the Economic Survey 2014-2015 in the Parliament on Frriday. The documents of the economic survey has already reached the Parliament and is being inspected and checked by the security officials along with sniffer dogs. The survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the past year. It highlights the performance on major development programmes and policy initiatives of the government, say reports. The survey also points out the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term and is presented to both Houses of Parliament. Meanwhile, investors have maintained cautious stance ahead of the Economic Survey even as sensex gains over 150 points. Feb 27, 2015