Haitians protest against the Dominican Republic

Thousands took to the streets of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, on Wednesday (February 25) to protest against the Dominican Republic after a Haitian man was found hanged from a tree in a suspected Feb 26, 2015

Rail Budget: No big change will be introduced by the NDA govt, says former railway ministry

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday said that there is a need to strengthen the foundation of railways. He added that no big change will be introduced in the railway budget as today an Indian railway is bankrupt. Former MoS, Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also expressed similar sentiments. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present Rail Budget for fiscal year 2015-16 in the Parliament today. This will be the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government's first full-fledged railway budget. People have high expectations from the Railway Budget and are expecting clean energy, modernization of trains, passengers' safety and rail connectivity in the north-eastern states among others this time. Feb 26, 2015

Expectations from Railway Budget ride high across India

New Delhi/ Nagpur/ Mumbai/ Bihar, Feb 26 (ANI): Ahead of the presentation of Central government’s railway budget 2015-16, expectations mounted high for people across India who stressed to focus on improving facilities in trains and allied services. People across country have pinned their hopes on Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who would table full-fledged rail budget on Thursday (February 26). Passengers highlighted their expectations from Narendra Modi government’s first Railway Budget. Meanwhile, copies of the Railway Budget have reached the Parliament amid tight security. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present Rail Budget for fiscal year 2015-16 in the Parliament today. This will be the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government's first full-fledged railway budget. Feb 26, 2015

Opposition parties say there is no hope from Railway Budget

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Leaders of the Opposition parties said on Thursday that there are no hopes from the Narendra Modi government’s Railway Budget which will be presented in the Parliament today. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is a new minister and it is difficult to say whether he will be able to fulfill people’s expectations or not. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that the Railway Minister, if wants, can give a lot of gifts to the common public but the government will work only for the benefit of the corporate. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that there is no hope from the government’s budget now as it will be a ‘corporate beneficiary’ budget. Feb 26, 2015

Kejriwal attends cremation of Chhattisgarh Naxal attack martyr

Najafgarh, Feb 26 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday attended the cremation ceremony of a martyr of Chhattisgarh Naxal attack. Kejriwal said that the CRPF offers job to the deceased family member adding that if the job is not preferred by the person Delhi government can also offer a job. He also announced compensation money apart from children’s education and health care. Feb 26, 2015

Drought-stricken Sao Paulo pounded by rain

Torrential rains wreaked havoc on metropolitan Sao Paulo on Wednesday (February 25) causing widespread flooding and killing at least one man. The fatal victim was reportedly killed after a fallen Feb 26, 2015

Singapore, Rajasthan sign water management pact

Jaipur, Feb 26 (ANI): Singapore and Rajasthan signed a joint water management agreement in pink city of Jaipur. Singapore Foreign Minister K Shanmugam and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were present during the signing between the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) set up by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, and the Public Health Engineering Department of the Government of Rajasthan. The agreements that were signed included water management and governance of waste water treatment, which is expected to help the desert state to achieve a sustainable water management system. Shanmugam said the joint venture would see development not only for Rajasthan but also for Singapore in the long run. Raje said she hoped the programme would help strengthen ties between the two countries. Feb 26, 2015

Suresh Prabhu to present Rail Budget 2015-16 in Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be presenting the Railway Budget for 2015-16 in the Parliament on Thursday. Prabhu may lay the roadmap for attracting private investment in railways in a bid to raise more funds for project completions and infrastructure expansion. This will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government's first railway budget. Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiatives may also be given prime importance. The Indian Railways had earlier invited suggestions from the general public for forthcoming Railway Budget. Feb 26, 2015

India fully prepared to tackle swine flu, says health ministry

New Delhi/ Ahmedabad, Feb 26 (ANI): Union Minister of State for health, Shripad Naik said that all measures to combat swine flu were in place amid rising cases of H1N1 virus. Health Minister JP Nadda had made a statement in both houses of parliament regarding the swine flu situation in the country. He said that teams were sent to guide and assist state governments on H1N1 virus as per need. Naik said apart from the regular medicines, his ministry was also supervising the usage of traditional medicines. Meanwhile, in bid to prevent swine flu from spreading, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibiting mass gatherings without prior permission, has been imposed in Ahmedabad city. Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. Symptoms for swine flu include high fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and internal and external bleeding. Feb 26, 2015

Rail Budget will bring smile to everyone, says Manoj Sinha

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): The Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha said on Thursday that the rail budget for 2015-16 which will be presented in the Parliament today will bring smile to everyone. Sinha said that common man’s expectations will be fulfilled and expansion and modernization of railways will be seen. He added that passengers will be benefitted from the budget. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will present the Narendra Modi government’s first Railway Budget in the Parliament today. Feb 26, 2015

Assam police arrest two Maoists, recover arms

Jorabat, Feb 26 (ANI): Assam Police arrested two suspected Maoists and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions from Jorabat area of Guwahati. According to reports, the police had launched an operation in the area based on intelligence inputs. The arrested, meanwhile, have been identified as Biswajit Sangma and Runa Sangma who were allegedly involved in an illegal arms consignment. One AK-47 rifle with two magazines, 164 rounds of live ammunition of Insas rifle, six rounds AK-47 rifle ammunition and 380 rounds 9 mm pistol ammunition were recovered by the police. Feb 26, 2015

Japanese innovative technology for clean energy, infrastructure and wearable device

Tokyo /Bangkok, Feb 25 (ANI): KYOCERA provided advanced solar panels for electricity generation at the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. The plant, launched in November 2013, has a power output of 70 megawatts and is constructed in an area of 1.27 million square meters. Nanatsujima is close to the active volcano Sakurajima, but the solar panels here are installed in a safe area. The plant coexists with natural conditions utilizing advanced technology. Furthermore, with consideration of safety, approximately 1,400 lightning conductors are installed. The site is close to the sea and thus faces the risk of tsunamis. Feb 26, 2015

People across India demand improved facilities ahead of rail budget

Patna/ Moradabad/ Amritsar, Feb 26 (ANI): Passengers across India have been demanding improved facilities at higher fare as India unveils its rail budget 2015-16 in parliament on Thursday (February 26). Among their wish lists are improved facilities, passengers' safety, hygiene in railway compartments and strict adherence to train timings. The upcoming Railway Budget by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government is expected to restore the glory of railways as the sector is reeling under financial crunch. Passengers from various states complained of an array of issues and said that increase in fare to upgrade the facilities can be done. Last year's rail budget presented by the previous Congress-led UPA government left train fares and freight rates unchanged. Safety measures for citizens, especially women, are also on top of the list. Feb 26, 2015