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

British high commissioner to India commemorates queen Elizabeth IIs 63 years on throne

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): British High Commissioner to India, James Bevan in a lavish celebration, commemorated the 63rd year of monarch Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The High Commissioner invited important Indian delegates to his residence in New Delhi to not only celebrate Elizabeth’s reign but to mark 200 years of service of the Gorkhas of the Indian Army with the British Army and also 800 years of the Magna Carta that laid foundations for laws in both countries. Bevan added Elizabeth retained a great affection for India and wished Her Majesty many more years in office. Bevan also said Britain was looking forward to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country. Feb 27, 2015

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed meets PM Modi ahead of taking over as J&K CM

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): People's Democratic Party chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. Sayeed said that during the meet both the ministers finalized the modalities of government formation in the state. Sayeed, also formally invited Prime Minister Modi for his oath-taking ceremony. Over the last few days, leaders of both the parties were engaged in hectic talks in a bid to iron out differences. Mufti will be sworn-in as chief minister on Sunday. BJP’s Nirmal Singh is likely to be deputy chief minister. Feb 27, 2015

Corporate Espionage Case: Delhi court sends two more accused to custodial interrogation

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): A Delhi court sent two more people, arrested on suspicion of running a scam to steal documents from petroleum ministry to sell to energy consultants and private companies, to custodial interrogation. The two accused, identified as Jitender Nagpal and Vipan Kumar, were arrested by Delhi police on Wednesday for allegedly leaking confidential documents. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that they were trying to gather as much evidence on the basis of information provided by the two accused. Feb 27, 2015

Any provocation along working boundary will meet befitting reply: General Raheel Sharif

Sialkot, Feb 27 (ANI): Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Sialkot Garrison and forward locations on Working boundary and warned that any provocation along the line of control (LOC) and working boundary will meet a befitting response. On arrival at Sialkot, Lt Gen Ghayyur Mehmood, Corps Commander received the Army chief. While speaking to troops, the Army chief appreciated their high state of morale and operational preparedness on frontline. He said that repeated Indian ceasefire violations on working boundary and line of control, in the recent past are a distraction for Pakistan from its campaign against terrorism and adversely affect regional stability. The Army chief said, "Let there be no doubt that any provocation along the Line of Control and Working Boundary will meet a befitting response", a press release stated. The Army chief was given a detailed briefing by local commanders about the prevailing security situation at the working boundary. Feb 27, 2015

Kashmiri separatist slams PDP for having double standards over AFSPA

Srinagar/ New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik slammed chief of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for double standards. AFSPA gives security forces, battling militancy in the troubled regions of Kashmir and the northeast, sweeping powers to search arrest or shoot people. BJP-PDP have formed an alliance to work out a common programme that focuses on welfare and leaves aside traditionally contentious issues, including the size of the military's presence in the state. Malik added that their group was not afraid of Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP because their policies were straight forward policy. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said in New Delhi that the government has not yet decided on the scrapping of the act from the state. Feb 27, 2015

Police seize heroin worth crores in Punjab

Amritsar, Feb 27 (ANI): Police in Punjab seized 50 kilograms of heroin worth 250 crore in international market and produced three accused in a court. Sleuths of counter intelligence wing of the police also seized 250 grams opium, a pistol and two motorcycles. The accused have been identified as Angrez Singh, Raja Singh and Joginder Singh, who are farmers. He added that the drugs were smuggled from Pakistan. The accused have been sent to three-day police remand. Feb 27, 2015

Water tanker mows down two people in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 27 (ANI): Two people were killed when a water tanker travelling at a high speed knocked down pedestrians and a stationary motorcycle at a traffic signal in Bengaluru. The accident, which took place near a mall on Bangalore International Airport Road was caught in a CCTV camera near the site. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of East Traffic Division, MNBR Prasad, confirmed two deaths. The driver of the tanker has been arrested and was produced before the magistrate, Prasad informed. The pedestrian, identified as Arpitha, succumbed to her injuries in the hospital while another person riding pillion on a motorcycle, Anand, died on the spot. Both the victims were in their early 20s. Feb 27, 2015