Indian space mission not a medium of showing one-upmanship: K Radhakrishnan

Mangalore, Feb 20 (ANI): Indian space mission was not a medium of showcasing one-upmanship over competitors but it ensured that the tangible benefits were felt by the common man, said its former chief K Radhakrishnan. Radhakrishnan said only nine of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) funds were utilized for projects like Mars Orbiter Mission, while the rest were put to use for development of schemes for the common man. The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, cost $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million the US space agency NASA spent on its newly arrived MAVEN Mars mission. Two-thirds of MOM's parts were made by Indian companies such as Larsen and Toubro (LART.NS) and Godrej and Boyce. Feb 20, 2015

Certainly big names involved in govt document leakage from Petroleum ministry, they should be blackl

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Talking about the leakage of government confidential documents from petroleum ministry, AAP leader Dilip Pandey said that certainly big names are involved in the case and that they should be exposed and blacklisted. Pandey said that case involves some big names, both from the governments side and corporate houses. He also said that the chronic capitalists such as these have been robbing the people for days now. The AAP leader also asserted that these arrests sure are the tip of the iceberg but simply arresting them cannot solve the purpose. The party also demanded that these companies should be brought to light. He also targeted the central government over the issue and said that the government seems to shield such corrupt companies. Feb 20, 2015

Govt launches eBiz portal to improve Indias rank on ease of doing business index

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): In a bid to improve Indias ranking on ease of doing business index, central government launched a business portal in New Delhi. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched the single window government-to-business (G2B) portal, www.ebiz.gov.in, for 11 central government services. He said that an ideal country is the one where businessmen do not have to visit the corridors of power to get their work done. Jaitley hoped that the eBiz portal would improve Indias ranking on ease of doing business index. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, World Bank Country Director Onno Ruhl and Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha were amongst the delegates present at the event. Feb 20, 2015

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visits Bangladesh on maiden official trip

Dhaka, Feb 20 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Dhaka for her maiden official visit, on the invitation of Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali. Banerjee, along with her entourage, was received by junior minister for foreign affairs, Md Shahriar Alam, at the airport in capital Dhaka city. Before her arrival, Mamata tweeted that it was "a very emotional moment" for her. "I last visited Bangladesh 17 years ago and this is my first visit after new Government came to power in West Bengal," she tweeted. "India and Bangladesh share a special friendship and a special bond," read another tweet from Banerjee. During her three-day visit, Banerjee is scheduled to meet Bangladesh's President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Feb 20, 2015

Congress targets BJP govt over spate in swine flu cases

Bhopal, Feb 20 (ANI): Congress party targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh over spate in swine flu cases. The deadly H1N1 virus has hit Indian topography in its most adverse situation claiming over 700 lives in the country. Congress leader Mukesh Nayak accused the state and central government of conspiring with the pharmaceutical companies. But the state Health Minister Narottam Mishra claimed that the situation was under control. Feb 20, 2015

Government says no need to panic even as swine flu toll hits 700 mark

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Even as India witnessed a steep rise in the number of swine flu cases in recent days, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said that there was no need to panic, adding that the government was taking measures to ensure proper treatment to patients. The H1N1 virus has claimed nearly 700 lives in the country and the number of people affected by it has crossed 10,000 mark, say reports. Seth said that delay in treatment was amounting to rising casualties. Seth said that he was in touch with officials to ensure consistent supply of medicines and other medical equipments to government hospitals. He has also directed drug controllers of various states to ensure availability of necessary vaccines, along with guidelines for usage and treatment protocol. Meanwhile, 40 new medical stores have been given license to sell swine flu drugs. Besides, two new labs have been set up to the existing three, to deal with the rush. Feb 20, 2015

Greenpeace Activist Priya Pillai refuses to give undertaking to government to fly abroad

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai, who was offloaded from a flight to London at New Delhi airport last month, told court that she would not give an undertaking to the central government as a pre-condition to allow her to travel abroad. Appearing before the Delhi High Court, Pillai said that it was her fundamental right to voice her thoughts. Pillais counsel, Indira Jaising said that the court has reserved its judgment. Feb 20, 2015

Italy struggles with migrant influx

Crowds of migrants gather in front of a reception center in Lampedusa after being rescued from the sea. The center is struggling to cope wiith the influx of people. Some are transferred to medical Feb 20, 2015

Canada boy dies after being outside in cold weather

A three-year-old boy has has died at a hospital in Toronto Canada after being outside in the bitter cold for several hours. Local media say Elijah Marsh was found without vital signs after wandering Feb 20, 2015

Eat Pray Love - Ghar Wapsi

Talking about love, we indians are a strange species... We teach love and practice it very differently... like religion for example, but the opposite way. We preach lots of love in movies, but do moral policing to the core, stripping down others dignity. But when it comes to religion, everything is done so much in open... not only preaching and converting, but also disgusting things... Feb 20, 2015

Northeast region emerges as a potential investment destination

Guwahati, Feb 20 (ANI): A steady decline in insurgency has given a boost to trade and commerce activities in the Northeast region. Recently, several Medium, Micro and Small industries from the northeastern region as well as from other states and neighbouring countries have come together to showcase their products at the ongoing 22nd Guwahati International Trade Fair. The fair organized by the Industries and Trade Fair Association of Assam in association with National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC), was inaugurated by Union Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra in the presence of several dignitaries including Bangladesh High commissioner. The Union Minister attended the inaugural session of the Northeast MSME Conclave at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship and highlighted the various initiatives undertaken by the centre for promoting entrepreneurship in the MSME sector in the region. Feb 20, 2015

Lunar New Year celebrations sparkle in New York

Celebration is in the air as the Lunar New Year is marked in New York City's Chinatown. This is the year of the Sheep -- or Goat -- in the Chinese calendar that is based around 12 animals of the Feb 20, 2015