Coal Scam: Special Court grants bail to ex Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda, 7 others

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda was granted bail on Wednesday by a Special Court in coal blocks allocation scam case despite opposition from the CBI. Earlier in the morning, the CBI had opposed the bail pleas of Madhu Koda and seven others alleging that they have conspired and abused their position to favor accused firm Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd in allocation of a coal block. Lawyer Anshuman Sinha said that the bail application was moved in the court and the court granted bail to Madhu Koda on the condition that Koda will not leave the country. Feb 18, 2015

Sushma's visit to Oman will set in motion a deeper engagement between the two countries: MEA

Oman, Feb 18 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday said that the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on her first visit to Oman and that the visit will focus on the strategic issues between the two countries. He added that there was discussion on specific investment opportunities including in the sector of storage of agricultural products, as well as on medical treatment. He further stated that Oman and India are maritime neighbours and that Swaraj's visit will set in motion a deeper engagement between India and Oman. Feb 18, 2015

'I see 2015 as the renovation of the India-EU relationship': EU Ambassador

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): European Union Ambassador to India Dr Joao Cravinho on Wednesday opined that the year 2015 would see the 'renovation' of the relationship between New Delhi and Brussels, adding that the priorities of both sides are very similar. Speaking of the free-trade understanding between the two sides, Dr Cravinho said that Europe was waiting for India to 'define' its position, adding that the ball was in New Delhi's court. Feb 18, 2015

Swine flu claims two lives in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 18 (ANI): The deadly H1N1 swine flu virus claimed two lives in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday (February 18). India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus. The victims, who succumbed to the disease at Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar city, included a man and a woman. A special isolated ward has been created at SKIMS for treating the patients of swine flu. Director of SKIMS, Doctor Showkat Ali Zargar, said so far 71 cases have been diagnosed in the hospital. Feb 18, 2015

Sushma Swaraj meets Oman Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al Said

Oman, Feb 18 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday met Oman's Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said during her two-day visit to Oman. Earlier in the day, Swaraj had fruitful discussions with her Oman counterpart Yusuf Bin Abdullah on anti-piracy operations, cooperation in maritime security and other issues relating to the Indian Ocean where the two nations are maritime neighbours. This is Swaraj's third visit to the Gulf countries. She has earlier visited Bahrain in September and the United Arab Emirates in November 2014. India and Oman have a very strong relationship based on extensive people-to-people contacts and historical, economic and cultural exchanges. Feb 18, 2015

PM Modi addresses NIMHANS convocation ceremony

Bengaluru, Feb 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the convocation ceremony of National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. While addressing the graduates and the post-graduates, Modi said he believed that students from poor families should attend the convocation ceremonies as they are very motivating. He added that the decision students took to study at NIMHANS was not a decision taken by mind but by heart. Feb 18, 2015

Victoria Beckham deconstructs for Fall 2015

ROUGH CUT (NO NARRATION) In her seventh year in the fashion industry, singer turned designer Victoria Beckham said she is now "evolving and translating" from her signature dress. Beckham presented Feb 18, 2015

Putin visits Hungary's Orban amid Ukraine tension

Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked 'losing' Ukraine on a visit to Budapest, while also calling for Kiev to allow Ukrainian soldiers trapped by pro-Russian rebels in the eastern town of Debaltseve to lay down arms. Duration: 01:50 Feb 18, 2015

Politicos react after RSS Chief says 'mothers are not child-bearing factories'

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat reportedly said "our mothers are not child-bearing factories". Earlier, BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj made controversial remarks asking Hindu mothers to produce at least four kids. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that RSS is the biggest organization which motivates high values in the society. However, CPI leader D Raja said that RSS working against harmony of the country. Feb 18, 2015

Youth Congress protests against Vyapam Scam in Bhopal, police uses water canon against protesters

Bhopal, Feb 18 (ANI): Members of the Youth Congress staged a protest against the Vyapam scam in Bhopal on Wednesday. Protesters shouted anti-government slogans and police used water cannons to disperse the agitated crowd and manhandled the protesters. Congress party is against the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan holding his post after the scam came to light and continuously demanding his resignation. Earlier in the day, Congress MLAs staged a walkout from the Bhopal assembly in protest against the Vyapam scam. Feb 18, 2015

BJP chooses Vijender Gupta as leader of opposition for Delhi assembly

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Vijender Gupta, one of the three successful BJP candidates in Delhi Assembly, was on Wednesday named by the party as the Leader of Opposition. Gupta, a member of the BJP's National Executive, was elected from West Delhi's Rohini constituency and has also been the president of the BJP's Delhi branch.The Bharatiya Janta Party suffered a rout in the recently held Delhi Assembly polls, with only three of its candidates securing a seat in the elections. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party won 67 out of the 70 seats on offer in the Delhi polls, becoming the first non-Congress and non-BJP party to rule the city. Feb 18, 2015

Politicos react after Govt defends Greenpeace activist's offloading

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) justifying its decision to stop Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai from travelling to London for a meeting of the British all-party parliamentary group told the Delhi High Court that the UK, US and European Parliament bring out "heavily biased" annual reports on rights violations which could leave India "open to a potential sanction regime". BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that if government has any suspicion on the organization then it is the duty of the government to stop its activity. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also expressed similar sentiments. Congress leader PC Chacko said that the government's action is not justified. Feb 18, 2015

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers to give closing statements

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Dominique Strauss-Kahn's defence lawyers prepared to make their closing statements at his trial where he has been charged with pimping on Wednesday (February 18), Feb 18, 2015