Nigeria delays elections as Boko Haram conflict spirals

Nigeria has postponed its presidential election on security grounds as the Boko Haram conflict intensifies, handing a potential lifeline to the ruling party as it battles a tough challenge from the opposition. Duration: 00:52 Feb 8, 2015

NITI Aayog meeting was extremely useful, PM emphasized on empowerment of states: Arun Jaitley Part1

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): After the NITI Aayog meeting ended, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that the meeting was extremely useful in that Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized on empowerment of the states. Jaitley said that the PM gave opening comments thereafter each states gave their opinions. He said that the opening comments were in context of governing model and that the PM said that priorities are growth, investment, jobs and decentralization. He also said that Modi emphasized that economic activities should be in the states and there should be flexibility of states. Jaitley further said that three sub groups is proposed to be formed under NITI Ayog and the members will be announced after CMs give their preferences. Feb 8, 2015

NITI Aayog meeting was extremely useful, PM emphasized on empowerment of states: Arun Jaitley Part2

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): After the NITI Aayog meeting ended, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that the meeting was extremely useful in that Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized on empowerment of the states. Jaitley said that the PM gave opening comments thereafter each states gave their opinions. He said that the opening comments were in context of governing model and that the PM said that priorities are growth, investment, jobs and decentralization. He also said that Modi emphasized that economic activities should be in the states and there should be flexibility of states. Jaitley further said that three sub groups is proposed to be formed under NITI Ayog and the members will be announced after CMs give their preferences. Feb 8, 2015

Assured NITI Aayog that Odisha will partner centre in its programs: Naveen Patnaik

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): After attending NITI Aayog meeting, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said that he assured the Aayog that the state will partner centre in its programs like Make in India, Skill India, etc. He said that the he advised the governing council meeting to capture the concerns of the states and asked for an enhanced allocation for infrastructure projects including national highways rural roads etc. in the state. Patnaik also demanded imposition of green tax for compensation of pollution caused by mining in Odisha. Feb 8, 2015

BCCI AGM to be held on March 02: Rajeev Shukla

Chennai, Feb 08 (ANI): BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla said on Sunday that the Annual General Meeting of BCCI will be held on March 02 as decided by the Board. Shukla said that no discussion has been held regarding N Srinivasan’s contesting election. Feb 8, 2015

PM Modi chairs first meeting of newly created NITI Ayog in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday (February 08) chaired the first meeting of the governing council of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) in New Delhi. The formation of the forum was announced on August 15, 2014 by Modi during his maiden Independence Day address from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort. Modi has accused 65-year-old Planning Commission of stifling growth with Soviet-style bureaucracy. The NITI will act more like a think tank or forum, in contrast with the Commission which imposed five-year-plans and allocated resources to hit set economic targets. Feb 8, 2015

President Pranab Mukherjee meets delegates of Heads of Mission part - 1

New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday met delegates of Heads of Indian Mission. The president while addressing the delegates said that for the first time on day of swearing-in of the new Ministry by President, Prime Minster Narendra Modi decided he would invite all heads of state in SAARC countries. Mukherjee added that with this, subsequent series of initiatives had been taken till then. He added that the institutional arrangements of converting the globe into a global village have been initiated and those days are gone when balance of power was the most important element in foreign policies of the countries. Feb 8, 2015

President Pranab Mukherjee meets delegates of Heads of Mission part 2

New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday met delegates of Heads of Indian Mission. The president while addressing the delegates said that for the first time on day of swearing-in of the new Ministry by President, Prime Minster Narendra Modi decided he would invite all heads of state in SAARC countries. Mukherjee added that with this, subsequent series of initiatives had been taken till then. He added that the institutional arrangements of converting the globe into a global village have been initiated and those days are gone when balance of power was the most important element in foreign policies of the countries. Feb 8, 2015

Mumbai hosts fund-raising marathon to spread awareness about cardiac diseases

Mumbai, Feb 8 (ANI): Hundreds of children took part in a fund-raising marathon in Mumbai on Sunday spread awareness about cardiac diseases. ‘Little Hearts Marathon’ is an initiative of ‘Bai Jerabai Wadia Hospital for Children’ in Mumbai to raise funds for poor children unable to meet the exorbitant hospital expenses. The second edition of the three-kilometer marathon drew several known personalities, including the head of youth wing of regional political party, Yuva Sena, Aditya Thackeray, Bollywood actor Shreyas Talpade and businessman Ness Wadia. Students of various schools performed physical and gymnastic activities sending across the message of a healthy lifestyle. Feb 8, 2015

International co-operation & action are absolutely called for to fight terrorism: President

New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday while addressing a conference of heads of missions said that terrorism has converted itself into an industry of evils. He added that it has not only become a challenge for India but for the entire humanity. Mukherjee therefore said that international co-operation and action are absolutely called for to fight terrorism. Feb 8, 2015

Imphal: Three BSF jawans injured in twin IED blasts

Imphal, Feb 08 (ANI): Three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans including one Sub-Inspector and two constables were injured in twin IED blasts that took place at Napetpali village in Imphal. The injured were rushed to the RIMS Emergency Service for medical aid. After the explosion, the security forces, BSF, Assam Rifles and State Police Commando team investigated the locality and nabbed six suspected youths from the area for further verification. As of now, no terror outfit has claimed responsibility for the blasts. Feb 8, 2015

JD (U) & RJD meet Bihar governor over state political crisis, says Manjhi did all this on orders of

Patna, Feb 08 (ANI): JD (U) and RJD leaders on Sunday met Bihar governor Keshari Nath Tripathi over political crisis facing the state today. The parties appealed the governor to sack Jitan Ram Manjhi as he lacks majority and appoint Nitish Kumar as the new chief minister. Bihar JD (U) President Bashishtha Narayan Singh sai dtaht Manjhi is doing all this on order of BJP. Meanwhile, RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui, who also met state governor, said that the party asked the governor to dissolve the assembly as soon as possible. Feb 8, 2015

Uttarakhand CM discusses state issues with NITI Aayog members, satisfied with responses

New Delhi, Feb 08 (ANI): After meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other members of the NITI Aayog, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Sunday said that he discussed state issues with the Aayog. He said that he was satisfied with the positive response he got from the members and that he hoped for all the help from the centre for the development of the state. He also said that he asked for the same consideration for Uttarakhand as for the north east. Rawat also said that the state government do not have funds and have asked for all assistance from the central government. Feb 8, 2015

Death toll climbs in Taiwan plane crash

The death toll in the Taiwan TransAsia plane crash last week now stands at 40. On Sunday, recovery teams continued efforts to find three people still missing. About 741 rescuers and 141 divers were Feb 8, 2015