Land acquisition Ordinance: No compromise on compensation and rehabilitation, says Gadkari

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari defending the BJP government's land acquisition ordinance called it "farmer friendly" and said that the government is "open minded" for any suggestions. He said that the government will not make any compromise on compensation and rehabilitation of farmers. Gadkari added that the land acquired will be used for rural infrastructure projects like irrigation and roads which will prove helpful for the rural population. He further stated that the central government does not intend to acquire any land for the private sector or for the corporate sector. Feb 25, 2015

Arson suspected in Palestinian mosque attack

Dawn revealed the damage of an apparent arson attack overnight, on a small, neighborhood mosque in the village of Al-Jabaah near Bethlehem. Authorities say graffiti written in Hebrew suggest the Feb 25, 2015

At least 37 dead in Baghdad bomb attacks

Baghdad residents are burying their dead -- after a wave of bomb attacks killed at least 37 people and wounded dozens of others. Police and medical sources say at least seven explosions struck in or Feb 25, 2015

Congress protests against land acquisition Ordinance at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): The Congress party on Wednesday protested against the Land Acquisition Ordinance at Jantar Mantar. Congress held a rally called 'Zameen Wapsi Andolan' at Jantar Mantar to oppose the ordinance. Prominent party leaders Digvijay Singh, Ajay Maken, Jairam Ramesh, Raj Babbar, Deepinder Hooda addressed the crowd. Digvijaya Singh said that farmers seem to be on one side and industrialists on another and now people have to decide who they are with. Feb 25, 2015

Texas man convicted of killing 'American Sniper'

A Texas man is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after he being convicted of murdering the US Navy Seal whose story inspired blockbuster movie "American Sniper." Duration: 00:36 Feb 25, 2015

Response to armed groups like IS 'shameful': Amnesty

World leaders have been "shameful and ineffective" in failing to protect civilians from armed groups like Islamic State (IS), according to Amnesty International's annual report. Duration: 01:10 Feb 25, 2015

AAP govt announces reduced electricity bills, free water for Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday announced reduced electricity bills and free water for the people of Delhi soon after coming to power. Sisodia said that promises made by the AAP government will be fulfilled keeping the interests of people in mind. He said that the households which use electricity up to 400 units per month shall be eligible for paying half of their bill amount, while the families which exceed 400 units will have to pay the entire bill. Further, Sisodia announced free supply of 20,000 litres of water to every household in a month. The facilities will be effective from March 01 onwards. Feb 25, 2015

Delhi Police launches 'Himmat' WhatsApp & Hike Group for women safety

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): After the launch of a mobile application ‘Himmat’, the Delhi Police on Wednesday launched the ‘Himmat’ Whatsapp and Hike Group for women safety. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that the WhatsApp group will prove helpful to women who use public transport on a regular basis. Reportedly, around 27,000 people have downloaded the ‘Himmat’ app in just one month. Feb 25, 2015

Dancers entice the audience with grace in Khajuraho

Khajuraho, Feb 25 (ANI): The colorful and magnificent dance forms of India continued to fascinate the audience from across the world at Khajuraho dance festival in Madhya Pradesh. The week-long extravaganza at the brilliantly lit Khajuraho temples, which celebrates the spring season, aspires to showcase the essence of various Indian classical dance forms at its purest. According to Indian mythology, the gods and goddesses were great lovers of music that comprises vocal singing, instrumental music and dance. Other Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Mohiniyattam also enticed the audience. The dancers explored these forms through duet, solo and group performances, enthralling the audience with elegance and grace. The temples at Khajuraho are famous for their Nagara style architecture and erotic sculptures. The annual dance festival will conclude on February 26. Feb 25, 2015

Recruitment Scam: FIR filed against MP Governor, Reactions pour in

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Wednesday after an FIR was filed against Madhya Pradesh governor Ramnaresh Yadav in the multi-layered examination and recruitment scam. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that PM Modi should take stand over the issue. BJP leader Prabhat Jha said that he has no doubt on Yadav's intelligence and that he himself will decide whether he wants to resign or not. Reportedly, Yadav had suggested five candidates for recruitment as forest guards to the top officials of the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board. Feb 25, 2015

Reactions pour in as Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna says Bhagwat spoke bitter truth about Mother Tere

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Reactions pour in on Wednesday as Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna said that RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat spoke ‘bitter truth’ about Mother Teresa where he said that Mother Teresa worked for poor with an objective to convert them into Christianity. Congress leader PC Chacko said that Mother was a noble laureate and making such comments on her is obligatory. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that everybody has right to spread message about their religion and what she did was totally lawful. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi condemned the statement and said that more than 100 countries witnessed services of Mother Teresa. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that the nation should never forget what the great missionary did for the poor. Meanwhile, Former Samajwadi Party Leader Shahid Siddiqui said that such statements by allies of the ruling BJP are affecting the government adversely. Feb 25, 2015