Strauss-Kahn trial about France's 'moral code'

The trial of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, charged with 'aggravated pimping' alongside 13 others, is not about facts but France's moral code, the lawyer for one of the accused says as proceedings enter their second day. Duration: 00:56 Feb 3, 2015

Politicos react after opinion polls predict AAP's victory in Delhi polls

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react as opinion polls predicted that AAP is likely to emerge as the single largest party in the coming Delhi elections. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that the party sure will come to power and that will be proved on February 10th. Congress leader Sheila Dikshit said that these are the results of the opinion polls and that public should wait for real polls. Other Congress leaders like PC Chacko and Manish Tewari said that they do not believe in opinion polls and that such poll are conducted in the interest of certain political parties or corporates. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that opinion polls are not easy to be conducted in cities like Delhi and that they are not reliable. Feb 3, 2015

Welcome debate on political funding, appealed SC to investigate all parties' accounts: AAP

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday welcomed to the debate on political funding of parties after NGO named AWAM alleged illegal money transaction into the account of AAP. Yogendra Yadav said that AAP is always ready for such debates which were raised by AAP itself. Kumar Vishwas said that AAP has moved the SC to investigate accounts of last 5 years of BJP, Congress and AAP and find out which party is fraud. Meanwhile, well known banker and AAP leader Meera Sanyal said that it is very easy for the Finance Minister to find out all details about bank transactions of any party but he is not ready to do so. Feb 3, 2015

Kiran Bedi's Krishna Nagar office owner receives threat calls, lodges FIR

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): BJP's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi alleged that the owner of her Krishna Nagar office is receiving threat against his life. Bedi tweeted saying, "What's wrong with losers? My Krishna Nagar Constituency office owner is receiving life threats and bomb to be placed in his office.. The owner of the building of our Krishna Nagar Constituency being threatened and being told to get us to vacate the office since last night." Meanwhile, the office landlord Suman Bindal said that he and his son has got at least 40 calls from different numbers threatening that there was a bomb in the building. He also lodged a police complaint and said that there should be investigation against such 'dirty politics'. Feb 3, 2015

Sitharaman calls Kejriwal 'chor', AAP says its BJP's political culture

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Union minister of Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday reacted to AAP's appeal on investigations to be held by Supreme Court over allegations of money laundering by AWAM. Sitharaman said that a 'chor' cannot decide who will investigate him. Meanwhile, reacting to it, AAP leader Ashutosh said that it is the political culture of BJP to use foul language against its opponents. Feb 3, 2015

Allegations of money laundering by AWAM should be probed: AAP

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday said that the money laundering allegations made by NGO named AWAM should be probed by an SIT by Supreme Court. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said that AWAM has been created by BJP to attack AAP unnecessarily and a proper investigation should be done about their allegations as they are very serious and violate the banking rules of the country. Feb 3, 2015

AVAM threatens to stage protest from Feb 05, says AAP doesn't believe in freedom of expression

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM) on Tuesday while addressing a press conference stated that it would file a complaint against AAP with Election Commission, Enforcement Directorate and Reserve Bank of India. AVAM also accused political outfit of disrespecting Right to Freedom of Expression and especially denying the Right to Freedom of Expression to its volunteers and ex-volunteers. AVAM added that it has also decided to stage a protest against AAP from February 05. Earlier, AVAM had alleged a massive scam in the funding of AAP, which was later rejected by Kejriwal-led AAP party which stated that all transactions were legitimate. Feb 3, 2015

RBI holds interest rates steady, says tracking inflation and government action

Mumbai, Feb 03 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday held interest rates steady while boosting banks' liquidity in a bid to persuade them to lower lending rates after they failed to pass on the benefits of the last official rate cut three weeks ago. The RBI kept its policy repo rate unchanged at 7.75 percent, as expected by analysts, leaving its next reduction probably until after the government presents its annual budget at the end of this month. Instead, to prod banks to lend more and lower their lending rates, the RBI cut the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) - the minimum portion of net deposits that banks must hold in government bonds, cash or gold - by 50 basis points to 21.5 percent from February. 7. The RBI also announced a slew of initiatives to develop markets, including allowing foreign institutional investors to re-invest government bond coupons even when their investment limits were exhausted. The RBI described the domestic economy as "subdued", regardless of the government revision of gross domestic product data, using a new formula which showed the economy grew 6.9 percent in 2013/14, instead of 4.7 percent. Feb 3, 2015

DMK organizes silent march to mark founder's 46th death anniversary

Chennai, Feb 03 (ANI): The DMK organized a silent march in Chennai on Tuesday to commemorate the 46th death anniversary of party founder CN Annadurai. Thousands of DMK cadres, led by party chief M Karunanidhi, marched silently towards the Anna Memorial at Marina Beach from Wallajah Road where they paid tributes to the iconic leader. Prominent members of the party, including party's general secretary, K. Anbalagan, MK Stalin and Dayanidhi Maran, were among those who participated in the march. A leader of DMK, TKS Elangovan, said that each individual must try to follow Annadurai's path. Annadurai was a Dravidian ideologue, social reformer, writer, orator and litterateur of Tamil Nadu who founded DMK in 1947 after differences of opinion with his mentor, reformist leader Periyar E. V. Ramasamy. Feb 3, 2015

AAP rubbishes BJP's allegations on black money

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hit back at ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday after it alleged that the former accepted black money for funding its election expenses for Delhi polls. Taking a jibe at the BJP, AAP leader Ashutosh said that it was "frustrated" seeing the party taking an edge in opinion polls. BJP leader Nalin Kohli accused Kejriwal of converting black money into white. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that AAP should reveal from where such a huge amount of money came. The BJP had alleged on Monday that shell companies were created to transfer rupees 20 million to AAP on April 05, 2014, while official records pointed that these companies didn't make any profit and had common directors. The BJP had also alleged that AAP circumvented laws to accept donation from foreign company. Feb 3, 2015

Stray dogs to be sterilised in Raipur

Raipur, Feb 03 (ANI): Residents of Raipur in Chhattisgarh state are likely to breathe a sigh of relief as city municipal body began a sterilisation drive to put an end to the menace of stray dogs. The drive aims to sterilise around 2000 stray dogs in the region. It was undertaken after a few people fell prey to dog bites. City Mayor, Pramod Dubey, is hopeful that the efforts taken by the municipal body would bring some relief to locals. Meanwhile, veterinary doctor said that when the dogs are ravenous, they have tendency to bite and they prey on humans. Government district veterinary hospital has been asked to sterilise around 26-30 dogs a day. Dogs would be vaccinated against rabies after being operated upon. Feb 3, 2015

Reactions pour in as RSS journal admits that worried BJP chose Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Reactions come in from political parties on Tuesday after RSS mouthpiece Organiser said that the BJP is not 'in a comfortable ground at present' in Delhi, and that the party had inducted Kiran Bedi and projected her as candidate for chief minister after receiving 'adverse feedback from field against the Delhi BJP'. BJP leaders said that the RSS has its own point of view and that the BJP does not comply by the same. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said that the only effect of Bedi in the party is that her poll campaign manager resigned accusing her of dictatorship. Party leader Sanjay Singh said that there is unrest within BJP. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that RSS and BJP have dictatorial tendency and that they have met to create chaos within the party and the nation. Feb 3, 2015

BJP's new ad targets Kejriwal over receiving black money as party funds, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday react as the BJP intensified its attack on AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal by releasing another poster mocking him over black money. The advertisement takes a dig at Kejriwal over alleged black money funding to his party. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said that today's ad completely shows how AAP is collecting black money and converting into white money in the name of donations by fake company. Meanwhile, AAP leaders slammed BJP for series of advertisements targeting Kejriwal. Feb 3, 2015