Yellow dust from China blows into South Korea

TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE** The skyline of Seoul, South Korea as seen through the haze of a sandy yellow dust blowing in from China. The Korean Meteorological Association says the dust Feb 23, 2015

Anna Hazare begins two-day protest against Land acquisition ordinance at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Social Activist Anna Hazare began his two day agitation against Land acquisition ordinance at Jantar Mantar on Monday. Terming the Narendra Modi-led government's Land Acquisition Bill as "anti-farmer" Hazare vowed to fight it. The move is bound to increase pressure on the present government which is keen on pushing the ordinance. Feb 23, 2015

Corporate Espionage Case: Crime Branch lodges second FIR

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Monday said that the crime branch has registered a second FIR in the corporate espionage case which involves the coal and power ministry documents leakage. He added that the police have also arrested another petroleum ministry employee in this case. He further said that the crime branch itself is a specialized unit and that the crime branch by virtue of its structure and functioning acts like a SIT. Feb 23, 2015

Not doing a 'party protest', AAP leaders can join as public: Anna Hazare

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Social Activist Anna Hazare who is starting a protest at Jantar Mantar against the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill said on Monday that the Aam Aadmi Party leaders can join the agitation as part of the public but they won’t be allowed to share the dais with him. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas will be meeting Hazare on Monday over the issue of Land Ordinance Bill. However, the party is still undecided over joining the protest against the bill. Feb 23, 2015

Going to protest as land acquisition ordinance brought by BJP against democracy: Anna

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): Social Activist Anna Hazare is beginning his protest at Jantar Mantar against the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill. Hazare said that BJP went for an ordinance on land acquisition which is not in favor of democracy. The social activist called for the Land Ordinance Bill to be taken back, adding that the government should instead look out for ways to improve the condition of the farmers. Feb 23, 2015

Artists perform traditional art form in temple dance fest in Kerala

Kochi, Feb 23 (ANI): One of the rarest and oldest temple art form of Kerala, Muthappan Theyyam, is becoming a popular cultural event among art admirers. Muthappan Mahotsavam, a two-day festival held at a Kochi temple, attracted Theyyam enthusiasts from across the state. Foreign tourists and artistes also converged at the temple to witness the "dance of the deities". The festival aims to promote ritual folk art form among city dwellers. The word 'Theyyam' is considered a derivation of the word Daivam, meaning God. Theyyam has evolved to become an elaborate religious rite, with the player becoming the voice and the manifestation of God on earth. Feb 23, 2015

State administration felicitated for rescue work during Kashmir floods

Srinagar, Feb 23 (ANI): Individuals who showed exemplary courage and selfless service to rescue people during the Kashmir floods last year were felicitated in an award function in Srinagar. The function was organised by the NGO Athwaas Kashmir in collaboration with some corporate houses. People from state administration, health department, social welfare department and volunteers from civil society were given awards for their contribution during the floods during the function. Award was also given to the Shikara association for lending their boats for the rescue operations during the floods. Feb 23, 2015

Mamata Banerjee's aide Shibaji Panja granted bail

New Delhi, Feb 23 (ANI): A Local court in Barrackpore in West Bengal has granted bail to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's close aide and businessman Sibaji Panja, who was arrested on Saturday on charges of financial fraud. The court granted him bail on a personal bond of rupees 50 thousand. Panja was a member of a delegation during West Bengal chief minister's visit to Bangladesh and had been detained by the Emigration Department officials in Kolkata, soon after his arrival from Bangladesh. The Delhi police had issued a lookout notice for Panja on February 19 in an economic offence case. Feb 23, 2015