Dharmendra Pradhan says investigation on over leakage of Classified info from Petroleum Ministry, as

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry, Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said that investigation is on over the leakage of classified information from Petroleum Ministry. He said that the government will take strong action once the investigation is over. Two Petroleum Ministry employees are among five persons arrested for allegedly leaking confidential government documents to private companies, Delhi Police said. According to sources, said a clerical staff and a peon of the Petroleum Ministry were apprehended by the police. Pradhan, however, said that the new government has started keeping an eye over all the activities in the ministry and said that cameras are installed among other things to keep a check. Feb 19, 2015

Bidding for PM Modi's suit reaches 14.1 million

Surat/ New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The bidding for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial suit that bears his name in gold pinstripes and which he wore at a meeting with Barack Obama touched a new high on Thursday. Komal Kant Sharma, CMD, Leela Group of Companies, a chain of luxury hotels, in Bhavnagar, bid rupees 14.1 million (1.41 crore) for the suit. The tailored suit is being auctioned in Gujarat to raise money for a project he is championing to clean the Ganges river. The auction ends on Friday. Director of Leela Group of Companies, Bhavnagar, Chirag Mehta, said Sharma would be present at the auction on Friday. Feb 19, 2015

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nathula pass to start from 18th June: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday announced that Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nathula pass will start from 18th June. She said that the route is totally motorable and was not developed till 2014. Swaraj while introducing the route and the website on the same said that initiative on the same was taken up when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up the issue with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping on the later's state visit. Swaraj also said that the earlier route will be functional as before and the new route will carry less people on its first operation. A phone helpline is also put in place to facilitate the pilgrims. Feb 19, 2015

Agitation will start from Palwal tomorrow, will reach Delhi in 4 days: Anna Hazare

Pune, Feb 19 (ANI): Anti-Graft Crusader Anna Hazare on Thursday said that the agitation over Land Acquisition Ordinance will start from Palwal in Haryana tomorrow. He said that farmers will start for road march from there and that he will give green flag to them. Hazare said that the agitation march will reach Delhi in four days. He also said that people from other places too will join the agitation. Feb 19, 2015

Ukraine calls for peacekeepers after rebels take key town

Ukrainian President Poroshenko calls for European peacekeepers to enforce a shattered ceasefire deal in east Ukraine after a flashpoint strategic town fell to a fierce assault by pro-Russian rebels. Duration: 01:18 Feb 19, 2015

More than 400,000 rally in Buenos Aires over Nisman death

More than 400,000 people demanding justice marched in symbolic silence in soaking Buenos Aires to mark a month since the suspicious death of a prosecutor who was ready to accuse the Argentine president of a massive cover-up. Duration: 01:45 Feb 19, 2015

BJP hopes to iron out differences with PDP on AFSPA

New Delhi/ Jammu, Feb 19 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party said on Thursday that proper discussions are important before reaching a conclusion on the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir. Many civil rights activist and political parties like Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) have long been demanding to revoke AFSPA. However, the army has opposed their demands saying they are not even in favour of "partially withdrawing" the rule as it is essential to root out militants. PDP wants AFSPA removed while BJP is strongly against Article 370, which accords special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This could make the tie-up between the two parties uneasy. However, BJP is hopeful of resolving all differences and moving ahead on a positive note. Meanwhile, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, Bhim Singh said the act is important for state's protection. Feb 19, 2015

Thailand's Attorney General files charges against former PM Yingluck over rice subsidy scheme

Bangkok, Feb 19 (ANI): Thailand's attorney general filed charges against Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday over a bungled rice subsidy scheme. The former Premier in indicted in the case that could see her jailed for up to a decade if found guilty. However, Shinawatra denies charges. The Supreme Court will decide whether or not to accept the case on March 19. The ex-premier has defended the rice scheme as a necessary subsidy to help poor farmers who historically receive a disproportionately small slice of government cash. Feb 19, 2015