Prince William visits Commonwealth cemetery in Japan

Prince William visited a cemetery for soldiers from the British Commonwealth in Japan on Friday (February 27), He laid a wreath at the Cross of Remembrance memorial in the Yokohama War Cemetery, The Feb 27, 2015

Storm kills one, displaces thousands in West Bengal

South Dinajpur, Feb 27 (ANI): A powerful storm flattened thatched houses and uprooted trees and electric poles in several villages in West Bengal. The storm accompanied by heavy rains hit Balurhat block of South Dinajpur. A man named Jatha Tudu, (35), resident of Vatpara village, died while several others got injured. An affected villager, Kamal Hasti, of Jalghar village said that they were inside their houses when the storm hit. Thousands of thatched houses were blown over in the powerful storm rendering more than 5,000 villagers of Jalghar and Vatpara homeless. The local administration has begun rescue operations. Daily necessary items are being distributed in the region. Feb 27, 2015

De Villiers smacks fastest 150 in ODI history during Windies blitzkrieg

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): South African swashbuckling skipper AB de Villiers ripped up the record books again as he smacked the fastest 150 runs in ODIs, off just 64 balls against the West Indies during their World Cup Pool B tie in Sydney. De Villiers surpassed the previous quickest set by Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who reached this figure in 83 deliveries against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2011. De Villiers also smashed the second fastest World Cup century off 52 balls in the match. He remained unbeaten on 162 as he steered his side to post a mammoth total of 408 runs. Feb 27, 2015

Essar French cruise controversy: PIL filed in Supreme Court

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): The Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) on Friday filed a PIL in the Supreme Court demanding a probe by the CBI or SIT against the Essar Group for allegedly giving favours to senior politicians and journalists. Feb 27, 2015

Economic Survey says GDP growth to top 8% in FY16; politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): The Economic Survey, tabled in Parliament today expects the economy to grow by over 8 per cent under a new calculation method that makes India the world's top-growing big economy. India has reached an economic sweet spot, which should allow for some big bang economic reforms, the Economic survey report said. Meanwhile, politicos from rival parties said that the statistics are manipulative as the base year was changed. Feb 27, 2015

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for maid abuse

A Hong Kong woman is jailed for six years for beating and starving her Indonesian maid and keeping her prisoner, as the judge calls for action over laws which leave domestic workers exposed to abuse. Duration: 01:19 Feb 27, 2015

Japanese delegation meets Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi to boost business ties

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): A Japanese delegation led by the chief executive officer (CEO) of Japanese multinational company Hitachi limited, Hiroaki Nakanishi, met Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi on Friday to boost business ties between the two nations. Speaking at the meet, Naidu thanked Japanese companies for helping India in executing various projects, including construction. He also boasted of India’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and relaxation in Foreign Direct Index (FDI), a step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government. Last year in September, Modi visited Japan in a bid to strengthen diplomatic relations and both the nations agreed to boost defence ties. Feb 27, 2015

Army distributes free textbooks to flood-affected children in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 27 (ANI): Indian army distributed free textbooks to children, hit hard by last year’s devastating floods, in Jammu and Kashmir. The initiative is part of ‘Operation Sadbhavana’ of Indian army under which it has been helping people in the areas of education, health care, community development, among others. More than 200 sets of books of class IX and X were distributed among the children at a function in state’s summer capital Srinagar. Students also thanked the army for its noble gesture. Feb 27, 2015

Reactions pour in as Mufti - Modi meet clears way for formation of BJP-PDP govt in JandK

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday react after meeting between PDP Chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the way for the formation of PDP-BJP government in JandK. BJP and its allies shared the view that the government will work for the welfare of the people of the state and that both the parties will ultimately reach a common programme for JandK and for the welfare of the people of the state. Meanwhile, political parties including NCP, JD (U) and Samajwadi Party opined that the alliance will not give positive results to the state. Feb 27, 2015