France vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

French President Francois Hollande vows to introduce tougher penalties for "racist, anti-semitic or homophobic" remarks following the January attacks in Paris. Duration: 01:22 Feb 24, 2015

BJP to hold parliamentary meet over Land Acquisition Ordinance

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will hold a parliamentary board meeting for the second time on Tuesday (February 24) over the land acquisition ordinance. The first meeting earlier in the day, before the parliament session began, was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani. Minister of State for parliamentary affairs, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, told media the leaders of BJP and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will meet in the evening to deliberate on the issues on how to make the land acquisition bill more effective for the farmers. Earlier in the day the government introduced in the lower house of the parliament the controversial Land Acquisition Amendment Bill 2015 amid vociferous protests by the opposition. The government said it will hold discussions one more time to bring all parties on board with its plan. Rudy also informed that at the first meeting the ministry of coal and petroleum and oil made their presentations on coal block allocations and direct cash transfer scheme. Feb 24, 2015

BSF & BGB play friendly match in Indo-Bangladesh border

South Dinajpur, Feb 24 (ANI): As a part of confidence-building exercise between security forces along the porous Indo-Bangladesh border, a friendly volleyball match was played between the two countries in West Bengal. The match was organised to celebrate the 50th Raising Day of Indian paramilitary, Border Security Force (BSF) with an aim to enhance better border management work between the neighbours. The friendly match was played between 25th BSF battalion and 40th Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) battalion. Enthusiastic residents of border villages flocked to the venue in South Dinajpur district to watch the match. India and Bangladesh have been working together to reduce crimes and illegal activities along the 4,096 km long border. Special emphasis is also being given to develop cross-border trade, especially via the northeastern region that shares a 1,880-km-long border with Bangladesh. BSF won the match by scoring 2-1 against its Bangladeshi counterpart. Feb 24, 2015

Corporate Espionage Case: Another arrest made of charges on conspiracy, says Bassi

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said on Tuesday that another person has been arrested on charges of being involved in the conspiracy of leaking important documents from the Petroleum Ministry. Bassi said that a casual employee named Virender Kumar who was found to be a part of the conspiracy was arrested and investigation is underway. Feb 24, 2015

Vyapam Scam: STF registers FIR against MP Governor

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): In an update in probe of the Vyapam Scam in Madhya Pradesh, an FIR has been filed against the state Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Senior Lawyer KTS Tulsi said on Tuesday that this is a part of conspiracy by the Chief Minister only to divert attention from him. Tusli added that there should be investigation against his wife too. Feb 24, 2015

Politicos react after Land Acquisition Bill gets tabled in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Tuesday after Land Acquisition Bill got tabled in the Lok Sabha amid chaos in Rajya Sabha as discussion was being held. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that they will meet a delegation of farmers and listen to their pleas. Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, RJD leader JP Yadav, NCP leader DP Tripathi said that they are with Opposition on Land Acquisition Bill. Meanwhile, BJP leader Kalraj Mishra said that there should be a dialogue over the process. Feb 24, 2015

Ordinances cannot bypass Parliament: Jaitley on Land Acquisition

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that Ordinances and laws cannot bypass the Parliament adding that the government was well within its rights to take the Ordinance route, amidst an uproar in the Rajya Sabha over the Land Acquisition Bill. Congress leader Anand Sharma, however, shot back saying Jaitley expected the Parliament to rubber stamp the Ordinances. The government is today introducing the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Parliament to replace the Land Acquisition Ordinance. The government had last year in December circulated the ordinance which had brought changes in the previous bill passed in 2013 by the UPA regime. Earlier in the day, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had termed the Land Acquisition Bill as 'anti-farmer' and added that his party will counter it tooth and nail by taking support from all the opposition parties. Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislators also staged a protest against the Land Acquisition Bill outside the Parliament. Feb 24, 2015

Reactions come in after Hashim Ansari and Mahant Gyan Das seeks out-of-court solution in Ayodhya iss

New Delhi/ Ayodhya/ Lucknow, Feb 24 (ANI): Reactions come in on Tuesday after the oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit case, Hashim Ansari met Mahant Gyan Das of Hanuman Garhi in Ayodhya and expressed his desire for an out-of-court settlement of the dispute. AIBMAC Convenor Zafaryab Jilani said that the community trust Ansari and are with him on the issue. However, he said that the VHP's stand is clear on the issue and that the Muslim community would not compromise over the same. Muslim Cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said that Ansari should put his view in the Supreme Court as the case is with the apex court. NCP leader Tariq Anwar also welcomed the proposal. Feb 24, 2015