Fuel prices reduced ahead of polls in Delhi

New Delhi/ Bengaluru/ Mumbai, Feb 04 (ANI): Fuel prices have been reduced by Rs 2.42 for Petrol and Rs 2.25 for Diesel with effect from the midnight of February 3rd and 4th. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said it would cut the retail price of diesel by about 4.7 percent and that of gasoline by 4.1 percent from Wednesday (February 04), as global prices have eased since the last revision. AAP leader Ashish Khetan said that slashing of fuel prices was a stunt by the Central government keeping February 07 Delhi polls in mind. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi said that fuel prices never got reduced during Congress' rule. Meanwhile, residents gave their mixed reactions following fuel price reduction. Feb 4, 2015

Delhi Police summon AAP leader over seized liquor bottles

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Election Commission (EC) officials seized 397 cartons of liquor from a warehouse in west Delhi, days before the national capital goes to polls on February 07. Acting on a tip off, a team of EC officials raided the warehouse near residence of AAP leader Naresh Balyan in Uttam Nagar area and seized liquor. Police indicated towards possibility of Balyan's involvement. Balyan is AAP's candidate from Uttam Nagar. Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, said that people should understand AAP's game plan. Voting in Delhi will take place on February 7 and the results will be announced on February 10. Feb 4, 2015

PM Modi greets Sri Lankan people on 67th Independence Day

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended greetings to the people of Sri Lanka, on their 67th Independence Day. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter for extending his wishes. "On their Independence Day, my greetings to people of Sri Lanka. The bonds of history, culture and shared values that we share are unbreakable, tweeted Prime Minister Modi. "My best wishes for the development of Sri Lanka in the years to come. I look forward to welcoming President Sirisena later this month," he added. President Pranab Mukherjee in his message to Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena said India and Sri Lanka are close neighbours with a long standing relationship of friendship and cooperation based on shared linguistic, religious and cultural traditions. He also said that these ties have matured over time to embrace all areas of contemporary significance. He expressed confidence that the traditional bonds between India and Sri Lanka will expand and flourish to the mutual benefit of the two countries in the years to come. Feb 4, 2015

PM Modi interacts with participants of investor summit

New Delhi, Feb 04 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, hosted dinner for participants of BlackRock India Investor Summit and said his priority was to establish global benchmarks in areas like governance, transparency and taxation. Interacting with them, Modi said that the priority of his government was growth and jobs. The Prime Minister said there was raising interest in India, and "we have to accept that responsibility." The Prime Minister said he believes in a fair, predictable and consistent tax system, and in economic policies that will drive growth. Twenty one major global investors participated in the India Investor Summit earlier on Tuesday. The list of institutional investors included asset managers, insurers, pension funds, and official institutions. Feb 4, 2015

Kidnapped at 13: Nepal's Dalit child brides

In impoverished villages high in the Himalayas, cut off from the modern world, girls are still routinely kidnapped and forced into marriage in a vicious cycle that shows little sign of ending. Feb 4, 2015

Artists celebrate Amitabh Bachchan's film characters on canvas

Vadodara, Feb 04 (ANI): Artists in Gujarat painted portraits of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, depicting the array of characters played by him in his films so far. The event was organized ahead of the release of his upcoming Bollywood film 'Shamitabh'. On Friday (February 06), when the movie releases, an exhibition will be held at a mall in Vadodara city, showcasing these paintings for the movie buffs coming to watch 'Shamitabh'. Around 20 artists gathered to paint Bachchan's characters from various films. The event encouraged local talent while giving them a chance to paint the legend of Bollywood. The event organiser, Giri Sharma, said such events provide great opportunity to the artists. Artists sketched portraits of their favourite star from films like 'Anand'and 'Sarkar' with much delight. Feb 4, 2015