Enter the Year of the Goat

As the Year of Goat dawns in Beijing the city's ancient bell is struck 108 times for good luck. Outside in the street another traditional Lunar New Year activity is underway. By day thousands flock Feb 19, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal holds "janta darbar" in Kaushambi

Ghaziabad, Feb 19 (ANI): Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday held a Janta Darbar at party's Kaushambi office in Ghaziabad where he heard grievances of people. Yesterday he had his first public interaction after becoming the Delhi chief minister. Feb 19, 2015

Centre tells HC AAP 'clean' on foreign funding, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Thursday after the Central Government informed Delhi High Court that nothing has been found against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in its probe regarding allegations that it had received offshore funds in violation of FCRA provisions. However, the court had directed the government to file a fresh status report in a sealed cover regarding its findings in the matter. Delhi Deputy CM and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that AAP has been claiming that it is clear in its fundings from a long time. Leaders from other political parties gave mixed reactions. Feb 19, 2015

Teesta Setalvad's bail plea to be heard in SC, reactions flow

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Social Activist Teesta Setalvad's anticipatory bail plea, seeking protection from arrest in connection with a case of alleged financial fraud, will be heard by a new bench in Supreme Court on Thursday. Reacting to this, politicos said that activists who fight for correct should be provided with security cover. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that it is a judicial process and Court will give its verdict. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Setalvad should be provided with proper security cover. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that she has become a bone of contention for the government of Gujarat. Meanwhile, senior lawyer KTS Tulsi said that Setalvad is exposing the fake encounters, which is posing danger to the governments and that is why she is being hounded. Feb 19, 2015

Students in Chennai build solar powered e-scooter

Chennai, Feb 19 (ANI): Students of an engineering college in Chennai city of Tamil Nadu made a solar-powered e-scooter, an eco-friendly step to save non-renewable sources of energy. The solar powered scooter runs on a primary and an auxiliary set of batteries and takes six to seven hours to charge fully. It can travel at a speed of 50 to 55 kilometres per hour and gives a mileage of 45 to 55 kilometres, once charged. The students said the team created this scooter as solar power was the future. India has committed to a huge expansion in renewable energy and improving the energy efficiency of its rapidly growing economy. Feb 19, 2015

Toxic 'Tet' kumquats highlight Vietnam's pesticide problem

Come the Lunar New Year, most Vietnamese families buy a kumquat tree -- a symbol of prosperity whose candied fruits were once a delicacy but are now left uneaten as food safety scandals batter consumer confidence in Vietnam's produce. Feb 19, 2015

Bangladesh court awards death sentence to senior Islamist leader for 1971 war crimes

Dhaka, Feb 19 (ANI): Senior Islamist leader of Bangladeshs Jamaat-e-Islami Abdus Subhan was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal court in Dhaka for crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. Subhan was the chief of Jamaats Pabna unit and was in charge of the party's highest policymaking body during the post-Liberation War in 1971. He has been charged with nine crimes against humanity, including murder, genocide, abductions, detention, torture and loot. Subhan was arrested at the toll plaza of the Bangabandhu Bridge in capital Dhaka on Sep 20, 2012. He was later shown arrested in the war crimes case and was sent to jail. An investigation into his war crimes began on April 15, 2012. Feb 19, 2015

PM Modi condoles passing away of filmmaker D Ramanaidu

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the passing away of filmmaker D Ramanaidu, who was suffering from cancer for some time. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to share his condolence message. "I condole the demise of Shri D Ramanaidu, a stalwart of the film industry. My thoughts are with his family and countless well-wishers," Prime Minister Modi posted. The last rites of the noted film producer and Dada Saheb Phalke award winner D Ramanaidu will be performed in Hyderabad on Thursday and his body would be kept at Ramanaidu Studios in the morning. Feb 19, 2015

PM Modi pays tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his Jayanti

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Shivaji Jayanti. The Prime Minister took to twitter for paying his tributes. "I bow to the epitome of courage and bravery and the pride of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Shivaji Jayanti," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. "Shivaji Maharaj shone on the battle field and left a mark in administration. He touched several lives through his good governance," he added. Shivaji Jayanti marks the birth celebration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on 19th February every year. Feb 19, 2015