Mufti Mohammad Sayeed meets PM Modi ahead of taking over as J&K CM

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): People's Democratic Party chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. Sayeed said that during the meet both the ministers finalized the modalities of government formation in the state. Sayeed, also formally invited Prime Minister Modi for his oath-taking ceremony. Over the last few days, leaders of both the parties were engaged in hectic talks in a bid to iron out differences. Mufti will be sworn-in as chief minister on Sunday. BJP’s Nirmal Singh is likely to be deputy chief minister. Feb 27, 2015

British high commissioner to India commemorates queen Elizabeth IIs 63 years on throne

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): British High Commissioner to India, James Bevan in a lavish celebration, commemorated the 63rd year of monarch Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The High Commissioner invited important Indian delegates to his residence in New Delhi to not only celebrate Elizabeth’s reign but to mark 200 years of service of the Gorkhas of the Indian Army with the British Army and also 800 years of the Magna Carta that laid foundations for laws in both countries. Bevan added Elizabeth retained a great affection for India and wished Her Majesty many more years in office. Bevan also said Britain was looking forward to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country. Feb 27, 2015

Finance Minister Jaitley to present Economic Survey 2014-2015 in Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is all set to present the Economic Survey 2014-2015 in the Parliament on Frriday. The documents of the economic survey has already reached the Parliament and is being inspected and checked by the security officials along with sniffer dogs. The survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the past year. It highlights the performance on major development programmes and policy initiatives of the government, say reports. The survey also points out the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term and is presented to both Houses of Parliament. Meanwhile, investors have maintained cautious stance ahead of the Economic Survey even as sensex gains over 150 points. Feb 27, 2015

Water tanker mows down two people in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Feb 27 (ANI): Two people were killed when a water tanker travelling at a high speed knocked down pedestrians and a stationary motorcycle at a traffic signal in Bengaluru. The accident, which took place near a mall on Bangalore International Airport Road was caught in a CCTV camera near the site. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of East Traffic Division, MNBR Prasad, confirmed two deaths. The driver of the tanker has been arrested and was produced before the magistrate, Prasad informed. The pedestrian, identified as Arpitha, succumbed to her injuries in the hospital while another person riding pillion on a motorcycle, Anand, died on the spot. Both the victims were in their early 20s. Feb 27, 2015

Police seize heroin worth crores in Punjab

Amritsar, Feb 27 (ANI): Police in Punjab seized 50 kilograms of heroin worth 250 crore in international market and produced three accused in a court. Sleuths of counter intelligence wing of the police also seized 250 grams opium, a pistol and two motorcycles. The accused have been identified as Angrez Singh, Raja Singh and Joginder Singh, who are farmers. He added that the drugs were smuggled from Pakistan. The accused have been sent to three-day police remand. Feb 27, 2015

Kashmiri separatist slams PDP for having double standards over AFSPA

Srinagar/ New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik slammed chief of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for double standards. AFSPA gives security forces, battling militancy in the troubled regions of Kashmir and the northeast, sweeping powers to search arrest or shoot people. BJP-PDP have formed an alliance to work out a common programme that focuses on welfare and leaves aside traditionally contentious issues, including the size of the military's presence in the state. Malik added that their group was not afraid of Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP because their policies were straight forward policy. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said in New Delhi that the government has not yet decided on the scrapping of the act from the state. Feb 27, 2015