Labourers protest against hydropower firm in Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur, Feb 14 (ANI): Over 1300 tribal labourers marched down a mountain in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh against a hydropower firm, demanding wages, shelter and compensation. The protest against Jaypee Hydropower has now entered a month and is becoming aggressive with each passing day. Local administration deployed heavy security in the area as protesters became aggressive. Despite the freezing cold, labourers have been actively participating in the protest, demanding wages according to labour laws, protection, etc. As per the workers, the company has not provided them with shelter during the cold. The protest, which at first consisted wholly of employees, is now being joined in by around 18 villages in the Kinnaur area. Feb 14, 2015

India's first national tribal festival attracts visitors

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): Visitors thronged India's first national tribal festival 'Vanaj', featuring around 900 artists across the country in New Delhi. The five-day event is being organised by the government to conserve and promote the distinctive cultures of the tribal by providing them a national platform. Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram, urged media to given them adequate coverage. The carnival will run till February 18, showcasing the rich diversity in tribal art and culture. Tribal products, medicines, paintings, art and handicrafts will be put on sale at an exhibition. Feb 14, 2015

Ramlila Maidan ready to welcome Delhi's new CM

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): Supporters and well-wishers of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal are thronging the sprawling Ramlila Maidan, where he will take oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi this afternoon. The enthusiastic people of Delhi began gathering at the venue since early morning and resorted to unique antics to show their loyalty to Kejriwal. One man came dressed as a peacock, flaunting a hundred motifs of Kejriwal on his person. Some others took out a procession with a child dressed as 'mufflerman', the winter garb made famous by the AAP chief. Javed, who dressed as a groom and led a procession towards the venue, has come all the way from Jalandhar to attend Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony. Feb 14, 2015

PM Modi extends birthday wishes to Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended greetings to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her birthday. "Wishing my esteemed colleague and India's External Affairs Minister @SushmaSwaraj ji a very Happy Birthday!," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Swaraj, 63, is the second woman to be the country's External Affairs Minister, the first being Indira Gandhi. She has been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. Feb 14, 2015

Exiled Tibetans celebrate Independence Day in Dharamsala

Dharamsala, Feb 14 (ANI): Exiled Tibetans celebrated their Independence Day in Dharamsala, highlighting the national flag which is one of the most recognisable symbols of independent past. On February 13, 1913 the 13th Dalai Lama reasserted Tibetan independence in the declaration of the Proclamation of Independence. Tibetans and their supporters proudly raised the national flag in 30 cities around the world to celebrate the independent past and to challenge China’s propaganda about their history. The Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, says he simply wants genuine autonomy for Tibet, and denies espousing violence. Feb 14, 2015

India Army chief commemorates bicentenary of Gorkha regiment

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): Indian army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Saturday laid wreath at war memorial to commemorate 200 years of Gorkha regiment. The Gorkha regiment was set up by British government for their valour and fighting ability to protect the empire. Suhag paid his respects at the India Gate, which was built in the memory of Indian soldiers killed during World War-I. Gorkha regiment comprising Gurkha Indian soldiers of Nepalese origin have a history of courage in battle, evident from the gallantry awards won by Gorkha soldiers. Feb 14, 2015

President opens Rashtrapati Bhavan's "Udyanotsav"

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee opened the annual “Udyanotsav" of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Mughal Gardens will remain open for general public from February 14 to March 15 between 9.30 am to 4 pm. Members of the public will also be able to visit the Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden and Bio-diversity Park within the Estate. The Garden would be closed for maintenance every Monday. Visitors are requested not to bring any water bottles, milk bottles for kids, briefcases, handbags/ladies purses, cameras, radios/transistors, umbrellas, eatables etc. Feb 14, 2015

Kurds and police clash in Turkey

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Clashes broke out between Kurdish protesters and police in south-eastern Turkish province of Cizre on Friday (February 13) night ahead of the 16th anniversary of the Feb 14, 2015

Bangladesh ferry capsizes

There were about 200 people on board this ferry when it capsized and sank on the Paira river in Bangladesh. At least seven bodies have been pulled from the water. A search is underway for any more. Feb 14, 2015

It is important day for Swaraj, extend my good wishes to Arvind Kejriwal: Kumar Vishwas

Kaushambi, Feb 14 (ANI): AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Saturday extend his wishes to Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal and the entire candidate. He added that it is an important day for Sawaraj. Delhi chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal will be taking oath along with his party leaders at around 12 noon at Ramlila ground. According to media reports, Kejriwal is likely to hold the Finance, Home and Energy Ministry portfolios. Feb 14, 2015

AAP leaders promise good governance hours before oath-taking ceremony in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): AAP leaders on Saturday promised good governance for Delhi as am Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will take oath along with six other AAP leaders at Ramlila ground at 12 noon. AAP leader Satyendra Kumar Jain said that all the 67 MLAs will be given responsibilities and that the priority is to fulfill promises that AAP has made to the people of Delhi. AAP leader Gopal Rai said that the campaign of good intention and honest work culture that AAP undertook in its 49 days Government will be taken forward. Feb 14, 2015