Rahul Gandhi hopes for ordinance route for passing pending bills after BJPs betrayal

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of betrayal, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, hinted that government might pass anti-graft bill through ordinance. An ordinance or executive order remains in effect only for three months and it lapses if it is not cleared by Parliament. The Government couldn’t take up these bills in the last session of parliament before polls as proceedings were marred by disruptions by a section of Congress leaders and regional parties over creation of separate state of Telangana. The BJP turned down the government’s request to extend the session by a few days to take up these bills, which Gandhi has been pushing. Feb 22, 2014

Jayalalithaa hints at prime ministership with possibility of third front formation

Chennai, Feb 22 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa hinted at prime ministership during the launch of a state project. Jayalalithaa was speaking at the inauguration of the official website of Tamil Nadu Infrastructural Development Board in Chennai. While speaking about the proposed infrastructural policies for the region, she also added that she had a clear vision for India. The regional All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) had joined hands with the Communist parties of the country to form an alliance ahead of the upcoming general elections. Feb 22, 2014

Manmohan Singh's last address to Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed Parliament for the last time on Friday and said that the passage of the bill on Telangana was an indication that the country was capable of taking tough decisions. He also praised Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for performing his duties efficiently and also praised the role of the Leader of the Opposition. Feb 22, 2014

Dignitaries from Saudi Arabia, Russia and Iran to visit India to boost ties

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Saudi Arabia’s crowned Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Rogozin, and Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit India in a bid to boost bilateral ties. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including cabinet ministers, senior officials and captains of industry. Later, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, would visit India. Feb 22, 2014

Youth turn up in large numbers for army recruitment rally in Jorhat

Assam, Feb 22 (ANI): These youngsters have gathered at the Jorhat Districts Sports Association Field to participate in a recruitment rally being conducted by the Indian Army. Thousands of youth from different districts of Assam as well as from Arunachal Pradesh took part in the process. Through this recruitment drive, hundreds of people will be selected and absorbed into the different regiments of the Indian Army. The army officials were impressed by the large turnout. The Indian army and other security forces regularly conduct such recruitment programmes in the region with an aim to increase the presence of youth from the Northeast in the armed forces. Feb 22, 2014

'WeCyclers', a mobile recycling initiative in Lagos

Home to more than 20 million people, Nigeria's biggest city Lagos produces 10,000 tonnes of waste every day, a lot of which piles up on the busy streets or floats in open sewers. Duration: 01:54 Feb 21, 2014

Libyan military plane crashes in Tunisia

A Libyan air force medical plane crashed south of Tunis early on Friday, killing all 11 people on board, Tunisian officials said. Duration: 00:37 Feb 21, 2014

France's farmers treat their cows to high-tech milking

France's family farms experiment with costly high-tech robots to milk, feed and monitor their cows. With wired cows producing up to 40% more milk than those cared for by hand, farmers hope the splurge will yield promising results. Duration: 01:56 Feb 21, 2014

Indonesia announces world's biggest manta ray sanctuary

Indonesia institutes the world's biggest manta ray sanctuary covering millions of square kilometres as it seeks to protect the huge winged fish and draw more tourists to the sprawling archipelago. Duration: 00:40 Feb 21, 2014

Ukraine rivals sign deal to end crisis

Ukraine's leader and opposition on Friday signed a deal to end the splintered country's worst crisis since independence after three days of carnage left nearly 100 protesters dead and the heart of Kiev resembling a war zone. Duration: 01:08 Feb 21, 2014

India seeks more security at embassy in Rome after getting hate mails & live bullet

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Ministry of External affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin asked asked Italy government to beef up security at its embassy in Rome after the mission got a live bullet and several hate mails, in wake of diplomatic tensions over the trial of two Italian marines in New Delhi. Earlier, Rome has expressed its disappointment over the slow pace of trial. Italian authorities have also lobbied the European Union and the United Nations on the case. Feb 21, 2014

No solution to peoples problems force them to become Maoists, says Experts

New Delhi/Patna, Feb 21 (ANI): Experts said that the government should pay heed to problems faced by the people as many of them get attracted to rebellious activities other. Sahni also said that there was evidence with the government on foreign funding to Maoists. Maoists are rebels who try to sink deep roots and form links after decades of neglect. Also known as Naxals, the rebels have fought for decades in a swathe of central and eastern India, including many resource-rich regions, where tension runs high between poor farmers and industrial developers. Feb 21, 2014

It happens: Dance Festival

Khajuraho, feb 21 (ANI): The world-renowned Dance Festival began in Khajuraho - the city of ancient temples - in India's central province of Madhya Pradesh, with an aim to promote cultural and traditional dances of the country. Dancers performed several old and traditional Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Odissi attempting to keep the dances alive as a part of our heritage. The dancers described their experience of performing in Khajuraho city, a place famous for its temples with exquisite sex sculptures and paintings, a holy one. Many classical artists were honoured at the festival and young dancers got a platform to showcase their talent. The event saw the presence of various provincial leaders including state culture and tourism minister, Surendra Patwa. Many tourists from other countries also made it to the festival to view and participate in it.The week-long event will see classical dancers performing various dance styles including Kuchipudi, Kathak and Manipuri. The festival is also celebrating the exquisiteness and daintiness of human emotions and devout philosophy of Hindu religion. Feb 21, 2014