Politicos say LS blackout illegal, Congress strategized

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Reacting on an unprecedented TV blackout in Lok Sabha during the passage of the Telangana bill in the house, Politicos said that it was illegal and strategized by Congress. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said that if anything like this 'emergency mindset' takes place today, the house won't be allowed to function. Another party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it was totally strategized by the Congress party. Further, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said that this is highly condemnable and illegal and that the party will meet the President regarding the same. Feb 19, 2014

Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy resigns, quits Congress

Andhra Pradesh, Feb 19 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is upset over the Telangana bill being passed by the Lok Sabha, resigned on Wednesday. Reddy has announced his resignation and said that he can't continue. Reddy resigned from the post of CM, MLA and membership of the Congress party. The former chief minister also attacked the entire Congress high command including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh wore a deserted look on Wednesday after regional, YSR Congress Party called for a shutdown in the state protesting against the contentious proposal of bifurcating the state and carving new state of Telangana, which was passed in lower house of the parliament. Feb 19, 2014

Telangana Bill to be tabled in RS, politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): As the Telangana bill is to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after passing through the lower house of the Parliament, politicos react differently and remained skeptic about the bill. TDP leader CM Ramesh expressed anguish on the way the bill was passed in Lok Sabha. Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao remained hopeful about passing of the bill and urged the political parties to support the same. Meanwhile, Congress MP L Rajagopal, who had recently distanced himself from active politics, said that whatever is the decision, peace should be maintained. Feb 19, 2014

Resurfacing of Masood Azhar may create troubles for India: Defence Expert

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): After Maulana Masood Azhar, the Pakistani Islamic hardliner blamed for an attack on India's Parliament resurfaced, Defence Expert Bharat Verma said that this may create troubles for India, especially because of the vote bank politics going on in the country with approaching general elections. Verma said that two trends in Pakistan, that is, Taliban to take over Pakistan and secondly, resurfacing of Azhar and other such groups under ISI patronage. He said that after these targets are achieved, these outfits will target India as they consider it as a soft target. Feb 19, 2014

Gaya calls for development works for ending Maoism

Gaya, Feb 19 (ANI): Eminent Indians from Bihar blamed lack of development as the prime reason behind the problem of Maoism, and urged the rebels to come back to mainstream. A member of youth wing of JD (U) in Gaya district of Bihar said that although Maoist rebels are working for development, their methods are wrong. Other people in Gaya district are of the view that the state government needs to formulate policies to flush out rebels and develop the state. According to a prominent journalist from the region, Shyam Bhandari, lack of provision of basic facilities is also a major reason behind the problem. Feb 19, 2014

Pakistan's Punjab Governor vouches for better relations with India

mritsar, Feb 19 (ANI): The governor of Pakistan's Punjab, Mohammad Sarwar, who is on a visit to India's Punjab, made a move to strengthen bilateral ties during his tour, while mentioning that Muslims are most affected due to terrorism. Sarwar visited the holiest shrine of Sikhs, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar. While talking to mediapersons, he said it is high time for India and Pakistan to stop fighting and they must work together for the welfare of both the nations. While evading a direct answer to the security of minorities in Pakistan and about two Sikhs abducted there, Sarwar said the Muslims are the most affected due to terrorism. Feb 19, 2014

Mauritius President promotes Ayurveda during his India visit

Kochi, Feb 19 (ANI): Addressing a conference in Kerela, the President of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag, strongly advocated the use of Indian traditional alternative medicine, Ayurveda, to cope with today's lifestyle. Purryag said that Ayurveda is not only curative but also preventive. Purryag is in India to attend the Global Ayurveda Festival scheduled to be held at Kochi. The five- day event will be inaugurated on Thursday. Mauritius and India share a strong bond as more than 60 percent of Mauritus population is of Indian origin. Feb 19, 2014

Maharashtra: Police recovered cache of arms and ammunitions after killing Maoists

Gadchiroli, Feb 19 (ANI): Police recovered huge cache of arms and ammunitions in a joint operation on Tuesday (February 18), which killed seven hardcore Maoists in the Kotasurya jungles in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Acting on a tip-off by sources, police launched a joint operation and killed the Maoists in an encounter, a little after midnight in the area that lies on the red corridor that is worst affected by Maoist violence. Kadam said the massive operation would prove to be a major setback for the Maoists. Feb 19, 2014

Bahrain king seeks to boost ties with India during his first visit

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, arrived in New Delhi for three-day official visit to India. The King will seek to bolster long-standing ties with India and open up new horizons of cooperation in various sectors. He was received at the Delhi airport by India's Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed. During his first visit to the country, the King of Bahrain will meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and a number of other senior officials. A number of agreements and memoranda of understanding will be signed during the visit and the two nations would also hold talks on regional and global development and issues of mutual concern. Feb 19, 2014

Young gymnasts from Manipur participate in National Gymnastic Championship at Agra

Agra, Feb 19 (ANI): A group of 19 students from Manipur were in Agra recently to take part in the 59th National School Gymnastics Championship in both the boys and girls categories. Over 1000 athletes from all over the country participated in the 5-day-long championship held at the Eklavya stadium. The young boys and girls from Manipur put up an impressive performance in the Under-14 category. Feb 19, 2014

Jamaica targets next bobsleigh generation

Undeterred by their dismal showing at the Sochi Olympics, Jamaica's bobsleigh pilots say they're ready to hand over the baton to the next generation in the Caribbean island nation. Duration: 01:23 Feb 19, 2014