Govt announces measures to benefit people living in tribal areas

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh, announced in New Delhi that the central government will improve the already existing welfare schemes and launch new programmes to benefit people living in tribal areas. Ramesh announced a number of measures while addressing a news conference. The most important announcement was the provision of 150 days of guaranteed employment to people living in tribal areas, as part of the government’s flagship welfare scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The minister said the improved scheme will benefit thousands of tribal people at a small cost to the government expenditure. Mar 1, 2014

BJP dares Congress to debate on Modis economic vision for India

New Delhi, March 01 (ANI): The main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party challenged the ruling Congress party to have an open debate on the contours of Narendra Modi’s economic vision; a day after BJP’s prime ministerial candidate put forth his views for revival of the country's sagging economy. BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar took a dig at Congress for being "silent" after Modi came out with his economic agenda and took pot shots at the ruling party saying it seems a snake has stunned them. Outlining his vision for Indian economy, Modi had said in a meeting that India's family-owned traders must learn to work with large modern shops and online retailers. Speaking over praises from DMK chief M Karunanidhi, whose comments on Modi’s economic vision had sparked speculations about a possible alliance between BJP and DMK, Javadekar said that he would welcome comments from all the political parties including Congress. Mar 1, 2014

Government lays emphasis on improving connectivity in the Northeast

New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): Railway Minister Malikarjun Kharge, while presenting the interim railway budget in the Lok Sabha on February 12th, announced the commencement of railway service in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya in this financial year. He also announced the conversion of the Rangiya to Murkongselek meter gauge line in Assam into broad gauge within this financial year. The Dudhnoi to Mehendipathar railway line in Meghalaya will be complete by March this year. Mar 1, 2014

Pop singer Shakira opens new school in Colombia

Colombian singer Shakira inaugurated a new secondary school in Cartagena, Colombia. Located in a poor neighborhood of Cartagena, in northern Colombia, the school will welcome 1,700 children of the region. Duration: 02:04 Mar 1, 2014

Ukrainians in disbelief as Yanukovych speaks from Russia

Deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych insisted in his first public appearance since fleeing to Russia that he had not been overthrown and would continue to fight for the future of Ukraine. Duration: 00:57 Mar 1, 2014

WHouse, State Dept. closely watching situation in Ukraine

The White House on Friday reinforced US warnings to Russia that an intervention in Ukraine would be "a grave mistake" and that it must avoid "miscalculations" in its military drills along the border. Duration: 00:58 Mar 1, 2014

2,000-km march for 'missing' nears end in Pakistan

Pakistani Baloch families march hundreds of kilometres to reach the capital to raise awareness of relatives who have disappeared, allegedly at the hands of Pakistan's security services. Duration: 01:17 Mar 1, 2014