Russia jails anti-Putin activists, detains 200 protesters

Russian police detained hundreds of protesters Monday outside a court that sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years for demonstrations against Vladimir Putin's third presidential inauguration in 2012. Feb 24, 2014

Hazrat Syed Yaqoob Urs: Beauty & communal harmony entwined

Srinagar, Feb 24 (ANI): The Kashmir valley of northern India is not only known for its picturesque locations but is also known as the valley of the Sufis. Time and again many Sufi saints have come here to spread the message of peace and oneness. Harmony among various communities can be seen across the state. Today we take you to Sonawar in Srinagar where Urs of Hazrat Syed Yaqoob is celebrated with equal fervor and zeal by people belonging to all walks of life. Hazrat Syed Yaqoob Sahib spread a message of brotherhood and humanity. Legend has it that he blessed everyone who sought his blessings. And even today, people from all walks of life visit his shrine to pray and offer their homage. Feb 24, 2014

Jewellery making unit flourishing due to interfaith harmony

Bareilly, Feb 24 (ANI): Located in India’s Northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the city of Bareilly, is an amalgamation of different faiths and cultures. The city is known for its rich culture and profound heritage, which is a result of its great history. Despite being small the foundations of the city are set on big ideals. What makes this place distinct is the fact that people from Hindu and Muslim communities work together in a jewellery-manufacturing warehouse. Most of the workers have been working in the warehouse for many years. The workers not only work together but also spend time with each other as a family. Feb 24, 2014

Jayalalithaa to counter centre in SC over Rajiv Gandhi case

Chennai, Feb 24 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on Monday said that the provincial government would oppose the review petition filed by the central government in Supreme Court over release of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins. Central government filed a petition at the Supreme Court arguing that Jayalalithaa's government did not have the power to free the Tamil convicts. The court blocked the chief minister from releasing three of them until the case was resolved and scheduled a hearing for March 6. Meanwhile, speaking about the party’s agenda in the upcoming general elections, AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa said policy of the party will be out soon. Feb 24, 2014

Rajendra Rathore listens to people's woes in Dholpur, asks officials to work for development

Rajasthan, Feb 24 (ANI): In order to bridge the gap between the state government and the comman man, Rajasthan Health minister Rajendra Rathore recently made a visit to villages of Dholpur district. He visited Kaimpur, Mahadpura, Chilpura, Samor, Gunpur, Basai Kare, Machriya, Tikatpura, Gopalpura and other interior villages. During his visit he listened to the grievances of the locals, instructed the officials and made all possible attempts to resolve them immediately. Under Nirmal gram yojana he instructed officials to give importance to the construction of toilets and provide maximum employment under MNREGA scheme. Feb 24, 2014

Leopard on loose in Meerut, sparks panic

Meerut, Feb 24 (ANI): A high alert has been sounded in Meerut as a leopard has strayed into the city and injured at least two persons creating panic and prompting administration to order closure of schools and colleges. The big cat entered the Cantonment Hospital, and was spotted by a caretaker as it was entering the male ward, where three patients were undergoing treatment. Soon after that, the Army was called in to catch the irritated wild cat and protect the civilians. District administration has also appealed for closure of markets in the city as forest administration and army officials failed to trace the feline. Feb 24, 2014

Ukraine parliament appoints speaker interim president

Ukrainian lawmakers on Sunday appointed parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov interim president, a day after they voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych following three months of protests. Duration: 01:21 Feb 24, 2014

Elephants in Chad outfitted with GPS collars

In an attempt to thwart poaching, elephants in Chad's Zakouma National Park are outfitted with collars that will transmit their location at all times. Duration: 00:42 Feb 24, 2014

Split in Lalu Prasad's RJD, 13 MLAs likely to join JD (U)

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): In a major blow to Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD just before the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, thirteen MLAs have left the party and may join the JD (U). Reacting over the split, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that looking at Bihar’s political scenario people have realized that going with the Congress & RJD will be wrong and only JD (U) is the alternative. Feb 24, 2014

No death penalty for Italian marines, Centre drops anti-piracy charges

New Delhi/ Kochi, Feb 24 (ANI):The Centre withdrew anti-piracy charges in the Supreme Court against the two Italian marines, charged with the killing of fishermen on Monday, an incident that soured diplomatic relations between both the countries. This will rule out the chances of death penalty for the two marines who are facing trial for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012. Meanwhile, President of Kerala Traditional Fishermen Workers Union Charles George slammed the centre’s move and said that it is a shame to the nation Feb 24, 2014