Delhi Power tariff subsidy: Next HC hearing on 18 March

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): After hearing a PIL against the Delhi government's announcement of 50 percent waiver on electricity bills of people who defaulted in payment, the High Court decided the date of next hearing for 18th of March. The petition has also challenged the AAP government's move to withdraw cases of power theft lodged against those who did not pay their dues. Feb 21, 2014

Union Home Ministry asks insurgents in Northeast to shun violence

Imphal, Feb 21 (ANI): The Northeast has seen a transformation in recent years with many insurgent outfits joining the peace talks. This has allowed the government to give momentum to development work in the region. We spoke to Shambhu Singh, the joint secretary in the ministry of home affairs, who shared with us the government's plan of action for the region. Feb 21, 2014

Gen (Retd) AK Choudhary on his remark that UPA feared coup in 2012

Patna, Feb 21 (ANI): Speaking on his claim that the highest level of the UPA government were spooked by the unexpected movement of troops under former Army chief General VK Singh's command, Retired Lt-Gen AK Choudhary on Friday said that movement of units was a normal routine training which keeps happening in the army now and then. He added that people took the routine training in other way. Feb 21, 2014

Parliament to be adjourned sine die today: Kamal Nath

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Friday said that the Parliament session will not be extended as the Opposition parties have rejected the government's appeal to extend Parliament session and both the Houses will be adjourned sine die today. Kamal Nath had earlier said that the Parliament session might be extended to clear all pending legislations. Feb 21, 2014

Telangana: Shutdown in Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam/Vijayawada /New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Anti-Telangana protests intensified in Andhra Pradesh as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions witnessed complete shutdown on Friday against the bifurcation and creation of new state. Lawmakers passed a bill to create India's 29th state on Thursday, despite mayhem in the parliament, as opponents made a futile last attempt to stop the Rajya Sabha from carving out landlocked Telangana from the coastal Andhra Pradesh. Security was beefed up in Vijayawada district and the shops remained closed in protest against the passing of Telangana Bill. The residents slammed the central government over their decision on Telangana and said that it was one-sided decision. Meanwhile, Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao hailed the efforts made by the party. Feb 21, 2014

Kolkata pays homage to language heroes on International Mother Language Day

Kolkata, Feb 21 (ANI): People in West Bengal celebrated International Mother Language Day with fervour and paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives with an aim to provide an identity to the Bengali language. Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Abida Islam, organized a march with banners and placards in Kolkata in memory of those who died in the struggle to make Bengali the state language. The Bangla Language Movement of February 21, 1952 was a unique movement aimed at advocating the recognition of Bangla language as the region’s official language, allowing it to be used by the government. Feb 21, 2014

Kejriwal hits out at Modi, Rahul on gas pricing issue

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): After making startling claims against Reliance Industries Pvt Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, seeking clarification on BJP's stand on the gas pricing issue. Addressing mediapersons on Friday, Kejriwal said that he has asked Modi in the letter why he is silent on the gas pricing issue. He further said that he plans to write a similar letter to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too, and distribute 10 crore copies of the letters, in various languages, across India. Feb 21, 2014

Gen (Retd) AK Choudhary says UPA feared coup in 2012, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Retired Lt-Gen AK Choudhary, who was Director General of Military Operations in 2012, has told that the "highest levels" of the UPA government were indeed spooked by the unexpected movement of troops under former Army chief General VK Singh's command. Speaking on the same, Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said that Army is a disciplinary force and there should be secrecy on such issues and retired officers should be careful before speaking. Meanwhile, JD (U) Leader Sabir Ali said that if there is a weak government in power, powerful people of military try to seize the power. Feb 21, 2014

We have done justice to both Telangana & Seemandhra: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Senior BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that the BJP has done justice to both Telangana and Seemandhra region and if the party comes in power, further justice will be done. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill or the Telangana Bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday in the face of noisy protests. The Bill was passed without any change as the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party did not press for any of the amendments moved by it following an assurance from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over several issues, including a special package to the Seemandhra region for five years. The stalemate over the Bill ended after hectic negotiations between the Congress and the BJP. Feb 21, 2014

Bittersweet tears as divided Koreans meet after 60 years

Several hundred elderly South and North Korean relatives cling to each-other, rocking and weeping, and trading photos and faded memories as they meet after 60 years at a reunion for families divided by the Korean War. Duration: 01:29 Feb 21, 2014

India, Bangladesh demarcate disputed border

Agartala, Feb 21 (ANI): India, Bangladesh officials demarcated the disputed border in Tripura after four days of meticulous work and expressed satisfaction. The teams from both the countries visited the bordering areas of Kashba, Kaiyardepha and Akhaura and located 250 new subsidiary border pillars, which have been newly constructed. The demarcation would help guards in manning the border, expedite various construction activities such as fencing and lighting and making of water pump houses. Director General of Bangladesh Department of Land Record and Survey (DLRS), Mohammed Abdul Mannan, said that his team had carried out the mandate given by two governments. Director of Survey of India, N R Biswal, said that confusion over land ownership would end after the demarcation. Feb 21, 2014

Politicos accuse Congress of pushing Telangana bill for electoral gains

New Delhi, Feb 21 (ANI): Politicians accused the ruling Congress of pushing the contentious Telangana bill which was passed by voice vote amid protests, chaos and walkout in the Rajya Sabha with the intent of seeking electoral gains. BSP chief Mayawati, who has been long demanding the division of Uttar Pradesh accused the ruling Congress of seeking electoral gains by division of Andhra Pradesh. Feb 21, 2014

Modi warns Congress of 'winds of change' sweeping across nation

Ahmedabad, Feb 21 (ANI): Hitting out at the Congress, BJP's Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused the party of making false promises to youth but warned of winds of change sweeping across the nation ahead of the general elections scheduled in May. Modi accused the Congress of making false promises to the nation's youth and not using the allocated funds in the last budget for skill development training. Feb 21, 2014