Politicos on SC's verdict on Rajiv Gandhi's killers

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of three men convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to life in prison. The convicts, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, had petitioned against their death sentence, arguing that there had been an exceptional delay in a decision on their mercy plea. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam delivered the judgement on the mercy plea. The Centre had earlier opposed the plea by arguing that the convicts did not go through torture, agony and dehumanizing experience during pendency of the mercy pleas. The verdict drew mixed reaction from poltical leaders. Feb 18, 2014

We support Telangana state, but want justice for Seemandhra: BJP

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Amidst uproar in Parliament over Telangana issue which lead to adjournment of the houses, BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the party definitely supports Telangana, but wants justice for Seemandhra too. He said that the party has suggested the same to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and those suggestions should be presented as official amendments in the bill. Feb 18, 2014

Kiran Bedi and Congress slams Kejriwal over claims on Transparency International survey

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): After Transparency International refuted any claims of any survey as announce by Arvind Kejriwal assuring reduction in corruption in the national capital, Social Activist Kiran Bedi and Congress leader JP Aggarwal slammed the leader and party. Bedi said that every time one quotes somebody, he should have confidence in the same or else his credibility is lost as also in case of AAP earlier. Further, Aggarwal said that this is what AAP has been doing since their inception, saying something and then showing no credibility over the same. Feb 18, 2014

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Rajiv Gandhi case: Historic judgement by SC, case was fabricated, says Vaiko

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Reacting on SC’s verdict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case wherein the death sentence given to the three accused is commuted to life term, MDMK founder Vaiko hailed the verdict and said that the case was totally fabricated. He said that the three people in question are innocent and that he will appeal Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take into consideration the judgement and order the release of the three convicts. Feb 18, 2014

SC commutes Rajiv Gandhi's killers death sentence to life term

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of three men convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to life in prison. The convicts, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, had petitioned against their death sentence, arguing that there had been an exceptional delay in a decision on their mercy plea. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam delivered the judgement on the mercy plea.The Centre had earlier opposed the plea by arguing that the convicts did not go through torture, agony and dehumanizing experience during pendency of the mercy pleas. Feb 18, 2014

JD (U) demands special status for Bihar, protests outside Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Demanding special status for Bihar, JD (U) President Sharad Yadav staged protest outside the Parliament on Tuesday when Congress is all set to push the Telangana bill before the house. Yadav refuted the interim budget presented by Finance Minister P Chidambaram and said that it did not contain anything on the backward states and its welfare and was just an appreciation to the UPA government. Feb 18, 2014

Transparency International rejects AAP's claim on 'reduction in corruption' survey

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Global corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) Executive Director Ashutosh Kumar Mishra on Tuesday rejected AAP's claim that corruption has come down in Delhi based on an 'unpublished report'. Former chief minister of national capital Arvind Kejriwal had claimed during a CII meet that he had come to know that Transparency International is set to release a report which says that corruption is down in the Delhi Jal Board. Mishra said that they have neither done any such survey, nor are they planning for the same. He also said that it is impractical as any such survey takes months. The TI is also expected to take action against the party. Feb 18, 2014

JandK village council leaders hail Rahul Gandhi for 73rd amendment

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Around 50 village council leaders from Jammu and Kashmir met Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi and hailed him for getting 73rd amendment of the Constitution approved by the cabinet in the Kashmir valley. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, Shafiq Mir said their struggle for getting the amendment approved has been possible only with the help of Gandhi. Reportedly, the 73rd amendment of the Constitution empowers the Panchayati Raj (village councils), a demand that has been pressed upon by Congress party and Gandhi himself. However, Mir took a dig at Narendra Modi and said he will not succeed in the province. Feb 18, 2014

5 Maoists held, 21 surrendered in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, Feb 18 (ANI): As many as 21 Maoist cadres surrendered before police and 5 other were arrested in Andhra Pradesh, said a senior officer in Visakhapatnam. The Superintendent of Police, Vikram Jeet Duggal, said five rebels were arrested also. The government has launched various schemes to lure cadres from Maoists fold. The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless tribal people. Apart from prisoner releases, the Maoists have also demanded an end to tourism in parts of the state where tribals live. Feb 18, 2014

Contact police if harassed in Delhi: Ninong Ering

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering urged northeastern students to contact police, if they are harassed by people in New Delhi, in the wake of an alleged diktat by a local body. Ering said this after a kangaroo court (khap panchayat) in New Delhi took a decision on Sunday to force northeast people to vacate the Munirka locality in the national capital. When asked about what is being done by the provincial ministry to provide safety to the northeasterners in Delhi, Ering said a helpline has been started exclusively for them to register their complaints. In an outrage to the kangaroo court’s decision, the concerned citizens of Delhi met officials at a police station in Vasant Vihar area. Feb 18, 2014

Aim to level Indian economy with US andChina: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): After presenting the interim budget 2014, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the government aims to achieve a doable target of making Indian economy third most strong in the world. The Finance Minister appreciated his governmnet for keeping a stability in the economy and said that the last 10 years of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule have seen considerable amount of growth. Meanwhile, announcing the budget, Chidambaram stated that growth would recover to at least 5.2 percent in the second of 2013/14 from 4.6 percent in the first half. He said that their target is to move further from 5.2 to six percent. Feb 18, 2014

Telangana bill to be presented in Parliament, Hanumantha Rao urges opposition to support

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): As the Telangana bill is to be presented in Parliament on Tuesday, with only four days left of the Parliament session, Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao urged the opposition parties to support on the same and let the bill get passed in both the houses. He said that the issue of Telangana is an age old issue for the state and have taken many lives too. Rao also applauded the UPA government for pushing the bill ahead. Feb 18, 2014