Centre forms committee to look into the welfare of northeast people

New Delhi, Feb 20 (ANI): The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered a CBI probe into the murder of Nido Taniam, a college student from Arunachal Pradesh who died last month after allegedly beaten up by shopkeepers in the capital. The order came following a meeting between the victims’ parents and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Following widespread outrage over the incident, the centre has recently announced the formation of a six-member committee to look into the concerns of northeastern people residing across the country.The committee, led by former IAS officer M P Bezbaruah will examine the cause for violence and discrimination against people from the Northeast and suggest measures to be taken by the government to address these concerns. One representative from each northeastern state will also be a part of the panel. Feb 20, 2014

Kiev in flames as Obama warns of 'consequences'

Ukraine's embattled leader announced a "truce" with the opposition as he prepared to get grilled by visiting EU diplomats Thursday over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. Duration: 01:49 Feb 20, 2014

Italy PM-designate meets with political leaders

Italy PM-designate Matteo Renzi meets with political leaders. Former comedian Beppe Grillo, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, tells Renzi the time for coalition governments is over. Duration: 00:58 Feb 20, 2014

Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland

The centuries old tradition of cutting young girls is on the decline in northern Somalia, though it continues to have some of the highest rates of women who have undergone female genital mutilation in the world. Duration: 02:20 Feb 20, 2014

Rahul asks if PM's killers are released, can common man expect justice

Amethi, Feb 19 (ANI): Reacting to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s decision to set free all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that he is saddened that Rajiv Gandhi's killers are being set free. He also said that if a Prime Minister's killers can be released, what kind of justice common man should expect. Feb 19, 2014

Maoist menace: People in Gaya demand strict action

Gaya, Feb 19 (ANI): Residents of Maoist-hit Gaya district in Bihar demanded stringent policies and security measures to keep a check on expanding network of rebels and their activities. People said that the state government along with central government should formulate policies to flush out rebels and develop the region. Feb 19, 2014

Relief for expelled AAP MLA Binny, HC declares him independent legislator

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): In a big relief to Delhi MLA and former AAP member Vinod Kumar Binny, the High Court on Wednesday declared him an independent legislator. This comes after Binny was expelled from Aam Aadmi Party and the Delhi Assembly Speaker MS Dhir had said that despite his expulsion from the party, he will have to follow the party whip in any transaction of business on the floor of the House. Binny in his petition has sought that he be declared as an independent legislator and also objected to the whips he was issued on February 12 and 13 to vote in favour of the party in the House. Feb 19, 2014

Police, protesters clash in central Kiev

Flames engulf Kiev's occupied Independence Square as police storm the main protest camp in a bloody escalation of Ukraine's three-month political crisis. Duration: 01:14 Feb 19, 2014

2014 Lok Sabha Polls: Anna announces support for Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Wednesday announced his support to TMC chief and west Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that his support is not personal or political, but based on her views on society and politics. Addressing a joint press conference with Mamata, he said that Trinamool chief could have led a luxurious life like so many other CMs, but she lives in a one-room house. H e also said that Mamata was the only one who replied to his letter regarding 17 issues. Feb 19, 2014

TN govt decides to release Rajiv Gandhis assassins, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu Government decided to release all seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, including AG Perarivalan and Nalini. Speaking on the same, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said that after Tamil Nadu Government's decision, its the people who have to decide who is for terrorists and who is against. He further took a jibe at BJP for not uttering a word on the issue while it had bayed for Afzal Guru’s blood. Further NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination was a conspiracy and government should take well-thought steps. Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi refrained from answering. Feb 19, 2014