Anna Hazare seeks affidavit from Mamata on 17 points demand

Nagpur, Feb 17 (ANI): Anti-graft crusader, Anna Hazare, on Monday sought an affidavit from West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, after she assured acceptance of 17-point agenda if she comes to power. Earlier, Hazare had written a letter about his 17-point agenda to all the political parties and its leaders. Feb 17, 2014

Narendra Modi's development model is against poor: JD (U)

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Taking a dig at BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, JD (U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari on Monday said that the development model of Gujarat is pro-corporate sector and is against farmers and poor people. He also added that if his government comes in power in Delhi then Bihar and other under developed states will not see any growth. Feb 17, 2014

Security forces arrest two Maoists during combing operation in Odisha

Ganjam, Feb 17 (ANI): Security personnel arrested two Maoists during a combing operation in a Maoist camp in Ganjam district of Odisha. A lot of items including arms and ammunition, rations, nine kit bags and several personal belongings were recovered at the camp. Security forces discovered the camp during a combing operation by the police and a district volunteer force in a forested area on the border of Ganjam and Kandhamal districts. When the security forces closed in upon the camp, the Maoists started firing. Feb 17, 2014

Politicos denounce Kejriwal for resignation over Jan Lokpal Bill

Farrukhabad / Solapur / Gulmarg, Feb 17 (ANI): Political leaders denounced Arvind Kejriwal, for resigning from the Delhi chief minister's post over the rejection of Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi assembly. Activist-turned-politician Kejriwal resigned as chief minister of Delhi on February 14, after his pet anti graft legislation was rejected by the state assembly, and also proposed for fresh elections for the capital. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, lashed at Kejriwal for hurrying and said he should have patiently awaited an assent on the bill from the lieutenant governor. Union Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid, refused to acknowledge the very existence of the AAP. Feb 17, 2014

I have the right to contest from any place I want: Ashutosh

New Delhi, Feb, 17 (ANI): Commenting on the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) first list for Lok Sabha polls and on contesting the polls from Delhi, party Spokesperson Ashutosh said that he had the right to contest from any place he wanted. He also said that the elections would give his party a chance to introspect. AAP has announced that it would field journalist-turned politician Ashutosh against Union Minister Kapil Sibal and Mukul Tripathi against External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. Feb 17, 2014

Chidambaram to present interim budget today

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Finance Minister P Chidambaram will present the interim budget in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The vote-on-account will authorize the government to release expenditure on different heads till a regular budget is presented. Before the concluding winter session of parliament, Chidambaram had said the government would only tinker in areas that are essential to revive the economic growth which might include some changes in excise and service taxes. Feb 17, 2014

Afghan ghost towns a symbol of lost hope

Aliceghan was supposed to be a haven for war-torn Afghanistan's returning refugees and a symbol of resurgence after the dark years of the Taliban. Six years on, an exodus of residents has left it feeling like a ghost town. Feb 16, 2014

What will NDA do in 60 months when they failed to do anything in 6 years: Rajeev Shukla

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Reacting on Narendra Modi’s Himachal Pradesh speech, MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said that what can BJP led NDA government do in 60 months, when they failed to do anything in their 6 years of governance. He said that its not that Congress has been in power always and it was NDA’s policies under which all the scams took place. Shukla also said that the opposition is also playing double game over Telangana bill. Feb 16, 2014

Narendra Modi addresses rally in HP, says Congress is responsible for inflation

Hamirpur, Feb 16 (ANI): BJP’s Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a rally in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. Addressing the rally, Modi criticized Congress government for its failure to check price rise. He added that the Congress had promised to bring down inflation in 100 days, but couldn't. Feb 16, 2014

Khaleda Zia makes outrageous claim, says 300 killed and disappeared in a month

Dhaka/ New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Bangladesh general elections, marred by violence, left many people dead in clashes between opposition supporters and police, which started since the polls opened. Thousands of protesters firebombed polling stations and stole ballot papers as deadly violence flared across the nation during the election phase, which was boycotted by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies. Resting on the same, BNP Chief Khaleda Zia accused the newly-formed Awami League government for the killing and disappearance of 300 activists of the BNP during the elections in January. Zia also hailed the party’s decision to boycott the polls. Feb 16, 2014