Bangladesh court awards death sentence to senior Islamist leader for 1971 war crimes

Dhaka, Feb 19 (ANI): Senior Islamist leader of Bangladeshs Jamaat-e-Islami Abdus Subhan was sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal court in Dhaka for crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. Subhan was the chief of Jamaats Pabna unit and was in charge of the party's highest policymaking body during the post-Liberation War in 1971. He has been charged with nine crimes against humanity, including murder, genocide, abductions, detention, torture and loot. Subhan was arrested at the toll plaza of the Bangabandhu Bridge in capital Dhaka on Sep 20, 2012. He was later shown arrested in the war crimes case and was sent to jail. An investigation into his war crimes began on April 15, 2012. Feb 19, 2015

PM Modi condoles passing away of filmmaker D Ramanaidu

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the passing away of filmmaker D Ramanaidu, who was suffering from cancer for some time. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to share his condolence message. "I condole the demise of Shri D Ramanaidu, a stalwart of the film industry. My thoughts are with his family and countless well-wishers," Prime Minister Modi posted. The last rites of the noted film producer and Dada Saheb Phalke award winner D Ramanaidu will be performed in Hyderabad on Thursday and his body would be kept at Ramanaidu Studios in the morning. Feb 19, 2015

PM Modi pays tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his Jayanti

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Shivaji Jayanti. The Prime Minister took to twitter for paying his tributes. "I bow to the epitome of courage and bravery and the pride of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Shivaji Jayanti," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. "Shivaji Maharaj shone on the battle field and left a mark in administration. He touched several lives through his good governance," he added. Shivaji Jayanti marks the birth celebration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on 19th February every year. Feb 19, 2015

Bihar BJP MLAs may support Jitan Ram Manjhi during vote of confidence, Politicos react

New Delhi/Patna, Feb 19 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday stated that the central leadership will study the ongoing political crisis in Bihar and will announce its decision with regards to supporting ousted Janata Dal (United) and Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi at the floor of the state assembly 'very soon'. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ajay Alok accused the BJP of orchestrating the crisis in Bihar. CPI leader CPI leader Atul Anjan also expressed similar sentiments. Earlier this week, JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav had suspended seven ministers loyal to Manjhi from the party, claiming that they have not followed the party directive. Manjhi remains confident of gaining the vote of confidence in the Bihar Assembly, ahead of the floor test on Friday. Feb 19, 2015

Hospitals equipped to deal with swine flu rush, says Health Minister

Bengaluru/ Kangra/Allahabad, Feb 19 (ANI): Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that hospitals in the country were well equipped to deal with swine flu cases. India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year, prompting officials to investigate the cause and step up efforts to combat the virus. Meanwhile, one more person succumbed to swine flu in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The hospitals in Uttar Pradesh also are taking stringent measures to check the spread of H1N1 virus in its premises. Feb 19, 2015

Modi Suit Auction: Bid reportedly reaches Rs 1.25 crore

Surat, Feb 19 (ANI): In an update on auction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suit, the bid has reportedly reached Rs 1.25 crore. A group of friends with the name of ‘Global Friends Group’ have decided to contribute equal amount of money to make bid for Modi’s suit. One of the members of the group, Rajesh Maheshwari said that their group has decided to make a collective bid so that the amount can be increased. Feb 19, 2015

Militancy spares no religion, says Christian leader Ignatius Aphrem-II

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, Ignatius Aphrem-II urged nations to unite against militancy saying that its victims were not members of a particular religion. Speaking with mediapersons in New Delhi, Ignatius Aphrem-II expressed his concerns over brutal killings by the militants of Islamic State and repeated attacks on churches in India’s national capital. The insurgent group has expanded its reach around the Arab world. The group, on February 15 released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. Ignatius Aphrem-II, who is on an 11-day visit to India, arrived in Kerala on February 7. During his visit he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and discussed the series of attacks on churches. Churches in the capital have reported incidents of arson, vandalism and burglary for some time now. Feb 19, 2015

Ghana power cuts spark anger

Some carried tv sets. Some carried sewing machines. All who took part in this protest in Ghana's capital were united in their fury over daily power cuts hitting families and businesses alike. ( Feb 19, 2015

Argentine whitewash row deepens

Public anger over the death of a prosecutor in Argentina who'd been investigating the president isn't going away. Tens of thousands took part in this silent march through Buenos Aires to demand Feb 19, 2015

No ban on media, public contact is priority: Manish Sisodia

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia on Thursday gave his clarification over restriction on entry to media at Delhi Secretariat. Sisodia said that media has not been banned anywhere but public contact is a priority for AAP government so media should not interfere during any public meeting. He also said that AAP will first make public contact and work for people then if any time is left it will be allotted to media. Feb 19, 2015

PM Modi may attend Tilak ceremony of Mulayam's grand nephew

Etawah, Feb 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi may attend the Tilak ceremony of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's grandnephew in Saifai, Uttar Pradesh. The SP chief's grandnephew Tej Pratap, who is an MP from Mainpuri, is getting married to Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's youngest daughter Raj Lakshmi. The ceremony is scheduled to be held on February 21. The engagement took place in Delhi in December last year and was attended by prominent politicians including Jitan Ram Manjhi, Nitish Kumar, and Sharad Yadav. Feb 19, 2015

Kite Festival celebrated to strengthen bond between people in Manipur

Manipur, Feb 19 (ANI): A large number of people belonging to different ethnic communities gathered at the Telou Paokuan Chingol in Imphal to celebrate the Kite festival. The festival was organized by Manipur Kite Club in association with Pari Puri Pukei Eco-tourism Centre, Telou with an aim to strengthen ties between people of the hills and the valleys. A variety of colorful kites soaring high in the sky were a huge attraction. As a part of the celebrations, young artists from Meitei community performed the Lai haraoba dance. Cultural troupes from different tribes like Tangkhul, Chiru and Kuki performed their traditional dances. Such festivals promote brotherhood and harmony among various tribes and communities in the region. Feb 19, 2015