Mamata Banerjee's aide Shibaji Panja held for alleged financial fraud

West Bengal, Feb 22 (ANI): Entrepreneur Shibaji Panja, who accompanied West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her Bangladesh visit, was on Sunday arrested and produced in the Barrackpore court for alleged financial fraud. Panja was detained at the immigration counter of the Kolkata airport. According to reports, the Delhi Police had been looking out for him and had issued a notice for the same on February 19. Panja had allegedly taken a loan of Rs 18 crore from Industrial Financial Corporation, after submitting some fake documents. Meanwhile, BJP leader Tathagata Roy questioned Banerjee and demanded an explanation on the company of people she keeps. CPI leader Ritabrata Banerjee also condemned the same calling it 'shameful' for a chief minister to take along a person with accusations on him for a diplomatic visit. Feb 22, 2015

Visually impaired experience car driving in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Feb 22 (ANI): Visually impaired people experienced car driving in Gujarat as they took part in a blind car rally on Sunday. At the rally the sighted drivers were navigated by visually impaired individuals, with their route mapped in Braille. Around 90 visually impaired navigators were selected to drive across pre-selected city circuit. The rally, which was organised by Ahmedabad Round Table 40, aims at making society aware of the challenges faced by visually impaired people. The cars in the rally also sent across other social messages such as "Save the Daughter" and "Clean India" as they bore stickers bearing the slogans. Feb 22, 2015

Security forces unearth ammunition dump in Kashmir

Doda, Feb 22 (ANI): Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir unearthed an ammunition dump in Doda district. In a joint operation, army and state police stumbled upon an old militant hideout where arms and ammunition were dumped. The police conducted searches at Gandho area following a tip-off and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition. One AK-47, two 12 bore rifles, one country made pistol besides some explosives were recovered. Doda in Jammu region of the state bore the brunt of militancy in the late eighties. However, Indian security forces have neutralised most of the militant groups in the state. Feb 22, 2015

PM Modi to share thoughts with students in 'Mann Ki Baat'

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address students preparing for board exams through his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme, scheduled to be broadcast at 8 pm today. The Prime Minister had earlier urged students and teachers to share their experiences which could motivate and inspire those preparing for competitive exams. He later thanked all the people who shared their thoughts for today's programme. "Am happy that students, parents and teachers are sharing insightful thoughts for this Sunday's 'Mann Ki Baat' programme," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Feb 22, 2015

Have asked Nitish to appoint me as deputy CM: Ramai Ram

Patna, Feb 22 (ANI): JD (U) leader Ramai Ram has asked to be made the Deputy CM of Bihar. The demand by the dalit leader has come hours before JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar is set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar. Feb 22, 2015

Turkish soldiers evacuated

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced Sunday Turkish troops have completed a mission to evacuate 38 soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah in Syria. A hundred vehicles and hundres of Feb 22, 2015

All-party meet ahead of budget session underway

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Ahead of parliament's Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior ministers and leaders of opposition parties are holding an all-party meeting in New Delhi called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, to explore consensus on passing key legislations, including bills to replace ordinances on land acquisition and mining. The meeting comes even as the Communist Party and activist groups including Anna Hazare are set to protest against the Land Ordinance accusing it of being anti-farmer. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called a meeting of political parties in the evening to ensure a smooth run of the Budget Session. Feb 22, 2015

JD (U), Sanjay Singh, KC Tyagi, Neeraj Kumar, Shyam Rajak, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Nitish Kumar

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): As the protests against the amendments proposed in the land acquisition bill is increasing, according to reports government may revise some of the amendments of the bill, when it is taken up for discussion in the House, to pacify the farmers, and the opposition parties. Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and other farmers' groups along with opposition parties have come together on issue of land acquisition bill. Feb 22, 2015