PM Modi took views of economists to boost growth, says Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday while speaking about the NITI Aayog's maiden meet said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed economists and then asked for their suggestions to boost the investment growth. Jaitley further said that the suggestions related to the high growth and financing of infrastructure. The economists present at the interaction were Vijay Kelkar, Nitin Desai, Bimal Jalan, Rajiv Lall, R. Vaidyanathan, Subir Gokarn, Parthasarathi Shome, P Balakrishnan, Rajiv Kumar, Ashok Gulati, Mukesh Butani and G.N. Bajpai. Bibek Debroy and Dr. VK Saraswat, members and CEO, NITI Aayog attended the meeting. Feb 6, 2015

Indian authorities step up measures to battle swine flu

Visakhapatnam/ Ajmer, Feb 06 (ANI): With the spread of swine flu across several Indian states, authorities have stepped up measures to combat the fatal H1N1 virus. In port city of Visakhapatnam, adequate medical supplies have been stocked up in hospitals, including masks and Tamiflu medication. People are being educated on preventive measures. They have been instructed to use masks, to wash their hands frequently besides sanitising the environment. District Collector of Visakhapatnam, N Yuvraj said doctors have been told to take extra care while treating both suspected and positive cases. Special wards and counters have been opened in hospitals and a special team of doctors has been trained to tackle swine flu cases. The disease has killed 191 people in the country in January alone, with the newly formed Telangana state being worst hit. Meanwhile in Ajmer city of Rajasthan, people gathered in mosques to pray for the early recovery of swine flu patients. Feb 6, 2015

China slams U.S. for cyber hacking allegation

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Beijing on Friday (February 6) slammed the allegation made by the United States that China had a possible link to a cyberattack on its insurance company Anthem Inc. Feb 6, 2015

Jordan army releases video of strikes against IS positions

The Jordanian Royal Airforce released a video on February 5th showing its warplanes launching strikes against the Islamic State group, after King Abdullah II vowed a harsh response to the burning alive of a pilot captured in Syria. Duration: 00:37 Feb 6, 2015

Nitish Katara Murder Case: Delhi HC rejects death sentence, awards life term to Vikas Yadav, 2 other

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday awarded life imprisonment without remission for 25 years to Uttar Pradesh politician D P Yadav's son Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal, who had earlier been convicted for the murder of Nitish Katara. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 50 lakh each on the duo, while Sukhdev Pahalwan, another convict in the case, was awarded a 20-year prison term. Nitish's mother, Neelam Katara, however, expressed her disappointment over the court's rejection of her capital punishment plea for both Vikas and Vishal. The Delhi Police and Neelam Katara had filed appeals to award the death penalty to both brothers on grounds that their offence fell under the 'rarest of rare' category. Nitish Katara, a business executive, was abducted from a marriage party in Ghaziabad on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002 and was later killed by the Yadav brothers. Feb 6, 2015

Have summoned AAP leader Naresh Balyan on 8th Feb: BS Bassi

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday said that AAP delegation had met him and told him about the notice their MLA candidate Naresh Balyan had received in connection with the illicit liquor case. He added that AAP had asked for one day as assembly election is on February 7. He further stated that AAP leader Naresh Balyan will be summoned on 8th February. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. Delhi goes to polls on February 7, while the results will be declared on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari appeals Muslim community to vote for AAP in Delhi polls

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Friday appealed Muslim community to vote for AAP in the Delhi assembly elections. The people of national capital are due to vote on Saturday and the results will be announced on February 10. Bukhari said that keeping in view BJP's anti-secular statements and the ideology of RSS against the community, he has decided to support AAP. Meanwhile, asked on his take on Congress, he said that the party has been given chance to improve failing which he or Delhi does not expect Congress to give an able government. Feb 6, 2015

Karnataka HC upholds decision to ban Praveen Togadia's entry in Bangalore

Bengaluru, Feb 06 (ANI): The Karnataka High Court on Friday upheld the state government's decision to ban Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia's entry in Bengaluru. Togadia, who was banned from entering Bengaluru and participating in any public meeting/ function between February 5 and February 11 in view of maintenance of law and order in the city, had in his petition claimed the order issued by Police Commissioner MN Reddi is arbitrary and unconstitutional. The VHP leader is scheduled to take part in the Virat Hindu Samajotsava to be held in the city on February 8. Feb 6, 2015

Fresh snowfall turns Kashmir into picturesque landscape

Srinagar, Feb 06 (ANI): The fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir has brought cheers to tourists and residents alike as the Valley is turned into a picturesque landscape. Tourists came out in large numbers to rejoice the weather and take boat rides in the world famous Dal Lake. The temperature has plummeted to zero and minus levels in several regions of the state. Locals, hoteliers and businessmen are happy as fresh snowfall is likely to boost tourism in the region. During winters, holidaying crowd from the plains of India and other parts of the country prefer to throng northern states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir to experience snowfall. Feb 6, 2015