Live: Andhra CM Kiran Reddy resigns

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 19, 2014 05:59 hrs

11.27 am:

Andhra CM Kiran Reddy resigns

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is upset over the Telangana bill being passed by the Lok Sabha, resigned on Wednesday.

10.48 am:

Tamil Nadu government to free Rajiv Gandhi's assassins

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has decided to set free the four Rajiv Gandhi killers - Nandini, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan.

The decision was taken at the Tamil Nadu assembly Wednesday morning.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan citing delay in rejecting or accepting their mercy petitions.

10.45 am:

AAP to fight seven seats in Bengal

The Aam Aadmi Party has decided to fight at least six to seven seats in West Bengal in the coming Lok Sabha election.

The party is currently running membership drives in the districts as well as parts of Kolkata, which, it claims, has generated a "positive and exciting" response.

AAP's national spokesperson Deepak Vajpayee said, "Going by the excitement and positive response that we have received during the membership drive, it will be proper to contest some seats in the Lok Sabha polls."

It had not yet been decided how many seats the party would fight, though, Vajpayee said.

But, Rakesh Jha, AAP leader in Bengal, said, "We will contest six to seven Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, out of which three are Kolkata North, Kolkata South and Jadavpur. Other seats are yet to be decided."

10.20 am:

Australian Indian community demands more details on student's death

Expressing concern over the alleged suicide of an Indian student at a detention centre here last week, the community members have sought more information from the government over the tragic incident.

Dalvir Singh, 27, died at the Maribyrnong Immigration detention centre here on February 13 allegedly by hanging himself.

Indian Consulate in Melbourne is in contact with his brother Harpal Singh, who wishes to repatriate dead body to India.

The Indian community has sought details from the federal government as to what and how the tragic incident happened.

Sydney-based cardiologist and prominent community member Yadu Singh said,"Full facts are not out at this stage, but we ask Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Minister Morrison's office to put Indian community in the loop with full information and take them in confidence."

9.34 am:

Hazare, Mamata to brief media on agreed 17-point agenda

Social activist Anna Hazare and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are expected to address a press conference in New Delhi today, during which they will provide details of the 17 points or issues that they have discussed and agreed upon during a meeting held here last evening.

Hazare said that both the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and he have agreed to implement the 17 issues after coming to power at Centre.

Praising Mamata's simplicity, Hazare said Tuesday that the country needs leaders like her who are not enamoured by the perks of office, and not taking any salary.

9.00 am:

Life term for 5 of family for killing woman, daughter

A local court awarded life imprisonment to five members of a family, including two women, for the murder of a woman and her daughter in 2009.

District and Sessions Court Judge Amarjot Bhatti awarded life imprisonment to Vimal Gupta, his wife Brij Bala, son Vikas and his wife Kavita, another son Lalit for the murder of Lalit's wife Manisha and her 15-month-old daughter Diwanshi.

8.20 am:

Gang of highway robbers held in Odisha

With the arrest of four robbers on Tuesday, the police claimed to have busted an inter-district gang involved in looting trucks on highways.

The arrested were identified as Suresh Das (23) of Haridaspur-Kodala, Badal Sahani (31) of Kolha, Ratanta Jena (35) of Kaduamagara and Jitendra Kumar Barik (22) of Khatuapatana village in Jajpur district, they said, adding that a country-made pistol was recovered from them.

Police had recovered a stolen truck from a garage at Paradeep and arrested two persons.

7.30 am:

Taj Mahotsav kicks off in Agra

The 10-day annual cultural festival of 'Taj Mahotsav' was inaugurated today by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister at Shilpagram auditorium in Agra.

"Around 350 artisans from all over the country are displaying their wares at stalls provided by the organizers," said Pradeep Srivastava, Commissioner of Agra Division and President of Taj Mahotsav's organising committee said.

He said about 1,500 national and local artistes would be performing at the four venues of the festival, the main one being the auditorium of Shilpagram.

The festival, which has been held for past many years, will showcase the best of crafts and culture of the country.

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