Survivors recall Bhopal gas tragedy on 30th anniversary, demand compensation

Bhopal, Dec 03 (ANI): Survivors of Bhopal gas tragedy, world's worst industrial disaster which happened three decades ago, on Wednesday (December 03), recalled the night when cyanide gas in air killed thousands. In the early hours of December 03, 1984, around 40 metric tonnes of toxic methyl isocyanate gas accidentally leaked from a pesticide factory owned by US multinational Union Carbide Corp. and was carried by the wind into the surrounding slums. The government recorded 5,295 deaths. Activists estimate 25,000 people have died from illnesses in the years since. Many more, they said, are dealing with cancer, blindness, respiratory difficulties and immune and neurological disorders, but with no support. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with other government officials organized special prayers for the victims and observed a moment of silence as a tribute to the victims. Dec 3, 2014

Anil Kumar Sinha named new CBI director

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has cleared the name of Anil Kumar Sinha as the next director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Sinha, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, will succeed Ranjit Sinha, who retired on Tuesday. A high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India H L Dattu chose Sinha from a panel of aspirants to be the next CBI chief. Sinha has been working in the CBI since May 15, 2013 as special director and is supervising investigations into several high profile cases. Before joining CBI, he was posted as additional secretary in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). Dec 3, 2014

Indian fishermen released by Pakistan return home

Rajkot, Dec 3 (ANI): 35 fishermen, who were released by Pakistan three days ago, expressed happiness after they returned home in India. The fishermen had been arrested for illegal fishing in Pakistani waters. One prisoner was arrested for illegally crossing the border. These fishermen were natives form Saurashtra region of Gujarat. One of the organisation working in Pakistan gave all 35 fishermen Pakistan currency worth 10000 rupees (161.600 USD) and a kit which includes a saree, shirt and other household items. Meanwhile, assistant director of fisheries, KP Tandon, said that all the fishermen were looked after well. The fishermen took the golden mail train, which they had to change at another station to board the Saurashtra mail that brought them to Veraval district of Gujarat. Dec 3, 2014

Opposition unites demanding Sadhvi's resignation, Govt defends

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): The Opposition parties have united in the Parliament demanding the resignation of BJP leader and Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti for her condemnable remarks during an election rally. TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that the opposition parties are unitedly demanding the resignation of the union minister as this is election time and she should have been careful about the words to be used. Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu defended her saying that once the Minister has apologized for what she said the opposition should not use it as an issue to disrupt the parliamentary proceedings. Dec 3, 2014

Contaminated Water Making Life Difficult for People of PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, December 02, 2014: Despite being endowed with abundant water resources, PoK is plagued by an acute contamination of its water bodies leading to water shortages and other health issues. With natural sources drying up or being declared unfit for human use, many in capital Muzaffarabad have had to negotiate treacherous terrain to fetch water from far off areas. Many depend on the local administration for drinking water. But residents allege that in the light of no response from government the problem manifests, year after year. With 86 percent of water being declared unfit for consumption, the problem is becoming grave by the day. Water borne diseases like dysentery, cholera and typhoid are common complaints among the local population. The Neelum Valley Project was intended to solve the problem of water scarcity in the Himalayan region, but much of the water harnessed here, has been diverted to the big cities of Pakistan. The erratic monsoons have led to a dip in the water table. The drainage from surrounding areas has polluted several lakes too. Locals say the water supply is infected by the sewer water. Dec 3, 2014

Home Minister pays homage to soldiers killed in Maoist attack

Raipur, Dec 3 (ANI): Home Minister, Rajnath Singh paid homage to 14 paramilitary personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) killed in the deadly Maoists attack and announced compensation for the bereaved families. Maoist guerrillas ambushed a paramilitary patrol in Chhattisgarh on December 01 in the biggest rebel attack this year. The attack took place in remote Sukma district, in the jungle of Chhattisgarh, where members of the CRPF had been sent to flush the rebels out of their base. Singh said that though the loss caused by this incident was irreparable but the injured and the families of the victims will be given compensation by the government. Singh also said that the country needs to come together to face the challenge of red terror. Dec 3, 2014

Virender Sehwag says don't ban bouncers in wake of Hughes' death

Mumbai, Dec 03 (ANI): Indian batsman Virender Sehwag said that banning bouncers following the death of Australia's Phillip Hughes would be unfair on bowlers because batsmen always have the option of ducking under short-pitched deliveries. Hughes, who would have been 26 at the weekend, died last week from an injury caused by a ball striking him on the back of the head during a domestic match, triggering a huge outpouring of grief in Australia and around the world. Dec 3, 2014

PM Modi pays tribute to Dr Rajendra Prasad on his 130th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid his tributes to Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Republic of India, on his 130th birth anniversary. "Tributes to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary. We remember his monumental contribution in the making of our Nation," tweeted PM Modi. "Rajen Babu remained devoted to serving the poorest of the poor. His service and impeccable values remain an inspiration for generations," he added. All India Radio (AIR) will broadcast a special lecture by eminent parliamentarian, former cabinet minister, scholar and scientist Dr Murli Manohar Joshi on AIR's national hook up as part of the 130th birth anniversary celebrations of India's first president. Dec 3, 2014

Indian orange traders complain of losses due to heavy excise duty by Bangladesh

Siliguri, Dec 03 (ANI): Orange traders in West Bengal complained of huge losses due to heavy excise duty imposed by Bangladesh government. Traders say that the export is very poor this time as the custom duty of rupees 40 ($0.64) on every kg is charged by Bangladesh Customs. Meanwhile, traders complain that Bhutan does not pay any duty to Bangladesh and hence the latter is purchasing oranges from Bhutan. Indian oranges are highly in demand because of its taste and quality and that is why it is exported in large quantities every year. Around 60 percent to 70 percent of oranges are exported from India to Bangladesh but due to heavy duty this time, the traders are facing a lot of problems. Dec 3, 2014

Bermuda to host 2017 America's Cup

Bermuda will host the world's greatest sailing race, the America's Cup, in 2017, organisers announced Tuesday at an event attended by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Duration: 01:25 Dec 3, 2014

Bhopal victims protest on 30th anniversary of disaster

Protesters in the Indian city of Bhopal burned effigies representing Dow Chemicals and displayed placards demanding justice, marking the 30th anniversary Tuesday of the world's deadliest industrial disaster. Duration: 01:02 Dec 3, 2014