No militant release without Army consent, says Pakistans Interior Minister

Islamabad, April 14 (ANI): Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan shrugged off reports suggesting that dialogue with the Taliban and release of some of their prisoners were happening without taking the armed forces on board. Replying to questions, Khan denied there were tensions between the army and the government over the talks, and claimed civil-military relations were better than they had ever been before. Asked about reports that the government had upset the army by releasing Taliban prisoners without their consent, Khan said it was impossible to release the prisoners without taking the army on board, because most of the prisoners were being held in internment centers run by the army. However, Khan categorically denied suggestions that the Taliban had asked for the release of their combatants who were in the government’s custody. Apr 14, 2014

Ramdev vows to make nation corruption free

Sri Ganganagar, April 14 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who has been spearheading a national campaign against black money, said would make the country corruption free by his proposed policies. Addressing media persons on Monday in Sri Ganga Nagar city of Rajasthan, Ramdev said that Indians need to stand united against graft that has damaged the roots of this country. Beating drums for Narendra Modi, Ramdev advocated for a corruption free India which could be achieved through legal, technological and social measures. Talking of the legal measures, Ramdev spoke of the measures that he has proposed in the consent letter that he earlier procured from senior leaders of main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a testimonial to their support for his anti corruption movement. He also proposed technological measures like e-governance that would tighten the grip on corruption and check graft through social remedies such as education and knowledge. Apr 14, 2014

Congress did not give Bharat Ratna to Ambedkar, Nehru hated him: Modi

Lakhimpur Kheri, April 14 (ANI): BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday while addressing a rally in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh slammed the Congress Party for not recognizing Dr BR Ambedkar’s work and not presenting Bharat Ratna to him. Modi also stepped into history and said that the free India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hated Dr Ambedkar which is why he did not let Government buy Ambedkar’s book on Gautama Buddha. Apr 14, 2014

Congress took credit for what Baba Ambedkar gave us: Modi

Lakhimpur Kheri, April 14 (ANI): BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday slammed the ruling Congress Party. Modi said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi always praises his party for giving so many rights to the public but they insult Dr BR Ambedkar’s Constitution by doing so. He further stated that our Constitution gave us the Right to Speech but who took away the right of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh? Modi further said that the youth are unemployed and farmers are committing suicides under Congress Government. Apr 14, 2014

Bangladesh celebrates Bengali New Year with fanfare and festivities

Dhaka, April 14 (ANI): An exuberant wave of cheer and festivities gripped Bangladesh as thousands celebrated the colourful festival of ‘Pohela Boishakh’, the first day of the Bangla New Year, with much pomp and fanfare on Monday. Melodious cultural songs filled the air as children in colourful costumes walked through the streets of Dhaka singing songs and dancing on its tunes. A kaleidoscopic view of the country’s rich cultural heritage was on display, as women and girls painted their faces with country’s map and other emblems. Amid enthusiasm, a participant Riya revelled in the festive spirit and welcomed the New Year. Apr 14, 2014

PC Parakh releases 'Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths', says book about degradation

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): Former Coal Secretary PC Parakh on Monday released his book 'Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths', and said that the book is essentially about the degradation in the political system of the nation. He also said that India has reached to a situation where even Chief Secretaries are forced to become servants of political masters. He further said that his suggestion on coal auction was not considered and that the prime minister failed to control his ministers. Parakh also said that the book is also to inspire and motivate people to work with honesty and dignity. Apr 14, 2014

Pistorius supporters gather outside S. African court

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returns to the stand Monday for a fourth day of cross-examination after the prosecution lawyer accused him of knowingly shooting dead his girlfriend. Duration: 00:49 Apr 14, 2014

Thousands evacuated, 12 dead in Chile blaze

More than 8,000 people are evacuated as an army of firefighters battle a killer blaze that tears through parts of Chile's historic port of Valparaiso. Duration: 00:39 Apr 14, 2014

Russia, West lock horns at UN over Ukraine crisis

The UN Security Council holds emergency talks after Ukraine declares a "full-scale" military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its restive east. Duration: 01:25 Apr 14, 2014

Kazakhstan entrepreneur promotes Expo 2017 on future energy in Mumbai

Mumbai, April 14 (ANI): A globe trotting 70-year-old entrepreneur from Kazakhstan, Sapar Iskakov, reached Mumbai bearing the flag of Expo 2017 in a bid to promote the international event on future energy being hosted in Astana, capital of the Central Asian country. The Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan has arranged meetings for Iskakov in various countries to speak about the hosting venue, Astana and the event EXPO 2017. He is travelling at his own expense and has chosen not to disclose the cost of the journey. Sharing snippets from his journey so far, Iskakov on Monday spoke about the countries he has visited. Iskakov said that the event would be themed exclusively on future of energy through innovative but practical energy solutions as well as their global impact. Apr 14, 2014

China and Pakistan's ISI back insurgents in India's north-east

Europe, April 14: India's northeastern region has been affected by prolonged insurgency. Several militant outfits, including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in Assam, Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in Nagaland, People's Liberation Army (PLA) and United National Liberation Front (UNLF) in Manipur, are operating from the land-locked region, which shares international boundaries with China, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. These insurgent are surviving with backing from across the border. Experts believe that intelligence agencies of China and Pakistan remain the backbone of insurgency in India's northeastern states. Insurgent groups from the Northeast are being provided assistance in the form of money and weapons by Chinese agencies, routed through the ISI, to create instability in the region. This is a deadly concoction of terror that is being used to destabilise India. It is believed, the Chinese are now using northeast based insurgent outfits to supply arms to Maoists in India. Apr 14, 2014

FIR filed against Hema Malini for violating model code of conduct

New Delhi, April 14 (ANI): An FIR was filed against veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Mathura constituency Hema Malini on Monday for violation of model code of conduct.The actor has been charged with holding a meeting in a school without permission two days ago. Malini had filed her nomination papers from Mathura to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections a week back. Apr 14, 2014

BJP Mahila Morcha protests against Madhusudan Mistry for remark on Swaraj

Vadodara, April 14 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party's Mahila Morcha on Monday hit out at Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Vadodara Madhusudan Mistry for his alleged "loose and vulgar statements" against BJP's senior leader Sushma Swaraj. Gujarat BJP Mahila Morcha President Jyotiben Pandya slammed Mistry for using derogatory terms for a woman. Earlier, BJP had complained to the Election Commission, seeking action against Madhusudan Mistry for his statements against Sushma Swaraj. In its complaint, the BJP alleged that Mistry's statement is "vulgar and intended to tarnish the image of a woman who herself is an elderly person". The party has accused Mistry of making statements contravening provisions of the Model Code of Conduct, the Representation of People's Act (RPS) and the Indian Penal Code. Reacting over this Mistry said that BJP is doing this for publicity. Apr 14, 2014

Assam celebrates Rongali Bihu with fervour

Jorhat/Guwahati, April 14 (ANI): Thousands of devotees on Monday celebrated the Harvest festival, Rongali Bihu with great fervour across the state of Assam. This festival marks the beginning of Assamese New Year and annual harvest with ritual feasting and merry- making. Rongali Bihu is the most celebrated festival of Assam. It is a festival that transcends all religious and class barriers bringing people together in a free and uninhibited manner. People in capital city Guwahati played traditional games and sang traditional song and also performed traditional dance. In Jorhat, a cultural festival Ethnique was organised that sought to showcase the various traditions of Assam.People in this town also bathed their cows, as they considered them sacred and also worshipped them. Apr 14, 2014