Pacific castaway's homecoming delayed

Pacific castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga's departure from the Marshall Islands is delayed for health reasons as the family of the now-dead companion with whom he set sail seeks answers. Duration: 01:00 Feb 6, 2014

Ambiguity over Egypt army chief's presidential bid

Egypt's army said Thursday a Kuwaiti newspaper "misinterpreted" remarks by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in which he said he would run for president, saying he would announce such a decision only to the Egyptian people. Duration: 00:33 Feb 6, 2014

Bangladesh celebrates Ganajagoran Mancha anniversary, vows to strengthen movement

Dhaka, Feb 06 (ANI): Bangladesh's people's resurgence platform, Ganajagoran Mancha, celebrated its first anniversary, as crowds of activists gathered at Shahbag Square hailing the International Crimes Tribunal's verdict against Islamist leader, Abdul Quader Mollah. The prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunal, Rana Dasgupta said that Ganajagoran Mancha is the reflection of the secular and inclusive culture that Bangladesh stands for. An activist, Nazmun Ara said that they would continue their movement until all the criminals are awarded capital punishment. Feb 6, 2014

Third Front didn't come into force and BJP already panicking: Sharad Yadav

Patna, Feb 06 (ANI): After Narendra Modi lashed out at the third front and said that it will make India 'third grade', JD (U) President Sharad Yadav said that Modi and BJP is already panicking and attacking them, when the third front has not come into existence. Further, Yadav said that neither congress, nor BJP can form majority government without coalition. He said that it was BJP only who initiated the process of the third front by separating from its alliance. Feb 6, 2014

India warns US of consequences on visa reform

India warns the United States of consequences for its companies if lawmakers tighten visa rules on high-tech firms as part of an immigration overhaul. Duration: 00:48 Feb 6, 2014

Thai farmers protest in new challenge to PM

Dozens of Thai rice farmers mount a protest in the capital Bangkok in the latest show of public anger against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's embattled government. Duration: 00:41 Feb 6, 2014

Family of castaway's dead companion wants answers

The fisherman who says he survived a 13-month journey in the Pacific should return to Mexico to explain the death of a young man who accompanied him, the victim's family says. Duration: 01:29 Feb 6, 2014

Ravi Shankar Prasad on Ishrat Jahan encounter case

New Delhi, Feb 6 (ANI): BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that the Congress has been running a systematic and malicious campaign against former Gujarat Home Minister and Narendra Modi's aide Amit Shah for years in Gujarat and all over the country, which has now been demolished. The CBI has not named Shah, whom it had interrogated earlier, in its second charge-sheet in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Feb 6, 2014

BJP calls AAP 'urban naxalite', Sanjay Singh backlashes

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Reacting on BJP leader Arun Jaitley's remark wherein he termed AAP leaders as 'urban naxalite', party leader Sanjay Singh said backlashed at him. Further, commenting on BJP's allegations that AAP and Congress are close aides, Singh said that BJP and Congress join hands whenever there is any corruption taking place. Singh also said that if protesting on streets is an act which qualifies one as 'urban naxalite', then BJP is no less than one too. He also said that AAP is passing Janlokpal bill for good governance of its own government in Delhi, then why is BJP worried about the same. Feb 6, 2014

The Caravan's executive editor on Aseemanand interview

New Delhi, Feb 6 (ANI): The Caravan's executive editor Vinod K Jose on Thursday said that the interview of Aseemanand was done with his full consent. Jose added that the allegations against Mohan Bhagwat are very serious and it raises serious questions on the RSS. Feb 6, 2014

Ishrat Jahan case: CBI chargesheets four IB officials, not Amit Shah

Ahmedabad, Feb 06 (ANI): The CBI on Thursday filed a second chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case against four IB officials involved and not Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah. The lawyer in the case said that there will be a demand raised to file a chargesheet against Amit Shah too soon. Feb 6, 2014

Aseemanand didn't accept anything, nothing but socio-political conspiracy: Lawyer

Ajmer, Feb 06 (ANI): After Aseemanand, a key accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case is caught up in a controversy over an alleged interview wherein he accepted that the attacks were sanctioned by RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, his lawyer refuted all claims and called it a 'socio-religious conspiracy'. He said that this is a conspiracy of the NIA who is trying to conspire against Aseemanand in the case. He also questioned on how the lady journalist was allowed recording in the prison where no camera and mobile phone is allowed. The lawyer also refuted any claims of any interview at all. Feb 6, 2014

Strong action has helped streamline defence procurement system: Antony

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday while interacting with media in New Delhi after opening DEFEXPO 2014 claimed that the UPA Government's strong action and decisions to curb malpractices and corruption might have created some delay in the defence procurement process, but overall, this has helped to cleanse and streamline the system. Ellaborating further, Antony said that while there might have been setbacks in terms of procurement in one or two areas, action has been taken against some companies whenever there was a controversy linked to them. For instance, he referred to the controversy surrounding the Ordnance Factory Board that occupied media space some years ago. He said that was a blessing in disguise. Feb 6, 2014

No compromise on transparency in defence procurement: Antony

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday while interacting with media in New Delhi after opening DEFEXPO 2014 said that his ministry is determined and firm about ensuring transparency in the defence equipment procurement process, whether it was from indigenous industry or from abroad, and added that there would be no compromise on this score. He further revealed that there are many new procurement proposals in the pipeline. Feb 6, 2014