Maoists' shutdown disrupts normal life in Bihar

Gaya, Jan 28 (ANI): Normal life came to a halt in most parts of Bihar on Monday due to a shutdown called by rebel Maoists. A tourist in Gaya, Surya Pratap, expressed inconvenience caused due to the shutdown. Maoists are rebels who try to sink deep roots and form links after decades of neglect. The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, control some of India's mineral-rich areas and operate in large swathes of the eastern, central and southern countryside. Jan 28, 2014

Security personnel launch operation to nab Maoists in Jharkhand after blasts

Giridih, Jan 28 (ANI): Security personnel launched a massive operation to nab Maoists after they triggered multiple landmine blasts in Jharkhand that killed two policemen and injured ten on Monday. Explosions took place when security personnel were conducting an operation in Giridih district, around 250 kilometres from state capital Ranchi, to free four abducted government officials from the rebels. Police have confirmed that the four officials have been released. Director General of Jharkhand Police, Rajeev Kumar, also confirmed exchange of fire with the Maoists. Jan 28, 2014

Glad Rahul said that, Gujarat CM involved in 2002 riots: Tanvir Jafri

Surat, Jan 28 (ANI): After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in his first interview said that Gujarat government was involved in 2002 riots, Tanvir Jafri, who is the son of the riot victim, Ehsan Jafri, said that he was glad that such high dignitary like Gandhi said that and that he agrees with the same. He further requested Gandhi to make sure that the prevention form communal violence bill be passed in the Parliament. Jan 28, 2014

India going to be manufacturing hub of world soon: Anand Sharma

Bangalore, Jan 28 (ANI): Trade minister Anand Sharma has said that the government has formulated a forward looking and dynamic policy which will make the nation a manufacturing hub of the world in less than two decades. Sharma said this while addressing the annual Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) flagship event in Bangalore, which saw participation of 1,000 delegates from 45 countries. Sharma also quoted the latest reports by consultancy firm Ernst and Young which has put India as number one in future destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). Jan 28, 2014

Pakistan's 'tiger economy' potential, Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday tells Pakistan it has the potential to become a future economic tiger as he backs reforms and inclusion of women and minorities. Duration: 00:46 Jan 28, 2014

Megaport Mariel inaugurated amidst Cuban commerce push

Cuba inaugurated its new Mariel "megaport" Monday, in hopes the project will symbolize a more open stance towards commerce and become a regional hub for shipments despite a lack of investment and the US economic embargo. Duration: 00:49 Jan 28, 2014

France's Trierweiler puts on brave face for India trip

France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler tried to shrug off the furore over her split from President Francois Hollande on a trip to India Monday, telling a media scrum she was feeling "very good." Duration: 00:51 Jan 28, 2014

ICRC: 'No concrete step' yet for Homs evacuation, aid

No concrete steps have been taken to evacuate women and children or provide aid to the besieged Old City of Homs, despite an agreement at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva, according to the Red Cross. Duration: 00:48 Jan 28, 2014

Hollande arrives in Turkey amid political crisis

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Turkey on Monday for a state visit amid a political crisis plaguing the Turkish government and turmoil roiling his private life. Several big French business bosses joined him on his visit. Jan 28, 2014

Kiev protesters find faith to fight on

Since the start of anti-government protests in Ukraine two months ago, various religious groups have continually provided support, with demonstrators camping out in sub-zero temperatures finding faith to fight on. Jan 28, 2014