Farooq Abdullah supports sharing information with Britain on Operation Bluestar

Jammu, Feb 5 (ANI): New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah has come out in support of the Indira Gandhi Government's move to share information with the British government during the 1984 Operation Bluestar. Abdullah said that nations work like this by cooperating with each other. Abdullah's comment comes after it was revealed that the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wrote a personal letter to her British counterpart Margaret Thatcher soon after the 1984 Operation Bluestar in an attempt to justify her decision to send army to flush out militants from the Golden Temple. Feb 5, 2014

German Envoy calls for smooth handling of Italian Marines Case

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): Expressing support for Italy in the Italian marines case, Germany’s ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, says that a smooth handling of the case is in the interest of Italy, India and the European Union (EU), a statement that coincides with the arrival of the German President in New Delhi. Feb 5, 2014

India should develop good relations with all great powers: Kishore Mahbubani

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): “India should maintain a steadfast policy of developing good relations with all great powers without giving any of them the opportunity to take India for granted”: Prof Kishore Mahbubani in his lecture at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on Feb 4th 2014. Mahbubani said that India is entering a moment of extraordinary opportunities to enhance its global standing and to improve its diplomatic and geopolitical opportunities. Feb 5, 2014

Chidambaram doubts passage of key legislations in parliament, BJP slams

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): The BJP condemned Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s comment that it was doubtful whether any key legislation, except for the vote-on-account, will be passed in the current session of Parliament which began on Wednesday. Slamming Chidambaram, BJP leader Balbir Punj said that with such remarks Chidambaram is only admitting that Government is not serious on passing the Bills. Feb 5, 2014

BSP, LJP slam Janardhan Dwivedis reservation remark

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): A day after Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi called for an end to reservation on caste lines and urged Rahul Gandhi to introduce quota for financially weaker sections bringing all communities under its ambit, the BSP and the LJP slammed the minister saying that the SC, ST and OBC communities should get an opportunity to move forward. Feb 5, 2014

PM Manmohan Singh on parliament session

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): As the second half of Parliament's Winter Session is beginning today, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that it is his sincere request to all sections of the house to work together to pass important bills. Feb 5, 2014

Vinod Kumar Binny to withdraw support from Kejriwal govt

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny on Wednesday said that he is withdrawing his support from the AAP Government in Delhi. Attacking the AAP government, Binny said that the AAP Government doesn't want to pass the Lokpal Bill and it is merely playing politics over it. Feb 5, 2014

Political parties demand raise in expense limit for parliament polls

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): Most of India's political parties urged the Election Commission to raise the expenditure limit for the upcoming parliament polls in a meeting with the panel, said senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The BJP argued that steep inflation had made the current slab of rupees 1.6 million to four million infeasible. However, Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party said it was happy with the current limits. The Election Commission of India had called the meeting to take the opinions of the parties before it comes out with details of the Parliament polls due in April-May. Feb 5, 2014

Afghani music captures Indian hearts in Gurgaon

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): Music is indeed the binding force as mesmerized audience clapped and cheered to every rhythmic beat at the music awards function hosted by Afghanistan in Gurgaon, the millennium city of India, recently. The extravagant show was organized by Afghanistan's largest television network, Ariana Television Network (ATN). Veteran Indian actor Sharat Saxena and Bollywood diva of yesteryears, Sharmila Tagore, were also present at the event. Feb 5, 2014

Pro and anti-Telangana supporters clash outside Andhra Bhawan in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 05 (ANI): Scores of pro and anti-Telangana protesters broke into a scuffle outside Andhra Bhawan in New Delhi on Wednesday over the Telangana Bill, which is expected to be tabled in the current session of the Parliament that began today. Supporters from both sides of the divide were holding the protests outside the Andhra Bhawan when the scuffle began. The Centre is determined to introduce the bill in Parliament. After the cabinet's clearance, the bill will be sent to the President and then brought to Parliament for a debate and vote. However, the final session of Parliament got off to a noisy start today as Seemandhra and Telangana MPs sparred with each other on the floor of the two Houses as soon as they assembled for the day, forcing their adjournment for an hour. Feb 5, 2014

Pacific castaway prepares to go home

New video footage emerges showing 'Pacific castaway' Jose Salvador Alvarenga after he was brought ashore in the Marshall Islands. Duration: 00:22 Feb 5, 2014

Microsoft still 'very relevant': Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

California, Feb 5 (ANI): Microsoft Corp named 22-year company veteran Satya Nadella as its next chief executive officer and said co-founder Bill Gates would step down as chairman and advise the new CEO on technology, marking an epochal change of control at the company that drove the PC revolution. Nadella, a 46-year old born in India who led the creation of Microsoft's Internet-based, or "cloud" computing services, is only Microsoft's third CEO in 39 years, taking over from Steve Ballmer, who inherited the job from Gates in 2000. Nadella, who describes himself as a cricket and poetry lover, called the appointment "humbling" in an email to the company's employees. In a videotaped statement he said he would focus on "ruthlessly" removing any obstacles to innovation at the company. Feb 5, 2014

In Little Havana, Cuban-Americans increasingly divided

The US has given off signs of wanting to open up its relationship with Cuba, a move that has enraged Cuban exiles and veterans of the Bay of Pigs. Younger Cuban-Americans however say the change in tone is welcome. Duration: 02:48 Feb 5, 2014

Colombian former President Uribe running for Senate

Alvaro Uribe, now 61, is running for Senate and it's the first time in Colombia's history that a former president goes back to politics. "No peace without security," he hammered home during an exclusive interview with AFP. Duration: 01:07 Feb 5, 2014