Nitish's call for Bihar Bandh a political gimmick: BJP

New Delhi, Mar 2 (ANI): The BJP on Sunday said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's call for Bihar Bandh demanding special status is not a serious effort but a political gimmick. Kumar has called for statewide bandh on Sunday demanding special status for the state on the lines of one given to Seemandhra. He has slammed the Centre for granting special status to Seemandhra while ignoring Bihar. He set out on a 'pad yatra' from his residence to head to the historic Gandhi Maidan of Patna. The CM will be holding a day-long dharna demanding special status to the state. Mar 2, 2014

As Bihar protests for special status, adjoining Jharkhand follows suit

Jharkhand, Mar 2 (ANI): All Jharkhand Students Union protested and called for a shutdown in Jharkhand on Sunday, demanding special status and package for the state, following footsteps of neighbouring Bihar, which is witnessing continuous protests demanding the same. The protesters halted trains and called for a 24-hour shutdown and pressed Indian government to fulfil their demands. Mar 2, 2014

Russia approves use of armed forces in southern Ukraine

Simferopol, Mar 2 (ANI): The Russian Federal Council has approved President Vladimir Putin's request to use armed forces in Ukraine, amid rising tensions in Ukraine's Crimea region, where ethnic Russians make up the majority. The Kremlin website said Putin made the request in connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, their compatriots, and the personnel of the military contingent of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation deployed in the territory of Ukraine (Autonomous Republic of Crimea). The troops would be used until the "political-social situation in the country is normalized," Putin added. Mar 2, 2014

Stop offering help to Hindu migrants to discourage Islamist radicals: Bangladesh

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): A leading filmmaker from Bangladesh, Nasiruddin Yousuff, pressed New Delhi to stop actively offering shelter and help to Hindu migrants as it would encourage vengeance among Islamist fundamentalists who would commit atrocities against innocent Bangladeshi Hindu citizens. Guests and dignitaries were participating in the fourth round of Bangladesh-India Friendship Dialogue in New Delhi where the subject of deliberation was the rising fundamentalism in South Asia, which has become a threat to regional integration of the nations. Hindus, who are a minority in Bangladesh, are being increasingly attacked by Islamists fundamentalists and also members of Bangladesh Nationalist Party for actively supporting the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Mar 2, 2014

Bangladesh tanners boom despite toxic costs

Bangladesh’s tanneries produce leather for fashion brands around the world but the environmental cost of global demand for cheap shoes is on full display in Dhaka where the industry's toxic waste is killing the city's main river. Duration: 02:30 Mar 2, 2014

PM announces new initiatives for faster development of MSME sector

New Delhi, March 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new initiatives by the central government to focus on the faster development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. Focusing on skill development and promotion of new technologies, the MSME Ministry of India is setting up 15 new tool rooms with assistance from the World Bank. Singh added that the ministry has also taken steps to promote bilateral cooperation of the MSME sector in India with other countries for giving it additional exposure to international markets and foreign technologies. He requested the participation of private sector and civil societies for the success of these initiatives. Singh also threw light on the achievements of Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) which has created a staggering number of job opportunities. Mar 2, 2014

BJP calls Congress an ordinance factory

Mumbai, March 02 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, slammed the ruling Congress party for becoming an ordinance factory in order to save their governance as now their days are numbered. Naqvi was speaking at a news conference in Mumbai. Moreover, Naqvi clarified that for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) good governance is more important than secularism. Mar 2, 2014

Canada to woo young Indian entrepreneurs: David Johnston

Mumbai, March 02 (ANI): Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, said that the Canadian government will initiate a project to encourage start-up entrepreneurships from India, understanding the possibilities of newer ideas. Johnston was speaking at the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber National Convention 2014 in Mumbai. Johnston is accompanied by his wife Sharon Johnston on his visit to India that is aimed at strengthening bilateral and economic ties. Johnston said that Canada is looking forward to encourage young and innovative entrepreneurs from India who want to develop and market their ideas in Canada. He also stressed that stronger entrepreneurial ties between the countries is an imperative. Johnston also shed light on the commonalities of India and Canada. Mar 2, 2014

No human rights violations took place in 2009: Sri Lankan minister

Bhopal, March 02 (ANI): Sri Lanka's Deputy Finance Minister, Sarath Amunugama, who was in Madhya Pradesh to speak at an international symposium, said that there were no human rights violations in 2009 - towards the end of 25-year long war between the Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan government. Reacting to the recommendation of United Nations to investigate the alleged war crimes, Amunugama denied that there were any human right violations but said Sri Lankan government is falling victim to allegations of 'Tamil Diaspora'. Amunugama lambasted the Tamil diaspora who he alleged to be conspiring against the Sri Lankan administration. He added that his government will answer for the charges levelled against them. Mar 2, 2014

Police investigate rail station attack which killed 33 in southwest China

China, March 02 (ANI): Chinese police carried out investigative work after an attack at a train station on Saturday which killed at least 33 people and injured more than 130 in southwest China. Official state-run news agency Xinhua described the incident as an "organised, premeditated violent terrorist attack". Police shot dead four of the attackers and detained one, Xinhua said, while approximate five others are on the run. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed footage of local police carrying out investigative work in the aftermath of the incident as onlookers watched cautiously from a distance. CCTV also showed police wrapping a long, sword-like knife in a plastic bag, amid heavy security at the station. China blamed militants from the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Sunday for the attack Mar 2, 2014

Russias Putin to send troops into Ukraine

Pro-Russians have held a demonstration in the southern Ukrainian city of Simferopol, as Russia's parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the go-ahead to send troops into Ukraine. Duration: 00:54 Mar 2, 2014

Ukrainians divided over pro-Russian troops in Crimea

Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea on Saturday as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm on the restive Ukrainian peninsula and Washington warned of "costs" to Moscow should it order in troops. Duration: 01:23 Mar 2, 2014

Killings in Bangui a day after French president visits

A day after French President Hollande warned against the partition of the Central African Republic on a visit to Bangui, violence has once again shaken the capital of the Central African Republic, with three former rebels shot dead. Duration: 00:57 Mar 1, 2014

Algerians protest against President running in polls

Protests have taken place in Algiers against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika running for a fourth term in the April presidential elections. Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, will run for a fourth term. Duration: 00:57 Mar 1, 2014

South Africans eager to follow Pistorius trial

South Africans weigh in on the start of the murder trial of Paralympian hero Oscar Pistorius who will take the dock under a media glare on Monday charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. Duration: 00:39 Mar 1, 2014