Outcry forces foie gras industry to swallow changes

Long accused of torture by animal-rights activists, French foie gras producers are admitting they may have gone too far and vowing changes to how ducks and geese are reared and their livers fattened. Duration: 01:56 Dec 18, 2013

Kejriwal bats for open-door politics, says received 4 lakh SMSS in 24 hours

Kaushambi, Dec 18 (ANI): Defending his stand on open-door politics that reaches to the doorstep of the people, AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the party had received more that 4 lakh SMS’s in 24 hours for either in support or against formation of government in Delhi. Dec 18, 2013

Give guarantee that Lokpal will end corruption: Naresh Agarwal to Anna

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader, Naresh Agarwal on Wednesday asked for a guarantee from Anti Corruption Crusader Anna Hazare that the Lokpal Bill will end corruption. He also added that it is a conspiracy by Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi and Hazare. Dec 18, 2013

Christian anti-balaka militia trains in Bangui

France on Tuesday said other European nations would send troops to the Central African Republic to prop up a military force on the ground attempting to disarm militias dispensing deadly violence. Duration: 00:44 Dec 18, 2013

Prashant Bhushan on Lokpal Bill passed in LS

Noida, Dec 18 (ANI): AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday said that the Lokpal Bill passed by the parliament is not going to serve much purpose. Bhushan also said he was surprised that Anna has accepted such a weak bill. Dec 18, 2013

S. Thousands flee as rival troops battle in South Sudan

Rival troops were locked in fresh battles in South Sudan's capital on Tuesday in unrest that has killed hundreds and sent thousands of terrified civilians fleeing since an alleged coup bid. Duration: 00:43 Dec 18, 2013

Lokpal Bill passed: Congress livid on historic day

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Speaking on the passing of Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal said that it was a historic moment for the country. Speaking on the same Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that the Lokpal was a necessity to fight corruption however it won’t happen with just one bill; and that the Congress had many more bills in pipeline to be passed. Dec 18, 2013

India says committed to Vienna convention, seeks same from the US

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 18 (ANI): India on Wednesday said that it is committed to the Vienna convention that shields the diplomats while seeking its implementation from the US side as well in the diplomatic spat that threatens to strain otherwise warm ties between the two nations. Spokesperson of Indian Foreign Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin, said India was committed to follow the rules laid down by the Vienna Convention and expected the same from other countries. Earlier on Tuesday Indian police removed concrete security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in apparent retaliation for the treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week. Dec 18, 2013

Defeat due to communal feelings between Hindus and Muslims: Ashok Gehlot

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Speaking on Congress defeat in the Rajasthan Assembly polls, former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said that BJP has raised communal feelings between Hindus and Muslims and this is the reason why they lost the elections in the state. Dec 18, 2013

Anna Hazare ends his fast after Lok Sabha passes Lokpal Bill

Ralegan-Siddhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Even as the historic Lokpal Bill on Wednesday received a nod from the Lok Sabha, and is all set to becoming a law soon after a 40-year wait, social activist Anna Hazare broke his indefinite strike at Ralegan-Siddhi thanking the Parliament for the same. Dec 18, 2013

No change in interest rates, RBI governor says may act on off-policy dates if inflation does not mod

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan surprised the financial markets by keeping the repo rate, or the main lending rate, unchanged at 7.75 per cent. Rajan unexpectedly kept the country's policy interest rate on hold despite calling current inflation too high, citing the prospect of easing retail prices and its concerns about the weak domestic economy. The RBI had been widely expected to lift its repo rate by 25 basis points. Dec 18, 2013