Sushilkumar Shinde on Lokpal Bill

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): As social activist Anna Hazare's indefinite fast for Jan Lokpal Bill entered third day on Thursday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde stated that V Narayanasamy, MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, had urged Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari to take up the Lokpal bill immediately. Dec 12, 2013

Ban terrorism and not happiness of people: BJP on Indian films and serials ban in Pak

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party Vice-president, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday slammed Pakistan court’s ban on Indian movies, TV serials and said that banning the happiness and entertainment of people is completely indicative of dictatorship and if they really want to ban something then they should ban the terrorist activities and separatism in their nation. After imposing restrictions on screening of 'illegal' Indian films in the country, Pakistan has now banned the screening of Indian television shows as well. Pakistan court has stopped the screening of foreign films, serials and television shows, especially Indian content, on the country's TV channels Dec 12, 2013

Won't curtail Parliament session, Lokpal Bill top priority: Kamal Nath

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday ruled out an early end to the Parliament session, saying it will run as per schedule. He further said that Lokpal Bill remains the top priority even as both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been repeatedly disrupted due to protests against the creation Telangana. Dec 12, 2013

Raman Singh takes oath as Chhattisgarh CM

Raipur, Dec 12 (ANI): BJP leader Dr. Raman Singh took oath as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the third consecutive time on Thursday. The ceremony was held at Police Parade Ground. The BJP registered a thumping victory by winning 49 of the 90 seats, one less from its 2008 figure, while the Congress managed to win 39 assembly seats. Dec 12, 2013

Congress creating hurdles in functioning of Parliament: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson, Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that his party is not creating hurdles in the functioning of Parliament and the Congress MPs and its allies are creating hurdles as the Parliament was disrupted for the fifth straight day on Wednesday. He further said that BJP wants the House to function. Dec 12, 2013

Manish Tewari slams Pak for banning Indian films and serials on TV

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): After imposing restrictions on screening of 'illegal' Indian films in the country, Pakistan has now banned the screening of Indian television shows as well. Pakistan court has stopped the screening of foreign films, serials and television shows, especially Indian content, on the country's TV channels. While staying the beaming of foreign content, the Court ruled that Indian films and television serials were included in 'Negative List' under the current bilateral trade regime. Reacting over this Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Thursday said that films and serials are ideas and the power of idea cannot be stopped. He also said that Pakistan government must remove Indian films and serials from negative list of bilateral trade and put it in the positive list. Dec 12, 2013

AAP will not celebrate till corruption is removed: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal has said that they cannot celebrate unless and until corruption is weeded out of the country and also lauded volunteers for extending their support towards the movement. Hundreds of activists wearing boat-shaped "Gandhi caps" bearing the slogan, "I am a common man", gathered at the party's modest headquarters, cheering and waving brooms in the air to symbolize a clean-out of rotten politicians. Kejriwal also praised the volunteers who not only gathered from India but also from across the world. Congratulating the volunteers, Kejriwal also expressed his gratitude towards the family members of the supporters. The AAP also declared that it has decided to take the plunge into national politics by contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Dec 12, 2013

Aam Aadmi Party should form govt in Delhi with Congress: Kirti Azad

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad on Thursday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) should form the government in Delhi with support from the Congress. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , the single largest group in the 70-seat house with 31 members, as well as the AAP, which won 28 seats in its very first election, have refused to form a government. Dec 12, 2013

Arvind Kejriwal not to visit Ralegan Siddhi due to fever

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal will not be able to visit Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra and meet anti graft crusader Anna Hazare, whose indefinite hunger strike to press for the Lokpal bill entered the third day on Thursday. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi Party leader Kumar Vishwas said that Kejriwal won't be able to accompany him to Ralegan Siddhi. AAP members - Sanjay Singh and Gopal Rai - will now go along Kumar Vishwas. Dec 12, 2013

Top Pakistani Islamic cleric calls for strong Indo-Pak relations

Ludhiana, Dec 12 (ANI): Top Pakistani Islamic cleric and a key figure in a pro-Taliban alliance in Pakistan's Parliament, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, on his visit to Punjab, called upon the need to foster strong relations between New Delhi and Islamabad. He said both the nations have to improve the relations through dialogue and not by picking up arms. Commenting on the Kashmir row between India and Pakistan, Rehman said both the countries have agreed to resolve the matter through dialogue and they should move forward on that path. Dec 12, 2013

Close shave for Rahul Gandhi at IGI airport

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had a narrow escape at Indira Gandhi International airport while returning from Rae Bareli in his private jet. Another aircraft was still on the runway on which his private business jet was to land. However, luckily just when Rahul's Cessna Citation was about to land, the airport traffic control alerted Rahul's pilot to abort the landing. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has now ordered a probe into the incident. According to sources it was a very close shave. Dec 12, 2013

Over 100,000 Ethiopians sent back from Saudi Arabia

More than 120,000 Ethiopian migrant workers have returned home after being expelled from Saudi Arabia. They had travelled to the Middle East to find domestic work and save money for their families.  Dec 12, 2013

Relatives, dignitaries pay last respects to Mandela

Nelson Mandela's tearful widow was among scores of family and dignitaries who stopped to pay their last respects before Nelson Mandela's open casket Wednesday, as the celebrated leader lay in state. Duration: 01:04 Dec 12, 2013

Malaria down but big challenges remain: WHO

The fight against malaria has saved 3.3 million lives worldwide since 2000 but the mosquito-borne disease still killed 627,000 people last year, mainly children in Africa, the World Health Organization said. Duration: 01:03 Dec 12, 2013