Hundreds gather outside Mandelas home

Hundreds of Nelson Mandela's countrymen gather outside his home carrying flowers, South African flags and candles, to honour the nation's anti-apartheid hero who died on Thursday. Dec 7, 2013

Tarun Tejpal's police custody extended by four days

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): Tehelka's former editor in chief Tarun Tejpal who is accused of sexually assaulting a junior female colleague in Goa last month, was on Saturday sent to four more days of police custody by a Goa court. Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) of Panaji, had remanded him for six days in police custody last week. Dec 7, 2013

BJP tried to unsuccessfully pursue AAP leaders: Manish Sisodia

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Saturday alleged that some BJP leaders tried to pursue the leaders of Aam Aadmi Party who refused any proposal whatsoever from their side. Further, talking about the Election Commission's notice to AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal over poll expenses, Sisodia said that the notice was issued not by the EC but Delhi SDM who have worked under Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. He said that the notice is only a means to defame Kejriwal. Dec 7, 2013

There is no governance in UPA 2: Yashwant Sinha

Mumbai, Dec 07 (ANI): Senior BJP leader, Yashwant Sinha on Saturday slammed the Congress led UPA 1 and UPA 2 government and said that the coalition has remained non-performing over the years. He further said that due to absence of governance, problems in economy, corruption have arisen and now the nation is looking towards BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as he is a decisive man as he delivers what he promises. Dec 7, 2013

Hashim Ansari alleged Congress creating Modi fear among Muslims, BJP says Congress doing vote bank p

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): Mohammad Hashim Ansari accused Congress of creating fear of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi among Muslims and that Modi needs the community's support to win the elections. A day after the allegation, BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that Congress is scared of Modi's popularity and is doing vote bank politics and nothing else. He said that Congress considers Muslims just as vote bank and not as 'suffering lot'. Javadekar also said that now people have understood the ruling party's politics and would not support the same. Dec 7, 2013

SP is scaring people by including Atiq Ahmed: Kirti Azad

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): BJP Leader, Kirti Azad on Saturday said that not only SP even BSP and JD (U) have given tickets to people involved in murder, kidnapping to challenge BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi's win and added that the kind of dream they are seeing of making third front will always be a dream. He further said that their main motive is to scare people to vote for them that's why they are including people like Atiq Ahmed. Atiq Ahmed has been offered a ticket to fight 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Dec 7, 2013

Maanayata not ill and attending premiers; Commissioner be suspended for granting parole to Sanjay Du

Mumbai, Dec 07 (ANI): A day after Sanjay Dutt was granted parole for 30 days considering his wife Maanayata Dutt's illness, former IPS officer YP Singh said that Maanayata is not ill and that she is attending premiers and that the concerned commissioner who granted the parole should be put under suspension and an enquiry should be called over the same. Further, he said that there has to proper enquiry on the reasons of filing a parole request proving which is the way to get the same. Singh also said that a person once granted parole once can only have access to another one only after one year. Dec 7, 2013

SC's inaction against AK Ganguly will have implications on silent victims: Annie Raja

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): Talking about the sexual harassment case against Former Supreme Court Judge AK Ganguly, National Federation of Indian Women General Secretary Annie Raja said that the Supreme Court is not taking due action against Ganguly which can have implications on many silent victims. She said that even after the apex court constituted investigating committee said that there were impropriety and indecency from the part of Ganguly, the court is numb on the case. Further, talking about Kapil Sibal's similar statement, the social activist said that the people at important posts should better take some action rather than giving statements. Dec 7, 2013

India approves draft of WTO deal

Bali, Dec 07 (ANI): Union Trade Minister, Anand Sharma said that he would endorse a draft trade reform at the World Trade Organisation, removing a major obstacle to a deal. World Trade Organisation (WTO) kicked off the biennial ministerial meeting on December 04 to discuss new global trade measures in Indonesia. Representatives from 159 countries took turns to read out their statements on each country's decision on the ongoing negotiating issues, including food subsidies and trade facilitation. The Trade minister told reporters that he was more than happy and it was a great day for the nation. Dec 7, 2013

People protest against violence in poll-bound Bangladesh

Dhaka, Dec 07 (ANI): People of Bangladesh, including the freedom fighters of the Bangladesh Liberation War, protested against poll-related violence in the country. At least 25 people were killed across the country during nationwide protests called by opposition parties over setting up of a caretaker government during January polls. A veteran freedom fighter, Ali Ahmed Ziauddin, blamed both the main political parties - the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and ruling Awami League - for the bloodshed in the country. President of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Mujahidul Islam Selim, urged people to fight against the darkness prevailing in the country. The BNP-led agitation has virtually paralysed the country straight for the second week. Dec 7, 2013

Sanjay Dutt gets parole for wife's illness

Mumbai, Dec 07 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who is serving his sentence at Yerawada Central Jail in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, has been granted a parole for 30 days to take care of wife Manyata, who is ill. If formalities are completed, he is likely to be released on Saturday. Reacting over this advocate Abha Singh said that she believes that Sanjay has been getting preferential treatment because of his celebrity status. Dec 7, 2013

Narendra Modi writes to CMs against anti-communal bill, BJP says centre encroaching on state subject

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): After BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday wrote letters to all CMs urging them to oppose the Centre's proposed Communal Violence Bill, BJP Spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh said that these are subject to state list and centre is just encroaching upon the state subjects. He said that these comes keeping in view the upcoming 2014 general elections and for just vote bank. Further, talking about the popularity of BJP among the bookies, Singh said that BJP is synonymous to development and every other person wants and desires for development and progress. Dec 7, 2013

Experts hope for peace and tranquility in Bangladesh ahead of elections

Belgium, Dec 07 (ANI): Experts gathered in European parliament and called for peace and tranquility, as they discussed the grim political situation in Bangladesh due to the ongoing clash between the leading parties which could delay or even derail elections due by January in the country. Recently, the European parliament passed a resolution on Bangladesh, urging the parties to refrain from violence and conduct elections in a peaceful manner. Commenting over political uncertainty, Bangladesh Information Commissioner, Sadeka Halim said that the international friends are concerned about the current turmoil. Member of the European Parliament for London for the Conservative Party, Timothy Charles Ayrton Tannock is pinning hopes on free and fair elections. Dec 7, 2013