CPI targets Maharashtra govt over Adarsh Commission report

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Reacting over the Maharashtra cabinet rejecting the report of a judicial commission on the Adarsh housing scam, senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that it is unfortunate and the enquiry report based on objective facts cannot be rejected. He also said that there is an element of arbitrariness and there is an effort to suppress the facts. Dec 21, 2013

Vasundhara Raje expands cabinet with induction of new ministers

Jaipur, Dec 21 (ANI): The Rajasthan government headed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia, expanded its cabinet with the induction of 12 new ministers. The swearing-in ceremony took place in Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur where the Governor of Rajasthan, Margaret Alva, was also present. Dec 21, 2013

Modis gesture to Muslims invites political controversy, BJP says just his etiquette

Lucknow, Dec 21 (ANI): After Narendra Modi’s gesture to a Muslim man in Varanasi invited political controversy terming the same as his vote bank politics, UP BJP President Laxmikant Bajpai said that it’s nothing but just Modi’s etiquette which made him to wave back to any supporter. He said that the people, who are putting allegation against Modi, must lack in normal manners and etiquette to wave back their supporters. He said that the Muslim man shouted ‘Modi uncle’ to which Modi waved back and said ‘Thank you’ and there was nothing to make an issue about. Dec 21, 2013

India, Venezuela strengthen energy cooperation

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): India and Venezuela pledged to tighten cooperation ties in the fields of energy, healthcare, culture, technology, oil and natural gas, as foreign ministers from both the nations met in New Delhi. Dec 21, 2013

Indias Foreign Secretary tells US to treat their envoys on par with American diplomats

New Delhi, Dec 21 (ANI): Following the arrest and strip search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in America last week, India’s Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said that the US should treat Indian diplomats the way they take care of diplomats from America and other countries. Addressing the mediapersons at the 86th Annual Conference of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi, Sujatha Singh blamed media for spinning the matter. India retaliated strongly to the U.S on December 19, urging it to withdraw a visa fraud case, suggesting United States Secretary of State, John Kerry's expression of regret over the treatment meted with her while in custody was not enough. Speaking at the conference, Singh defended India and its decisions. Dec 21, 2013

Hyderabad police books Salman, Bigg Boss producers for hurting Muslim sentiments

Hyderabad, Dec 21 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh police filed a complaint against controversial reality show 'Bigg Boss 7' and its host, Bollywood megastar Salman Khan for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.Mohammed Fasihuddin, a Muslim, lodged a First Information Report (FIR) in Hyderabad after watching the show, which has already been in a number of controversies since its commencement on September 15. In his complaint, he said the show had created 'hell' and 'heaven' inside the house, which is a very pious concept in their religion. The police might send summons to Bollywood actor Salman Khan to appear before the investigating officer, who is looking into the matter. Dec 21, 2013

Obama shrugs off suggestions of worst year in office

In his final news conference of the year on Friday, US President Barack Obama shrugged off suggestions that 2013 has been his worst year in office despite political and fiscal challenges that saw his approval ratings plummet. Duration: 00:56 Dec 21, 2013

US, EU wrap up third round of free-trade talks

The United States and the European Union on Friday ended a third round of talks to create the world's largest free-trade area to boost growth and jobs in their huge economies. Duration: 01:02 Dec 21, 2013

WFP distributes to thousands of displaced C.Africans

Conflict in the Central African Republic has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, increasing humanitarian needs. The WFP is providing food to displaced people in the capital Bangui and at other locations. Duration: 00:36 Dec 20, 2013

Tensions in Tangiers after migrants die in police raids

In Boukhalef, cramped apartment blocks house hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, but tragedy has transformed the poor Tangiers suburb into a flashpoint for racial tensions in Morocco. Dec 20, 2013