France, Algeria focus on growing economic cooperation

French Prime Minister, Jean Marc Ayrault, met with his counterpart Algerian counterpart, Abdelmalek Sellal, on Monday after laying a wreath at the Memorial for the Martyrs, a monument commemorating the Algerian War of Independence. Duration: 00:55 Dec 16, 2013

Congress clears stand on 18 issues raised by AAP

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): The Congress on Monday sent a detailed response to Aam Aadmi Party, saying 16 of its 18 demands were related to administration which the AAP can deal with after it forms the government in Delhi. The Congress further stated that the remaining two demands - Jan Lokpal bill and full statehood for Delhi - were outside the purview of the Delhi government. The Congress, which won eight seats in the Delhi assembly elections, had offered unconditional support to the AAP to form the government in Delhi. But the AAP handed over a list of 18 demands to the Congress before it would consider the offer. Dec 16, 2013

Kumar Vishwas on Congress accepting AAP's conditions

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): After the Congress sent a detailed response to Aam Aadmi Party over the 18 issues raised by them, saying 16 of its 18 demands were related to administration which the AAP can deal with after it forms the government in Delhi, AAP leader, Kumar Vishwas said his party will discuss the matter with people who have voted for them. Vishwas said they will take a decision only after carrying out meetings with people. Dec 16, 2013

BJP shows commitment to pass Lokpal Bill

Chennai/ New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday stated that the Lokpal bill is not between two individuals and is now a matter of the parliament, adding that the party is committed towards passing the bill. Addressing mediapersons in Chennai, party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that the party will see what amendments has central government made in the bill. Meanwhile, talking about government formation in Delhi, Sitharaman also added that chief of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal, should focus on core issues. Dec 16, 2013

BJP condemns Modi's comparison to Asaram by Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Monday condemned Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh's dirty remark on BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi. Reportedly, Ramesh said that Modi did not appoint Lokayukta for 10 years. Now he is giving advice on it, which is like Asaram talking about virginity. Dec 16, 2013

Vasundhara Raje visits Delhi, meets Manmohan Singh and AB Vajpayee

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): After registering victory with a thumping majority, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who stormed back to power in Rajasthan after five years, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday. This was her first visit to the national capital after winning the state assembly polls. The meeting was described as a courtesy call. She also met former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader Lal Krishna Advani, during the visit. Fighting on the plank of corruption, poverty, price rise, poor governance and a break down in law and order, Raje came back to power with 162 seats leaving Congress with just 21 seats and Others with 16 in the recent Assembly polls. Dec 16, 2013

Bangladesh sees protest and celebrations after Abdul Quader Mollah's execution

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): 42 years after Bangladesh's liberation war, the first war criminal, top Jamaat e Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah was tried, convicted and hanged on 12 December. His execution however infuriated the Jamaat-Shibir cadres who have wrecked havoc on the streets and towns of Bangladesh, attacking minorities, burning public property and targeting intellectuals. Mollah had refused to seek presidential clemency after the Supreme Court's dismissal of his review petition. He was buried at his home in Faridpur's Sadar Upazila at the family graveyard at Amirabad village at around 4.20 a.m. after funeral prayers. Dec 16, 2013

Mandela statue unveiled on Reconciliation Day

A nine-metre statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled Monday on a holiday dedicated to reconciliation, 24 hours after the solemn burial of the icon credited with South Africa's peaceful transition. Duration: 01:10 Dec 16, 2013

C.Africa president offers talks as sectarian violence mounts

Sectarian tensions rise in the Central African Republic even as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and local authorities pleaded for an end to the carnage between Christian and Muslims that has left hundreds dead in a week. Duration: 00:36 Dec 16, 2013

Women protesters whistle at Mulayam Singh Yadav against sexist remark

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): Women activists and students began a whistling campaign in New Delhi on Monday against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to protest against a controversial jibe and his continuing opposition to women's representation in the Parliament. Dec 16, 2013

Delhi gang-rape, a year on: more police at night but fear still lurks

New Delhi, Dec 16 (ANI): One year on from the brutal December 16 gang rape, police force in New Delhi has rolled out a slew of initiatives, which they said were helping women to break free from the culture of silence around sexual violence in a highly-conservative society. Dec 16, 2013

People of Bangladesh hold protests against Jamaat-E-Islami

Dhaka, Dec 16: Mostafa Hawlader, who testified against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee in war crimes trial, was brutally attacked at his house on December 8. The family of 55-year-old, who later succumbed to his injuries, held the Jamaat responsible for the "planned attack". His death was decried by the people and supporters of People’s Resurgence Platform, Gano Jagoron Manch, who held protests against the killing. The incident exposes the violent face of Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Islamic party in Bangladesh. Dec 16, 2013