Bhopal gas tragedy survivors demand justice

Bhopal, Dec 03 (ANI): Survivors of Bhopal gas tragedy held a candle light vigil and protested for justice in Bhopal. In the early hours of December 03, 1984, a pesticide factory owned by the U.S. multinational, Union Carbide, accidentally released about 40 metric tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate gas into Bhopal's atmosphere. Protestors lit candles and torches and shouted slogans against the central and provincial government. Leader of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (Bhopal Gas Victims Women Organisation), Abdul Jabbar explained the purpose of the protest. Dec 3, 2013

BNP extends nationwide strike in Bangladesh over poll dates

Narayanganj/ Dhaka, Dec 03 (ANI): Bangladesh's opposition party and its rightwing allies extended their nationwide strike for two more days, seeking postponement of polls, even as violence rages on. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led agitation, which was scheduled to end on Sunday has virtually paralysed the country straight for the second week. BNP spokesperson and joint Secretary General Salahuddin Ahmed through a video message declared that the blockade would now continue till 5:00 pm (local time) Thursday. Dec 3, 2013

Pakistani journalist delegation visits India to boost trade relations

Wagah Border Post, Dec 03 (ANI): A delegation of Pakistani journalists arrived in India and laid emphasis on the need to strengthen trade ties between both the nations in a bid to bolster relations. The delegation entered India through Wagah border post in Punjab, on Monday. The group comprising 23 journalists is on a two-day visit to the holy city of Amritsar and also to see the progress of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) set up by India and Pakistan for cross-border trade. Recently, there were demands by some associations in India urging government to put a ban on the Attari-Wagah based traders to stop sending tomatoes to Pakistan. Dec 3, 2013

Japanese Royals met Indian PM and Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee met the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, who are on a six-day visit to India, at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and discussing strategic relationships between the two nations. The occasion was also marked by the presence of India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma along with various other delegates. Dec 3, 2013

Opposition demands Telangana and economy to be discussed in winter Parliament session

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): Opposition parties in India urged the union government to discuss and debate on the bifurcation plans for Andhra Pradesh and existing economic crisis in the country at the ensuing winter session of parliament. The parties put forth their demands at an all-party meeting that was held in New Delhi on Monday evening to finalize the topics of discussions in the next session of parliament. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the government to take up the issue of creation of the new province of Telangana that it said was missing from the ruling Congress party's list. Dec 3, 2013

Modi speaks in harsh tone like wrestler in ring: JD (U)

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): Talking about BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's stand on Article 370, JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said that Modi speaks in harsh tone like that of a wrestler standing in the ring. He said that Modi never thinks about what he is speaking about. Tiwari also said that Modi get carried away on his own speeches and in that flow he gives such statements. Dec 3, 2013

Salman Bashir urges India to restore peace talks

New Delhi/ Ranbir Singh Pura, Dec 03 (ANI): Outgoing Pakistan envoy to India, Salman Bashir strongly pitched for the resumption of Indo-Pak composite dialogue, to restore peace talks and reiterated the demand for resolution of Kashmir issue between the two nations for lasting peace. Speaking at an event of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia in New Delhi on Monday, Bashir said that resumption of talks would be a blow to elements working to ensure that peace remains disrupted between the two neighbours. Dec 3, 2013

BJP divided over Justice AK Ganguly's resignation issue

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): Even as Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj demanded resignation of West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman AK Ganguly, clear signs of differences emerged on Wednesday within the BJP camp over the resignation issue. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy differed from Swaraj by saying that Justice Ganguly shouldn't tender his resignation on the basis of just an allegation. Dec 3, 2013

1984 anti-Sikh riots: SC rejects Sajjan Kumar's plea, asks him to face trial for murder

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Sajjan Kumar's petition to drop murder charges against him in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases. The court asked Kumar to face trial for murder in Delhi’s Sultanpuri, during the riots that followed the assassination of late PM Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. The politician stands accused of murder, rioting and promoting hatred between communities which allegedly led to the deaths of six people in Sultanpuri. Dec 3, 2013

Sushma Swaraj's demand for AK Ganguly's resignation draws mixed reactions

Kolkata/ New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): A day after BJP Senior leader Sushma Swaraj demanded the resignation of former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly, accused of sexually harassing a law intern, politicos from different political parties reacted on the same. While BJP Vice President supported the fellow party leader's stand, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that as the investigation is under process, Ganguly should resign. JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said that he should be tried like any other accused and the charge on him cannot be judged on the basis of age or position. Meanwhile, CPM leader Mohd Salim said that the probe should carry on but knowing the former judge, one cannot say that such charges are true. Dec 3, 2013

Govt will try to pass important bills through debates: Rajeev Shukla

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): As the 12 days winter parliament session is set to commence on Thursday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajeev Shukla said that government will try that all the essential topics are being discussed and important bills get passed smoothly. He said that there are parties opposing certain bills, which will be tried to get solved through debates. The session is expected to take up Telangana bill, Lokpal and Women Reservation bill for discussion. Dec 3, 2013

India's LGBT community parade on World Aids Day

Over a hundred members and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community held a Gay Pride Parade to mark World Aids Day in Ahmedabad, India. Duration: 00:40 Dec 3, 2013

Obama offers up to $5 billion to tackle AIDS

US President Barack Obama on Monday pledged up to $5 billion to fight HIV/AIDS as long as the rest of the world collectively offers double that amount. Duration: 01:08 Dec 3, 2013

Minino Garay brings Argentine beat to Paris

Percussionist and singer Minino Garay settled in Paris years ago, but continues to integrate the music of his native Cordoba, Argentina, into his rhythmic cocktail. Duration: 00:53 Dec 3, 2013