Afghan shrine offers shock therapy for mental patients

Even after a decade of international funding and medical expertise pouring into Afghanistan, many locals still believe that the grim ordeal at the shrine will cure mental health problems. Duration:02:38 Dec 5, 2013

Narendra Modi calls Communal Violence Bill 'recipe for disaster', Shiv Sena supports

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Opposing the Communal violence bill, Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that his party will not let this bill get passed in the winter session of the Parliament which starts from Dec 05. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that bill is to gain vote bank. He also added that BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has full support of Shiv Sena who in a sharply worded letter to the Prime Minister has termed this bill as ill-conceived, poorly drafted and a recipe for disaster. Dec 5, 2013

India calls for strengthening of democratic institutions in poll bound Bangladesh

Dhaka, Dec 05 (ANI): In the midst of a political deadlock and violence gripping Bangladesh over the polls, Indian Foreign secretary, Sujata Singh, arrived in Dhaka and met the top leaders expressing the hope that the forthcoming elections in the country 'strengthens democratic institutions, practices and processes.' Singh expressed concern over these instances of violence and said it would not benefit anyone. Singh added that both the countries cannot remain indifferent to or unaffected by developments in each other's regions and that India's consistent view has been that a strong, stable, independent and well developed Bangladesh is in the interest not only of the people of Bangladesh but also in the interests of the people of the region. Dec 5, 2013

Sabotage of rail tracks in poll bound Bangladesh causes derailment; 3 die, 47 wounded

Bangladesh, Dec 05 (ANI): At least three passengers died and 47 others sustained injuries as alleged miscreants removed fishplates from rail tracks in Gaibandha district of Bangladesh leading to derailment of a train during a nationwide blockade programme of the opposition parties. Earlier there was gunfire on the streets of Bangladesh as opposition parties extended their nationwide strike for two more days, seeking postponement of polls even as violence raged on. In the capital city of Dhaka, supporters of ruling Bangladesh Awami League shouted slogans against the nationwide blockade of opposition parties led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The supporters also burned the effigies of main opposition leader, Begum Khaleda Zia. Dec 5, 2013

Existing laws are enough to maintain communal harmony: Jay Panda

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Lok Sabha Member and BJD Leader Jay Panda on Thursday said that the Communal violence bill should be looked at with much more care as it is a sensitive issue. He further said that if the existing laws are implemented than it is enough to maintain communal harmony and there is no need for making new laws. He also slammed the government that it is more focused on making new laws rather than implementing the existing laws. Dec 5, 2013

PM urges political parties to make best use of Parliament's short winter session

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday urged political parties to make the best use of the time available during parliament's "short" winter session. The winter session of Parliament will begin from Thursday with the opposition expected to seek to corner the government on price rise and the JPC report on 2G spectrum allocation and problems of farmers. Dec 5, 2013

Spate of violence cripples normal life in Bangladesh, destabilises peace

Dhaka, Dec 05 (ANI): Bangladesh reeled under a spate of violence by the country's main opposition and its fundamentalist ally, as it de-stabilised peace and crippled normal life, creating fresh tensions ahead of the elections. As a result of the flaring violence at least six people were killed and 30 injured in Chittagong and Chandpur regions of the delta nation. Dec 5, 2013

Greek Catholic Church gives support to Kiev protesters

Singing hymns and standing shoulder to shoulder, members of Ukraine's Greek Catholic Church joined demonstrations in Kiev on Wednesday protesting against the government's decision to reject an historic pact with the European Union. Duration: 0:56 Dec 5, 2013

Ivory statuette to go on sale at Sotheby's auction

A 13th-century ivory statuette of the Virgin and Child will go up for auction at Sotheby's on Wednesday, December 4. The mysterious story of the statuette which travelled throughout Europe was uncovered by art specialist, Erik Bijzet. Duration: 0:44 Dec 5, 2013

Violence in Central African Rep. displaces thousands

The dusty road that leads from the Central African town of Damara to the capital is filled with families fleeing the latest deadly clashes between rebels and vigilante groups, leaving behind a ghost town. Duration: 0:51 Dec 5, 2013