Bihar government asks Maoists to shun violence, announces new surrender policy

Patna, Dec 9 (ANI): After the Maoists went on rampage killing 15 people in Aurangabad in the last two months, the Bihar government has launched a two-prolonged strategy to keep them in check. They have intensified the hunt to capture its members while simultaneously offering big money for those who surrender. Top Maoist leaders would get Rs 2.5 lakh if they renounce arms. This would include members of the state, regional, central committee and politbureau of the Maoist party. The offer is a huge jump from the 2001 policy which promised Rs 10000 first and Rs 3000 in due course. The Bihar government strategy comes close on the heels of the killing of eight policemen December 3 by suspected Maoists in Aurangabad district, 163km from Patna. Those surrendering would be paid more if they lay down sophisticated arms and ammunition. The Maoists, who have been fighting for a Communist state for several decades, are mainly active in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar and Bengal. Dec 9, 2013

Kim Jong-Un cements his power with purge of uncle: expert

North Korea said Monday that the powerful uncle of young leader Kim Jong-Un has been purged, with state TV airing images of Jang Song-Thaek being dragged away by uniformed officers. An analyst in Seoul says the purge can be seen as Kim cementing his position as head of the country. Dec 9, 2013

Thousands take part in London Santa Run

Thousands of runners dressed as Father Christmas take part in the charity fundraising "Santa Run" in Victoria Park, north London, on Sunday, with similar events taking place across Britain. Dec 9, 2013

Jamaat-e-Islami taking advantage of political unrest in Bangladesh: Expert

Dhaka, Dec 09 (ANI): Bangladeshi economist and political activist, Anu Muhammad said that the Jamaat-e-Islami was propagating its agenda and taking advantage of the political turmoil that has led to violent protests in Bangladesh. Violence has gripped Bangladesh as protests and a series of shutdowns with transport blockades led by the main opposition party, BNP demanding next year's election be held under a non-party administration. Dec 9, 2013

Poll debacle: Hope for stable Delhi Govt, says Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Even as Congress suffered a dreadful washout in the Delhi assembly polls, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said she hoped for a stable government in the state following a hung assembly outcome. Dec 9, 2013

Continuing violence by the BNP-and its Islamist allies is holding the nation to ransom

Dhaka, Dec 09: Amid the political deadlock and turmoil, the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League has paved way for the creation of an all-party national government to oversee the parliamentary elections. But by refusing to join it, BNP has made its intention clear of fighting the battle on the streets rather than through political dialogue. Those favouring elections scheduled for January 5 next year are urging an end to violence in the country. Dec 9, 2013

Pre-election violence an attempt by Jamaat to keep itself relevant-Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury

Dhaka, Dec 09 (ANI): Bangladesh reeled under a spate of violence by the country's main opposition, BNP and its fundamentalist ally, the Jamaat-e-Islami, as it de-stabilized peace and crippled normal life, creating fresh tensions ahead of the elections. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina said that these are desperate attempts by the Jamaat to keep itself relevant. While the government has cracked down on violent protests, the BNP and its allies have not let up their pressure tactics even a bit. Dec 9, 2013

After Cong's 4-assembly poll washout, UPA members rethinking on alliance?

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Even as NCP President Sharad Pawar lashed out at Congress over the recent 4-state assembly poll washout, calling upon Congress and other allies to ponder over the outcome which is being seen as reflection of anger against the UPA Government at the Centre other allies have also been made to rethink over the alliance. Dec 9, 2013

BJP & AAP should form a new type of govt in Delhi: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said on Monday that the onus to provide good governance in Delhi is on both the BJP and AAP even though both parties are nowhere near the majority mark. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Bedi appealed to both BJP and AAP to form a new type of government by joining hands together. She also said that it is very unfair for Delhi to not get a stable government and if no party stakes the claim there will be no choice but to go for another election. Dec 9, 2013