Trend of running nation from Delhi must stop: Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi while addressing the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) national convention at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi on Thursday said that the trend of running the nation from Delhi must stop. He added that Centre must trust the states and that every state has its own strengths which should be nurtured. With an aim to attract the traders' body ahead of the Lok sabha Polls, Modi said that BJP's image is of a traders' party and it has been only possible as the party has been continuously working for the welfare for traders. Feb 27, 2014

MDMK demands UN probe against Sri Lankan govt

Chennai, Feb 27 (ANI): Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) supporters protested in Chennai against Sri Lanka government and demanded an independent investigation by the United Nations. The UN human rights Chief Navi Pillay called for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. Meanwhile, MDMK chief Vaiko alleged that what happened in Sri Lanka was genocide. Pillay recommended an "independent, international inquiry mechanism, which would contribute to establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed”. Feb 27, 2014

Admiral Joshi's resignation in keeping with tradition of service: Maritime Expert

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Commenting on the resignation of Navy Chief DK Joshi, Maritime Expert Commodore (Rtd) Uday Bhaskar said that Admiral Joshi’s resignation is in keeping with the highest traditions of the service, and added that it also draws attention to the concerns of defence sector in the country. Bhaskar said that this development shows his integrity and moral responsibility which he accepted. Admiral Joshi stepped down from his post in the Indian Navy hours after submarine, INS Sindhuratna accident off the coast of Mumbai, in the backdrop of growing concerns about a series of mishaps involving warships. Feb 27, 2014

Dropping anti-piracy charges against Italian marines suggest a way forward

New Delhi/ Kerala, Feb 27 (ANI): India’s Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said that New Delhi was looking forward to resolve strained diplomatic ties with Rome, and that dropping anti-piracy charges against the two Italian marines will bring relations back on track. India has dropped plans to prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under anti-piracy law on Monday. Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde justified government’s decision of dropping anti-piracy charges against the marines. Feb 27, 2014

Russian Deputy PM meets Indias Foreign Minister to review bilateral relations

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin met India’s Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi, focusing on key issues of mutual interests in the areas of trade, defence, space and nuclear energy with an objective to foster bilateral relations between both nations. The bilateral relations between India and Russia span diverse sectors ranging from defence, space and nuclear energy to exchanges in the commercial, educational and cultural fields. Earlier, Rogozin also met Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Trade Minister Anand Sharma to strengthen trade ties. Feb 27, 2014

India- Pakistan cross border truck drivers divided over 24x7 trade on security issues

Amritsar, Feb 27 (ANI): Both Indian and Pakistani cross border truck drivers bring divided opinion over the proposed 24x7 trade across India-Pakistan border at Attari- Wagah border due to security concerns. A proposal over resumption of 24-hour trade across Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar in Punjab was approved by the governments of both the neighbouring countries, in a bid to boost business. An Indian truck driver Balwinder Singh said he was worried about his safety as they manoeuvre through unsafe territories and the government did not ensure any security measures for them. On the contrary, a Pakistani truck driver Mubshar Abbas rejoiced over the move saying it would provide him with better opportunities to generate income. Feb 27, 2014

Anti-Taliban all-parties conference calls for halt in peace talks with TTP

Lahore/ Kotri Ranges, Feb 27 (ANI): An anti-Taliban all-parties conference in Lahore called on the Pakistan government to stop all negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) because the banned militant group had become a menace for the entire country. The conference was called by the Sunni Ittehad Council, and was attended by several mainstream religious and political parties. Sunni Ittehad Council Chief Sahibzada Hamid Raza said instead of trying to re-start stalled peace talks with the Taliban, the Pakistan government should try the Taliban for their crimes against the Pakistani nation under Islamic laws. Feb 27, 2014

Sad about Navy chiefs resignation: AK Antony

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Talking about Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi’s resignation, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday said that he was sad about the whole development. He said that Admiral Joshi was very disturbed and met him personally to request Antony for accepting the letter. Antony confirmed that Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan will now take up the responsibility of the new naval chief. Feb 27, 2014

Struggling Australian carrier Qantas to axe 5,000 jobs

Struggling Australian carrier Qantas says it will axe 5,000 jobs, defer aircraft deliveries and suspend growth at Asian offshoot Jetstar in a major shake-up after deep first-half losses, warning of more pain to come. Duration: 01:15 Feb 27, 2014

Ugandan opposition leader criticises anti-gay laws

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Wednesday criticised tough new anti-gay laws, saying that homosexuality was not "foreign" and that the issue was being used to divert attention from domestic problems.Duration:01:12 Feb 27, 2014

Rivals brawl in Ukraine's Crimea as Putin orders drills

Brawls erupted between rival factions on Ukraine's volatile Crimean peninsula as the former Soviet nation's new leaders prepared to unveil a unity cabinet and Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered snap military drills. Duration: 01:08 Feb 27, 2014

'Shocking' scenes in besieged Syria refugee camp

The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees spoke Tuesday of the "shocking" conditions he had seen inside a Syrian camp which has been under siege and bombardment for months. Feb 27, 2014

St Peter's colonnade unveiled after five-year restoration

Scaffolding around the famous 17th-century marble colonnade on St Peter's Square designed by architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini was taken down this week following a five-year restoration. Duration: 00:41 Feb 27, 2014