PM's absense from CHOGM summit is a big message: Congress on demand of CHOGM boycott

New Delhi, Nov 13 (ANI): Reacting on Tamil Nadu's large-scale protests against external affairs minister Salman Khurshid participation in Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Congress leader Jagdambika Pal on Wednesday said that PM Manmohan Singh's absence from the meet will send a strong message to the world. He, however, added that India cannot completely boycott the meet. Nov 13, 2013

Pak should respect India's sentiments for effective dialogue: Khurshid

Gurgaon, Nov 13 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid has said that Pakistan should respect India's sentiments and sensitivities for effective dialogue and peaceful relations. Khurshid said this after responding to a journalist's question on Pakistan Prime Minister's Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz meeting a delegation of Kashmiri separatist leaders on November 10. Aziz is in New Delhi to participate in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and will also meet Khurshid. Khurshid said this on the sidelines of the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) in Gurgaon. Meanwhile, commenting on Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh skipping the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo, Khurshid said that the position India has taken is not of boycott. Nov 13, 2013

Scuffle between police and residents at Campa Cola compound

Mumbai, Nov 13 (ANI): The officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) entered Campa Cola Compound in Mumbai on Wednesday to resume demolition of illegal flats amid strong protest from hundreds of residents, who are trying hard to save their homes. The BMC demolition squad broke the main gate of the Campa Cola Compound and entered inside to carry out the eviction work. Nov 13, 2013

TN assembly passes resolution demanding India fully boycott CHOGM

Chennai, Nov 13 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu Assembly in its special meeting adopted a resolution against the Centre's decision to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Colombo. The resolution reiterated that India should totally boycott the Commonwealth Heads Summit which is to be held from November 13 to 17 and also the External Affairs Ministers' meeting. The resolution also emphasized that indirectly it meant that Sri Lanka had the support for indulging in acts of violence against the Tamils. It also said the assembly had urged the Centre to take steps to get Sri Lanka suspended from Commonwealth till it took action to ensure that Sri Lankan Tamils were given equal rights on par with Sinhalese and were able to live independently. Nov 13, 2013

Middle path should be found: NCP on Campa Cola Colony demolition

New Delhi, Nov 13 (ANI): NCP leader DP Tripathi on Wednesday came out in support of the residents of the Campa Cola colony in Mumbai. He said that a ‘middle path’ needs to be found to resolve the issue. He also said that priority should be not to cause inconvenience to the people. Nov 13, 2013

Peace on border tops agenda in meeting between India and Pakistan

Gurgaon, Nov 13 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid met advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on the sidelines of ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) as the two leaders discussed the need to maintain peace and tranquillity on the Kashmir border. While addressing mediapersons at the meeting, India's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said that New Delhi still calls for the 2003 ceasefire agreement to be honoured. Nov 13, 2013

Experts at e-cigarette summit ponder need for regulation

Switching to e-cigarettes could save millions of smokers' lives, a conference on the rapidly expanding use of the devices heard Tuesday, though some delegates warned more research on the health effects is needed. Duration: 01:13 Nov 12, 2013

NGO calls for a Brazil without masks, wants transparency

The NGO Rio de Paz organized a demonstration in front of the Esplanade of Ministries in Brasilia on Tuesday. Protesters demanded a "Brazil without masks" and called for "transparency in the management of public services". Duration: 00:57 Nov 12, 2013

Myanmar Buddhist monks rally against visit by Muslim body

Around 300 Buddhist monks marched through Yangon Tuesday in protest at a looming visit by delegates from the world's top Islamic body to Myanmar, which has been rattled by several bouts of anti-Muslim violence. Duration: 00:30 Nov 12, 2013

Volunteers queue up to help Philippines aid effort

The global response to the horrific typhoon disaster in the Philippines gathered pace Tuesday, with the launch of a $300 million appeal by the United Nations as countries and companies swung into action. Duration: 01:31 Nov 12, 2013

Woman shot dead in Cambodia clashes: rights group

A woman is shot dead and several people injured in clashes between protesting garment workers and riot police in the Cambodian capital, a rights group and family members say. Duration: 00:51 Nov 12, 2013

Grim search for bodies goes on in Philippines

Rescue workers in the Philippines were still picking up victims' bodies on Tuesday to gather them for forensic examination in Tacloban, a city devastated by super typhoon Haiyan. Duration: 00:54 Nov 12, 2013