India and Sri Lanka release detained fishermen

Chennai, Jan 17 (ANI): Addressing mediapersons in Chennai, Inspector General of the Indian Coast Guard SP Sharma said that jailed fishermen were exchanged with Sri Lanka. However, he said that one Indian fisherman was unwell to go on onboard and therefore a total of 51 Indian fishermen returned back. He stated this on the sidelines of three-day Coast Guard Sailing Cup 2014 that started on Wednesday. The Indian navy handed over 52 fishermen to Sri Lanka, while 51 Indians went the other way. One Indian remains in hospital in Sri Lanka and 236 others are still detained there. Some 152 Sri Lankan fishermen remain in India. Jan 17, 2014

Pakistan keen on strong bilateral ties and more trade via Wagah border

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): In a bid to normalise bilateral trade ties, Pakistan Trade Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan visited India and in a meeting with the Confederation of Indian Industries in New Delhi, expressed his keenness to boost commerce between the two nations. Khan is in India to normalise bilateral trade ties on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation business leaders conclave. Khan, who is leading a delegation of 70 businessmen, said that efforts to enhance two-way trade through the northern 'Wagah' border between the two countries were underway. Jan 17, 2014

UK to investigate on its involvement in 1984 Operation Bluestar

New Delhi/ Amritsar, Jan 17 (ANI): United Kingdom said that it would investigate into the declassified letters, which suggest that it colluded with India's former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, upon whose orders Indian security forces entered the Golden Temple in Amritsar 1984, to flush out militants. During his visit for a bilateral meet with MoS for Labour and Employment K Suresh, the United Kingdom's MoS for Skills and Enterprise Mathew Hancock emphasised on the strong bonds between the two nations. Britain's Labour party's minister says that he has seen documents which suggest then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's administration dispatched Britain's Special Air Service (SAS) officers to help Indira Gandhi in the storming of the Golden Temple. Jan 17, 2014

Bengali actress Suchitra Sen passes away

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Legendary Bengali actress of yesteryears Suchitra Sen died in a Kolkata hospital on Friday. The 83 year old Bengali beauty breathed her last at 8:25 am. The immediate reason of her death was cardiac arrest. Sen was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic on December 23 with severe lung infection. Sen had starred in memorable Hindi films like 'Devdas', and 'Aandhi' and 'Saat Paake Bandha', 'Agnipariksha' and 'Deep Jwele Jai' in Bengali. Meanwhile, dignitaries mourned at the loss. Jan 17, 2014

Rahul not PM candidate, Politicos says Congress scared

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was announced as head of party's poll campaign, defeating speculations on him being the PM candidate, politicos said that Congress is scared. BJP Vice President Vinay Katiyar said that Congress and Gandhi is scared of Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Gandhi has lost self-confidence and is scared of losing in the upcoming 2014 elections. Jan 17, 2014

Chadians in the Central African try to flee

Chadians living in the Central African Republic try to flee the violence. AFP journalists saw dozens of people packed into lorries headed north and accompanied by Chadian MISCA troops.Duration:00:41 Jan 17, 2014

Hollande's ex-partner says 'page needs to be turned'

Segolene Royal, the former partner of French President Francois Hollande and mother of his four children, declines to comment directly on Hollande's alleged affair with a French actress, saying that 'the page needs to be turned.' Duration: 00:28 Jan 17, 2014

Candles are lit in Beirut as Hariri killing trial opens

Candles surrounded the statue of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri on Thursday evening in the Lebanese capital, as the trial of those accused of his killing begins in the Hague, Netherlands. Duration: 00:37 Jan 17, 2014

Saad Hariri welcomes the start of his father's killing trial

Four Hezbollah members went on trial in absentia at a special UN tribunal on Thursday accused of murdering Lebanon's former premier Rafiq Hariri in a 2005 car bombing, as sectarian tensions ran high in the Middle East country. Duration: 00:54 Jan 17, 2014

Amnesty condemns Nigeria's anti-gay marriage law

Nigeria provoked international outrage earlier this week after President Goodluck Jonathan ratified a controversial bill outlawing gay marriage and same-sex unions under threat of imprisonment. Duration: 00:48 Jan 17, 2014

Freed Qaeda hostage pleads for husband's release

A South African woman freed by Al-Qaeda last week after nine months in captivity in Yemen appealed for her husband's release on Thursday, after negotiations with the captors collapsed. Duration: 01:09 Jan 17, 2014