DR Congo villagers content to see back of rebels

The Democratic Republic of Congo army said Sunday it has launched a new offensive against rebel fighters who fled to the hills after being ousted from their last stronghold. Duration: 01:10 Nov 3, 2013

France holds crisis talks on Mali killings

French President Francois Hollande on Sunday opened an emergency meeting on the shock abduction and killing of two French radio journalists by armed men in northern Mali. Duration: 01:29 Nov 3, 2013

Canadian University signs bilateral agreement in Shimla for academic and cultural exchange

Shimla, Nov 03 (ANI): The University of Himachal Pradesh initiated exchange programme with Canada with an aim to enhance academic, social and cultural co operation. Fraser Valley University Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Himachal Pradesh in Shimla on Saturday (November 02). Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University ADN Bajpai said the exchange programme would institutionalise the relationships between both the countries. Bajpai added that both the Universities would go for joint programmes and would also exchange the scientific researches during the programme. Vice Chancellor of Fraser Valley Canada Mark D. Evered said there is a strong feeling of connect for this region of the world. Nov 3, 2013

Devotees across India perform rituals and offer prayers on Diwali

Agartala/Amritsar, Nov 03 (ANI): Devotees across India started festive celebrations by performing rituals and offering prayers on the occasion of festival of lights Diwali. In Tripura, devotees celebrated "Kali Puja" by offering prayers to Goddess Kali. Devotees thronged the temples dedicated to Kali, the Goddess of destruction, which were brightly illuminated and decorated with lights and la Nov 3, 2013

Message is not destroyed if you kill the messenger: BJP on Congress' demand to stop opinion polls

New Delhi, Nov 03 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said that the inefficiency of the Congress Party is known to everyone. Reacting to Congress' demand to stop opinion polls, he said that they can destroy the messenger, but not the message. The Congress Party has written to the Election Commission (EC) to restrict opinion polls ahead of the elections. The legal department of the Congress Party stated that opinion polls can be misused, and they are not scientific or credible.The opinion polls have been projecting poor show of the Congress in states where Assembly Elections are scheduled to take place. Nov 3, 2013

BJP slams Nitish for broom remark on Modi

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ANI): The BJP on Saturday hit back at Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for his scathing attack on the party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Upset over Modi’s two back-to-back Bihar tours, Nitish had attacked Modi by saying that people of Bihar would sweep away the “unwanted garbage coming from outside” with the brooms they purchased on Dhanteras. Nov 3, 2013

Speeding train kills 8 in Andhra Pradesh

Vizag, Nov 3 (ANI): A speeding train in Andhra Pradesh ran over eight passengers of another train as the victims hurried down from their train due to alleged rumour of fire on Saturday. The passengers travelling in the train enroute ‘Dhanbad-Allapuza’ were run over by the Rayagada-Vijayawada fast passenger. One of the passengers said that as the rumours spread, passengers got scared and pulled the chain of the train, bringing it to a halt and they got down from the train from both sides. And another train, which was coming from the right side, ran over the passengers. A top official of the Railways confirmed the death toll. Meanwhile, another passenger shared details of the tragic incident. Nov 3, 2013

India's Border troops greet counterparts of Bangladesh on Diwali

Dinajpur, Oct 3 (ANI): Troops of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), stationed along the India-Bangladesh border, celebrated Diwali and exchanged sweets with security personnel of Bangladesh. Border guards posted at southern Dinajpur under Darjeeling district of West-Bengal presented a box of sweets to their opposite members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). The jawans lighted up candles, earthen lamps and burst crackers. There was huge sense of enjoyment and enthusiasm among the jawans to observe the auspicious occasion as their primary duty is to maintain the security and peace in the border areas. Troopers of both sides hugged each other and shook hands. Nov 3, 2013

Gonojagoron Mancha demands execution of death sentence for war criminals

Dhaka, Nov 3 (ANI): The activists of Bangladesh's Gonojagoron Mancha are demanding execution of death sentence for 1971 war criminals. The activists participated in a rally in Dhaka to highlight their demand for quick execution of the tried criminals. Blood-letting erupted across the country at the end of February when the war crimes tribunal gave death sentence to a top leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami. Earlier on October 09, Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal handed a life sentence to Alim, a former opposition lawmaker. The 82-year-old was found guilty on nine charges relating to crimes against humanity, arson and looting during Bangladesh's 1971 War of Independence. Nov 3, 2013