Homosexuality is 'unnatural', BJP won't support it: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Even as the country debates section 377 with majority against the Supreme Court's ruling that criminalizes gay sex in India, BJP President Rajnath Singh has spoken for the first time in support of the ruling. In an interview to a popular daily, Rajnath said, "We will state (at an all-party meeting if it is called) that we support Section 377 because we believe that homosexuality is an unnatural act and cannot be supported." Dec 15, 2013

Indian diplomat Devyani eligible for diplomatic immunity, claims lawyer

Mumbai, Dec 15 (ANI): Despite the US state Department saying that she does not have a diplomatic immunity stating that the Vienna convention on consular relations does not cover personal actions of the diplomats, lawyer of India's deputy consul Devyani Khobragade has claimed that his client does enjoy diplomatic immunity. Devyani has been accused of lying on the visa application for an Indian national who worked for her for less than four dollars an hour, violating US norms. Dec 15, 2013

Senior Congress leader from Rajasthan Sis Ram Ola passes away

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Senior Congress leader from Rajasthan and Union Minister for Labour and Employment Sis Ram Ola passed away after a brief illness at a private hospital at Gurgaon on early Sunday morning. He was 86. He had been admitted to the Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon some time ago for treatment of a stomach ailment. Dec 15, 2013

Bangladesh pays homage to victims of 1971 liberation war

Dhaka, Dec 15 (ANI): Bangladesh paid homage to the victims including the deceased intellectuals who were killed by the Pakistani forces and their collaborators during the 1971 liberation war. Crowd of people holding Bangladesh’s national flag and black flags came out in droves in Dhaka and gathered at the memorial to pay tribute to the victims. Dec 15, 2013

LK Advani flags off run for unity marathon from Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, Dec 15 (ANI): Senior BJP Leader, LK Advani on Sunday flagged off a 'Run for Unity' marathon in Ahmedabad, as part of a massive outreach programme to collect iron for a 182 metre statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in the middle of the Narmada river. Dec 15, 2013

Mandelas coffin arrives in Qunu for burial

Nelson Mandela embarked on the final leg of his exceptional 95-year journey on Saturday, as his remains were transported to his rural childhood home for traditional burial. Duration: 01:02 Dec 15, 2013

Ukraine's PM addresses rally in support of regime

Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov Saturday addressed a rally in Kiev in support of President Viktor Yanukovych, a short distance from pro-EU opposition protesters. Duration: 01:12 Dec 15, 2013

Egypt sets referendum for draft constitution on Jan 14-15

Egypt said Saturday a referendum on a new draft constitution would be held next month, the first step towards elected rule in a country deeply polarised after president Mohamed Morsi's was ousted. Duration: 00:47 Dec 15, 2013

2013 marked by surge in Islamist militancy in Africa

From the Nairobi shopping mall massacre, to the latest deadly Christian-Mulsim clashes in Central African Republic, 2013 has been marked by a surge in Islamist violence in Africa. Duration: 02:48 Dec 14, 2013

Bangladesh advocate hails execution of Islamist leader accused of war crimes

Dhaka, Dec 14 (ANI): Additional attorney general and prosecutor, International War Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh, Saiful Islam hailed the execution of Islamist opposition leader, Abdul Quader Mollah, accused of war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Islam while talking to a reporter in Dhaka said that all the international procedures and trial processes were followed. Dec 14, 2013

IAF set to induce indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas

Hyderabad, Dec 14 (ANI): Indian Air Force set to induce indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas next month, after achieving its first Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) later this month. Air Force Chief, N.A.K. Browne, said that the '4plus generation' LCA designated as 'Tejas', is all set to be inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the project for Mark II, designed to be more powerful and capable, will commence soon. After long delays and several cost overruns, Tejas, which will replace aged fighter aircraft MIG 21, will be inducted on December 20 in the IT hub Bangalore by Defence Minister, A.K. Antony. While attending a Combined Graduation Parade of Air Force Academy in Hyderabad on Saturday, Air Chief N.A.K. Browne, told mediapersons that 40 aircrafts of Mark I will be inducted by the IAF. Dec 14, 2013

BJP planning to offer Loksabha seat to Sourav Ganguly

Kolkata, Dec 14 (ANI): West Bengal BJP president, Rahul Sinha on Saturday revealed that BJP is planning to offer a Loksabha seat to former cricketer Sourav Ganguly. He said that in the upcoming Loksabha polls, BJP is planning to launch many celebrities and they have talked to Ganguly on this. He also added that Ganguly hasn't said anything yet but they are hopeful that he will join them. Dec 14, 2013

Will reply to Kejriwal's letter in two days: Shakeel Ahmed

New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed on Saturday said the Congress will reply to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal's letter within the next two days, and added that the party will consider his conditions. Earlier today, Kejriwal met Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and discussed the possibility of government formation in Delhi. Dec 14, 2013

US taking advantage of a weak government: Balbir Punj

New Delhi, Dec 14 (ANI): BJP leader Balbir Punj commenting on the arrest of New York based Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on Saturday, said that the US was trying to take advantage of a weak prime minister and a weak government in India. India's Deputy Counsel General Devyani Khobragade, was on Thursday arrested for presenting false documents for a visa application for her Indian origin babysitter and housekeeper at her home in New York. Dec 14, 2013