Fodder scam: Rabri Devi welcomes bail to Lalu

Patna, Dec 13 (ANI): RJD chief Lalu Prasad's wife and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to grant bail to her husband saying she had full faith in judiciary. The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam case, in which he was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail. After the Patna High Court dismissed the former Bihar CM's plea, he moved the top court seeking bail till his appeal against conviction by a special CBI court was decided by the HC. The order was passed by a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court. Dec 13, 2013

Correctly amended Lokpal Bill has been tabled in RS: Kiran Bedi

Chandigarh, Dec 13 (ANI): After MoS PMO V Narayanasamy tabled the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said that a correctly amended bill has been tabled and should be passed without nay obstruction now. Further, Bedi said that the bill has measures as desired by Anna Hazare and the bill envisions a change in the coming in the country. Bedi also appealed the people to not give the bill a political colour and make it possible for the bill to get passed soon. Dec 13, 2013

BJP questions over AP & FAM in budget sheet of AgustaWestland deal

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): BJP is all set to stonewall any attempt by the government to curtail the Winter Session of Parliament taking the UPA government under pressure in connection with the alleged kickbacks paid in the AgustaWestland deal. BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the use of initials, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’ allegedly of Indian politicians in the budget sheet of the deal raises suspicions. He said that the party will nail the ruling Congress party and this will be supposedly the last nail in the coffin of the ‘corrupt government’. Dec 13, 2013

SP will oppose Lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha: Naresh Agarwal

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): The stage is set for a fresh round of argument on the highly publicized Lokpal bill in Parliament on Friday. Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs V Narayanasamy will move the Bill in the Rajya Sabha for consideration today. The BJP has insisted that the Bill is not diluted and that the key recommendations of a select committee, while redrafting the Bill, be accepted. Meanwhile, the Samajwadi party has made it clear that it would oppose the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Dec 13, 2013

Cant form govt with plus-minus majority, will sit in opposition: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Putting a full stop to the speculations on whether BJP will form the government in Delhi, the party’s CM Candidate Harsh Vardhan said that the party cannot form the government with plus-minus majority and will better sit in opposition. He said this after he met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday evening regarding the issue. Vardhan said that the President has asked to prove the majority within 7 days which is not possible and that is why BJP is not forming the government. Dec 13, 2013

Pakistans Punjab CM urges India to resolve outstanding issues

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif urged India to resolve outstanding issues such as Sir Creek, Kashmir, Siachen and Water. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother, Shahbaz Sharif who is in New Delhi, asked his nuclear-armed neighbours to be partners in progress and prosperity and to shun animosity. He said that the Pakistani Prime Minister wanted to promote peace, trade and employment between the two countries. Dec 13, 2013

Hamid Karzai visits India, seek military support before NATO pullout from Afghanistan

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, arrived in India’s capital New Delhi on a four-day official visit, during which he is expected to seek the nation’s nod for greater military and civil support after the withdrawal of the NATO forces from his country. Karzai was received by MoS for Home Affairs, RPN Singh, and other protocol officials at the airport. Afghanistan is pressing India to supply military helicopters, tanks and artillery as it tries to shore up security through regional alliances before the withdrawal of most NATO-led foreign troops by the end of 2014. Dec 13, 2013

Bangladesh hails death penalty against Jamaat leader

Dhaka, Dec 13 (ANI): Bangladesh activists rallied in Dhaka to hail the country’s apex court verdict of hanging to death an Islamist war criminal. Abdul Quader Mollah, found guilty of war crimes committed during the 1971 liberation war, was due to be hanged at Dhaka Central Jail on Tuesday, but his lawyers earned a last-minute reprieve. After two days of legal argument following the reprieve, the Supreme Court finally rejected his application for a review of the death penalty. Activists of People's Resurgence Platform or Gonojagoron Mancha shouted slogans on the streets and later took out a huge rally, in which they marched with burning torches. Dec 13, 2013

Rahul Gandhi disapproves SCs ban on gay sex, says its matters of personal freedom

New Delhi/ Bangalore, Dec 13 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi dismissed Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex and said that these were ‘matters of personal freedom.’ The ruling Congress party took an unexpectedly bold stance ahead of elections in the religiously conservative nation when it slammed the SC’s verdict on gay sex. Human Rights Activist, Anjali Gopalan, praised Gandhi’s support to basic human rights and said now the matter would gain weight as Gandhi’s voice was symbolic of the views of Indian youth. Dec 13, 2013

Pakistan's 'ghost schools' threaten the next generation

Pakistan's 7,000 so-called 'ghost' schools are part of a growing education crisis in the country where over five million children do not attend primary school, according to the United Nations. Duration: 02:32 Dec 13, 2013

Catalonia sets November 9, 2014, for independence poll

Leaders in debt-laden Catalonia promised Thursday to hold a vote on November 9 on breaking away from Spain, but the national government branded their independence bid a "historic error" and vowed to block it. Duration: 0:41 Dec 13, 2013

Kenya marks 50 years of freedom with challenges ahead

Kenyans marked half a century of independence from Britain on Thursday, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence. Duration: 0:48 Dec 13, 2013