Spate of Baghdad blasts kills at least 33

A wave of attacks, most of them car bombs targeting Shiite neighbourhoods, rocked Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people in the latest bout of bloodshed to hit Iraq. Duration: 00:38 Nov 20, 2013

Britain's Hague marks anniversary of Istanbul bombings

British Foreign Secretary William Hague attended a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the 2003 Istanbul bombings on Tuesday, in which Al-Qaeda attacked the British consulate, an HSBC bank and synagogues, killing 63 people. Duration: 00:40 Nov 20, 2013

Lebanon in mourning after double suicide bombing

Lebanon was in mourning the day after a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut killed at least 23 people on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by an Al-Qaeda-linked group. Duration: 00:39 Nov 20, 2013

China's farmers await revolution in land reform

China's promise to allow 600 million farmers to trade land could enable vast numbers to find a better life, but Lu Jinliang's experience shows the challenges of implementing reform, including entrenched local government interests. Duration: 00:33 Nov 20, 2013

Pashtun poets dream of peace in Jalalabad

At a relaxed open-air recital, twenty Pashtun poets come together every week to share their dreams of peace, indifferent to the drones and helicopters in the Afghan skies above. Duration: 02:26 Nov 20, 2013

India condemns attack on woman in unguarded ATM

Bangalore/Kolkata/New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): India condemned assault on a woman, who was attacked with a machete by a burglar inside an unguarded ATM booth in Bangalore. The recent incident has yet again posed a question on safety of women in the country. The residents of Bangalore have urged the government to step up security and ensure a guard inside the ATM. Condemning the incident, social activist, Saraswati Ghosh said that preventive measures should be publicised. Echoing similar views, former police official, Kiran Bedi called for daily policing with an aim to prevent crimes against women. Nov 20, 2013

Delhi Polls: AAP releases election manifesto

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) released its election manifesto ahead of December 4 Assembly polls in Delhi. The party's member Yogendra Yadav presented a detailed manifesto in the presence of the party convener Arvind Kejriwal and other party members. Yadav said that measures for the security of people including women will be ensured when the party comes to power. Nov 20, 2013

Manish Tewari hits out at BJP over snooping row

Panaji, Nov 20 (ANI): Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari on Wednesday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the allegations of snooping on a young woman by the Gujarat police, saying there is a difference between security and surveillance. In an alleged taped conversation between former home minister of Gujarat, Amit Shah and Gujarat IPS officer G L Singhal aired by news portals Cobrapost and Gulail, Shah was instructing Singhal to closely monitor the movements of the woman referred to in the report as "Madhuri", which is not her real name. Addressing mediapersons in Goa, Tewari said that the BJP cannot fool people by dubbing the incident as a security issue. Nov 20, 2013

Delhi Polls: Congress releases election manifesto

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): With Delhi assembly polls coming closer, Congress released its election manifesto on Wednesday which focuses on growth, development, education for the girls under Ladli Scheme. The party claimed that under its rule Delhi will grow faster. Releasing the manifesto, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that double-decker flyovers will be built to ease the traffic situation. She also said holding areas will be set up for migrants along with permanent hawking zones. Nov 20, 2013

India, Vietnam to enhance bilateral ties, discuss strategic partnership

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomed General Secretary of Vietnam's Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong on Wednesday, who is on a four-day state visit with an aim to boost bilateral ties and discuss strategic partnership. Trong, who is visiting the country from November 19 to November 22, has been invited by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Singh will host a banquet in Trong's honour and both are likely to hold talks on India-Vietnam strategic partnership. Meanwhile, Trong also held a meeting with Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid to discuss bilateral issues between the two nations. Nov 20, 2013

BJP files complaint against Rahul Gandhi over poll code violation

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wrote to Election Commission (EC) against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for violating its code of conduct by making personal remarks against BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi and other leaders. BJP leaders reached election commission's office to file their complaint against Gandhi and Congress party's unit in Madhya Pradesh for making verbal attacks on Modi and on the family of one of their leaders. Nov 20, 2013

SC issues notice to centre, states on security arrangements at religious places

New Delhi, Nov 20 (ANI): The Supreme Court has issued notice to the central government and all state governments to provide proper security arrangements at public places, especially places of religious worship. A bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam has asked both to file their responses to a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that they have failed to ensure the safety and security of the lives of pilgrims visiting religious spots. Nov 20, 2013

Heritage buildings in Kolkata set for illumination and glitter

Kolkata, Nov 20 (ANI): In a bid to attract tourists, authorities are planning to use colourful illumination to beautify major heritage buildings in Kolkata, including the famous Victoria Memorial build during the British Era in India. The State tourism department has identified four heritage buildings in the city, which include the Victoria Memorial Hall, Nakhoda Masjid, St Paul's Church, and the Town Hall. The beautification drive will see authorities using musical LED lights and sound and light shows depicting historical events at these famous places to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of these buildings. Nov 20, 2013