SP against Lokpal Bill, public servants cause of increasing corruption: Naresh Agarwal

Lucknow, Dec 15 (ANI): As the amended Lokpal Bill finally is getting consensus by the political parties including Anna Hazare, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that the party is against the bill. He said that there is no guarantee that the public servants in Lokpal will remain non-corrupt. Agarwal said that the main cause of the increasing corruption is public servants themselves and that corruption won’t stop unless inflation and other things are not controlled. Dec 15, 2013

Its run for PM post, not run for Unity: KC Tyagi on Modis Run for Unity

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): JD (U) leader KC Tyagi on Sunday criticized BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for organizing ‘Run for Unity’ saying that it is ‘run for PM post’, not ‘run for Unity’. He also said that it is a political step and they are using this to get goodwill in elections and to make an image like Sardar Patel. Dec 15, 2013

BJP grateful to all for massive support to 'Run for Unity'

Kolkata, Dec 15 (ANI): BJP Leader, Smriti Irani on Sunday thanked all for the massive support received in the party's 'Run for Unity' marathon in Kolkata, 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

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