US Assistant Secretary underscores urgency for dialogue for free, fair elections in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Nov 19 (ANI): US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, Nisha Biswal underscored the urgency for a dialogue between the feuding parties with an aim to facilitate free and fair elections in Bangladesh. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been repeatedly forcing the ruling Awami League to hold elections, due by January at the latest, under a non-partisan caretaker government. However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly refused. Instead, she has offered the formation of an all-party government to see through the elections with her staying in charge. Nov 19, 2013

Arvind Kejriwal is not my enemy: Anna Hazare

Ralegan Siddhi, Nov 19 (ANI): Social Activist Anna Hazare in his village Ralegaon on Tuesday said that AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal is not his enemy and he is ready to talk to the AAP leader. Nov 19, 2013

Knowing Celebrity Hair Stylist Rod Anker

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): He has styled hair for Deepika Padukone, Elle Macpherson and Kyle Minougue. Born in Victoria Australia, Rod Anker started his career in hairdressing in 1986 and learnt the craft from the leaders in the industry before coming to India. And in a special candid chat this celebrity Hair guru reveals his story of stardom. With an aim to educate the new generation of stylists in the country this celebrity Hair stylist surely has a long way ahead. Nov 19, 2013

Rahul Gandhi to address rallies in poll-bound Rajasthan today

Chittorgarh/Bikaner, Nov 19 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will address two rallies in poll-bound Rajasthan on Tuesday. According to reports, Rahul will address rallies in Chittorgarh and Bikaner, ahead of the state Assembly elections set to be held on December 1. Rahul had earlier addressed rallies in Rajasthan's Churu and Kherdali city. Recalling the assassinations of his grandmother Indira Gandhi and his father Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi had targetted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for playing divisive politics, and said he was not afraid if communal anger and hatred killed him someday. Rajasthan is expected to witness a fierce political battle between the Congress and the BJP in the upcoming polls. Nov 19, 2013

Nation pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 96th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): The nation on Tuesday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 96th birth anniversary. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi were among the first to pay floral tribute to the late leader. A number of functions and welfare programmes are being organized across the country as a mark of respect. Born in a politically active Nehru family, she was the Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and again from 1980 to 1984. She was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1964 and also served as the country's Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the government of Lal Bahadur Shastri. Nov 19, 2013

BJP not responsible for 'ink' attack on Kejriwal: Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday denied of any role in disruption of news conference of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi by throwing ink at its convener Arvind Kejriwal. Nachiketa Vaghrekar, who hails from Maharashtra, claimed to be a supporter of the BJP, hurled ink at Kejriwal and his colleagues and shouted slogans in favour of veteran social activist Anna Hazare. Kejriwal had called the press conference to clarify allegations that he was misusing funds raised for the Lokpal movement for his election campaign, after receiving a sharp letter from Anna Hazare. Nov 19, 2013

Australian Foreign Minister confident of conclusive talks with India over civil nuclear cooperation

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop said that she is confident of positive outcomes of the upcoming third round of negotiations over the civil nuclear cooperation with India. Addressing a joint news conference with her Indian counterpart, Salman Khurshid, Bishop said that there is no delay in negotiations. She added that Australia supports India's membership of the nuclear suppliers group, keeping in view the latter's record of non-proliferation. Meanwhile, focusing on the economic relations of both countries, Khurshid said that he hoped for more Indian companies to invest in Australia. Nov 19, 2013

BJP to felicitate Som, Rana at Narendra Modi's Agra rally

Agra, Nov 19 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh BJP will felicitate its MLAs Sangeet Singh Som and Suresh Rana, who were arrested for allegedly inciting communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, during party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Agra on November 21. Nov 19, 2013

BJP's demand to honour AB Vajpayee with Bharat Ratna draws mixed response

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Nov 19 (ANI): The demand of BJP to honour former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna drew mixed response from political ledaers. After the government honoured cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and scientist C.N.R Rao with the highest civilian award, the BJP criticised Congress party for not bestowing the same honour to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor appreciated Vajpayee's contribution to the country, however, said that the spirit with which Tendulkar was given the honour was different. Meanwhile, Union HRD minister MM Pallam Raju said that if the government decides, he will surely be honoured with the award. However, Communist Party of India, General Secretary, Tariq Anwar had a different view and stated that Vajpayee was not eligible for the honour. Nov 19, 2013

BSF on alert with threat of infiltration at Bangladesh border

Siliguri, Nov 19 (ANI): Troops of India's paramilitary, Border Security Force (BSF) were put on high alert at the Bangladesh border with intelligence agencies predicting an increase in infiltration due to the growing political instability in the delta nation. Inspector General of BSF's North Bengal Frontier, S. K. Sood told a journalist in Siliguri that troops have been told to cover all gap areas along the border to counter any infiltration bid. The clash of ideologies could plunge Bangladesh into a cycle of violence as the two main political parties - ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh National Party (BNP) headed by Begum Khaleda Zia, locked in decades of mutual distrust, exploit the tension between secularists and Islamists ahead of elections. In the recent months, Bangladesh has been hit by a wave of violent protests over war crimes convictions, presenting the government with a security and credibility challenge ahead of polls early next year. Nov 19, 2013

Chaotic scene as Toronto strips mayor of powers

Toronto city council voted Monday to strip Mayor Rob Ford of most of his remaining powers in further sanctions against him following admissions of crack smoking and binge drinking. Duration: 01:16 Nov 19, 2013

Chhattisgarh polls: Voting for second phase underway

Chhattisgarh, Nov 19 (ANI): The second phase of the assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, covering 72 constituencies, across 19 districts, began on Tuesday. Despite a Maoist boycott call, the first phase of polls, in the 18 seats spanning Bastar and Rajnandgaon, on November 11 witnessed a 68% voter turnout. As many as 3,000 cameras are installed at the polling booths to ensure free and fair polls. Around 80,000 Election Commission officials and over 100,000 security personnel have been roped in to conduct the polls Nov 19, 2013

Shooter on the run in Paris after newspaper attack

French police deployed throughout Paris on Monday, tracking a lone fugitive gunman who shot and critically wounded a young photographer at the left wing newspaper Liberation. Duration: 01:08 Nov 18, 2013