Congress criticises land acquisition ordinance, says not in favour of farmers

Greater Noida, Jan 14 (ANI): Congress party on Wednesday criticised central government’s land acquisition ordinance, saying it is not favour of farmers. India passed an urgent executive order last year on December 29 to ease land-acquisition rules in sectors like power, housing and defence to kick-start hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects. Jairam Ramesh while addressing a group of farmers in Bhatta Parsaul village in Uttar Pradesh said the BJP-led government is snatching away the rights of farmers by changing things which took years to form. He also added that in 2013 the Congress party has maintained if no work is done on a land for five years then it will be returned to the rightful owner, which will, however, change now. Jan 14, 2015

Hong Kong leader takes hard line on public vote in key speech

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying takes a hard line on political reform in his annual address, saying there will be no deviation from Beijing's policy on elections, as pro-democracy campaigners stage a dramatic walk-out. Duration: 01:10 Jan 14, 2015

Turkish paper publishes version of new Charlie Hebdo

A version of the "survivors issue" of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will be published in predominantly Muslim Turkey as an insert in the centre-left opposition daily Cumhuriyet, one of the paper's journalists said. Duration: 01:13 Jan 14, 2015

African Union troops take Uganda rebel for ICC transfer

Captured Lord's Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen was handed over Wednesday to African Union troops to be sent to trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, Uganda's army said. Duration: 00:48 Jan 14, 2015

Tesla's Elon Musk warns of fracking dangers

Tesla founder Elon Musk warned Tuesday that the fracking boom is a deep threat to the nascent electric car industry - and the planet - because of its ability to make more oil and gas available. Duration: 01:12 Jan 14, 2015

Mexico links Iguala ex-mayor's wife with drug cartel

The wife of the ex-mayor of Iguala, the Mexican city where 43 college students went missing in September, has links with the drug cartel who supposedly massacred the students, Mexican authorities confirm. Duration: 00:45 Jan 14, 2015

Market along India-Bangladesh border inaugurated to boost trade

Agartala, Jan 14 (ANI): Trade Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with her Bangladeshi counterpart Tofaile Ahmed inaugurated third border market or 'haat' along the border in Tripura to boost trade between the two countries. The market is set up within five kilometres radius at the border, which will enhance local trade and people-to-people contact. Sitharaman said that the market would build better relations and benefit small purchasers. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in October 2010 on Border Haats and Border Trade along the India-Bangladesh border. Meanwhile, Ahmed said he was grateful to Indian government for awarding duty free, quota free market access in almost all the items except two-alcohol and tobacco. An Indian villager Motilal Sil said that the market would help revive old contacts. Jan 14, 2015

Madhya Pradesh CM delighted to meet PM Modi

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office on Wednesday. Chouhan described his meeting with Modi as very successful, saying he had had a good discussion on various issues. Chouhan further said Prime Minister Modi also gave a lot of inputs for the event. Jan 14, 2015

Politicos react after Army Chief says Pakistan supporting proxy war in JandK

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag accused Pakistan of supporting proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir despite suffering casualties in its own backyard. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that Pakistan can never be good to India. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Pakistan will have to change its attitude if they have to fight terrorism. Jan 14, 2015

Politicos react after SC slams Centre for not being serious about child rights

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after Supreme Court criticized the Central Government for leaving the posts of chairperson and members of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) vacant and slammed Centre for not being serious about child rights. Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that the court should also consider the obstacles that the government is facing. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that it is a serious matter and government should look into it. Jan 14, 2015

Satish Upadhyay should explain his relationship with Delhi power discoms: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that there is a nexus between Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay and power companies. Kejriwal said that Upadhyay should explain his relationship with the Delhi power discoms and demanded the BJP leader to come clean on their ties with power suppliers in the national capital. Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said that BJP's Delhi unit Chief Satish Upadhyay owns companies which installed and replaced electricity meters in Delhi and that is the reason why the meters run so fast leading to rise in power bills for the residents. He also questioned BJP on why did the p arty obstruct audit of electricity companies ordered by AAP during its governance in Delhi. The voting for Delhi assembly polls will take place on February 7. Jan 14, 2015

Social activists protest kite flying with glass strings due to birds killing

Vadodara, Jan 14 (ANI): Social activists protested in Gujarat against the killing and maiming of hundreds of birds with glass coated kite strings during the celebration of International Kite Festival. During the kite festival in Vadodara city, scores of bird's died that were hit by harmful glass coated string used by participants who try to cut opponents' kite strings. The activists took to streets and spread messages of saving birds while holding banners reading 'Do not kill the birds, let them live'. A social activist, Bhagwan Bharwadh said that people should fly kites late in the day to save birds. The kite festival attracts enthusiastic kite makers and flyers from across the globe. Kites in various shapes dot state's skyline as foreign and local kite flyers compete with each other. Jan 14, 2015

Centre removes DRDO chief Avinash Chander

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): The government has removed Defence Research and Development Organization Director General Avinash Chander from his post, 15 months before his contract was to end. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi "approved the termination" of the contract of Avinash Chander with effect from January 31, an official notification said. Chander was Secretary, Defence Research and Development-cum-Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister. He had retired on November 30 last year after he turned 64, but was given a contract for 18 months till May 31 next year. He is considered to be the chief architect of Agni series of ballistic missile systems. Jan 14, 2015

Nearly 50 bodies found in River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh

Unnao, Jan 14 (ANI): Nearly 50 bodies have been found in River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. The administration has ordered a probe in the matter. Dogs, crows and vultures dug into bodies as they had reached the bank due to low water level, posing major environment challenges in the areas under Unnao District. A district official, Suraj Prasad, promised action after probe. Residents blamed the state as well as the government at the centre for it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, elected to represent the 3,000-year-old riverside city of Varanasi, has taken personal responsibility to clean up the Ganges, as part of a broader push to India's scarce water resources and improve standards of public health and hygiene. Jan 14, 2015

Black buck poaching case: SC quashes suspension of Salman Khan's conviction

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed the Rajasthan high court order which stayed actor Salman Khan's conviction in the blackbuck poaching case. The apex court asked the HC to decide Khan's plea afresh in which the trial court had sentenced him to five-year jail term. The SC also said that the actor can approach the HC if he really needs to travel abroad. Jan 14, 2015