Abbott's party calls for a leadership vote

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be put to a test of his leadership next week after members of his party Friday announced they would seek a vote to oust him. Abbott addressed the vote Feb 6, 2015

Haitians take to the streets for cheaper fuel prices

Scores of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince in Haiti on Thursday (February 05) to protest against high fuel prices in the impoverished Caribbean nation. Demonstrators Feb 6, 2015

US President Barack Obama says 'religious intolerance' in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Thursday said "acts of intolerance" experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi. The comments came a day after the White House refuted suggestions that the US President's speech at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi, in which he touched on religious tolerance, was a "parting shot" aimed at the ruling BJP. Hours before winding up his three-day visit to India on January 27, Obama had said, "Every person has the right to practice his faith without any persecution, fear or discrimination. India will succeed so long as it is not splintered on religious lines." Obama condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world. Feb 6, 2015

Alternative farming gives ray of hope to Aurangabad Farmers

Aurangabad, Feb 06 (ANI): Two brothers in Maharashtra have cultivated sweet limes in lieu of regular winter crops through innovative technique, using less water. The duo - Anil Chaudhary and Sunil Chaudhary - of Aurangabad district have come up with alternative farming of sweet limes to keep their cultivation going and earn their bread and butter. Anil planted around 1,500 sweet limes saplings in his eight acres of dried farm by taking loan from a bank. He connected his farm to a water body through pipe line which is situated 5-6 km away from his farm to save his cultivation from getting dried up. He said the farmers should not succumb to depression of not repaying the loans. India has two crops: Kharif - which is sown in summer and harvested during winter and Rabi - which are sown in winter and harvested in summer season. Feb 6, 2015

Obama says religious intolerance in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi; politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 6 (ANI): Politicos on Friday reacted on US President Barack Obamas remark on religious intolerance. Obama on Thursday said acts of intolerance experienced by religious faiths of all types in India in the past few years would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi. The comments came a day after the White House refuted suggestions that the US Presidents speech at Siri Auditorium in New Delhi, in which he touched on religious tolerance, was a parting shot aimed at the ruling BJP. Feb 6, 2015

Security beefed up in Delhi ahead of assembly polls

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday said that security has been tightened by the Delhi Police ahead of the upcoming assembly elections. Bassi added that deployment at booth level will start from Friday evening. He further said that senior officer from special control room will be looking at everything so that people may not face any problem while exercising their right to vote. A total of 673 candidates are in the fray for the 70-member Delhi Assembly. Delhi goes to polls on February 7, while the results will be declared on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Delhi Police plans special security to protect religious places

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday said that special security plans have been worked out for the protection of all religious places in the national capital, especially churches. In wake of the recent attacks on churches in the national capital, a delegation from the Christian community was assured by Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the ruling dispensation at the Centre would never tolerate any discrimination in the name of caste, colour, language or religion. Since December 2014, five churches in the national capital have been attacked. St. Alphonse Church in Vasant Kunj area was the latest one to be vandalised and desecrated by unknown persons on February 2. Feb 6, 2015

Metro services to start at 4 AM on polling day in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): The Delhi Metro will start operations at 4 AM on Saturday to enable voters to reach their respective polling booths to exercise their franchise to elect 70 members to the Delhi Assembly. A Delhi Metro release said that the trains will run at intervals of 30 minutes till 5:30 AM on all its lines. Thereafter, it said frequency would increase and trains will start running as per the normal schedule after 5:30 AM. Announcements in this regard are being made in the trains as well as on station premises. The Election Commission has been carrying out an awareness campaign with people commuting on the Delhi Metro with an aim to encourage them to vote in the assembly polls. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is also scrolling voter awareness messages on display screens installed in train coaches. Delhi goes to polls on February 7, while the results will be declared on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Kiran Bedi prepares langar in Krishna Nagar gurudwara

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): BJPs chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi, who ended her campaigning in her constituency of Krishna Nagar in east Delhi on Thursday, said she will spend her entire day with BJP workers today. She said that she will celebrate this evening with party workers. Even as Delhi is all set to go to polls tomorrow, Bedi visited a gurudwara in Krishna Nagar constituency and prepared 'langar'. She also offered prayers at the gurudwara along with party workers. Bedi had said she was "confident" that her party will win the polls. Counting of votes will take place on February 10. Feb 6, 2015

Declare election of candidate concealing criminal antecedents null and void: SC

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): The Supreme Court has said that the election of a candidate, who conceals his or her criminal antecedents during the nomination process, should be declared null and void. The apex court ruled that the suppression of criminal antecedents, especially relating to heinous crimes, by a candidate during nomination deprives voters to make an informed choice and creates impediments in the free exercise of electoral right. The judgment was delivered in a case relating to non-disclosure of full particulars of criminal cases pending against a candidate, Krishnamoorthy, who was elected as the President of Thekampatti Panchayat, Mettupalayam Taluk in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu in 2006. Krishnamoorthy's election was challenged on the sole ground that he had filed a false declaration suppressing details of the criminal cases pending against him, and therefore, his nomination ought to have been rejected. Feb 6, 2015

India will play key role in Paris summit: French Foreign Minister

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): India will play a pivotal role in the success of December 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris, said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in New Delhi. Fabius met Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and said that major issues between the two countries needed to be tackled before the conference. Earlier in the day, Fabius attended the annual sustainable development summit and said that a global deal to curb carbon emissions must recognise each country's right to develop. He had said efforts to reach an agreement would fail if any country believed it would hurt their economic prospects. Fabius said he understood "the constraints of India" as it seeks to grow its economy. Meanwhile, Javadekar said India and France could meet ahead of the Paris talks to iron out differences between the two nations. Feb 6, 2015

Climate change providing impetus to child trafficking: Kailash Satyarthi

New Delhi, Feb 06 (ANI): Nobel laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi warned that children end up bearing the brunt of natural calamities caused by climate change as families get displaced, they are forced into child labour, prostitution and child trafficking. Satyarthi was speaking at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) in the national capital. The DSDS, which is a global platform for experts to hammer out goals for 2015 climate talks, aims at discussing sustainable development goals with emphasis on energy and environment and clean energy for all. Thousands of children, mostly from poor rural areas, are taken to the country's cities every year by trafficking gangs who sell them into bonded labour or hire them out to unscrupulous employers, promising to send their parents their wages. Meanwhile, Chairman of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri said that the job of child rights activists like Satyarthi was only going to get infinitely more difficult with the impact of climate change. Feb 6, 2015

Bangladesh Gonojagoron Mancha protest against political violence throughout the nation

Dhaka, Feb 06 (ANI): Bangladesh Gonojagoron Mancha (people's resurgence platform) took to streets in Dhaka to protest a spate of political violence and militancy in the country. Activists gathered at the Shahbagh area with the Bangladesh flag and chanted slogans against the violence that has gripped the nation since the start of this year. The country has been in the grip of an indefinite transport blockade from January 05 since opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia made the announcement after being prevented from holding a rally in the capital. At least 53 have died in attacks in past one month as vehicles are targeted with bombs. On this day in 2013, Gonojagoron Mancha was formed by thousands of protestors to protest the life imprisonment of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah, who convicted of genocide during 1971 liberation struggle from Pakistan. Feb 6, 2015

Swine Flu claims four more lives in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 06 (ANI): Swine flu claimed four more lives in Mumbai, taking the toll to nearly 200 across the country in 2015. Additional Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, Sanjay Deshmukh said 26 patients were admitted in various hospitals. The disease has killed 191 people in the country in January alone with Telangana being worst hit. So far 2,038 people have been afflicted by the virus. Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. Feb 6, 2015