Govts banking for all scheme surpasses target: Jaitley

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to end “financial untouchability” with a scheme to ensure majority of households in the country of nearly 1.3 billion people has a bank account has almost been fulfilled, according to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley announced that the scheme called Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PJDY) or Prime Minister’s National Mission on Financial Inclusion, has achieved its target well before the deadline. According to the ministry of finance, by January 17, 2015 a record number of 115 million bank accounts have been opened in the country. Jaitley acknowledged the role of bank employees in achieving this ambitious target. Jan 21, 2015

Former Pak Foreign minister roots for peace with India

Amritsar, Jan 21 (ANI): The former foreign minister of Pakistan, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri rooted for peace between his country and India. Tensions have risen between the two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi called off peace talks with Pakistan in 2014 August. Sporadic rounds of heavy shelling have pounded villages along a previously peaceful stretch of border in Kashmir. Kasuri said that a peaceful environment was vital for development of the nuclear-armed nations. Referring to peace talks between India and Pakistan in 2003-04 when he was foreign minister, Kasuri said that resuming harmony between the two nations was not an impossible task. Jan 21, 2015

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Foreign Minister, Pakistan, Peace, Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): A court has ordered the government to release blocked funds of Greenpeace India, the environmental group said, months after being accused of running campaigns that were hurting the country’s economy. India's intelligence service in June said Greenpeace and other lobby groups were damaging the country's economy by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food. While Greenpeace denied the allegations, India asked its central bank to tighten controls on moving funds from abroad into Greenpeace's Indian accounts. Greenpeace said the Indian government had "arbitrarily barred" it from receiving foreign funds from Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation in June 2014. The government's move to restrict the movement of funds had raised concerns that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government will be tough on foreign-funded activist groups. Jan 21, 2015

Lassana "proud and touched" to become French citizen

The Muslim employee of the kosher supermarket attacked in Paris, Lassana Bathily, said Tuesday night he was "very proud and very touched" to have received French citizenship during a ceremony at the Ministry of the Interior. Duration: 01:00 Jan 21, 2015

Franc surge casts shadow on Geneva luxury watch fair

Geneva's luxury watch show where shop owners search out such brands as Cartier and Piaget opened Monday under a cloud as the franc surged after the Swiss central bank abandoned its bid to hold down its value. Duration: 01:08 Jan 21, 2015

The Sun covers them up, ending topless tradition

Phwoar no more: British tabloid The Sun has quietly ended a decades-old tradition of putting topless women on page 3 in a setback for schoolboy fantasies that was welcomed by women around the country. Duration: 00:54 Jan 21, 2015

Malawi flood survivors cry out for aid

Frantic scenes greeted a military helicopter as it landed to deliver aid in a village after severe floods left 176 people dead and 200.000 homeless across Malawi. Duration: 00:30 Jan 21, 2015

Danish wing of German anti-Islamist movement holds rally

The Danish wing of Germany's anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement staged its first rallies on Monday, drawing several hundred people in the capital and in other cities although marchers were outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. Duration: 00:33 Jan 21, 2015

Not gloom for all amid long queues and scarcities in Venezuela

Galloping inflation and struggling economy have caused long queues at Venezuelan supermarkets amid scarcities. But those with an eye for an opportunity are making money off the crisis, queuing all day, buying and then reselling goods. Duration: 01:48 Jan 21, 2015

Trial of alleged ivory kingpin gets underway in Kenya

When Kenyan police seized a truck packed with over 200 elephant tusks last year, the bust led to the rare arrest of suspected ivory kingpin Feisal Mohamed Ali. Activists hope Ali's trial will shine a light on the shadowy supply chain. Duration: 02:38 Jan 21, 2015