PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurate "World Diamond Conference"

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin inaugurated the "World Diamond Conference" at Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday. PM Modi while addressing the conference said that he is pleased with Vladimir Putin's presence at the conference. He added that India is a natural venue for this conference and it is believed the diamond is India's gift to the world. He further stated that in India, diamond is a great source of employment for the people. Dec 11, 2014

Hong Kong police haul away protesters from rally site

Hong Kong police dismantle the city's main pro-democracy site, clearing away tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies, and hauling off a hard core of protesters who nevertheless vow that their struggle lives on. Duration: 02:12 Dec 11, 2014

Thousands rally for climate outside Lima talks

Thousands of people march in central Lima against the abuse of the Earth's resources, urging ministers haggling over a world climate deal to ensure a global switch to 100-percent clean energy by 2050. Duration: 00:35 Dec 11, 2014

Lawyers continue strike in Delhi courts over delay in tabling of amendment bill

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Lawyers in Delhi courts said that they will continue their strike for the third day on Thursday protesting the delay in tabling an amendment bill of enhancing pecuniary jurisdiction of district courts. Chairman of co-ordination committee of bar associations RK Wadhwa said that all the district courts in Delhi, in its emergent meeting last week, decided to abstain from work with effect from December 09, till the bill is tabled in Parliament. The committee said that despite assurances, the proposed bill recommending enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction to Rs 2 crore for the courts, has found no mention in the agenda of ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. Dec 11, 2014

Godse a 'nationalist, not a traitor', says BJP lawmaker Sakshi Maharaj

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Stirring a political hornet's nest, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Sakshi Maharaj on Thursday said that Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Vinayak Godse was equally a patriot and a nationalist, and should not be seen as a traitor or considered as one. Godse had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi by shooting him in the chest thrice at point-blank range on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi. After a trial that lasted over a year, Godse was sentenced to death on November 8, 1949 and was subsequently hanged a week later. Dec 11, 2014

Sakshi Maharaj takes u turn on Nathuram Godse 'patriot' remark

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Amid reports of Mahatma Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse being eulogized at a function held in Maharashtra earlier this month, BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj on Thursday said that Godse was a patriot. However, later he took a u turn and said that he was misquoted, but he said that if he has said something by mistake he takes his words back. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha witnessed protests today as opposition leaders raised the issue in the house. Dec 11, 2014

Bengaluru bans unregistered cab companies in wake of Uber Rape Case

Bengaluru/Gurgaon/New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Bengaluru on Thursday banned unregistered cabs in the wake of alleged rape of a female passenger in New Delhi by a driver of US cab company Uber. The transport administration in Bengaluru has taken strict measures aimed at preventing crimes against women professionals travelling in cabs by monitoring taxi drivers. The department is also insisting that all cabs are fitted with GPS. Police have also issued notices to all cab operators in the city to undergo police verification by December 31 or face action. The administration has allowed only eight registered cab companies permission to run in the city. Dec 11, 2014

Defence Minister lauds Kashmir for record voter turnout despite militant attacks

Srinagar, Dec 11 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday commended the people of Kashmir for record voter turnout and foiling all attempts by militants to disturb the ongoing poll process. Jammu and Kashmir recorded 58 percent voting in the third phase of elections on December 09, which was nearly six percent higher than the last time. Despite the biting cold and series of militant attacks, polling booths in Kashmir witnessed serpentine queues of residents waiting to cast their votes for a stable and able government. The five-phase elections in 87-member Kashmir assembly began on November 25. In the first two phases the voter turnout was high - more than 70 percent each.The polling will end on December 20 and results will be declared on December 23. Parrikar, who earlier during the day paid tribute to the soldiers who were killed in the militant attacks, lauded the army for tackling tough situations in the war torn valley. Dec 11, 2014

Dhanbad rally: Rajnath Singh appeals for clear mandate

Dhanbad, Dec 11 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday while addressing a rally in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand appealed the people to give BJP a clear mandate in the upcoming assembly elections. He added that BJP has also formed government in Jharkhand, but it never got full majority and hence the CM was not able to run the government with full force. He further stated that he is aware that no government can perform miracles in 6 months. Dec 11, 2014

PM Modi holds joint PC with President Putin, says Russia India's foremost defence partner through de

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): While addressing a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Russia will remain India's most important defence partner. Modi said that it was a great pleasure for him to host President Putin in New Delhi. Modi was speaking after talks with President Vladimir Putin aimed at revitalising ties that have focused on the import of defence equipment. It was the first annual summit meeting between Putin and Modi. The two leaders had met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil in July and during the G-20 summit in Australia last month. PM Modi also said that the bond between the people of Russia and India is very strong and that the two nations have stood by each other through thick and thin. Dec 11, 2014

India and Russia sign 16 MoUs to bolster ties

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two nations signed a total of 16 agreements. The Memorandum of Understanding were signed in varied fields like Petrol and Gas, Military training exchange, Nuclear energy, health research and others. The two leaders signed the pact to further bolster ties between two nations at Hyderabad House in the national capital and they spelt out their vision for cooperation in key areas including defence and nuclear. Earlier, Putin held detailed talks with Modi both in restricted and delegation level formats. He is also scheduled to call on President Pranab Mukherjee who will hold a banquet for him. Dec 11, 2014