No security anxiety with Bangladesh, says former Indian envoy

Dhaka/ New York, Nov 15 (ANI): Former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Muchkund Dubey has said that the improved relation between both the neighbouring countries has resolved the issue of security anxiety. Dubey was addressing a gathering at the Bangladesh High Commissioners’ Summit held in Dhaka organized by University of Dhaka and the India-Bangladesh Foundation on Friday. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, was the chief guest who inaugurated the event. Meanwhile, Ali, said talks with his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, in June on key bilateral issues, including Land Boundary Agreement and proposed Teesta river water sharing deal, during which the Indian side also raised the matter of illegal immigration, proved to be fruitful. The summit was held at the Senate Hall of the Dhaka University. Nov 15, 2014

PM Modi wants proposed BRICS Bank to be ready by 2016

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted India_s strong interest in seeing the proposed BRICS Bank functioning by 2016, and added that New Delhi would soon nominate its candidate for the position of bank president. In his meeting with BRICS leaders, Prime Minister Modi also made a strong pitch for repatriation of unaccounted money stashed abroad as key priority for India and linked the unaccounted money with security challenges. Besides meeting with BRICS leaders, Prime Minister Modi attended the opening ceremony of the G-20 Summit in Brisbane. Nov 15, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for G-20 Summit

Brisbane, Nov 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the venue of the G-20 Summit meeting where he will be seen joining ranks with leaders from 20 nations around the world on Saturday. Earlier today, US President Barrack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladamir Putin arrived in Brisbane for the summit. Yesterday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted a dinner for his Indian counterpart on the margins of the G-20 Summit, and had told the leader that he was happy to meet him once again. After attending the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Sydney, where he will attend a community reception and address the Indian Diaspora. The Prime Minister will then travel to Canberra and address the special joint sitting of the Australian Parliament on November 18. He is also to address a community event in Melbourne before travelling to Fiji. Nov 15, 2014

Migratory Siberian birds grace holy waters in Varanasi

Varanasi, Nov 15 (ANI): Tourists from across the world are flocking to the holy town of Varanasi to see migratory Siberian birds swim in the river Ganges. During winters Siberian birds, like their name suggests, fly thousands of miles away from the cold Arctic regions of Siberia as they begin to freeze over, preferring to move to warmer climates. These birds travel through Afghanistan and Central Asia before arriving at India, where they breed. A tourist, Anirudh, said the birds migrate back to their country after the harvest festival in February. Nov 15, 2014

Romanian PM tipped to clinch presidential run-off

Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta looks set to clinch the presidency on Sunday in a run-off election. Despite persistent corruption in the ex-communist state, younger people are mobilising to vote. Duration: 02:06 Nov 15, 2014

Scottish nationalists to maintain independence fight

Scotland's ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) crowns a new leader to build on a surge of support following a defeat in September's independence referendum that still looks set to result in greater autonomy. Duration: 00:30 Nov 15, 2014

Tiger or tabby? France scales down cat hunt

French officials on Friday scaled down a frantic hunt for a mysterious big cat prowling on the outskirts of Paris after scotching earlier fears it was a tiger. Duration: 01:02 Nov 15, 2014

Putin faces icy G20 reception as world leaders fly in

Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at this weekend's G20 summit in Brisbane with Australia's Tony Abbott accusing the Russian president of trying to relive the "lost glories of tsarism" as world leaders fly in. Duration: 00:57 Nov 15, 2014

Shiite community leader sees bigotry spreading to new shores

Yousif al-Khoei, a prominent Shiite Muslim community leader in Britain, says anti-Shiite propaganda online and on television is spreading bigotry to countries with little experience of the sectarian hatred affecting the Middle East. Duration: 01:14 Nov 14, 2014

Burkina Faso army, civil groups agree transition pact

Burkina Faso's army has reached an agreement with opposition parties, civil groups and religious leaders for a transition to civilian rule, almost two weeks after the ouster of president Blaise Compaore. Duration: 00:56 Nov 14, 2014

European Union Prez assures support to PM's proposal for International Yoga Day: Syed Akbaruddin

Brisbane, Nov 14 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday said that the European Union President Herman Von Rompuy assured support to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal for International Yoga Day. He added that there were discussions on bilateral ties between India and Japan. Speaking on the cartographic error in Indian map at the University event, Akbaruddin said that they had no knowledge of errors that they had committed and offered unconditional regret and apology. Nov 14, 2014

Suu Kyi meets Obama in Yangon

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the country's transition to democracy is going through a 'bumpy patch' as she meets US President Barack Obama in Yangon. Duration: 01:26 Nov 14, 2014