Organiser say World Economic Forum to reignite global interest in India

New Delhi/ Kolkata, Nov 04 (ANI): Indian edition of the World Economic Forum set to begin on Tuesday has generated a buzz among international investors and businesses about the country under the stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has promised to ease rules to attract investments into the economy, organisers say. The India Economic Summit is being organised by World Economic Forum, in partnership with the leading industry body the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi from 4-6 November. Speaking ahead of the summit, Chandrajit Banerjee, one of the organiser and Director General of the CII, said that the current edition would help not only India to attract investment but would also help forge an understanding of the global perspective on India. Banerjee added that there was a newfound excitement around India now. Nov 4, 2014

Maoists gun down seven people in Jharkhand ahead of assembly polls

Ranchi, Nov 04 (ANI): Maoists gunned down seven people in poll-bound Jharkhand, said a senior police officer. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Anurag Gupta said ultra belonged to banned People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI). Gupta refused to confirm identity of the deceased. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Nov 4, 2014

Bhopal gas tragedy victims to start indefinite fast from November 10

Bhopal, Nov 04 (ANI): Victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy would begin an indefinite fast in New Delhi from November 10, pressuring the central government for additional compensation. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy is one of the worst industrial disasters in history. It was 12 a.m. on December 3, 1984 when 40 tonnes of toxic Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) leaked from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, killing thousands and condemning thousands more to chronic illness. Recently, the victims were frustrated on the news of death of Warren Anderson, chief of Union Carbide, who did not face any trial for his crimes. An activist supporting the victims, Rachna Dhingra, said that the government should update the facts and figures of dead and injured victims so that compensation can be taken from Union Carbide Corporation. Nov 4, 2014

Awami League supporters hail Supreme Court's ruling on convicted war criminals

Dhaka, Nov 04 (ANI): Supporters and activists of the ruling Awami League party hailed Bangladesh Supreme Court's verdict of upholding the death penalty for Islamist leader, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, convicted for war crimes. In May last year, a special war crimes tribunal found Kamaruzzaman, an assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, guilty of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during the 1971 war. Defence lawyers earlier in the day said they would file a petition for a review but state prosecutors said it was not an option. The tribunals have angered Islamists who call them a politically motivated bid to persecute the leadership of Jamaat and weaken the opposition. Nov 4, 2014

Hooda challenges Haryana Govt on Vadra land deal case saying probe will fail to prove his involvemen

New Delhi/Haryana, Nov 4 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Tuesday after former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda challenged the Haryana government on Robert Vadra land deal case and said that the investigations would fail to prove his involvement in the case. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that BS Hooda should question the top brass of Congress about the state of the party rather than challenging the State and Central government. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said that BS Hooda didn't act in the interest of Haryana government and hence lacks the right to challenge anyone. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government shouldn't take actions out of hatred as such actions would be hazardous for the country. Nov 4, 2014

Tradition bound century old buffalo-fight fair attracts enthusiastic crowd in Shimla

Shimla, Nov 04 (ANI): The buffalo-fight fair of Bhont village in the hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh drew hundreds of villagers as they gathered to celebrate the century- old, tradition-bound annual event. The fair is organised in honour of Hindu gods and local deities. One of the organisers of the fair, Baldev said the area is considered to be a land of gods and such traditions maintain the prosperity of the region. According to a villager Neena Verma, women and youngsters take care to ensure that the age old tradition is maintained. The animals, over three dozen buffaloes, fed and trained throughout the year, were brought from different places of Himachal Pradesh to fight and entertain people. Spectators from nearby villages, Tutu, Hiranagar, Shangti and Mashobra who were present at the fair were mesmerized by the same. Nov 4, 2014

Hyundai, Kia to pay $100 million over fuel economy suit

Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay $100 million Monday to settle a US government investigation into exaggerated fuel efficiency on 2012 and 2013 car models sold in the United States by the South Korean automakers. Duration: 00:41 Nov 4, 2014

Haiti's Lahens scoops prestigious French literary award

An all-woman jury awarded France's prestigious Femina prize for literature to Haiti's Yanick Lahens for "Bain de lune", a family epic interwoven with the challenges facing her home country. Duration: 00:59 Nov 4, 2014

As Virgin Galactic crash being probed, Branson confident

Richard Branson, the man behind Virgin Galactic, said on Monday that two people signed up to go to space with his company "as a gesture of good-will" within hours of the fatal crash of one of its spacecraft. Duration: 01:04 Nov 4, 2014

US midterm elections could see Republicans take over Congress

Approaching 'midterm' elections in the US could make life more difficult for President Obama, with many pollsters expecting the Senate to be won by Republican rivals, a result that would give them control of both houses of Congress. Duration: 02:25 Nov 4, 2014

Indian Sikhs mark anniversary of 1984 anti-Sikh riots

Indian Sikh organisations in Amritsar have marked the 30th anniversary of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots which led to thousands of deaths in retaliation for then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination by her Sikh bodyguards. Duration: 00:56 Nov 3, 2014

Shells hit peshmerga fighters in besieged Kobane

Shells land on peshmerga position on a hill in the battleground Syrian border town of Kobane just days after the Kurdish forces arrived to reinforce beleaguered fighters against the Islamic State group. Duration: 00:34 Nov 4, 2014