Vaiko calls Rajapaksa's willingness to pardon Tamil fishermen 'drama'

Chennai, Nov 12 (ANI): Reacting on the reports of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's willingness to pardon the 5 Tamil Fisherman on death row, MDMK chief Vaiko on Wednesday alleged that Rajapakse is doing a drama with connivance of the Indian Government. Earlier in the day, many politicos welcomed the Sri Lankan government's decision to free the fishermen without any conditions. The Tamil fishermen were awarded death by a Sri Lankan Court for alleged drug trafficking. Nov 12, 2014

Cancel Jet Etihad deal, Subramanian Swamy tells Modi govt

New Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government to not allow the Jet-Etihad deal to proceed. He alleged that foreign direct investment by Etihad Airways, national carrier of the United Arab Emirates into Indian aviation giant Jet Airways was just another way of compensating for bribes paid by Etisalat to Indian politicians for the 2G spectrum licence. Nov 12, 2014

Bilaspur sterilization camp deaths case: Congress calls for Chhattisgarh bandh

Raipur, Nov 12 (ANI): In protest against the death of women at sterilization camp in Bilaspur, where the death toll has gone up to 11, the Congress on Wednesday called for Chhattisgarh bandh. The party alleged Chief Minister Raman Singh of not taking appropriate steps and demanded his resignation. Congress sought Health Minister Amar Agrawal resignation as well. Meanwhile, the police said that it has made all the arrangements to avoid any untoward incident. Nov 12, 2014

PM Modi addresses the 12th ASEAN Summit, says ASEAN holds importance to India

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the 12th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar. He said that he is very happy to be a part of the 12th ASEAN Summit. He added that Myanmar is a great neighbour of India and both the countries share historic relations. He further said that ASEAN holds great importance for India and India shares good bilateral relations with the countries present at th.e Summit. Nov 12, 2014

Mandate of people has been reflected: Rajiv Pratap Rudy on trust vote

Chennai, Nov 12 (ANI): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said on Wednesday that the mandate of people has been reflected after BJP won the trust vote in Maharashtra Assembly. Rudy also said that the vote strength states that BJP can now go on with the government under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Nov 12, 2014

Sri Lanka President willing to pardon 5 Tamil fishermen on death row, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI): Politicos in India welcomed the Sri Lankan government's decision to free Indian fishermen on death row in the island country without any conditions. However, Sri Lankan Minister Prabha Ganesan told Indian High Commission officials in Colombo that for this to happen, Indian has to withdraw the appeal filed in the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict. If India withdraws the appeal, President Mahinda Rajapaksa would pardon the Indian fishermen awarded death for alleged drug trafficking without any pre-conditions. Nov 12, 2014

Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road. Duration: 02:21 Nov 12, 2014

PM Modi meets Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-Cha

Myanmar, Nov 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met the Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-Cha in Myanmar's Capital Nay Pyi Taw. Delegation level talks were held between both countries after which Modi expressed confidence that under the leadership of Chan-o-cha relations between India and Thailand will improve. Earlier today, Narendra Modi also met his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak, on the sidelines of the 12th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India summit held in Myanmar on Wednesday. Nov 12, 2014

Polling officers get training on electronic voting machine ahead of JandK Assembly polls

Poonch, Nov 12 (ANI): Around 1000 polling officers were given hands-on training on the electronic voting machine (EVM) ahead of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. The Election Commission of India has already announced the dates for assembly elections in Kashmir. The polls will be held in five-phases, beginning on November 25 and ending on December 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23. Nodal officer and district election trainer, Vijay Puri said the polling officers were asked to conduct free and fair elections. Meanwhile, district election officer, Poonch district, Mohammad Hussain Malik, said the Polling officers have been instructed about their overall responsibilities. Nov 12, 2014

Indian security forces launch massive anti-Maoist drive in poll-bound Jharkhand

Gumla, Nov 12 (ANI): Indian security forces have launched a massive anti-Maoist operation in poll-bound Jharkhand to prevent any untoward incident in the election process, stated a senior officer. Jharkhand police officials held a meeting with senior officials of neighbouring Chhattisgarh in one of the worst rebel-infested Gumla districts in the country, which will go to polls on November 25, to devise an effective plan. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, Praveen Singh, assured that electorates wouldn’t feel threatened by the ultras. Maoists have called for boycott of the five-phased polls in Jharkhand that begins from November 25 and end on December 20. The results would be announced on December 23. Maoists have killed police and politicians and targeted government buildings in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. Nov 12, 2014

India files appeal in Sri Lankan court against fishermen death sentence

Nay Pyi Taw, Oct 12 (ANI): India has filed an appeal in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against verdict of the high court that awarded death sentence to five Indian fishermen in the island nation in a drug smuggling case. Five Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in 2011 on charges of smuggling drugs and on October 30, the Colombo High Court held the five fishermen guilty of drug trafficking. Foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, while addressing mediapersons in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw, said India was confident that justice would prevail in the case. The arrest of the fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy has been a major topic of debate between the two nations. Nov 12, 2014

Choosing opposition Shiv Sena's decision, NCP will support stable Maharashtra govt: NCP

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Nov 12 (ANI): NCP leaders on Wednesday reacted to Shiv Sena's decision to sit in opposition in Maharashtra Assembly. Majid Memon said that Shiv Sena is weak in making decisions. Meanwhile, Chhagan Bhujbal said that Shiv Sena is bargaining for positions with BJP since election results are out. Meanwhile, DP Tripathi said that NCP will support a stable government for the development of Maharashtra. Nov 12, 2014

BJP on Shiv Senas decision to sit in opposition in Maharashtra

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Nov 12 (ANI): BJP leaders on Wednesday reacted to Shiv Sena’s decision to sit in opposition in Maharashtra Assembly. GVL Narasimha Rao said that Shiv Sena’s decision to sit in opposition is its own and no other party has any say in it. Eknath Khadse said that BJP has the numbers and it will win trust votes. Subramanian Swamy said that Shiv Sena is a part of NDA and if it votes against the NDA in Maharashtra, it will not be a good sign for the state. Nov 12, 2014

PM Modi not invited for Congress' conference on Nehru, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI): The Congress sparked a controversy on Wednesday after it invited 15 political parties from other countries and "all like-minded political parties" for an international conference in Delhi to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, while skipping Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress did not invite the BJP or any of its allies. Many world leaders have reportedly confirmed participation. Nov 12, 2014