Workers protest against nationwide strike call by Bangladesh Nationalist Party

Dhaka, Jan 22 (ANI): Workers of Bangladesh's garment industry and transport department on Thursday protested against the 48-hour nationwide strike call given by opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), in Dhaka. Shouting slogans against BNP, the workers condemned the countrywide strike. Angry protestors demonstrated outside the office of BNP president and former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. The BNP also enforced a nationwide transport blockade which entered its third consecutive week. The political unrest began on January 05 when BNP boycotted election anniversary. The BNP and its allies had boycotted the election that was held in January 05, 2014 which was marred by deadly unrest. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held to her stance that a fresh poll can be called only if her rivals halt violence. President of garment workers league, Lima Ferdous, said that the strike had resulted in huge losses for the daily labourers. Jan 22, 2015

Man dies of swine flu in Aurangabad

Aurangabad, Jan 22 (ANI): A 42-year-old man died of swine flu at a government hospital in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, doctors said on Thursday. The victim identified as Shabbir Hussain Mustafa was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Wednesday in a critical condition. His lungs were damaged and he was kept on ventilator. Dr Mangala Borkar, head of the medicine department, said he was administered Tamiflu but he did not respond to it. This is the first swine flu casualty in the region in the last six months. Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus. H1N1 symptoms are similar to those produced by other influenza viruses - fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and respiratory problems. With the number of swine flu cases rising in India, doctors have advised people to avoid crowded places. Jan 22, 2015

PETA urges PM Modi to discuss greenhouse gas emissions from meat production with Obama

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Animal rights organisation, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), demonstrated in New Delhi on Thursday to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss greenhouse gas emissions caused by meat processing with US President Barack Obama, who arrives in India on January 25. Obama was invited by Modi and will be the first US president to attend Republic Day celebrations on January 26. PETA activists braved the rain and Delhi winter as they stood painted in colours of national flags of the two countries and held placards urging people to go vegan in order to combat climate change. Organiser, Puneet Sharma, said meat production and processing is responsible for the emission of a major chunk of greenhouse gases. The United States and India are expected to announce efforts to work together to combat climate change ahead of key global talks in Paris later this year. Jan 22, 2015

Delhi lawyers stage protest against Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Lawyers in Delhi staged a major protest on Thursday protesting against the selection of former IPS officer Kiran Bedi as the Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate in the national capital. The protesters demonstrated against Bedi by burning her effigy and raising slogans. According to reports, in the year 1988, Bedi, who was the Deputy Commissioner (North) then, ordered a lathi-charge on a group of Delhi Bar Association members who had gathered outside her office to protest against the handcuffing of one of their colleagues who was arrested on the charge of theft. The lawyers were seriously injured. Jan 22, 2015

The Seduction of Delhi launched at Jaipur Lit Fest

Jaipur, Jan 22 (ANI): The Seduction of Delhi, a collection of poems by poet-diplomat Abhay K was launched at the Jaipur Literature Festival by the doyen of Indian English Poetry Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. The Seduction of Delhi is the fifth collection of poems by the poet-diplomat who has been awarded SAARC Literary Award and nominated for the Pushcart Prize earlier. The poems in his latest collection not only pay homage to historical personalities and cities of Delhi but also to present inhabitants of Delhi such as a flower girl, security guard, maids etc. With a footfall of nearly quarter of a million people, the Literature festival in Jaipur attracts writers from the all over the world. Jan 22, 2015

Kiran Walia files complaint against Kejriwal demanding his nomination to be cancelled, AAP refutes c

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Congress leader Kiran Walia on Thursday filed complaint against AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal demanding his nomination to be cancelled. Walia said that Kejriwal did not mention about a FIR filed against him under the court's order and therefore he failed to disclose facts asked during filing nomination papers. Further, she said that Kejriwal did not had a rent agreement to show that he is a resident of BK Dutt society which he mentioned in his papers. Walia also said that she will take up the case to the High Court. Meanwhile, Kejriwal's lawyer said that the claims are baseless and that the nomination has been accepted. Jan 22, 2015

Hollande praises teachers after Paris attacks

French President Francois Hollande expresses his 'gratitude' to teachers 'dealing with the shockwave' in the wake of the attacks in Paris, during a speech at the Sorbonne University. Duration: 01:13 Jan 22, 2015

Venezuelan President delivers annual address

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announces a new exchange rate system and opens a public debate to raise the price of the cheapest gas in the world, as part of economic measures against the crisis in the country. Duration: 01:06 Jan 22, 2015

Snowfall blocks strategic highway in Kashmir valley

Udhampur, Jan 22 (ANI): Fresh spell of snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir threw life out of gear on Thursday, leading to the closure of strategic Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. According to the state authorities, over 300-kilometre-long highway has been closed for all types of vehicular traffic since early Thursday morning because of snowfall at some places. The suspension has stranded hundreds of vehicles at various points of the highway. The highway shall remain closed for traffic for uncertain period of time. In order to know the latest status of the highway the travellers would have to contact the control rooms at northern cities of Srinagar and Jammu. Jan 22, 2015

President Obama's visit will strengthen ties across full spectrum of Indo-US relation: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin while giving details of the itinerary of the US President Barack Obama visit to India in a press conference on Thursday, said that Obama's visit is being seen as strengthening of ties across the full spectrum of India-US relationship. Akbaruddin said that US is India's key interlocutor in adjustments to global security architecture and that India sees vast potential in growth of its relations with the US. While pouring out the details of the itinerary of the US President's three-day visit to India, Akbaruddin added that Obama will visit Taj Mahal on 27 January before departing for US. He further said that Power Minister Piyush Goyal will be the minister-in-waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit. Jan 22, 2015

India says banning JuD, Haqqani network under US pressure does not show Pak's commitment against t

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): India on Thursday said that banning Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Haqqani network under the pressure of the United States does not show Pakistan's commitment against terrorism in any way. Security Expert Alok Bansal said that it is welcome step but only if Pakistan keeps banning other such outfits which emerge in the nation. BJP Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said that this does not show that Pakistan is committed to work against terrorism. Earlier in a paradigm shift in its policy against terrorism, Pakistan has included Jamaat-ud-Dawa (Jud) led by the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and the dreaded Haqqani network in the list of proscribed organisations after the US mounted pressure on the country. Jan 22, 2015

SC asks BCCI to conduct fresh elections within 6 weeks, refrains Srinivasan from contesting

New Delhi, Jan 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the BCCI to conduct fresh elections within 6 weeks and also refrained former BCCI President N Srinivasan from contesting. While asking Srinivasan to choose between Chennai Super Kings and BCCI chief's post, the Supreme Court held guilty his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for betting in the IPL scam. The SC has barred Srinivasan from contesting elections till such time he had commercial interest in cricket. The apex court also struck down the controversial 6.2.4 clause that allows BCCI officials to own IPL teams and have commercial interests. Jan 22, 2015