Sunanda Pushkar case: Shashi Tharoor totally cooperated in almost 4 hours questioning, says BS Bassi

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Delhi Police interrogated Congress Leader Shashi Tharoor for almost four hours in connection with Sunanda Pushkar murder case, said Police Commissioner BS Bassi. He said that Tharoor totally cooperated during the interrogation and that further course of action will be taken after detailed report of the questions asked. Tharoor was interrogated at the Vasant Vihar police station in South Delhi last evening. According to reports, Tharoor was asked over 50 questions by a team of four officers in the first of three likely rounds of interrogation. Jan 20, 2015

Delhi cannot function under learner's licence, needs stable govt: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Former IPS Officer Kiran Bedi on Tuesday talked to mediapersons about her dreams for Delhi after being anointed as BJPs chief ministerial candidate yesterday. Taking a jibe at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bedi said that Delhi needed a strong and stable government and therefore cannot function under a learner's licence. Referring to AAP, she said that the opposition can work on that, but not the capital and that she is bringing 40 years of experience for the national capital. She also said that people of Delhi do not want free electricity as claimed by AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, but quality service and correct billing. The new face of BJP in Delhi Bedi also said that if people want to change India, they will have to change Delhi first. Jan 20, 2015

Bangladesh activists hit out at former PM for her association with party accused of 1971 war crimes

Dhaka, Jan 20 (ANI): Bangladesh journalists and political activists hit out at former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition, Begum Khaleda Zia for her association with an Islamist party that is accused of war crimes. Zia had allied with Jamaat-e-Islami and formed the government with it. The tribunal has convicted 16 people, most of them Jamaat leaders, and sentenced 14 of them to death. One Islamist politician was executed in December 2013. An Islamist party leader was sentenced to death in December 2014 after war crime tribunal convicted him of atrocities. ATM Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of five out of six charges including the murder of hundreds of minority Hindus, rape, abduction and torture, prosecutors said. Jan 20, 2015

Border security stepped up ahead of US President Obama's visit to India for Republic Day celebration

Jammu, Jan 20 (ANI): Security has been stepped up along the international border between India and Pakistan in view of US President Barack Obama's visit to the country for Republic Day celebrations. Inspector General (IG) of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), Rakesh Sharma said the force was alert to face any challenge. He added that the country's borders are vulnerable during special occasions and high profile visits. Obama will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 to take part in Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama's participation at Republic Day celebrations as chief guest is a sign of steadily expanding ties between the two countries that share concerns about China's growing power in Asia. Jan 20, 2015

Indian Army arrests 11 tribal guerillas in Assam

Chirang, Jan 20 (ANI): Indian Army arrested 11 militants of banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Assam and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition from their possession. Militants were apprehended on specific intelligence inputs from the Panbari forest area of Chirang district. Two pistols, two improvised explosive devices (IED) and nine detonators among other arms and ammunition were recovered from the rebels. NDFB is fighting for a separate homeland for indigenous Bodo tribesmen claiming that the tea-growing state has been flooded with outsiders. India has intensified army operations to hunt down tribal militants in Assam after rebels killed at least 80 people last December, the deadliest in the remote area in years. Jan 20, 2015

Police arrest 14 people suspected of communal violence in Muzaffarpur

Muzaffarpur, Jan 20 (ANI): Police arrested 14 people suspected of communal violence in Bihar that claimed three lives and charred several houses after body of a missing boy was discovered, said a senior officer. Angry mob rushed and set houses on fire in a village of Muzaffarpur district after the body of a Hindu boy, who was friendly with a Muslim girl, was discovered from an agricultural field. Additional Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey said a large number of police personnel had been deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident and situation was peaceful. The state government has announced rebuilding of torched houses in the arson and compensation for the damage to properties. Jan 20, 2015

BJP announces Kiran Bedi's name as chief ministerial candidate for Delhi polls

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced former IPS Officer and anti-graft activist Kiran Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate for Delhi assembly polls. The announcement was made by BJP Chief Amit Shah at party's headquarters. She will contest from the Krishna Nagar seat. The BJP also released the names of 61 other candidates who will contest the elections. Former student leader Nupur Sharma will contest against AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal from the New Delhi seat. Senior leader Jagdish Mukhi will contest from the Janakpuri seat, while former Delhi BJP Chief Vijendra Gupta will contest from Rohini. However, BJP Delhi unit Chief Satish Upadhyay will not contest the elections. Jan 20, 2015

PM Modi meets German finance minister to boost bilateral ties

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Prime Minster Narendra Modi met German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schuble, who is on a two-day India visit, to enhance bilateral economic relations. The meeting was described as a courtesy call by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Earlier in the day, Schuble, at a meeting with businessmen at Confederation of India (CII) expressed keen interest in working with India on the manufacturing sector, especially in the auto and solar energy industries. Schuble's announcement of the German manufacturing industry's readiness to participate in Modi's 'Make in India' policy comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry brought up worries of the Obama administration over the initiative. The German Finance Minister is scheduled to hold talks with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday. Jan 20, 2015

PM Narendra Modi reviews national action plan on climate change

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the first meeting of the reconstituted high-level climate panel to review the national action plan on climate change. According to official statement, Modi said that instead of focusing on emissions and cuts alone, focus should shift on what we have done for clean energy generation, energy conservation and energy efficiency, and what more can be done in these areas. Modi called for a paradigm shift in global attitudes towards climate change, from "carbon credit", towards "green credit." He also emphasised for a careful evaluation of all the initiatives that have been taken by India in field of solar energy, wind energy, biomass energy, and transportation projects that have reduced distances or travel times. Jan 20, 2015

Communal harmony flourishes as a Muslim builds Hindu temples for devotees

Kerala, Jan 20 (ANI): Tolerance and acceptance of differences, especially religious differences, is a characteristic of the Indian society. And over centuries individuals and institutions have contributed in their own special way to keep this legacy alive. One such example comes from India's southern state of Kerala. Here in Kozhikode region, a Muslim, Ibrahim, has built many temples for Hindus, reflecting respect for there religion. The initiative by Ibrahim has not only maintained amity and prosperity between two religions of the region but has also assisted in developing respect for him. Instances like these bring to the forefront the enduring spirit of communal harmony prevalent between different communities in India. Jan 20, 2015

Interfaith harmony unites people in West Bengal

West Bengal, Jan 20 (ANI): Purulia city, located in eastern India's state of West Bengal, is known for communal harmony that exists between people of various faiths. The people of the district, without any religious bias, work together to earn livelihood for themselves and to improve their standard of living by providing helping hand to each other. A similar example is witnessed in a group of electricians of the village, comprising both Hindus and Muslims, who work together to electrify their city. Although sharing different beliefs, workers here do not discriminate each other on religious lines. Apart from their work, the group also participates in each others religious festivals and special occasions. The brotherhood and amity seen among the group reflects the age-old ethos of the country for which it is known in the world. Jan 20, 2015

Egypt's Sisi urges Muslim fight on terrorism

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday said the fight against "terrorism" needs a new Muslim religious discourse in addition to security and military measures. Duration: 00:51 Jan 19, 2015