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Bangladesh police besiege Khaleda Zia ahead of first anniversary of elections

Dhaka, Jan 5 (ANI): Bangladesh is today marking the first anniversary of the controversial 2014 prime ministerial elections that was boycotted by the BNP-led coalition. Earlier on Sunday, police besieged former Bangladesh Prime Minister and chief of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zia, at her office, amid fears of violence as the opposition party planned rallies across the country. 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. The BNP denounced Hasina's scrapping of the practice of having a caretaker government oversee elections. On Sunday, the BNP party workers held a protest in front of the party office to know the reason as to why the police besieged the party chief. Jan 5, 2015
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Amit Shah to meet party leaders in J-K over govt. formation

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah will be meeting Jammu and Kashmir party leaders on Monday to discuss government formation in the state. According to reports, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav will meet the members one on one and take their feedback. Earlier, the BJP had stated that any attempt to form a government in the Jammu and Kashmir without its inclusion would be a travesty of the mandate given by the people of the state. The J-K elections threw up a hung verdict, with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party in with 28 seats. The BJP won 25 seats, with the National Conference and Congress winning 15 and 12 seats respectively. Jan 5, 2015
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Will explore possibility of recommending Saina Nehwal's name for Padma Bhushan: Sarbananda Sonowal

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that he would examine possibility of recommending ace shuttler Saina Nehwal's name for third highest civilian award after the snub. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) had recommended Nehwal's name in August last year to the sports ministry for conferring her with Padma Bhushan. But, the ministry instead sent two-time Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar's name to the panel. Nehwal on Saturday said she was hurt as her name was not further recommended to a panel for the award. He also praised Nehwal as one of the great players of the country. Jan 5, 2015
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Evidence suggests 'Pak boat' was not smuggler's vessel but had suspected terrorist link: Manohar Par

New Delhi, Jan 05 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the men on board the Pakistani boat which blew itself up off Gujarat coast on New Year's eve were suspected to be terrorists. Parrikar said that the evidence till now suggest that the boat was not smuggler's vessel but had suspected terror link. Rejecting the smuggling angle to the incident, he said that the route taken by the boat was not the route taken by smugglers. The defence minister said that the boat was under surveillance for 12 hours and the act that it was stationed at one position does not indicate smuggling. Secondly, he also stated that smugglers won't stay in touch with Pakistani maritime authorities and would not commit suicide. He also commended the Coast Guard, saying they could not have done any better. Jan 5, 2015
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat pitches for unity among Hindus

Ahmedabad, Jan 05 (ANI): Making a strong pitch for unity among Hindus, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said if every Hindu is brought under one camp, no power on earth would be able to stop the community's progress. Addressing a gathering in Gujarat during a three-day RSS training programme, Bhagwat said if the Hindu society is in danger, the entire country is also in danger. Jan 5, 2015
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French mayor denies refusing burial of Roma baby

French officials voiced disgust Sunday after the mayor of a Paris suburb reportedly refused to allow a dead Roma baby to be buried in the municipal cemetery although the mayor himself later denied the claims. Duration: 01:38 Jan 4, 2015
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Truce talks stalled, Ukraine fighting continues despite snow

Heavy snowfall has not stopped fighting around Donetsk, following the breakdown of truce negotiations between pro-Ukrainian fighters and separatists. Firefights took place near the village of Pisky, not far from Donetsk's airport. Duration: 01:04 Jan 4, 2015
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Former Greek PM launches new party weeks before elections

Former Greek prime minister Georges Papandreou officially launched a new political party. Called the Democrat Socialists Movement, the new party has been founded just weeks before snap elections this month. Duration: 01:08 Jan 4, 2015
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Wakes and prayers held for AirAsia victims

The families of victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 have been preparing funerals as the bodies are identified in Surabaya, where a crisis centre has been set up at a police hospital. So far at least 34 bodies have been recovered. Duration: 00:50 Jan 4, 2015