Sri Lankan leader faces election battle as war boost wanes

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse will face an unprecedented challenge from a newly galvanised opposition when he seeks re-election this week, five years after his crushing military victory over Tamil guerrillas. Duration: 00:54 Jan 7, 2015

French tetraplegic's nephew hopes court will allow euthanasia

The European Court of Human Rights is to rule on Wednesday whether tetraplegic Frenchman Vincent Lambert can be taken off life support. His nephew says he hopes the court will allow Lambert to die, rather than live 'like a vegetable'. Duration: 00:44 Jan 7, 2015

Lakhvi to remain in jail, says Pakistan SC; politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan, Wednesday, overturned the Islamabad High Court's (IHC) decision to suspend the detention of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Politicos in India have welcomed the decision. Jan 7, 2015

Delhi-Lahore Bus Service restricted to Wagah Border after warnings of terror attack; politicos react

New Delhi/ Gandhinagar, Jan 7 (ANI): Reactions poured in as Pakistan restricted the entry of buses run under the Pakistan-India Dosti service from Lahore and Nankana Sahib to Delhi till Wagah border citing terror threats. The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has said the bus service will now on be operated only up to Wagah Border. The MEA said that if there are security concerns, it is then for Pakistan to decide what is in their interest in terms of security. Jan 7, 2015

BJP chief plays development plank, urges people in Odisha to join party

Bhubaneswar, Jan 07 (ANI): BJP Chief Amit Shah, on Wednesday urged people of Odisha to join hands with his party for overall development of the state. Shah, who is in Odisha on a membership drive, was addressing a rally in Gauri village. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had registered as BJP's first online member from New Delhi. The drive will continue till March 31. Meanwhile, Shah said Odisha had all resources to become number one developed state. Jan 7, 2015

Reactions pour in after Pak SC denies bail to 26/11 Mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Jan 07 (ANI): Reactions poured in on Wednesday after Pakistan's Supreme Court denied bail to 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Defence expert Praful Bakshi said that Pakistan's judiciary seems to have its own voice. Defence expert Uday Bhaskar said that the decision should be cautiously welcomed. Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that the decision was taken by the judiciary after Government of India strongly lodged the protest against Lakhvi's bail. Jan 7, 2015

MEA announces series of events for 2015 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Part - 2

Gandhinagar, Jan 07 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday announced the series of events to take place at the 2015 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, the youth part of which commenced today amidst tight security in Gandhinagar. The event marks the centenary of the return to India of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa. He also said that among other events a stamp and coin will be inaugurated at the function featuring images of Mahatma Gandhi as a bachelor and as Father of the Nation. Akbaruddin also informed that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj met with her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane today and discussed wide range of issues. The three day event is the world's largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin aimed at enhancing networking and reinforcing commercial linkages. Jan 7, 2015