Ferry tragedy turns S. Korea polls into referendum

South Koreans voted in local elections Wednesday seen as a spot referendum on President Park Geun-Hye's handling of the Sewol ferry disaster in April that killed about 300 people, mostly schoolchildren. Jun 5, 2014

Obama condemns Russia's 'dark tactics' in Ukraine

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the "dark tactics" and "aggression" of Russia in Ukraine after meeting Kiev's president-elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw and promising him years of US support Jun 5, 2014

Syrian composer wields musical 'weapons' in fight for peace

With Syria's heritage and cultural identity under threat of destruction during the ongoing civil war, award-winning Syrian-American composer and pianist Malek Jandali is a believer in the 'soft power' of music and art to bring peace. Jun 4, 2014

Head of Greek far-right party addresses parliament

Greece's parliament on Wednesday lifted immunity for the leader of the extreme right party Golden Dawn. Nikolaos Michaloliakos has been in provisional detention since September for belonging "to a criminal organisation." Jun 4, 2014

CBI files 46 FIRs in Saradha Scam, 43 in Odisha and 3 in West Bengal

New Delhi, June 04 (ANI): The CBI on Wednesday filed 46 FIRs in Saradha chit fund scam out of which 43 are in Odisha and 3 in West Bengal. The CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said that all the FIRs have been filed under allegations of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. She added that the CBI will investigate the larger conspiracy angle. Jun 4, 2014

Kiren Rijiju condemns Meghalaya incident, promises all help

New Delhi, June 04 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday condemned the murder case of a woman in front of her children in Meghalaya. Rijiju said that the incident was unfortunate and assured all possible help in investigating the case. He also said that he spoke to the Chief Minister and will take all necessary steps once the final report is out. Jun 4, 2014

Decline of insurgency paves way for development in Tripura's Kambhukcherra village

Tripura, June 04 (ANI): Situated along the Indo-Bangladesh border area, between West Tripura and Khowai districts, Kambhukcherra village was once severely affected by militancy. Most people in the village are engaged in agriculture, pig rearing or collecting firewood and eatables from the forest for a living. With the return of peace, the remote tribal village has been witnessing rapid development. The implementation of several welfare schemes, like the MGNREGA and the Indira Awaz yojana, has improved the living standard of the people. The government has also been providing irrigation facilities to the people. The villagers now have access to electricity and clean drinking water. Jun 4, 2014

India and Bangladesh work together towards boosting border trade

Tripura, June 04 (ANI): India's North East region shares 1,880-km-long border with Bangladesh, and has potential for developing cross-border trade. In an effort to uplift the socio-economic status of people living on both sides of the border, both countries have been working constantly to develop `border haats' or markets. Recently, members of Indo-Bangladesh Border Haat Management Committee laid the foundation stone for proposed border haats at Kasba in Tripura. This will be the second of the proposed four border haats along the Bangladesh-Tripura border to be built by the Ministry of Commerce at an approximate cost of Rs. 2.5 crores. Jun 4, 2014

Firecrackers used to scare foraging elephants in India

As the human population increases, conflicts with elephants in northeast India are on the rise as villagers and farmers encroach on the animal's natural habitat. Forest guards use firecrackers in an attempt to scare the animals away. Jun 4, 2014

Rebels kill tribal woman in front of her children for resisting rape, politicos condemn

New Delhi, June 04 (ANI): A 35-year-old tribal Garo woman was shot dead in front of her children in Meghalaya by members of an outlawed militant group after she resisted an alleged bid to rape her. Condemning the incident former Chief Minister of Meghalaya P A Sangma said that the law and order situation in region was worsening every day. Congress leader Shobha Oza too condemned the incident. Jun 4, 2014