Non-performing assets biggest challenge for public sector banks: Chidambaram

New Delhi, Mar 6 (ANI): Reviewing performance of public sector banks, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said "biggest challenge faced by PSU banks is non-performing assets and their asset qualities". Chidambaram said that credit disbursal to medium- sized industry has declined and was only "satisfactory" in the agricultural sector. Chidambaram also said that a large part of the meeting with banks' chiefs was focused on bad loans and the steps needed for the recovery. Mar 6, 2014

Regional parties announce candidates for 2014 general elections

Kolkata, Mar 6 (ANI): Regional parties declared their candidates for the upcoming general elections featuring prominent names such as soccer star cum former football captain Baichung Bhutia and actress Moonmoon Sen. Trinamool Congress Chief, Mamta Banerjee addressed a news conference where she announced 26 new candidates featuring some well known names. Mar 6, 2014

Salman Khurshid hopes for fair and clean upcoming national polls

Farrukhabad, Mar 6 (ANI): Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid hoped for clear and fair upcoming 2014 polls, stressing on complete transparency and following the moral code conduct. Khurshid said that the moral code of conduct and guidelines issued by the Election Comission of India must be implemented in a fair manner and if any unlawful activity was observed it should be immediately brought under the notice of the authorities. Mar 6, 2014

Ukrainian children send President Putin toy soldiers

Children prepare packages with toy soldiers and guns to send to Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid Russia's intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, sending the message that Putin should play with toys, not real people. Duration: 01:00 Mar 6, 2014

Germany to destroy Syria chemical weapons at WWI site

Behind barbed wire fences at a top-security site in a German forest, workers in hazard suits will soon destroy remnants of Syrian chemical weapons, of a type first tested here during World War I. Duration: 00:46  Mar 6, 2014

UN envoy wants to establish Kiev-Moscow dialogue

UN deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson appealed Wednesday for dialogue and deescalation in the Ukraine crisis as he urged participants to refrain from Cold War reflexes. Duration: 00:43 Mar 6, 2014

Determined Kiev protesters pay homage to their fallen

Kiev residents continue to light candles and leave flowers at dozens of makeshift shrines on Maidan square, to commemorate the protesters who died after police opened fire with live ammunition. Duration: 01:02 Mar 6, 2014

Netanyahu: Israel captured ship with Iranian weapons

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounces Iran after Israel intercepted a ship in the Red Sea carrying Iranian "advanced weaponry" bound for Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday. Duration: 00:41 Mar 6, 2014

Egypt trial of Al-Jazeera journalists resumes amid outcry

The Egyptian trial of Al-Jazeera journalists accused of supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood, resumed today. The trial has triggered an international outcry, drawing criticism from the United States. Duration: 01:08 Mar 6, 2014

Kerry meets with UK, Ukraine FMs

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya. Duration: 01:30 Mar 5, 2014