Football tournament held in Tripura to promote national integration

Tripura, Feb 01 (ANI): Thousands thronged the Vivekananda Maidan stadium in to witness the 59th National School Football championship. The event was formally inaugurated by Tripura's chief minister Manik Sarkar. All together 30 teams participated in the tournament.It was organized by the School Games Federation of India in collaboration with the Tripura government. During the event, students from different schools presented spectacular cultural programmes. The tournament provided an opportunity to players from different states to share a common platform and strengthen the bonds of National Integration. The championship commenced with the inaugural match between Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh 1-0. Selected players from the championship will represent India at the forthcoming Asia championship to be held in China. Feb 1, 2014

French president deals blow to Cameron's EU plans

French President Francois Hollande dealt a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's membership of the EU before a referendum in 2017, saying treaty changes were "not a priority." Duration: 00:45 Feb 1, 2014

UN sets sights on fresh Syria talks from February 10

Damascus will make "no concessions" in peace talks with the opposition, Syria's Information Minister Omran Zohbi said Friday as a week of negotiations wrapped up in Geneva. Talks are likely to resume February 10, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said. Jan 31, 2014

Kercher family 'still seeking truth' after Knox verdict

The sister of Meredith Kercher who was murdered in the Italian town of Perugia in 2007 says it was difficult to comment on the "exact truth" of the case, following the decision by an Italian court to reconvict Amanda Knox of murder along with her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Jan 31, 2014

The shadowy world of sex trafficking on US shores

AFPTV talks to Shandra Woworuntu, an Indonesian victim of sex trafficking and forced labor in the United States, who today puts her horrific experience to use to try to fight human trafficking. Jan 31, 2014

Bangladesh journalist expresses discontent over low turnout in elections hit by political turmoil

Dhaka, Jan 31 (ANI): Bangladesh journalist Saleem Samad on Friday expressed discontent over low turnout in the recent violence-plagued elections, which were marred by clashes and strikes as the opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party boycotted the polls. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League ended with more than two-thirds of seats in a contest that was shunned by international observers as flawed and derided as a farce by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). With fewer than half the seats contested, the outcome was never in doubt. Talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Samad said the polls were first in the last 42 years which were not only low from voter's point of view but also from the candidates'. Samad said the voter turnout was low due to the fear instilled by the opposition. Jan 31, 2014

Bappi Lahiri joins BJP

New Delhi, Jan 31(ANI): Bollywood music director Bappi Lahiri on Friday joined the BJP in the presence of party president Rajnath Singh. Along with Lahiri, Bollywood actor Prashant Narayanan and TV actor Gaurav Chopra, author Tuhin Sinha, also joined the BJP. Jan 31, 2014

Experience does not matter to become PM: Digvijay Singh

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): Reacting to Nationalist Congress party (NCP) leader Praful Patel's statement that Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was less experienced that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Friday said that experience did not matter in the current situation, and that there was a difference between governing a state and governing a nation. Earlier in the day, Patel had said that Rahul Gandhi was less experienced than Modi in context of becoming the prime ministerial candidate of the party. He had also criticized the Congress for delaying clarity on the seat alliance talks with NCP in Maharashtra. Jan 31, 2014