Mass graves in Balochistan raise concerns about human rights violations

Karachi / Khuzdar, Feb 03: These female members of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) held a protest rally in Karachi to condemn the discovery of three mass graves in Khuzdar district of Balochistan on January 25. Human rights groups have expressed "shock and deep concern" over the recovery of over 150 bodies, believed to be the corpses of the missing Baloch, who were arrested and later unlawfully killed by Pakistani security agencies. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons has the details of 8,000 people who have disappeared over the past ten years, and haven't been seen since. The "pick, kill and dump" policy of Pakistan's intelligence agencies raises serious concerns about the violation of human rights in Balochistan. Feb 3, 2014

Politicos slam Kejriwal, calls him gimmick using scripted drama

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Slamming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, politicos called him a ‘gimmick using scripted drama’. BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party has no agenda and ideology and has come to power through ‘scripted drama’. Meanwhile, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Kejriwal is a ‘gimmick’ and if things continue to function like this, the situation will turn to worse. Feb 3, 2014

Gujarat riots and Babri Masjid case reflects BJP's hatred: Tariq Anwar

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Commenting on the recent spat of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi party, National Communist Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar on Monday said that the BJP was based on hatred, and that the Gujarat riots and the Babri Masjid issue were the best examples to prove that. Feb 3, 2014

Except Kejriwal, everyone else upset with him: Manjinder Singh Sirsa

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): After a meeting with Vinod Kumar Binny and Shoaib Iqbal SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that except for Arvind Kejriwal, everybody else is upset with him. Further, he said that there is no danger to the government and that they want the Delhi government to function and fulfill their promises. Sirsa also said that the politicos also discussed to put pressure on Kejriwal so that he functions to fulfill his promises. Feb 3, 2014

Vegetable traders strike at Azadpur mandi

New Delhi, Feb 03 (ANI): Fruits and vegetable supplies in Delhi and its adjoining areas might get affected from Monday as traders in Azadpur went on a strike in protest against the change in pattern of collecting commission. Azadpur has around 3,800 commission agents, who plan to protest at mandi's gate and prevent work from happening. Speaking on the same Delhi Cabinet minister Girish Soni said that this is only a political stunt as some ministers are trying to create disturbance. He further said that a Committee should be formed. Feb 3, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman dies at 46 from apparent drug overdose

New Delhi, Feb 3 (ANI): Academy award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead from an apparent drug overdose. The 46-year-old actor's body was reportedly discovered on Feb 02 by his personal assistant in the bathroom of his New York apartment with a needle in his arm after injecting heroin. Hoffman's family have issued a statement saying that they are devastated by the loss of the ' Capote' star and appreciate the outpouring of love and support they have received. They added that this is a tragic and sudden loss and they requested people to give them some privacy to grieve. Sources have revealed that the New York police department has opened a "DOA" ("Dead on arrival") investigation and is investigating a possible drug overdose. Feb 3, 2014

Siddharth Nath Singh on massive hunt for Azam Khan's stolen buffaloes

Kolkata, Feb 03 (ANI): Seven stolen buffaloes belonging to powerful Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan, which had scores of policemen on their toes over the weekend, have been found. But three cops have been shunted out for negligence of duty. Reacting over this BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh on Monday slammed the Samajwadi Party and said that arrests are made when Azam Khan's buffaloes are stolen, action is taken, but when riots happen in UP no action is taken. Feb 3, 2014

Kiran Kumar Reddy accuses Congress of hastening Telangana bill for electoral gains

New Delhi/Hyderabad, Feb 3 (ANI): With the general elections coming up, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy lashed at the Congress for hurrying the decision to create a separate Telangana state. Reddy held a news conference in Hyderabad and said that the future of the state should be decided by the Telugu people and not the government in Delhi. Feb 3, 2014

Ruins of old civilization come alive at Pakistan cultural festival

Mohenjo Daro, Feb 3 (ANI): The ruins of the Indus Valley civilization came alive when modern trends and history were fused at the inaugural ceremony of the Sindh Festival at Mohenjo-daro in southern Pakistan. The two-week festival aims at commemorating the cultural heritage of Sindh province and to spread a message of peace in the violence-plagued country. Feb 3, 2014

Second phase of global Islamic congregation concludes in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 3 (ANI): Thousands of Muslims sought peace, forgiveness and blessings for mankind as the second phase of this year's Bishwa Ijtema (world congregation) concluded in Bangladesh, following the final prayer on the bank of the River Turag. Indian religious scholar Maulana Zubairul Hasan led the 20-minute prayer session at the Ijtema, which saw a huge participation of Muslims across the globe, on the bank of river Turag in Tongi near Dhaka. Feb 3, 2014

Post-ceasefire fighting leaves Mathiang littered with bodies

Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers survey the area around their base in Mathiang near Bor, where fighting since the ceasefire has left the area littered with bodies, which the SPLA claim are rebel fighters. Duration: 01:21 Feb 2, 2014

Iran says making progress on nuclear issue

US Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart Sunday that both sides needed to negotiate in good faith to resolve Western fears and doubts over Iran's contested nuclear programme. Duration: 00:51 Feb 2, 2014