Mamta Sharma on Madhyamgram gang rape case

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): A 16-year-old girl who was gang raped in Madhyamgram on October 26 died on Tuesday after setting herself on fire on December 23. Speaking on the same, NCW Chairperson, Mamta Sharma on Wednesday said that the role of police in this case is not right as according to reports earlier Kolkata Police had refused to hand over the body of the victim to her father for cremation. She further said that the CM Mamata Banerjee should take up this case very seriously and added that she is going to write a letter to her asking what action is she taking for all these crimes that are happening against women. Jan 1, 2014

Why is Mulayam troubled with Lalu visiting Muzzafarnagar, asks Kamal Farooqui

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): Former Samajwadi party leader, Kamal Farooqui on Wednesday slammed Samajwadi pary and its supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for having a problem with people like RJD President, Lalu Prasad Yadav visiting Muzzafarnagar. He further said that Mulayam Singh does not connect with common man anymore and is a changed man now. Jan 1, 2014

Ready to face any situation: AAP on confidence motion

Kaushambi, Jan 1 (ANI): AAP leader Sanjay Singh on Wednesday said that the party’s agenda in the Delhi assembly would be to take up all the 18 issues, which they asked the BJP and the Congress. The first session of the Delhi assembly begins today - a seven-day sitting in which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has to prove that his party has the numbers to continue to govern Delhi. He is expected to seek a confidence vote tomorrow. Jan 1, 2014

BJP slams UP govt for vacating Muzaffarnagar relief camps

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday slammed the UP government for vacating Muzaffarnagar relief camps. Naqvi said that even though the top Congress leaders visited the camps, but nobody took any action to help the victims languishing there. Jan 1, 2014

BJP on possible alliance between RJD & Congress

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Hours after RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vowed to forge RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP leader Kirti Azad on Wednesday stated that it is good that such alliances are now out in open. Azad said that it will make the process of fighting against corruption easier. Jan 1, 2014

Women supporters of Awami League protest against Khalida Zia

Dhaka, Jan 1 (ANI): Women supporters of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League Party protested against the opposition leader, Begum Khalida Zia, saying that she triggers violence in the country. The irate protesters shouted slogans against Zia and burnt her effigy in Dhaka. A Member of Parliament from the ruling party, Sahida Tareq Dipti, said that the protest was organized to condemn Khalida Zia’s action in public. Violence has gripped the country as Hasina and her ruling Awami League pressed ahead with vote. The opposition says it will not take part in the vote unless an interim government oversees it and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina steps down. Jan 1, 2014

India welcomes 2014 with festivities

Goa/ Karnataka/ Gujarat, Jan 1 (ANI): After an eventful year, India welcomed 2014 with celebrations, music and food festivals. Thousands of foreign tourists thronged India's party capital, Goa, which boasts colonial Portuguese charm, sun-kissed beaches and great seafood. The New Year parties arranged in various hotels and clubs, besides on the off-shore casinos received overwhelming response from the tourists visiting the state. A resident of Bangalore, Anjali, wished for a peaceful 2014. In Ahmedabad, people welcomed the New Year with cultural programs and traditional dance performances. Amid enthusiasm, the locals as well as the tourists were overjoyed to celebrate the New Year. Jan 1, 2014

Harsh Vardhan on Delhi Assembly

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): Commenting on Arvind Kejriwal’s remark that the BJP and the Congress will try to pull down AAP’s government, BJP leader Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that it is not the BJP but the Congress that is supporting the AAP. He added that there is no question of the BJP pulling down Kejriwal’s government. Jan 1, 2014

India awaits response from US over diplomatic spat

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs has stated that response from the US over dropping of criminal charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragde was awaited but owing to the holiday season, things were delayed. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the diplomatic channels in the United States as well as in India were trying to secure full diplomatic immunity for Khobragade by shifting her to its UN mission in New York, although such a move needs the US State Department approval. Akbaruddin told mediapersons that India was sharing every bit of information with their counterparts in the United States and the discussions were in progress. Jan 1, 2014

India hopes for early resolution of legal tussle of GMR group with Maldivian government

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs has hoped for a resolution of issues between infrastructure firm, GMR and Maldivian government, with both at loggerheads over the Male airport issue. The new President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom would visit India from January 01 to 04. President Gayoom would be accompanied by a high level delegation. GMR, a subsidiary of Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure limited has been given seven days to leave the Indian Ocean island chain. In 2012, Maldives cancelled its biggest foreign investment project, a $511 million deal with Indian firm GMR Group to develop its international airport, raising questions over the future of foreign investment in the islands renowned for luxury resorts. MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said that it was important for both GMR and the government of Maldives to resolve their issues. Akbaruddin added that Maldives and India were committed for improving their bilateral relations. Jan 1, 2014

US envoy to S.Sudan welcomes peace talks

The US envoy to South Sudan and Sudan welcomed on Tuesday the news that South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar were sending delegations to Ethiopia to discuss the conflict. Duration: 00:51 Jan 1, 2014