South African miners reject wage offer

South Africa's platinum mineworkers reject a fresh wage offer at a public meeting vowing to continue a week-long strike that has brought the sector to a stand-still. Duration: 00:49 Jan 31, 2014

Hologram of Turkish PM greets voters at campaign rally

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was unable to make an election rally in western city of Izmir, so instead he recorded a message which was broadcast to the crowd in the form of a three-metre high hologram. Duration: 00:37 Jan 31, 2014

Hundreds flock to hear West Bengal minister speak

Trinamool Congress supporters listen to a speech by India's West Bengal state Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee during a mass gathering at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata on January 30, 2014. Duration: 00:33 Jan 31, 2014

Rahul Gandhi interacts with labour sector for manifesto suggestions

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): While reaching out to labour representatives to seek their feedback for the party manifesto for the upcoming 2014 elections, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said that the objective of his party was to uplift 700 million skilled labourers to middle-class level. Gandhi said the opinions of the labour groups would be incorporated while deciding the manifesto of the Congress party. Earlier, Gandhi vowed to uplift the condition of country's 700 million labourers, promising a better life to this section on given an opportunity to form the government after the national polls due before May. Jan 31, 2014

Poor should get LPG cylinders for free: Mulayam Singh Yadav

Lucknow, Jan 31 (ANI): Reacting to Centre’s decision of raising LPG cylinder quota to 12, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the limit should be raised to 24 and poor people should get the cooking gas cylinders for free. Meanwhile, Yadav also said that the SP government in Uttar Pradesh has done a commendable job of helping the Muzaffarnagar riot victims. Jan 31, 2014

India, Fiji sign DTAA to avoid double taxation

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): India and Fiji signed a pact to avoid double taxation and to facilitate mutual economic co-operation between the two countries. The Government of India signed the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) with the Government Fiji that also provides for exchange of banking information for tax administration purpose. The pact was signed in New Delhi by India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on behalf of the Government of Fiji. Speaking on the occasion, Chidambaram said the need for DTAA between the two countries was required and negotiations were already completed in 2011. Jan 31, 2014

Bangladesh HC orders death sentence to 14 in arms smuggling case

Chittagong, Jan 31 (ANI): A Bangladeshi court sentenced 14 people to death, including an Islamist party leader, Indian militant, a former security agency chief and a former deputy government minister for involvement in the country's biggest ever arms smuggling case. Leader of United Liberation Front of Assam, Paresh Barua, was among those who were awarded death penalty. Police seized 10 truck-loads of weapons in a raid on a state-owned jetty in the port city of Chittagong in 2004. Jan 31, 2014

Mumbai Police Commissioner seeks resignation, may contest LS polls

Mumbai, Jan 31 (ANI): Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh filed resignation letter and sought resignation from the Indian Police Service and is said to be preparing to contest the upcoming general elections. Singh said that he wants to expand his sphere and work towards the national reconstruction and world peace. On being asked which party he is to join, Singh said the decision will come soon. Jan 31, 2014

National election observation council calls violence-plagued polls in Bangladesh exclusive

Dhaka, Jan 31 (ANI): Chairman of Bangladesh's national election observation council--Jatiya Nirbachon Porjobekkhon Parishad, (JANIPOP)--Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah hailed the disputed elections conducted in Dhaka, as the country was hit by political turmoil amid growing international calls for fresh and inclusive 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). Talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Kalimullah said that the election commission succeeded in conducting the polls although the voter turnout was low. Jan 31, 2014

Krishi Mela highlights the commendable work of farmers and agriculture department in Manipur

Manipur, Jan 31 (ANI): A four-day long state level Krishi Mela was recently organised by the Agricultural Technology Management Agency in collaboration with the State Agriculture Department at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen in Imphal. Addressing the event, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam stressed on the need for the introduction of modern agriculture techniques. Around 37 stalls from concerned departments and progressive farmers showcased their products and achievements. Technical sessions for farmers were also conducted as part of the fair. In the last five to six years, the directorate of Agriculture along with the horticulture Department, Fisheries directorate, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry directorate has been trying to boost production in the state to meet the food demands. Jan 31, 2014

Subsidised LPG cylinders cap hiked, politicos react

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): After government raised the quota of subsidised LPG to 12 cylinders per household in a year from nine, politicos questioned the requirement of such an amendment at a time when 2014 general elections are approaching. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi condemned the decision and said that this comes as a preparation for the polls. Meanwhile, SP leader Naresh Agarwal also condemned the decision and said that when the third front will come to power, it will remove the system as a whole. Jan 30, 2014

10 killed in Assam firing, locals block Assam-Arunachal Pradesh highway in protest

Sonitpur, Jan 30 (ANI): Locals in Sonitpur district of Assam blocked the National Highway 52 connecting the state with neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh in protest against the killing of 10 people in an alleged land dispute. Ten people were killed and 12 others injured after a dispute over eviction from encroached land in the area turned ugly. The area has been a bone of contention between the two states for decades. An eyewitness, Aakash said there were at least hundred people who attacked the village. Jan 30, 2014