AAP not answerable to Shinde on Delhi govt formation: Sanjay Singh

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Reacting over Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement, AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Thursday said that the party was not answerable to the Home Minister but the public on Delhi government formation. He also said that it will take a final decision on government formation on December 23, after seeking public opinion in the capital until the weekend. Earlier in the day, Shinde said that Centre has asked Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to get time frame from AAP for government formation in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013

Centre asks LG to get time frame from AAP for govt formation: Shinde

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that the Centre has requested Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to seek a specific time frame from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for their decision to form the government in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013

Togo President Intervenes To Secure Release of Jailed Indian Sailor

Authorities in Togo detained James and two of his colleagues, on board the oil tanker, MT Ocean Centurion, on July 31. Reportedly, Captain James had stopped the ship to report an attack on MT Ocean Centurion by pirates but the Togo authorities instead arrested the crew of the oil tanker for allegedly aiding the pirates. Dec 19, 2013

Politicos taunt BJP for sidelining Advani, after Mohan Bhagwat says BJP needs Advanis guidance

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Political parties in India taunted the BJP for sidelining its senior leader LK Advani, after RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that his experience was indispensable to the party’s success. The Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been crippled by infighting among leaders, with several, including Advani, harbouring ambitions to become India's next prime minister. Dec 19, 2013

AAP and Congress responsible for Political uncertainty in Delhi: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday said that both the Congress and AAP are responsible for the political uncertainty prevailing in the national capital. He further said that the parties should clarify their stand on government formation in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013

JD (U) on possible alliance between RJD & Congress in Bihar

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari on Thursday said that the possible alliance between the Congress and the RJD is not going to affect the Nitish Government in Bihar. According to reports, the Congress is no longing harping on going it alone in Bihar and is all set to seal a pre-poll alliance with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Dec 19, 2013

John Kerry regrets over Devyani's mishandling, Indian politicos express ire

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): After US secretary of state John Kerry called on India's national security adviser Shivshankar Menon and voices regret over treatment meted out to Devyani Khobragade on Thursday, Political leaders back in India expressed ire on the same. Leaders said that expressing regret won't be enough and that US should take all the charges back and apologize over the issue. Dec 19, 2013

Bangladesh academician hails Mollas execution, calls for trial of perpetrators

Dhaka, Dec 19 (ANI): Bangladesh academician, Syed Anwar Hossain hailed the execution of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla for war crimes committed during 1971 liberation war, while he also maintained that other perpetrators of the heinous crimes should be tried. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla was hanged on December 12 in the first war crimes execution in Bangladesh. The 1971 war, in which an estimated three million people died in nine months, is a festering wound not only for those personally affected, but also for many young Bangladeshis. Dec 19, 2013

US expresses regret over Devyani Khobragades arrest amidst protests in India

Ludhiana, /New Delhi/ Washington DC, Dec 19 (ANI): The United States expressed regret over the treatment meted out to Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade who was arrested last week in New York for alleged visa fraud. Khobragade was handcuffed, strip-searched and put in a cell with criminals following her arrest. US Secretary of State John Kerry called Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and voiced regret about the case, the US State Department said. Meanwhile, People in India took to streets condemning the strip searching of its envoy in US, which gave rise to a diplomatic spat between the two otherwise close nations. Dec 19, 2013

India Diplomat Row: Who really is the victim, Devyani Khobragade or Sangeeta Richard?

There are several questions that the Indian government should be asking themselves - whether Khobragade actually misused her power and denied the rights and privileges of her Indian maid? Is Sangeeta Richard actually the victim of ill treatment, who finally took a stand against her powerful employer under the 'just' US laws? Dec 19, 2013

Congress draws flak over passing Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Trinamool Congress party showed strong resentment against ruling Congress party for introducing Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill in Rajya Sabha of the parliament through backdoor tactics. The agreement on the demarcation of land boundary between Bangladesh and India and related matters, signed in May 1974 is a unique document that epitomized the depth of the friendship, goodwill and mutual trust and above all, the vision of peace and harmony of two great statesmen- former Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his then Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi. Dec 19, 2013