Merely calling regular coffee "eco-friendly" can make it taste better

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): A new study has suggested that people find "eco-friendly" labeled cup of coffee better than a regular cup when both cups were brewed from the same batch of coffee beans. It was found that coffee drinkers are convinced "eco friendly" coffee tastes better and are willing to pay a premium for labeled products. The research from the University of Gavle and the University of Chicago suggested that an increasingly large number of products are marked with morally loaded labels such as 'fair-trade' and 'organically produced' - labels associated with social or environmental responsibility that speak to our conscience. Dec 12, 2013

Jan Lokpal bill should be passed as it is: Kumar Vishwas

Ralegan Siddhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Aam Admi Party leader, Kumar Vishwas on Thursday visited Ralegan Siddhi where Anna Hazare is on an indefinite hunger strike to demand the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill be passed in the ongoing winter session of Parliament. Vishwas said that the Jan Lokpal bill should not become a Jokepal bill and should be passed by the government as it is and not a line should be changed. Dec 12, 2013

Protesters call for execution of Abdul Quader Mollah in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Dec 12 (ANI): Protesters gathered in Dhaka demanding execution of Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah. Lawyers met at the Supreme Court's appeals division and are likely to resume arguments on Thursday. The stay on execution remains until the appeal against the death penalty is resolved. Mollah, found guilty of war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, was due to be hanged at Dhaka Central Jail just after midnight on Wednesday, but his lawyers earned a last-minute reprieve. Mollah is assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which is barred from contesting elections but plays a key role in the opposition movement led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Protesters gathered in the capital and clamoured for Mollah's speedy execution. Dec 12, 2013

Withdrawing terror cases involve political interest: RK Singh on Allahabad's HC ruling

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): After the Allahabad High court ruled out that SP government in UP cannot withdraw terror cases without the Centre's consent, former union Home Secretary RK Singh favored the ruling and said that if a political party withdraws a terror case, it definitely involves political interests. Further, he said that the Supreme Court had already cleared that withdrawing such cases must be done with the consent of the central government. Singh also said that it's sad that people are placing political interests ahead of national interests. Dec 12, 2013

SP will never punish anyone innocent: Azam Khan on HC's rule on terror case

Lucknow, Dec 12 (ANI): After the Allahabad High Court rapped SP government in UP saying that it cannot withdraw terror cases without the consent of the Centre, party leader Azam Khan said that the party will never punish anyone who is innocent irrespective of his caste or religion. The High Court order came after the state government withdrew terror cases against 19 Muslims who were accused in terror cases. Khan also said that Congress led central government can pass food security bill but are not in favour of bill meant for saving innocent lives. Dec 12, 2013

SEA Games opens in Myanmar with lavish ceremony

Myanmar stages a lavish spectacle of lights, dance and pyrotechnics at the opening ceremony for the Southeast Asian Games, as the impoverished and formerly reclusive state displays a dazzling face to the world. Duration: 00:58 Dec 12, 2013

Akhilesh govt committed severe lapses in state administration: BSP on HC's rule on terror cases

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Thursday ruled that the state cannot withdraw cases against terror accused without the central government's approval. Reacting on the same, BSP leader, Sudhindra Bhadoria on Thursday slammed SP government and said that it has shown no respect for law and judiciary and the ruling shows that the Akhilesh government has committed severe lapses in the state administration. Dec 12, 2013

Raman Singh takes oath as Chhattisgarh CM

Raipur, Dec 12 (ANI): BJP leader Dr. Raman Singh took oath as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for the third consecutive time on Thursday. The ceremony was held at Police Parade Ground. The BJP registered a thumping victory by winning 49 of the 90 seats, one less from its 2008 figure, while the Congress managed to win 39 assembly seats. Dec 12, 2013

Won't curtail Parliament session, Lokpal Bill top priority: Kamal Nath

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday ruled out an early end to the Parliament session, saying it will run as per schedule. He further said that Lokpal Bill remains the top priority even as both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been repeatedly disrupted due to protests against the creation Telangana. Dec 12, 2013

Ban terrorism and not happiness of people: BJP on Indian films and serials ban in Pak

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party Vice-president, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday slammed Pakistan court’s ban on Indian movies, TV serials and said that banning the happiness and entertainment of people is completely indicative of dictatorship and if they really want to ban something then they should ban the terrorist activities and separatism in their nation. After imposing restrictions on screening of 'illegal' Indian films in the country, Pakistan has now banned the screening of Indian television shows as well. Pakistan court has stopped the screening of foreign films, serials and television shows, especially Indian content, on the country's TV channels Dec 12, 2013

Sushilkumar Shinde on Lokpal Bill

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): As social activist Anna Hazare's indefinite fast for Jan Lokpal Bill entered third day on Thursday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde stated that V Narayanasamy, MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, had urged Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari to take up the Lokpal bill immediately. Dec 12, 2013

Aam Aadmi Party should form govt in Delhi with Congress: Kirti Azad

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad on Thursday said that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) should form the government in Delhi with support from the Congress. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , the single largest group in the 70-seat house with 31 members, as well as the AAP, which won 28 seats in its very first election, have refused to form a government. Dec 12, 2013

AAP will not celebrate till corruption is removed: Kejriwal

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal has said that they cannot celebrate unless and until corruption is weeded out of the country and also lauded volunteers for extending their support towards the movement. Hundreds of activists wearing boat-shaped "Gandhi caps" bearing the slogan, "I am a common man", gathered at the party's modest headquarters, cheering and waving brooms in the air to symbolize a clean-out of rotten politicians. Kejriwal also praised the volunteers who not only gathered from India but also from across the world. Congratulating the volunteers, Kejriwal also expressed his gratitude towards the family members of the supporters. The AAP also declared that it has decided to take the plunge into national politics by contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Dec 12, 2013

Manish Tewari slams Pak for banning Indian films and serials on TV

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): After imposing restrictions on screening of 'illegal' Indian films in the country, Pakistan has now banned the screening of Indian television shows as well. Pakistan court has stopped the screening of foreign films, serials and television shows, especially Indian content, on the country's TV channels. While staying the beaming of foreign content, the Court ruled that Indian films and television serials were included in 'Negative List' under the current bilateral trade regime. Reacting over this Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Thursday said that films and serials are ideas and the power of idea cannot be stopped. He also said that Pakistan government must remove Indian films and serials from negative list of bilateral trade and put it in the positive list. Dec 12, 2013