Myanmar host city delights with Games

An electrifying opening ceremony at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar's remote capital has boosted faith that the nation is on the rise, quelling fears its "coming out" party at the event's opening ceremony would fall flat. Duration: 02:14 Dec 12, 2013

Berlin recycled chic rebels against 'fast fashion'

While fashion giants H&M and Zara are increasingly dominating the high street, a group of Berlin designers is resisting "fast fashion" to create their own style of recycled chic. Duration: 02:06 Dec 12, 2013

Sweden struggles with surge in Syrian refugees

Since January 2013, more than 14,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Sweden. A generous new policy has since September granted residency to all Syrian asylum seekers and the number of new arrivals has soared. Duration: 01:57 Dec 12, 2013

Homosexuality unethical and against Indian culture: SP

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): After political leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram came against the SC's order on Section 377, Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav said that he supports the apex court's ruling. He said that homosexuality is totally unethical, immoral and against Indian culture. Dec 12, 2013

Happy that leaders concerned about SC's wrong decision on gay rights: Anand Grover

New Delhi, Dec 12 (ANI): After union leaders like Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram expressed concern over re-criminalizing gay sex and upholding the constitutional validity of Section 377 of IPC by the Supreme Court, Senior Advocate Anand Grover expressed happiness about the same. He said that SC's duty is to look after the rights of people, but in this case, the SC has curbed people's rights. Grover said that the central government should pressurize to review the apex court's verdict. Dec 12, 2013

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