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

Maoist attack kills one, injures two others in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, Dec 19 (ANI): A well orchestrated Maoist attack in Gumla district of Jharkhand left one woman dead and injured two others. The Maoists escaped after sighting a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. Meanwhile, approximately 160 kilometres away from Ranchi, the Maoists planted a bomb at a petrol pump, which could have caused loss to life and property on a greater magnitude but was diffused by the prompt action of the bomb disposal squad. It was a country-made crude bomb weighing not less than seven kilograms. Dec 19, 2013

Indian sailor Captain Sunil James released from Togo jail: MEA

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Captain Sunil James along with another sailor Vijayan, who was arrested in Togo on July 31 for allegedly aiding pirates, has been released on Thursday, said the ministry of external affairs. The External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India is preparing for the sailor’s return. James’ wife Aditi and other relatives met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier this month to urge him to intervene so that James could be allowed to come home for the last rites of his 11-month old son Vivaan, who died on December 2. Dec 19, 2013

President insists S.Sudan violence was failed coup

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said on Wednesday that the violence that has shaken his country was not a tribal conflict but a failed military coup. He also claimed the UN compound is home to rebel fighters. Duration: 0:50 Dec 19, 2013

AirAsiaX places $6 bn order for 25 Airbus A330s

Low-cost Malaysian airline AirAsia X announced Wednesday an order of 25 long-range A330-300 aircraft with a catalogue price of nearly $6 billion (4.4 billion euros) as it looks to return to serving Europe. Duration: 0:59 Dec 19, 2013

Final rallies for Madagascar presidential candidates

The two finalists of the presidential election in Madagascar, Jean Louis Robinson and Hery Rajaonarimampianina, held their last rallies Wednesday in Antananarivo, were thousands of supporters gathered two days before the second round. Duration: 0:51 Dec 19, 2013