Narendra Modi either not aware of communal violence bill or knows people responsible for riots: Musl

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): After Narendra Modi called the communal violence bill a ‘recipe for disaster’, Muslim cleric Mufti Mukarram said that Modi either is not aware of the bill or knows the people responsible for the riots in different places. He said that the bill will surely benefit the people and stop any communal violence from taking place. Further, he said that the UPA government should have brought this pending bill much before and they have just woken up from slumber. Dec 5, 2013

Fresh trial ordered in Salman hit-and-run case, definite relief for Khan, says petitioner

Mumbai, Dec 05 (ANI): After a Mumbai court on Thursday ordered a fresh trial in the Salman Khan hit-and-run case, petitioner in the case, Abha Singh said that this is a definite relief for Khan and that his lawyer will take full advantage of the same. The court has ordered that all evidence and witnesses be re-examined. The hearing in the case will begin from December 24. According to an earlier court order, the Bollywood actor be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which attracts ten years of imprisonment. Dec 5, 2013

Nobody is above law: Shobha Oza on AK Ganguly sexual harassment case

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): After an NGO filed an FIR complaint against Justice AK Ganguly (retd.), who has been accused of sexually harassing a law intern, All India Mahila Congress President Shobha Oza said that nobody is above law and the law should take its course. Further, she said that if Ganguly is innocent, he will be released with due respect. Oza said that after an FIR is being launched against anyone, he/she should leave his government position. Dec 5, 2013

India needs to develop strong domestic base in telecommunications, electronics: PM

New Delhi, Dec 5 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday emphasized on the need to develop strong domestic manufacturing base in electronics and telecommunications with an aim to avoid difficulties in financing huge imports. Singh, while inaugurating the 8th edition of 'India Telecom 2013', said that telecom sector has contributed significantly to country's economic growth and has created valuable employment opportunities. During the conference, Singh also said that telecommunications has the potential to reduce socio-economic disparities. Singh also said that the government aimed to provide reliable and affordable broadband access to rural and remote areas. Dec 5, 2013

Communal Violence Bill caught in political battle

New Delhi, Dec 5 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday expressed their divergence on the Communal Violence Bill ahead of the winter session of Parliament. Even as the Congress is trying to build consensus, other parties are demanding amendment in the bill. Dec 5, 2013

Narendra Modi's opposition a political move: K Rahman Khan on Communal Violence Bill

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan on Thursday said that if the CM of Gujarat, Narendra Modi has written to the PM that Communal Violence Bill is not properly drafted then it is a political move. He also added that it is in the agenda of UPA from a long time and is the need of the hour. He further said that certain states are opposing this bill only for the sake of opposition and there is no base in their argument. Dec 5, 2013

Afghan shrine offers shock therapy for mental patients

Even after a decade of international funding and medical expertise pouring into Afghanistan, many locals still believe that the grim ordeal at the shrine will cure mental health problems. Duration:02:38 Dec 5, 2013

Lebanese women futsal players kick all barriers down

They have faced family disapproval and a lack of resources, but a group of Lebanese women have created the country's first female league for futsal, the faster, five-a-side variety of football.Duration:01:13 Dec 5, 2013

Amnesty says signs N. Korean gulag is expanding

Satellite images of one of North Korea's largest political prison camps suggests its inmate population is expanding, Amnesty International says in a report detailing rape and torture in the North's notorious gulag.Duration:02:05 Dec 5, 2013

BJP opposes communal violence bill

New Delhi, Dec 5 (ANI): Leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said that they would oppose the amended Communal Violence Bill, in the parliament. The Party said that the timing of the move by the government is suspicious and the bill is driven by political considerations and vote bank politics. It also added that He said that if the Bill is implemented then it would fragment the society and increase violence. Dec 5, 2013

Narendra Modi doing politics in name of Communal Violence Bill: JD (U)

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Reacting over BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's sharply worded letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which he termed the Communal Violence bill as ill-conceived, poorly drafted and a recipe for disaster, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that in the name of this bill Modi is doing politics. Dec 5, 2013

Narayan Sai rebuffs sexual assault allegations

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Self-styled Godman Asaram Bapu's son, Narayan Sai on Thursday rebuffed the sexual assault allegations, after the crime branch of Delhi police arrested him on a complaint lodged by two sisters from Surat. A court in New Delhi granted a 24-hour transit remand of Sai along with two others to the Guajrat police on December 04 in the alleged sexual assault case. Dec 5, 2013

Existing laws are enough to maintain communal harmony: Jay Panda

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Lok Sabha Member and BJD Leader Jay Panda on Thursday said that the Communal violence bill should be looked at with much more care as it is a sensitive issue. He further said that if the existing laws are implemented than it is enough to maintain communal harmony and there is no need for making new laws. He also slammed the government that it is more focused on making new laws rather than implementing the existing laws. Dec 5, 2013

Sabotage of rail tracks in poll bound Bangladesh causes derailment; 3 die, 47 wounded

Bangladesh, Dec 05 (ANI): At least three passengers died and 47 others sustained injuries as alleged miscreants removed fishplates from rail tracks in Gaibandha district of Bangladesh leading to derailment of a train during a nationwide blockade programme of the opposition parties. Earlier there was gunfire on the streets of Bangladesh as opposition parties extended their nationwide strike for two more days, seeking postponement of polls even as violence raged on. In the capital city of Dhaka, supporters of ruling Bangladesh Awami League shouted slogans against the nationwide blockade of opposition parties led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The supporters also burned the effigies of main opposition leader, Begum Khaleda Zia. Dec 5, 2013

India calls for strengthening of democratic institutions in poll bound Bangladesh

Dhaka, Dec 05 (ANI): In the midst of a political deadlock and violence gripping Bangladesh over the polls, Indian Foreign secretary, Sujata Singh, arrived in Dhaka and met the top leaders expressing the hope that the forthcoming elections in the country 'strengthens democratic institutions, practices and processes.' Singh expressed concern over these instances of violence and said it would not benefit anyone. Singh added that both the countries cannot remain indifferent to or unaffected by developments in each other's regions and that India's consistent view has been that a strong, stable, independent and well developed Bangladesh is in the interest not only of the people of Bangladesh but also in the interests of the people of the region. Dec 5, 2013