K Rehman Khan on Communal Violence Bill

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): The Congress led UPA government has decided to introduce the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Minority Affairs Minister K Rehman Khan said that it’s the UPA government’s commitment to bring this bill. After the recent violence in Muzaffarnagar, Rahman Khan shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to bring the Bill in the House at the earliest opportunity. The legislation defines communal and targeted violence and imposes a penalty on public servants for negligence of duty. It also strengthens the rights of the victim in the criminal justice system and envisages a national standard for all affected people. Oct 21, 2013

Congress on BJP s CM candidate for Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Even as the central BJP leaders deferred the announcement of its Chief Ministerial candidate for the assembly elections in the national capital, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said that the elections are not done yet and the BJP is already fighting for the post of Chief Ministerial candidature. Oct 21, 2013

India reiterates its stand on Kashmir, rejects any 3rd country's intervention

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday said that India will not allow any 'third' country, to intervene in its row with Pakistan on the long disputed border issue of Kashmir. Shinde was attending a ceremony on Police Commemoration Day in New Delhi on Monday. Rejecting the demand of Pakistan's Prime Minister for a US intervention, Shinde, said that New Delhi will not let anyone to interfere in the Kashmir issue. Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif who is on a three-day official visit to Washington, raked up the intervention of US to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. Oct 21, 2013

John Kerry meets Nawaz Sharif in Washington

Washington, Oct 21 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. Sharif arrived in Washington on Sunday for a four-day visit. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday (October 23). He is also expected to meet several members of Congress. While interacting with the media persons, Kerry emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Relations between the U.S. and Pakistan remain tense on major issues, including Pakistani opposition to U.S. drone strikes and Washington's complaints about the ties of the Pakistani intelligence service to militant groups active in Afghanistan. Oct 21, 2013

Proud and confident of our armed forces: Khurshid on multiple ceasefire violations

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): As External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid termed the multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) as 'regrettable', he expressed his confidence in the armed forces, and said that he fully believed that the Army was capable of protecting national interests along the LoC. Oct 21, 2013

John Kerry meets Nawaz Sharif in Washington

Washington, Oct 21 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif. Sharif arrived in Washington on Sunday for a four-day visit. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on Wednesday (October 23). He is also expected to meet several members of Congress. While interacting with the media persons, Kerry emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Relations between the U.S. and Pakistan remain tense on major issues, including Pakistani opposition to U.S. drone strikes and Washington's complaints about the ties of the Pakistani intelligence service to militant groups active in Afghanistan. Oct 21, 2013

JD (U) on BJP's CM candidate for Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): Even as the central BJP leaders deferred the announcement of its chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections in the national capital, JD (U) leader Shabir Ali said that the fight for the top spot will always be there in the BJP. The BJP was forced to delay its announcement after Vijay Goel made it clear that he will not tolerate anyone other than him as party's face in the upcoming elections. Oct 21, 2013

Regrettable multiple ceasefire violations by Pak is no way to move forward: Khurshid

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday termed the multiple ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) as 'regrettable', and said the only constructive way forward for the relationship between the two countries was if Pakistan dismantled its infrastructure of terrorism, delivered justice in the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008 and made a sincere effort to comply with the ceasefire along the border. Oct 21, 2013

The toad that turned into a nice little earner

Once upon a time a poisonous cane toad lived in the South Sea Islands, unloved and unwanted. Then one day a Polish fairy waved her wand and the plain old cane toad turned into a precious fashion accessory... Oct 21, 2013

Campaigning ramps up for Madagascar presidential polls

Madagascar will hold the first round of a divisive presidential election on Friday October 25. The polls will aim to end the political crisis that has continued since March 2009 when President Marc Ravalomanana was ousted in a coup. Oct 21, 2013

EDF signs 16-bn deal to build new UK nuclear plant

French energy giant EDF said on Monday it had clinched a deal worth £16 billion ($26 billion, 18.9 billion euros) to build Britain's first new nuclear plant for a generation, with Chinese backing. Oct 21, 2013