Syrian Kurds expand banned language education

While the Assad regime in Damascus is under international pressure over conflict raging in the country, in the Kurdish region in the northeast of Syria the Kurdish language is being taught in schools for the first time in defiance of a longstanding ban. Duration: 01:07 Sep 15, 2013

US-Russia plan on Syria arms wins China support

A US-Russian plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons gains China's support, easing its route towards the UN Security Council and hiking pressure on Damascus to act within days. Duration: 01:02 Sep 15, 2013

Germany's Bavarians head to the polls

Voters in Bavaria went to the polls Sunday with Chancellor Angela Merkel hoping her conservatives in the southern state will create momentum ahead of Germany's general elections in a week. Duration: 00:31 Sep 15, 2013

Syria rebels voice disdain for Obama, world powers

Rebel fighters have expressed disdain for US President Barack Obama after he backed away from striking over alleged chemical weapons attacks, saying the world does not care about Syria. Duration: 00:39 Sep 15, 2013

No differences with Advani: Rajnath Singh

Mumbai, Sep 14 (ANI): Even as several BJP leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, Ananth Kumar and Ravi Shankar Prasad met veteran LK Advani at his residence apparently in a bid to pacify him over his firm opposition to anoint Gujarat Chief, Narendra Modi as the party___s PM candidate, party Chief, Rajnath Singh on Saturday said there were no differences with Advani over the issue. Sep 14, 2013

India-Bangladesh security forces conduct survey on unfenced areas to combat border crime

Siliguri, Sep 14 (ANI): Security forces of India and Bangladesh conducted a survey on unfenced areas along the border with an aim to put an end to infiltration, trafficking and smuggling by criminals. Inspector General of the Border Security Force (BSF) north-Bengal frontier, S K Sood, said that fencing work would begin after getting an approval from Bangladesh. Sood also said that fencing would also help to curb criminal activities. Sep 14, 2013

Advani___s blessings on BJP will prevail forever: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): As BJP announced Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, ignoring objections from party___s senior leader LK Advani, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, after meeting Advani and trying to appease him, said that Advani is not opposed to the party and that his blessings for party will prevail forever. Sep 14, 2013

British council organises an evening of poetry in New Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): The British Council in New Delhi organised a poetry recitation programme by Indian diplomat-poet Abhay K, recently. Abhay K is currently posted in Kathmandu, Nepal. He said that the objective of the event was to promote poetry as an art and make people aware of it. He also added that poetry has the power to build bridges and connect people of different communities. Abhay K. has authored eight books including five poetry collections. Sep 14, 2013

AP Singh's remarks causing aspersions on Nirbhaya: Brinda Karat

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): After Defence lawyer AP Singh in the Delhi gang rape gave a controversial statement against the victim of the case, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said on Saturday that Singh's remark is causing aspersions on Nirbhaya (victim). Karat further said that this is an outrageous statement on the part of a lawyer and that the Bar Council of India should take proper action on the same. Singh had earlier said that he would have burnt his daughter had she been out with her boyfriend late night, and had pre-marital sex. Sep 14, 2013

Nitish jealous of Modi as he is nowhere in PM race: Shahnawaz Hussain

Patna, Sep 14 (ANI): After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said that announcement of Narendra Modi as BJP___s PM candidate was no surprise and was anticipated beforehand, BJP Spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that Nitish Kumar is jealous of Modi because he falls nowhere near the ongoing PM race. Further, he said that Kumar is trying to get publicity in the name of Modi. This came up after Kumar___s statement, ___Vinaash kaale vipreet buddhi___ (when downfall nears, one thinks and does the wrong). Sep 14, 2013

PM hands over newly-built flats to slum dwellers in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Sep 14 (ANI): Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh distributed keys of newly-built flats to slum dwellers in Chandigarh on Saturday while adding that the central government aims to provide 1 million houses to the poor. Singh handed over documents to the beneficiaries in Dhanas area of the union territory under the slum rehabilitation scheme and said that the aim for such initiatives is to work towards a slum-free India. He added that rapid urbanisation was putting pressure on urban centres. Under the scheme, a total of 8,448 flats ware expected to be handed over to slum dwellers. The flats built under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM) by the Chandigarh Housing Board are expected to accommodate over 40,000 people. Sep 14, 2013

AP Singh draws flak over remark on character of women

New Delhi/Bhopal, Sep 14 (ANI): Defence lawyer of Delhi gang rape convicts AP Singh drew flak from women activists over his remark on character of women. Even though his remarks were highly criticized as "patriarchal" and "misogynistic", Singh stood by his comment that he has the guts to burn his daughter or sister alive, if she indulges into pre-marital sex. The lawyer faced public ire after his hysterical presentation of the Delhi gang rape case. Singh___s clients were sentenced to death for rape, murder and destruction of evidence on Friday by a fast track court in New Delhi. Sep 14, 2013

Rajnath Singh promises economy boost up in BJP regime

Mumbai, Sep 14 (ANI): Addressing the party workers, BJP President Rajnath Singh, on the backdrop of failing economy in the country, promised that economy under the BJP government will boost up and will be looked upon by the foreign countries. He further criticized the UPA government for devastating the earlier flaring economy during Atal Bihari Vajpaee's governance. Sep 14, 2013