Bangladesh political unrest affects cross border trade with India

West Bengal, Dec 06 (ANI): Political turmoil in poll-bound Bangladesh has affected cross border trade with India, putting a halt on exchange of businesses between the two nations. On November 25, the Election Commission announced that elections would be held on January 05. The BNP has rejected any attempt to hold an election until it is satisfied a neutral interim administration is in place without Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The strike on Thursday adversely affected the truck drivers, especially their daily wages. Stationary trucks loaded with goods were seen at the parking area, bearing the brunt of the strike. Dec 6, 2013

Bangladesh ministers to quit over poll issue

Dhaka, Dec 06 (ANI): Four ministers of Jatiya Party were likely to quit the Bangladesh’s interim government, as their party chief Hussain Mohammad Ershad decided to boycott January parliament polls over formation of a neutral caretaker government. Decision of Ershad has come as a blow to the ruling Awami League alliance. Jatiya Party is the third largest outfit. Media reports claimed that Commerce Minister GM Quader, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, Junior Minister for Youth and Sports Mujibul Haq Chunnu and Junior Minister for Women and Children Affairs Salma Islam have submitted their resignations to Ershad. Dec 6, 2013

Cabinet approves bill for separate Telangana with 10 districts

Hyderabad/ New Delhi, Dec 06 (ANI): The cabinet has finally cleared a parliamentary bill for bifurcating Andhra Pradesh to create a separate state of Telangana, with 10 districts. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde confirmed the approval after the cabinet meeting on Thursday. Shinde said the bill would now be sent to the President Pranab Mukherjee within a day or two with the request to make reference to state legislature under Article 3 of the Constitution of India. The home minister also said that the Government of India would be extending financial support for the creation of a new capital. Dec 6, 2013

11 Chinese sandalwood smugglers arrested in West Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 06 (ANI): Custom officials arrested 11 Chinese nationals after they were caught with huge amounts of sandalwood at an airport in West Bengal. Assistant Commissioner of Customs at Kolkata said that this was the second group of Chinese nationals which was caught smuggling sandalwood on Thursday. Earlier on Wednesday, a group of six Chinese nationals were caught carrying 120 kilograms of red sandalwood while the second group of five Chinese nationals was caught carrying 150 kilograms of white sandalwood. Dec 6, 2013

Mandela mourned around the world

The death of Nelson Mandela triggers an unprecedented chorus of awed respect in South Africa and around the world.  Dec 6, 2013

Cape Town mourns Nelson Mandela's death

Cape Town, Dec 06 (ANI): After former South African President Nelson Mandela died ailing from a prolonged lung infection at his Johannesburg home, people in Cape Town expressed their shock and sadness. Mandela, the country's first black president helped and guided South Africa through bloodshed and turmoil to democracy. For Cape Town resident, Julia Rose Suttie who shares a birthday with Mandela, the news was shocking. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said Mandela would receive a full state funeral, and ordered flags to be flown at half mast. Dec 6, 2013

Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear

Unable to get to that must-see tourist site but can't bear for your teddy to miss out? Then Japan has just the thing for you -- a travel agency that takes stuffed toys on package tours and even provides the holiday snaps to prove it. Duration: 02:12 Dec 6, 2013

Anti- apartheid hero Nelson Mandela dies at 95

New Delhi, Dec 06 (ANI): South African anti-apartheid hero and its first elected black president Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home. Although Mandela had been frail and ailing for nearly a year, President Jacob Zuma's announcement late on Thursday of the death of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate shook the nation. Making a national broadcast, a somber Zuma announced the time of the death as 8:50 PM. Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, had faced several health scares. Dec 6, 2013

Mandela: Remembered by those who met him

Nelson Mandela has inspired a generation of people around the world, from actors and directors to famous footballers. Some of those who knew him well share their thoughts about the man and his legacy.  Dec 6, 2013

Mandela's homeland: a microcosm of South Africa

It's the place that Nelson Mandela called home. The village of Qunu, where the South African leader grew up, was also the place he retired to after leaving politics. Duration: 2:28 Dec 6, 2013

Afrikaners divided about Mandela's legacy

As South Africans mourn the loss of their former president Nelson Mandela, one minority group remains divided in its views -- the country's white Afrikaners. Duration: 2:28 Dec 6, 2013

People mourn Mandela outside his Johannesburg home

People gathered outside Nelson Mandela's home in Johannesburg Thursday evening after hearing that the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa had died aged 95. Duration: 0:29 Dec 6, 2013