Real Face of Pakistan

Pakistan/Muzaffarabad, PoK, February 17, 2015: Pakistan may be in denial about its involvement in Afghanistan or about supporting Taliban, but none another it's ex President Parvez Musharraf has spilled the beans. He confirms that Pakistan's ISI is supporting Taliban. India's position stands vindicated. Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has said that under his regime, Pakistan had tried to undermine the Afghan government led by ex-president Hamid Karzai. He also added that spies in Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) had given birth to the Taliban after 2001 because the Karzai government had an overwhelming number of non-Pashtuns and officials who were said to favour India, "In President Karzai's times, yes, indeed, he was damaging Pakistan and, therefore, we were working against his interest."That is where the intelligence work comes in. Intelligence being in contact with Taliban groups. Definitely they were in contact, and they should be," the 71-year-old former dictator told The Guardian Former Pakistani president spilled the beans but stayed mum on Pakistan's role in fomenting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Musharaf's interview has revealed what the world has been saying. Feb 17, 2015

JD (U) suspends seven pro-Manjhi ministers

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): JD (U) on Tuesday suspended seven pro-Manjhi ministers from party leadership. Party Chief Sharad Yadav said that when he was told about the ministers he took immediate action on problems faced due to the leaders. Yadav added that he assessed the situation and took immediate action by moving court. He also said that Jitan Ram Manjhi does not have majority in the house and added that the Governor should have been quick in taking the decision over Bihar politics. Meanwhile, President of JD (U) unit in Bihar, Basistha Narayan Singh said that the ministers did not resign from their post even after being directed to do so by the party, which is why they were suspended. The suspension comes ahead of floor test, to prove majority for Manjhi, on Friday. Feb 17, 2015

Ice and snowfalls paralyze central U.S.

Snow removal is underway in Washington, DC. Federal offices are closed, and streets are quiet. Overnight storms have paralyzed much of the central and eastern United States. Amid record-breaking Feb 17, 2015

Tens of thousands in Copenhagen vigil for shooting victims

Tens of thousands of Danes gathered for a torch-lit vigil in central Copenhagen to commemorate the victims of two weekend shootings that have shocked the nation and heightened fears of a new surge in anti-Semitic violence. Duration: 01:01 Feb 17, 2015

Live bait claims rock Australian greyhound racing

Australia's greyhound racing industry is in damage control after graphic footage showed live piglets, rabbits and possums used as bait to train some of the country's most successful dogs. Duration: 00:44 Feb 17, 2015

At least seven dead in Pakistan police headquarters attack

Lahore, Feb 17 (ANI): At least seven people died on Tuesday (February 17) in a large explosion and gunfire at a regional police headquarters in Pakistan's city of Lahore, police said. The explosion came from a car near the police building, said spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar, adding it was unclear if the attack involved a suicide bomber. She said three people were dead but a police officer said at least seven had died, citing colleagues in the area. It was unclear how many of the dead were police. An unidentified policeman at the scene said it looked like a suicide attack. The blast was followed by rapid gunfire, witnesses said. Pakistan has suffered two major militant attacks in the past month. Feb 17, 2015

Maithripala Sirisena visits Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, Feb 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, on Tuesday (February 17) visited one of the holiest Buddhist sites in India, where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. He paid floral tributes to Lord Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi Temple. The Sri Lankan President also prayed under the Bodhi tree, a sacred fig near the Mahabodhi Temple which is said to be a descendent of the one Buddha sat under for three days and nights in the sixth century BC, before finding enlightenment. Sirisena, who is in India for a four-day visit, signed a nuclear energy agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. This is Sirisena’s first visit abroad after he assumed office last month by defeating his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in a hotly contested elections. Feb 17, 2015

Rajnath Singh meets Bangladesh official ahead of home secretary level talks

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday (February 17) met Bangladesh's Senior Secretary of Home Affairs, Md. Mozammel Haque Khan in New Delhi ahead of Home Secretary level talks between the two countries. Khan will meet India's new Home Secretary LC Goyal later in the day to hold talks on issues like cross-border movements of people and goods, border cooperation in counter-terror initiatives. India's links with Bangladesh are civilisational, cultural, social and economic. On February 14, Singh had visited border areas of Tripura to review the progress of fencing work. India is fencing its border with Bangladesh. The two countries share a 4,096 kilometre long border, largely porous. Feb 17, 2015

'I'm really, really not a wedding person', says Maggie Q

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Maggie Q has admitted that she is not at all a wedding person and her friends will go to plan every bit of her wedding with Dylan McDermott. The 'Nikita' actress said that it's all about her friends who are close to her, so it's all them who will going to plan for the future bride because she is not at all a wedding person, an online portal reported. She gushed about the 'Stalker' actor and said that to find a best friend in a life partner is the luckiest thing any girl would aspire for, and this is what actually true to her as she finds Dylan a really good friend of her. She said that Dylan didn't asked her for marriage he told her that they will going to marry because as per him asking out the actress is a tough and a risky task if incase she refuses the proposal. Feb 17, 2015

Reactions come in after PM Modi gives assurance to Christian community on religious tolerance

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Reactions come in from political circle as well as Christian community after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured of religious tolerance and strongly asserted his government’s commitment to ensure equal respect to all religions in India. Delhi Archbishop Anil J Couto said that the statement is very assuring and that they have full faith in the prime minister. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said that there can be differing elements in any party, but the people should focus on what the prime minister has to say. BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi also supported Modi and the BJP government’s agenda. Meanwhile, Congress leaders are of the view that there is a great difference between what Modi says and what he preaches and therefore the words should be believed only when its comes into action. PC Chacko however, demanded the prime minister to make such statements in the Parliament if he believes in them. Feb 17, 2015

Patriarch of Syriac Orthodox Church arrives in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday. Aphrem said he was extremely grateful to the people of India for their tolerance towards every religion. He added that he wanted to express his solidarity with the people of India. Feb 17, 2015

PM Modi vows to protect all religious minorities

New Delhi, Feb 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in New Delhi fuelling concerns that minorities are being targeted by Hindu zealots. Modi was speaking at an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year in New Delhi. Critics say that Modi's government, which is led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has failed to protect religious minorities and rein in Hindu extremists who have been emboldened by its election victory last year. Earlier this month priests, nuns and parishioners clashed with police as they staged a protest in New Delhi over a series of vandalism and arson attacks on churches. Religious conversions have become a divisive political issue since hardliners with links to the BJP said Hinduism was under threat and started a campaign to convince Christians and Muslims to change their faith. Feb 17, 2015