PM Modi meets Presidents of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nov 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in Nepal's capital Kathmandu where SAARC summit is going on. During his meeting with Ghani, Modi said India was committed to strengthening relations with the war-torn country. Modi also met the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa in Kathmandu. According to MEA tweets, Modi thanked Rajapaksa for pardoning and sending back the five Indian fishermen earlier this month who were sentenced to death by a Court in Sri Lanka. Later, Prime Minister Modi also met the President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen in Kathmandu. Bilateral talks were held between Modi and SAARC leaders on the sidelines of the ongoing 18th SAARC summit. Nov 26, 2014

Militancy a regional and international challenge: Sri Lankan President

Kathmandu, Nov 26 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Wednesday that he is looking forward to a continued engagement of the SAARC nations as militancy still poses a threat, both regional and internationally. Rajapaksa was delivering a speech at the two-day South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. He added the south Asian region should work collectively to ensure sanitation, clean water, and human development. The Sri Lankan President also said this year's SAARC summit should discuss global climate change and how to generate alternative methods of energy production. Rajapaksa also called for close coordination of the SAARC countries in electricity sector and empowering youth. He added that south Asian countries are known for its intellectual and cultural heritage. Rajapaksa said he feels inspired to come to Nepal where the birthplace of Lord Buddha is situated. Buddha was born in Shakya, kingdom of Kapilvastu at around which lies in present day Rupandehi district, Lumbini zone of Nepal. Nov 26, 2014

Obama condemns 'criminal' Ferguson violence

President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the violence that erupted in Ferguson in the wake of the decision not to charge a white police officer over the fatal shooting of a black teenager. Duration: 01:07 Nov 26, 2014

Volunteers help board-up Ferguson shops

As Ferguson residents waited apprehensively for nightfall, some locals volunteered to board-up local businesses threatened with vandalism, a gesture welcomed by business owners. Duration: 01:29 Nov 26, 2014

Conflict in Donetsk takes a psychological toll

In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, shells can fall at any time. Despite a ceasefire deal between Kiev and the pro-Russian forces the fighting continues, meanwhile the people of Donetsk struggle with the psychological consequences. Duration: 02:57 Nov 26, 2014

Vaiko draws flak for urging people to celebrate Prabhakarans birthday

New Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): Politicians on Wednesday condemned MDMK chief V. Gopalsamy (Vaiko) for asking people to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of slain LTTE founder V Prabhakaran. A self-confessed supporter of Prabhakaran and his idea of a separate homeland for Tamils, Vaiko had also called for prayers in places of religious worship. Nov 26, 2014

Politicians urge for anti militancy measures on anniversary of Mumbai attacks

New Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): As India observes the sixth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, politicians across parties said in unison on Wednesday that cross border militancy must be rebuffed and uprooted. The attacks, which took place in 2008, shook the entire nation. Ten heavily armed gunmen of a Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba went on a rampage for almost three days in Mumbai in 2008. Nov 26, 2014

PM Modi meets PM of Bhutan, Bangladesh in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Nov 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met the Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. Tobgay and Modi held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the ongoing SAARC summit. Modi also met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the ongoing 18th SAARC summit in Nepal. Hasina earlier, while addressing the summit, drew the attention of leaders to fight against the existing abject poverty, food insecurity and drinking water in the region. Prime Minister Modi arrived in Nepal to attend the 18th SAARC summit which involves 8 South-asian nations. Nov 26, 2014