Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano steps down

Francesco Clementi, professor of constitutional law at the Luiss University in Rome, discusses the upcoming presidential elections in Italy after Giorgio Napolitano steps down part way through his second mandate. Duration: 00:51 Jan 14, 2015

Uma Bharti seeks report on unidentified bodies in River Ganges

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday said the ministry will probe the matter of unidentified bodies found around a bank of the River Ganges. Nearly 50 bodies were found in revered River Ganges in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. Dogs, crows and vultures dug into bodies as they had reached the bank due to low water level, posing major environment challenges in the areas under Unnao district. Bharti said she had received information on the unidentified bodies and would deploy officials from her own ministry on the spot, to send her a detailed report. Jan 14, 2015

Was pushed, did not slap anyone: BJP councillor

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party councillor Neeraj Gupta on Wednesday denied that he had slapped a Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) junior engineer, adding that he had been pushed in the crowd. A video clip earlier in the day, showed Gupta, who is the councillor for Ward 188, slapping the junior engineer, surrounded by people, in Sangam Vihar East area in south Delhi where he had gone to stop an unauthorized construction. The video soon went viral. The MCD official had come to stop the unauthorized construction in the area. Jan 14, 2015

Bhutan PM Tobgay meets India's Vice President to boost ties

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met Vice President Hamid Ansari and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday to boost bilateral ties. He also met foreign secretary Sujatha Singh. His visit will impart further content and momentum to the close partnership between India and Bhutan. Tobgay is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and have official engagements with other senior members of the cabinet. Besides, he will also call upon President Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Trade Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Jan 14, 2015

Kejriwal reacts after Satish Upadhyay threatens to file defamation case against him

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday reacted after BJP Delhi Chief Satish Upadhyay in a press conference said that the party will file criminal defamation case against the Kejriwal, if fails to provide any prove his allegations. Kejriwal said that the proofs against Upadhyay are on the website. He added that he is talking of filing defamation case to save his image. Jan 14, 2015

African Union troops take Uganda rebel for ICC transfer

Captured Lord's Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen was handed over Wednesday to African Union troops to be sent to trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, Uganda's army said. Duration: 00:48 Jan 14, 2015

Turkish paper publishes version of new Charlie Hebdo

A version of the "survivors issue" of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will be published in predominantly Muslim Turkey as an insert in the centre-left opposition daily Cumhuriyet, one of the paper's journalists said. Duration: 01:13 Jan 14, 2015

Hong Kong leader takes hard line on public vote in key speech

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying takes a hard line on political reform in his annual address, saying there will be no deviation from Beijing's policy on elections, as pro-democracy campaigners stage a dramatic walk-out. Duration: 01:10 Jan 14, 2015

Congress criticises land acquisition ordinance, says not in favour of farmers

Greater Noida, Jan 14 (ANI): Congress party on Wednesday criticised central government’s land acquisition ordinance, saying it is not favour of farmers. India passed an urgent executive order last year on December 29 to ease land-acquisition rules in sectors like power, housing and defence to kick-start hundreds of billions of dollars in stalled projects. Jairam Ramesh while addressing a group of farmers in Bhatta Parsaul village in Uttar Pradesh said the BJP-led government is snatching away the rights of farmers by changing things which took years to form. He also added that in 2013 the Congress party has maintained if no work is done on a land for five years then it will be returned to the rightful owner, which will, however, change now. Jan 14, 2015

Yechury criticizes govt for inviting Obama on Republic Day

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday criticised the government's decision to invite United States President Barack Obama as the chief guest on Republic Day. He added that all the left parties decided to hold nation-wide demonstrations ahead of US Presidnet Barack Obama's visit to register their protest. Yechury further alleged that a dangerous terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was born because of US administration's policies of military interventions in several countries. Jan 14, 2015

Naqvi taken into custody for breaching prohibitory orders during 2009 LS polls, gets bail

Rampur, Jan 14 (ANI): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was taken into judicial custody in Rampur on Wednesday for alleged poll code violation. Naqvi's arrest took place after a local court in Rampur sentenced him to one year in jail for violating the Model Code of Conduct during the 2009 general elections. However, Naqvi was later released on bail. An FIR had been registered against Naqvi and his supporters during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in Rampur. Naqvi had allegedly breached the prohibitory orders in force and barged into a police station along with his party workers at Patwai area of Rampur parliamentary constituency while campaigning for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. Jan 14, 2015

Satish Upadhyay & Ashish Sood challenges Kejriwal to present evidence on his allegations in 24 hours

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Responding to charges by AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, BJP Delhi Chief Satish Upadhyay said if charges against his party are proved not proved, he will take Kejriwal to court. Addressing media persons, Satish said that there is no company that exists by the name of company Kejriwal is alleging. He also challenged him to present with proof over retire from political life. Party leader Ashish Sood also said that he is doing normal business and there is nothing illegal about it. He said that if Kejriwal is proved right, he will resign from his current position. Jan 14, 2015