Amnesty decries violence in C.Africa, UN defends mandate

As Amnesty International call for more peacekeepers to stop the bloodshed in Central African Republic, the UN mission in the country has expressed its concern over acts of violence but also looked offer reassurance. Duration: 01:09 Nov 6, 2014

EU ready to sanction Luxembourg over tax if necessary

The EU is already probing Luxembourg's tax breaks for global firms and will take action if necessary, a spokesman for new European commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday after leaked documents on the deals were published. Duration: 00:44 Nov 6, 2014

Smoke billows over Kobane as battles continue

Fighting continued on Thursday in the battleground Syrian border town of Kobane as jihadists continue their assaults on Kurdish militia bolstered by the arrival of heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces. Duration: 00:38 Nov 6, 2014

Demolition derby at huge US base as Afghan exit quickens

First they remove the power supply, then they tear out fixtures by hand, before a mechanical digger destroys the roof in a cloud of dust -- the US military is ending its war in Afghanistan and the wrecking crews are busy. Duration: 01:11 Nov 6, 2014

BJP indicated that if any proposal for joining Union cabinet comes from PM, I should accept: Manohar

Panaji, Nov 06 (ANI): Amidst speculations of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar getting post in Union Cabinet, he said that he was consulted by the party leadership over the matter. He said that the party President Amit Shah has indicated that if any proposal for joining Union cabinet comes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes his way, he should accept it. Further, Parrikar said that when any proposal will come, he will talk about reasons of leaving the post of chief minister of Goa and joining the Union Cabinet. Nov 6, 2014

Satish Upadhyay says forging 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' condemnable, had no knowledge about same

New Delhi, Nov 06 (ANI): Clarifying on the controversy over his cleanliness drive, Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay on Thursday said that he totally condemns forging of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and that it should be taken seriously and carried on honestly. He also said that he or any BJP leaders had no knowledge of the same and he went there as a participant. Upadhyay said that it was a program of the Islamic Centre and he was there for a few minutes only. He further condemned the incident saying it was a human error and should not be done in future. Earlier, some photographs had emerged of garbage being dumped purposely on a Delhi sidewalk for a photo opportunity featuring Upadhyay and former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi. Nov 6, 2014

Paramilitary Assam Rifles gun down four militants in Assam

Dima Hasao, Nov 06 (ANI): Four militants were killed in two separate encounters with paramilitary Assam Rifles and the police in Dima Hasao district of Assam on Thursday. Huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the militants. According to reports, the Assam Rifles had launched an operation near Robi Basti village, and indulged in a gun battle in which three militants were killed. Two AK series rifles, 73 rounds of ammunition and other war-like stores were recovered from the militants. The militants belonged to National Socialist Council of Nagalim - Isak- Muivah (NSCN-IM) rebel group. Meanwhile, another operation was conducted near Kopilo village, a day before, on the junction of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, an area frequented by NSCN (IM) insurgents for their transit into the state, said sources. In the encounter an ultra was killed and one AK-47 rifle, one Lathod rifle, one hand grenade and over 100 rounds of ammunition were recovered from him. Nov 6, 2014

Visakhapatnam police arrest professor for allegedly supplying explosives to Maoists

Visakhapatnam, Nov 06 (ANI): Police in Visakhapatnam city of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, arrested a professor of a state-run university for allegedly supplying explosives to Maoists. According to media reports, Professor J Apparao, who teaches in Telugu Department at the Andhra University, had long been a tribal activist. He allegedly had links with the Communist Party of India (Maoists) and other rebels. Police officials arrested Apparao from his residence in wee hours on Thursday. Students and staff members of the university staged protests outside the office of Superintendent of Police, Visakhapatnam, K Praveen, demanding his release. Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, Professor GSN Raju said that some people on the campus had warned him of his alleged involvement in suspicious activities. He added that actions would be taken against Apparao, if found guilty. Nov 6, 2014

President hosts special programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Guru Nanak's birthday

New Delhi, Nov 06 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday hosted a special programme on the occasion of Guru Nanak's birthday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President Hamid Ansari along with other senior leaders attended the ceremony. People from the Sikh community chanted hymns and recited prayers and the audience joined in. Mukherjee also addressed the audience on the occasion. Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru and the founder of the Sikh religion, was born on the full moon day in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. Nov 6, 2014

Expatriate Indians hope for stronger India-Australia relations ahead of PM Modi's visit

Sydney, Nov 06 (ANI): Expatriate Indians said they were excited about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming Australia visit, saying it would play a pivotal role in strengthening economic and cultural ties between both the nations. Modi will start his Australia tour from Myanmar, where he is scheduled to attend East Asia Summit (EAS) on November 12-13 in Nay Pyi Taw city. From there, he will go to Brisbane city for a G-20 meet on November 15-16. After Brisbane, Canberra will be Modi’s next stop where he will hold a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott on November 18. IACF President, Nihal Agar said Modi has already emerged as a global leader and Indians across Australia are excited about his impending trip. A fan regarded Modi as a new-age leader with new ideas. Nov 6, 2014