|Hamid Karzai likely to defer signing U.S. security deal till April
11/22/2013 11:18:00 AM
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has decided to defer signing the security deal with the United States until after the April 5 elections.
Karzai said, while addressing the 2,500-member national consultative council known as the Loya Jirga, that he supported the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), but the parliament will wait to sign the deal till next spring's elections are conducted properly and with dignity, the Washington Times reports.
|G77+China walk out of Loss and Damage talks over lack of commitment to climate fund
11/21/2013 4:50:00 PM
Beijing, Nov. 21 (ANI): In a rare show of strength against rich nations, the G77 +China Group, comprising almost all developing countries, walked out of the negotiations on crucial Loss and Damage (L and D) issue.
This was due to developed countries blocking any progress on setting up International Mechanism for Loss and Damage.
In response these developments Climate Action Network South Asia Director Sanjay Vashist said, the move by the developing countries was done as a protest
|China appoints spokesmen to boost military transparency
11/21/2013 4:13:00 PM
Beijing, Nov. 21 (ANI): China has appointed spokesmen for its seven military branches in a bid to boost up the country's military transparency.
The branches for which spokesmen have been announced are: the General Political Department, the General Logistics Department, the General Armament Department, the navy, the air force, the Second Artillery Force and the Armed Police, the China Daily reports.
According to the report, other large military units will also appoint spokesmen
|Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Oz over spying scandal
11/21/2013 11:04:00 AM
Melbourne, Nov. 21 (ANI): Indonesia has reportedly suspended military cooperation with Australia on crackdown of people smuggling amidst the spying revelations.
The announcement has put ties between the two nations in crisis, despite Indonesia admitting to similar intelligence gathering in the past without such a grave reaction from Australia.
According to the Telegraph, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed deep anger over claims that his phone and those of his
|No Indian town in world's top 50 'best cities for students'
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Despite providing one of the finest education in the world, Indian cities still do not stand anywhere in the global ranking of best cities for students.
The QS Best Student Cities places Paris on top followed by London, for the number of universities they have, quality of living, employer activity, affordability and student mix.
According to the Independent, QS World University Rankings, take into account cities which must have a population of over 250,000
|Fukushima nuke disaster 'warning to world', Tepco head tells UK
11/20/2013 3:25:00 PM
London, Nov. 20 (ANI): The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant head has said that the catastrophic triple meltdown at the Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011 was a warning to the world about the hazards of nuclear power and the British government should watch out as it plans a new generation of nuclear power stations in the near future.
President of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said Britain's nuclear managers should be prepared for the worst in order to avoid repeating Japan's
|US assures not to carry out drone strikes during Pak peace talks with Taliban
11/20/2013 3:25:00 PM
Islamabad, Nov. 20 (ANI): Pakistan has said the United States has assured of not carrying out drone strikes during the negotiations with the Taliban.
Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz quoted President Barack Obama as saying that America does not want 70 percent of Pakistanis to hate it, Express Tribune reports.
Aziz also said that when the issue of sabotaging peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) by killing their chief Hakimullah Mehsud's
|U.S. denies reports of extending apology to Afghanistan for 'war mistakes'
11/20/2013 11:10:00 AM
Washington, Nov. 20 (ANI): The United States has said that it does not intend to issue an apology to Afghanistan for 'mistakes' and civilian suffering during the 12-year war, for arriving at a security pact that could allow troops to remain in the country post-2014.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice made the U.S. position clear following a statement from the Afghan government assuring to reach a deal on a security pact after receiving an apology letter from President Barack Obama
|Bangladesh: Truth that the BNP And JEI would like to keep hidden
11/19/2013 8:30:00 PM
Dhaka, Nov. 19, (ANI): How do you describe an organization that does not observe national days like 'Independence Day', 'Victory Day', 'Language Martyrs Day' etc?
And one that not only opposes the country's Liberation War but teaches opposition to it as jihad?
Or that does not hoist the National Flag on any occasion, nor allows its students to recite the National Anthem inside the Madrassa ?
And many of whose central leaders are also leaders of the BNP-led
|U.S. official urges warring B'Desh political outfits to ensure fair polls
11/19/2013 6:27:00 PM
Dhaka, Nov.19 (ANI): United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal has underscored the urgency for a dialogue between the feuding parties with an aim to facilitate free and fair elections in Bangladesh.
The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been repeatedly forcing the ruling Awami League to hold elections, due by January at the latest, under a non-partisan caretaker government.
However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has
|12,000 Afghan Taliban fighters eliminated in 2013, says UN
11/19/2013 2:40:00 PM
Islamabad, Nov. 19 (ANI): A recent United Nations report has revealed that nearly 12,000 Afghan Taliban fighters have been killed, wounded or captured during the military operations in Afghanistan in 2013.
The UN report said that the violence in the war-torn nation was at a three-year high.
The report submitted to the UN Security Council called for a better regulatory framework for the country's developing mining industry, which produces large quantities of high explosives and
|Afghanistan rejects key US proposal jeopardizing post-departure security agreement
11/19/2013 11:54:00 AM
London, Nov. 19 (ANI): Afghanistan has rejected the proposal of a security agreement with the United States for allowing American troops to raid Afghan homes and mosques after combat operations end in 2014, jeopardizing the post-departure deal.
The move comes days before Afghan tribal leaders were to meet in a jirga to consider the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the U.S., putting the entire deal in a deadlock.
According to the BBC, 3,000 Afghan leaders were to meet in loya
|Gordon Brown was a miserable man, says ex-sound technician
11/17/2013 4:53:00 PM
London, Nov. 17 (ANI): Finlay Morton, who worked as a sound technician for three British prime ministers, including Gordon Brown, has revealed that Brown was a pretty miserable man.
The father-of-three asserted that working for Brown was wretched, and he gave the impression that he looked down on everybody, the Daily Express reported.
Morton recalled that once he had wired Brown with a radio mic and asked him to remember that the broadcast was live so he should remember to keep his
|Bangladesh: Does Khaleda Zia know the cost of a hartal
11/17/2013 4:53:00 PM
Dhaka, Nov.17 (ANI): Used as we are to the never ending cycle of hartals in Bangladesh, I was, nevertheless, dumb-struck by an article in a leading Bangladesh English daily.
According to this, over 4.9 lakh (0.49 million) liters of milk are either wasted or sold for throwaway prices on a hartal/strike day, since leading dairy producers stop buying and transporting milk fearing shutdown violence.
I am not sure about the accuracy of the figure, but suffice to say, the wastage is
|Chinese website slammed for selling 'infant sex dolls'
11/17/2013 11:54:00 AM
London, Nov. 17 (ANI): A Chinese website has been slammed for selling sex dolls aimed at paedophiles.
The company is selling a 'cheap beautiful young girl sex doll for men' which campaign groups said looks like a child of about seven.
The mail order site was spotted by a Facebook group called Dining for Dignity, which is pressuring the company, one of China's top international sales platforms, to remove the item or ban the seller.
The sex toy which costs 140.91 pounds
|China in no rush to relax one-child policy
11/17/2013 11:54:00 AM
Beijing, Nov. 17 (ANI): Couples eager to have a second child should wait until revised regulations are passed down to local levels, family planning officials have said.
The move comes as the Communist Party of China is set to relax the one-child policy in the country.
Senior officials have asked eager parents to wait until local regulations are revised.
According to China Daily, Wang Pei'an, vice-minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, issued
|Ban ki-Moon blames Tycoon Haiyan in Philippines on man-made 'climate change'
11/17/2013 10:41:00 AM
Sydney, Nov. 17 (ANI): United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has said Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the Philippines was an example of climate change.
While speaking at the Tallin University in Estonia on a tour of several Baltic states before joining a second week of climate talks in Poland, Ban added that the super tycoon should also serve as a warning to mankind.
According to news.com.au, he said that the world was facing a tipping point, as countries thrash out a deal to
|Abdulla Yameen wins presidential run-off vote in Maldives
11/17/2013 10:41:00 AM
London, Nov. 17 (ANI): Abdulla Yameen has won the presidential election run-off vote in the Maldives.
Yameen secured 51.3 percent of the vote, compared with 48.6 percent that ex-President Mohamed Nasheed secured, the Election Commission said.
According to the BBC, Nasheed had won 47 percent in the first round this month, just short of the 50 percent needed for clear victory.
He has accepted defeat, saying he supported the democratic process.
Yameen, the half-brother of
|Chinese film-maker Lou Ye blames social media for weakening 'censorship'
11/16/2013 5:13:00 PM
London, Nov. 16 (ANI): Chinese film-maker Lou Ye has blamed the social media and independent film-making for weakening the effectiveness of the film censorship process.
He said that he wanted to make the censorship process 'public', Metro.co.uk reports.
His clashes with the censorship authorities began since his debut film Weekend Lover, after which he's been banned from film-making.
The last ban was for five years after his 2006 film Summer Palace, which dealt with
|China to finally change 'one child policy'
11/16/2013 10:26:00 AM
Johannesburg, Nov. 16 (ANI): The Chinese government had been rethinking about its strict one-child policy and has reportedly decided to finally ease it out, allowing families to have two children.
The change in rules state that couple in which one parent is a single child will now be able to have a second child.
According to News24, the plan to change the strict policy was envisioned by the government about five years ago as officials worried that the strict controls were undermining