consider this. the news of the day plus so much more. answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> it seems like they can't agree to anything in washington no matter what. >> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. the lord's largest democracy chooses a new leader. what it means for india and it's relations with the united states. new denials of protesters of negligence in the deat deathly e disaster. and g.m. fined for waiting too long to fix its ignition switches.
>> victory by the indian people's party known as the bjp means the end of the decades long rule by the dominant party. narendra modi will be india's new prime minister. we have more from new delhi. >> reporter: a new political chapter in the world's largest democracy. welcomed with the loud bang and a burst of color. at the bjp party's headquarters
in new delhi celebrations started early. >> i'm so happy with the people, and i bow to you and i thank you for all the love that you have shown me. sisters and brothers i am thanking you from the bottom of my heart. i respect and salute you. >> before the first results were announced, the party wa held in anticipation of a good performance. they described the party's win as a new start for the country. >> we used to look to the west for support and development. but now we are going to be the kind of country that people turn to for help and support. >> we respect all religious. modi will take care of people from all faiths. highways done it before and he
will do it again. >> reporter: in stark contrast to this euphoria the party's office was di certificates dese. the media waited to hear from sonya gandhi. >> we hope which ever government is formed will do the best for the country, and i congratulate that new government. >> reporter: as the outcome of more than months of polling became clear the victory by the bjp filled up quickly. this is the first time in independent india's history that a non-congress party won on its own. they have campaigned for change. india's people party has returned to government with a massive mandate. al jazeera, new delhi.
>> i got to tell you india's new prime minister has had a history of controversy. narendra modi is a hindu nationalist, something that fears many groups will be marginalized in. >> reporter: the son of a poor tea seller, something that he reminded voters time and time again. thhe clearly struck a chord. but his history is not without controversy. he has close connections with the right wing hindu group that is considered to be jbp's mentor. but it is an alignment that many are prepared to brush aside as the man has been voted in as the
new prime minister. >> the persona has become bigger than the party and the party is identified by this man. narendra modi served as minister of a state. 1,000 people were killed during a religious riots in 2002. modi denied any involvement in the riots but it was enough to refuse him a visa to the u.s. a you're later and the u.k. just ended in 2012.
>> this is still a figure that's been able to present itself as the common man. his voters are hoping to deliver on the election promises to improve the economy, create jobs and build an efficient government free of corruption. despite his controversial path, it's a future that many are looking forward. >> you should know that the united states has not had the best relationship with india's prime minister elect. but it did not stop the white house were congratulating narendra modi on his election today. what has been the reaction? >> reporter: it's been remarkable. here is the man selected to be prime minister of the world's largest democracy, a country that president obama put an emphasis on coming into office, a new strategic partnership with its emerging economy and democracy, and this man has been banned for the last nine years
stemming from all the controversy we heard about in 2002. the riots where he was chief of the province where some 1,000 people died, most of them muslim. modi is an internationalist there. all that changed overnight. jay carney said that he was welcome to come to the united states. and as a matter of fact they called modi to visit on a date undetermined. >> we congratulate india and the people of india in an historic national election which saw more voters cast their ballots freely and fairly mor in history. once the government is formed we
look forward to working closely with the prime minister to advance our strong bilateral relationship based on shared democratic values. >> carney summed up narendra modi and india itself saying the future is bright. >> mike, what are the issues that india and the united states will have to work out under the new prime minister elect? >> well, they did initiate a new trade pact. but it's been more of an one-way street. imports coming from india and that's a sore point with the administration and sore point with american business and political aspects cannot be under estimated and the relations between pakistan is a
chief state of concern. >> police in turkey move against protesters who took to the streets of the town where 292 people died in tuesday's coal mine fire. they say negligence played a role in the disaster. turkish government denied those claims. we have more now from soma, turkey. >> reporter: a town filled with grief. protesters came to protest at government buildings. the riot police tried to disperse them with water canon, tear gas and rubber bullets. many of the protesters are from as far away from istanbul. some local people didn't want them to demonstrate. police pulled back and the crowds cheered. they've been joined by large numbers who were showing solidarity. the deployment of riot police have brought these demonstrations in to a new dimension. many of these people are miners.
they're angry. no one is really sure where these demonstrations go next. >> we don't have guns. why do you attack us? >> applause for every minor who addressed police. >> i don't want the police. i want my friends back. >> this man, a miner for seven years broke down and wept, talking of all his friends who have been killed. >> people aren't allowed to express their grief. poor, poor, soma. the past four days we have been grieving. the water canon cannot wash the blood away. >> reporter: with newly dug graves for more victims it's been another painful day. the he official estimates of those trapped in the mine have been devised downwards but the total number dead is expected to be 300. the mine's owners say there was
not analec an electrical defauls first reported, you howeve howee exact reason is still unknown. the company still denies negligence. >> there is no negligence of ours in this incident. i have not seen an event like this for the past 20 years. i've worked as a mine engineer for 20 years and 15 years for worker safety. we will not allow harm come to our miners. >> reporter: back at the demonstration they stood at attention and recited turkey's national anthem. coal mining is the lifeblood of this town's economy, the demonstrators and hundreds of bereaved want to know why it killed so many of their men. the company ha has only raised e questions, more uncertainty, no comfort. al jazeera, soma, western
turkey. >> the va's top leader resigned over records of va hospital. erik shinseki accepted dr dr. petzel's resignation. general motors was fined $35 million today for waiting too long to tackle a problem with defective ignition switches, and for million. the problem discovered more than a decade ago was the reason for 13 deaths. bisi onile-ere with their response. >> reporter: head of transportation department held a press conference and made it very clear that general motors broke the law saying that had the automaker come forward sooner lives could have been saved. general motors as you mentioned is being fined $35 million.
this is a record payment to ntsa and the maximum penalty under the law. when general motors came under fire after waiting so long to report a decades-long problem with ignition switches in millions of its vehicles. the defect has been linked to multiple deaths as well as multiple accidents. ntsa investigated and found that g.m. was aware of the defects in the vehicles and did nothing. >> they had that information and they told no one. they didn't tell ntsa, and they didn't tell their customers. in the meantime those customers were driving cars with a danger
defect. crashes happen, and people died. >> it wasn't long after that press conference that general motors issued a statement coming from ceo mary barra who said that we have learned a great deal from this recall. we will now focus on the goal of becoming an industry leader in safety. now as part of the settlement they havthey will improve theiry as just mentioned. >> bisi onile-ere for us. >> people are starting to return to their homes in southern california. evacuation orders are being lifted. firefighters put out some of those fires, but a few have grown bigger and larger.
>> this is one of the few houses that have burned to the ground. only aided of them as we've counted so far. considering the number of acres that have burned in a heavily populated hillside area. no hot spots here among the houses. the lan marcos fire was only 10% contained. the winds are down. s not quite as hot as it was yesterday and the fire is not pushing forward so far as we can see. >> you can see that big plume of smoke. early this morning they were calling that 8,000 acres. during the course of the day it's been burning pretty hot up there. whethers burning anything of any concern we done know yet. camp pendleton has a lot of wild
land territory. they have evacuated some of their remote camps within pendleton. we don't know if there has been any damage there, but they haven't given us any reason to think there is. we're watching. the weather is improving over the weekend, an there could be cooler temperatures maybe even in the 70s by tuesday. much more favorable for firefighters and very possible that the crisis here in southern california has passed. >> brian rooney reporting there. the weather in california has only made matters worse for the last few days. rebecca stevenson is here with a check on those conditions. >> meteorologist: we're watching very dry air start to move out. things are changing and the wind is shifting. as we look at our water vapor satellite, winds shifting, bringing onshore flow, and it's brought humidity up 50% in san francisco. but still only on the coast are we seeing improvement that will
aids in firefighting. we're getting the low humidities down 3%, 4%, you can see the westerly winds coming in for california, but they're also shifting into arizona. the winds are easing for california but they're increasing from a different direction. our temperature change, it's mall today, 3% for los angeles, but it's going to get greater as we go through the weekend for california, and as we get into our southwest interior, that's where temperatures will stay in the triple digits through sunday. with those winds beginning to pick up we'll look at fire weather concerns moving in for arizona and new mexico. while we get relief in some spots it brings more concern than others. incidentally, tony, the rain is going to be the issue for the east coast. >> look at that line there, that's pretty strong.
rebecca, good to see you, thank you. the kidnapping of 300 girls in nigeria has sparked an international response, you're aware of that. the president has taken a lot of heat with how he has handled the crisis, and what he did today won't help. the warning about a new sleeping pill, and why think say you need to have your dose of lunesta.
>> nigeria's president is being criticized for canceling a visit to a town where 300 children were kidnapped. he said that security forced him to cancel the trip. boko haram kidnapped the girls and threatened to sell them. violence in bengahzi forced the shutdown of an airport. now the country's caretaker
prime minister said the operation was not sanctioned by the army. rebels who held overthrow muammar qaddafi refused to give up their weapons. as al jazeera's omar alsalah reports, it's having a deep economic impact. >> reporter: libya has a number of oil and gas installations, oil and gas pipelines. it generates billions of dollars in revenues. this refinery is operating at full capacity and the oil terminals as tankers wait offshore. since the fall of muammar qaddafi's regime, oil installations became a target since last year militias that fought in the revolution has seized four oil ports in the
east. they demand federalism, better salaries an end of the corruption in oil seals. libby's oil production of $1.6 billion a day has dropped to $250,000. the crisis of the international crisis to vote out the government. the interim government with only two oil terminals oil and it has cost libya dearly. they had to propose a judge with a deficit of $8 billion because of the blockade of militia. >> the meter is still runninger. up until newest mate now estimah revenue recognized, it's not completely lost because this oil still remains in the ground, but it is revenue not recognized in
a budget year which makes it difficult to meet financial commitments and to be able to pay salaries and pay our financial commitments to local and international suppliers. >> libya intends to cover th-- >> the victory of the bjp party in india is being cheered. david schuster, why all of the excitement, please? >> well, tony n simple terms investors are excited because the bjp party narendra modi is seen as very pro business in bay's stock market searched 6% to a record before closing out 1%.
another reaction to stock index is up 32%. and india's currency has stabilized and reached a high of the dollar. investors want to see more efficiency. he has vowed to improve the process all the things stalled because of government relations. the estimates of the sluggish growth has cost india $104 billion in investments. modi is pledging to deal with all of this, be very aggressive and do things that the investment community wants to see. >> what are we going to see tonight? >> reporter: we're looking at the $35 million fine that general motors has been asked to
pay in failure to report the ignition switch problem. we'll look at what effect this might have, and impact it may have on consumers not only of g.m. automobiles but the others as well. >> can't wait. good to see you. back at 7:00 p.m. for "real money" tonight. a serious new warning but the popular sleeping pill lunesta. people who use the drug should take half of the current dosage. the agency found it affected users while driving the next morning. 55 million precipitations of sleep aid were dispensed in the last year. embattled clippers, los angeles clippers donald sterling refusing to go away without a fight. he sent the league a letter saying he will not pay a $2.5 million fine to the nba. he rejects his lifetime ban to the nba and threatens a lawsuit
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modi has not been able to visit the united states since 2005. we have more now from washington. >> in diplomatic speak this was the ultimate show of respect interior newly elected president barack obama. his first state dinner hosted for the indian prime minister. they promised a new push. it has had lopsided results. the u.s. exporting $5 billion more, but india has done much better by an additional $20 billion leaving the u.s. to file multiple complaints at the world trade organization. u.s. experts believe modi could help level the playing field. >> the platform they campaigned on across the entire country. where it could be helpful for
india. >> but for that happen, modi would need to visit the united states. his visa was revoked in 2005. his inability to stop the riots that left more than 1,000 people dead mostly muslims meant that he was no longer welcome. the state department has been coy about what will happen now. >> no one automatically qualifies for a visa. let's oheads of state and headsf government, i'm not going to get into greater level of detail. >> but a bjb supporter in the united states said he has been lobbying to get the travel ban lifted. there is a clearcut philosophical difference. >> he says he has been told as head of state that modi will be
able to travel to the u.s. as they look to reboot what looked more promising than it turned out to be. >> so good to see you. thank you for your time. the new prime minister elect. mr. modi was accused of doing too little to stop the riots when he was first minister of that state. about 1,000 people died, mostly muslim. you know the story. does he have sectarian prejudices and authoritarian tendencies? >> well, that's the popular perception, that was 12 years ago and a lot has happened. the man has been re-elected three times in free and fair elections. and now they have elected
nationwide with a stagger majority. the kind of majority no matter has had other than the congress party in india. we just heard the correspondent say, they spoke to mr. modi and invited him to the white house. i think the united states with ties to india and mr. modi and bjp itself. >> it's a question that we have to ask but you're right. that's going to be swept away. this election so many people participating, what is the most shocking fact of these elections? >> just the shear scale of the
majority. the scale of the defeat they handed to the congress party. the congress party is 130-year-old party, institution. it has been designated. it is now in--it has one-tenth of the parliament. s so low that it does not qualify to be an opposition party. they have been democra devastat. >> what happened here? >> basically they just did not meet the aspirations of the young of india. this is a country that is youthful. they are not going to be happy stop. they need more. they need jobs. this is an aspiration party.
and the modi. his record has done very well. in terms of economic philosophy. a lot of foreign investment. he had a good platform. he ran a very good campaign. a very aggressive campaign. the congress party ten years, they look tired, jaded. they just didn't come up with great ideas. >> what will be modis on foreign policy. he's not noted for being strong in that area, as it pertains to pakistan china, and so forth. >> i can tell you that in india broadly foreign policy, it's a nationwide consensus to have good relations with the u.s. i think the u.s. has time to
look forward to. mr. modi has liberal policies. i have to tell you on the right wing nationalist party. they're going to have very good ties with china and supply. the chinese are big investors, so are the japanese, in fact, one official told me that the first country mr. modi would respond to is japan, possibly china. they don't want to lose the traction. over all the u.s.-india relations have been very good for the last 20 years.
they had good relationships with the clinton administration, bush administration, and onto the obama administration. it's going to be a very engaging fulfilling relationship. a lot of it will be driven by economic. >> good to see you. the foreign editor of the times of india joining us from silver springs, maryland. new jersey governor chris christie, a potential presidential candidate has taken another hit
in the bridge gate scandal. david shuster with the latest. >> reporter: tony, one of the key assertions chris christie has made was now been contradicting by his campaign manager. he said he did not have prior knowledge and no one on his staff had prior knowledge as well. but an accusation comes as
christie has been trying to convince donors and organizers there is nothing to the bridge gate scandal. two other candidates former governor jeb bush and marco rubio are now being encouraged to run by condoleezza rice. >> marco rubio, i have great respect for. i like his immigration stance. >> reporter: today in mission democratic congressman john conyers who is
seeking his 26th term formerly appealed the ruling and found he's ineligible to be listed on the november ballot. in michigan you need 1,000 signatures and conyers came 600 short because most of his signatures were collected by people who are not registered to vote. the lawsuits are coming, and
this is the congressman's 81st birthday. in senior just won. sarah blair beat her opponent who is four times her age. she is pro-life, pro business. policies, she said, quote s not brain surgery. in idaho they sponsored a g.o.p. debate for governor and they included everybody. here it is. nobody is going to remember what the governor said because two of the challengers on the left of the screen are unforgettable. the guy in the leather biking jacket is named harley brown. >> we bikers, face
discrimination. for cops, we're cop magnets like playboy bunny wearing a mini skirt gets hit on all the time. >> the older man with facial hair like zz top is a bible expert and defender of property rights. >> they have come out here to look at our wilderness. we've got a bunch of eastern idiots running everything. >> reporter: it was brown who stole the show. >> after god told me he was going to make me president i went out and got the presidential seal tattooed right here on my shoulder. my morale went from negative 500 off the scale. and i started a presidential campaign right there. i'm a type aa plus type guy. >> like alcoholics anonymous. they're going to choose freedom over political correctness. >> i don't like political
correctness. it's sucks, it's bondage. i'm about as political correct as your proverbial tird in a punch bowl. >> idaho. that's today power politics. >> david davi shuster. thank you. >> in ukraine, the country's wealthiest man urged workers to help ukraine. the u.s. is concerned the struggle for concern has led to human rights abuses by armed groups. in columbia two groups have greed to an eight day cease-fire. they have been fighting for autonomy for more than 50 years. talks in cuba that began two years ago has become columbia's best chance for peace. and in kenya ten people have
been killed and dozens more were hurt in explosions in the capitacapitol of nairobi, and ty have asked for more security because of an increase in threats. >> kenyans call small buses like these matatus. millions depend on them every day to get around as a form of public transport. lately they have been deadly where crud explosives are thrown at the bus or placed inside. in this case an explosive seems to have been thrown at the side of the bus. often small ball bearings are used for maximum effect, and whoever is sitting here is unlikely to survive. >> we're going to tell you about an unusual request from an inmate on death row. >> that why "q" is very unusual.
a death row inmate wants his execution to be videotaped. he wants to record any evidence of extreme pain in case it goes wrong. his lawyer said if he survives he could use it towards another execution. it comes after an execution in oklahoma left an inmate writhing in pain. one onew york city's formerr said if anyone is upset about ticket prices for the 9/11 memorial museum they should campaign to congress. ithe museum is free for family
members of the victims of the attacks but it cost $24 for everyone else. take a look at this. franklin d roosevelt walking. it shows him struggling to get to his seat in 1937. he was paralyzed by polio from the waist down. but his secret service was good at keeping that a secret. >> in some instances they confiscated cameras and films to protect his image. they worked really hard to not think of their president as not being paralyzed. >> reporter: jimmy deshawn caught the footage on his family camera. the eight second clip is only one of two known phone clips showing the president walking. and it shows that the president was trying to live a normal life. >> that's fascinating. it's good to see that. thank you. still to come on al jazeera america. 60 years after the landmark
america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now >> well tomorrow marks 60 years since the landmark 1954 ruling that effectively ended segregation in u.s. schools but in dozens of communities nationwide the closure of schools has prompted a new fight for civil rights. >> in. >> reporter: words don't always come easy for jeanette's son michael. >> i would not like them here or there. >> reporter: as a single mother of a special need student she
hopes one day they'll read together effortlessly. but she worries that her son's education is suffering because consolidation doubled the size of his school. >> you're profiting off the poor. you're figuring out how to close schools, you give them a shiny new building, a bunch of laptops. >> in the face of a budget shortfall, onl 49 schools were close, on the onclosed, and onle on thclose: >> the groups contend the charter schools which are publicly funded but operate independently of the district
cherry pick students and kick out poorly behaved students. it points to 12 years of school closure data in chicago in which .6% of white students were effected compared to 88% of african-american students. >> it is so bad at the school right now that they're taking art and physical education as online classes. they can't even take physical education. that is a civil rights issue. >> reporter: proving inconstitutional discrimination will be tough but the complaint could help bring changes. >> the office of civil rights will investigate these claims to see if chicago did take enough steps and if they need to take greater steps to soften the
serious change that took place here. >> over the last three years we have worked hard to make sure that cap tall funds have been equaequally distributed across e didn't. jeanette said she has not seen evidence of that. >> it is about civil rights. if my child and your child is worthy of a laptop. this is 2014. that should not happen. >> let's have this conversation here with us is mark moriel. mark, good to see you. can we have some straight talk here? >> let's talk. >> let's do it. did america replace segregation with the brown decision with a second-class integration. >> i think what we replaced
segregation with is legal segregation, 50 years of resistence by many for the full implementation of the brown decision. where we are today we have a society and nation that while we've made progress in many areas look at us, but a nation that is still divided all too offer by race and often, i would add, by class. 60 years after brown our schools are still in need of dramatic change to fulfill the promise of brown, and that was that all children receive an equal education. >> i want to know from you as someone who fights these battles every day what is the resistence specifically? what is it that you run in to when you put these issues forward of equality, education, better resourcing to these schools, these kids. what do you run into?
>> you run into a lot of excuses. you run into false logic. >> the reason why it's not happening or just excuses. >> you run into excuses and false logic. you run into blame the children and person responsibility. you run into that all too often or on the other side those were battles of yesterday. we have, indeed, overcome. look at the president in the white house and the attorney general, haven't we arrived? the truth is i can tell you after doing this work for ten years i have this great sense that resistence to change is not softening at this point, but in some quarters of america, and i want to emphasize some quarters of america it's hardening. >> what makes you think that? >> the rise of the tea party. the rise of obstructional politics in washington, d.c. the rise of sort of and a sense
that the nation's best years were a long, long time ago. and sometimes fear of the future. fear of a nation that's going to be a nation that's going to be multi at the time nick, and multi cultural. i want to underscore i'm talking about some people in some quarters of the nation. there is definitely friction when it comes to race. look at the supreme court's most recent decisions around voting rights, a tragic decision and affirmative action. those are 5-4 decisions. in 1954 brown versus board of education was a 9-0 decision by a supreme court made up of all men, all white men, i made add, who were all born in the 1800's. so that was then. indeed, this is now. we have to continue the fight. we have to continue to push for
better schools. we have to push through an improve the nation. >> there are parts where you c y believe you just can't educate minority kids. they believe that. i want to talk about this shadow, the shadow that it casts even today. what happened to the black teachers who were teaching black children successfully in these years of segregation? is it they just weren't invited? they were not given opportunities to teach in these newly integrated schools? >> well, it's important to reaffirm that we have many, many, many great teachers today. black teachers, white teachers, latino teachers, asian teachers, teaching children in today's schools. i couldn't shed any immediate
light, but i do know this, i know this, that not only was the integration of students a battle in the 60's and 70's, the integration of teachers, the opportunity to have a black teacher in a class of mostly white kids. or black teacher in a class of any white kids. and sometimes even vice versa. those battles--let me say this on the anniversary of brown. brown was no not for not. we have seen change in this country. we have seen a broader movement. what i'm encouraging people to do is to go back and read the brown decision. people talk about it all the time. it's so magical in its basic lodglogic. >> good to see you, as always. coming up on al jazeera america.
>> we may be one step closer. researchers at columbia university said they developed a way to grow cartilage from the lab in their own adult stem cells. what is this all about, jake? >> reporter: well, tony, i know you're an avid tennis player, and it's one of these things that human beings are growing older. we're staying active later in our lives. but the great evolutionary failure is in our knees. no other species put such weight on a tiny joint. researchers have created a way to take stem cells found in bone
marrow and fat that can take them, harvest them from your own body and grow in a lab an one one-centimeter piece of cartilage that is about as good as the cartilage. >> how does this compare to current knee repair and replacement surgeries? i've had one of those. >> there have been certainly one can go in there and have a scope surgery that can trim out some of the torn meniscus. there are case where is someone could have a transplant from a cadaver or donor. it does not have its own blood supply so it can't heal and bond like hearts and kidneys can. and it wears out over time. and it's just incredible stuff. there is no comparing the lubrication that you get from
cartilage with anything else. what is so extraordinary about this is they can pull this off and it will actually create the new kind of cartilage that only your body can use. >> how far away are we from actual implementation. >> you want it, i want it, it's going to be a little while. the fda has to allow clinical trials of something like this to go forward. right now they don't allow you to put stem cells back in the body if they've been modified. but this is a big step. >> thank you so much. jacob ward. we've all been there before. you're driving home at the end of a long day when your favorite jam comes on the radio. watch as this ambulance turns into a moving dance party. [♪ music ]
so this video of a paramedic dancing has gone viral, but is it safe? the ambulance was safety, and the driver was on his way home. let's talk about it. tweet my your thoughts. real money with ali velshi.. >> in the world's biggest election the winner won by a landslide. we will look at the new leader of india and explore it's pro business agenda and what it could mean for the rest of us. and general motors series a record fine but in the big picture its still just a drop in the bucket. and remodeling is the new moving in today's housing economy. this is real