Caracas, March 17 : The Venezuelan government has decided not to embalm the body of late president Hugo Chavez, Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said.
Chavez, who ruled Venezuela for 14 years, died March 5 at the age of 58 after a two-year-long fight with cancer.
Venezuelan authorities announced the possibility of his embalming two days after his death.
"We have ruled out the idea of embalming the body of Comandante Chavez after a Russian medical commission report, although many Venezuelans had hoped for this option," Villegas wrote on his Twitter blog.
Havana, March 12 - Former Cuban president Fidel Castro said here Monday that the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was the "best friend" the Cuban people had in history.
In his first public statement after Chavez's death, the 86-year-old retired Cuban leader in an article published by the official media, said the news of Chavez's death was a bitter hit, Xinhua reported.
Caracas, March 7 - Venezuelans are mourning the death of president Hugo Chavez while government officials make preparations for his funeral and succession.
The armed forces fired a 21-gun salute to Chavez at 8 a. m. and announced that a cannon would be fired once an hour until the late president was buried Friday.
The order for the continuous salute was given by Defense Minister Adm. Diego Molero, armed forces strategic command chief Gen. Wilmer Barrientos said.
"This is one of the top honours for a head of state," the general told VTV.
Moscow, March 7 - The death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from cancer may have been part of a plot by the US to infect its enemies in Latin America with the disease, according to Gennady Zyuganov, leader of Russia's Communist party.
"How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which had criticised US policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease?" Zyuganov told Russian state television.
New Delhi, March 6 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday condoled the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, saying the country has lost a charismatic leader who left a legacy of striving for social justice.
"The people of India join me in conveying our heartfelt condolence to his family and to stand with Venezuela in its hour of grief," Singh said in his message.
"Venezuela has lost a charismatic and immensely popular leader in President Chavez who leaves a legacy of striving for social justice," he added.
Caracas, March 6 : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died Tuesday in a military hospital in Caracas, Vice President Nicols Maduro announced on the national radio and television.
With tears in his eyes, Mature addressed Venezuelans from the Doctor Carlos Arvelo military hospital, where Chavez passed his last two weeks after he came back from Cuba on Feb. 18.
Caracas, March 6: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer Tuesday at the age of 58. He died in a military hospital in Caracas, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on national radio and television.
With tears in his eyes, Maduro addressed Venezuelans from the Doctor Carlos Arvelo military hospital, where Chavez passed his last two weeks after returning from Cuba Feb 18, Xinhua reported.
"At 4.25 p. m. (Tuesday), the commander President Hugo Chavez deceased," Maduro said.
Caracas, Feb 18 : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on his Twitter account Monday that he has returned home after a two-month cancer treatment in Cuba.
"We have arrived again to the Venezuelan homeland. Thank you, God! Thank you, my beloved people! We shall continue the treatment here," Chavez posted on Twitter.
The 58-year-old leader underwent a cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11. Last week, the Venezuelan government released the first images of Chavez following his surgery, showing him propped up in bed flanked by his two daughters. (ANI)
London, Feb. 4 : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is making `gradual, but clear progress' as he is recovering after cancer surgery in Cuba, the country's officials have said.
In a TV address, National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello said he had visited Chavez in hospital, and his health was `clearly improving'.
The Venezuelan leader has not been seen or heard in public since he had surgery almost eight weeks ago.
Havana, Jan 26 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is recovering from his Dec 11 operation to remove a tumour, but is still fighting "the more difficult battle" against cancer, one of his top aides said.
"We can say of the post-operative situation, the president is well into the process of recovery," Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said from Havana, where he and other senior officials have been conferring with Chavez.
Caracas, Jan 21: Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro has said that President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba, is coming out of the postoperative period and "is going to enter a new phase of treatment that is in the process of evaluation" after going through a "difficult" period.
Maduro Sunday said that Chavez is conscious and "continues stabilizing in every way, the functioning of his organs, in all his fundamental qualities".
London, Jan 9 : Venezuela President Hugo Chavez will not attend his scheduled swearing-in this week due to his illness.
Venezuela''s government confirmed the reports that the leader''s illness will keep him in a Cuban hospital past the key date.
Caracas, Jan 1 : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is fully aware of the complexity of his condition three weeks after cancer surgery in Cuba, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday.
Chavez, who has been fighting an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer since June 2011, was "totally conscious of the complexity of his post-operative condition" and faced the illness with courage and dignity, Maduro said in a televised interview in Cuba.
"Sometimes he has had light improvements, sometimes stationary situations," Maduro said in the interview broadcast by the Caracas-based television network Telesur.
New Delhi, Dec 28 : President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed concern and conveyed his prayers for the good health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Mukherjee said he was confident that the Venezuelan president would have the "strength and courage to overcome his present difficulties with his health".
"In this moment of trial for the friendly people of Venezuela, the people of India send their good wishes," he added.
Caracas, Dec 27 - Venezuela's vice president said Wednesday that head of state Hugo Chavez, now recovering in Cuba from his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, remains undaunted by his illness.
"He has a complex, difficult health situation and a gigantic will to live," Nicolas Maduro said at an official event in the northwestern state of Falcon.
The vice president also reacted angrily to opposition accusations that the leftist government is manipulating information about Chavez's condition.
Indian Markets opened positive on Wednesday with BSE Sensex up by 42 points at 19296 and NSE Nifty up by 11 points. Asian Markets were trading strong as well. Nikkei 225 was trading higher as Japanese Yen was weak compared to US Dollar and Euro.
CFO of McLeod Russel has expressed his view that tea prices are likely to remain strong during year 2013. As the production of tea was hit by weather, the supply constraint will most likely push up prices. McLeod Russel stock was up by 0.6% at Rs 356.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced on Friday that they had arrayed troops and air units in defense in due to the rising conflicts with its neighbor Columbia.
While declaring the same, he also expressed great remorse for having to spend so much time in revising warfare plans against its neighbor.
A new law that mandates the central bank to choose what firms can trade dollars will allow the Venezuelan government to take control of Bolivar currency exchanges.
President Hugo Chavez signed the bill into law, then said on state television: "I don't mind more regulation if it's needed. Don't provoke me, bourgeois speculators and brokerages," the Merco Press reported on Monday.
According to officials, a onetime confidant of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was sentenced to almost eight years in prison for corruption and abuse of power.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday that retired Gen. Raul Isaias Baduel was sentenced on Friday by a military court for his conviction on charges of abuse of power, misappropriation of funds and violation of the military code while he was an officer.
Although Baduel was part of a handful of military leaders who helped return Chavez to power after a short-lived military coup in April 2002, the two clashed, resulting in Baduel's resignation in 2007.
To replenish the country's depleted water reservoirs and defuse a worsening crisis over electricity and water shortages, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has put himself at the mercy of God and nature to bring timely rainfall.
He is spearheading a "Bolivarian revolution," inspired by 19th-century visionary Simon Bolivar, which aims to transform the country with popular democracy, economic independence and equal distribution of wealth, Chavez says.