J&K flood victims thank Indian Army for continued support and relief operations

Poonch, Sep 22 (ANI): Flood victims in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir thanked the army for relief and rescue operations in the valley that is facing the brunt of excessive flooding. The army together with the police set up a relief camp in the Potha-Baila region of the Poonch sector from where about 82 families were rescued. Though the district administration in Poonch has provided them with 36 tents, victims say the army has provided food to those affected for almost a fortnight. The Indian army has deployed about 30,000 troops for rescue and relief operations and soldiers have distributed 224,000 litres of water and food to survivors. Medical camps set up by the army are also providing first aid and other medical support to those affected. Sep 22, 2014

Mixed reaction in Kabul to Afghan power deal

Afghans react following a power-sharing deal between two rival political camps that sees Ashraf Ghani named as president-elect and Abdullah Abdullah as 'CEO'. Duration: 00:56 Sep 22, 2014

Rajnath Singh visits BSF headquarters, says forces strongly dealing with militant issue

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday visited the BSF headquarters in Delhi and said that the BSF, Paramilitary Force & Indian Army are strongly dealing with the militants issue facing the nation today. Singh also held a meeting with the BSF officials and received guard of honour. He assured finding a solution to the ongoing problems of infiltrations and militants attack. Further, talking about the rescue operations in flood hit Jammu & Kashmir, Singh said that the central government is ready to do everything for the state and there will be no shortage of funds from the government. Sep 22, 2014

Maharashtra seat sharing row: Going to meet Sonia Gandhi to finalize seats which are left, says Prit

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said that Congress has done its exercise of finalizing the candidates and he will be meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary in-charge to finalize the seats which are left. He further said that the two parties share a friendly relation. The NCP on Monday held a Core Committee Meet to discuss the seat sharing with Congress for the upcoming Maharashtra elections. Sep 22, 2014

Incessant showers dampen Navratri spirit, worry idol makers in Tripura

Agartala, Sep 22 (ANI): With the festivities of the ‘Navratri’ or nine glorious nights of Hindu goddess, Durga round the corner, incessant rainfall dampened the spirit of idol makers who worry it might adversely affect their sales in Tripura. Artisans in state capital, Agartala, remain apprehensive as idol-making has been delayed due to the rains and efforts have to be geared up to complete the work on time. An artisan, Khokan Rudra Paul, said they have to employ more workers to complete the backlog that has occurred because of the rains. Usually, by this time, the artisans complete the mud work of the idols and shift the idols for colouring and last finishing, but this year because of the heavy rains, the idols are still wet and work has halted. The artisans use polythenes to cover the idols from the rain water. If the shower continues for a couple of days more, they would have to hire blow lanterns and gas flames to dry the idols. Sep 22, 2014

BSE closes points 116.32 up on September 22

New Delhi, Sept 22 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 116.32 points up to stand at 27,206.74. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 24.85 points up to stand at 8,146.30. GITANJALI and JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 5.96% and 5.65% along with TATAMOTORS and ONGC with an increase of 3.80% and 3.32% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SUZLON and INFRATEL with a decrease of 9.80% and 5.70% along with BHUSHAN STEEL LTD. and NATIONALUM with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.41% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 176.10 points at 18,269.83 while the banking sector is up 52.99 points at 18,532.20 and the reality sector is down 14.24 points at 1,759.93. The Indian currency is down 0.02% at Rs 60.80 per dollar. Sep 22, 2014

SC issues notice to central government over farmers suicide issue

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issue notice to central government over the issue of increase in number of farmers suicide in the country. The lawyer in the case said that a writ petition was filed by an organization in Punjab over the same and that this is creating an agregarian fall in India. The petition also said that there was no actions taken by the government over the same and that there was no compliance also. The lawyer in the case also said that if no compliance was taken soon, there can be a food crisis in India. Sep 22, 2014

SC asks SPP to assist in Ranjit Sinha case with regard to CPIL's refusal to name whistleblower

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday asked Anand Grover, special public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum allocation case, to assist it after Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) refused naming the whistleblower who had furnished the guest book at the residence of CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha. Earlier, Prashant Bhushan had urged the SC to withdraw order disclosing whistleblower's name in the case. Sinha's lawyer said that there was no detailed hearing on Monday and that the court deferred the hearing for October 10th. Sep 22, 2014

Dalai Lama meets former PM Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in New Delhi on Monday (September 22). The Dalai Lama held talks with Singh after being given a warm welcome by the former PM and his wife Gursharan Kaur. Last week, during the official visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India, the spiritual leader had called for talks to resolve the border dispute as an unsettled border with China encompassing large parts of the Tibetan plateau is a problem for India. He also called Xi more "open-minded" and "realistic" than his predecessor Hu Jintao. Sep 22, 2014

Politicos react even as ITBP submits reports on Chinese Incursion

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over the Chinese incursions taking place in the Line of Actual Control area in Ladakh. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the matter is escalating and requires a great deal of sagacity to end it. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav said that the foreign policy of the NDA government is defective. CPI leader D Raja said that unless the border disputes between China and India are not resolved, there will always be a question mark on the mutual co-operation between the two countries. Meanwhile, ITBP Director General Subhas Goswami said that the status report on the Chinese incursions has been submitted to the concerned authority. Sep 22, 2014

Maharashtra Assembly Polls: Congress, NCP claim seat sharing issue would be resolved soon

New Delhi, Sept 22 (ANI): Congress leader Rashid Alvi and NCP leader Majid Memon both on Monday claimed that the seat sharing impasse between the parties would be resolved soon, and also hoped that the ruling Congress-NCP government will once again be re-elected by the people of Maharashtra in the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Sep 22, 2014

Has Russell Brand split with Jemima Khan

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Rumours are rife that Russell Brand and Jemima Khan have split, after the couple recently unfollowed each other on Twitter. According to sources, the couple's relationship had simply run its course, a leading daily reported. Before Khan, Brand was married to pop star Katy Perry and has had flings with supermodel Kate Moss and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, while Khan has two sons from her marriage to Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Sep 22, 2014

Politicos react as CBI questions Chidambaram's wife in Saradha scam case

New Delhi, Sept 22 (ANI): Politicos from rival parties of Congress stated on Monday that law should take its own course as former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's wife, Nalini Chidamabaram, was examined over the weekend by the CBI in connection with the alleged multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. According to sources, Saradha Chairman Sudipta Sen, at present in jail, had mentioned about hiring Nalini Chidambaram as a lawyer at the request of Manoranjana Sinh, the estranged wife of Congress leader Mantang Sinh. Sen has claimed that he had paid Rs.1 crore to Chidambaram as her legal fee. Sep 22, 2014

ISRO's Mars Mission faces crucial test today

New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): ISRO's Mars Obiter Mission will face a crucial test on Monday when the main liquid engine of the spacecraft which has been dormant for 10 months will be fired at around 2:30 pm for a very short duration of four seconds. Scientist CB Devgan explaining about this test said that if the engine works today, then probably it will work on 24th when it is fired for a longer duration into an orbit around mars. He added that if they are successful in their maiden attempt, then India will be the first country to do so. Sep 22, 2014