Environment protection and Development will go hand in hand, says Prakash Javadekar

Hyderabad, Sep 11(ANI): Addressing the media on Thursday in Hyderabad, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that their slogan is'prayavaran raksha aur vikas saath-saath'. Prakash Javadekar who has IandB and Environmnet Ministry under his ambit, said that environment ministry was considered to be an obstacle in the path of development. He further said that to improve the working of the ministry, he took some important steps like bringing transparency and accountability. Sep 11, 2014

Relief operations gather steam as flood water recedes in Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 11 (ANI): Relief operations gathered steam as flood waters have started receding in Kashmir, giving rescue teams a chance to reach tens of thousands of villagers stranded by the heaviest rainfall in half a century. Indian Air Force has been carrying out extensive winching operation and now is also engaged in air dropping of food items. Meanwhile, a PDP leader said the magnitude of destruction and devastation is unprecedented. The Indian army has evacuated 76,000 people from their homes, mosques and government buildings. The death toll from the flooding in Jammu and Kashmir, reached 220 by Wednesday. Sep 11, 2014

FIR against Yogi Adityanath for defying ban on election meeting

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Police lodged a first information report (FIR) against controversial BJP leader Yogi Adityanath for defying a ban and going ahead with his public rally in Lucknow. Chief Election Officer of Uttar Pradesh Umesh Sinha sought a report from the Lucknow district administration and a recording of Adityanath's speech will be handed over to the Election Commission. On Wednesday, Adityanath defied the ban and went ahead with his election meeting in Lucknow and accused the SP government of following a communal agenda. Sep 11, 2014

World Ship Trust of UK felicitates retired Indian Naval Officer for opening submarine museum

Visakhapatnam, Sep 11 (ANI): The World Ship Trust of UK felicitated retired Indian Naval officer, Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha (Retd), with the 'Individual Achievement Award' for setting up the first Asian submarine museum, INS Kursura. Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha (Retd) while serving as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command, saw the submarine grounded and converted it into a museum. The President of the Indian Maritime Foundation and representative in India of World Ship Trust of the UK, Commodore Rajan Vir (Retd) along with Naval officers felicitated Pasricha at the port town of Visakhapatnam. Sep 11, 2014

Obama lays out strategy to "ultimately destroy ISIL"

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): In a campaign against the Islamic State militant group, US President Obama told Americans he had authorized US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq. Obama said it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria. The president said the military campaign will not involve American combat troops on the ground. It's a shift for Obama, who has been reluctant to increase the US military footprint in the region. And who, three years ago, pulled out the last combat troops from Iraq. Sep 11, 2014

Landslides lash Kashmir's National Highway, result in complete blockade

Udhampur, Sep 11 (ANI): Landslides lashed Jammu-Srinagar National Highway causing complete blockade of road and suspension of traffic hundreds of truck drivers bear the brunt. The sudden landslide could have caused major tragedy on the busy National Highway when it occurred near Kheri area of Udhampur district. Sep 11, 2014

Obama vows Syria air strikes to destroy Islamic State

US President Barack Obama orders a 'relentless' war against the Islamic State, including air strikes in Syria and expanded operations in Iraq to 'destroy' the marauding jihadist army. Duration:01:19 Sep 11, 2014

Climate change caused Kashmir's flood fury: Environmentalists

New Delhi, Sept 11 (ANI): Environmentalists Sunita Narayan and Chandra Bhushan said that climate change caused Jammu and Kashmir's flood fury and heaviest rainfall in half a century. Environmentalist Sunita Narain said as Himalayas being the young mountainous range, extreme rains will give rise to huge amount of siltation followed by landslides. She added that even the posh areas in Kashmir have been worst hit due to floods because the domestic colonies were built in the low-lying areas where residential buildings should not been built. Environmentalist Chandra Bhushan said as per the research of past ten years the extreme rainfall events in India will increase due to climate change. Sep 11, 2014

Afghanistan will always remain India's first strategic partner: Sushma

Kabul, Sept 11 (ANI): Afghanistan will always remain India's first strategic partner said Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is visiting Kabul to enhance bilateral ties and help its northwestern neighbour deal with key challenges of security and stability. Swaraj, who is on her maiden visit to Afghanistan, arrived in Kabul on Wednesday and inaugurated the new Indian embassy building. She also held talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on crucial bilateral and regional issues, as well as on defence and security assistance from India. Swaraj also met her Afghan counterpart Zarar Ahmad Osmani. While addressing a gathering of delegates, Swaraj said India has always wished for a prosperous Afghanistan. She also remembered the Afghan and Indian personnel and officials who laid down their lives safeguarding India's diplomatic premises and development projects in Afghanistan. She is also expected to hold meeting with presidential candidates in Kabul. Sep 11, 2014

Kerry tells Iraq global coalition will defeat jihadists

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday in Baghdad that a global coalition will defeat jihadists in Iraq and Syria, hours before President Barack Obama is expected to announce expanded strikes against them. Duration: 00:25 Sep 11, 2014

UK party leaders' Scotland visit seen as 'desperate'

As Britain's party leaders -- David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg -- visit Scotland to plead with voters to stay in the UK, many from the 'yes' campaign saw the trip as a 'desperate last gasp' attempt to sway Scots to vote 'no'. Duration: 01:45 Sep 11, 2014