Authorities in Siliguri take preventive measures to tackle Japanese encephalitis

Siliguri /Vadodara, July 24 (ANI): Health department in West Bengal took preventive measures to tackle Japanese encephalitis as 83 cases of the disease have been detected in the region. An outbreak of encephalitis syndrome is playing havoc near Siliguri district of the state. Following the increase of deaths, the district administration conducted a meeting with several departments to tackle the situation. Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) is spreading bleaching powders, conducting fogging at the piggeries and holding awareness campaigns. Sanitary Inspector from the Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Sunil Sarkar, said that they have identified the piggeries, given notice to vacant the places. Meanwhile, Gujarat also witnessed death of four children due to Chandipura virus in last 24 hours. Superintendent at Sir Sayajirao Gaikwad Hospital, Rajiv Deveshwar, said this illness is caused due to Chandipura virus which spreads through sand fly’s bite. Jul 24, 2014

World Bank chief welcomes new BRICS development bank

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): The World Bank welcomed a $100 billion development bank founded by the BRICS nations and is ready to provide it with technical assistance, the World Bank president said after a meeting with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The BRICS developing nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - announced the bank last week, saying it would fund infrastructure projects in developing nations - a reflection of their growing importance in the world economy. The World Bank group was ready to increase its financial support to support job-oriented skills and infrastructure development in India to $15 billion to $18 billion over the next three years, Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President who looked inspired by Modi's economic agenda and policies, said that Modi has set-up some goals for the bank and they would make all efforts to achieve those. He also applauded Modi government's targets of ambitious growth rates. Jul 24, 2014

US faces humanitarian crisis as migrant children flood border

As the US deals with an unprecedent tide of unaccompanied minors trying to cross into the country, President Barack Obama is set to meet with Central American leaders to figure out how to deal with the humanitarian crisis. Duration: 02:21 Jul 24, 2014

Hamas rejects Gaza truce unless blockade lifted

Hamas Wednesday rejected a ceasefire to end 16 days of deadly fighting with Israel unless the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted, its chief Khaled Meshaal said in Doha. Duration: 01:31 Jul 24, 2014

Glasgow ready for 'biggest Commonwealth Games ever'

Organisers of the 2014 Commonwealth Games have praised Glasgow for hosting the "biggest Games ever" with almost 5,000 athletes from 71 nations -- and given their vote of confidence to the future of the event. Duration: 00:43 Jul 24, 2014

Thousands who can't afford medical care flock to free US clinic

America may be the world’s richest country, but in terms of healthcare, the World Health Organisation ranks it 37th. Thousands turned out for a free clinic run by "Remote Area Medical" with a visit from the Governor of Virginia. Duration: 2:40 Jul 24, 2014

OSCE team finds 'puncture marks' on MH17 fuselage

Monitors from the European security body OSCE and Malaysian inspectors on Wednesday found parts of the fuselage of the downed Malaysian flight MH17 with "significant puncture marks", the OSCE said. Duration: 01:06 Jul 24, 2014

Famed Somali singer and lawmaker shot down by Shebab

Somali lawmaker and prominent singer-songwriter Saado Ali Warsame was shot dead Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu in the latest attack by Shebab insurgents against the government, police and witnesses said. Duration: 00:34 Jul 24, 2014

Iraqi sacred city of Najaf gains prominence amidst crisis

The holy Shiite city of Najaf has gained prominence as a centre of political and military power since the start of a crisis that has raised the spectre of Iraq breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines. Duration: 00:48 Jul 24, 2014

At least 42 killed in Taiwan plane crash

At least 42 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing. Duration: 00:52 Jul 24, 2014

In Gaza, whatever the target, children often the victims

The spiraling number of children killed in the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza has raised international concern. ATTENTION: This report contains images of dead and wounded children. Duration: 01:56 Jul 23, 2014

US daredevil walks a highline across Thai buildings

Andy Lewis of the US balances as he walks on a highline from the rooftop of a building in Bangkok. Lewis set a world record after walking the 169-metre slackline in 65 minutes. Duration: 00:34 Jul 23, 2014