Politicians back CJI's remark over appointment of judges, BJP admits mistake

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): Politicians on Wednesday backed the remark of Chief Justice of India RM Lodha over the removal of former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium's name for the post of a Supreme Court judge, by the Modi government. Lodha on Tuesday had expressed his displeasure over the former SG's name being dropped from being considered for the post of a Supreme Court judge. He also accused the government of dealing casually in the appointment of a high constitutional position. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy admitted that the appointment was procedurally wrong. Jul 2, 2014

Action will be taken against Tapas Pal, says Mamata

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee has said that strict action will be taken against party MP Tapas Pal for his offensive threat to send his men to the homes of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders to rape their women. "Whatever Tapas Pal has said, action will be taken. We don't support such statements. We have asked for an unconditional apology," said Mamata Banerjee. An FIR has been filed against Pal. He had said that he will send his boys to rape CPI (M) women if the TMC supporters are harassed by opposition leaders. His remarks have generated a huge outrage amongst politicians and activists. Jul 2, 2014

Chennai building collapse death toll rises to 42, rescue efforts step-up

Chennai, July 2, (ANI): Death toll in the collapse of an under-construction building in Chennai has risen to 42 as rescue efforts have been stepped-up to locate the trapped from the rubble. Last week, the 11-storey under-construction building collapsed in Tamil Nadu. District Collector of Kanchipuram district, Bhaskar, said a total of 69 people were pulled out from the wreckage so far. Improved technologies like drones have been deployed for tracing the bodies of the trapped workers. Jul 2, 2014

Singapore Foreign Minister meets Indian PM to bolster bilateral ties

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): Singapore's Foreign Minister, K Shanmugam, met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday on the second day of his five-day visit to reaffirm mutual cooperation between the two Asian countries. Shanmugam's state visit, which started on Monday, also includes plans to visit southern cities of Chennai and Hyderabad. Shanmugam, also the law minister of Singapore, will also meet his Indian counterpart Ravi Shankar Prasad. He will hold diplomatic talks with India's Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well. Jul 2, 2014

Five civilians die in Kramatorsk

Five civilians die in Kramatorsk, ten kilometers from Slavyansk, according to residents. Four of them are said to have died during an attack of a minibus, while another body is found ten meters away from the scene. Duration:00:57 Jul 2, 2014

Sunanda Pushkar's autopsy: Harsh Vardhan seeks report from AIIMS director

New Delhi, July 02 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has sought a report from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director over an AIIMS doctor's allegations that the autopsy in Sunanda Pushkar's death was submitted under pressure. Harsh Vardhan also told that the former forensics head Dr Sudhir Gupta, who has claimed that Pushkar's autopsy was made under pressure, had also given a presentation regarding his promotion, soon after he assumed charge as the Union Health Minister. Sunanda Pushkar, was found dead in her hotel room in Leela Palace in New Delhi's Chanakyapuri on January 17. Prior to her death, Pushkar had been involved in a Twitter scandal allegedly involving her husband Shashi Tharoor and a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. Jul 2, 2014

Subramanian Swamy calls for proper investigation in Sunanda Pushkar's death

New Delhi, July 02 (ANI): Commenting on the allegations made in the Sunanda Pushkar's autopsy report case, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday reiterated that Pushkar was murdered and called for proper investigation in the case. Swamy said that Pushkar had told people that she will expose the corruption in IPL. He further said that it was strange that her husband and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was admitted in the AIIMS Hospital when the autopsy was about to be conducted on Pushkar's body. According to media reports, the head of the forensics department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Dr. Sudhir Gupta, has said that he was pressurized to give a doctored report in Pushkar's death case. Gupta headed the team of experts who conducted the postmortem on Pushkar's body. He has alleged in his complaint to the Health Ministry and the Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC) that he was pressured by top officials to show that Pushkar's death was 'natural'. Jul 2, 2014

Government employees in PoK not paid for months

Muzaffarabad, PoK, July 1, 2014: Government employees in Pakistan occupied Kashmir are a disgruntled lot. They have been demanding salary hike for years, but all their pleas have been falling in the deaf year. In fact what is more worrying for the employees is that government has stopped paying wages. These are difficult times for the employees, amid rising inflation and growing expenses, their lives have become unsustainable. Jul 2, 2014

Former exiled Tibetan PM calls new Chinese map 'inauthentic'

Dharamsala, July 2 (ANI): Former exiled Tibetan Prime Minister, Samdhong Rinpoche has said that cartographic representation of Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China's territory was an attempt to jeopardise improving Indo-Sino relationship, terming it inauthentic. Chinese government, in a new vertical map, has shown Arunachal Pradesh as a part of its territory, forcing the Indian government to reiterate that the state is an inalienable part of the country and cartographic depiction does not change the reality of the ground. Rinpoche added that China uses tactics of psychological pressurisation. India's border dispute with China dates back several decades and the nations have fought wars regarding the same in 1962. Jul 2, 2014

Ramadan spurs Arabian dates sales in India

Kozhikode, July 2 (ANI): Sales of Arabian Dates have notched up at a fair in southern India during the Holy month of Ramadan, as varieties of dates exported from various Middle Eastern countries are attracting buyers for their rich taste and high nutritional content. Hundreds of visitors thronged the dates fair organised in Kozhikode city of Kerala. Though some of the varieties are heavily priced, the organisers claim that the prices do not stop people from buying even the costliest dates on display. This is the third edition of the dates fair held in the city and will conclude on July 07. Jul 2, 2014

Students from Northeast region seek admission in Delhi University

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): Admission in colleges across New Delhi is in full swing. Like every year, Delhi University colleges are attracting students from the Northeastern states. Hannah, who hails from Mizoram, has chosen Delhi University to be her choice for higher studies. Better facilities and infrastructure at colleges in the national capital attracts many like her. They prefer courses like Political Science, Botany, English and Mathematics. Various Northeast student organizations have set up helpdesks to assist and guide the applicants. They help the newcomers in filling up forms, choosing colleges, accommodation and completing other basic formalities. The Naga Students Union, Kuki Student Union Delhi and Bodo Student Union Delhi and many more organizations are helping the students, who have come to Delhi for the first time. Jul 2, 2014

India's high fiscal deficit, inflation main challenges: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): India's Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley has said high fiscal deficit and inflation were major challenges for the country. Jaitley was addressing a gathering during an event at Institute of Charted Accountants of India. He said populist policies and paralysis in policymaking had slowed growth, and that an improving current account deficit position in the last few months was the only "silver lining" for the Indian economy. Jul 2, 2014

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy charged

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is seen leaving the High Court in Paris following 15 hours of questioning after being charged with corruption and influence peddling. Duration:00:29 Jul 2, 2014

Israel pays an emotional farewell to kidnap teens

Israel pays an emotional farewell to three teenagers killed in the West Bank, while vowing to hunt down the Hamas militants it holds responsible for their kidnap and murder.Duration:00:53 Jul 2, 2014