BJP holds Parliamentary party meeting; discusses various issues

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): BJP on Thursday held a parliamentary party meeting. Speaking about the meet, party leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior party leader Lal Krishna Advani and newly appointed BJP president Amit Shah were present in the meeting. He said that national President has discussed the upcoming elections and by-elections. Jul 31, 2014

Outgoing Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh receives Guard of Honour

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): The outgoing Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh on Thursday received the Guard of Honour at South Block of the Parliament. Singh praised Indian army terming Indian soldiers the best on Earth. Singh will be succeeded by Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag as the new Army Chief. Jul 31, 2014

BJP targets Congress as Natwar Singh says Rahul told Sonia not to accept PM post

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday reacted sharply on the interview of former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh in which he said Rahul Gandhi didn_t let Sonia to become Prime Minister in 2004. Natwar Singh said Rahul feared she would be killed like his father Rajiv Gandhi and insisted she turn down the post. Jul 31, 2014

Delhi HC directs to stop e-rickshaw services temporarily

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed to stop the services of e-rickshaw temporarily. Lawyer Sugreev Dubey said that e-rickshaws are plying illegally in Delhi and thus do not follow road rules. He added that the e-rickshaw services have immediately been stopped till the next hearing of the case which is on 14th August. Jul 31, 2014

Bus accident kills five in Kashmir

Udhampur, July 31 (ANI): A bus plunged into a gorge in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing five people and injuring several others on Thursday. The accident occurred in Dubligali area of the district, when the driver lost control of the bus packed with local passengers. The injured were immediately shifted to a hospital. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Vikas Sharma, said four people died on the spot and one women died on the way to the hospital. Jul 31, 2014

Cloudburst kills four in Uttarakhand

Tehri, July 31 (ANI): Heavy rains wreaked havoc in Himalayan state of Uttarakhand after cloudburst killed four people and washed away several houses on Thursday. Rescue and rehabilitation work is underway in Tehri district as several people are still feared trapped. The Himalayan state was hit by its heaviest rainfall on record in June 2013, causing lakes and rivers to burst their banks, inundating towns and villages below. Jul 31, 2014

Nostalgia of peaceful past grips Kashmiris at circus fair

Srinagar, July 31 (ANI): A visit to the circus fair reminded Kashmiris in Srinagar of their peaceful past when such mega events were the order of the day, which now have become mere memories with the shadow of militancy looming large over the picturesque state. Reminiscing about the old days, a visitor, Javaid Ahmad, said that earlier the atmosphere was very safe and peaceful. Jul 31, 2014

Prakash Javadekar meets U S special envoy for climate change

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, met U S special envoy for climate change, Todd Stern, as the first meeting of the Joint Working Group on combating Climate Change convened in New Delhi. During the conference, Javadekar emphasised that India is ready to fight the climate change, for which it is also willing to share the technologies invented by United States. Jul 31, 2014

Anti-nuclear activist urges M K Stalin to help stop expansion of Kudankulam plant

Chennai, July 31 (ANI): Leader of Peoples Movement against Nuclear Energy, S P Udayakumar, met deputy chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, M K Stalin, in Tamil Nadu to discuss various problems faced by villagers because of the working units of Kudankulam nuclear power project. At the meeting held in Chennai, Udayakumar presented a three-point demand to Stalin and said they did not want the work of third and fourth reactors to be implemented. Jul 31, 2014

Bandh called in Bangalore to protest rising crimes against women

Bangalore, July 31 (ANI): A 'bandh' has been called in Bangalore on Thursady to protest the rising crimes against women in the city. The city bore a deserted look as public transport was off the roads and several shops, businesses and restaurants remained closed. Bangalore has been rocked by two shocking crimes recently where minor girls were sexually assaulted, leading to huge protests and a candle light vigil. A massive crowd had gathered on July 19 outside a police station in Bangalore, as the entire city demanded justice for the six-year-old who was allegedly raped inside her school. Jul 31, 2014

Politicos react as Natwar Singh drops book bomb on Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted on the interview of former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh in which he said Rahul Gandhi didn't let Sonia to become Prime Minister in 2004.Natwar Singh said Rahul feared she would be killed like his father Rajiv Gandhi and insisted she turn down the post. Jul 31, 2014

Police in Kashmir recover body of Pakistan national

Poonch, July 31 (ANI): The police in Jammu and Kashmir recovered a dead body of a Pakistan national from Poonch district in the state. Assistant Sub-Inspector, Poonch police, Mohammed Shafi Khan, said they recovered the body from the drain near the Line of Control (LOC) at the border. Khan said the police brought the body to the mortuary at night and in the morning they were able to recognise the dead only after they received a call from Pakistan to claim the body. The body will now be sent back to Pakistan. Jul 31, 2014

Eager to support India to bolster mutual economic growth, says U S commerce secretary

Mumbai, July 31 (ANI): U S Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, expressed eagerness to support and partner with India to bolster mutual economic ties at en event in Mumbai. Pritzker, who arrived in India on Wednesday, attended the interactive session with industry officials that was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Pritzker emphasised that throughout the visit, she and her team will continue to emphasise on strategic dialogue, which is a mechanism to reinvigorate, re-energize and strengthen the U.S.-India economic relationship. While addressing the interactive session, she said Unites States is ready to share their best practices and create a business climate in India that is more open for global investment. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce added that the two-way trade between India and America has grown more than five-fold since 2000 to $96 billion, supporting about 45,000 jobs. Jul 31, 2014

Government asks NSCN-K to stop illegal taxation and extortion during ceasefire review meet

Chumukedima, July 31 (ANI): The issue of illegal taxation, extortion and carrying of arms by cadres dominated the Ceasefire review meeting held between Centre and NSCN (K) at Police Complex in Chumukedima. Chairman of Ceasefire Monitoring Group Major Gen (Retd) N K Singh insisted that NSCN (K) give up extortion activities. He maintained that such actions are against the Ceasefire Ground Rules and also vitiated the peaceful atmosphere. Formed as a splinter group in 1988, NSCN (K) declared ceasefire in April 2001. Jul 31, 2014