Police arrest hardcore Maoist in Latehar

Latehar, July 30 (ANI): Police arrested a hardcore Maoist in Latehar district of Jharkhand. A mastermind behind many cases, Anshu Yadav, was getting treated at a hospital when police received information from sources and arrested him. Police are seeing the arrest as a big achievement as the militant has revealed a lot of inside information about the Maoist groups operating in the red corridor. The Maoist issue in India has become a serious concern for the state administrations as it is taking a toll on lives and properties in many provinces across India. At such a time, the new government has stepped in, bearing huge responsibility of combating the issue. Jul 30, 2014

India says keen to engage in strategic dialogue with U.S during Kerry's visit

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): India's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it is keen to engage with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to enhance strategic partnership to work together not only on bilateral but also on regional and international issues. Kerry is scheduled to visit India on Wednesday as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power. On Wednesday, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said this would be the first high-level engagement between India and U.S after the new Modi government assumed office. Meanwhile, Akbaruddin also said Modi's visit to Washington would enhance India-U.S strategic ties. Hailing the multi-faceted relationship between India and U.S, Akbaruddin said the leaders would also discuss issues of economic nature with positive goals and outcomes. Jul 30, 2014

Families of Indian nurses stranded in Libya eagerly wait for their safe return

Alappuzha, July 30 (ANI): Families of Indian nurses, who are stranded in war-torn Libya, prayed for safe and early return of their loved ones. Libyan forces on Tuesday battled Islamist militants with rockets and warplanes for control of an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi after at least 30 people were killed in overnight fighting. Worried over the tense situation, the Indian mission in the conflict-ridden country has suggested its citizens to evacuate Libya and avoid going to conflict zones. India is also preparing for the safe return of its people and is even assuring to arrange for those who cannot afford to come back. Husband of a stranded nurse Shineymol, Rajeev Kurian, in Alappuzha district of Kerala, said the situation was worsening. Jul 30, 2014

Politicos slam Modi government for keeping mum on arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka

Chennai, July 30 (ANI): Political leaders from Tamil Nadu have slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government for remaining silent even as neighbouring Sri Lanka continue arresting Indian fishermen. Reportedly, Sri Lankan navy arrested 50 fishermen from Nagapattinam and Karaikal towns in Tamil Nadu and seized seven Indian boats. Regional Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) slammed the Modi government for being a mute spectator on the issue and said the former Congress-led UPA government had helped the fishermen more than Modi did. Jul 30, 2014

Swiss nationals detained in Kerala for alleged Maoist links

Kannur, July 30 (ANI): Two nationals from Switzerland were detained by police in Kerala for their alleged links with the nation's Maoist outfits. They were arrested in Valappad area in Thrissur district after they attended a function organized by a rebel group in the memory of former Maoist activist, Sinoj, who died while making bombs in Andhra-Karnataka border recently. The detained, Jonathan and a lady, Valerie, who arrived in Kerala on a tourist visa, attended the function and were caught having documents related to the rebel outfit. The Swiss nationals arrived in Kerala on July 10 and were staying at a hotel, Meridian Palace, near Kannur district. Jul 30, 2014

Field trial of GM crops a recommendation by expert panel, not decision: Javadekar

New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the field trial of 15 genetically modified (GM) crops approved recently by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) is just a recommendation and no decision has been taken yet on the contentious issue. Apparently, the Modi government is coming under pressure from the RSS, as two outfits linked to the Sangh have now demanded that the Centre put a ban on field trials of the GM crops. Sources said that the outfits have been assured that the government will tread with caution on this issue. Jul 30, 2014

Manipuris want bollywood biopic on boxer Mary Kom to be released in the state

Manipur, July 30 (ANI): Theatres in Manipur have not screened any Hindi film since the year 2000, following the imposition of a ban by the outlawed Revolutionary People's Front (RPF). Because of this ban, cinema houses in the state may not screen a biopic on boxer M.C. Mary Kom, which is set be released in theaters across the country on September 5. The film starring Priyanka Chopra traces Mary's life from her humble roots to her achieving several world titles. Produced by well known Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film is directed by Omung Kumar. Film enthusiasts in Manipur want the film to be screened in the state. Mary Kom, who also runs a boxing academy in Manipur, is an inspiration for budding sportspersons in the state. They wish to watch the biopic on the boxing legend. Jul 30, 2014