DU crisis, UGC issues fresh ultimatum to begin admission process, politicos react

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over UGC's ultimatum to Delhi University.UGC has issued a directive to DU's registrar to start admissions immediately. Once DU issues a notification to the colleges based on the UGC directive sent to the registrar, admissions could start in the next two days. Jun 26, 2014

World Cup 2014: Argentina fans celebrate victory over Nigeria

Porto Alegre, June 26 (ANI): Argentine soccer fans celebrated their national team's 3-2 victory over Nigeria in the World Cup Group F match. Lionel Messi scored twice to inspire Argentina to a the thrilling win over Nigeria which clinched them the top spot in group and sent home an army of Sky Blue supporters with smiles on their faces. One Argentina supporter who calls himself Francis, attracted lots of attention dressed as the Pope. The few Nigerian fans in the crowd also left happy because their team advanced to the knockout phase thanks to Bosnia's 3-1 win over Iran. Argentina finished on nine points, Nigeria on four, Bosnia three and Iran one. Jun 26, 2014

Swiss celebrate team's World Cup win against Honduras

Geneva, June 26 (ANI): Thousands of Swiss fans cheered their national team which beat Honduras 3-0 to make it to the round of sixteen on Wednesday. About 7,000 Swiss fans had gathered in a fan-zone in Geneva to watch the national soccer team, the Nati play. Dressed in red, or with Swiss flags on their faces, the fans started to believe their team could make it, despite their heavy defeat 5-2 against France last Friday, after Xherdan Shaqiri scored the first goal in the sixth minute. There were loud cheers when the Bayern Munich star struck again on the half hour. Shaqiri scored in the second half to complete the tournament's second hat-trick following Thomas Mueller's effort against Portugal. The venue erupted in jubilation as Shaqiri erased memories of the humiliating defeat against France, as well as that of Nati's last match against Honduras four years ago. Jun 26, 2014

AAP slams Modi government over inflation and corruption

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): AAP chief, Arvind Kejriwal criticized the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for its inability to take strict measures to combat corruption and inflation. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Kejriwal said that the BJP had failed to deliver its election promises. Kejriwal also condemned BJP over the probable gas hike and said that he had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll back the hike. Jun 26, 2014

Hamid Ansari to visit China to bolster bilateral ties

New delhi, June 26 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will lead a delegation of lawmakers, top officials to China to strengthen bilateral ties and will also participate in trilateral summit with China and Myanmar on occasion of 60th anniversary of Panchsheel agreement. Ansari would begin his five day long journey from June 26 and his first visit would be to the historic city of Xian with which India shares deep cultural ties. He would then go to Beijing with the delegation to boost bilateral relations between the two nations. Jun 26, 2014

Venkaiah Naidu flags off Metro services between Mandi House and Central Secretariat

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday flagged off Metro services between Mandi House and Central Secretariat. The stretch would provide huge relief for commuters who get down at decongesting Rajiv Chowk station. Besides providing a one-point transfer to commuters headed from Central Secretariat for Vaishali and Noida. The 3 km-long underground corridors will have one station in between Janpath and is expected to benefit some 70,000 commuters. With this n0ew line, Mandi House would now be the interchange point for three lines - Noida-Dwarka Sector 21, Central Secretariat-Badarpur and Jahangirpuri-Huda City Centre. Jun 26, 2014

Militants blow up Revenue office building in Kashmir

Poonch, June 26 (ANI): Militants blew up an office of a senior revenue official in border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir with a powerful explosion. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Amit Kumar Gupta said that in the wee hours of morning there was a powerful blast on the office premises. Kashmir has always remained a sensitive issue, as the restive region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. Jun 26, 2014

Congress supporters stage sit-in over Vyapam scam in Bhopal

Bhopal, June 26 (ANI): Congress supporters staged a sit-in protest accusing leaders of the ruling BJP being involved in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam scam. Congress workers demanded a probe to be conducted by the CBI on the scam. Meanwhile, student body, National Student's Union of India also protested against the scam. Congress leader Satyadev Katare also accused Madhya Pradesh Chief Shivraj Singh Chouhan of being involved in the employment scam. He showed documents of the Public Service Commission Examinations to prove that Chouhan's niece was appointed as Deputy Collector by illegal means and also said that the former had changed rules to destroy evidence of irregularities. Jun 26, 2014

Holy men in Assam take a break from spiritual odyssey to enjoy FIFA

Guwahati, June 26 (ANI): As the world's top soccer teams vie for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, football fever swept through the alleys of a revered shrine in India's northeast where holy men took a break from their spiritual odyssey to indulge in some football banter. Holy men came down from their Himalayan hideouts and hermits across the country for the annual Tantric fertility festival at the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati city of Assam. The holy men, in town to perform sacred rituals during the four -day festival, were seen relaxing from the rigors of their spiritual life by playing out a game of soccer on the footsteps of the shrine with hundreds of onlookers cheering them on. One of the holy men, Bablu Mukherjee, who came to perform rituals at the temple, said they are excited to watch the World Cup on television. Crowd of devotees jammed at the temple premises to see the holy men balancing the ball. Jun 26, 2014

Fear of more abandoned children as US troops eye Philippines

'Amerasians' in the Philippines, fathered and left behind by US troops, often face discrimination and poverty. Now there are fresh fears of a new baby time bomb as the US prepares to deploy more soldiers back to the country. Duration: 01:13 Jun 26, 2014

Border Guard Bangladesh top official denies any militant camp inside country

Siliguri, June 26 (ANI): The Additional Director General, Region Commander, Rangpur, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) north- western zone Mohammed Latiful Haider has firmly said that not a single militant camp is based inside the country. He added that, Bangladesh does not allow any camps in their territory, because they understand these kind of things are harmful for cordial relations between India and Bangladesh. Haider said this during a meeting with Border Security Force (BSF) officers at Kadamtala BSF Frontier head-quarter near Siliguri under Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Meanwhile, Inspector General (IG), South Bengal Frontier Head-Quarter, India's Paramilitary, Border Security Force (BSF) Rajni Kant Mishra, said that both the forces agree to maintain the sanctity of International border and with mutual cooperation including infiltration. Jun 26, 2014

Snake lover in Kerala hatches 5 python eggs

Kannur, June 26 (ANI): A snake lover from Kannur district in Kerala hatched five python eggs successfully. Petting snakes is a passion for Rajneesh who is 26. He claims he was just eight-year-old when he caught the first snake, thinking it to be a fish. Ever since he has been catching snakes as the fear-factor began to fade. He claims to have caught over 4000 snakes so far. The snake lover said he recently got a call regarding a python being spotted in a nearby house and rushed to the spot to catch it but couldn't. Instead, he was able to return home with seven eggs of that python, of which he successfully hatched five, which he claims are healthy and doing fine. Jun 26, 2014

Russia 'must' take steps to end Ukraine crisis: Kerry

Russia must take "concrete" steps to resolve the Ukraine crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday, warning Moscow could easily reinstate its parliamentary approval for military intervention. Duration: 00:39 Jun 26, 2014

Russian parliament revokes option to invade Ukraine

Russia's upper chamber of parliament on Wednesday voted to scrap an earlier resolution allowing President Vladimir Putin to send troops into Ukraine, in a move Moscow says will help the peace process. Duration: 00:45 Jun 26, 2014