JD (U), BJP leaders clash in Bihar House

Patna, July 24 (ANI): Once companions in the NDA government, the JD (U) and BJP on Thursday clashed in the Bihar legislative council today with members of the two rival parties pushing each other in the presence of the parties' leaders Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi. Jul 24, 2014

Rural development most challenging field of economic activity: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Addressing the National Seminar for Rural Finance, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that rural development is the most challenging field of economic activity. Jaitley also used the occasion for congratulating the National Bank for Agricultural & Rural development (NABARD) for having completed 32 years of fruitful and productive existence. Jaitley stressed upon the problems before rural development, adding that a majority of India’s population lives in rural areas and depend on farming for subsistence. The finance minister also brought up the issue of quality of life in rural areas of India saying that there are miles to go before achieving satisfaction. Jul 24, 2014

Narayan Rane meets Rahul Gandhi, conveys his complains

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Congress leader Narayan Rane on Thursday met party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and conveyed his grievances and complains. He said that no assurance was given by Gandhi and that the vice president will meet Sonia Gandhi over the same. Jul 24, 2014

Decline in insurgency brings development in rural Tripura

Tripura, July 24 (ANI): Situated close to Bangladesh border, Bhagaban Chowdhury Para in West Tripura district was affected by militancy and was least developed with no `pucca’ roads, drinking water, education or electricity. With the decline in insurgency, the things are no longer the same. The road infrastructure in the village has improved with the implementation of various government-run schemes like MGNREGA and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. Many of the tribal people who were earlier into Jhum cultivation have become settled farmers under the Tribal Jhumia Rehabilitation Scheme and Integrated Tribal Development Project. Many of them have taken up rubber cultivation. Jul 24, 2014

Lucy Lawless to star in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Lucy Lawless is set to join the cast of Marvel's hit superhero-based TV series ' Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' The 46-year-old former 'Xena: Warrior Princess' star, who is also an environmental campaigner and Greenpeace ambassador, has been signed for the ABC show's second season, which is due to air in September 2014. The series, which shows the Marvel superheroes fighting world threats post an epic Battle of New York, has not yet revealed Lawless' role or the details on how many episodes she'll appear in. Jul 24, 2014

JD (U), BJP leaders clash in Bihar House

Patna, July 24 (ANI): Once companions in the NDA government, the JD (U) and BJP on Thursday clashed in the Bihar legislative council today with members of the two rival parties pushing each other in the presence of the parties_ leaders Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi. Jul 24, 2014

Yemen president urges unity in visit to restive north

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi called Wednesday for unity during a visit to the northern city of Amran, briefly seized by Shiite rebels in clashes with government forces and loyal tribes. Duration: 01:09 Jul 24, 2014

Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours

America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail. Duration: 00:55 Jul 24, 2014

Gazans survey damage after Israeli strikes

Washington's top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 718 on Thursday. Duration: 01:11 Jul 24, 2014

China's ageing millions look forward to bleak future

China's elderly population is expanding so quickly that children struggle to look after them, pushing them to do something unexpected in Chinese society- move their parents into a nursing home. Duration: 02:07 Jul 24, 2014

9 school kids injured, auto driver killed after bus hits auto in Pathankot

Pathankot, July 24 (ANI): An auto driver was killed and nine school children were injured when a private bus rammed into an auto-rickshaw on the Pathankot-Amritsar highway in Punjab on Thursday. The students who were from Makhan Singh Public School in Pathankot were rushed to a nearby hospital. Following the accident, passersby laid a blockade on the highway and broke windowpanes of one private bus and set another bus on fire. Jul 24, 2014

Woman gang-raped in moving car in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 24 (ANI): In a shocking incident, a 35-year old woman has alleged that she was gang-raped by two men in a moving car at Dharavi on July 22 in a moving car in Dharavi area. The accused are said to be known to the victim. The police have registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections 376 (D) for gang-rape and 34 (common intention). The victim was sent to a Hospital for medical examination. Jul 24, 2014

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon visits Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders

Baghdad, July 24 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders on the ongoing fighting with the Islamic State and formation of a new Iraqi government. Ban, who has been on a Middle East tour to seek an end to the fighting in Gaza, is expected to hold a joint news conference with Iraq_s Shi_ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and meet with the new Speaker of Iraq_s parliament Salim al-Jibouri. The advance by Sunni Islamist militants who seized swathes of northern Iraq last month has put the OPEC oil producer_s survival in jeopardy. Ban also condemned _in the strongest terms_ the systematic persecution of minority populations in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) and associated armed groups. Jul 24, 2014

Relative of victims mourn as death toll reaches 48 in Taiwan plane crash

Taiwan, July 24 (ANI): At least 48 people were killed and 10 people were injured when a twin-engine turboprop plane crashed while attempting to land in Taiwan_s Penghu Islands, said Taiwan_s Civil Aeronautics Administration. Taiwan_s Vice Minister of Civil Aeronautics Administration, Li Wan-Li confirmed on Thursday that a black box had been found for the TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed during a thunderstorm. Meanwhile, relatives of the victims mourn their death and questioned the administration on lack of safety precautions. Relative of another pilot who was killed in the crash mourned on her loss. Jul 24, 2014

Keshari Nath Tripathi takes oath as WB governor

Kolkata, July 24 (ANI): Former UP Assembly speaker Kesari Nath Tripathi on Thursday took oath as the Governor of West Bengal at a function at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. Tripathi arrived in Kolkata from Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. He was received by state finance and industry minister Amit Mitra and education minister Partha Chatterjee at the Howrah station. The Governor-designate was also given a guard of honour there at the station area by the state police as well. Jul 24, 2014