UPSC row: Decision will be satisfactory and balanced, says Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Jitendra Singh said on Thursday that the government_s decision on the UPSC row will be a balanced and satisfactory one. UPSC aspirants have been protesting vociferously against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) examination, which was introduced in 2011, and demanded that it be made easy for rural students. Jul 31, 2014

Politicos react on US State Secretary John Kerry_s visit to India

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over US State Secretary John Kerry_s first visit to India. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that it is a good step from the side of both the governments in order to maintain healthy relations between two nations. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the two nations should raise the issues which have been dormant since a long time. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that it is a good opportunity to hold bilateral talks as both nations_ companionship will improve world economy. Jul 31, 2014

Pune Landslide: NDRF on rescue operation in Malin village

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): NDRF deputy inspector general (operations) S S Guleria on Thursday informed that 25 dead bodies have been recovered during the rescue operation in Pune after heavy rain caused landslide in the area. He also added that at least 150 persons are still feared trapped in the affected areas. He also informed that heavy rain is hampering the rescue operation. Jul 31, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry visits IIT Delhi

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): U S Secretary of State John Kerry visited the elite Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in New Delhi on Thursday ahead of his high-level meetings seeking to boost relations with the new government. He also interacted with the students and teachers in the chemical laboratories at the campus. Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and other officials, for the Annual Session of Strategic Dialogue, to discuss global trade reforms. This is Kerry_s first engagement with the government of Prime Minister Modi which took power in May promising to put India back on a high growth path. Jul 31, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday. Kerry arrived here on Wednesday to re-energise the bilateral ties and to narrow the differences on various issues. The US Secretary of State will co-chair the 5th India-US strategic dialogue with Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj later today. Jul 31, 2014

Women flock local markets in UP ahead of Raksha Bandhan

Gorakhpur, July 31 (ANI): Women in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday flocked markets to buy colourful sacred threads, _rakhis_ for their brothers ahead of _Raksha Bandhan_. _Rakhi_ is a symbolic holy thread, which a sister ties on her brother_s wrist as a mark of bonding between them. A shopkeeper, Pradeep Kumar Gupta, said people reeling under the effect of inflation are buying Chinese rakhis as they are affordable. Jul 31, 2014

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