7 infant deaths in 24 hours at Malda Hospital in WB, CPI (M) condemns

Kolkata, July 12 (ANI): In yet another incident of government’s ignorant attitude, 7 infant deaths have been reported in 24 hours at Malda hospital in West Bengal. The government hospital had been in the news for the death of 23 infants due to an unspecified illness in June. Reacting to the reports CPI (M) leader Mohd Salim said that such incidents have been reported from Malda in the past too. Jul 12, 2014

Israel- Gaza air assaults continue leaving over 100 Palestinians dead

Gaza, July 12 (ANI): The night sky above Gaza City on Saturday was filled with flashes, rocket vapour trails and muffled explosions. The scene came as four days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza militants pushed the Palestinian death toll past 100. As the conflict entered its fifth day, Israel showed no signs of stopping the offensive, despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire with the militants in the worst flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence in almost two years. According to witnesses and medical officials, an Israeli air strike killed five youths and wounded 15 people outside a family home in the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza Strip early on Saturday. Further, a rocket seriously wounded one person and injured another seven Israelis when a fuel tanker was hit at a service station in Ashdod, 30 km (20 miles) north of Gaza. Medical officials in Gaza said at least 75 civilians, including 23 children, were among 106 people killed in the aerial bombardments that Israel began on Tuesday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the United Nations Security Council to order an immediate truce. Jul 12, 2014

Raj Thackeray mocks Narendra Modi, politicos react

New Delhi/Nagpur, July 12 (ANI): MNS chief Raj Thackeray poked fun at Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a student meet organized by the party and narrated a joke circulating in social media over PM's big promises. Thackrey's joke came as a surprise as the MNS leader has openly backed Modi for the top post in the past. Jul 12, 2014

President sacks Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): After forcing some governors appointed by the UPA government to quit, the Narendra Modi government late Friday sacked Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria, in the first such action against political appointees of the UPA regime. An announcement by Rashtrapati Bhavan said, "The President has directed that Shri Virendra Kataria, shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry." Lt Gen (Retd) Ajay Kumar Singh, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, will discharge the functions of LG of Puducherry, in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements for this post are made, the Rashtrapati Bhavan press communique said. Jul 12, 2014

Politicos react over US Prez Obama's formal invitation to PM Modi

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 12 (ANI): Political leaders react as US President sent a formal invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit US in September. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the world is recognizing the potential of Modi and this is evident. Congress leader Rashid Alvi and NCP leader Nawab Malik said that Modi would be too excited on this invitation and that he should understand that the invitation is to Indian PM and not Modi. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that he and any other leader should go on such invitation. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the invitation would have Modi happy, though his party does not much appreciates US's ideologies. Jul 12, 2014

BJP celebrates as Satish Upadhyay takes charge of Delhi unit

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Satish Upadhyay, the Standing Committee chairman of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, on Saturday took charge as the president of BJP's Delhi unit. Union Health Minister and BJP leader Dr. Harsh Vardhan who had resigned from the post after being elected an MP from Chandni Chowk handed over the responsibility to Upadhyay. Jul 12, 2014

Politicos react as A K Antony says raising FDI in defence will harm national security

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 12 (ANI): Politicos on Saturday reacted over former Defence Minister AK Antony who had attacked the NDA government for raising the FDI limit to 49 per cent in the defence sector. He has said that previous governments had overcome the "pressure tactics" of "lobbies" working for 100 per cent FDI in the key area. Jul 12, 2014

Reactions come in as trouble surfaces for Ashok Khemka over irregularities in audit

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Leaders react as fresh trouble mounted for senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka as some irregularities were found in his previous audit. The Haryana Principal Accountant General (PAG) audit has confirmed irregularities in the state warehousing godown fabrication tender allotment, which took place when Khemka was the company's managing director. The state administration is now allegedly demanding CBI probe. Congress’ Rashid Alvi said that law will take its course, while CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should stand for Khemka like they did for UP’s Durga Nagpal. Jul 12, 2014

Bhiwandi court summons Rahul Gandhi over his anti- RSS remarks, Politicos react

Mumbai/ New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): After a magisterial court in Bhiwandi issued summons to Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi asking him to appear before it on October 7 in connection with his allegedly defamatory speech against RSS made during Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi has alleged that RSS people had killed Mahatma Gandhi. While BJP said that law will take its course, many other political leaders alleged that anyone who speaks against RSS is caught up in lawsuits now that they have government at the centre. Jul 12, 2014

Police seize heroin, arrest people in Murshidabad

Murshidabad, July 12 (ANI): Ten members of a family were arrested for smuggling and selling heroin in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. District police conducted raids in Josoitala village, which comes under Lalgola police station limits, and arrested Rejina Deoa, who resided there with her family. Superintendent of Police (SP), Murshidabad, Humayun Kabir, said arms and ammunition were also recovered from the family. Deoa escaped to Josoitala a year back with her family after murdering two men who had killed her husband. Jul 12, 2014

Haryana Assembly passes bill for separate SGPC

Chandigarh, July 12 (ANI): Haryana government passed a bill in state assembly to create an independent committee to monitor Sikh temples, or gurdwaras, in the state. Haryana Chief Minsiter, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said the decision to create a separate Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for Haryana was accepted by the ruling Congress party in the state and was introduced in the assembly. The bill, was opposed by main opposition, INLD and the BJP. INLD members claimed the Congress was eyeing Sikh votes as Haryana goes to poll in October. Jul 12, 2014

Vermicelli business in markets hit adversely due to price rise

Gorakhpur, July 12 (ANI): Demand for vermicelli, which spikes during the holy month of Ramadan, is hit due to inflation as prices of wheat flour, required for preparing vermicelli, are sky-high in the markets. Vermicelli shops in Gorakhpur are running in losses, as the sales have dropped considerably due to spiralling inflation. Shopkeepers said they were incurring losses as people were not buying more than 1-2 kilograms compared to the earlier sales that usually were over 5-6 kilograms per customer a day. Sweet vermicelli is a traditional Muslim dish which is eaten during the month of Ramadan. Jul 12, 2014

UPSC Aspirants protest outside Rajnath Singhs residence demanding removal of CSATs

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): The civil services aspirants staged a protest outside Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence in Delhi demanding scrapping of the Civil Services Aptitude Tests (CSATs) which is the preliminary level to one of the toughest examination in India. The protesters also said that the exam has degraded the value of Hindi medium students or aspirants. Police personnel were also present at the spot to control the crowd. Meanwhile, some of the aspirants met Singh and presented their increasing the number of attempts and demanded a four-year age relaxation in the examinations of these services. Jul 12, 2014

Senior journalist Jehangir Pocha dies of cardiac arrest

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of NewsX, Jehangir Pocha, passed away in Gurgaon Saturday morning due to cardiac arrest. Pocha was co-founder of IndiMedia Pvt Ltd, which owns the news channel NewsX. Pocha’s demise was condoled by many in the media industry. The Broadcast Editors’ Association also issued condolence message. His last rites will be held at 4.30PM at Nigambodh Ghat. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paying his condolences, tweeted, "I am shocked and saddened to hear about Jehangir Pocha's demise. I pay my condolence to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace." Jul 12, 2014

Bangladesh wears festive look as Muslims celebrate holy month of Ramadan

Dhaka, July 12 (ANI): Bangladeshi Muslims celebrated the holy fasting month of Ramadan with people crowding the local markets to grab Iftar treats and thronging mosques to offer prayers. Thousands sat in rows blocking the roadways in Bangladesh as their offered prayers. Mouth watering dishes attracted customers at the local markets. A Muslim devotee Mohammad Sohag hailed the spirit of the festival that promotes oneness among the Muslim brothers. A cleric at Mazar mosque, Ashraful Haq, said the iftar parties are celebrated every year for people on fast. During Ramadan, Muslims offer special prayers called Taraweeh at the end of their usual five- times prayers.Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days and culminates in the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. Jul 12, 2014