Following 2 days of incessant rain, Mumbai stands waterlogged

Mumbai, July 11 (ANI): The incessant heavy rainfall along with high tide threw normal life in Mumbai out of gear on Friday as several parts of the city and suburbs remained flooded. Following the incessant rain, chronic flooding spots like Hindmata, Mahim junction, Kurla west and Chembur have been waterlogged in Mumbai. The BMC disaster management however has maintained that the situation is under control. It has been raining incessantly since the last two days in Mumbai and the catchment area of the lakes has hit a 5-year low with the BMC is planing to increase the water cut to 30 per cent. Jul 11, 2014

Congress says the way of appointing Nripendra Mishra is objectionable

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and Veerappa Moily on Friday reacted to the TRAI Amendment Bill which is to be tabled in Lok Sabha. Tharoor said that the party is not against the appointment of Nripendra Mishra as the Principal Secretary of the PM, but they are against the way in which the appointment is going to happen. Meanwhile, Veerappa Moily said that the appointment of Nripendra Mishra is not taking place in the right manner. The bill has been tabled in the Lok Sabha. Jul 11, 2014

Reactions come in as BJP issues whip to its MPs to support TRAI Bill in LS

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): The TRAI Amendment Act to be presented in Lok Sabha has invited political reactions. After reports of Congress opposing the bill in Parliament, BJP had issued a whip to all its MPs to be present when the government will present the bill. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the bill is being presented on the basis of merit and hoped that it would be passed in both houses. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that it was an amendment which needed to be modified every six months and added that the government needed to change laws. Meanwhile CPI leader D Raja said that an ordinance needs to be replaced by the legislation. The bill has been tabled in the Lok Sabha. Jul 11, 2014

Indian workers stranded in violence-hit Iraq arrive home

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Indian workers caught up in fighting in Iraq arrived home on Friday and were greeted at the airport in New Delhi, as many others are still being held captive by the suspected militants. About 10,000 Indians work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting, but scores of them have returned to India since ISIL began its offensive. Recalling his ordeal, a worker Prashant Mahto said with the efforts of Indian government they were been able to make it back to their homes. Expressing gratitude towards Indian embassy and government, another worker, who was stranded in Iraq, Ela reddy said the situation is tense in the strife-torn country. Jul 11, 2014

Nagaland Governor Vakkom Purushothaman resigns over arbitrary transfer

Trivandrum, July 11 (ANI): Nagaland Governor Vakkom Purushothaman resigned from post on Friday after he was transferred from Mizoram on Sunday. Purushothaman has claimed that he was not consulted regarding his transfer as the Governor of Mizoram to Nagaland. Purushothaman has sent across the resignation letter to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Purushothaman had come down heavily on the NDA government for nudging Governors appointed by the UPA government to resign so as to make way for their appointees. Jul 11, 2014

Health Minister takes part in Walkathon on World Population Day

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Health Minister Dr Hrash Vardhan along with Bollywood Actor and Social Activist Shabana Azmi participated in a Walkathon organized in New Delhi on World Population Day. On the occasion Harsh Vardhan congratulated the entire nation's citizens and very especially the youth. He also sent a message to all family heads to keep their families small so that proper attention can be given to every child in terms of health and education. Jul 11, 2014

Zohra Sehgals mortal remains burnt at Lodhi Road crematorium

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): The mortal remains of Bollywood legendary actress Zohra Sehgal was given fire on Friday at the Lodhi Road crematorium in the presence of family and friends. Sehgal was brought to the crematorium in a hospital ambulance at 11:00 AM following her death at the Max Hospital due to cardiac arrest. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of veteran actress. He tweeted, "Prolific and full of life, Zohra Sehgal made a mark through her acting, which is admired across generations. Saddened on her demise.” The last remains of the legendary actress were carried till her pyre by grand daughters Sujata, in the presence of daughter Kiran and great granddaughter Madhyama. Jul 11, 2014

Pak rejects Kashmir to be a part of India, Politicos react

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday reacted over Pakistan Foreign Minister’s remark saying that Pak does not accept Kashmir as a part of India. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Pakistan’s statements do not matter because it is a part of India. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also stated that Pakistan’s statements need not to be taken seriously. NCP leader Tariq Anwar also supported the remark saying that Pakistan’s statement should not bother us in any way. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that those who say Kashmir is not a part of India are unaware of history. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that Pakistan’s such remarks should not trouble Indian government much. Jul 11, 2014

Defence Analyst reacts on Pak statement over Kashmir

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Defence Analyst Uday Bhaskar on Friday reacted over Pakistan’s statement rejecting Kashmir to be a part of India. Bhaskar said that Pakistan keeps issuing such statements which hold no meaning because Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Jul 11, 2014

Southern Israel residents steel against mounting violence

As rockets from nearby Gaza rain down on southern Israel, the residents of Sderot are hoping the spiralling confrontation with Hamas will be the last, even if the Palestinian enclave has to be reoccupied. Duration:01:26 Jul 11, 2014

Legendary actress Zohra Sehgal dies at 102

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Legendary actress Zohra Sehgal, who essayed character roles with aplomb in a career spanning both theatre and cinema, died on Thursday at the age of 102. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sehgal breathed her last at Max hospital in Delhi around 4:30pm. Sehgal, unwell for last three-four days, died of cardiac arrest. The veteran actress would be cremated today at 11am at the Lodhi Road crematorium. The news came to light by historian Irfan Habib who tweeted, "Just confirmed that Zohra Aapa is no more..." Sehgal started her career as a dancer with Uday Shankar in 1935. She had appeared in many Bollywood films as a character actor as well as in English language films besides television series and plays. Jul 11, 2014

US President Obama looking forward to meeting PM Modi: US Deputy Secretary of State

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): After his meeting with India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi, US Deputy Secretary of State, William J. Burns said that US President Barack Obama looks forward to PM Narendra Modi's visit to the White House in September for a spur in economic growth. Burns met Jaitley, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to enhance trade, energy and security cooperation between New Delhi and Washington. Burns said Washington would professionally deal with the ruling BJP's concern on snooping. Jul 11, 2014

N Chandrababu Naidu discuss business relations with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister

Hyderabad, July 11 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris to improve ties and discuss business relations between the two. Peiris is on a three-day visit to India to hold high-level bilateral discussions. Talking to the media persons, Naidu said that the neighbouring country has shown willingness to invest in the state. Peiris is also scheduled to hold parleys with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj during his visit. Jul 11, 2014

FIFA World Cup inspires Kashmiri girls to prove their mettle in Soccer

Srinagar, July 11 (ANI): Taking a plunge, Kashmiri girls are all set to prove their mettle in the game of soccer as the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil has gripped the youth across the globe. Girls under 19 in Srinagar participated in the open soccer tournament, organised by football association of the region. This is for the very first time that a football tournament is being organised exclusively for college girls of the region in a bid to expose them to the international standards of playing the game. Girl players said they have been working hard during the practice sessions to break the supremacy of boys in the sport of football. Jul 11, 2014