Well-off Syrians create slice of home in UAE

As Syria's conflict drags on, refugees who fled to the UAE have recreated a slice of home in the Gulf state, from popular Syrian restaurants to Damascus's iconic Hamidiyeh market. Duration: 01:59 Jun 9, 2014

Congress delegation meets Delhi Chief Secretary over power crisis issue

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): A Congress delegation on Monday met Chief Secretary of Delhi, Sanjay Kumar Srivastava over the issue of power crisis in the national capital. The Delhi Congress leaders later gheraoed the Chief Secretary as the government has surrendered on the issue and had failed to find a solution in the matter. Congress has also said that they would gherao the residences of the seven BJP MPs in the national capital unless the crisis in the power and water supply situation in the city was resolved soon. Earlier, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had ordered strioct measures to tackle the situation and had said that power supply to malls in Delhi will be stopped after 10 PM. Jun 9, 2014

Kerala residents get respite from sweltering heat following onset of Monsoon

Alappuzha, June 09 (ANI): Southwest monsoon rains reached southern coast few days later than usual, offering relief from the soaring mercury to the residents eagerly waiting for the start of the wet season. The monsoon which entered India from Kerala continued with its rain spreading across the state amid predictions of below-normal monsoon this year with rainfall projected to be 95 percent. Some residents of Alappuzha welcomed the heavy downpour but for people living in the low lying districts the onset of monsoon season is a worry. Jun 9, 2014

Security beefed up in India post militant attack in Pakistan airport

New Delhi/ Mumbai, June 09 (ANI): India beefed up security on its airports in metro cities on Monday after a group of heavily armed gunmen stormed the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, where at least 26 people were killed in a night-long battle. Defence Expert Bharat Verma said the attack raises serious concerns for India. The assault took place on Sunday even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government tries to engage Taliban militants in talks to end years of fighting. Jun 9, 2014

2009 Dehradun fake encounter case: Ranveer's father demands death penalty for culprits

New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Monday sentenced to life all the 17 Uttarakhand policemen convicted of killing 22-year-old MBA graduate Ranveer Singh in a fake encounter near Dehradun in 2009. However, the victim Ranveer's father Ravinderpal Singh said that he will move the higher court and seek death penalty for the 17 convicts. Jun 9, 2014

Baloch youth on hunger strike to demand an end to enforced disappearance

Karachi / Geneva, June 9: In Karachi's sweltering heat, at a protest camp outside the Press Club, Lateef Gohar, a young man in his early 20s, is lying stretched out on a footpath. He has refused food since April 22. The hunger strike is to protest against the abduction of a nationalist student leader, Zahid Baloch, by Pakistani security forces. Zahid, who heads the Baloch Student Organisation (Azad), was picked up from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, onMarch 18. The Frontier Corps personnel are said to have held him at gunpoint. The police has refused to register a complaint against his enforced disappearance. Jun 9, 2014

Politicos blame central govt for power crisis in Delhi

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Claiming that the common man used to get 24-hour power supply during the UPA government, Congress leader JP Agarwal slammed the BJP-led NDA government for power crisis in the national capital. He said that there is some plotting going on between the government and power companies. Further, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the Lieutenant Governor should look into the matter and work so that the national capital is not in dark. Jun 9, 2014

Sharad Pawar says communal forces spreading under BJP govt, Politicos react

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Political leaders reacted after NCP President Sharad Pawar said that "certain ideologies" were emboldened to spread communal fever after BJP-led NDA took over the reins of power at Centre. NCP leader Tariq Anwar supported the statement and said that since Narendra Modi took over, communal forces all around has got a boost thinking that nobody will stop them. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the NCP and Congress have faced worst defeat in Maharashtra and that they are scared. Raut also said that it is wrong to blame Modi government, but the blame should be on them itself. Jun 9, 2014

Smriti Irani visits Mandi, says centre will extend all possible help

Mandi, June 09 (ANI): HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday visited Himachal Pradesh where 24 students were drowned by strong water in river Beas. Irani assured all possible help to the state by the centre and said that the administration will take steps so that any such incidents are not repeated in future. Jun 9, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee addresses joint session of Parliament

New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee addressed a joint sitting of Parliament in the Central Hall, laying the roadmap of the new government headed by Narendra Modi. He applauded the wisdom of the people for the verdict of this year’s LS polls. Jun 9, 2014

Prez lists priorities of NDA Govt while addressing joint sitting of Parliament

New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee while addressing a joint sitting of Parliament listed the priorities of Narendra Modi-led NDA government. Mukherjee said that the BJP-led NDA Government would work to fulfill the aspirations of 125 crore Indians. He further added that reviving economy and tackling inflation would be the top priorities of the present government. Jun 9, 2014

Badalta Manzar (June 09, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

The fire victims of chattabal Srinagar are demanding proper rehabilitation as they are living in very miserable conditions in tents. The affected families are living in canvas tents provided by Red Cross society. But due to the rainy season they are not comfortable in tents and they don’t have other basic facilities including proper ration, clothes, and water and toilet facilities. Although the state govt. claims to have spend millions of rupees on the roads development but it all seems like on papers only. Taking the example of the main roads in kishtwar district one would say that people are still living in the medieval times. The condition of the road is so pathetic that it’s become impossible for the transport to ply smoothly on this vital road. The commuters have to face difficult time while travelling on this road. Although the state govt. is doing all its efforts to upgrade the health care facilities in the far flung areas but still a lot needs to be one. The public health centre in the border town of Trehgam in kupwara district was established some 12 years back and since then no up gradation has been done. This 25 bedded phc despite having all the basic facilities and latest equipment have shortage of doctors in the phc. Jun 9, 2014