Maharashtra doctors end strike after six days on CM's intervention

Mumbai, July 07 (ANI): Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) members, who were on a strike since July 1, called it off on Monday after the intervention of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Chavan stated that most of the demands of MAGMO had been accepted earlier and the government is positive on some of the issues raised by them. MAGMO president Rajesh Gaikwad said that the organization is withdrawing the agitation on the assurance of the Chief Minister. The strike had paralyzed the healthcare situation in the state. Doctors went on the agitation for 11 of their demands that are pending. Jul 7, 2014

Indian Railways joins Facebook, Twitter ahead of Rail Budget

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The Ministry of Indian Railways on Monday launched a social media platform, a day ahead of the Rail Budget. The Ministry joined Facebook and Twitter officially as part of the government's effort to use social media in communicating with citizens. Railways was one of the few ministries missing from the social media circle. Jul 7, 2014

Spirit of communal harmony reflects on Urs of Hazrat Ghulam Qadir in Poonch

Poonch, July 07 (ANI): Poonch, in Jammu and Kashmir clearly reflects the spirit of communal harmony which has been practiced here for centuries. A clear example of this rich old tradition comes alive during the Urs or death anniversary of Saint Hazrat Ghulam Qadir. During this occasion people irrespective of their caste and creed come together to celebrate, with utmost devotion and love for the saint. The Urs of Hazrat Ghulam Qadir attracts a large number of people every year, who comes here in the belief that their wishes will be fulfilled, regardless of religion or background. Hazrat Ghulam Qadir's lessons of equality, tolerance and brotherhood are proof that the essence of communal harmony is still alive and is often preached by his devotees during such occasions. Jul 7, 2014

Construction of Kalaichandi Canal unites residents of Kolsivanga village in West Bengal

West Bengal, July 07 (ANI): In the small village of Kolsivanga near Lalgarh in West Bengal, a canal construction project has brought the residents together across religious and social lines. The Kalaichandi Canal construction project is being worked on by both Hindu and Muslim workers from the small village. The canal has not only provided better irrigation but has also improved water supply for their personal use. The united effort put in by the residents of Kolsivanga towards the completion of Kalaichandi canal signifies that in this day and age, the principles of communal harmony are still alive. Jul 7, 2014

Indonesians face stark choice in pivotal presidential vote

Indonesians vote Wednesday in the country's most pivotal presidential election since the downfall of dictator Suharto, with Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and an ex-general with a chequered human rights record in a tight race. Duration: 02:31 Jul 7, 2014

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Resurgent Ukrainian forces pursue retreating pro-Russian rebels after seizing their symbolic bastion in a morale-boosting win that appeared to dim hopes for a ceasefire in the bloody separatist insurgency. Duration: 01:14 Jul 7, 2014

People in Gilgit Baltistan demand their rights

Skardu, July 07: Such protests are widespread on the streets of Gilgit Baltistan. They have been fighting for their basic rights - education, healthcare, food and employment. In Skardu, thousands of people took part in demonstrations for several days to oppose the Pakistan Government’s decision to withdraw the wheat subsidy. The protesters, under the banner of the Awami Action Committee, a constituent of 22 different political, religious and nationalist parties, also demanded an end to colonial rule. Nationalist leader Manzoor Parwana said that Gilgit Baltistan is a disputed area and Pakistan will never succeed in making it a part of its territory. Gilgit Baltistan was annexed from the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and is strategically located between Pakistan, India, China and Afghanistan. Jul 7, 2014

Politicos react as Lashkar-e-Taiba making recruits learn from Ajmal Kasab's mistakes

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over a special "Kasab class" which is a part of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)'s training module for its new recruits during which they are told about the mistakes committed by Ajmal Kasab during the deadly Mumbai terror attack. Kasab was the 25-year-old lone Pakistani gunman caught alive after the Mumbai terror attack and was hanged to death at Pune's Yerawada central prison in a top-secret operation on November 21, 2012. Jul 7, 2014

Budget Session: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The Lok Sabha was on Monday adjourned till 11 AM Tuesday after the government was cornered on the issue of price rise by the opposition parties. Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m. following a ruckus in the parliament. As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, several opposition members raised slogans against the price rise and the government's failure to control it. Jul 7, 2014

Market expert on Nifty hitting all-time high ahead of Budget; Sensex crossing 26000

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): The BSE Sensex breached 26,000 to hit a record high on Monday ahead of an event-heavy week that will see the Narendra Modi government presenting its first budget. The NSE Nifty also maintained its record-breaking trend and gathered another 36.35 points, or 0.46 per cent, to hit a new all-time high of 7,787.95 points, surpassing its previous intra-day high of 7,758.00, touched in Friday_s trade. Jul 7, 2014

Political leaders on Budget Session

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The Budget Session of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Monday with high expectations. The 42-day-long Budget Session of Parliament will have 28 sittings. During this period, Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government_s first Railway and General Budgets on July 8 and July 10 respectively. A heated debate is expected in Parliament as the Opposition parties are likely to take up the issue of price rise, fuel price hike and the revision of rail fares. Jul 7, 2014

Politicos react over Rangarajan panel report claiming 3 out of 10 Indians poor

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday draw mixed reaction over C Rangarajan panel report claiming 3 out of 10 Indians poor. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government will work in this regard unlike the previous government and control poverty. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla also condemned the number of poor people in the country. Meanwhile, TMC leader Saugata Roy said that said that the report is not sacred and such reports keep coming in. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that Rangarajan should be given Rs 100 daily and asked to survive. BSP Chief Mayawati and CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that such reports are like making fun of poor. Jul 7, 2014

SC rules out Sharia Courts and fatwas, terms it illegal

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issued a landmark judgement where it declared that the Sharia Courts and religious decrees or fatwas are illegal if they tread on the rights of an individual. The court further objected to the Sharia Courts ordering punishments against innocent people and said that no religion permits the same. The court was hearing a petition challenging the functioning of parallel courts in India. Jul 7, 2014

Congress leaders stage protest against inflation and fuel price hike

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): Congress leaders and activists on Monday protested against inflation and fuel price hike under the new NDA government at the Centre. They staged protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The Congress highlighted how the spiralling inflation coupled with hike in oil prices and train fares have hit the masses. Jul 7, 2014