Shiv Sena points out Congress_ taken for granted attitude, NCP warns Congress

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Talking about reports of NCP and Congress parting ways, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Congress has _taken for granted_ attitude. Meanwhile, NCP leader Majid Memon on Tuesday said that the Congress party must respect the sentiments of NCP and its legitimate demands regarding seats. Memon also sounded a note of caution to the Congress leadership. Jul 22, 2014

Outgoing UP Governor Aziz Qureshi gets guard of honour

Lucknow, July 22 (ANI): The outgoing Governor of Uttar Pradesh Aziz Qureshi was given guard of honour by army in Lucknow on Tuesday. Qureshi who is also the Governor of Uttarakhand, was given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh after BL Joshi resigned from the post on June 16. Qureshi on Monday courted controversy by saying that even almighty can_t prevent occurrences of rapes. Jul 22, 2014

Politicos react as number of leaders resign from Congress

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Political leaders react as Congress came under trouble with resignation from a number of party leaders including Narayan Rane and Himanta Biswa Sarma. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the issue has been left to the high command of the party. NCP leaders Tariq Anwar tried to refrain from commenting. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that this is natural as Congress is now a sinking ship. BJD leader Jay Panda said that the party should work on their reforms. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the party is facing leadership crisis. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the party_s existence has become weak. Jul 22, 2014

Dalai Lama in Dharamsala terms Israel-Gaza violence unthinkable, sad

Dharamsala, July 22 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has said that the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza is very sad and totally opposite to what their religion promotes. Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinian militants who slipped across the border from Gaza through hidden tunnels on Monday, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500 amid growing international calls for an end. Non-stop attacks lifted the Palestinian death toll to 496, including almost 100 children, since fighting started on July 08. Israel says 18 of its soldiers have also died along with two civilians. While addressing mediapersons at Kangra domestic airport in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, Dalai Lama said he did not expect such sort of violence and misbehavior from people who claim to have faith in religious principles. Jul 22, 2014

MN Reddi takes charge as Bangalore Commissioner

Bangalore, July 22 (ANI): With furore over the rape of a 6-year old girl still on, MN Reddi took charge as the Commissioner of Bangalore. The case took a toll on the previous commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar and additional commissioner of police (law and order) Kamal Pant who were transferred on Monday. The officials are replaced by Reddi and IGP (grievances and human rights) Alok Kumar respectively. Reddi maintained that the security of women is priority and that their problems will be addressed systematically. Jul 22, 2014

New Delhi faces urbanization crisis as world_s second most populous city

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Indian capital New Delhi, which was recently named the second most populous city in the world after Tokyo, is bursting at the seams - struggling to meet the challenges of a population explosion, experts warned. Home to 25 million people, a number more than the population of Australia, Delhi has become the world_s second most populous city, said a United Nations report released by its Department of Economic and Social Welfare. The primary problem, the report stated, lies in migration of people from rural areas to urban areas in lookout for better living conditions. Meijer said it is difficult to stop people from migrating but advised a managed and fair distribution of revenues by the government to ensure good quality of living for all sections. Jul 22, 2014

MH17 black boxes handed over

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have handed over the two _black box_ recorders from Flight MH17, shot down over Ukraine to Malaysian officials. A leader of the Pro-Russian separatists, who controls the area where the plane came down, formally presented them early on Tuesday. Aleksander Borodai handed them over after lengthy negotiations with Malaysia whose officials thanked him for doing so. The Malaysian Airlines plane went down in an area of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People_s Republic on Thursday. All 298 passengers and crew on board were killed. Jul 22, 2014

Fans laud India_s victory over England at the home of cricket

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 22 (ANI): Fans and budding sportsmen on Tuesday lauded India_s victory in the second test after Ishant Sharma bowled India to a rare victory at Lords, the home of cricket. Ishant Sharma claimed seven wickets to bowl India to a 95-run victory over England in the second test at Lord_s on Monday, their first overseas win since 2011. This is India_s second victory at the home of cricket and first since 1986. Resuming at 105 for four in pursuit of 319, Joe Root and Moeen Ali survived until the final ball before lunch when the latter fell to Sharma. The willowy right-armer claimed four more wickets after the break as England_s batsmen capitulated in the face of India_s short-pitched barrage and were bowled out for 223, putting the visitors 1-0 up in the five-match series. Jul 22, 2014

BJP congratulates PM Modi for BRICS and other issues during Parliamentary meet

New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): After the BJP Parliamentary meet on Tuesday, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for BRICS and other issues. He said that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu gave a report on the discussion in the Parliament which also included TRAI Act, Israel Offensive, among others. Jul 22, 2014

Wife defends husband accused of child_s sexual assault in Bangalore

Bangalore, July 22 (ANI): Wife of accused in sexual assault case of a six-year-old girl in Bangalore has defended her husband. Public anger erupted after two staff members raped a girl on the school premises. Skating instructor of the public school, Mustafa, was arrested on Sunday by the city police. However, Mustafa_s wife, Ayesha Siddiqua, said watching malicious content on laptop does not guarantee that he has done something wrong. Meanwhile, victim_s father, Kiran Reddy, met state education minister Kimmane Ratnakar, who assured him of safer environment in schools. The crime took place on July 02 in a school campus during class hours, which led to city-wide protests. Jul 22, 2014

Assam Students Union protest infiltration of Bangladeshis in state

Guwahati, July 22 (ANI): Various activist groups, including tribal organisations and All Assam Students Union (AASU) staged a protest in Assam against the state government for its inability to stop Bangladeshis infiltrate into the state. The proposal sent by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi___s cabinet to the central government to accommodate Bangladeshis on humanity grounds has not been welcomed by the people of the state. Last week, the state cabinet passed a proposal to grant Indian citizenship to refugees who fled Bangladesh to avoid religious persecution and entered the country after 1971. However, on earlier occasions, Assam government has fought ruling BJP___s ideology to consider Hindu Bangladeshis as refugees coming to India under hard conditions. Jul 22, 2014

Green Brigade plants over one lakh trees in Ludhiana for greener city

Ludhiana, July 22 (ANI): People in Punjab planted 1.25 lakh trees in an attempt to provide green lungs to Ludhiana city and also to achieve a new world record. According to a report by World Health Organisation (WHO), Ludhiana was among the top ten polluted cities in the world. In a bid to make Ludhiana a green city, a non-governmental organisation, ___Sambhav___, a youth leadership training organisation, urged people to plant trees. One of the participants, Davinder Singh Pal, claimed to have broken the world record. The event also witnessed participation of Indian Institute of Architects, Ludhiana Chapter (IIA-LC) along with city___s Mayor. Organisers gave free saplings, tools and assistance in order to evoke more public involvement. Jul 22, 2014

Ganajagoran Mancha recalls horrors of liberation 1971 struggle through cartoon show

Dhaka, July 22 (ANI): The people_s resurgence platform of Bangladesh, Ganajagoran Mancha, organized a cartoon show on Monday to protest against the country_s Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami and war criminals accused of genocide during the 1971 liberation struggle. The organizers of the show also demanded death penalty for all the war criminals. One of the organizers of the cartoon show, Al-Noman, slammed Jamaat-e-Islami for supporting the war criminals. The 1971 war, in which an estimated three million people died in nine months, is a festering wound not only for those personally affected, but also for many young Bangladeshis. Jul 22, 2014