Israel envoy meets BJP leaders over situation in country

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Talking about ongoing crisis in Israel, Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Yahel Vilan said that the country is under fire and that they will retaliate back to protect the civilian. Vilan also met the BJP leaders over the issue to make them understand the situation in the Middle East Jul 18, 2014

Indian workers jailed in Saudi Arabia return to New Delhi after release

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Forty Indian workers wrongly detained in a prison in Saudi Arabia's Mecca returned safely to New Delhi on Friday after the government facilitated their release. The workers, who were in prison for over a year, finally heaved a sigh of relief and joy after they were brought back to their families. Earlier on July 02, family members of the workers approached Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, and appealed to bring back their relatives safely. The workers also blamed the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia for being insensitive to their demands. Jul 18, 2014

Varun Bahl Presents 'Indian Moderne' At India Couture Week

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Designer Varun Bahl presented a modern version of Indian-wear at Shree Raj Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week day 3. The collection celebrated India's wealth of traditional crafts. His silhouettes for this lineup included the Anarkali, an eternal favourite, the Sari, and the Lehenga. This also happens to be Varun Bahl's 10th year as a showing designer and this collection represents ten years' worth of experiences and experiments. Jul 18, 2014

Party ready for polls in Delhi, will not join hands with AAP: BJP

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): BJP leader Ramvir Singh Bidhuri on Friday said that BJP will not join hands AAP which seemed interested in allying with BJP in order to form Delhi government. He also highlighted that AAP MLAs came to meet him to let them join BJP which the party's leadership denied. Bidhuri also stated that BJP will not join hands with AAP or any other party to form Delhi government and that the party is ready for polls and will win. Jul 18, 2014

Woman amputee mountaineer to climb Mount Elbrus, meets Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): India's female amputee mountaineer, Arunima Sinha, and her colleagues on Friday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh before leaving for Russia to climb Mount Elbrus that is 8000 meters above the sea level. Sinha, a national level volleyball player, is country's first woman amputee to scale Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest. Singh blessed them to succeed in their efforts, adding she would be an inspiration for millions of specially-abled people. Sinha said that disability is all in the mind. Jul 18, 2014

Mumbai building fire: Chopper airlifts stuck firemen, one feared dead

Mumbai, July 18 (ANI): A fireman is feared to be dead in the fire that broke out on Friday in a 22-storey commercial building in a western suburb of Mumbai. The blaze started on the 21st floor of Lotus Business Park on Andheri Link road, and later spread to the 20th floor, according to fire brigade officials. The occupants were rescued by the fire-brigade personnel but a few of the rescuer got stuck and one of them is reported to have died. Two choppers pulled out a dozen firemen trapped on the rooftop after a fire they had put out started again. Jul 18, 2014

CPI leaders protest outside Parliament against Israeli attacks on Gaza

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Members of Communist Party of India (CPI) on Friday protested against Israeli attacks on Gaza that have killed at least 160 Palestinians, as they urged the government to discuss the issue on priority. On Friday, CPI members protested outside the Parliament and shouted anti-government slogans. CPI leader, D Raja, urged the Indian government to take up the matter.The current Israeli offensive, which began last week, has claimed the lives of at least 138 civilians, including 30 children. Jul 18, 2014

Pilgrims en route Amarnath shrine content with hospitality in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 18 (ANI): The devotees who have undertaken the pilgrimage to sacred shrine of Amarnath expressed satisfaction with the hospitality in Jammu and Kashmir. The holy Amarnath cave containing the shrine of Lord Shiva is located at a snow-capped mountainous peak of the Himalayas. Although the authorities of the shrine board and the state government of Jammu and Kashmir have made all arrangements for the pilgrims, the much needed aid is provided by the Kashmiri residents irrespective of cast and creed. Jul 18, 2014

Vaidik-Saeed meeting was between two private individuals and nothing more: Pak Envoy

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Friday stated that the meeting between Indian journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and Hafiz Saeed was a meeting between two private individuals and neither the Pakistan government nor the Indian government were aware of it. The meeting with the founder of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed has created a major controversy in India as he has been accused of being the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008. Jul 18, 2014

SC acquits all 11 accused in the 1993 Surat bomb blasts case

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): All 11 convicted in the 1993 Surat bomb blast case have been acquitted by the Supreme Court on Friday. Petitioner lawyer said that a two-judge bench of Justice TS Thakur and Justice C Nagappam not only acquitted all the 11 accused but also reversed a TADA court verdict that had sentenced them to jail from 10 to 20 years. The two blasts had taken place in January 1993 in Varachha area and on the platform number one of Surat railway station during the communal riots that broke out after the demolition of Babri Masjid. Jul 18, 2014

Major fire breaks out at Lotus Business park building in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 18 (ANI): A major fire broke out on 21st floor of Lotus Business park building at Andheri, Link road in Mumbai. Around 12 fire tenders and 8 water tankers have been rushed to the spot to douse the fire. No casualty has been reported till now. Jul 18, 2014

No hard evidence against Hafiz Saeed, can_t put him in jail to please everyone: Pak Envoy

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Friday said that Hafiz Saeed is a private citizen of Pakistan and the country cannot put him behind bars in absence of _hard evidence_ against him. Basit also added that even though a country like America has put a bounty on him but they cannot arrest him to please anyone. Saeed, founder of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, is on top of India_s most wanted list, for plotting a series of terror strikes in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008, in which 166 people were killed. Jul 18, 2014

Top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda arrested in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 18 (ANI): One of the top Naxal leaders and Odisha_s most wanted, Sabyasachi Panda has been arrested. Acting on intelligence information, a police team nabbed the 48-year-old fugitive rebel leader after raiding a hideout at Berhampur in Odisha_s Ganjam district. CM Naveen Patnaik congratulates State Police for Sabyasachi Panda_s arrest. CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated State Police for Sabyasachi Panda_s arrest. Jul 18, 2014

India asks its airlines to avoid Ukraine after Malaysian plane crash

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Civil Aviation Minister, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, said on Friday that the country had issued an alert to its airlines to avoid Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over the conflict ridden state's airspace with 298 passengers onboard. The Boeing 777, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, came down in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, near the Russian border, on July 17, killing all 298 people on board. Meanwhile, Raju said in New Delhi that airlines were avoiding Ukraine after the crash. Meanwhile, Raju said there were no Indians on board on the ill fated Malaysian flight. Jul 18, 2014

Malaysian PM Najib Razak demands swift justice if flight was shot down

Malaysia, July 18 (ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak demanded swift justice for those responsible if the Malaysian airliner that came down in Ukraine was found to have been shot down. Razak on Friday said Malaysia had not been able to verify what caused the Boeing 777-200 to crash while on a flight from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, but it had not made a distress call. But he said he had agreed in talks with US President Barack Obama that investigators must get full access to the site of the crash. Ukraine accused "terrorists" - militants fighting to unite eastern Ukraine with Russia - of shooting down the plane. The rebels denied responsibility. Jul 18, 2014