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

Arun Jaitley presents Delhi Budget in Lok Sabha Part - 1

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday presented the budget for New Delhi in the Lok Sabha. Laying stress on the major points, Jaitley said that this year no new taxes shall be levied on the people of Delhi. He then said that new medical colleges, multi speciality hospital, girls' high schools and remote ambulances shall be introduced in many areas. The Finance Minister also proposed to set up community toilets under JJ cluster in areas lacking toilets. Further, Jaitley said that the government will provide power subsidy for small electricity consumers. Jul 18, 2014

Arun Jaitley presents Delhi Budget in Lok Sabha Part - 2

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday presented the budget for New Delhi in the Lok Sabha. Laying stress on the major points, Jaitley said that this year no new taxes shall be levied on the people of Delhi. He then said that new medical colleges, multi speciality hospital, girls' high schools and remote ambulances shall be introduced in many areas. The Finance Minister also proposed to set up community toilets under JJ cluster in areas lacking toilets. Further, Jaitley said that the government will provide power subsidy for small electricity consumers. Jul 18, 2014

Politicos condemn shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Plane, call for through probe

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Political leaders across party lines condemned the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Plane MH17 over Eastern Ukraine in which all 298 people on board were killed. The leaders called for a thorough probe into the incident and demanded strict action by the International Court of Justice. Russia and Ukraine however, have both denied involvement. The Malaysian plane had fallen from a height of 10,600 metres and all passengers on board, including the crew died in the tragedy. Parts of the aircraft, human remains, money, gadgets and passports were spread across the region of Grabovo and Rassypnaya in Eastern Ukaraine. Jul 18, 2014

Politicos and Social Activists condemn Brutal gang-rape of woman in UP

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Political leaders and social activists on Friday condemned the gang rape of a woman in Balsinkheda village across the Mohanlalganj-Memaura road in UP. Leaders demanded strict action against the accused and blamed the state government for such a situation for women. The local police station was informed around 6:00 am, but since they were on duty in the wake of former US president Bill Clinton_s visit to a village 10km away, it took two hours for the first policeman to arrive at the scene of crime where hundreds of villagers had gathered. Jul 18, 2014

Pak PM Nawaz Sharif visits Army General Headquarters in Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi / North Waziristan/ Islamabad, July 18 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a visit to the Army_s General Headquarters (GHQ) in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, gave full-fledged support to the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan. Sharif, who was accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Home Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Adviser to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, was received by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the PM visited the _Yadgare Shuhada_ (Martyrs_ Monument) and also offered prayers. Later, the Prime Minister was given a comprehensive briefing about the operation in North Waziristan by senior military commanders. The army chief informed Sharif that around 450 militants had been killed in the operation so far, whereas two captains and 26 soldiers of the Pakistan army were martyred during the operation. Jul 18, 2014

Pak accuses India of _unprovoked firing_ across border

Islamabad, July 18 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Ministry accused Indian security forces of firing across the working boundary causing injuries to two Pakistani soldiers. On Thursday, a statement from the military said that _due to unprovoked Indian firing on working boundary this evening in Charwah sector near Sialkot, 2 soldiers were injured. Intermittent exchange of fire continues._ In 2013, over 200 cease-fire violations were recorded on the LoC, the highest in the last decade. Both New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other of resorting to unprovoked firings. Jul 18, 2014

BSF says will retaliate if Pak continues to violate ceasefire

Jammu, July 18 (ANI): India___s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) said that it would retaliate to the latest ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir if Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire again. On Wednesday, one Border Security Force (BSF) personnel was killed and three BSF personnel were injured in cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir. Following the incident, the Director General of BSF, DK Pathak, went to inspect the area along with his convoy and said the situation is presently under control.The BSF personnel reportedly died of a bullet injury to his shoulder. Attempts were made to rescue him, but the heavy firing prevented it, and three more got injured. Jul 18, 2014

Altitude of Malaysian plane at time of incident would help identify missile used: Defence Analyst

New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Talking about the Malaysian Airline which was brought down in Ukraine killing 295 people, Defence Analyst Uday Bhaskar said that the altitude of the plane at the time of incident can help in identifying the type of missile used and the country who can possess that missile. Terming the incident as tragic, Bhaskar said that that the probability of a shoulder fired missile being the cause of this crash is very low. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted, ___Our thoughts & prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives on board Flight MH17. We stand with them in this hour of grief.___ Jul 18, 2014

Malaysian airlines MH17 black box sent to Russia for investigation

Hrabove, July 18 (ANI): The black box of the Malaysian airline MH17, which was shot down in the conflict area in Eastern Ukraine, has been sent to Moscow for investigation reportedly. The Malaysian plane had fallen from a height of 10,600 metres and all passengers on board, including the crew died in the tragedy. Parts of the aircraft, human remains, money, gadgets and passports were spread across the region of Grabovo and Rassypnaya in Eastern Ukaraine. Rebel militia found remains of more than 100 people in the intial few hours of the rescue operation. Russia and Ukraine have both denied involvement. All parties are investigating into the crash of MH17. Jul 18, 2014

Body of Indian worker arrives from Sharjah

Amritsar, July 18 (ANI): Body of an Indian worker, Shemshar Singh, who died while returning home from war-torn Iraq, has arrived in Punjab. Shemshar, 24, who belonged to Gurdaspur district of the state, was returning back from Iraq with 11 other colleagues on June 22, when he fell seriously ill and was admitted to Sharjah hospital in Dubai. Succha Singh, father of Shemshar, slammed the government for not taking adequate steps for early return of his son. The news came as a shock to the family members of Shemshar, who went to Iraq four months back, to earn money as they belong from a poor background. Shemshar___s father also urged the government to send teams to bring rest of the stranded workers back. 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. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other Sunni Muslim militant groups have seized many towns and cities across Syria and Iraq. Jul 18, 2014

Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine killing 295 aboard

Hrabove, Ukraine, July 18 (ANI): A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels. The plane was enroute to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, and it is being said that it was shot down. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday that _Russian-backed rebels_ were apparently behind the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jetliner. Ukraine_s state security chief has accused Russian military intelligence officers of involvement with pro-Russian rebels in the downing of the airliner on Thursday, but Western leaders have until now been less quick to assign blame. Russian President Vladimir Putin also expressed sorrow for the loss and blamed the region_s military conflict in general. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama also offered his condolences. Jul 18, 2014

Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza

Bengaluru/ Gaza, July 18 (ANI): Gaza city was rocked by a sequence of blasts in the early hours of Friday, as Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants_ rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll on civilian lives. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement late on Thursday that he had given orders to destroy tunnels that militants use to infiltrate Israel and carry out attacks. Meanwhile, back in India, Urging the central government and the United Nations to take a call on the ongoing Gaza crisis, locals in Bengaluru city of Karnataka took to streets to show solidarity for the victims. International calls for a ceasefire have grown as the death toll has mounted in the worst flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence for almost two years, sparked by the murder of three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of a Palestinian youth. Jul 18, 2014

Absence of bridge force tribals in Maoist hotbed to remain cut-off from all amenities during monsoon

Latehar, July 18 (ANI): Swelling of river waters and absence of bridge force tribals in Maoist hot bed of Latehar district in Jharkhand to remain cut-off from all amenities for over three months during monsoon season. Chorha and Lai are two of the 14 villages in Chorha Panchayat that lie between the two rivers- Koel and Chaupath. Demand for a bridge to the mainland by these villagers has been going on unheard for over a decade, as they get cut off from all amenities for more than three months. A school girl Ankita Kumari said that students face hardship as they miss regular classes due to absence of bridge on the river. Jul 18, 2014