Indian workers return home from war torn Iraq

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Indian workers who were caught up in the fighting in war torn Iraq arrived home on Thursday, while many others are still held captive by the suspected fighters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Recalling his ordeal, a worker Hind Nath Sharma said that with the efforts of Indian government they have been able to come back to their homes safely. Expressing gratitude towards Indian embassy and government, another worker, who was stranded in Iraq, Ravinder Kumar said the situation has worsened in the strife-torn country. 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. Jul 17, 2014

Ashok Singhal on his BJP win blow to Muslim politics remark

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Senior VHP leader, Ashok Singhal on Thursday spoke over his statement where he said that the recent Lok Sabha polls had shown that an election could be won ___without Muslim support___ and it is time the minority community learnt to respect Hindu sentiments. Jul 17, 2014

Gunbattle between militants and security forces continue in area near Kabul airport

Kabul, July 17 (ANI): A fierce gunbattle continued between the Afghan security forces and militants who had climbed up a nearby building to shoot at the Kabul International Airport on Thursday. The attack on the airport, used by civilians and the military, comes at a time of great uncertainty for Afghanistan as votes from the second round of a disputed presidential election are to be recounted. The poll is meant to mark Afghanistan_s first democratic transfer of power. Officials said a number of militants had burst into a building just north of the airport but were quickly surrounded by Afghan forces. Kabul police said the airport was undamaged, and one police officer suffered minor injuries and it was unclear how many insurgents were involved. NATO forces said they were aware of reports of an attack on the airport but could not give more details. Jul 17, 2014

AAP leader Ashutosh on Delhi Election

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Thursday alleged that the BJP is forgetting all sorts of morality claims made after the Delhi polls last year, in an effort to form their government in Delhi this time. Delhi has been under President's rule since February when Kejriwal resigned from the post of chief minister after his 49-day-old government failed to table its Jan Lokpal Bill in the state assembly. The Assembly has been under suspended animation ever since and no party has staked claim to form the government. BJP had won 31 seats in the Delhi Assembly polls of December last year but its number has come down to 28 in the 70-member house as three of its MLA s - Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma - were elected to Lok Sabha in the recent general elections. Jul 17, 2014

Indian families await safe return of their relatives from strife-torn Iraq

Gurdaspur, July 17 (ANI): Families in Gurdaspur district of Punjab are worried as they await the safe return of their children from strife-torn Iraq. About 10,000 Indians work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting, but scores of them have returned to India since ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) began its offensive. Harjeet Masih, one among the forty abducted workers, had fled to Iraq 11 months back to earn money for his family. Unfortunately, he was abducted by the Iraq militants on June 12. According to his brother, Robin Masih, his brother managed to escape the kidnappers but his whereabouts are not known for the past one month. Jul 17, 2014

Politicos react as Kejriwal attacks L-G for _helping_ BJP in forming Delhi govt

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday in a series of aggressive tweets asked whether Delhi_s Lieutenant Governor would invite the BJP to form government today. The BJP_s Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay shot back asking whether Kerjiwal will apologize to the citizens of Delhi for his tweet if LG doesn_t call BJP today. Jul 17, 2014

RSS leader Indresh Kumar calls Vaidik _nationalist_, politicos react

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Adding fuel to the controversy over Ved Pratap Vaidik and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed_s meet, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said that Vaidik is a nationalist, cultural person and whatever he did was for the good of the nation. Reacting over this political leaders condemned Indresh___s statement. Jul 17, 2014

BJP has never done any horsetrading nor will it do in future: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the BJP has never done any horsetrading nor will it do in future. A war of words broke out between the BJP and the Aam Admi Party since Thursday morning with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal alleging horse trading and tweeting that Delhi Lieutenant Governor might call BJP for formation of government in Delhi. Jul 17, 2014

PM Modi signs three bilateral agreements with Brazils Rousseff at BRICS summit

Brasilia, July 17 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed three bilateral agreements between the two nations in Brasilia city during the BRICS summit in Brazil. Rousseff, in a special gesture, received the Indian PM with full military honours at the Presidential Palace on the margins of the sixth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit. During their meet, Modi congratulated Rousseff and people of Brazil for an outstanding hosting of the recently concluded FIFA World Cup. Jul 17, 2014

Kashmir shuts down to protest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, army truck accident

Srinagar, July 17 (ANI): Kashmir on Thursday observed a shutdown to protest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that have killed at least 160 Palestinians. A resident of Srinagar, Irfan Khan on Thursday, expressed concern over the serious and catastrophic situation in Gaza. Separatists have also called for a day’s shutdown in the Kashmir valley on Thursday after an army truck rammed into a cab killing six people in Srinagar. Jul 17, 2014

Governments silence on Palestine issue irks Congress

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): The silence of the Narendra Modi-led government over the issue of the killing of innocent Palestine Muslims by Israeli military forces has irked the leaders of Congress party. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had refused to hold any discussion over the issue saying it could have a negative impact on India’s diplomatic ties with both Israel as well as Palestine. Speaking to reporters, a senior Congress leader, Ambika Soni, said that the reasons stated by the government on remaining mum were unacceptable. Jul 17, 2014

Jim Corbett National Park shuts for tourists during monsoons

Jim Corbett, July 17 (ANI): Wildlife authorities of Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand launched night patrolling inside the premises to curb poaching and smuggling activities during monsoon. The authorities have commenced _monsoon operation_ as a preventive measure against poachers. They have also closed primary routes of the national park for four months during monsoons as it becomes dangerous for tourists. Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve, Sameer Sinha, said adequate staff members have been deployed to keep a strict vigil. The two primary zones, _Dhikala_ and _Bijrani_, have been completely restricted from any tourist activity. The main routes of national park include hilly areas and grasslands, which become unsafe for tourists to travel during rains. Meanwhile, monsoon also affects business of local businessmen who are completely dependent on tourists. Jul 17, 2014

Haleem tantalises Kolkata_s taste buds during Ramadan

Kolkata, July 17 (ANI): The sales of Haleem, a creamy meat delicacy usually made with mutton and lentils, have surged during the holy month of Ramadan, tantalizing the taste buds of Muslims in Kolkata as the fast is broken with special foods at sundown. Foodies in Kolkata, which is known for its plethora of food options ranging from snacks to main course, travel to special joints for taking a bite of the dish. Ramadan has spurred sales of Haleem across the city as it makes a full meal for fasting Muslims due to the nutritive value of its ingredients like meat, pure ghee backed by the right choice of spices, wheat, clarified butter and dry fruits. Haleem literally means _patience_ because it involves long hours of preparation. It is made of wheat, mutton, gram pulse, curd, onions and vegetable oil with sprinkling of spices. It is served with lemon juice. Eating joint owners said they usually run out of Haleem, which is made only during Ramadan, in less than three hours, well before the breaking of the fast. Jul 17, 2014