Afghan poll audit starts after Taliban raid airport

Afghanistan on Thursday began a massive audit of 8.1 million ballots cast in the run-off round of its controversial presidential vote, hours after a brazen Taliban raid on Kabul_s airport. Duration: 00:39 Jul 17, 2014

Israeli attacks on Gaza spark protest in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Members of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday took to streets in their protest against Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip that have killed at least 160 Palestinians. On Thursday, CPI (M) members came out in droves and protested outside Israel Embassy in New Delhi. CPI (M) leader, Nilotpal Basu, slammed the governments of American and western European nations for not protesting against the air strikes. Echoing similar views, a leader of CPI (ML) Liberation, Kavita Krishnan, urged the Indian government to take a tough stand against Israeli attacks. Jul 17, 2014

India short of coal, accepts power minister; politicos from rival parties slam govt

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): India's power and coal minister Piyush Goyal has admitted that the country is running dangerously low on coal that has led to a shortage of power supply in many parts in the country. Even though Goyal passed the buck onto the previous UPA government, Congress leader Ambika Soni said that rather than blaming the UPA, the current government should take action to solve the problem. Last week Goyal urged power companies to raise thermal coal imports after saying that 26 out of 100 coal-based power plants in India had "super critical" stocks. However, opposition parties are urging the government to use up saved coal in India rather than importing it to provide cheap electricity to people. Jul 17, 2014

'Queen' Kangana walks for Anju Modi at India Couture Week

New Delhi, July17 (ANI): Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut walked the ramp for designer Anju Modi's collection titled "Manikarnika" on day two of the Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers India Couture Week. The 'Fashion' star looked stunning in a beautiful heavily embroidered Lehenga. Speaking at the show, Bollywood diva praised Anju for her fabulous collection and said.The color palette mirrors the earthy tones like sand, old rose reminiscent of the centuries past. The rich jewel tones of burgundy, ruby, emerald, add the plushness of luxury.Designer Anju Modi also shared the idea behind the theme of the show. Manikarnika is a journey, a peek back in time and to relate with the now and Kangana was surely the best person to convey the theme of the collection. Jul 17, 2014

Israeli attacks on Gaza spark protest in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Members of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday took to streets in their protest against Israeli air strikes on Gaza Strip that have killed at least 160 Palestinians. On Thursday, CPI (M) members came out in droves and protested outside Israel Embassy in New Delhi. CPI (M) leader, Nilotpal Basu, slammed the governments of American and western European nations for not protesting against the air strikes. Echoing similar views, a leader of CPI (ML) Liberation, Kavita Krishnan, urged the Indian government to take a tough stand against Israeli attacks. Jul 17, 2014

Chaos over government formation in Delhi continues

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Political parties on Thursday continued targeting each other over the issue of government formation in Delhi. Former Income Tax Official Arvind Kejriwal was elected to lead the Delhi government last year but resigned after 49 days, accusing the BJP and Congress of blocking his legislative agenda. According to the newly-appointed Delhi unit BJP Chief, Satish Upadhyay, the party will consider government formation if invited by the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. However, AAP leader Manish Sisodia questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on what grounds will BJP form the government in Delhi. Jul 17, 2014

Home Minister launches youth info portal on world population day 2014

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday inaugurated World Population Day 2014 celebrations in New Delhi, jointly organised by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Singh launched Youth Info India, Census Info India and Census Digital Library on the occasion. The theme of World Population Day 2014 was _Investing in Young People in India_ as it is the best way to develop the competitive advantage for the country and there is an urgent need to address their concerns. Singh who was the Chief Guest said that there is also a need to create an atmosphere where they are able to pursue their goals and excel in their chosen fields. Jul 17, 2014

AAP targets BJP over power tariff hike in Delhi

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday assailed the Modi government after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a tariff hike of 8.32 per cent for the three electricity distribution utilities (discoms), BSES Yamuna, BSES Rajdhani and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd for the fiscal 2014-15. Tariff in the New Delhi Municipal Corporation area has also been hiked by 9.52 per cent. Jul 17, 2014

Israeli shelling continues overnight in Gaza

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a UN request to briefly halt hostilities Thursday on humanitarian grounds, after an Israeli strike killed four Palestinian children on a beach. Duration: 01:10 Jul 17, 2014

BSE closes points 11.44 up on July 17

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 11.44 points up to stand at 25,561.16. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 16.05 points up to stand at 7,640.45. Crompton Greaves and TTK Prestige were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 13.45% and 9.11% along with CRISIL and JPINFRATEC with an increase of 7.32% and 6.92% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Mahindra and Mahindra and Cadila Health with a decrease of 3.18% and 2.67% along with Prestige Estates and Bajaj Auto with a decrease of 2.53% and 2.27% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 25.24 points at 15,716.27 while the banking sector is down 2.42 points at 17,477.50 and the realty sector is down 15.60 points at 1,998.91. The Indian currency is 0.04 % up at Rs 60.15 per dollar. Jul 17, 2014

DERC approves power tariff hike

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved a tariff hike of 8.32 per cent for the three electricity distribution utilities (discoms), BSES Yamuna, BSES Rajdhani and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd for the fiscal 2014-15. Tariffs in the New Delhi Municipal Corporation area has also been hiked by 9.52 per cent. Jul 17, 2014

'Ninja' bus tour set to kick off in Tokyo

Japan's biggest travel agency is launching a bus tour with some decidedly homegrown touches -- a flying ninja and sword-carrying samurai. Duration: 00:33 Jul 17, 2014

Delhi Metro train runs with door open, operator suspended

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): There was a massive scare on a Delhi Metro train on Thursday after doors of one of its coaches remained open while it moved between two stations on the Huda City Centre-Jehangirpuri line. According to passengers in the coach, the train coming from Gurgaon started moving even though the doors did not shut at Arjangarh station. The matter was brought to the notice of the driver following which the train was stopped at Ghitorni station for about 15 minutes as officials checked the coach. Apparently, the doors did not close due to some technical problem. Jul 17, 2014

Move to set up a separate SGPC for Haryana is unconstitutional: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): SAD leader and union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the Government of India Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday slammed the Haryana government over its decision to form a separate SGPC in the state. She also asked how the governor even signed such a paper when the move is unconstitutional. Jul 17, 2014