Gaza destruction and warnings on ninth day of Israeli air raids

Israel's punishing air operation to end Hamas rocket fire from Gaza entered its ninth day, with the number of Palestinian fatalities passing 200. Flyers dropped by warplanes warn 100,000 Gazans to flee before strikes intensify. Duration: 01:32 Jul 16, 2014

Syria's Assad is sworn in

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term in the presidential palace in Damascus, after an election that his opponents had slammed as a "farce". Duration: 00:42 Jul 16, 2014

Will not support AAP or BJP for forming govt in Delhi: Congress

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Congress leader Mukesh Sharma on Wednesday said that the party will not support BJP or AAP for forming government in Delhi. He added that the reports of Congress MLAs deciding to support other parties are just rumours. Jul 16, 2014

Rajeev Shukla demands strict action against James Anderson by ICC

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Former IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday maintained that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should take strong steps against England fast bowler James Anderson for his alleged misbehavior against spinner Ravindra Jadeja, and set an example before others. Anderson has been charged for allegedly abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja immediately after they left the field for lunch on Thursday. It is alleged that this was a continuation of a verbal altercation between Anderson and Jadeja as they were walking from the field. The Congress leader also added that a complaint has been lodged against Anderson. Jul 16, 2014

BJP on reports of party forming next Government in Delhi

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): The BJP is reportedly making attempts to stake claim to form government in Delhi, which has been under President's Rule for the last six months. Sources said if the BJP does stake claim, senior leader Jagdish Mukhi will be its candidate for chief minister. While officially the party has denied any such move, sources said the Delhi unit is attempting to make a last ditch effort to form government. Jul 16, 2014

Politicos react on RJD-JD (U) alliance in upcoming polls

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over reports of RJD-JD (U) alliance in the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Lalu and Nitish Kumar should come forward together with other secular parties in order to prevent BJP from coming to power in Bihar. NCP leader Tariq Anwar stated that RJD and JD (U) want to get together for the sake of strengthening against BJP. Meanwhile BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi casually said that Lalu and Nitish are coming together as a result of shock from the support BJP is getting. Jul 16, 2014

Shri Shakti Express to Katra stuck in tunnel for an hour due to engine failure

Katra, July 16 (ANI): The newly introduced direct train to Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, was stuck in a tunnel for an hour on Wednesday due to engine failure near Katra Railway Station. The fully air conditioned super fast train Shri Shakti Express from New Delhi to Katra was on its second run when the incident took place about five kms before the station. Jul 16, 2014

1 BSF jawan killed, 3 injured in ceasefire violation By Pakistan

Jammu, July 16 (ANI): Pakistani Rangers on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked firing once again at an outpost along the international border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing a jawan. Three other BSF personnel and four civilians were also injured during the firing. The injured soldiers and the civilians were rushed to the nearby hospital in Jammu city. According to reports, BSF troops, guarding the borderline, took positions and effectively retaliated resulting in exchanges which are still going on in the area. Jul 16, 2014

Poverty, child and maternal deaths still high in India, states UN Report

New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar, July 16 (ANI): A United Nations report on ___Millennium Development Goals___ stated that India continues to battle poverty, child and maternal deaths and sanitation, adding sustained efforts were required to cover the gap by 2015 deadline. Minority affairs minister, Najma Heptulla, while releasing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report on Wednesday said the four references in the report were not flattering. Many more goals are within reach by their 2015 target date, the report said, adding that if current trends continue, the world will surpass MDG targets on malaria, tuberculosis and access to HIV treatment. Meanwhile, an economist Jayati Ghosh said the government never paid heed to issue of poverty while preparing the annual budget. Jul 16, 2014

Water logging due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 16 (ANI): Heavy rainfall in Mumbai resulted in water logging on Wednesday, thereby creating a problem for local residents. Not only the water logging but people of Mumbai are also facing trouble due to lack of cleanliness in the city. Jul 16, 2014

Vinay Bihari blames mobile phones & Non-Veg diet for rapes, Politicos condemn

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Political leaders condemned Bihar Minister for art, culture and youth affairs Vinay Bihari over his statement wherein he said that mobile phones & Non-Veg diet are responsible for increasing cases of rape. Leaders and social activists said that such statements are ridiculous and should not be paid heed to by media or anyone. Jul 16, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik___s meeting with Hafiz Saeed sparks political furore

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Indian journalist Ved Prakash Vaidik___s meeting with chief of militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba_s (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, in Pakistan sparked a row, as politicians on Wednesday condemned it and called for an action against him. Vaidik, on Sunday, said he met Saeed on July 02 in Lahore city of Pakistan. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy meanwhile, said a case should be filed against the leader of the delegation that went to Pakistan Mani Shankar Aiyar and former foreign minister Salman Khurshid. Jul 16, 2014