Congress workers protest against Tapas Pal in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 13 (ANI): The workers of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) staged a protest on Sunday against the state government for not taking any action against Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP from Krishnanagar Tapas Pal. The protesters marched the streets with banners and shouted slogans. Earlier, Tapas Pal, who has been advised to take complete bed rest after he complained of a sudden increase in blood pressure, had kick started a controversy when he was caught on tape exhorting party workers to kill (CPI-M) activists even as he himself asserted he will gun down his rivals and let loose his "boys" to rape their women. After his comments created huge uproar in the country, the TMC MP had to tender to his party and the media an apology. Jul 13, 2014

Congress protest against water and power shortage in Delhi

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Congress workers on Sunday staged protest over water and power shortage in Delhi's Ashok Vihar near Wazirpur village. The protest led by DPCC Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely, shouted anti-government slogans. The agitators sat on a grand dharna and thereafter burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Lovely condemning the NDA government said that the residents of Delhi are troubled with the situation and needs relief. Jul 13, 2014

Protest outside Israel Embassy over Israel bombing in Gaza

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): People on Sunday came out in droves outside Israel Embassy to protest against Israel's continuing bombing on Gaza. Even after continued international pressure, Israel refuses to stop its operation against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Israel is using twice the force it has used in the past and has attacked more than 1,000 targets. At least 121 people have died in the Israeli air strikes. Jul 13, 2014

Killings on border unacceptable: Former Bangladesh Foreign Minister

Agartala, July 13 (ANI): Former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dipu Moni strongly said that deaths on the borders and use of lethal weapons by border guards are unacceptable. She added that the killings at the border are a very serious concern for Bangladesh and the country had taken this up with the Indian authorities very strongly. Moni added that the border killings fortunately have gone down but should go down to zero. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on June 26 held talks with Bangladesh counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka, to bolster strategic partnership. Jul 13, 2014

Delayed monsoon fuels food inflation by 10 percent

Rajkot, July 13 (ANI): Food inflation nears 10 percent with prices of vegetables like tomatoes sky rocketing in the domestic markets due to weak rainfall since the start of monsoon season, which has raised concerns of a first drought in the country in five years. The retail price of tomatoes in local markets has risen to Rupees 50 per Kg in Gujarat. A doubling in retail prices across major cities is especially troubling for staples such as onions, an ingredient that is present in just about every Indian meal. Jul 13, 2014

Students participate in marathon as a tribute to mothers

Bhopal, July 13 (ANI): Hundreds of school children and residents of Bhopal participated in a marathon, Mission for Mother, on Sunday. Organised by members of an old age home, Apna Ghar (our home), the marathon took place with the intention of reminding people of their mother's sacrifices and so that no mother is sent to an old age home when she needs her children the most. The event focused on making people aware of the life a mother lives for her children. Present at the event were senior women citizens who live in an old age home. They were also honoured by the members of Mission for Mother. Jul 13, 2014

After onion, tomato prices skyrocketing; politicos target Modi Govt

Lucknow/ New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Food inflation nears 10 percent with prices of vegetables like tomatoes sky rocketing in the domestic markets due to weak rainfall. Retail price of tomatoes in local markets has risen to Rupees 50 per kg and above across major cities. Politicos from rival parties assailed the Modi government over the spiraling inflation and asked for immediate remedy. Jul 13, 2014

Health Minister speaks on first foundation day of International Vaish Federation

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday was present as the Guest of Honour at the first foundation day of the International Vaish Federation taking place at Talkatora Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. Harsh Vardhan said that this federation has worked for the betterment of society. He added that one's identity is made by the work he does and how he takes his community's name higher. Other Guests of Honour at the occasion were Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Power Minister Piyush Goyal. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was the Chief Guest on the occasion. International Vaish Federation is a worldwide social organization of the Vaish community people from all walks of life including businessmen, knowledge workers, social workers and all other professionals reflecting the glory of ethical practice in life. Jul 13, 2014

National Federation of Indian Women delegation meets Rajnath Singh over women trafficking

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): A delegation of National Federation of Indian Women headed by General Secretary Annie Raja met Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the issue of women trafficking in parts of country. She said that the research team visited districts of Bihar and Jharkhand and found cases of missing women in majority of homes. Raja also said that the issue was brought to the home minister for consideration and that Singh assured of investigation in the matter. Jul 13, 2014

Kashmir shuts down in remembrance of 1931 uprising against monarchy

Srinagar, July 13 (ANI): Kashmir on Sunday observed a shutdown to observe the anniversary of July 13, 1931- a major uprising against the Dogra monarchy. Separatist Hurriyat Conference leaders called for strike in a bid to pay homage to the 22 Kashmiri youth who were killed on that day, which is also observed as a state holiday. All shops, business establishments, educational institutions, government offices were closed as market wore a deserted look. Armed security personnel were seen patrolling on the street of Srinagar. Jul 13, 2014

Cannot leave legacy of debt for future generation: Venkaiah Naidu defending general budget Part - 1

Bangalore, July 13 (ANI): Defending the general budget 2014-15, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the government cannot leave the legacy of debt for the future generation. Naidu said that the government had to take such harsh reforms to correct the populist reforms of the Congress government. Further, he also said that PM Narendra Modi is not the leader of both the houses of Parliament in the reconstituted Parliamentary party but holds the position only in Lok Sabha. Jul 13, 2014

Cannot leave legacy of debt for future generation: Venkaiah Naidu defending general budget Part - 2

Bangalore, July 13 (ANI): Defending the general budget 2014-15, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the government cannot leave the legacy of debt for the future generation. Naidu said that the government had to take such harsh reforms to correct the populist reforms of the Congress government. Further, he also said that PM Narendra Modi is not the leader of both the houses of Parliament in the reconstituted Parliamentary party but holds the position only in Lok Sabha. Jul 13, 2014

Modi to attend BRICS summit in Brazil

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on Sunday to attend the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit in Brazil. The Summit's theme is, "Inclusive Growth; Sustainable Development", and is expected to enable shaping up of the post-2015 Development Agenda being discussed in the United Nations. The Prime Minister said in a statement that India attaches high importance to the BRICS forum for promoting global economic growth, peace and stability. He added that he looks at the BRICS Summit as an opportunity to discuss how India can contribute to international efforts to address regional crises, address security threats and restore a climate of peace and stability in the world. Jul 13, 2014

Mixed reactions flow as NCP Chief refuses to oppose appointment of Nripendra Misra

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday gave mixed reactions as NCP Chief Sharad Pawar refused to oppose the appointment of Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister. Congress leader Rashid Alvi casually said that Sharad Pawar is capable of taking decisions for his party. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Sharad Pawar is not concerned about the problems prevailing in the country but other unimportant issues. Meanwhile, NCP leader Nawab Malik clarified his party's decision saying that this controversy regarding Nripendra Misra's appointment is useless. Jul 13, 2014

Politicos react on PM Modi attending BRICS Summit

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the BRICS Summit to be held in Brazil. CPI leader Atul Anjan has said that Modi is just delaying his development plans to stay in power for a longer tenure. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that as the Prime Minister it is Modi's responsibility to attend the Summit. Jul 13, 2014