Ready for discussion on all issues in Parliament: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The 42-day-long Budget Session of Parliament will begin from Monday and will have 28 sittings. During this period, Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government_s first Railway and General Budgets on July 8 and July 10 respectively. Meanwhile, all party meeting was called today before the Parliament session. Talking to medaipersons after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that all parties will be included in the standing committees, chairmanship will be according to rules. He also said that no one raised the issue of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the meeting. He added that the government is ready for discussion on all issues in the Parliament. Jul 7, 2014

Tax exemption, women_s incentives, infrastructural reforms expected in upcoming budget

Kolkata/ New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): While the common Indian pinned hopes on the Modi government for tax exemption and women_s incentives, experts looked forward to the upcoming budget as a check on inflation and a boost to investment and infrastructure. The Union Budget will be presented by the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on July 10. A resident of Kolkata, Manoj Dalal, hoped the budget would bring relief to women. Another resident of the city, Sanjay Shroff, hoped that the Modi government would bail the people out of the tax burden. Jul 7, 2014

TN politicians condemn central government_s affidavit against Tamil fishermen

Chennai, July 7 (ANI): Political leaders from Tamil Nadu opposed the recently-filed affidavit by the central government in Madras High Court depriving the Tamil fishermen the right to fish around the Katchatheevu Island, a disputed territory between India and Sri Lanka. Reportedly, the affidavit said the international border issue between India and Sri Lanka was a settled issue, while the ruling government of Tamil Nadu, led by Jayalalithaa demanded retrieval of Katchatheevu Island, reflecting the concerns of Tamil Nadu in the region. Congress leader S Vijayadharani, said this was a shocking step by the central government which curbed the rights of Tamil fishermen. Even Tamil Nadu_s opposition party, DMK said the decision by the Modi-led government was a wrong step. Jul 7, 2014

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on budget session

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan on Monday spoke about the budget session which is going to the start form today. She said that session will try to find solutions for the financial situation of the country. Jul 7, 2014

Ramadan spirit at Iftar party prompts Bollywood superstars Shahrukh and Salman to hug it out

Mumbai, July 7 (ANI): The true spirit of Ramadan prompted the two warring Bollywood superstars, Shahrukh and Salman, to hug out their differences in showbiz capital, Mumbai. Both stars hugged each other at the Iftar party hosted by Congress leader, Baba Siddique who had invited both the national heart throbs. The duo, who had shared cold vibes since 2008, scrapped their differences by embracing each other at the bash. While talking to the media persons on the occasion, Salman credited Siddique for making them meet. Siddique also expressed happiness over their meeting. Jul 7, 2014

Government_s decision not to release Rajiv Gandhi assassins draws mixed response from politicos

Chennai, July 7 (ANI): Politicos gave mixed responses to the central government opposing the decision of the ruling party of Tamil Nadu to release seven convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Gandhi was killed in 1991 while campaigning in Tamil Nadu by an ethnic Tamil suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist rebel group from neighbouring Sri Lanka. Twenty-six people were convicted in 1998 for their roles in planning and carrying out the murder. DMK leader, T. K. S. Elangovan, said the arrested are not the actual offenders. However, Congress leader, S. Vijayadharani welcomed the decision and said the state government had no right to release the convicts. Jul 7, 2014

Indians seek improved facilities in Modi_s maiden railway budget

Thiruvananthapuram / Bhubaneswar /Amritsar, July 07 (ANI): Passengers of Indian Railways are expecting improved facilities, cleanliness and more trains from the Modi governments maiden railway budget. Indians see the railways, which transport an estimated 25 million people each day, as a service for the _common man_. In Kerala, daily commuters said they expected Narendra Modi-led government to charge normal fares and enhanced facilities. Another Passenger, Ramachandran, said he wanted more coaches to avoid rush. In Odisha state, commuters complained about poor facilities and delayed train timings and hoped the upcoming budget would solve the issues. Jul 7, 2014

Court hands Palestinian-US teen 9 days house arrest

A Jerusalem court ordered Sunday that a Palestinian American teenager, who was allegedly beaten in police custody, be released to house arrest for nine days pending an investigation into stone-throwing allegations. Duration: 01:07 Jul 7, 2014

At least 21 killed in Kenya coastal attacks

At least 21 people have been killed in new attacks in Kenya_s Lamu coastal region, the area where some 60 people were massacred last month, Kenyan authorities said Sunday. Duration: 01:24 Jul 7, 2014

Israeli rockets hits farm in Rafah, Gaza

Israeli warplanes attacked three sites in southern Gaza, targeting training camps of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, in Rafah and Khan Yunis, as well as an empty field in Khan Yunis. Duration: 01:05 Jul 6, 2014

Kenya officials say over 20 killed in Lamu coastal region

More than 20 people are confirmed killed in attacks in Kenya's coastal Lamu region, officials said Sunday, with police blaming regional separatists despite a claim of responsibility from Somalia's Islamist Shebab rebels. Duration: 01:04 Jul 6, 2014

BS Hooda announces formation of separate SGPC in Haryana

Kaithal, July 6 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced to form a separate Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for Haryana. Hooda made this announcement in accordance with the aspirations of Sikhs of his state, while attending a Sikh conference at Kaithal. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda government will present the bill for the same on July 11 in the assembly. Jul 6, 2014

Maharashtra doctors refuse to end hunger strike even after govt's warning

Mumbai, July 06 (ANI): Medical services in Maharashtra continued to suffer as over 12,000 doctors from Members of the Maharashtra State Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) refused to take back their strike on Sunday. Doctors are on hunger strike from past six days, leading to suspension of health care situation in the state. Reportedly, the government dismissed more than 200 doctors on Saturday and has warned that strict action would be taken if they failed to return to work by Sunday. President of MAGMO Doctor Rajesh Gaikwad said that till the time government does not approve their demands, they will continue with the strike. Jul 6, 2014