India nurses leave Iraq after being freed by jihadists

A group of 46 Indian nurses who were trapped in an area of Iraq seized by Islamic militants were greeted by tears and cheers from relatives Saturday as they arrived home in southern India. Duration: 00:40 Jul 5, 2014

Mob burns school in Myanmar's second city

Residents of Myanmar's second largest city express anger at security forces after mobs torched Muslim buildings at a cemetery following the funeral of a victim of the country's latest eruption of religious unrest. Duration: 00:38 Jul 5, 2014

NATO ships deployed to the Black Sea

Four NATO ships are deployed to the Black Sea and reach the Allied port of Burgas in Bulgaria where joint military drills will be held, as the United States tries to reassure a region worried about Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Duration: 01:40 Jul 5, 2014

Three- day painting exhibition brings cheer to specially-abled in Siliguri

Siliguri, July 05 (ANI): Anubhab, a voluntary organisation in Siliguri organised a three- day painting- cum- sale exhibition from July 04 to bring cheer to the specially- abled. The organizers will be showcasing more than 30 paintings by an eminent painter, Binit Sinha, from Kolkata who told the reporter that it is the duty of society to look after the specially- abled people. The Secretary of Anubhab, Pradip Nag, said the raised funds would be used to help the children. It is expected that the specially- abled inmates of the centre will get a unique opportunity to express their aims, desires and fancies through this event and give them a chance to interact with people and help society understand them better. Jul 5, 2014

Anti-nuclear group urges government to stop expansion of Kudankulam plant

Chennai, July 05 (ANI): Women members of the Anti Nuclear People's Movement held a news conference in Chennai on Saturday, saying another reactor is not required, following the government's plan to start a third and fourth reactor as an expansion of the present nuclear power plant in Idinthakarai village of the area. Member of Anti Nuclear People's Movement, Malar, said that they are demanding the government to stop the unnecessary expansion of the nuclear power plant. India has ratified an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to expand its civilian nuclear programme, in a move aimed at unblocking a major nuclear partnership with the United States. Jul 5, 2014

Indian workers stranded in Iraq return home

Hyderabad, July 5 (ANI): Several Indian workers returned to Hyderabad on Saturday after being held in captivity by ISIS militants in the war torn Iraq. Earlier, 46 Indian nurses also returned home after being stranded in Iraq. Jul 5, 2014

Heavy rainfall damages road connectivity, isolates Tripura from rest of India

Agartala, July 05 (ANI): Tripura has been cut-off from the rest of the country as a large portion of the road connecting the state to the National Highway has been damaged due to heavy rains. Vehicular movement remained perturbed on National Highway 44 with the formation of big ditches and more than two thousand loaded trucks and passengers vehicles were stranded on both sides of the highway. Truck and taxi drivers who were stranded without food and water complained that the concerned authorities responsible were not taking any step to solve the problem.They also alleged that a section of police and locals are making money by pulling the vehicles out of the mud with the help of bulldozers in exchange of a handsome amount. Meanwhile, Superintendent Engineer of Tripura Public Works Department (PWD), Alak Chakraborty, visited the spots and took note of the situation. Jul 5, 2014

Weavers & Jewellers keep hope of promising financial plan alive ahead of 2014 budget

Varanasi/Rajkot, July 05 (ANI): Indian weavers and jewellers hoped for a promising financial plan for their respective sectors ahead of budget, which will be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on July 10. The weaving industry in Uttar Pradesh expected modernisation of its power looms so that the country could compete with China in terms of production. However, one of their pressing concerns was the fate of the handloom industry. Weavers expect concessions from Narendra Modi-led government so that they could get fabric at fair prices and the art continues. Jewellers in Rajkot city of Gujarat also have expectations ahead of the announcement of fiscally prudent budget. They said import duty on gold should be reduced from 10 per cent so that more people buy gold and business booms. Jul 5, 2014

Aditya Pancholi files Rs 100 crore defamation suit against Jiah Khans mother

Pune, July 5 (ANI): Actor couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, whose son Suraj is facing charges of abetting the suicide of actress Jiah Khan, has filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit in the Bombay High Court against Rabbiya Khan, the mother of the deceased. Actress Jiah Khan was found dead under conspicuous circumstances at her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. Jul 5, 2014

Police acting on govt directives, SP promoting riots: Sangeet Som

Ghaziabad, July 05 (ANI): BJP MLA Sangeet Som on Saturday highlighted the events of Moradabad violence, which took place the previous day, also followed by his detention. Som said that he failed to understand why he alone is always targeted and added that the Samajwadi Party is trying to divert people's attention from the main issues of law and order in the state by promoting crime. Som also said that the police should not act on the directives of the state government but for the welfare of citizens. Jul 5, 2014

Terrorist killed, army jawan injured in Kashmir encounter

Tral, July 5 (ANI): An unidentified militant was killed and an army jawan was injured on Saturday in an encounter in the Tral area of Kashmir's Pulwama district. Reportedly, security forces had launched a search operation in the forest area of Aripal village in Tral area after they were informed about the presence of militants there. Jul 5, 2014

Situation became tense after BJP called 'Mahapanchayat': Moradabad SSP

Moradabad, July 05 (ANI): Moradabad SSP Dharamvir on Saturday said that the atmosphere became tense after BJP called for a 'Mahapanchayat' in Moradabad. Dharamvir also stated that the BJP MP Sarvesh Singh wanted to polarize situation as assembly by-election is round the corner. Jul 5, 2014

BJP reacts as Moradabad SSP says tense situation in Moradabad due to BJPs Mahapanchayat

New Delhi, July 5 (ANI): BJP on Saturday reacted over Moradabad SSP Dharamvir’s statement that tense situation in Moradabad is due to BJP’s Mahapanchayat. BJP leader Shrikant Sharma said that SSP is behaving like an SP spokesperson. Further, BJP leader VK Singh said that any SSP should not make such statement as he is a part of administration and not of any political party. Jul 5, 2014

Railway & General Budget main issues of discussion: LS Speaker on all party meet

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): The Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday highlighted the key issues of discussion in the all party meet held ahead of budget session. Mahajan said that the Railway and General Budget remained the main issues of discussion. She also said that all the members agreed to cooperate with the government on everything and hoped to solve every issue with discussion. Jul 5, 2014

Vasundhara Raje suggests changing MGNREGA, Congress slams

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's suggestion to the Centre to change Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) into a scheme came under heavy attack from the Congress party. Accusing the government of acting against the interests of poor people, Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad on Saturday said that this is an attempt to scrap MGNREGA. Jul 5, 2014