PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 240 MW Uri-II hydropower project in Kashmir

Baramulla, July 5 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 240 megawatt Uri-II hydropower project in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, barely a mile from the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Modi dedicated the 240 MW Uri-II hydropower project to the nation built by NHPC at a cost of Rs. 2290 crore in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the second power project on river Jhelum in Uri area in Baramulla district and is located downstream of the 480-MW Uri-I project, which is already operational. Earlier in the day, Modi flagged off the inaugural train on a new stretch of railway to the town of Katra to Vaishno Devi. Heavy security arrangements were made in the state in the wake of PM Modi_s visit. Jul 5, 2014

Officials claim Indian workers tortured in Iraq for posting video appealing for help

Nawanshahr, July 05 (ANI): Indian officials claimed that a few citizens were tortured by their employer in the strife-torn Iraq for posting a video in which they appealed New Delhi to evacuate them. In the video they also mentioned that they were receiving low wages and nobody is helping them to get back to India. Doctor Jasbir Singh, who is treating a victim named Rajkumar, said he was subjected to brute torture and is in a state of shock. Rajkumar, along with 14 other workers recently returned to his home at Nawanshahr town in Punjab, and has sustained injuries on his hand and chest. District official Jeevan Jagjit Kaur said the company denied food to the victim after the video was broadcast by a channel. Jul 5, 2014

Shimray Asaiwo Bellrose and 17 others from Northeast clear civil services

Manipur, July 05 (ANI): 30-year-old Shimray Asaiwo Bellrose, a Tangkhul Naga who hails from Lunghar village in Manipur, is proud to have cleared the civil services examination, 2013, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. She has secured the 1106th position in the final list of the successful candidates. Bellrose has been staying in New Delhi since 2011 after completing her Msc in Botany from Manipur University. Bellrose is among the 18 candidates from the northeast who have cleared the civil services examination. Of the successful candidates, at least six are from Assam, four from Manipur, while two are from Meghalaya. Three candidates are from Mizoram and one each from Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Nagaland. Asaiwo believes that continuous disturbance by militant outfits in the northeast prevent the talented youngsters from achieving their potential. Bellerose_s family in Manipur feels proud of her success in the civil services. They believe that it has been possible only because of her hard work and determination. Jul 5, 2014

FIFA investigates alleged ticketing scandal

FIFA says it will take a _firm stance_ and _sanction anybody who violated anything,_ during investigations of a ticketing scandal in Rio de Janeiro on July 4, 2014. Duration: 00:46 Jul 5, 2014

Children's TV star Rolf Harris jailed for sex assaults

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, a household name in Britain and Australia for decades, was on Friday jailed for five years and nine months by a judge in London for a string of sexual assaults against girls and young women. Duration: 01:09 Jul 4, 2014

Tension, clashes in Moradabad after BJP leaders detained, politicos react

New Delhi/Lucknow, July 04 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday criticized the violence in Moradabad which broke out following clash between protesters and police. The protesters were protesting against the denial of holding a 'mahapanchayat' by the BJP leaders. Muzaffarnagar riot accused BJP MLA Sangeet Som was earlier detained near Moradabad along with several leaders and party workers for heading to Moradabad to hold a Mahapanchayat even as the local administration had denied them permission. According to reports the UP administration had denied permission to the BJP to hold a mahapanchayat fearing that it could flare up communal tension in the area. The BJP had decided to hold a mahapanchayat after the UP administration restricted the use of loud speakers at a religious place, which led to some trouble in the area in the month of June. In order to protest against the move, the BJP had called for a mahapanchayat today, where several party leaders were also expected to be present. The district magistrate of Moradabad was seriously injured in the incident. Jul 4, 2014

DY Patil takes additional charge of West Bengal as acting Governor

Kolkata, July 04 (ANI): Bihar Governor DY Patil on Friday took additional charge of West Bengal as the acting Governor following MK Narayanan's resignation. A release from the Rashtrapati Bhawan said that until regular arrangements for the office of Governor of West Bengal were made, Patil would be in charge. Patil was sworn in as the Governor during a grand ceremony in the presence of state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other eminent leaders. Jul 4, 2014

MEA on Iraq crisis

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday reassured that as many as 116 Indians including 46 nurses from Kerala will reach India on Saturday morning. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that an Air India aircraft has flown from New Delhi and is expected to reach Erbil, Iraq, late on Friday. Assuring that the government was putting in all efforts in ensuring the safety of Indian nationals, MEA said that a joint secretary level officer will co-ordinate with authorities in Iraq for the safety of Indians there. Even as process is underway to bring back as many as 116 Indians from the war-torn country, 39 Indian nationals continue to be held captive in Mosul. The MEA said that the resources that went into freeing the nurses would be used in the case of others too. Jul 4, 2014

Jabalpur_s NSCB Medical College dean found dead under mysterious circumstances

Jabalpur, July 4 (ANI): The Dean of Jabalpur_s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College who was also a member of Vyapam Scam investigation committee was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his home. A doctor of the medical college Dr Ruplekha Chouhan said that the dean was burnt to quite an extent so he could not be saved. SP of Jabalpur H Mishra said that investigations are going on and although a suicide note was not found it seemed to be a suicide case. He added that the dean had used kerosene oil to burn himself. Jul 4, 2014

AAP_s petition for fresh elections in Delhi referred to Constitution bench: SC

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday referred AAP_s petition seeking dissolution of Delhi assembly to a Constitution bench. The apex court, however, made it clear that pendency of the AAP petition would not preclude the LG from taking appropriate steps if he thinks it fit. AAP had filed a petition in the Supreme Court to direct the Central government and lieutenant governor to dissolve the Delhi assembly, and order fresh elections in the capital. The SC_s decision came a day after former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accompanied by AAP legislators met President Pranab Mukherjee to demand immediate dissolution of the Assembly and fresh elections in Delhi. Jul 4, 2014

Brinda Karat targets BJP govt over MNREGA scheme

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat on Friday assailed the BJP government for allegedly trying to tamper with the MNREGA scheme that gives employment to thousands of people. Karat said that it was unfortunate that a party that ran its campaign on issues like unemployment in the country is now engaging in such act. Jul 4, 2014