Omar Abdullah to skip Security Review meeting with PM, Politicos react

New Delhi, July 04 (ANI): Political leaders reacted on Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to skip the security review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Leaders said that it was for Abdullah to decide if he will attend the meeting or not, but also advocated that a meeting to resolve issues related to Kashmir was a positive move. Modi arrived in Katra to flag off a special train to Vaishno Devi and will fly to the Army’s 15 corps headquarters at Badamibagh cantonment in Srinagar, where he would chair a security review meeting. Jul 4, 2014

Oommen Chandy meets Sushma Swaraj regarding Kerala nurses safe evacuation from Iraq

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oomman Chandy on Friday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to discuss the issue of safe evacuation of Kerala Nurses struck in the violence hit zone in Iraq. 46 Indian nurses who were stranded in a hospital in Tikrit in war-torn Iraq have reportedly been forced to shift and are in the captivity of the Sunni militant group ISIS. The government says they are "safe and unarmed", but admits the situation is "difficult." Jul 4, 2014

Pakistan Foreign Minister calls Kashmir disputed territory, Politicos react

Delhi/ Mumbai/ Lucknow, July 4 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Tasnim Aslam’s statement calling Kashmir a disputed territory has invited political reactions. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that such statements seem jokes to him as they don’t hold any significance. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar stated that Pakistan has always been saying such statements and the Central government should take quick action. NCP’s Nawab Malik said that Kashmir is an integral part of India and no statement from Pakistan can change that fact. CPI leaders D Raja and Atul Anjan said that such statements are sad but both the countries should mutually talk the relations to avoid such disputes. Jul 4, 2014

Hoarders taking advantage of below normal monsoon forecast, strict action needed: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): At the state food ministers' meet on Friday, to discuss measures to check the unreasonable increase in prices of some food items, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that hoarders are taking advantage of the forecast of below normal monsoon. He stated that during the months of July- December every year, the prices of some food items increase due to hoarding. He urged the states to take stern against hoarders and assured that the central government would give them complete support. Jul 4, 2014

Railway Ministry committed to balanced development of railway networks: Sadanand Gowda

Katra, July 04 (ANI): After Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off first special train from Udhampur to Katra, Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said that the ministry is committed to balanced development of railway networks throughout the region. Gowda said that the connectivity will provide opportunities to local artisans, traders and students alike. He also expressed gratitude towards the state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and PM Narendra Modi for making the project successful. Jul 4, 2014

Muslim Cleric oppose Govt_s plan to resettle Hindus in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, June 04 (ANI): An influential Muslim cleric in Jammu and Kashmir, Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad opposed central government_s plan to resettle displaced Hindus in strife-torn valley in a separate area. More than 250,000 Kashmiri Hindus, known as _Pandits_, fled their burning homes when a revolt against Indian rule in Kashmir broke out in 1989. A group of prominent religious leaders cautioned the government against any move to create separate settlements for the community, terming it as a political conspiracy. While highlighting agendas of his new government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, listed bringing Kashmiri Pandits back to their homeland with full dignity and security. Jul 4, 2014

Facebook COO meets PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi, June 04 (ANI): Facebook_s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg, who is in India to promote the potential of Facebook as a tool for small businesses and economic expansion, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Sandberg is on five-day visit to India. The minister for Information and Technology said direct communication with people is critical for good governance. Sandberg was accompanied by Facebook_s Vice-President for Global Public Policy, Marne Levine and Head of Public Policy for Facebook India, Ankhi Das. Indian Prime Minister Modi had deployed an army of supporters over Twitter and Facebook during his successful election campaign. Jul 4, 2014

PM Narendra Modi flags off special train to Vaishno Devi

Udhampur, July 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the first train to Katra, which is the base camp of Hindu pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi, from Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Security has been tightened, with 2300 officials having been deployed along the Srinagar-Uri route in order to avoid any untoward incidents. Authorities have also imposed curfew in old Srinagar city to avert protests or rallies by the separatists. Later, Modi will fly to Uri district to inaugurate a 240 megawatts hydro-power plant in border town of Uri. Meanwhile, Separatists have called for a shutdown in Kashmir over the PM_s visit. Jul 4, 2014

Bridge collapse in World Cup host city of Brazil, protesters blame govt and FIFA

Brazil, July 4 (ANI): An overpass under construction collapsed in World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car. Nineteen people are reported injured. Protesters blamed the government and FIFA for the collapse of the overpass which casted a shadow over a tournament that has suffered repeated construction accidents and delays. The bridge, located about 3 km from the Mineirao Stadium where World Cup games are being played, collapsed as vehicles were passing on a busy road underneath. Part of a passenger bus was crushed and another car was still trapped in the wreckage hours later. Jul 4, 2014

At least 15 Maoist cadres surrender in Maharashtra

Gadchiroli/Nagpur, July 3 (ANI): At least 15 Maoist cadres laid down their arms in Maharashtra in the presence of state Home Minister Raosaheb Ramrao Patil. Patil felicitated the Maoists, gave them compensation package and promised to amend the surrender policy to ensure more people coming forward. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Jul 4, 2014

Omar Abdullah thanks Vajpayee government for Katra- Udhampur rail link

Katra, July 04 (ANI): After the Katra- Udhampur train was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning, Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah thanked the prior government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee for its invaluable contribution in the development of the rail link. He said that the state had waited a long time for this link to become functional as it would prove to be a boon for the locals. He hoped that the centre would extend support to rail networks in regions like Sonmarg as well. Jul 4, 2014

Second day of protest in east Jerusalem's Shuafat neighbourhood

In east Jerusalem, masked Palestinians hurl stones and fireworks at Israeli police and send burning car tyres rolling along streets in a second day of protest over the kidnap and murder of local 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder. Duration: 01:58 Jul 4, 2014

Farmers in Gujarat fear drought like situation

Rajkot, July 04 (ANI): Farmers in Gujarat await rains after slow start to Monsoon as they fear drought like situation in the coming days. Farmers of Rajkot region have been experiencing difficult times and have yet to begin planting because there is no scope of rainfall. In the current situation, farmers are upset due to scanty rains. Farmers said the seeds have been sown but fear that germination might not take place as the rains are almost one month late. The four-month-long monsoon season started on a weak note as the annual rains arrived over southern coast about five days behind the average date of June 01. Jul 4, 2014

Work on Agartala-Akhaura railway link to begin next year

Agartala, July 04 (ANI): The proposed 15-km long railway link from Agartala to Akhaura will bring economic prosperity and strengthen people to people contact between India and Bangladesh. An eight-member delegation from Bangladesh recently met their Indian counterparts during the third meeting of the Agartala-Akhaurah railway Link Project Steering Committee in Agartala. They did a field inspection and visited Agartala railway station and Nischintapur, the bordering village from where the proposed rail line will enter Bangladesh. India will build a 15-km railway tracks, coasting Rs. 252 crores, to link Tripura_s capital Agartala with Bangladesh_s southeastern city of Akhaurah, an important railway junction connected to Chittagong port, resource-rich Sylhet and Dhaka. Jul 4, 2014