Politicos react as RJD agrees to support JD (U) in Bihar RS polls

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday reacted over Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav extending his party's support to the ruling JD (U). As per reports, on the request of former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Lalu has extended his party's support to the ruling JD (U)’s two candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election to defeat BJP. Jun 19, 2014

State govt in touch with families of abducted Indians to extend all possible help: SAD

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): SAD leader and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal expressed grief on the kidnapping of 40 Indian nationals in Iraq. Badal said that the PM and External Affairs Minister are working closely and monitoring the situation. She added that the State government of Punjab is in contact with the families of abducted Indians and every possible help is being extended to them. Badal also said that if any information is received quick action shall be taken Jun 19, 2014

High alert and preventive steps to combat flash floods in Uttarakhand

Uttarkashi, June 19 (ANI): With local memory still reeling from the destructive impact of the flash floods that ravaged the entire region exactly a year ago, heavy rainfall send Uttarkashi on high alert with nervous trepidation of further loss to life and property. Heavy rainfall has swollen the river Bhagirathi to alarming levels in the northern Indian district of Uttarkashi. According to District Magistrate, Shridhar Babu, the river is still two metres below the danger zone so there was no need to panic. However, the people of Uttarkashi, for whom last year's wounds are still fresh in the mind, seemed sceptical. Jun 19, 2014

Indian Army successfully test fires supersonic missile at low altitude

Balasore, June 19 (ANI): The Indian Army successfully test fired the supersonic Akash missile at very low altitude off the eastern Indian coast. The supersonic missile intercepted the very small unmanned fast moving Banshee aerial vehicle at 30 m altitude above sea level proving the system capability against subsonic cruise missile. With this flight trial, Indian Army accomplishes all the validation trials on the first off production models and the system is being delivered for induction. The Akash Mobile Air Defence Weapon System has been designed, developed and led to production by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for defending and protecting the important assets of the country from penetrating aerial attacks. Jun 19, 2014

BSP slams SP for bad governance ahead of UP Assembly Session

Lucknow, June 19 (ANI): Ahead of the first Uttar Pradesh Assembly Session the BSP slammed the ruling SP government for bad governance in the state. BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said that the SP government has failed to control law and order and provide security to the people of the state. Maurya said that the SP officials promote crime by not taking action against the offenders. He added that the BSP will raise all issues of power crisis, crime against women and farmers which have become common in the state. Jun 19, 2014

Cambodia worker exodus from Thailand hits 220,000

The number of Cambodian labourers fleeing Thailand soared to 220,000 on Wednesday, authorities said, a week since Thailand's ruling junta warned that illegal foreign workers faced arrest and deportation. Duration: 00:41 Jun 19, 2014

More deadly riots flare in Sri Lanka resort region

More deadly violence flared in a Sri Lankan resort region where Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes alight for a second night running in defiance of a curfew, police and residents said. Duration: 00:45 Jun 19, 2014

S.Africa's Zuma targets economy in keynote address

Besieged South African President Jacob Zuma made his first public appearance in 10 days Tuesday to deliver a state of the nation address pledging "radical socio-economic transformation". Duration: 01:04 Jun 18, 2014