Group of 15 Indians return from strife-torn Iraq

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): A group of 15 Indian workers returned from strife-torn Iraq at New Delhi airport on Tuesday as fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) advanced to capital Baghdad. About 10,000 Indian nationals work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting between the ISIL and the national army. About 100 Indian workers are trapped in areas overrun by ISIL. Indian worker, Mohammad Isbal Ansari, said he did not receive any help either from Indian government nor the company he was working for. Forty Indian construction workers have been kidnapped in Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, which fell to Sunni insurgents last week. No ransom demand has been received. Another Indian, Lal Dhar, said problems were confined to only conflict zone and he would return back to Iraq after the crisis is resolved. Jun 24, 2014

Shutdown in Kashmir to protest youth killing in police firing

Srinagar, June 24 (ANI): A complete shutdown is being observed across the valley after the killing of a youth yesterday in Sopore during police firing on protesters. Arshad Ahmad Shah of Seer Jagir in Sopore succumbed to his injuries when security forces fired some shots at protesters. A shutdown call has been given by Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani which is being supported by all other separatists groups. All shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and government offices have been closed and public transport is off the roads. A youth was killed and four others injured when police opened fire on a group of demonstrators to disperse them in town Sopore on Monday evening. Jun 24, 2014

Reactions flow in as Congress plans to bring in Muslim quota in Maharashtra before polls

Bhopal/ New Delhi/ Lucknow, June 24 (ANI): Reactions flow in as Congress plans to bring in 4.5 per cent quota for Muslims in Prithviraj Chavan governed Maharashtra state. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the party had this agenda from the very beginning and the task was stalled because of some disruptions. CPI leader Atul Anjan Congress is offering lollypop just before the elections. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also attacked Congress for fooling a community. Meanwhile, Muslim Cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said that this is a welcome step and that this will help Muslim community develop. Jun 24, 2014

Politicos react over apparent hike in gas prices soon

Bhopal/ New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Political reactions come in as NDA government is all set to raise the gas price following rail fare hike. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that all these are necessary steps because Congress left the situation in such state, that only measures like these can bring India back on track. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi and CPI leader Atul Anjan condemned the decision. Jun 24, 2014

Politicos on reports of MHA rejecting visa relaxation norms for Bangladeshis

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Political leaders on Tuesday reacted over the report that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has rejected the Ministry of External Affairs' (MEA) proposals regarding granting visas-on-arrival to Bangladeshi nationals and a visa-free entry to citizens of that country under the age of 18 and over the age of 65. Jun 24, 2014

Death for main accused, life term for 7 cops in fake encounter case in Bihar

Patna, June 24 (ANI): A CBI special court in Patna on Tuesday sentenced a Bihar Police Inspector Shamse Alam to death in connection with the fake encounter of three students in the Ashiyana Nagar locality on December 28, 2002. The court has awarded life term to seven other policemen in the case. Jun 24, 2014

Vyapam Scam: Shivraj Singh Chouhan files defamation against KK Mishra

New Delhi/ Bhopal, June 24 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday filed a defamation case against Congress leader KK Mishra, who has levelled charges against the Madhya Pradesh CM in the multi-crore Vyapam Scam. The recruitment scam had reportedly involved manipulation in the selection process for government jobs conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB). A Special Task Force has been constituted for an investigation into the Vyapam scam which had detained Laxmikant Sharma, a former state technical education minister, for interrogation. The high profile teacher's recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh is being linked to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's wife, Sadhna Singh. Jun 24, 2014

Ranbir wants to sit behind Katrina on a bike!

Mumbai, June 24 (ANI): Looks like B-Town heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor is slowly opening up about his relationship with the very gorgeous Katrina Kaif. As the actor took very confidently took all the media questions thrown on him about his relationship with Katrina Kaif. Ranbir who was recently spotted at Hero Moto Corp's event even said that who would not love to sit behind Katrina on a bike! On the occasion Ranbir even condemned all the rumors going around on him moving out of his house and said... But that's not it, as the Kapoor lad didn't even shy on taking the question regarding his recent Cape Town pictures with Katrina and said he has always been open about his pictures...Well after all this...all we can say is that we just can't wait for the day when you will finally open up about your love! Jun 24, 2014

Sushma Swaraj aims to make passport service satisfactory

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, aimed to provide satisfactory passport service to the people of the country, as she pinned hopes on speedy issuance of passport. Swaraj, while addressing mediapersons on 'Passport Service Day' on Tuesday said that authorities should conduct a brainstorming session to ensure timely issuance of passport. Foreign Ministry had declared June 24 as 'Passport Seva Divas' every year to commemorate the enactment of Passport Act in 1967. Meanwhile, Swaraj highlighted the need to provide better passport services to the people. Jun 24, 2014

Will do our best to bring Indian economy back on track: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the government will spare no effort in bringing the Indian economy back on track. Currently, the Indian economy is at an all time low and the people are facing the burden of growing inflation especially on the prices of the basic necessities. Recently, the government had announced that the rail passenger fares would be increased by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent. Jun 24, 2014

Army captures killer South Korean conscript

A South Korean military conscript who shot dead five members of his unit near the border with North Korea is captured after wounding himself following a 24-hour standoff with thousands of troops. Duration: 00:36 Jun 24, 2014

Behind bars: Thai women pay high price for drugs

Lured by easy money, an escape from poverty or family pressure, thousands of women are locked up for drug offences in Thailand, which has one of the world's highest rates of female imprisonment. Duration: 01:22 Jun 24, 2014

Bombing at Nigeria college kills eight

A bomb blast at a public health college in Nigeria's second city of Kano kills at least eight people, in the latest violence to hit an area repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram. Duration: 00:46 Jun 24, 2014