South Africa workers strike over pay

Nearly a quarter of a million members of South Africa's largest union downed tools Tuesday in a dispute over pay, beginning an indefinite strike that threatens to bring the engineering sector to a halt. Duration: 00:49 Jul 1, 2014

Singapore Foreign Minister meets Indian counterpart in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 01 (ANI): Singapore's Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam, who is on a five-day visit to India to strengthen bilateral cooperation, met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Tuesday. The minister is also expected to call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chalk out ways to reaffirm mutual cooperation between the two Asian countries. He will hold diplomatic talks with India's Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well. Jul 1, 2014

Politicos head to MP assembly on bullock cart to protest against price hike

Bhopal, July 1 (ANI): Congress leaders in Bhopal arrived in bullcok carts and horse carts for the assembly session to show their resentment against price hike on Tuesday. India's state-run oil companies on Monday hiked price of petrol by rupees 1.69 per litre and diesel 0.50 paise per litre as ruling BJP hinted at less import due to crisis in Iraq. With the budget session of Parliament beginning from July 07, the ruling BJP is being severely criticised across the nation for its decision to increase the prices of essential commodities. Ahead of his maiden budget this month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is grappling with a food inflation scare, and now faces the risk that higher oil prices could swell the government's subsidy bill. Jul 1, 2014

France proposes 1 billion euro credit line for India projects

New Delhi/ Gurgaon, July 1 (ANI): France proposed to give India a one billion euro credit line to fund sustainable infrastructure and urban development projects, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday. The credit line would be available over three years and would be delivered through the French Development Agency, Fabius told reporters in New Delhi. India, which has said it needs $1 trillion of investment by 2017 to upgrade its creaking infrastructure, is keen to attract foreign development agencies and companies to help finance new roads, railways and cities. Jul 1, 2014

Chennai building collapse death toll reaches 29, rescue operation intensifies

Chennai, July 1 (ANI): Rescuers on Tuesday intensified search operation and recovered a total of 29 bodies from the debris of an 11-storey under-construction building that collapsed in Chennai on Saturday. According to reports 26 persons have been taken out alive from the debris. Improved technologies like drones have been deployed for tracing the bodies of the trapped workers. On Sunday Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu had announced an ex-gratia of rupees 500,000 each to the family of workers from his province who were killed in the mishap. Jul 1, 2014

Politicians take a jibe at Modi-led NDA govt over spiralling inflation

New Delhi/Chandigarh/Nagpur / Varanasi, July 01 (ANI): Politicians on Tuesday slammed the BJP-led government for price rise, which is adding to inflationary pressures that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government inherited when it came to power in May. After petrol and diesel, price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was today hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder and that of jet fuel by over half-a-per cent after international oil prices surged due to the ongoing Iraq crisis. However, BJP leader and Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, assured that the government is working hard to control inflation. Jul 1, 2014

Former RAW Chief reacts to reports of NSA spying on BJP

New Delhi, July 01 (ANI): Former RAW Chief Vikram Sood on Tuesday reacted to reports of NSA spying on BJP. Sood said that this is a normal practice by any country’s intelligence agency and there was no need to raise a hue and cry about it. Jul 1, 2014

Reactions pour in as Goa PWD minister asks women not to wear short dresses to stop crime

New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): Even as the furore over TMC leader Tapas Pal's rape comment continues, another politician has sparked a row making a controversial comment on women. Goa's PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar has said that women going to pubs in short dresses is not India's culture. Women activists and political leaders from various political parties condemned the view of Sudin. Jul 1, 2014

Laurent Fabius meets PM Narendra Modi, invites him to France

New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as defense, trade and investment with India expressing keenness on setting up industrial bases for it to boost ties. The visiting minister also extended his President Francois Hollande's invitation to Modi to visit France. Terming his meeting with Modi as "warm", Fabius said he had "positive" talks with the Prime Minister on issues of urban planning, tourism and low-cost defence manufacturing. Jul 1, 2014

Japanese delegation visits Lucknow to review functioning of democracy at state level

Lucknow, July 01 (ANI): Delegates from Japan met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, on Tuesday as they visited the state to take first hand view of how democracy functions at the state level. Japanese delegation reviewed the functioning of legislative assembly in Lucknow. Yadav held meeting with Japanese delegates with an aim to enhance business relations between both the nations. Jul 1, 2014

Japan promotes its traditions through and food and beauty products

Tokyo, July 01 (ANI): All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers the real taste of Japan during in-flight means and at their service lounges. The airlines run a project called "Tastes of Japan by ANA" and offers food such as Lemosco, a traditional dish made of lemon from Japan's Hiroshima Prefecture. Not only food, ANA promotes Hiroshima's culture through in-flight TV programmes. For example, there is "Kumano Fude", a popular cosmetic brush manufactured in Kumano town. These cosmetic brushes are popular overseas and used regularly by Hollywood celebrities and models. Manufacturing of make-up brush is a 200-year-old tradition. Over the time, they brushed up their technique and marketed overseas. "Dentoukougeishi" is the master of traditional crafts. This cosmetics magazine published about 400 years ago has many secrets of making cosmetics. Jul 1, 2014

Syed Akbaruddin on Iraq Crisis

New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday said that the nurses from Kerala struck in Iraq's conflict zone remain safe and unharmed. However, he added that there has been bombing and firing in the vicinity. Akbaruddin also said that the Indian government is working in coordination with the Iraqi agencies to ensure safe evacuation of the Indian nationals struck in the violence hit country. Jul 1, 2014

BJP gets furious on reports of NSA spying on party, wants govt to take action

New Delhi, July 01 (ANI): BJP leaders on Tuesday furiously reacted on reports of NSA spying on party. Subramanian Swamy said that the Central government should take immediate action as the country's integrity is at stake. Meanwhile Rajiv Pratap Rudy stated that such an action is condemnable and the Ministry of External Affairs should take up the matter soon. Jul 1, 2014

BJP demands dismissal of SP government in UP over 'unlawful' police action

Lucknow, July 1 (ANI): The BJP on Tuesday staged a protest in Lucknow against the "unlawful and unwarranted" police action on its youth workers and demanded dismissal of the Samajwadi Party (SP) led government in Uttar Pradesh. BJP's District head, Manohar Singh said the party will submit a memorandum to the Governor of the state, Aziz Qureshi, seeking dismissal of the SP government. Earlier on Monday Police had fired water cannons and baton charged the youth workers of BJP, protesting against Samajwadi Party (SP) government over deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. The irate youth workers of BJP came out in droves to protest outside the state assembly in Lucknow and shouted anti-government slogans. Jul 1, 2014