Former DUTA president objects to DU's decision over FYUP roll back

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): Former DUTA president Aditya Narayan Mishra on Saturday said that the DU's decision to roll back the FYUP under the pressure of UGC was incorrect. He added that this will put a question mark on the autonomy of the university. Jun 28, 2014

illagers recount the horrific GAIL gas pipeline explosion that burnt their families

East Godavari, June 28 (ANI): Villagers in the southern province of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday recounted the horrific chain of events that led to the demise of their family members in an explosion at a fuel pipeline of state-owned company GAIL (India) Ltd. The fire broke out on Friday on a stretch of pipeline running through East Godavari District, engulfing buildings and burning victims to death, and again raising safety concerns over the country's energy projects. Jun 28, 2014

A K Antony questions Congress' 'secularism' idea, Politicos react

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): Congress leader AK Antony's attack on his party's idea of secularism has invited reactions from the BJP. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Sonia Gandhi has always followed anti-Hindu secularism which was rejected by the people. He added that Antony has given a good suggestion for modification of secularist ideas. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi stated that Congress party has always stayed committed towards minorities. Jun 28, 2014

B.Tech students protest march against FYUP rollback outside

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): With the Delhi University scrapping the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), several B.Tech students of DU staged a protest outside the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Friday demanding that their four-year curriculum should not be changed into a three-year course. Jun 28, 2014

Syrian envoy to India confirms airstrikes in border areas with Iraq

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): Syrian ambassador to India, Riyadh Abbas confirmed that Syria's warplanes conducted airstrikes in the border areas with Iraq which the ISIS controls. Abbas said it was their right to protect their sovereignty and defend its people from any impending threats from militants. Militants from the ISIL, along with other rebels, have abducted dozens of foreigners, including Indian nationals, as they swept through towns in the Tigris valley north of Baghdad in recent days. Jun 28, 2014

Two-day orientation on effective administration skills for BJP leaders

Surajkund, June 28 (ANI): The ruling BJP is holding a two-day orientation for over 100 debutant lawmakers on behavioural norms in the parliament and learning effective administration skills. The training session has begun on Saturday at Rajhans hotel in Surajkund district of Haryana and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, himself a first-timer member of the Lok Sabha, will address the gathering of newbie parliamentarians. A total of 161 lawmakers are attending the training camp which starts on Saturday and will conclude on June 29. Jun 28, 2014

Training session necessary for behaving in parliament: BJP

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that the idea of training leaders for behaving in parliament is necessary as many of the leaders are first timers and they should be taught how to raise questions and initiate discussions in the parliament. Jun 28, 2014

Rural areas in Tripura reap peace dividend

Tripura, June 28 (ANI): Situated under the foothills of Baramura hills, Anandanagar village is mostly inhabited by tribals. Once a hotbed for militants, the village was least developed with no _pucca_ roads, education and health facilities. The things are no longer the same. With a decline in militant activities in recent years, the village has seen rapid development. The road infrastructure has also improved with the implementation of various government-run schemes. With support from various projects like Integrated Tribal Development Project under the Tribal Development Fund provided by NABARD or the Forest Right Act which has provided them with land, the villagers are growing various crops. Under the Centre_s _Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan_ scheme the school infrastructure has been upgraded and students get free mid-day meal, books and stationery. Jun 28, 2014

Juncker named to top EU job in bitter blow to Britain

Jean-Claude Juncker was named as the next president of the European Commission on Friday, dealing a bitter blow to David Cameron, who said it threatened to increase Britain_s chances of leaving the EU. Duration: 01:22 Jun 28, 2014

Iraq_s Barzani says Kurdish self-rule in Kirkuk to stay

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said Friday there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters. Duration: 00:35 Jun 28, 2014