Virbhadra Singh orders probe after students go missing

Shimla/ New Delhi/ Hyderabad, June 09 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh CM, Virbhadra Singh, on Monday ordered probe against the authorities for releasing water from a dam without issuing a warning which swept away 24 students. The engineering students of a private college, VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology of Hyderabad went missing on Sunday when they were standing on the bank of Beas river near Thalot on Manali-Kiratpur Highway to click photographs. The water of the river suddenly increased following its release from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were rushed to the spot to help with rescue operations. Jun 9, 2014

Twelve hardcore Maoists surrender in Odisha

Koraput, June 09 (ANI): Twelve rebels of a hardcore Maoist organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist), surrendered before police in Koraput district of Odisha. The police said their case was being recommended for rehabilitation under the surrender policy of Odisha government. All the surrendered Maoists hailed from Narayanpatna area, which has been a Maoist stronghold. Police, meanwhile, have appealed all Maoists and their associates to shun violence or face stern action in the coming days. Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Thousands have been killed in the insurgency since the late 1960s. Jun 9, 2014

President's address to Parliament rehash of govt's election manifesto: CPI (M)

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Monday said that President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint session of Parliament is merely a rehash of the election manifesto presented by the incumbent government and not actually a blueprint. Addressing the Parliament, Mukherjee said that the new government would pursue a broad economic reform agenda focused on job creation through public and private investment that also makes containing inflation its top priority. Senior CPI (M) leader, Sitaram Yechury, said the statement was devoid of a blueprint to achieve the targets for the government in the coming year. Yechury urged the government to build a consensus among parties on the issues that were ticklish such as rehabilitation of local Hindu population in Kashmir and pilgrimage tourism. Jun 9, 2014

Jaitley holds pre-budget meeting with state finance ministers

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a pre- budget meeting with finance ministers of all the states and union territories in New Delhi on Monday. He will also be holding a meeting with CMDs and CEOs of banking and financial institutions on Tuesday.To be presented in the first week of July, this will be the maiden Budget of Jaitley. Jun 9, 2014

Urs of Sai Sahib draws devotees from different faiths

Poonch, June 09 (ANI): The culture of Jammu and Kashmir is a synthesis of a variety of customs and religious influences, which have given birth to an ethos that celebrates seamless co-existence. And there are many example of this fact. Urs of Sai sahib was celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm by the people of different communities in Poonch district of Jammu. Here devotees belonging to various communities come to seek blessings of the revered saint. People believe that wishes are granted by paying visit to his shrine. While the Urs of Sai Sahib is celebrated every year with lot of pomp as devotees not only from within the state but from other parts of the country also, visit the shrine. Urs of sufi poet Rehman Dar was celebrated quietly and his dictions were remembered on this occasion. If legend is to be believed Rehman Dar's dictions were so meaningful that even the eminent philosophers of the valley had to consult dictionaries to understand them. Jun 9, 2014

Communal harmony at workplace

Karnataka, June 09 (ANI): Gulbarga, situated in southern state of Karnataka is known for harmony among people of diverse religions who live here. Bharat irrigation equipment exemplifies this fact in its true sense. Here, Mohammad Alim, with his Hindu friend Chanamalappa run a shop that sells irrigation equipments. Chanamalappa and Mohammad Alim have been working together for 4 years and have been friends since their college days. Religion has never come in the way of good relations. Brotherhood and understanding is the key to their business's success. Jun 9, 2014

US is committed to relationship with India: Top US official Nisha Desai Biswal

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): The United States is very committed to relationship with India, said US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal on Monday in New Delhi. This is the first such engagement between India and the US after the Narendra Modi-led BJP government took over. The visit, which the US requested, will see Biswal try to reset the India-US relationship that has come through tense times due to former Indian envoy Devyani Khobragade case. The two sides are expected to discuss upcoming engagements including the India-US-Japan trilateral talks on June 23-24, as well as the next round of the India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue, which is expected soon. Speaking to mediapersons, Biswal was hopeful that the meeting with Indian government will be fruitful. Biswal termed the visit as an opportunity to enhance the bilateral ties with the new Modi government. Jun 9, 2014

In Donetsk, pro-Russian patrols keep order at night

His head shaven and his neck tattooed, Sergiy may be an unlikely law enforcer, but he is among the pro-Russian vigilantes patrolling eastern Ukraine's city of Donetsk to help keep the streets safe from crime. Duration: 02:35 Jun 9, 2014

Politicos on President Pranab Mukherjee's speech

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee, while addressing a joint sitting of Parliament, listed the priorities of Narendra Modi-led NDA government. The BJP appreciated his speech, while the Congress said that the president's speech was an enunciation of dreams shown by the BJP to the people and it is now to be seen how far they succeed in fulfilling them. Jun 9, 2014

I am keen to see how Modi Govt implements its tall promises: Mayawati

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday said the central government has made tall promises as per their election manifesto, but it is now to be seen how those agendas get implemented. She said whatever President Pranab Mukherjee had said about the new government's agenda, was the same one that the BJP had released at the start of the elections. Mayawati said that she is sceptical about the government providing skills to each hand, families being provided with homes by 2022, poverty and inflation ending. Jun 9, 2014

Well-off Syrians create slice of home in UAE

As Syria's conflict drags on, refugees who fled to the UAE have recreated a slice of home in the Gulf state, from popular Syrian restaurants to Damascus's iconic Hamidiyeh market. Duration: 01:59 Jun 9, 2014

Congress delegation meets Delhi Chief Secretary over power crisis issue

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): A Congress delegation on Monday met Chief Secretary of Delhi, Sanjay Kumar Srivastava over the issue of power crisis in the national capital. The Delhi Congress leaders later gheraoed the Chief Secretary as the government has surrendered on the issue and had failed to find a solution in the matter. Congress has also said that they would gherao the residences of the seven BJP MPs in the national capital unless the crisis in the power and water supply situation in the city was resolved soon. Earlier, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had ordered strioct measures to tackle the situation and had said that power supply to malls in Delhi will be stopped after 10 PM. Jun 9, 2014