IUML demands end of violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka

Chennai, June 20 (ANI): An Indian Muslim outfit met and submitted a memorandum to Sri Lankan deputy high commissioner in Chennai, demanding cessation of attacks on Muslims in the island nation. Last week, at least three people were killed and around 150 were injured during the riots between Buddhists and Muslims in one of the worst communal violence in Sri Lanka. The riots followed a protest march by the hard-line Buddhist group, Bodu Bala Sena, which is partially led by monks. Mohideen also urged the deputy high commissioner to allow a delegation to visit the affected areas. Jun 20, 2014

Three militants killed in Pulwama gunbattle

Pulwama, June 20 (ANI): Acting on a tip off intelligence, Indian security forces gunned down three militants in a village of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, after launching combing in the area where the insurgents were hiding. As soon as they received the information of the hide out, a joint operation was brought into force, involving the Indian Army, police force and the paramilitary to track down the militants in Buchroo in Tral area in Pulwama. The militants opened fire on the security forces when they tried to cordon off the area and a fierce gunbattle took place between both sides in which three militants were killed. Jun 20, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay fans celebrate in rainy Rio after 2-1 victory over England

Rio De Janeiro, June 20 (ANI): Torrential rain didn't kill the party mood in Rio de Janeiro's FIFA Fan Fest on the city's Copacabana beach as Uruguay fans celebrated their team's victory over England. Uruguay's Luis Suarez struck twice including a dramatic late winner to earn Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England in the pulsating World Cup Group D match in Sao Paulo. The result left England, bottom of the group and with little hope of reaching the last 16. Some England fans continued to enjoy the party atmosphere on the beach, but many were left looking subdued and disappointed as the rain poured down. Jun 20, 2014

Greece and Japan play to a disappointing 0-0 draw in 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil, June 20 (ANI): In yet another disappointing FIFA clash between Japan and Greece, the match ended with 0-0 draw. Reduced to 10 men after captain Costas Katsouranis was sent off in the 38th minute with his second booking, Greece held on for a 0-0 draw with Japan that keeps both alive in Group C and sends rival Colombia to the next round of the World Cup. Japan had a numerous chances to gain that goal but it didn't work out for them. On the other hand, Greece could be given credit, who fought like hell with only 10 men for the majority of the game. Though they too had a couple chances wasted. Jun 20, 2014

SASB to take review of Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage route to ensure safety

Srinagar, June 20 (ANI): The top officials of Shrine board in Kashmir said that final call to begin annual Hindu Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage will be taken after a second review of the track to ensure safety of devotees as the area near the holy cave is still snow laden. RK Gupta, CEO of the Shrine board addressed mediapersons in Srinagar and said that he would review both the tracks to be undertaken by the devotees on June 23, raising apprehensions on the annual pilgrimage. The cave containing the holy Shiv shrine is located at a snow-capped mountainous peak of the Himalayas. Jun 20, 2014

World Cup: Battle of the Brands

One of the most important battles at the 2014 World Cup is taking place off the pitch as sportswear giants Nike and Adidas compete for global supremacy in the football world. Duration: 02:13 Jun 20, 2014

Kashmir organises 'Rabita Business Summit 2014' to encourage budding entrepreneurs

Srinagar, June 20 (ANI): Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a business summit to boost employment and guide and encourage budding entrepreneurs in the valley. The four-day-long 'Rabita Business Summit 2014' was organised with the initiative of young entrepreneurs in Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, with the aim of giving direction to young minds. Speeches by industrialists were held apart from the interactive sessions, which allowed open conversations between the professionals and students. The business leaders mentored the participants on available opportunities and how to utilise them. Jun 20, 2014

Rescue team releases endangered serpents to natural habitat in Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu, June 20 (ANI): A snake rescue team caught two endangered snakes found in Karumathampatti village on the outskirts of Coimbatore and released them into the natural habitat of serpents. A snake rescue team deployed by VANAM (Vaigal Association of Nature and Mountain Ranges) found the snakes on the outskirts of the Karumathampatti village, about 28 KM (about 18 miles) from the hub of Coimbatore. Contrary to their reputation as a venomous vermin, the red sand boa feeds on insects and other small animals. Often found only in paddy fields and agricultural land, the boa was once an integral part of the agricultural eco-system keeping crop damaging pests at bay. Jun 20, 2014

Felipe de Borbon is sworn in as Spain's new king

King Felipe VI proclaimed his faith in Spain's unity Thursday as he launched his reign in a nation strained by secessionist stirrings in Catalonia, which is seeking an independence referendum on November 9. Duration: 00:27 Jun 20, 2014