Delhi court convicts 18 policemen in fake encounter case in Uttarakhand

New Delhi/ Dehradun, June 06 (ANI): A Delhi court convicted 18 policemen on Friday for killing a young student in Uttarakhand in a fake encounter. The policemen had shot dead 22-year-old Ranbir in Dehradun in 2009, alleging that he was involved in an extortion racket. The 17 accused were found guilty of murder, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy while one policeman has been found guilty of destruction of evidence. Victim Ranbir's father, Ravinder Pal, sought capital punishment for some of the convicts. However, Director General of Uttarakhand Police (DGP), BS Sidhu, hinted that his department might move the higher court against the verdict. The trial of the case was transferred from Dehradun to Delhi after Ranbir's family's petition. Jun 6, 2014

Cleaning Ganga a priority: Uma Bharti

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Minister for water resources and river development, Uma Bharti, along with minister for rural development, panchayati raj and sanitation, Nitin Gadkari, on Friday stressed upon the future course of action that they are planning to undertake for the cleaning of holy river Ganga. Bharti said her focus is to establish a model for quick and effective action to save the river Ganga that could also be implemented on other rivers that need to be revived. Gadkari discussed further plans that his department would undertake for river Ganga. Jun 6, 2014

US Rep. Gohmert meets mothers of kidnapped girls

US Representative Louie Gohmert visit Lagos to listen to 21 mothers of young girls kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram. "This evil has to stop", he said, adding that he fears a useless "religious war" in the country. Duration: 00:49 Jun 6, 2014

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

Guided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital. Duration: 01:15 Jun 6, 2014

Delhi could face load shedding for another week: Najeeb Jung

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung has said many areas in the capital could undergo planned blackouts for another three to four days. The comments from Najeeb came as Delhi is facing massive load shedding ranging for two to three hours every day. He added that repairing the big towers and lines that had fallen after the massive storm would take time. Jun 6, 2014

Modi's Bhutan visit would send a positive signal: BJP

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to neighbouring Bhutan later this month in his first foreign visit after assuming power. According to sources, Modi hold talks on key bilateral and regional issues with the leadership of the Himalayan nation. Reacting over this BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said on Friday that UPA cancelled the subsidy on cooking gas and kerosene oil to Bhutan which was a wrong move and Modi's visit will now send a right message. He added that the visit would ensure Bhutan that India considers it a friendly neighbour. Jun 6, 2014

Thai junta's spin doctors prescribe 'national happiness'

With free meals and dancing soldiers, Thailand's junta is waging a propaganda offensive to encourage "national happiness" following a military coup that has severely restricted civil liberties. Duration: 01:39 Jun 6, 2014

Kejriwal refuses to budge from his stand in Gadkari defamation case, says won't withdraw allegation

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): In a recent development in Nitin Gadkari defamation case, the court asked the two involved to finish the issue through negotiations. But AAP's Arvind Kejriwal refused to budge from his stand. After Gadkari asked him not for apology but to withdraw allegations, Kejriwal said that he won't do so. The lawyer in the case said that the statements make the case an ongoing process and no verdict is out as of now. Jun 6, 2014