Encephalitis spreading in Bihar, at least 92 dead

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Situation in Bihar is turning critical with the spreading of Encephalitis that took at least 92 lives till Wednesday. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the State government should take immediate steps to curb the problem and save people from catching this disease. He added that the Centre is ready to provide every possible help to State. The disease which was limited to Muzaffarpur district till a few days back has now spread to at least half a dozen districts across the state. Jun 18, 2014

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reshuffles UP Cabinet, politicos react

Lucknow, June 18 (ANI): After Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met all ministers of his government and directed them to shape up or ship out, government ordered late night reshuffle of key cabinet portfolios on Tuesday. In the first major post-LS poll decision that affects SP ministers, the government downgraded many ministers and promoted some. At least 12 portfolios have changed hands, and prominent among them are Balram Yadav, who has been divested of the charge of Panchayati Raj and appointed Minister for Prisons. Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary was made Minister for Political Pensions. He was earlier Minister for Prisons. Meanwhile, reacting over this, Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that mere reshuffling will not work, the ministers appointed should be allowed to do work. Meanwhile, the BJP targeted Akhilesh over this and said that the CM changed portfolios of ministers because they were not performing well but Akhilesh should introspect himself also because the ministries under him are also not doing well. Jun 18, 2014

Another candidate dies in Mumbai police recruitment drive, BJP demands probe

Mumbai, June 18 (ANI): Another candidate died on Wednesday in the Mumbai police recruitment drive which had attracted thousands of aspirants from across the state. At least five candidates have died till now in the drive due to tough training and poor living conditions. Twenty four year old candidate, Gahininath Latpate, passed away in Mulund's Platinum hospital, where he was admitted after falling ill during training. BJP leader Kirit Somaiya questioned the carelessness behind the unfortunate deaths. The candidates said they have to put up with lack of proper lodging and facilities. Some of them allegedly sleep on the floors and have to train hard during the searing summer heat. Jun 18, 2014

Politicians clamour for Nihal Chand's resignation

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Political leaders across parties have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for failing to take any action against Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Nihal Chand, who is an accused in a rape case of a married woman. The court in Jaipur, Rajasthan had summoned Chand and 17 others after a 20-year-old woman filed a complaint accusing her husband and his friends, including the minister, in a sexual assault case. Meanwhile, the woman has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Chand. She claims she is receiving threats and that she was promised a job in return for withdrawing the case. Jun 18, 2014

At least 64 killed in Kenya's coastal region

At least 64 people have been killed in two consecutive nights of carnage in Kenya's coastal region, officials say, with the Kenyan president blaming "local political networks" and Somalia's Shebab insisting they are responsible.Duration:01:34 Jun 18, 2014

Politicos express concern about Indians stranded in Iraq

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday expressed concerns about Indians stranded in Iraq by stating that the matter should be taken up at the highest level with more urgency because of the ongoing civil war in Iraq. Earlier in the day MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin had said that 40 Indians were untraceable in Iraq's Mosul town. Jun 18, 2014

Algerian fans are elated at first then downcast as their team lose to Belgium

Algiers, June 18 (ANI): Algeria's hopes of beginning with a win were dashed on Tuesday as Belgium came from behind to beat them 2-1. Thousands of fans in Algiers' La Grande Post place cheered when Sofiane Feghouli scored from a penalty in the 25th minute to put Algeria in the lead. But Belgium came back in the second half, first with an equaliser from Fellaini in the 70th minute, and then Mertens seized the winner in the 80th. Algeria's two other group games are against Russia and South Korea, who play each other later on Tuesday. Jun 18, 2014

Yashwant Sinha granted bail by Jharkhand court

Hazaribagh, June 18 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday was granted bail by a Jharkhand court, days after he was arrested for leading a demonstration against the poor power conditions in the state. He was arrested on June 2 and was sent to judicial custody after he refused to furnish a bail bond. Sinha applied for bail, a day after senior BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday met him in Hazaribagh jail. After meeting Sinha, Advani had felt the latter should play a bigger role in the state. As many as 300 workers were taken into custody along with Sinha for allegedly assaulting Jharkhand State Electricity Board official over a power crisis issue in the state. Jun 18, 2014

India stays in constant touch with nationals stranded in Iraq

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): India said on Wednesday that it is in regular touch with the nationals stranded in Iraq overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as it has decided to send a diplomat to support the embassy in its efforts. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, said security of the Indian nationals in Iraq remains a matter of serious concern. Akbaruddin also said they are assisting all callers by providing helpline numbers in New Delhi. Akbaruddin further said the violence in Iraq was not targeted towards Indian nationals. Expressing deep concern over tense situation, the foreign ministry spokesperson said the 40 stranded nationals remain out of contact. Jun 18, 2014

Days of lobbying and favouritism are over: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that days of lobbying and favouritism were over, while pressing on country's growth in mobile telephony and consumer welfare. Prasad emphasised on a transparent system for over all development of the country. Prasad said that government would ensure that spectrum sharing, trading and enlargement were all being carried out in a fully transparent manner for country's growth in technology. Prasad added that the government is focused on stable fiscal regime. Jun 18, 2014

India reintroduces onion export price to help curb inflation

New Delhi/Chandigarh, June 18 (ANI): India on Tuesday set a minimum export price for onions of $300 per tonne to discourage overseas shipments amid an inflation scare that threatens to stoke public anger over rising prices at local food markets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made tackling inflation as his top priority after widespread resentment about rising prices contributed to the exit of the previous government last month. After wholesale price inflation accelerated to a five-month high in May, the new government imposed the price rule on onions three months after the previous administration withdrew it. After a meeting with the representatives of various ministries on Tuesday, he said certain measures have been advised to the states to crackdown on hoarders. Meanwhile, to help the farmers he added that government had advised states to de-list fruits and vegetables so that farmers can save on the middle man's commission. Jun 18, 2014

Trade union, officials plan to rehabilitate India's iconic Ambassador Car workers

West Bengal/ New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Trade union and officials held a tripartite meeting in Kolkata in a bid to rehabilitate the country's iconic Ambassador Car workers and discussed the back wage payment issue of nullified employees. The meeting was held between Ambassador Car company management, trade union and government officials. Earlier, the maker of the iconic Ambassador car- long hailed as the ultimate choice of Indian officialdom -halted its production on May 24, citing weak demand and a lack of funds, casting a shadow on the future of a vehicle, the appearance of which has essentially remained unchanged for more than five decades. Approximately 2, 600 workers had been left hapless much before the factory was shut. Jun 18, 2014

India's Philately department cashes on FIFA world cup postage stamp

Allahabad, June 18 (ANI): Philately department of India's most populace state of Uttar Pradesh boosted sales of postage tickets as it recently launched a commemorative FIFA World Cup stamp, as the football fever catches on. The postage department said the sales have doubled due to the ongoing FIFA World cup. India is soon to host the under 17 World Cup and if anything can be said from the sales of these stamps it is that football is fast gaining popularity in India. The tournament where 32 nations have participated is the most watched event around the world. Jun 18, 2014