Politicos on 'Federal front' formation

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): With a weakened Congress party which managed just 44 seats in the Lok Sabha, according to reports few regional parties are contemplating coming together to form a 'federal front' that will function as the main opposition party in the house. The talks began after regional parties felt the need to carve out a clear space for themselves in both Houses with NDA 335 MPs in Lok Sabha and Congress 44 occupying two extreme ends of the spectrum. The exchanges also come in the backdrop of indications that Congress will have to fight it out for the leader of opposition post. Meanwhile, reacting over this BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that democracy needs an active and strong opposition, but for the first time there may be a coalition to form opposition. Jun 7, 2014

BSF Jawans, Villagers killed in skirmish in Tripura

Tripura, June 07 (ANI): A Border Security Force (BSF) constable reportedly committed suicide after killing a 60-year-old man along Tripura's border with Bangladesh following a quarrel with locals. At least 11 others including a woman received bullet injuries. According to angry villagers, the squabble started when security personnel of BSF stopped an elderly villager Ismile Mia from going to a pond situated next to the barbed wire border fencing in South Ramnagar in Agartala. Villagers said that the allegedly drunk BSF trooper Sandeep Kumar of 195 battalion committed suicide. Jun 7, 2014

India reels under blistering heat wave, people turn to roadside vendors to quench thirst.

Kanpur / Jaipur / Nagpur, June 07 (ANI): The blazing sun and intense heat wave continued in many on Saturday, with temperatures remaining above 45 degrees Celsius, and people out in the sun flocked to roadside refreshment stalls to quench their thirst. The weather department on June 06 had said heat wave will intensify in northern India, predicting no rainfall or thunderstorm activity for the next few days. A resident of Kanpur Rakesh, said hot summers have left people helpless and they are looking for ways to protect themselves when venturing out in the sun. People are seen carrying umbrellas, wearing protective clothing and drinking cold beverages to protect themselves from the sweltering heat. Jun 7, 2014

Law and order situation in UP will be brought back on track: Rajnath

Lucknow, June 7 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited Lucknow, his Lok Sabha constituency, today for the first time after taking charge of the portfolio. He assured that the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh would be brought back on track. He also added that it will take some time. Singh's remarks come in the wake of the surge in crime against women in UP under Akhilesh Yadav government. Jun 7, 2014

Monsoon has hit Kerala, extreme heat to continue for North India: MeT

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): MeT department Scientist BP Yadav on Saturday declared that Monsoon has hit Kerala and will increase in the west coast. Yadav also said that monsoon will reach Eastern India in some time. Further, Yadav said that there is extreme heat wave in North India including Delhi NCR which will continue for next few days. He also said that there may be a little relief but won’t affect the weather majorly. Jun 7, 2014

People in Jharkhand welcome police's initiative to develop Maoist-affected village

Gumla, June 07 (ANI): Residents of Bishanpur village in Gumla district of Jharkhand have welcomed the initiative taken by police to develop the village and ensure safety and protection from rebel Maoist groups. The state police organized a camp at the Maoist-affected village as a part of social policing. Villagers opined that if the police are actually willing to take such positive steps and continue to help them when they are in dire need, the village will definitely develop and will be curbed of further rebel attacks. The policemen sat with the villagers and had lunch together to inculcate trust and reduce fear among the villagers. Jun 7, 2014

Dating is 'low priority' for me: Tom Cruise

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): Tom Cruise has revealed that dating is currently a low priority for him as he is just focusing on movies. The 'Mission Impossible' star, who has been single since his divorce from former wife Katie Holmes in 2012, said that he is so drowned in work all the time that was clueless about George Clooney's engagement to Amal Alamuddin in April, a web portal reported. His science fiction flick 'Edge of Tomorrow', which is set in the near future where an alien race has invaded the Earth and has defeated the world's military units, has released. Jun 7, 2014

Illegal sand mining in Etawah adds to lawlessness in UP

Etawah, June 07 (ANI): Illegal sand mining has become a major issue in Uttar Pradesh. Villagers in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh complained that sand from a natural lake in the area was being mined and at least 150-200 tractors worth of sand was being carted away from the area. Villagers also said no one has complained yet because they believe it to be a government property and they do not know whether the mining is illegal. The authorities said the investigations will begin once it is ascertained that the sand is being mined from the lake. Jun 7, 2014

Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to India significant for Modi govt: Defence Expert

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): As Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is all set to visit New Delhi on Sunday as a special envoy of President Xi Jinping to establish political contacts with PM Narendra Modi, Defence Expert Bharat Verma said that the visit is significant to the Modi government. Wang will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Modi himself during his two-day visit. Verma said that the tope priority for India will be to resolve boundary issues. And that China may most probably focus on investment. Jun 7, 2014

Reactions flow in over rift within AAP, party says things will get better soon

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): Reactions flow in as reports of rift within AAP surfaced, though party negated any such news. Congress leader JP Aggarwal said that AAP is not a party and that there is no structure of the party. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the way AAP campaigned against democracy, the party is facing the result of the same. Meanwhile, AAP leader Jarnail Singh refuted any such claims and said that things will get better soon. He said that the party didn’t get time to structure itself and now they are getting structured and that there are normal disruptions in any party and the same applies to AAP. Jun 7, 2014

SP set to hire PR firm to build brand UP

New Delhi, June 07 (ANI): Samajwadi Party is all set to hire a PR firm to market its pro-people schemes. The move to build a brand UP, which has already received approval from the "top", is now up for state Cabinet ratification. Commenting on the same, SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that this is a good decision. He said that if Narendra Modi can come to branding using PR firms, then the same is very normal in the case of UP too. Jun 7, 2014

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley visits Western Naval

Mumbai, June 07 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday visited Western Naval Command to review the operational preparedness. Jaitley may get to see the salvaged INS Sindhurakshak submarine during his visit, which had sunk on August 14 last year after an explosion. During his visit to the Western Command, Jaitley will also commission two fast-attack craft ICGS Achook and ICGS Agrim, of the Indian Coast Guard. This is Jaitley's maiden visit as Defence Minister. Jaitley will also visit INS Viraat in Mumbai harbour and then move to review the functioning and operational preparedness of the Western Naval Command. Jun 7, 2014

Prakash Javadekar files nomination for Rajya Sabha from Bhopal

Bhopal, June 07 (ANI): Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha from Bhopal. He was accompanied by party state President Narendra Singh Tomar while filing his nominations. He said that he is happy to be representing Madhya Pradesh in the Upper House of the Parliament and said that he will work for the state. Javadekar was inducted into the council of ministers on May 26. Jun 7, 2014

Politicians condemn abduction of Indian worker in Afghanistan, press for speedy release

Chennai, June 07 (ANI): Political fraternity condemned the abduction of an Indian aid worker in Afghanistan, and pressed the government to expedite action for his safe release. Cutting across party lines, the leaders from various political parties urged the government to speed up the process for the release of priest Alexis Prem Kumar, who was kidnapped in Herat province of Afghanistan, earlier this month. Leaders made personal appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk tough with Afghanistan government and press for safe release of the abducted priest. Meanwhile, CPI leader D Raja said that the abduction was human rights violations and the central government should work towards the release of the priest at the earliest. Echoing similar sentiments, Senior Congress leader, Digvijay Singh said the Modi government should take every possible measure for the release of the worker. Jun 7, 2014