US Senator John McCain meets Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, July 02 (ANI): US Senator John McCain, who arrived India on a two day visit, met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday. McCain is also likely to meet defence and finance Minister Arun Jaitley and national security advisor Ajit Doval. He is also expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in an apparent bid to give a fresh momentum to bilateral ties Between India and US after the formation of the BJP-led government. Earlier on Tuesday, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin had said that US Secretary of State John Kerry was also likely to visit India and the dates of the visit were being finalized. Jul 2, 2014

Ladakh Gears Up For 'Kalachakra' Sermon

New Delhi, July 2(ANI): : Ladakh, the land of high passes is gearing up for Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama's sermons on Lord Buddha's 'Kalachakra'.The Dalai Lama will confer 33 Kalachakra initiations from July 3 to July 14, while Buddhists from across the globe will come attend the special prayer sessions. Kalachakra is the most sacred teaching and practice of Buddhism for individual peace, mutual understanding, greater unity and happiness.: Budding entrepreneurs and small businessmen plan to come up with new shops to attract tourists, while special Kalachakra merchandise will hit markets in Leh for all those who attend. Over 150,000 devotees and tourists from around the world are expected to be present at the Kalachakra. Jul 2, 2014

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Delhi Police Commissioner assures full investigation

New Delhi, July 02 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Wednesday assured full investigation of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor's wife, Sunanda Pushkar. The statement was made in wake of the Head of the forensic department of India's specialty hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Dr. Gupta revealing that he was compelled to submit a fabricated report in the Sunanda death case. Bassi said that police will take all necessary steps to go into the root of the mystery. When asked whether Tharoor will also be questioned, he said whatever is necessary will be done. Jul 2, 2014

Singapore Foreign Minister eyes stronger relationship with India

New Delhi, July 02 (ANI): Singapore's Foreign Minister, K Shanmugam, met Indian trade minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on Wednesday in New Delhi and said he looked forward to take the relationship between both the countries to a higher level. Foreign minister's five-day state visit, which started on June 30, also includes tour to Chennai and Hyderabad. Shanmugam is scheduled to hold diplomatic talks with India's Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well. Meanwhile, Shanmugam added that the world looked at India as it was a land with tremendous opportunity. Jul 2, 2014

Dr Sudhir Gupta was not pressurized to change postmortem report of Sunanda Pushkar: AIIMS

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): The AIIMS administration on Wednesday announced that there was no pressure on Dr Sudhir Gupta for changing the post mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor. Dr Neerja Bhatla said that the AIIMS administration categorically denies any such allegations that Dr Sudhir Gupta was under pressure. The PRO of AIIMS Dr Amit Gupta said that if needed the AIIMS will take action against Dr Sudhir Gupta. Jul 2, 2014

Chhattisgarh hails appointment of new Governor

Raipur, July 2 (ANI): Chhattisgarh province hailed appointment of the new Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, as he took oath of office on Wednesday. The office of the Chhattisgarh governor had fallen vacant after Shekhar Dutt tendered his resignation. Yadav said that he will fulfil his responsibilities and play the designated role to the best of his capabilities. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh was also present at the inauguration and termed the appointment as a matter of pride. It is a matter of pride for the state of Chhattisgarh that we have got an experienced and eminent leader as our new governor. BJP had said that the governors who were being asked to quit were either facing court cases or were inefficient. Jul 2, 2014

Politicos react over hate speech by another TMC Leader

New Delhi, July 2 (ANI): A hate speech made by another TMC leader, Arup Chakraborty met with furious reactions by rival party leaders. After TMC MP Tapas Pal, TMC leader and Bankura Zilla Parishad President Arup Chakraborty encouraged people to behead opposition party members if they harass TMC supporters. Leaders across parties stated that the behaviour by the TMC leader was nothing but a reflection of the sorry state of affairs in West Bengal and was highly condemnable. The casual attitude of the TMC is changing anger to resentment among the people. Jul 2, 2014

BJP legislators in Bihar protest against poor governance and law and order

PATNA, July 2 (ANI): BJP leaders in Bihar on Wednesday refused to attend assembly session to show their resentment against poor law and order situation in Patna.The party members blamed the ruling government in the state. The relations between both the BJP and the JD (U) strained after Bihar's former chief minister Nitish Kumar broke 17-year-old alliance with the BJP in 2013 after Narendra Modi was made campaign head. The JD(U) currently heads a minority government in Bihar. Jul 2, 2014

Heavy monsoon rains bring waterlogging woes for Mumbaikars

Mumbai, July 02 (ANI): The residents of Mumbai on Wednesday enjoyed the very first rainfall of monsoon after suffering from a month long heat wave. However, the heavy rainfall though fruitful for the people, also caused trouble as there was immense waterlogging in Andheri and some flights were also reportedly delayed due to bad weather condition. May and June are usually the hottest months of the year in India with temperatures often in the range of 42 to 47 degrees Celsius at many places. Jul 2, 2014

Anurag Kashyap's 'Ugly' Premiered At Ladakh International Film Festival

New Delhi, July 2(ANI):Anurag Kashyap's next psychological thriller 'Ugly' was premiered at the 3rd edition of Ladakh International Film Festival in Leh, Ladakh. Movie is a thriller about complex relationships. Present at the premiere, 'Dev D' director talked about the basic plot of the movie and shared his efforts in making the movie.'Gangs of Wasseypur' director was happy to choose Ladakh as a location for the Asian Premiere of his movie 'Ugly' which was well applauded at Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year.However, more details about the film's story cannot be divulged but 'Ugly' is for sure not a movie for the weak hearts but for strong minds. Jul 2, 2014

Congress ran away as I asked for discussion on Vyapam: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

BHOPAL, July 2 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that the Congress party tried to escape the discussion on Vyapam Scam in which they had accused Chouhan. He also said that the Congress party only wanted to make a big deal of the matter not to actually hold discussions. Jul 2, 2014

Twenty-two killed as military and assailants clash in Mexico

Twenty-two people were killed in a clash between armed assailants guarding a warehouse and the Mexican military. Soldiers are now stationed in the area where the assault took place near Tlatlaya, 240km south of the Mexican capital. Duration: 00:33 Jul 2, 2014

Politicos slam Jaitley for failing to curb inflation

New Delhi, July 02 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday targeted the BJP for the recent hike in fuel rates and for failing to curb inflation. Taunting over BJP's election slogan of good days, NCP leader Majid Memon said that the government is not able to stand by its slogan. Congress leader Rashid Alvi also criticized the steps taken by the government and said that such policies will increase inflation instead of reducing it. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had called upon state governments to check hoarding, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met ministers and senior bureaucrats to discuss strategies to control inflation, which is at a five month high. Jul 2, 2014

Govt is taking all possible measures to control inflation: BJP

New Delhi, July 02 (ANI): The BJP on Wednesday said that said that the government is taking all possible measures to control inflation. Petrol and diesel prices were hiked on Monday by Rs 1.69 and Rs. 0.50 per litre respectively while onion prices have continued to surge upwards. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had called upon state governments to check hoarding, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met ministers and senior bureaucrats to discuss strategies to control inflation, which is at a five month high. The government had also increased rail fares, which had led to an outcry by the opposition parties. Jul 2, 2014

Politicos react over Sunanda Pushkar's mysterious death case

New Delhi/ Lucknow, July 2 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over the mysterious case of Sunanda Pushkar's death in which the doctor has revealed that he was under pressure to present the autopsy report. BJP leader MJ Akbar said that the entire case should be investigated again to reach the exact result. Congress leader Rashid Alvi stated that the doctor should be enquired as to who pressurized him. AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said that the revelation is quite serious and truth should be investigated. CPI leader D Raja said that it is a very serious revelation as it stakes the reputation of the previous government. Jul 2, 2014