900 Indians given tickets to fly out of Iraq, Kerala nurses safe: MEA

New Delhi, July 03 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday gave updated information about safety of Indian nationals stranded in Iraq. Akbaruddin said that 900 Indians have been given flight tickets to move out of Iraq. He also said that the Indian nurses in Iraq have been moved out of Tikrit and ensured that all of them are safe and unharmed. Jul 3, 2014

Indian nurses in Iraq safe, MEA doing its best: Oommen Chandy

New Delhi, July 03 (ANI): Talking about nurses stranded in violence hit Iraq, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that Indian nurses are safe and that administration and Ministry of External Affairs are doing its best in rescuing them. He also said that the exact location of the nurses is not known right now and the administration is doing its best in every way. Meanwhile, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said that all diplomatic channels are open in the case. Jul 3, 2014

Rajnath Singh on food price control

New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that he has directed his officials and concerned ministers to take every step to control the prices of essential commodities. He added that he has asked for strong action against hoarders. The Home Minister's directive came following a high-level meeting attended by Delhi LG Najeeb Jung, Chief Secretary S K Srivastava, Police Commissioner B S Bassi besides others. Jul 3, 2014

Has been a constructive pre-budget engagement between centre and state: Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi, July 03 (ANI): After meeting between state finance ministers and union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, MoS for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said that it has been a constructive engagement between the state and the centre. She said that the new government is looking at the compensation and goods and services tax (GST), which is the concern of the states. The first budget by the NDA government is to be presented on July 10. Jul 3, 2014

Narendra Modi to flag off special train to Vaishno Devi, preparations underway

Katra, July 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off a special train to reach Katra directly on Friday. Katra is the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine that is nestled in Trikuta Hills in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district. The train will traverse through seven tunnels and over 30 small and large bridges. There will be a small station - Chakrakhwal - between Udhampur and Katra. Jul 3, 2014

AirAsia India venture to break even in December, later than they expected

Bangalore, July 03 (ANI): Malaysian-based budget carrier AirAsia, on Thursday said it expected its India unit to break even in December, later than initially planned, after a delay in plane deliveries and a plan to boost investment in the fleet. The budget carrier, which launched its inaugural flight in India last month, had said it would break even around October. Tony Fernandes, owner and CEO of AirAsia, told reporters that the airline would also invest more money in new planes to raise its scale in India. AirAsia India, a three-way venture between the airline, India's Tata Group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace, launched its debut flight on June 12. Jul 3, 2014

Kejriwal meets President, requests dissolution of Assembly and holding re-elections

New Delhi, July 03 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met President Pranab Mukherjee and requested him to dissolve Delhi Assembly and hold re-elections. He alleged that BJP will not let government to form in the national capital and are now opting for divisive politics. Further, he said that the president assured him that he will think over the same and take actions accordingly. Jul 3, 2014

BSE closes points 17.46 down on July 3

New Delhi, July 03 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 17.46 points down to stand at 25,823.75. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 10.35 points down to stand at 7,714.80. Glenmark pharmaceuticals ltd. and Eicher Motors were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.56% and 5.73% along with Uco Bank and Bata India with an increase of 5.61% and 4.71% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include GMR Infra and JPPOWER with a decrease of 7.83% and 4.87% along with Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. and Unitech with a decrease of 4.70% and 4.66% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 116.11 points at 16,082.41 while the banking sector is down 32.83 points at 17,711.80 and the realty sector is down 30.87 points at 2,075.90. The Indian currency is up 0.12% at Rs 59.76 per dollar. Jul 3, 2014

Prashant Bhushan on AAP's demand of fresh polls in Delhi

New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Thursday claimed that the BJP is attempting horse trading in Delhi. He added that the party was trying to poach AAP MLAs. AAP leaders have been demanding dissolution of the house in Delhi. The party leaders will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday seeking dissolution of the Delhi Assembly and holding fresh elections. Jul 3, 2014

Police recover huge cache of explosives from Maoist hotbed in Bihar

Gaya, July 3 (ANI): India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a joint operation with district police recovered huge cache of explosives from Maoist hideout in red corridor of Bihar. The explosives were recovered from a cave in the outskirts of Gaya district on Wednesday. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, control some of India's mineral-rich areas and operate in large areas of the eastern, central and southern countryside. Jul 3, 2014

Children fall ill after consuming mid day meal in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): In yet another incident, children of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in the Patparganj area of East Delhi fell ill after consuming the mid-day meal. Soon after parents of the children reported that there were insects found in the mid-day meal, AAP leader Manish Sisodia arrived at the school and sent the children to the hospital. He said that feeding this kind of food to children is like a sin and he hopes that this case becomes a deterrent for similar cases which repeatedly occur at other schools. Jul 3, 2014

Congress protests against Vyapam scam, demands CBI probe

Bhopal, July 03 (ANI): Leaders of Congress party protested outside state assembly in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday demanding central police probe into Vyapam scam involving many government employees who got selected through unfair means. Congress party protesters walked out of the state assembly in Bhopal and demanded resignation of Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, over his alleged involvement in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam. Congress leader, Ramnivas Rawat, said central police probe is the need of the hour to ensure justice to the students. Vyapam scam, also known as Employment scam, relates to admissions in medical and engineering colleges during the period 2008 to 2010 in which many government employees are under the scanner for getting selected through unfair means. Jul 3, 2014

Deepika Padukone tops FHMs 100 sexiest women in the world 2014 list

Mumbai, July 3 (ANI): Bollywood’s leggy lass Deepika Padukone has topped FHM’s 100 sexiest women in the world list of the year 2014 and the actress has defeated Katrina Kaif, who has been topping the list for five consecutive years. And the actress got candid at FHM's Victory bash in Mumbai. Having given back-to-back hits including Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani, Chennai Express and Goliyon ki Rasleela- Ramleela, is on a spree of setting milestones. Next she will be seen in Homi Adajania's Finding Fenny Fernandez. Jul 3, 2014