Afghan presidential hopeful escapes murder attempt

Afghan presidential election front-runner Abdullah Abdullah says he escaped an assassination attempt when an explosion hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, June 6, 2014. Duration: 00:29 Jun 7, 2014

It Happens: Dance Festival

Odissi, June 6, (ANI): Performers explored the subtle techniques of Odissi, the oldest surviving classical Indian dance form, in a day-long dance festival in eastern city of Bhubaneswar. The dancers used unique techniques propagated by Late Guru Debaprasad Das and thrilled the audience with the majestic movements of the ancient art form. Mesmerised by the aura of Odissi dance performance on the stage, dancers said it is a unique classical art form which can be understood only by live performance. The festival touted 'Debasmruti' was organised by a Bhubaneswar-based dance institution called Tridhara. The dance includes various dramatic stances and stamping of the feet to the beat of Odissi music. Jun 6, 2014

It Happens: World Environment day

Bhopal/Varanasi/Kolkata/, June 6 (ANI): Meanwhile, children in temple town of Varanasi in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state also raised their voice for clean city. Dressed in green attires, kids skated for saving the environment, holding banners and shouting slogans.The city of Kolkata in West Bengal state too witnessed an awareness rally that advocated for plastic-free country. The rally saw participation from visually-impaired students as well. June 5 marks World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually to raise global awareness about environmental issues and stimulate political action. Jun 6, 2014

It Happens: World No Tobacco Day

Andhra Pradesh, June 6 (ANI): Internationally renowned sand artist, Sudarshan Patnaik, created an anti- smoking sculptor on sand at a beach in India's eastern Odisha and rallies were organized in southern Andhra Pradesh to create an awareness regarding the horrendous effects of smoking on World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day is observed annually on May 31 by World Health Organisation (WHO). Patnaik's 5-feet high and 20-feet long sand sculpture, which was made with 7 tons of sand, depicted the harmful effects of tobacco consumption As people gathered to have a glimpse of his artistic message, Patnaik said that his main motive was to inspire smokers to quit the harmful habit. Elsewhere, in Visakhapatnam city of southern Andhra Pradesh, hundreds of people marched with placards and balloons to spread the no-tobacco message. They urged the government to increase the tax on tobacco as a deterrent for consumers. Jun 6, 2014

Eastern Ukraine border crossing deserted

The Ukrainian-Russian border crossing of Severniy, was abandoned on Friday. The Ukrainian soldiers which had previously manned it fled on Thursday, and the pro-Russian separatists who control the region have not yet occupied it. Duration: 00:37 Jun 6, 2014

Obama leads emotional D-day tribute to veterans

A "humbled" US President Barack Obama led an emotional tribute on Friday to the thousands of troops who gave their lives to liberate Europe from Nazism, on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Duration: 01:08 Jun 6, 2014

PM's inbox on foreign policy matter is crowded: MEA

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): The MEA spokesperson on Friday highlighted the agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting other nations and stated that his inbox is crowded. Akbaruddin said that in the next few months PM will visit the major countries which invited him and the first of them will be Bhutan which he will visit in June. He added that regarding the PM's visit to US, President Obama was the first to invite Modi. He further stated that the PM has also been invited by Japan which he is likely to visit in July. Jun 6, 2014

Arun Jaitley holds pre-budget consultations with trade union leaders

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday held consultations with trade union leaders to seek their inputs for the Budget. Jaitley met the dignitaries in the ministry building in New Delhi. General Secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Tapan Sen urged the government not to pursue deregulation, dis-investment and privatisation of state-run companies. Sen also appealed for implementation of minimum wage, universal social security and pension for the labourers. Jun 6, 2014

J&K govt enhances retirement age of its employees to 60 years

Srinagar, June 06 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir government increased the retirement age of its employees by two years from 58 to 60 years, assenting to demand of the workers. During a news conference, JandK Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, in Srinagar said the government employees are now entitled to work till the age of 60. Worker unions have been protesting for the same for last eight years. Employees welcomed the move by the government and said it would solve many financial problems for the sole bread earners of the families. Jun 6, 2014

Monsoon rains reach India's southern coast

New Delhi/ Kochi, June 06 (ANI): India's monsoon rains reached southern Kerala on Friday offering relief to farmers who have been waiting eagerly for the start of the wet season that is crucial for their summer crops. However, the rains are moving at a sluggish pace, Rathore added. A slight delay in the monsoon’s onset is unlikely to have a major impact on sowing of rice, pulses and cotton. Jun 6, 2014

BSE closes points 376.95 up on June 6

New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 376.95 points up to stand at 25,396.46. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 109.30 points up to stand at 7,583.40. TATA GLOBAL and Sobha Developers Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.23% and 10.68% along with ONGC and Strides Arcolab Ltd. with an increase of 10.57% and 9.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Muthoot Finance Ltd. and Jain Irrigation with a decrease of 2.74% and 2.71 % along with SSLT and Hindustan Copper Ltd. with a decrease of 2.53% and 1.83% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 228.09 points at 15,184.52 while the banking sector is up 287.95 points at 17,788.59 and the realty sector is up 101.67 points at 2,128.03. The Indian currency is down 0.22% at Rs 59.11 per dollar. Jun 6, 2014

Politicos condemn violent clashes in Golden Temple on operation Blue Star anniversary

Amritsar /New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Politicos on Friday condemned the violent clashes that erupted between Sikh groups in the premises of Golden Temple, on the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star. Clashes took place when members of the Shiromani Akali Dal-controlled SGPC protested against leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Simranjit Singh Mann, who made an attempt to give a speech from rostrum of the Sikh's supreme temporal seat, Akal Takht. Reportedly, one of Mann's supporters tried to snatch the microphone from the custodian of the Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, in a bid to address devotees. The custodian of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, said probe would be done into the clashes. Jun 6, 2014

India reels under summer's spell, mercury touches above 40 degrees in some states

Ranchi/Agra, June 06 (ANI): Residents and tourists across India suffered as severe heat wave conditions intensified unabated on Friday and temperatures rose above 40 degrees Celsius in some states. Tourists visiting the iconic monument Taj Mahal in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh complained of lack of basic facilities like drinking water by the authorities under oppressive heat conditions. The maximum temperature in Agra was recorded above 40 degrees Celsius and the city also faced severe power cuts and acute water crisis. In Jharkhand, pedestrians and two-wheeler riders suffered the most under sweltering sun and looked for ways to beat the heat. Residents were seen carrying umbrellas, wearing protective clothing and drinking fruit juices to protect themselves from the sun. Jun 6, 2014