Medical camps organized in flood ravaged Kashmir

Rajouri, Sep 11 (ANI): Medical camps were organized to assist flood-affected people as flood water began to recede, giving rescue teams a chance to evacuate thousands of villagers stranded by the heaviest rainfall in 50 years in the heavily militarized and disputed region of Kashmir. The Indian army established medical camps in flood-affected villages to treat injured and sick people and also distributed medicines. Tempers rose on Wednesday with some angry that relief efforts were only reaching them six days after the floods began. Others complained about living conditions in temporary camps. Sep 11, 2014

Abdul Basit talks about Indo- Pak 'unique relation' at 'Aalishan Pakistan' exhibition

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, while talking at the Pakistan's lifestyle exposition 'Aalishan Pakistan' said that India and Pakistan are unique neighbours and they should work towards diplomatic ties. He said that the exhibition is a magnificent event and that such events bring people of both the countries closer. Further, talking about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir due to floods on both the sides, Basit said that both leaders have exchanged letters on the matter and are efforts are being put to overcome the situation. Sep 11, 2014

Pakistan's "killer mountain" fails to draw tourists after attack

In June 2013, 10 western mountaineers and their guide were murdered on Nanga Parbat, a mythical peak that stands at 8 126m tall in northern Pakisan. The region is now shunned by those who used to provide much needed income for locals. Duration: 02:33 Sep 11, 2014

Good if BJP ready and able to form govt in Delhi, should be given a chance: Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said that the BJP who is claiming that it is in a position to form the government in the national capital, should be given a trial or an opportunity to do so. Dikshit said that if the state BJP President is making such claims, then he must be saying it with a sense of responsibility. Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay had earlier this week met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the political situation. Sep 11, 2014

Kerala Liquor Ban: SC asks Govt to maintain status quo till Sept 30

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Bringing relief to the bar owners, Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Kerala Government to maintain a status quo till 30th of September in the Liquor ban case and prohibited it from shutting down the non-five star hotels. The SC also asked the Kerala High Court to decide expeditiously on the pleas challenging the government's new liquor policy. Petitioner Harish Viren said that they are not against absolute ban of liquor, but the state is doing partiality by banning the four star hotels and not putting ban on the five star hotels and government co-operations. Sep 11, 2014

Politicos condemn UK parliament's decision to hold debate on Kashmir

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Political leaders in India condemned the British MPs' plan to hold a debate on the "political and humanitarian situation in Kashmir". India has construed the move as an attempt to criticize India's role in Kashmir, even put a question mark on its sovereignty over the region. The debate is scheduled when Jammu and Kashmir is reeling under the worst floods in its experience for over 100 years. Sep 11, 2014

Congress condemns NDA's 'objection to giving constitutional rights to LGBT community'

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Taking strong exception to the NDA Government reportedly moving the Supreme Court on the issue of reservation pertaining to the LGBT community, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday said that all gay, lesbian and bisexual persons do not come under the transgender category. The central government had also raised objections over the reservation facilities granted to the third gender in employment and education under the title of backward class. The Supreme Court had in a landmark judgment in April this year recognized transgenders as the third gender in this country. Sep 11, 2014

Politicos slam Yogi Adityanath for defying ban and going ahead with his rally

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday slammed BJP's controversial star campaigner in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath for defying a ban and going ahead with his public rally in Lucknow. Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday attended a public meeting in Lucknow, despite ban by district administration. Police lodged a first information report (FIR) against Adityanath for defying a ban and going ahead with his public rally. Chief Election Officer of Uttar Pradesh Umesh Sinha sought a report from the Lucknow district administration and a recording of Adityanath's speech will be handed over to the Election Commission. Sep 11, 2014

Tourists turned off as Kerala goes dry

Kerala is a leading tourist draw in India, but there is a damaging drinking problem amongst locals and the government has opted to shut down over 700 bars, alarming the tourist industry, which is hoping the courts will intervene. Duration:02:15 Sep 11, 2014

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Tajikistan to attend SCO summit

Tajikistan, Sep 11 (ANI): Foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, arrived in Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan to attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) aims at boosting cooperation in the three major fields of economy, security and people-to-people exchanges. Tajikistan is hosting the summit of the SCO between September 11 -12 in capital Dushanbe, security being the priority for the 13th annual summit for all member countries. India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia are due to become full participating members of the summit, thereby upgrading their observer member status. Sep 11, 2014

Committed to assist Afghanistan in every way: Sushma

Kabul, Sep 11 (ANI): Foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, while on a state visit to Afghanistan, assured the host nation of every possible assistance in all spheres. Swaraj, who is on her maiden visit to Afghanistan, arrived in Kabul on Wednesday and inaugurated the new Indian embassy building. The foreign minister is visiting India's northwestern neighbour in order to enhance bilateral ties and help it deal with key challenges of security and stability. She, along with Afghan President Hamid Karzai attended the largest national flag hoisting ceremony in Kabul. While addressing the gathering during the ceremony, Swaraj said Afghanistan will always remain India's first strategic partner. She is also expected to hold meeting with presidential candidates in Kabul. Sep 11, 2014