Gujarat on high alert for probable floods

Vadodara, Sep 10 (ANI): Alarmed by the flood havoc created in Kashmir, the government of Gujarat was on high alert following heavy, incessant rains that have disrupted normal life in the state. Reportedly, with incessant rains since Monday morning and with Sardar Sarovar dam overflowing, people residing on the banks of river Dhadhar have been asked to exercise caution as heavy rains were forecast in the next 72 hours. In wake of a flood like situation, the state government beefed up precautionary measures to safeguard the residents of the area. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel, surveying the area said that people have been alerted about the situation and measures have been implemented to safeguard them. Residents of the area said that the road connecting Vadodara to other areas was completely submerged. Sep 10, 2014

Yogi Adityanath gets notice from EC for inflammatory remarks, Politicos react

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): BJP leader Yogi Adityanath received a show cause notice from the Election Commission for violating the Model Code of Conduct and making inflammatory remarks while he campaigned for the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. Appreciating Election Commission's step, Congress leader Manish Tewari said it's high time that someone takes cognizance of the manner in which the leaders of BJP are trying to create communal violence in India. NCP leader Majid Memon said that whenever any mischievous statement is made from any side, the Election Commission should deal with it very firmly. Sep 10, 2014

Flood ravaged Kashmiris urge govt to restore communication blackouts

Jaipur/ Jammu/ Dehradun, Sep 10 (ANI): Kin of flood ravaged people in Jammu and Kashmir urged the State and Central governments to restore communication blackouts as the floods claim over 200 lives. India-administered Kashmir is experiencing worst flooding in 60 years, killing over 200 people and inundating homes, military bases and hospitals in region's main city Srinagar as the Jhelum River overflowed its banks. Meanwhile, recalling the last year's floods that ravaged Uttarakhand, the chief minister of the state Harish Rawat empathised with the flood-affected people. Sep 10, 2014

Appeal Central govt to increase coal supply in UP for power generation: Akhilesh

Lucknow, Sep 10 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that the state requires more coal supply for power generation to solve its power and electricity crisis spread across the state. Yadav said that although the government has been in power for just 100 days, it should cater to the needs of the state which has led to victory in maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha polls. He further added that if UP is supplied with adequate amount of coal, it will be self sufficient in generating power and will also be able to supply power to neighbouring states. Sep 10, 2014

Malaysian environment minister meets PM Modi to enhance ties

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Malaysian Minister for Natural Resources and Environment and President of the Malaysia Indian Congress, Datuk Seri G Palanivel, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bid to enhance bilateral relationship in fields of trade and climate change. During the meeting, Palanivel also sought enhanced cooperation in the areas of investment, tourism, educational and cultural ties between the two countries. On behalf of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri G Palanivel extended invitation to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Malaysia. Modi agreed to visit Malaysia at a mutually convenient time. Meanwhile, Modi also met Director General of United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr Jose Graziano da Silva. Sep 10, 2014

AAP delegation meets LG over horse trading by BJP, request to review letter to President

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): A delegation of AAP leaders on Wednesday met the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung over the issue of horse-trading by BJP caught on camera. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that in a previous meeting with the LG, he had asked them to conduct a sting on the BJP leaders who try to horse-trade AAP MLAs, which AAP produced this time to the LG. He added that AAP has also asked the LG to review his letter to the President in which he sought permission from him to allow BJP to form a government in Delhi. Sep 10, 2014

Health Ministers of S East Asian countries meet in Dhaka to focus on vector borne diseases

Dhaka, Sep 10 (ANI): The Health Ministers of 11 South East Asian countries met in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka for a four-day meeting on various health issues pertaining to the region with special focus on vector-borne diseases. The 32nd meeting of the Ministers of Health of World Health Organisation South-East Asia Region (WHO-SEAR) and the 67th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia started on Wednesday. Margaret Chan, Director General of World Health Organization (WHO) said that the meeting was special as the focus this year was on vector-borne diseases. Meanwhile, India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, addressing the gathering said that he was happy that traditional medicine was being discussed by the committee. He also said that he was happy that an agreement was being signed between India and Bangladesh in this field. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hailed the initiatives taken by the regional powers to discuss on various health issues and said her government will give all its inputs. Sep 10, 2014

Situation serious due to floods, no time for politics over it: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Sep 10 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that situation in the state is very serious due to floods. He said that rescue operations are underway and the army, air force and NDRF officials are trying their best to reach to maximum people and provide them with relief. On being asked about Opposition's blame over State government's inaction, Abdullah said that this is not the time for politics. Sep 10, 2014

Immense loss in silk production disillusions producers in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur, Sep 10 (ANI): Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh witnessed the gradual phasing out of the silk fabric industry as traders failed to get the market price for their products. The once buzzing silk park of Gorakhpur bears a dilapidated look these days. Those involved in the production of these cocoons say that people are gradually losing interest in their work as the workers are not getting their due. The villagers say they have not been paid for the past two years. However, Director of the production unit, Manavi Pathak denied that the condition has deteriorated. Sep 10, 2014

Heavy rain damages apple crop in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Sep 10 (ANI): Heavy rains and storm for the last three days damaged apple crop worth rupees100 crore in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Heavy rains lashed several areas of the state in the last few days and as per preliminary assessment, farmers have lost nearly 80 percent crops in Shimla district. Farmers expected assistance and relief from the government, as main roads and transport links have also been damaged due to the rains. India’s top apple growing state of Himachal Pradesh is likely to produce 500-540 million kilograms of the fruit this year as compared to 700 million kilograms last year. Apple crop occupies over 50% fruit growing area of the state. The apple business is considered as the lifeline for apple growers in many districts. Sep 10, 2014