Landslides lash Kashmir's National Highway, result in complete blockade

Udhampur, Sep 11 (ANI): Landslides lashed Jammu-Srinagar National Highway causing complete blockade of road and suspension of traffic hundreds of truck drivers bear the brunt. The sudden landslide could have caused major tragedy on the busy National Highway when it occurred near Kheri area of Udhampur district. Sep 11, 2014

Obama lays out strategy to "ultimately destroy ISIL"

New Delhi, Sep 11 (ANI): In a campaign against the Islamic State militant group, US President Obama told Americans he had authorized US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq. Obama said it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria. The president said the military campaign will not involve American combat troops on the ground. It's a shift for Obama, who has been reluctant to increase the US military footprint in the region. And who, three years ago, pulled out the last combat troops from Iraq. Sep 11, 2014

Afghanistan will always remain India's first strategic partner: Sushma

Kabul, Sept 11 (ANI): Afghanistan will always remain India's first strategic partner said Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is visiting Kabul to enhance bilateral ties and help its northwestern neighbour deal with key challenges of security and stability. Swaraj, who is on her maiden visit to Afghanistan, arrived in Kabul on Wednesday and inaugurated the new Indian embassy building. She also held talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on crucial bilateral and regional issues, as well as on defence and security assistance from India. Swaraj also met her Afghan counterpart Zarar Ahmad Osmani. While addressing a gathering of delegates, Swaraj said India has always wished for a prosperous Afghanistan. She also remembered the Afghan and Indian personnel and officials who laid down their lives safeguarding India's diplomatic premises and development projects in Afghanistan. She is also expected to hold meeting with presidential candidates in Kabul. Sep 11, 2014

Climate change caused Kashmir's flood fury: Environmentalists

New Delhi, Sept 11 (ANI): Environmentalists Sunita Narayan and Chandra Bhushan said that climate change caused Jammu and Kashmir's flood fury and heaviest rainfall in half a century. Environmentalist Sunita Narain said as Himalayas being the young mountainous range, extreme rains will give rise to huge amount of siltation followed by landslides. She added that even the posh areas in Kashmir have been worst hit due to floods because the domestic colonies were built in the low-lying areas where residential buildings should not been built. Environmentalist Chandra Bhushan said as per the research of past ten years the extreme rainfall events in India will increase due to climate change. Sep 11, 2014

Obama vows Syria air strikes to destroy Islamic State

US President Barack Obama orders a 'relentless' war against the Islamic State, including air strikes in Syria and expanded operations in Iraq to 'destroy' the marauding jihadist army. Duration:01:19 Sep 11, 2014