China earthquake death toll passes 400

Two days after a magnitude 6.1 tremor destroyed 80,000 houses in south west China and seriously damaged 124,000 more, rescuers are still searching for survivors while others mourn their dead. Aug 5, 2014

Strict action will be taken: Mulayam Singh Yadav on Meerut incident

Lucknow, Aug 5 (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said that strict action would be taken against all those behind the Meerut incident. Three persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged abduction, gang-rape and forced religious conversion of a 20-year-old woman in the Kharkhauda area of Meerut district. Political leaders on Tuesday demanded action as tension gripped Meerut where the 20-year-old madrasa teacher was allegedly gang-raped and forced to convert into a community. The woman has alleged that she was forcibly converted to Islam in a madarsa in Hapur. In addition, she has said she was held captive in another madarsa in Muzaffarnagar for three days, where she was sexually assaulted. The woman managed to escape from captivity on August 2 and contacted her family who rescued her and later filed a complaint with the police. Aug 5, 2014

In U-turn, NCP backs insurance bill as it was a 'UPA initiative', politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 5 (ANI): As the government tried to push forth with the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill - that provides for 49 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector - it received a boost from unexpected quarters when a key UPA ally came to its support. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) decided to back the bill, as it was "after all a UPA government initiative". At an all-party meeting held in the Parliament on Monday, senior NCP leader Praful Patel said his party had no problem in supporting the bill. Aug 5, 2014

Welcome Janardan Dwivedi's suggestion that party must remain patient: Jagmeet Brar

Chandigarh, Aug 05 (ANI): Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar on Tuesday said that he welcome Janardan Dwivedi's suggestion that party workers should remain patient and that an organization should have the ability to listen to its workers and not just have one-way communication. Brar said that Dwivedi is a senior leader and anything he says is out of experience and for the good of the party. Aug 5, 2014

Mulayam shares dais with Amar Singh in Lucknow

Lucknow, Aug 5 (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his one-time close confidant Amar Singh on Tuesday shared a dais after 4 years at a function in Lucknow. Mulayam and Amar Singh had parted ways in 2010 after a bitter political feud. After 4 years, Mulayam has now invited Singh to attend a mega event organized for the inauguration of a 367-acre park named in honour of former SP leader Janeshwar Mishra. With both of them sharing a dais, speculations have already sparked on whether the latter is set to return to the Samajwadi Party fold. However, Amar Singh said that there were no political implications of the meeting and he came on Mulayam's invitation. Aug 5, 2014

Rescue operations on to save six-year old boy from borewell in Karnataka

Bagalkot, Aug 5 (ANI): Authorities intensified rescue operations on Tuesday (August 05) to save a six-year-old boy, who accidentally fell into a borewell in Karnataka. The boy, Thimanna, had fallen into an open borewell at a farm in Bagalkot district of the state on Sunday. He also said they have tied a rescue thread to the boy's wrist which would help to lift the child. Oxygen is being supplied through a pipe into the borewell to keep the boy alive. Aug 5, 2014

Women rights activists demand enquiry over forced conversion and gang-rape of Meerut girl

New Delhi, Aug 05 (ANI): Even as three persons were arrested in connection with the alleged abduction, gang-rape and forced religious conversion of a 20-year-old woman in the Kharkhauda area of Meerut district, social activists demanded enquiry in the same. The women rights and social activists slammed the UP government for such a situation in the state and said that women in UP should be given justice at any cost. Aug 5, 2014