Pune landslide: NDRF IG says rescue operations may be over within 48 hours

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): NDRF IG Sandeep Rai Rathore on Friday said that rescue operations are underway in Pune after a landslide hit Malin village burying several people under the debris. Rathore said that nearly 60 bodies have been recovered on Friday and depending on weather conditions the rescue operations may be over within 48 hours. Aug 1, 2014

Sushma Swaraj raises snooping issue with US; politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised with US Secretary of State John Kerry the issue of American intelligence agencies allegedly snooping on BJP; politicos asked why the BJP was in constant denial of the fact till now. Swaraj on Thursday conveyed Kerry the 'public anger in India' over the issue. Aug 1, 2014

Piyush Goyal meets US Commerce Secretary, says India, US to take clean energy dialogue forward

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Power Minister Piyush Goyal, discussed issue of clean energy with US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Friday amid ties of the two countries mired by disputes over trade, intellectual property rights and climate change. Goyal said he was confident that meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama would be substantive. Aug 1, 2014

Political leaders react as ED registers preliminary enquiry to probe National Herald Case

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Political leaders gave mixed reaction as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a preliminary enquiry in the National Herald case in which Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been accused by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Gandhis are accused of cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily. Meanwhile, Congress party had also filed a petition in the High court in the case, the hearing to which will take place on Friday. Aug 1, 2014

Snooping not Acceptable, India Tells US

India on Thursday, 31 July, curtly told the visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry that it (India) would not accept US agencies' snooping on the country. Aug 1, 2014

Bodies of at least 20 drowned people recovered from Karachi beach

Karachi, Aug 01 (ANI): Bodies of at least 20 people, who had drowned while enjoying Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, were recovered from two separate beaches in Pakistan's port city Karachi. Navy helicopters were brought in to assist in the rescue operation but had to be suspended at night when darkness set in. Twelve bodies were recovered from Clifton Beach before the rescue operation was suspended on Wednesday, whereas six bodies were recovered when the operation was re-started the next day. Two bodies were also recovered from Hawks Bay, another popular beach in Karachi. Aug 1, 2014

SC appoints one member commission to enquire into 2006 Meerut fire tragedy

Meerut, Aug 01 (ANI): Supreme Court of India appointed a one-member commission for inquiry into a fire tragedy, which took place at a consumer fair in 2006 in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 51. The Court bench has ordered that the commission will be headed by former Supreme Court judge SB Sinha. The court also approved a compensation of rupees five lakh for families of the deceased, two lakh for seriously injured and 75,000 for people with minor injuries to be given by the state government. The petitioner, Sanjay Gupta, said the next hearing of the case is scheduled for February 11, 2015. Aug 1, 2014

Explosion at a factory kills five in Chhattisgarh

Abhanpur, Aug 01 (ANI): Explosion at a factory killed five in Chhattisgarh on Friday. The incident took place at the Navbharat Fuse Company situated in Chote Urla village in Abhanpur block, 40 kilometers away from the capital Raipur. Forensic officer, scene of crime unit-incharge, Shivji Singh, said the cause of the incident is yet to be determined. Earlier, a gas leak following an explosion at a steel plant in Chhattisgarh on June 12 left at least five people dead and over 30 unwell. Aug 1, 2014

Rescuers shift injured to hospital even as many still trapped after landslide near Pune

Manchar, Aug 01 (ANI): Even as the rescue operations continued after a landslide devastated a village in Maharashtra, the injured persons were being taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Many of the injured have been admitted to a hospital in Manchar town which is located about 52 kilometres away from the tragic site. The confirmed death toll was 35 from Wednesday's landslide on a hill above Malin village in Maharashtra. Rescuers waded waist-deep through swirling sludge to dig their way into dozens of submerged homes and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village. Only a handful of residents escaped as the hill came down. Aug 1, 2014

Honour to lead world's greatest Army, response to any action will be immense and immediate: Army Chi

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): New Army Chief Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday said that it is a great honour for him to lead one of the world's greatest Army. Suhag said that he will ensure that the needs and requirements of the Army are met and that the infrastructure and other aspects are seen and paid adequate attention. The new Army chief also said that in future, the Army's response to any act of attack or infiltration will be immense and immediate. Aug 1, 2014

Nepalese Commerce Minister meets Indian counterpart over trade and other issues

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Nepalese Commerce Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa met his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Himalayan country. Thapa, who is on a four-day visit to India, has discussed issues of bilateral concerns, including trade, investment and petroleum supplies, during his meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other leaders. Modi would go to Kathmandu on August 03 for a two-day visit. Both the countries are likely to sign some agreements to further boost trade and investment in areas like power, infrastructure and services sector. Earlier, India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Nepalese counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on various projects in Kathmandu. Aug 1, 2014