Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag takes charge as new Army Chief

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Thursday took charge as the new Indian Army Chief. Suhag has succeeded Gen Bikram Singh who has been the Army Chief since past 2 years. Singh had earlier visited Amar Jawan Jyoti before demitting office and received the Guard of Honour at New Delhi’s India Gate. Singh also congratulated Suhag on taking office. 59-year-old Lt General Suhag, a Gurkha officer who had participated in the 1987 Indian Peace Keeping Force operation in Sri Lanka, will have 30-month tenure. Jul 31, 2014

Kejriwal addresses auto drivers in Delhi, says brought good governance in 49 days

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): In a bid to strengthen AAP_s support base in the national capital, party_s National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday addressed a rally of auto drivers at the Ramlila Maidan. Kejriwal said that his government had fulfilled the promises it made to the people of Delhi. He also said that within the time of 49 days, the AAP government was able to improve the system. Jul 31, 2014

Curfew relaxed for 6 hours in violence-hit Saharanpur

Saharanpur, July 31 (ANI): Curfew was on Thursday relaxed for six hours in the violence-hit Saharanpur as the situation is gradually returning to normal. Speaking about the curfew relaxation, Saharanpur DM, Sandhya Tiwari said that they have relaxed the curfew for 6 hours and if the condition is good then they will relax it further. She further said that till now no incidents have been reported. She also added that they are arresting the culprits. Jul 31, 2014

Rajnath visits landslide-hit Malin village in Pune while rescue operations are underway

Pune, July 31 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday visited the landslide-hit Malin village in Pune where rescue operations are underway. Singh said that it was a deadly natural calamity where numerous people lost their homes and lives. Singh further assured that Central government will give all help necessary to State and give proper compensation to the victims. Jul 31, 2014

Women flock local markets in UP ahead of Raksha Bandhan

Gorakhpur, July 31 (ANI): Women in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday flocked markets to buy colourful sacred threads, _rakhis_ for their brothers ahead of _Raksha Bandhan_. _Rakhi_ is a symbolic holy thread, which a sister ties on her brother_s wrist as a mark of bonding between them. A shopkeeper, Pradeep Kumar Gupta, said people reeling under the effect of inflation are buying Chinese rakhis as they are affordable. Jul 31, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday. Kerry arrived here on Wednesday to re-energise the bilateral ties and to narrow the differences on various issues. The US Secretary of State will co-chair the 5th India-US strategic dialogue with Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj later today. Jul 31, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry visits IIT Delhi

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): U S Secretary of State John Kerry visited the elite Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus in New Delhi on Thursday ahead of his high-level meetings seeking to boost relations with the new government. He also interacted with the students and teachers in the chemical laboratories at the campus. Kerry arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday to meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and other officials, for the Annual Session of Strategic Dialogue, to discuss global trade reforms. This is Kerry_s first engagement with the government of Prime Minister Modi which took power in May promising to put India back on a high growth path. Jul 31, 2014

Pune Landslide: NDRF on rescue operation in Malin village

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): NDRF deputy inspector general (operations) S S Guleria on Thursday informed that 25 dead bodies have been recovered during the rescue operation in Pune after heavy rain caused landslide in the area. He also added that at least 150 persons are still feared trapped in the affected areas. He also informed that heavy rain is hampering the rescue operation. Jul 31, 2014

Politicos react on US State Secretary John Kerry_s visit to India

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over US State Secretary John Kerry_s first visit to India. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that it is a good step from the side of both the governments in order to maintain healthy relations between two nations. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the two nations should raise the issues which have been dormant since a long time. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that it is a good opportunity to hold bilateral talks as both nations_ companionship will improve world economy. Jul 31, 2014

UPSC row: Decision will be satisfactory and balanced, says Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Jitendra Singh said on Thursday that the government_s decision on the UPSC row will be a balanced and satisfactory one. UPSC aspirants have been protesting vociferously against the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) examination, which was introduced in 2011, and demanded that it be made easy for rural students. Jul 31, 2014