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

Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag receives Guard of Honour

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday received Guard of Honour at South Block in national capital Delhi. Suhag has taken over as the head of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army, succeeding General Bikram Singh on Thursday. Earlier, the new army chief also paid respect to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. He will have a tenure of 30 months as the 26th Chief of the armed forces. Aug 1, 2014

No change in India's stand on WTO: Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, who met US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker in New Delhi said country's position remained unchanged on the WTO impasse. The ministers had met to review the trade ties between the two nations before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to United States in September this year. New Delhi has insisted that, in exchange for signing the trade facilitation agreement, it must see more progress on a parallel pact giving it more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food grains than is allowed by World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Meanwhile, Sitharaman added that both India and United States are looking for good deliverables. Aug 1, 2014

Petrol prices cut by rupees Rs 1.09 a litre, diesel hiked by 56 paise a litre

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Petrol price was cut by Rs. 1.09 per litre, the second reduction in three-and-half months while the diesel price was hiked by 56 paise a litre. The revisions were made effective from midnight Thursday, Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest oil firm, announced. Petrol in Delhi will cost Rs 72.51 per litre from today as against Rs 73.60 a litre earlier. Similarly, diesel will be priced at Rs 58.40 per litre from today as compared to the previous Rs 57.84. Petrol price was reduced following drop in international oil rates and rupee depreciation against US dollar, making imports cheaper. Aug 1, 2014

John Kerry says "Gaza ceasefire at some point essential"

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Secretary of State John Kerry said that ceasefire at some point is essential in Gaza and US remains hopeful that it is achievable. At dawn on Wednesday, Israeli forces shelled a girls' school doubling as a refuge for more than 3,000 people, killing at least 15, including four children. Gaza officials say more than 1,370 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the battered enclave and nearly 7,000 wounded. Israel says 56 of its soldiers and three civilians have been killed. Kerry said he had remained in close contact on the telephone with players in the Middle East to try ending the Israel-Hamas conflict. International calls for a ceasefire have grown as the death toll has mounted in the worst flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence in almost two years, sparked by the murder of three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of a Palestinian youth. Aug 1, 2014

An exclusive interview with Mary Kom Part - 2

New Delhi, Aug 1 (ANI): As everyone is keenly awaiting the big release, the ace boxer is sweating it out at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium to qualify for the upcoming Asian Games. We spoke to the boxing legend about the sport, the film and much more. Aug 1, 2014