Authorities in Siliguri take preventive measures to tackle Japanese encephalitis

Siliguri /Vadodara, July 24 (ANI): Health department in West Bengal took preventive measures to tackle Japanese encephalitis as 83 cases of the disease have been detected in the region. An outbreak of encephalitis syndrome is playing havoc near Siliguri district of the state. Following the increase of deaths, the district administration conducted a meeting with several departments to tackle the situation. Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) is spreading bleaching powders, conducting fogging at the piggeries and holding awareness campaigns. Sanitary Inspector from the Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Sunil Sarkar, said that they have identified the piggeries, given notice to vacant the places. Meanwhile, Gujarat also witnessed death of four children due to Chandipura virus in last 24 hours. Superintendent at Sir Sayajirao Gaikwad Hospital, Rajiv Deveshwar, said this illness is caused due to Chandipura virus which spreads through sand fly’s bite. Jul 24, 2014

Health ministry signs MoU to increase AIDS awareness

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Health minister, Harsh Vardhan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with minister for information and communication, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to enable advanced online services to impart education on HIV/AIDS in the country. Prasad said major steps were taken in this regard to infuse strong education and counseling services through information and technology. He said that as India is sitting at a cusp of big 'IT revolution', this step would help improve health conditions in the country through provision of online education and counseling to patients. Prasad also said the department will work to make broadband-enabled villages in India. Meanwhile, Vardhan said imparting education was the best way to control the deadly disease. Jul 24, 2014

Police recover weapons from smugglers in Bhopal

Bhopal, July 24 (ANI): Police seized illegal pistols from smugglers in Bhopal and detained four persons in the case.Police personnel were conducting a regular check at a post when they caught a person with pistols. Police recovered nine local pistols and three other pistols from the arrested men. They also found out the smugglers supplied the weapons in Uttar Pradesh as well.People who had ordered the illegal arms have also been arrested. Search is underway for the others involved. Some are wanted by the police in other cases. Jul 24, 2014

CPI condemns Shiv Sena's statement over Maharashtra Sadan incident

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): CPI leader Atul Anjan on Thursday condemned Shiv Sena's statement in 'Samna' warning people to refrain from doing religious politics over Maharashtra Sadan incident. Shiv Sena has given a statement saying- "warn those who to hide inefficiency are doing religious politics over this (Maharashtra Sadan) incident, don't forget tomorrow we will rule Maharashtra." Anjan has said that the government should take action against the entire matter as it concerns the self respect of entire mankind. Jul 24, 2014

US faces humanitarian crisis as migrant children flood border

As the US deals with an unprecedent tide of unaccompanied minors trying to cross into the country, President Barack Obama is set to meet with Central American leaders to figure out how to deal with the humanitarian crisis. Duration: 02:21 Jul 24, 2014

World Bank chief welcomes new BRICS development bank

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): The World Bank welcomed a $100 billion development bank founded by the BRICS nations and is ready to provide it with technical assistance, the World Bank president said after a meeting with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The BRICS developing nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - announced the bank last week, saying it would fund infrastructure projects in developing nations - a reflection of their growing importance in the world economy. The World Bank group was ready to increase its financial support to support job-oriented skills and infrastructure development in India to $15 billion to $18 billion over the next three years, Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President who looked inspired by Modi's economic agenda and policies, said that Modi has set-up some goals for the bank and they would make all efforts to achieve those. He also applauded Modi government's targets of ambitious growth rates. Jul 24, 2014

India Bids to Reassert Influence in Nepal with Power Pact

India is set to offer Nepal a landmark pact to help develop its huge hydro-electric power potential as the South Asian giant takes another step to re-assert influence among smaller neighbours where China has been forging closer ties. Jul 24, 2014

Hamas rejects Gaza truce unless blockade lifted

Hamas Wednesday rejected a ceasefire to end 16 days of deadly fighting with Israel unless the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted, its chief Khaled Meshaal said in Doha. Duration: 01:31 Jul 24, 2014

OSCE team finds 'puncture marks' on MH17 fuselage

Monitors from the European security body OSCE and Malaysian inspectors on Wednesday found parts of the fuselage of the downed Malaysian flight MH17 with "significant puncture marks", the OSCE said. Duration: 01:06 Jul 24, 2014

Thousands who can't afford medical care flock to free US clinic

America may be the world’s richest country, but in terms of healthcare, the World Health Organisation ranks it 37th. Thousands turned out for a free clinic run by "Remote Area Medical" with a visit from the Governor of Virginia. Duration: 2:40 Jul 24, 2014