Encephalitis threat looms over Assam

Guwahati, July 21 (ANI): Encephalitis syndrome threat looms large over in Assam, while experts have sounded alert due to significant rise in number of cases reported that have been tested positive. The deadly disease is gradually taking a toll in Guwahati city since the month of June and has resulted in death of four people so far. The deceased includes two adults and two children who were undergoing treatment in the Guwahati Medical College Hospital. Principal of Guwahati Medical College Hospital, Ramen Talukdar said that the patients suffering from the Japanese Encephalitis have been kept under strict observation in the hospital. Patients admitted in the hospital belong to the surrounding districts like Nalbari, Darrang and Goalpara. Around 22 districts of Assam are Encephalitis affected. Jul 21, 2014

Hindus mark second Shravan Monday with special prayers and offerings

Varanasi, July 21 (ANI): Carrying assortment of religious offerings, devout Hindus thronged lord Shiva temples in north India to offer special prayers, as they marked the auspicious second Monday of month long 'Shravan' festival. The devotees on Monday gathered in large numbers to offer milk, curd, ghee, honey and holy water to Lord Shiva in wee hours of morning. Long queues of people waiting with assortment of religious offerings like joss sticks, red vermilion and flowers were seen outside the temples. The saffron-clad devotees of Lord Shiva known as Kanwaria take their foot journey to the Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy waters of Ganges River. Jul 21, 2014

Finance Minister to finalise tax collection roadmap with excise officials

New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday met the top brass of the Income Tax department and Central Board of Direct Taxes and discussed all issues related to tax collection. Jaitley inaugurated the two-day annual conference of principal chief commissioners, principal director generals, chief commissioners and director generals of income tax in New Delhi. This is the 30th Annual Conference of heads of the Income Tax Department. The major focus during the two-day conference would be on the accountability of assessing officers, non-filers monitoring system, data warehousing and business intelligence, role of directorate of I and CI in changing scenario, search, seizure and surveys -study of effectiveness among others. Jul 21, 2014

ABVP protests outside Bangalore School over 6-year old girl___s rape

Bangalore, July 21 (ANI): BJP___s youth wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), staged a protest outside the Vibgyor School in Bangalore where a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by the school staff. The protesters broke the barricades and a scuffle between the protesters and police officials ensued. Meanwhile, Police also baton charged the protestors. On Sunday, police arrested a skating instructor in the case and will present the accused before the court. Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar had announced the arrest of Mustaffa after interrogation of eight persons, who have been detained for questioning. Jul 21, 2014

Youth from northeast beaten to death in New Delhi, Commissioner says investigation underway

New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): A youth, Shaloni from northeast was beaten to death by a group of unidentified men in New Delhi, an incident which again raised concerns over the security of people of Northeast living in the national capital. Shaloni___s friend, Milo, said on Monday, that five men came in a car and thrashed his friend. Speaking on the case, Delhi Police Commissioner, BS Bassi on Monday said that investigation is underway. Jul 21, 2014

Kejriwal should not be taken seriously, Delhi needs government: Binny

New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): AAP_s expelled leader Vinod Kumar Binny on Monday slammed the AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal saying that Kejriwal is never stable on his opinion so he should not be taken seriously. He said that Lieutenant Governor should take the decision over government formation in Delhi and added that no matter whether government is formed with or without polls but Delhi needs a government to govern the state. Jul 21, 2014

Politicos react as Congress-NC split in JandK

New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): Politicos on Monday reacted over Congress and National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir split. Both the parties had split before state Assembly polls and decided to contest elections independently. The National Conference and the Congress had six- year old partnership. Jul 21, 2014

Gaza discussion to take place in Rajya Sabha, Politicos welcome move

New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): Political leader on Monday welcomed the move to discuss the Israel offensive in Gaza where the number of Palestinians killed rose to over 430, in Rajya Sabha. The government had agreed to the opposition_s demands for a discussion last week after many disruptions and protests in Parliament. A resolution is also expected. The leaders agreed that the issue is important and the series of events in Gaza is extremely sad and needs to be discussed. Jul 21, 2014

Politicos condemn Praveen Togadia_s reminder of Muzaffarnagar riots to Muslims

New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday condemned VHP leader Praveen Togadia_s statement wherein he said that Muslims may have forgotten the 2002 Gujarat riots but would remember the Muzaffarnagar riots of last year. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that Togadia is mentally sick and needs medical attention. M Veerappa Moily said that a case should be filed against the VHP leader. CPI Leader D Raja said that this what VHP does, that is, speading hatred for minority communities and Muslims. SP Leader Naresh Agarwal said that the statement came in order to raise communal sentiments. Jul 21, 2014