Central Panel to Look into Staff Grievances of Telangana, AP

Any individual grievances of government employees of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (AP) will be looked into by an Advisory Committee appointed by the Union government, said Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh on Wednesday. Jul 16, 2014

Poverty, child and maternal deaths still high in India, states UN Report

New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar, July 16 (ANI): A United Nations report on ___Millennium Development Goals___ stated that India continues to battle poverty, child and maternal deaths and sanitation, adding sustained efforts were required to cover the gap by 2015 deadline. Minority affairs minister, Najma Heptulla, while releasing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report on Wednesday said the four references in the report were not flattering. Many more goals are within reach by their 2015 target date, the report said, adding that if current trends continue, the world will surpass MDG targets on malaria, tuberculosis and access to HIV treatment. Meanwhile, an economist Jayati Ghosh said the government never paid heed to issue of poverty while preparing the annual budget. Jul 16, 2014

1 BSF jawan killed, 3 injured in ceasefire violation By Pakistan

Jammu, July 16 (ANI): Pakistani Rangers on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked firing once again at an outpost along the international border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing a jawan. Three other BSF personnel and four civilians were also injured during the firing. The injured soldiers and the civilians were rushed to the nearby hospital in Jammu city. According to reports, BSF troops, guarding the borderline, took positions and effectively retaliated resulting in exchanges which are still going on in the area. Jul 16, 2014

Shri Shakti Express to Katra stuck in tunnel for an hour due to engine failure

Katra, July 16 (ANI): The newly introduced direct train to Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, was stuck in a tunnel for an hour on Wednesday due to engine failure near Katra Railway Station. The fully air conditioned super fast train Shri Shakti Express from New Delhi to Katra was on its second run when the incident took place about five kms before the station. Jul 16, 2014

Politicos react on RJD-JD (U) alliance in upcoming polls

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over reports of RJD-JD (U) alliance in the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Lalu and Nitish Kumar should come forward together with other secular parties in order to prevent BJP from coming to power in Bihar. NCP leader Tariq Anwar stated that RJD and JD (U) want to get together for the sake of strengthening against BJP. Meanwhile BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi casually said that Lalu and Nitish are coming together as a result of shock from the support BJP is getting. Jul 16, 2014

SC issues notice to states, UTs on legalising passive euthanasia

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to all states and Union territories on a plea for legalizing passive euthanasia. The SC has appointed former solicitor general TR Andhyarujina as amicus curiae to assist it in the case relating to legalizing euthanasia. The Centre argued in the court that passive euthanasia is a form of suicide which cannot be allowed. Jul 16, 2014

BJP & AAP at loggerheads over Kejriwal_s audio accusing BJP of horse-trading

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): The AAP on Tuesday released a recorded audio message of party chief Arvind Kejriwal accusing the BJP of indulging in horse-trading to form the government in Delhi. This has led to a clash between the two parties with BJP saying that Kejriwal is doubting his own people. Jul 16, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik___s meeting with Hafiz Saeed sparks political furore

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Indian journalist Ved Prakash Vaidik___s meeting with chief of militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba_s (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, in Pakistan sparked a row, as politicians on Wednesday condemned it and called for an action against him. Vaidik, on Sunday, said he met Saeed on July 02 in Lahore city of Pakistan. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy meanwhile, said a case should be filed against the leader of the delegation that went to Pakistan Mani Shankar Aiyar and former foreign minister Salman Khurshid. Jul 16, 2014

Vinay Bihari blames mobile phones & Non-Veg diet for rapes, Politicos condemn

New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Political leaders condemned Bihar Minister for art, culture and youth affairs Vinay Bihari over his statement wherein he said that mobile phones & Non-Veg diet are responsible for increasing cases of rape. Leaders and social activists said that such statements are ridiculous and should not be paid heed to by media or anyone. Jul 16, 2014

Water logging due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 16 (ANI): Heavy rainfall in Mumbai resulted in water logging on Wednesday, thereby creating a problem for local residents. Not only the water logging but people of Mumbai are also facing trouble due to lack of cleanliness in the city. Jul 16, 2014