TKS Elangovan slams Sanskrit week celebration in CBSE schoolsjul

Chennai, July 17 (ANI): Almost a month after outrage over its _Hindi-only_ order, the ruling BJP on Thursday faced anger from DMK over the celebration of _Sanskrit week_ in schools run by the Central Board of Secondary Education. DMK leader, TKS Elangovan asked why Sanskrit week is being celebrated and not Tamil. He further said that Tamil is also an old language just like Sanskrit and it should be given due importance. Jul 17, 2014

Typhoon kills at least 38 in the Philippines heads for China

Manila, July 17 (ANI): Residents of the Philippine capital Manila set to work clearing debris and reconnecting power on Thursday after a typhoon swept across the country killing 38 people, with at least eight missing. Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, is heading towards China after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, shutting down the capital and knocking down trees and power lines, causing widespread blackouts. Workers in Manila cleared out fallen trees blocking the roadside of a state-run university and cleaned the classrooms of a public school which had been used as temporary shelters during the typhoon_s onslaught. Jul 17, 2014

Encephalitis kills 25 in West Bengal

Siliguri, July 17 (ANI): Encephalitis syndrome looms large over West Bengal killing around 25 people while 70 others are undergoing treatment in the hospital. In the past few days, the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH) near Siliguri under Darjeeling district has been flooded with patients complaining of Encephalitis symptoms. According to health department official at least 100 patients with suspected encephalitis were under treatment at different hospitals across north Bengal, especially in Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts. He added that the figure was increasing everyday. Father of an admitted patient, Nirmal Roy said that lots of people have died due to sudden outbreak of fever. Meanwhile, the hospital authorities denied commenting on the death cases. Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain and can be due to both viral and bacterial infections. Japanese encephalitis, which is caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus, is more prevalent in the region than other forms of the illness. Symptoms include high fever, convulsion and frigidity around the neck area. There is no specific treatment for the disease. Jul 17, 2014

Political parties rap Pakistan for latest ceasefire violation

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Cutting across party lines, political parties rapped Pakistan on Thursday for its latest ceasefire violation, which resulted in the loss of life of one paramilitary soldier and left three injured. SP leader, Naresh Agarwal, demanded strict action from the government against Pakistan. BJP leader Yogi Adityanath appealed his party to treat Pakistan as an enemy. Calling it as a regular incident, NCP leader Tariq Anwar, suggested the government to hold talks with Pakistan to sort out the matter. Jul 17, 2014

Move to set up a separate SGPC for Haryana is unconstitutional: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): SAD leader and union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the Government of India Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday slammed the Haryana government over its decision to form a separate SGPC in the state. She also asked how the governor even signed such a paper when the move is unconstitutional. Jul 17, 2014

Delhi Metro train runs with door open, operator suspended

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): There was a massive scare on a Delhi Metro train on Thursday after doors of one of its coaches remained open while it moved between two stations on the Huda City Centre-Jehangirpuri line. According to passengers in the coach, the train coming from Gurgaon started moving even though the doors did not shut at Arjangarh station. The matter was brought to the notice of the driver following which the train was stopped at Ghitorni station for about 15 minutes as officials checked the coach. Apparently, the doors did not close due to some technical problem. Jul 17, 2014

AAP leader Ashutosh on Delhi Election

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Thursday alleged that the BJP is forgetting all sorts of morality claims made after the Delhi polls last year, in an effort to form their government in Delhi this time. Delhi has been under President's rule since February when Kejriwal resigned from the post of chief minister after his 49-day-old government failed to table its Jan Lokpal Bill in the state assembly. The Assembly has been under suspended animation ever since and no party has staked claim to form the government. BJP had won 31 seats in the Delhi Assembly polls of December last year but its number has come down to 28 in the 70-member house as three of its MLA s - Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Bidhuri and Pervesh Verma - were elected to Lok Sabha in the recent general elections. Jul 17, 2014

Gunbattle between militants and security forces continue in area near Kabul airport

Kabul, July 17 (ANI): A fierce gunbattle continued between the Afghan security forces and militants who had climbed up a nearby building to shoot at the Kabul International Airport on Thursday. The attack on the airport, used by civilians and the military, comes at a time of great uncertainty for Afghanistan as votes from the second round of a disputed presidential election are to be recounted. The poll is meant to mark Afghanistan_s first democratic transfer of power. Officials said a number of militants had burst into a building just north of the airport but were quickly surrounded by Afghan forces. Kabul police said the airport was undamaged, and one police officer suffered minor injuries and it was unclear how many insurgents were involved. NATO forces said they were aware of reports of an attack on the airport but could not give more details. Jul 17, 2014

Ashok Singhal on his BJP win blow to Muslim politics remark

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Senior VHP leader, Ashok Singhal on Thursday spoke over his statement where he said that the recent Lok Sabha polls had shown that an election could be won ___without Muslim support___ and it is time the minority community learnt to respect Hindu sentiments. Jul 17, 2014

Indian workers return home from war torn Iraq

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Indian workers who were caught up in the fighting in war torn Iraq arrived home on Thursday, while many others are still held captive by the suspected fighters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Recalling his ordeal, a worker Hind Nath Sharma said that with the efforts of Indian government they have been able to come back to their homes safely. Expressing gratitude towards Indian embassy and government, another worker, who was stranded in Iraq, Ravinder Kumar said the situation has worsened in the strife-torn country. About 10,000 Indians work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting, but scores of them have returned to India since ISIL began its offensive. Jul 17, 2014

China tries to intrude into Ladakh, Politicos react

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over China___s attempt to intrude into Ladakh. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that such issues can be solved with bilateral talks between both nations. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla slammed at the BJP government saying that all pre-poll promises have turned false. He added that PM Narendra Modi had promised to get back India___s land from China but intruding practice is continuing from China___s side. Chinese troops have reportedly made two incursion attempts in the last three days in Demchok and Chumar areas of Ladakh sector in Jammu & Kashmir but were pushed back into their territory by Indian security personnel. Jul 17, 2014