Rajnath Singh meets Australian delegation to discuss illegal migration issue

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, in the Parliament to discuss the illegal migration issue. Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj was also present in the meeting. The meeting was mainly to discuss issues relating to illegal migration. In this context, the Australian minister mentioned that a boat with 157 persons onboard was seized by the Australian authorities in the last week of June, 2014. The Union Home Minister stated that India, as a matter of policy, does not support any kind of illegal migration either into its own territory or illegal migration of its citizens to foreign territories. Jul 23, 2014

Rainfall to decrease in next two days in Odisha

Odisha, July 23 (ANI): The weather department in Odisha said that rainfall will reduce in next two to three days, giving people relief from incessant downpour. Over 100 villages in several districts like Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Kalahandi were flooded due to incessant rainfall, leading to breach of embankment in River Baitarani near Patpur. The state government has ordered Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for undertaking rescue and relief operation. Jul 23, 2014

17 more Indian nurses stranded in Iraq return home

Kochi, July 23 (ANI): Seventeen more Indian nurses, who were stranded in Iraq, arrived in Kerala. The first flight of Jet Airways carried seven nurses and the second Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi carried 10 nurses. Most of them had to leave their respective jobs due to tense situation in Iraq. A nurse, Nithu, said they were made to stay in an isolated hotel where nobody spoke to them. Meanwhile, another nurse, Jimmy, said Indian Embassy helped in safe return of nurses. Jul 23, 2014

Railway Minister assures more safety measures after Maoists blow up railway track in Bihar

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Speaking on the railway track explosion by Maoists in Bihar, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda on Wednesday said that fortunately no causalities have been reported. He further said that he will contact CM of Bihar and will seek more help in patrolling the railway tracks in that area. Maoists blew up a railway track near Gaya, disrupting train services on Tuesday night. Jul 23, 2014

Fishermen in Kerala demand separate ministry to redress their issues

Thiruvananthapuram, July 23 (ANI): A fishermen forum from Kerala conducted a signature campaign demanding Narendra Modi-led government for a separate ministry to monitor issues related to fisherfolk. BJP leader O Rajagopal kick-started the campaign, urging central government to take back permits to foreign vessels to fish in Indian seas as it would affect country___s fishermen. President of National Fishworkers___ Forum in Thiruvananthapuram, T Peter, said they would hold a national level meeting to create an action plan against the Modi government, if their demands were not met. Meanwhile, Peter said Modi___s Bharatiya Janata Party did not fulfill its promises made in the manifesto of creating a separate ministry. Jul 23, 2014

World Bank Group President meets Arun Jaitley, pledges support

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who is on a three-day visit to India, met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and pledged his support in country___s development. Kim said the World Bank Group had pledged financial support to India to boost the nation___s development. Kim said he discussed knowledge based partnership with Jaitley as India is a home to many great innovations. He said they will inculcate India___s innovations at global level and at the same time bring in various developmental projects across the world to India, to boost the nation___s growth. He is scheduled to meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Wednesday (July 23) to review key development issues pertaining to India. Jul 23, 2014

PoK challenges reserved seats law imposed by Pakistan

Muzaffarabad, PoK, July 23: The much ridiculed Pakistani law which allows the fraudulent manipulation of elections in Pakistan occupied Kashmir is today challenged by the electorate of the region, and is reflected by the advocates of PoK who have questioned and filed a petition against Pakistan_s manipulation of reserved seats for migrants in the PoK assembly. Jul 23, 2014

Maoists blow up railway track near Gaya in Bihar

Lucknow, July 23 (ANI): Maoists blew up a railway track near Gaya, disrupting train services on Tuesday night. According to reports, the bomb blast occurred around 11.30 pm between Buraru and Ismailpur near Aurangabad in Bihar. Maoists also tried to halt a train, which was running ahead of a Rajdhani train due later. The reports claim that the pilot engine of a Rajdhani train was derailed. The Maoists had allegedly called a bandh in the area. Jul 23, 2014

Reform-minded governor wins Indonesian presidential race

The reform-minded governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, is declared the winner of Indonesia's presidential election after a closely-fought race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto. Duration: 01:06 Jul 23, 2014