US daredevil walks a highline across Thai buildings

Andy Lewis of the US balances as he walks on a highline from the rooftop of a building in Bangkok. Lewis set a world record after walking the 169-metre slackline in 65 minutes. Duration: 00:34 Jul 23, 2014

Family of deceased security personnel demands death penalty for Sabyasachi Panda

Bhubaneswar, July 23 (ANI): The family of deceased security personnel, Pramod Kumar Satapathy, demanded capital punishment for the top Maoist leader, Sabyasachi Panda, who was arrested and sent to 10 days of police custody. Special Operation Group commando, Satapathy, was one of the 17 officers who laid down their lives in the process of fighting armed Maoists on February 15, 2008 in Nayagarh district of Odisha. On July 18, Panda was produced in front of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) of Berhampur amid tight security where he was ordered to be sent on 10-day police custody. Jul 23, 2014

MEA gives schedule of Indian leaders' meeting with foreign counterparts

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday gave the schedule of Indian leaders' meeting with their foreign counterparts. Akbaruddin said that both sides are working on a schedule for PM Narendra Modi's visit to Japan. He added that India-Pakistan foreign secretaries will meet in Islamabad on August 25. Jul 23, 2014

Security personnel kill Maoist, recover arms in Jharkhand

Khunti, July 23 (ANI): Acting on a tip-off, security personnel of India’s paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), along with the police launched an operation to nab Maoists hiding in forest area in Jharkhand on Wednesday. During the search operations, Maoists started firing at the police and during the encounter, one Maoist was shot dead. The Maoist has been identified as Vishal alias Tulsi, who was a sub-junior commander and had 22 cases against him. During the encounter, a hardcore rebel, Panda Munda, belonging to People’s Liberation Front of India surrendered to the police. He is charged with a murder and 23 other cases. Jul 23, 2014

Japanese encephalitis kills 75 in UP

Gorakhpur, July 23 (ANI): An outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has affected more than 300 and claimed lives of 75 people in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh. The disease usually takes place during the monsoon season and India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh is ravaged by encephalitis every year and it is mostly children who succumb to this disease. The disease, which is spreading slowly across other regions, had also claimed more than 50 lives in West Bengal. Jul 23, 2014

Health hazards force state to issue stop notice to ship-breaking unit in Kerala

Kannur, July 23 (ANI): Protests by local villagers against the increasing health hazards and environmental pollution compel authorities in Kannur city of Kerela to issue a stop notice to the ship dismantling factory of the area on Wednesday. After widespread protests by residents of Azhikkal village in the city, the District Collector, P. Balakiran, issued a stop memo to the ship-breaking unit, Steel Industrial Kerala Ltd (SILK). Balakiran said the stop notice was issued because SILK failed to produce valid and legal license for their functioning. Jul 23, 2014

Mohanlalganj victims family protests demanding CBI probe

Lucknow, July 23 (ANI): The family of Mohanlalganj victim protested in Lucknow on Wednesday demanding CBI probe in the woman’s brutal murder case. The woman was allegedly raped and murdered but the police denied rape in an autopsy report. The victim’s family members said that CBI investigation is required because the police’s probe in not trustworthy as they provided an autopsy report which showed the woman’s both kidneys, whereas, she had donated one of the kidneys to her husband. Jul 23, 2014

EAM holds diplomatic dialogue with Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, held foreign office consultation with Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister, U Thant Kyaw, in New Delhi on Wednesday. The two ministers and delegates from both the sides met to review and discuss bilateral relations and conduct talks on issues of mutual interest. Sharing a border of over 1600 kilometres and a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal, India and Myanmar have signed a number of agreements to enhance diplomatic ties. Jul 23, 2014

Army pays homage to soldier martyred in cross border firing in Jammu

Akhnoor, July 23 (ANI): Military personnel on Wednesday paid homage to soldier (Late) NK Mong Chon P who was martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan at Jammu and Kashmir's Akhnoor sector on Tuesday. Many of the high-ranking officers of the Indian army attended the wreath laying ceremony of the martyred soldier. Jul 23, 2014

Basketball player on being forced to remove turbans during Basketball Asia Cup

Chennai, July 23 (ANI): Indian Basketball players Amrit Pal Singh and Amjyot Singh had to play Asian Basketball Championship in China without their turbans as match officials informed the players that they were violating International Basketball federation rules and can't play with the turbans. Reacting over this, Amjyot Singh on Wednesday said that he has played in many tournaments before but he has never been asked to remove his turban. Jul 23, 2014

Markandey Katju clarifies not raising the corrupt judge issue earlier

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Justice (Retd) Markandey Katju on Wednesday clarified why he did not raise the issue of corrupt judge made permanent by UPA government fearing withdrawal of support by TN ally. Katju stated that the judges are supposed to maintain a particular discipline and not to come in public domain. He added that he did all that he could at his level. Jul 23, 2014