World Cup: Evicted to make way for stadium roads

A group of locals in Recife say they're fighting for compensation after they were kicked off their land to make way for a road that would lead football fans to the newly-built World Cup stadium. Duration: 02:39 Jun 30, 2014

Rath Yatra peacefully enters second day amidst tight security

Puri, June 30 (ANI): Over 10 lakh devotees converged in Odisha to participate in annual chariot festival or Rath Yatra in Puri city and pulled chariots of Hindu Lord Jagannath. Drenched in religious fervour, devotees were seen singing hymns, beating drums and playing cymbals to mark the festival. The annual religious procession commemorates a journey by Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, in specially made chariots. Devotees from various parts of the world joined devotees and participated in the magnificent festivities. The annual religious procession commemorates the legendary journey of Lord Jagannath to his birthplace in the city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and is considered one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals in India. Jun 30, 2014

Bangladesh devotees celebrate Rath Yatra with religious fervor

Dhaka, June 30 (ANI): Devout Hindus soaked in religious fervour thronged streets of Dhaka city in Bangladesh and celebrated the annual Hindu chariot festival or Rath Yatra. People, especially women, celebrated the nine-day-long festival, which commemorates a journey by Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, in specially made chariots. A student, Sushmita Das, who was a part of the grand festivity said Lord Jagannath would return to his place after nine days. The festival is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha. Jun 30, 2014

Nirmala Sitharaman to raise trade gap issue with Chinese counterpart

Beijing, June 30 (ANI): Minister of State for Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman said that she would raise trade gap issue with her Chinese counterpart in a scheduled meeting, during which she is expected to pitch for big investments like Chinese industrial parks. Sitharaman is accompanying Vice President Hamid Ansari to Beijing on a five day long trip to boost bilateral ties and also participate in a trilateral summit. India runs a $40 billion bilateral trade deficit with China and the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to seek greater market access to reduce that gap. Jun 30, 2014

PSLV-C23 proved to be most reliable space launch vehicle: Former ISRO Chairman

Trivandrum, June 30 (ANI): Former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair on Monday stated that the PSLV-C23 has proved to be the world's most reliable space launch vehicle. He added that it is a matter of extreme pride that PM Narendra Modi has emphasized the need to harness technology and make it available to improve quality of life. Jun 30, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup: Costa Rica fans celebrate victory after penalty-shootout with Greece

Brazil, June 30 (ANI): Costa Rica fans poured out of Recife's stadium in Brazil victorious after their team beat Greece on penalties guaranteeing them a place in the World Cup quarter finals for the first time in the small country's history. Costa Rica played for 54 minutes with just ten men after Duarte was sent off when he was shown a second yellow card. The teams drew 1-1. Greece lost after failing to save the 4th penalty. Although it was an uneventful start, the second half saw a real battle when Greece went on the attack. It is the first time that Costa Rica has made it to the quarter finals. The last time they got through to the knockout stage was in 1990. Jun 30, 2014

Late penalty completes Netherlands' 2-1 victory over Mexico in 2014 FIFA World Cup

Fortaleza, June 30 (ANI): Smiling Netherlands fans left the Arena Castelao stadium in Fortaleza admitting that luck had been on their side as they knocked Mexico out on a penalty, and head into the World Cup quarter-finals. With only two minutes left when Mexico were leading 1-0, until Wesley Sneijder pulled the Dutch level with a fierce drive, forcing the match into extra time. Then a stoppage time penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a dramatic 2-1 victory, minutes after the Mexicans had seemed certain to reach the quarter-finals. Mexico fans argued it was rather the referee siding with the Oranje that had willed the game's result. Jun 30, 2014

Muslims prepare for Ramadan on first day of fasting, markets flood with delicacies

Agra/ Bhopal, June 30 (ANI): Indian markets flood with dates and other confectionery including royal delicacies, as Muslims mark the Holy month of Ramadan after moon-sighting and started fasting from Monday. Muslims across the country thronged markets to shop for the holy month where Hindu Muslim brotherhood are exemplified with the revelry that people of both the community are soaked in. A shopkeeper, Said Ahmad in Bhopal hailed the unity among the communities where Hindu traders also stock items for the Muslim festival. Ramadan is the ninth of 12 months in the Islamic calendar. The month honours the Angel Gabriel's revelation of the Koran, the holy scripture of Islam, to the Prophet Mohammed at a meditation retreat in a cave about 1,400 years ago. Jun 30, 2014

Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO scientists for PSLV-C23's successful launch

Sriharikota, June 30 (ANI): India's national space agency ISRO on Monday launched five satellites from four countries from the spaceport of Sriharikota in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who witnessed the event. Addressing the scientists at Sriharikota Space Center, Modi congratulated the scientists for the successful launch and said that he is privileged to witness it. Jun 30, 2014

Pro-Ukraine activists protest against ceasefire in Kiev

Pro-Ukraine fighters and activists gather outside the offices of the Ukraine presidency to express their disagreement with the ceasefire and to demand military operations to eliminate separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Duration: 01:14 Jun 30, 2014

ISIL declares 'caliphate' as Iraq presses counter-offensive

The ISIL jihadists whose sweeping Sunni militant offensive has captured swathes of Iraq have declared an "Islamic caliphate" in their territory as Iraqi forces battle to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit. Duration: 01:13 Jun 30, 2014