Armaan and Deeksha supports 'Adopt a Dog and Be a Hero campaign'

Mumbai, June 30 (ANI): The lead pair of upcoming romantic film 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil', Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth was spotted encouraging dog adoption while promoting their film in Mumbai. Taking a cue from their film which shows the lead actress adopting a stray puppy, the makers of the film have initiated 'Adopt a Dog, Be a Hero Campaign', to raise awareness about animal welfare. Speaking on the occasion lead actor and a dog lover Armaan Jain said that dogs are not animals but human beings. Directed by Arif Ali, the film is slated for a 4th July release. Jun 30, 2014

Political leaders seek safety of stranded Indians in Iraq

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday seek safety of stranded Indians in violence hit Iraq. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is doing all to rescue the Indian nationals. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the NDA government should take advantage of the month of Ramadan and rescue the stranded people. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that something needs to be done as fast as possible for the cause. Jun 30, 2014

Politicos laud successful launch of PSLV-C-23 rocket

New Delhi/ Lucknow, June 30 (ANI): Politicos on Monday congratulated scientists and the people who made the PSLV C-23 launch a success, thus positioning India in a strong place globally in space. The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) PSLV C23 lifted off from Sriharikota earlier this morning in the presence of Prime Minster Narendra Modi. Jun 30, 2014

Politicos react on reports that BSP, CPI and NCP may lose national status

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday reacted on reports that BSP, NCP and CPI may lose national status as parties. BJP leader MJ Akbar said that this is a decision of the Election Commission and it is appropriate if the parties fail to gain public faith in form of votes. Congress leader Rashid Alvi stated that the parties which do not get the minimum national support naturally lose national status. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that it is not the first time that less recognised parties are losing national status. Jun 30, 2014

Pallavi Purkayastha murder case: Watchman found guilty of murder, molestation

Mumbai, June 30 (ANI): Almost two years after Mumbai lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha was brutally murdered inside her apartment building, the security guard of the building has been convicted of murder. He has also been pronounced guilty of molestation and trespassing by the Mumbai court. 25-year-old lawyer Pallavi Purkhayastha was brutally murdered at her Wadala apartment on August 9, 2012. She was killed by Sajjad Ahmed Mogul, the security guard of the building. Her fiancée, Avik Sengupta, who discovered her body, died of an illness in November 2013. Jun 30, 2014

DU students protest outside UGC, demand continuation of BMS

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Delhi University B Tech students on Monday protested outside University Grants Commission office demanding the continuation of their course and that too under the FMS tag. DU has also decided to discontinue its B Tech and BMS courses and would not hold any fresh admissions to them. Hundreds of students of these two courses gathered outside UGC and shouted slogans against the system of DU and UGC. The student protestors said that by discontinuing the course the university is playing with their future. Jun 30, 2014

India & China signs MoU for Chinese Industrial Parks

Beijing, June 30 (ANI): India and China on Monday signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on setting up of Chinese Industrial Parks. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also met her Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng making a strong pitch for greater access for Indian goods and services into China and seeking big ticket investments including for Chinese industrial parks in India Jun 30, 2014

Vice President Hamid Ansari receives Guard of Honour in China

Beijing, June 30 (ANI): Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday received the ceremonial Guard of Honour in China's capital Beijing. Ansari held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao and also attended events to mark the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel agreement. The Vice President is on a five day official visit to China that is from June 26 to June 30. Jun 30, 2014

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