Fever cases soar during Monsoon in south India

Thiruvananthapuram, June 24 (ANI): With the onset of Monsoon there is a gradual rise in fever cases with as many as over 1000 cases, reported by the civic health department, seeking treatment in hospitals in southern India this month alone. The hospital in Thiruvananthapuram city of Kerala is crowded with patients complaining illnesses pertaining to monsoon. The monsoon may have come in as a respite for people from strong heat waves in Kerala, but it is proving negative as communicable diseases are on a high, claims the state health department. Patients have mostly come to hospitals with cough, cold and fever. While most are normal viral fevers, doctors are advising caution and adequate rest to ensure that things do not get out of hand. An alert for Leptospirosis, also known as field fever, has been issued as a precautionary measure, since monsoon struck the coastal state. Jun 24, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup: Dutch fans delighted over 2-0 win against Chile

Sao Paulo, June 24 (ANI): Dutch Fans were satisfied with the excellent performance of their national team in the FIFA World Cup, hoping the team could go to the final. Two substitutes scored apiece to give the Netherlands a 2-0 win over Chile in their last Group B match and secured the top spot. Although Chile lost the match and will confront the Brazilian team which topped Group A, Chilean fans believe their team will have a good performance in the future. Leroy Fer scored the winner in the 77th minute to ensure the Dutch entered the Round of 16 with a perfect record. Jun 24, 2014

Pak SC suspends Sindh HC's decision to strike off Musharraf's name from ECL

Islamabad, June 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Pakistan overruled the Sindh High Court order to remove former President Pervez Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List (ECL) barring him from leaving the country. Musharraf, who has faced a battery of court cases - including a charge of treason - since returning to Pakistan from exile last year, has been waiting since April for a decision to lift the travel ban. Jun 24, 2014

Government to act tough against GNLA militants in Meghalaya

Meghalaya, June 24 (ANI): The Meghalaya police got into a gun battle with GNLA militants in East Garo Hills after busting their camp in Durama forests. The crackdown was launched after two cadres of the militant outfit brutally killed a 32–year–old Garo woman by suspecting her to be a police informer. The Centre has rushed 10 companies of additional paramilitary forces to assist the state police. Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said the Assam-based anti-talk factions of ULFA and NDFB were also active in the Garo Hills and were in cohorts with the GNLA. The government is stressing on strengthening the state's police force to tackle rising terrorism in the Garo Hills. Efforts are also on to adopt the dialogue process with GNLA through interlocutors, on condition that they abjure violence. Jun 24, 2014

TN professor develops robot to save children trapped in borewells

Tamil Nadu, June 24 (ANI): A 43-year-old college professor from Tamil Nadu, M Manikandan has developed a unique robot, which can rescue children who accidentally fall into open borewells – answering prayers of parents who have had the misfortune of their children falling into narrow open pits. Manikandan said he was inspired to invent the robot after his own son fell into a borewell almost a decade ago -- but was luckily rescued. Professor Manikandan developed the nine-feet-long robot with human-like arms along with clamps resembling fingers that can clutch and pull the trapped child out of borewell. The robot can be operated with batteries and works with the help of an air piston. Jun 24, 2014

Protest over bridge barricade in divided Kosovo town

Residents react after Kosovo police fired tear gas Sunday to disperse stone-throwing protesters demanding the removal of a barricade on a bridge linking ethnic Albanians and Serbs in the divided town of Mitrovica. Duration: 00:41 Jun 24, 2014

Waste pickers clean up World Cup stadiums

After each World Cup match come the waste pickers: 850 of them have been trained in Brazil to work inside the 12 stadiums and recycle an average of five tons of garbage generated by each game. Duration: 01:20 Jun 24, 2014

Kenya protest over 'grass cutter' gang rape case

Hundreds of protesters marched through a Kenyan town Monday demanding justice for a schoolgirl who was brutally gang raped, ahead of the trial of suspects who were originally punished by being made to cut grass. Duration: 01:06 Jun 24, 2014

Kerry backs Iraq against 'existential' militant threat

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday pledged "intense" support for Iraq against the "existential threat" of a major militant offensive pushing toward Baghdad from the north and west. Duration: 01:19 Jun 24, 2014