2014 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay fans celebrate in rainy Rio after 2-1 victory over England

Rio De Janeiro, June 20 (ANI): Torrential rain didn't kill the party mood in Rio de Janeiro's FIFA Fan Fest on the city's Copacabana beach as Uruguay fans celebrated their team's victory over England. Uruguay's Luis Suarez struck twice including a dramatic late winner to earn Uruguay a 2-1 victory over England in the pulsating World Cup Group D match in Sao Paulo. The result left England, bottom of the group and with little hope of reaching the last 16. Some England fans continued to enjoy the party atmosphere on the beach, but many were left looking subdued and disappointed as the rain poured down. Jun 20, 2014

Three militants killed in Pulwama gunbattle

Pulwama, June 20 (ANI): Acting on a tip off intelligence, Indian security forces gunned down three militants in a village of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, after launching combing in the area where the insurgents were hiding. As soon as they received the information of the hide out, a joint operation was brought into force, involving the Indian Army, police force and the paramilitary to track down the militants in Buchroo in Tral area in Pulwama. The militants opened fire on the security forces when they tried to cordon off the area and a fierce gunbattle took place between both sides in which three militants were killed. Jun 20, 2014

IUML demands end of violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka

Chennai, June 20 (ANI): An Indian Muslim outfit met and submitted a memorandum to Sri Lankan deputy high commissioner in Chennai, demanding cessation of attacks on Muslims in the island nation. Last week, at least three people were killed and around 150 were injured during the riots between Buddhists and Muslims in one of the worst communal violence in Sri Lanka. The riots followed a protest march by the hard-line Buddhist group, Bodu Bala Sena, which is partially led by monks. Mohideen also urged the deputy high commissioner to allow a delegation to visit the affected areas. Jun 20, 2014

Greenpeace India denies receiving government notice on foreign funding

New Delhi/ Tamil Nadu, June 20 (ANI): Executive director Greenpeace-India, Samit Aich denied media reports that the central government had served notice to it on its foreign funding. India has asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to tighten controls on moving funds from abroad into Greenpeace's accounts. The government has asked the RBI to obtain its permission before releasing funding from Netherlands-based Greenpeace International and the US-based Climate Works Foundation, both contributors to Greenpeace India. Greenpeace India receives about 60 percent of its funding from donors in India and about 38 percent from Greenpeace International. Jun 20, 2014

Indians returned from Iraq lauds military and administration's help to them

Ahmedabad/ Dharamsala/ Jammu/ Jamshedpur, June 20 (ANI): An elderly person, who returned from strife-torn Iraq lauded their military as well as local administration for the help and their general attitude towards Indians. About 10,000 Indian nationals work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the ISIL and the national army. About 100 Indian workers are trapped in areas overrun by ISIL. Syed Munir, who returned from Iraq, said by and large Indians were being treated well there. Forty Indian construction workers have been kidnapped in Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, which fell to Sunni insurgents last week. Jun 20, 2014

JD (U) Wins Rajya Sabha Bypolls in Bihar Amid Cross-voting

The two candidates fielded by the Janata Dal (United) for the Rajya Sabha by-polls in Bihar won the elections with support from Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, leaving behind the two independent candidates who were reported to have been backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Jun 20, 2014

Rescue team releases endangered serpents to natural habitat in Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu, June 20 (ANI): A snake rescue team caught two endangered snakes found in Karumathampatti village on the outskirts of Coimbatore and released them into the natural habitat of serpents. A snake rescue team deployed by VANAM (Vaigal Association of Nature and Mountain Ranges) found the snakes on the outskirts of the Karumathampatti village, about 28 KM (about 18 miles) from the hub of Coimbatore. Contrary to their reputation as a venomous vermin, the red sand boa feeds on insects and other small animals. Often found only in paddy fields and agricultural land, the boa was once an integral part of the agricultural eco-system keeping crop damaging pests at bay. Jun 20, 2014

Kashmir organises 'Rabita Business Summit 2014' to encourage budding entrepreneurs

Srinagar, June 20 (ANI): Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a business summit to boost employment and guide and encourage budding entrepreneurs in the valley. The four-day-long 'Rabita Business Summit 2014' was organised with the initiative of young entrepreneurs in Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, with the aim of giving direction to young minds. Speeches by industrialists were held apart from the interactive sessions, which allowed open conversations between the professionals and students. The business leaders mentored the participants on available opportunities and how to utilise them. Jun 20, 2014

Alstom unions divided after GE sweetens bid

General Electric on Thursday sweetened its offer for French power-to-rail group Alstom to win the government's backing for its bid over a rival offer by Siemens and Mitsubishi. Duration: 00:39 Jun 20, 2014