High alert and preventive steps to combat flash floods in Uttarakhand

Uttarkashi, June 19 (ANI): With local memory still reeling from the destructive impact of the flash floods that ravaged the entire region exactly a year ago, heavy rainfall send Uttarkashi on high alert with nervous trepidation of further loss to life and property. Heavy rainfall has swollen the river Bhagirathi to alarming levels in the northern Indian district of Uttarkashi. According to District Magistrate, Shridhar Babu, the river is still two metres below the danger zone so there was no need to panic. However, the people of Uttarkashi, for whom last year's wounds are still fresh in the mind, seemed sceptical. Jun 19, 2014

State govt in touch with families of abducted Indians to extend all possible help: SAD

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): SAD leader and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal expressed grief on the kidnapping of 40 Indian nationals in Iraq. Badal said that the PM and External Affairs Minister are working closely and monitoring the situation. She added that the State government of Punjab is in contact with the families of abducted Indians and every possible help is being extended to them. Badal also said that if any information is received quick action shall be taken Jun 19, 2014

Cambodia worker exodus from Thailand hits 220,000

The number of Cambodian labourers fleeing Thailand soared to 220,000 on Wednesday, authorities said, a week since Thailand's ruling junta warned that illegal foreign workers faced arrest and deportation. Duration: 00:41 Jun 19, 2014

More deadly riots flare in Sri Lanka resort region

More deadly violence flared in a Sri Lankan resort region where Buddhist hardliners set shops and homes alight for a second night running in defiance of a curfew, police and residents said. Duration: 00:45 Jun 19, 2014

Flags, flowers, fridge magnets for Spain's new king

Plates, key rings and fridge magnets with the smiling faces of Spain's king-to-be Felipe VI and his queen Letizia are filling giftshops ahead of their enthronement on Thursday. Duration: 00:59 Jun 18, 2014