Mixed reactions flow as NCP Chief refuses to oppose appointment of Nripendra Misra

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday gave mixed reactions as NCP Chief Sharad Pawar refused to oppose the appointment of Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister. Congress leader Rashid Alvi casually said that Sharad Pawar is capable of taking decisions for his party. CPI leader Atul Anjan said that Sharad Pawar is not concerned about the problems prevailing in the country but other unimportant issues. Meanwhile, NCP leader Nawab Malik clarified his party's decision saying that this controversy regarding Nripendra Misra's appointment is useless. Jul 13, 2014

Modi to attend BRICS summit in Brazil

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on Sunday to attend the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit in Brazil. The Summit's theme is, "Inclusive Growth; Sustainable Development", and is expected to enable shaping up of the post-2015 Development Agenda being discussed in the United Nations. The Prime Minister said in a statement that India attaches high importance to the BRICS forum for promoting global economic growth, peace and stability. He added that he looks at the BRICS Summit as an opportunity to discuss how India can contribute to international efforts to address regional crises, address security threats and restore a climate of peace and stability in the world. Jul 13, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014: No silver lining for Brazil Fans

Brazil, July 13 (ANI): Brazil signed off from their home World Cup to a cacophony of boos as the defensive errors that crushed their bid for a sixth title resurfaced in a shoddy 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff match. Despite Brazil suffering a massive defeat in the semi-final to Germany, the "FIFA Fan Fest" on Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach was packed with soccer fans eager to see the host nation score some goals and claim some pride back. The World Cup final between Argentina and Germany will take place in Rio's Maracana Stadium on Sunday. Jul 13, 2014

Artist creates sand sculpture in Odisha to honour FIFA World Cup

Puri, July 13 (ANI): As the final of FIFA World Cup 2014 has approached, famed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a representative sand sculpture of the cup at a beach in Puri city of Odisha. Pattnaik created an eight feet high sand sculpture of the World Cup trophy along with the national flags of the two finalists and the faces of two captains, Lionel Messi of Argentina and Philipp Lahm of Germany, with a message "Goal for Gold Cup". The FIFA World Cup final will be played on July 13 between Argentina and Germany. Jul 13, 2014

More Indian nurses stranded in Iraq arrive home

Kochi, July 13 (ANI): Another batch of 29 Indian nurses, who were caught up fighting in Iraq, arrived home in Kochi city of Kerala and were welcomed by their family members at the airport. The nurses were working in four different hospitals in and around places of Diyala. The nurses had been worried as the hospital authorities were not returning their passports but they got it later after government's intervention. India's foreign ministry made ways for safe return of the stranded Indian nationals as they arranged for funds to pay off for immigration fines and return tickets. Jul 13, 2014

Delhi swelters under record heat wave with no sight of monsoon

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Delhi is sweltering under the longest heat wave on record, triggering widespread breakdowns in the supply of electricity with no scope of monsoon in the days to come. Temperatures in the capital reached up to a maximum of 41 degrees centigrade in the past week. High temperatures, coupled with frequent power outages, have put the residents in misery. Tourism industry is badly hit as travellers prefer to visit cooler places to get some respite from the scorching heat. Meteorological Department officials attribute the delay in monsoons to the western disturbances in north India. But they are optimistic about the arrival of monsoons in the near future. Jul 13, 2014

Rally for release of Slovenia ex-PM Jansa

Slovenia's former prime minister Janez Jansa still hopes to get his corruption sentence overturned and get another shot at power in Sunday's early elections. Duration:00:58 Jul 13, 2014

France marks 1-year anniversary of deadly train crash

On the one-year anniversary of the Brétigny-sur-Orge train crash near Paris, the French transport minister and victims' associations paid homage to the seven people who died and the scores who were injured. Duration: 00:39 Jul 12, 2014

Chikungunya virus spreads through French Antilles

Franca has declared a major epidemic of the chikungunya virus in its overseas territory of Martinique in the French Antilles. The mosquito-borne disease first appeared in December and has increased to hit 5,000 new cases per week. Duration: 01:35 Jul 12, 2014

Israel pounds Gaza for a fifth day

Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day Saturday with air strikes and artillery, killing 22 Palestinians as Hamas defiantly kept up its rocket fire into the Jewish state. Duration: 00:43 Jul 12, 2014

Gaza: funerals take place as Israeli strike enters fifth day

Israel pounded Gaza for a fifth day Saturday, vowing no let-up in its air campaign to halt rocket attacks by militants. And with no let-up in sight, Palestinians continue to care for the injured and bury their dead. Duration: 01:00 Jul 12, 2014

Last rites of senior journalist Jehangir Pocha performed in New Delhi

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): The last rites of senior journalist and editor-in-chief of News X channel Jehangir Pocha were performed at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on Saturday evening. Pocha passed away in Gurgaon on Saturday morning due to cardiac arrest. He was co-founder of IndiMedia Pvt Ltd, which owns the news channel NewsX. Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was also present among some eminent leaders at the ceremony. Paying tribute to the jopurnalist BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that a very good human being has been lost. He added that Pocha never brought disrepute to his profession. Jul 12, 2014

Fire at SBI Branch in Chennai

Chennai, July 12 (ANI): A branch of State Bank of India in Chennai caught fire on Saturday evening. Several fire brigades have reached the spot to douse the raging inferno. The cause of the fire is yet to be known. No casualties have been reported in the incident. Branch Manager Sanjeev Chakra assured that no loss of data has happened so the customers need not worry. Jul 12, 2014