India's Philately department cashes on FIFA world cup postage stamp

Allahabad, June 18 (ANI): Philately department of India's most populace state of Uttar Pradesh boosted sales of postage tickets as it recently launched a commemorative FIFA World Cup stamp, as the football fever catches on. The postage department said the sales have doubled due to the ongoing FIFA World cup. India is soon to host the under 17 World Cup and if anything can be said from the sales of these stamps it is that football is fast gaining popularity in India. The tournament where 32 nations have participated is the most watched event around the world. Jun 18, 2014

Trade union, officials plan to rehabilitate India's iconic Ambassador Car workers

West Bengal/ New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Trade union and officials held a tripartite meeting in Kolkata in a bid to rehabilitate the country's iconic Ambassador Car workers and discussed the back wage payment issue of nullified employees. The meeting was held between Ambassador Car company management, trade union and government officials. Earlier, the maker of the iconic Ambassador car- long hailed as the ultimate choice of Indian officialdom -halted its production on May 24, citing weak demand and a lack of funds, casting a shadow on the future of a vehicle, the appearance of which has essentially remained unchanged for more than five decades. Approximately 2, 600 workers had been left hapless much before the factory was shut. Jun 18, 2014

No Rail Fare Hike without Modi's Approval

Rail Fare Hike: The decision to raise the railway fare by 14.5 per cent and freight rates by 6.5 per cent will be finalised only after Railway Ministers consult Narendra Modi... Jun 18, 2014

India reintroduces onion export price to help curb inflation

New Delhi/Chandigarh, June 18 (ANI): India on Tuesday set a minimum export price for onions of $300 per tonne to discourage overseas shipments amid an inflation scare that threatens to stoke public anger over rising prices at local food markets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made tackling inflation as his top priority after widespread resentment about rising prices contributed to the exit of the previous government last month. After wholesale price inflation accelerated to a five-month high in May, the new government imposed the price rule on onions three months after the previous administration withdrew it. After a meeting with the representatives of various ministries on Tuesday, he said certain measures have been advised to the states to crackdown on hoarders. Meanwhile, to help the farmers he added that government had advised states to de-list fruits and vegetables so that farmers can save on the middle man's commission. Jun 18, 2014

Days of lobbying and favouritism are over: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that days of lobbying and favouritism were over, while pressing on country's growth in mobile telephony and consumer welfare. Prasad emphasised on a transparent system for over all development of the country. Prasad said that government would ensure that spectrum sharing, trading and enlargement were all being carried out in a fully transparent manner for country's growth in technology. Prasad added that the government is focused on stable fiscal regime. Jun 18, 2014

India stays in constant touch with nationals stranded in Iraq

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): India said on Wednesday that it is in regular touch with the nationals stranded in Iraq overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as it has decided to send a diplomat to support the embassy in its efforts. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, said security of the Indian nationals in Iraq remains a matter of serious concern. Akbaruddin also said they are assisting all callers by providing helpline numbers in New Delhi. Akbaruddin further said the violence in Iraq was not targeted towards Indian nationals. Expressing deep concern over tense situation, the foreign ministry spokesperson said the 40 stranded nationals remain out of contact. Jun 18, 2014

Amit Shah to be the Next BJP Chief?

Speculations are rife that Amit Shah, known to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-hand man, is gearing up to take over as the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party Jun 18, 2014

Shift in China's policy to hit Indian cotton and yarn exports

Coimbatore, June 18 (ANI): Indian raw cotton exports are expected to plummet around 20 percent in the next crop year, with demand from China fading as Beijing unwinds a controversial stockpiling scheme. That would be greater than the nearly 6 percent drop touted for this year, with the change in Chinese policy coming on top of rising cotton consumption in India and a spurt in exports of finished yarn. Cotton markets around the world have been watching closely as China abandons a stockpiling scheme under which it has amassed more than 10 million tonnes of the fibre - around 60 percent of global cotton inventories. The policy had driven up import demand by removing cotton from the domestic market and pushing up local prices. Jun 18, 2014

Soccer fan in Kerala names his house on favourite soccer team 'Brazil'

Kerala, June 18 (ANI): An ardent follower of FIFA World Cup rebuilt his house in Thrissur district of Kerala and named it after his favourite soccer team 'Brazil'. Shaji, who has named his house 'Brazil Niwas' (Brazil Residence), decided to renovate it two years back and has painted it in colours of Brazil soccer team. Several household items, even toys, have Brazil's national flag painted on them. Shaji collected items like cap, jersey, horn and slippers, which helped him to nurture his passion towards sport and also the team. Shaji's passion for the game started during 1986 World Cup, when Brazil and France played. He wishes to visit his favourite country, Brazil, to watch the match. Jun 18, 2014

Israel stepped up efforts to find the kidnapped teens

Israel stepped up efforts to crush Hamas in the West Bank on Tuesday as the hunt for three Israeli teenagers believed kidnapped by the Islamist movement entered its fifth day in Hebron, June 17, 2014. Duration: 00:41 Jun 18, 2014