2014 FIFA World Cup: USA bags 2-1 victory over Ghana while Nigeria and Iran play out dour draw

Brazil, June 17 (ANI): US fans were all cheer after they had 2-1 victory against Ghana in the Group G opener for both teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It also marked the USA's first international win against Ghana, which defeated the country in the two previous World Cups. Meanwhile, what became the first draw match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Nigeria and Iran played out a turgid 0-0 draw in Curitiba, squashing the expectations of their fans. The result especially stings for Nigeria, who has visions of moving through to the knockout stage. That chance is still very much in play, but now they'll have to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jun 17, 2014

Afghanistan happy with Modi as Indian PM, look forward to peaceful relations: Indian Ambassador to A

Kabul, June 17 (ANI): Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha said that Afghans are happy with Narendra Modi as the prime minister of India and that the nation is looking forward to a cordial and peaceful relation. He said that President Hamid Karzai also had applauded India- Afghanistan relations and has a good vision of the relations between the two. Sinha also talked about attack on the Indian Consulate in Heart which also followed abduction of Indian national in the region after ten days. Sinha said that the person kidnapped is safe and that Afghanistan is working to get him released. Jun 17, 2014

Raman Singh devises elaborate development plan for Maoist-hit Bastar District

Raipur, June 17 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh discussed an elaborate plan to develop and strengthen security in Maoist-hit Bastar District with senior officials. Singh said that road construction would speed up and every police station in the district would have solar power and better connectivity. Any development activity in Maoist infested areas is often met with strong opposition from the red rebels. They attack workers and destroy the work done. Jun 17, 2014

Cambodian exodus from Thailand jumps to nearly 180,000

The number of Cambodians fleeing Thailand over fears of a clampdown on illegal migrant workers rises to nearly 180,000, as the two countries are expected to hold talks on the crisis in Bangkok. Duration 00:58 Jun 17, 2014

India's Foreign Ministry assures assistance to stranded nationals in Iraq

New Delhi, June 17 (ANI): Foreign Ministry has assured assistance to stranded nationals who are stuck in Mosul and Tikrit overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Foreign Ministry, spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, said that an advisory has been issued on 15th June giving details of 24 hour helpline setup by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad for assistance of its nationals. Syed Akbaruddin added that the government of India is concerned about the deteriorating security situation and strongly condemns the attacks. Jun 17, 2014

Hindus and Muslims work together in harmony in textile industry

Uttar Pradesh, June 17 (ANI): Embroidery makes huge difference to the look of a fabric. The combination of colored threads, patterns and creative designs give it a unique appeal. Artisans of Gorakhpur in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh have been involved in this work for years. The sheer magic of these fabulous designs, created manually with agile fingers, speaks volumes about the craft and the intricate work involved. For generations Hindu and Muslim artisans have worked here together in the embroidery industry. And the harmony between them is the driving force behind the artistic excellence. The work of these artisans is famous across the country. Engraving mirrors, beads, coloured stones and pearls on a cloth is done with patience and cooperation among the artisans. Hindu and Muslim artisans work together to create a piece of excellence. Jun 17, 2014

India Behind Pakistan, China in Arms Race

Till January 2014, India had a total of 90 to 110 warheads, a little lower than Pakistan's 100-120 warheads, according to data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Jun 17, 2014

Fear of virus in litchi fruit hits sales in West Bengal

Siliguri, June 17 (ANI): Reports of continuous deaths due to consuming litchi fruit in West Bengal have hit the sales of the seasonal fruit. Six children were reported to have died in the province on June 07 after eating contaminated litchi. Many other children were being treated in hospitals. The fear of virus and pest in the food has perturbed the people and forced them to choose other fruits to appease their palate, leading to a loss in the litchi market. Several municipalities under the Darjeeling district government have banned sale of litchi as a precautionary measure to control the virus from spreading further. Another fruit vendor, Sunil Kumar, said rumours about insect in mangoes are also doing the rounds and added that vendors are incurring losses with the unsold fruits rotting in storage. Jun 17, 2014

Mausoleum of Hazrat Maula in Jodhpur brings people from different faiths together

Jodhpur, June 17 (ANI): Rajasthan in India's western part is known for the vibrancy of its people, and the perfect amalgamation of art and architecture. Jodhpur is home to a number artists, poets, and dancers from all walks of life who live here in complete accord and harmony. Here, Urs of Hazrat Maula presents a perfect example of amalgamation of faiths under one roof. Every year hundreds of people visit the shrine to pray for the well-being of their loved ones. Though devotees throng the shrine throughout the year, the Urs or the death anniversary of the saint attracts a large number of people. During the Urs people from different faiths sit together, eat, drink and pray with equal devotion. Jun 17, 2014

NATO chief condemns abductions of Turks in northern Iraq

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday condemned the kidnappings of Turkish citizens in an attack by Islamist militants who have captured swathes of northern Iraq and called for their immediate release. Duration: 00:48 Jun 17, 2014

Iraqis fleeing Sunni insurgents take shelter in Kirkuk

Hundred of thousands Iraqis were displaced since the offensive of the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), fleeing toward the border of the Iraqi Kurdistan region and the Iraqi disputed city Kirkuk. Duration: 00:47 Jun 17, 2014