Activists in red corridor of Odisha use puppetry as tool to make contact at grass root level

Malkangiri, June 17 (ANI): Activists used puppetry as a medium to spread awareness about the use of technology for development in red corridor of Odisha. Volunteers of a nongovernmental organization (NGO) CGnet Swara held puppet shows on the streets of Malkangiri district in a bid to make the tribals aware about the correct use of technology at times of trouble. Puppet shows were conducted to educate the locals about usage of mobile phones as a medium to get connected with people across the country. Tribals were being taught how to record their messages in the mobile phones related to the various problems they face on a day to day basis. The messages are then sent to workers of the NGO who then verify it and make reports available for journalists and policy makers in order work out a solution. Jun 17, 2014

RBI Governor speaks on inflation and Iraq Crisis

New Delhi, June 17 (ANI): Governor of Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday spoke over inflation and crisis in Iraq. Rajan said that the RBI will focus on taming inflation which has become the problem of common man. Talking about Iraq crisis Rajan said that the issue of oil resources is being watched as it is related to economy. Jun 17, 2014

Parents pray for safe return of their only daughter to India from Iraq's war zone

Kochi, June 17 (ANI): Parents of a girl Silvy Varghese, who is stranded in Iraq's war zone, prayed for her safe return. Varghese, 26, working as a nurse in Iraq hospital, had left India one and a half years back. Varghese had called her parents on June 16 stating that conditions were getting worse with each passing day and they were not allowed to step outside the hospital as most of the girls wanted to return back home. Meanwhile, Kerala Nurses Association has appealed the state and central governments to intervene urgently to ensure emergency evacuation of stranded nurses especially in Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul. A section of media reported that India would draw a plan to rescue 87 Indians, who are held up in Iraq's Mosul and Tikrit - areas under attack by militants. Among 87 Indians, 41 construction workers are stuck in Mosul and 46 nurses from Kerala in Tikrit. Jun 17, 2014

Onion prices rise in Maharashtra

Nagpur/ Mumbai / New Delhi/ Chandigarh, June 17 (ANI): Onion prices were increased across Maharashtra on Tuesday in wake of labourers' strike over a wage hike demand in the biggest wholesale market in Nashik city. The states of Maharashtra and Karnataka account for 45 per cent of onion produce in the country and if supplied from these two key states are hit, onion prices tend to spiral. The central government has asked the state government to sort out the issue. However, the northern Indian onion market remained untouched due to the timely arrival of crops from the neighbouring Rajasthan. Jun 17, 2014

BJP protest against JandK CM Omar Abdullah

Jammu, June 17 (ANI): BJP workers on Tuesday staged a protest against Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over his remark on their previous protest in the state. Earlier, BJP protested against Abdullah over power crisis in the state when he had gone to inaugurate a scheme for power development. Later, in an angry rhetoric over BJP's protests, Abdullah came forward and attacked BJP calling the party as 'deceitful' and staging protests only for the cameras. Angry protesters also burnt effigies and shouted slogans against the state CM. Jun 17, 2014

Nine killed as bus falls into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh

Sirmour, June 17 (ANI): At least nine people were killed and 40 injured when a tourist bus fell into a deep gorge in hilly state of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday. The bus coming from Uttar Pradesh with 55 passengers, met with the accident in Sirmour district. District officials immediately rushed to the scene with rescue and medical teams. The injured were admitted to hospitals where the condition of some of them is critical. Jun 17, 2014

Iraq situation being monitored closely by the Foreign Minister herself: MEA

New Delhi, June 17 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday highlighted the situation of Iraq crisis as related to some Indian nationalists there. Akbaruddin said that the situation is being closely monitored by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj herself. He also said that the Indian Embassy in Iraq is giving updated reports on contacts with Indian nationalists and added that the entire situation is being monitored on an hourly basis. Jun 17, 2014

UP Governor BL Joshi resigns

New Delhi, June 17 (ANI): Amid reports that NDA government wants to replace governors appointed by its predecessor, Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi tendered his resignation on Tuesday. He has sent his resignation papers to the Home Ministry. Joshi's tenure was to end next month. His resignation could be the start of more such exits of the state governors after the new BJP government took over last month. Home Ministry sources say other UPA-appointed governors who still have two years or more to complete their term are likely to come under pressure as the government has asked President Pranab Mukherjee to ask for their resignations soon. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had said today that the governors should resign themselves as they were appointed by Sonia Gandhi and not on merit. Jun 17, 2014

Advani meets Yashwant Sinha at Hazaribagh jail

Hazaribagh, June 17 (ANI): Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday met former union minister Yashwant Sinha, who is in judicial custody in Jharkhand. On Monday Sinha's judicial custody was extended till June 28. He was arrested on June 02 for leading a demonstration at the Electricity Board office in Hazaribagh town of Jharkhand and was sent to 14 days' judicial custody next day after he refused to furnish the bail bond. A local court on Monday extended the judicial remand of the senior Jharkhand BJP leader till June 28 as he did not move for bail in connection with the alleged assault of a senior government official earlier this month. Jun 17, 2014