40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq, No ransom calls received: MEA

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday highlighted the issue of Iraq crisis where many Indians are also stuck. Akbaruddin said that 40 Indians have been kidnapped in Iraq’s Mosul but the authorities did not receive any ransom calls for their release. He added that out of the 46 Indian nurses in Iraq, many wanted to stay back but assistance will be provided to those who want to come back to India. He also assured that every effort will be made to save Indian nationals in Iraq. Jun 18, 2014

No decision yet on govt formation in Delhi: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday indicated that there was no decision taken on forming a BJP-led Government in Delhi in his meeting with BJP MLAs at his residence. There were reports claiming that several MLAs from the Congress and the AAP have been receiving phone calls, financial incentives in order to join BJP to form the government in Delhi. BJP was said to form government without going for fresh elections. The Delhi Legislative Assembly is in suspended animation and President's rule had been imposed in the national capital owing to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as CM after a 49-day long rule. Jun 18, 2014

Want investigation in Jiah Khan's death to get over soon: Aditya Pancholi

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Actor Aditya Pancholi on Wednesday said he wanted the investigation over the death of actress Jiah Khan to be over soon and added that a SIT has been formed to probe the case. Aditya's son Suraj Pancholi had been arrested on the charge of abetting Khan's suicide, and had later been granted bail. The mother of the Bollywood actress, Rabiya Khan, has called on the new Indian Government to re-investigate her daughter's death, which took place last year, alleging that she had been murdered. Jun 18, 2014

Safety remains priority for Japanese firms

Japan, June 18 (ANI): Keeping safety is integral part of modern society. Be it the transaction of credit, safe delivery of goods or protection of passengers – the Japanese firms keep safety as priority. JCB, a credit card company secures customer’s transaction. Jun 18, 2014

India-Russia talks warm, cordial and wide ranging: MEA

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday laid stress upon the bilateral talks between India and Russia during a meeting of India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj with Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry O Rogozin. Akbaruddin said that talks between both leaders were warm and cordial besides being wide ranging. He added that India has proposed to have an India trade show in Moscow in September. Jun 18, 2014

Families of nationals stranded in Iraq urge government to ensure their safe return

Amritsar, June 18 (ANI): Families of nationals stranded in Mosul and Tikrit, overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), demanded early return of their children, as they urged the Indian government to take adequate steps in the regard. Parents and relatives of the stranded Indian nationals on Wednesday visited Sikh shrine in Amritsar and prayed for their release. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters who aim to build a Muslim caliphate across the Iraqi-Syrian frontier launched their revolt by seizing Mosul and swept through the Tigris valley towards Baghdad. Jun 18, 2014

Plaque with Atal Bihari Vajpayees name put in NMC, Politicos react

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over the putting up of a plaque with former PM and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name outside National Media Centre. Congress leader Shobha Oza said that BJP is doing mean politics but they cannot remove Congress leaders’ names from people’s heart. Congress leader PC Chacko stated that the NMC was inaugurated by Congress and the BJP should do some work if they want their leaders’ name on foundation stones. Meanwhile CPI leader Atul Anjan said that the BJP is behaving in a selfish way by laying a stone with Vajpayee’s name. Jun 18, 2014

Inflation strokes public anger once again, politicos react

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Even as the BJP led NDA government is trying to tackle inflation that is stroking public anger over rising prices at local food markets, politicos on Wednesday slammed the BJP and said that they should come up with some new ideas to tackle the problem and not just do what its predecessors used to do. BJP led NDA government on Tuesday imposed export restrictions on certain farm commodities and ordered a crackdown on hoarding to control rising food prices, a day after wholesale price inflation hit a five-month high. Jun 18, 2014

Stamp sells for record $9.5 million in New York

An incredibly rare 19th century postage stamp, a tiny one-cent magenta from British colonial Guyana, sells for a world record $9.5 million at a New York auction. Duration: 01:33 Jun 18, 2014

Politicians clamour for Nihal Chand's resignation

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Political leaders across parties have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for failing to take any action against Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Nihal Chand, who is an accused in a rape case of a married woman. The court in Jaipur, Rajasthan had summoned Chand and 17 others after a 20-year-old woman filed a complaint accusing her husband and his friends, including the minister, in a sexual assault case. Meanwhile, the woman has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Chand. She claims she is receiving threats and that she was promised a job in return for withdrawing the case. Jun 18, 2014