C. African PM calls for peace for World Cup

The Central African Republic's Prime Minister calls on his compatriots to observe a truce in sectarian violence in the country, for the World Cup and the month of Ramadan that starts on June 28th. Duration: 01:00 Jun 14, 2014

Women cast their votes in Afghan elections

Afghan women defied Taliban threats to vote Saturday in a second-round presidential election, as US-led combat troops wind down a 13-year war that has failed to defeat the insurgents. Duration: 00:37 Jun 14, 2014

PM Modi addresses Naval officers onboard INS Vikramaditya

INS Vikramaditya, June 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inspired the naval officers onboard INS Vikramaditya, the largest warship dedicated to India. Modi appreciated and praised the defence forces for being the protectors of the nation and ensuring peace and safety throughout the country. He also said that the new BJP government has planned to build a war memorial for the martyrs of the country who will always be remembered. He added that the much awaited and demanded 'one rank one pension' will be fulfilled by the new government which came with intentions not promises. Jun 14, 2014

India to review Company Act to ease business

Chennai, June 14 (ANI): Indian government will be reviewing the Company Act to ease business in the country as told by MoS of Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday. Sitharaman, who has independent charge of the ministry, said the government would consult all the stake holders on June 21, to remove the bottlenecks to facilitate investment and jobs creation. She added that her ministry wanted to understand the difficulties and constraints faced by Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Jun 14, 2014

Experts in India endorse Modi's Bhutan visit

New Delhi, June 14 (ANI): Experts opined on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first foreign visit to Bhutan is a sign that he wants to strengthen relationships with its neighbouring countries. Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval and senior officials would also accompany the Prime Minister for the visit on June 15 and 16. Senior Journalist and BJP leader M.J. Akbar, views this step as a sign of a very clear foreign policy. Senior journalist and political analyst, Neerja Chaudhary, welcomed Modi's visit as a move that shows his seriousness in improving relations with India's neighbours. Jun 14, 2014

Bhutan PM humbled on Modi visiting Bhutan, says need to strengthen relations

Thimphu, June 14 (ANI): Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on Saturday expressed his happiness over Indian PM Narendra Modi visiting Bhutan and choosing it for his first visit from friendship point of view. Tobgay said that Bhutan has shared friendly relations with India since long and efforts will be made to strengthen the relation even more. Jun 14, 2014

Bangladesh clash kills at least nine people

Bangladesh, June 14 (ANI): At least nine people were killed in a clash between two groups in Mirpur, on the outskirts of Bangladesh capital Dhaka, on Saturday. The clash erupted just after the Fazr (Morning Prayer) prayers at Kalshi Nera camp near Dhaka due to a dispute over the use of fire-crackers on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat (Religious Festival), which are prohibited. Thousands of Urdu-speaking Muslims, who live in the camp and prefer to call themselves 'stranded Pakistanis' and want to go to Pakistan, said that the miscreants attacked the camp and set their houses on fire. Jun 14, 2014

700 cadets pass out from Indian Military Academy

Dehradun, June 14 (ANI): A total of 700 cadets passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) on Saturday of which 636 joined the Indian Army while the remaining were foreign cadets. The foreign cadets are from Bhutan, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan. After the passing out parade, the 636 cadets got their lieutenant's pips. The maximum number of new officers belong to Uttar Pradesh (121) followed by Haryana (62) and Uttarakhand (57). Nepal army Chief Gen Gaurav Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana was present at the passing out parade. Jun 14, 2014

PM Narendra Modi dedicates INS Vikramaditya to nation

Goa, June 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dedicated the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya to the nation, and said that the government's top priority is country's security. He said that the nation don't wish to threaten others, and nor do they wish to bow down before any nation. The prime minister also tweeted "addition of INS Vikramaditya will add tremendous might to our Navy. I congratulate all officials of the Indian Navy on this historic day." Further, Modi also asserted that the government in committed to giving 'One-rank, One-pension' to the armed forces, and that there were many promises on it, but no action was ever taken. Jun 14, 2014

Malaria outbreak in Tripura claims 20 lives, over 300 tribals critically ill

Tripura, June 14 (ANI): Malaria outbreak took a heavy toll in Tripura with reports of at least 20 tribals succumbing to the disease and over 300 critically ill with high fever. Over the past few days, several cases of malaria have been reported from the Dhalai district, one of the country's most backward districts. Tripura's Health Minister, Badal Choudhury, said that four medical teams have been sent to the tribal dominated areas and assured immediate steps to tackle the situation. The majority of the patients include children and youth. The local leaders and residents slammed the state government and the administration for lack of measures to curb the spread of the disease. Reportedly, a helicopter was kept in readiness for rushing medical teams and ferrying patients and five temporary medical camps are also functioning in the affected areas to treat those down with malaria and take preventive measures. Jun 14, 2014