Panel Report suggests bare minimum standard of living: C Rangarajan

Chennai, July 07 (ANI): Talking about the panel report on poverty which raised the daily per capita expenditure to Rs 32 for the rural poor and to Rs 47 for the urban poor, PM Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan said that it suggests bare minimum standard of living. He also said that this is 19% higher than poverty line fixed by Tendulkar report for rural areas, 40% for urban areas. The report also said that every three people out of 10 are poor in India. Jul 7, 2014

Construction of Kalaichandi Canal unites residents of Kolsivanga village in West Bengal

West Bengal, July 07 (ANI): In the small village of Kolsivanga near Lalgarh in West Bengal, a canal construction project has brought the residents together across religious and social lines. The Kalaichandi Canal construction project is being worked on by both Hindu and Muslim workers from the small village. The canal has not only provided better irrigation but has also improved water supply for their personal use. The united effort put in by the residents of Kolsivanga towards the completion of Kalaichandi canal signifies that in this day and age, the principles of communal harmony are still alive. Jul 7, 2014

Spirit of communal harmony reflects on Urs of Hazrat Ghulam Qadir in Poonch

Poonch, July 07 (ANI): Poonch, in Jammu and Kashmir clearly reflects the spirit of communal harmony which has been practiced here for centuries. A clear example of this rich old tradition comes alive during the Urs or death anniversary of Saint Hazrat Ghulam Qadir. During this occasion people irrespective of their caste and creed come together to celebrate, with utmost devotion and love for the saint. The Urs of Hazrat Ghulam Qadir attracts a large number of people every year, who comes here in the belief that their wishes will be fulfilled, regardless of religion or background. Hazrat Ghulam Qadir's lessons of equality, tolerance and brotherhood are proof that the essence of communal harmony is still alive and is often preached by his devotees during such occasions. Jul 7, 2014

Indian Railways joins Facebook, Twitter ahead of Rail Budget

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): The Ministry of Indian Railways on Monday launched a social media platform, a day ahead of the Rail Budget. The Ministry joined Facebook and Twitter officially as part of the government's effort to use social media in communicating with citizens. Railways was one of the few ministries missing from the social media circle. Jul 7, 2014

Maharashtra doctors end strike after six days on CM's intervention

Mumbai, July 07 (ANI): Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) members, who were on a strike since July 1, called it off on Monday after the intervention of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Chavan stated that most of the demands of MAGMO had been accepted earlier and the government is positive on some of the issues raised by them. MAGMO president Rajesh Gaikwad said that the organization is withdrawing the agitation on the assurance of the Chief Minister. The strike had paralyzed the healthcare situation in the state. Doctors went on the agitation for 11 of their demands that are pending. Jul 7, 2014

Budget Session: Arun Jaitley blames UPA for poor state of railways

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): Blaming the UPA government for the price rise, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha on Monday said that the previous government has soiled the seeds of inflation which the NDA government is carrying upon them. He said that the poor state of railways is the result of the previous government and the rise in passenger and freight fare was decided in their tenure to implement as soon as the NDA government takes over. The 42-day-long Budget Session of Parliament begins from Monday and will have 28 sittings. Jul 7, 2014

Congress- BJP slam each other over LoP status

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu hit at senior Congress leader Kamal Nath's remark over Lok Sabha Speaker, as fight between the ruling BJP and Congress party for the post of Leader of Opposition deepens. Naidu said that the Speaker would decide whether to accord the Leader of Opposition status to the Congress party or not as per the rule book. Earlier on Saturday, Kamal Nath had questioned the neutrality of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan over giving the Leader of Opposition post to the party. Meanwhile, India's Lower House (Lok Sabha) speaker, Sumitra Mahajan remained evasive on the issue adding that she was ready for talks if Congress party approached her. Jul 7, 2014

Ministers discuss various measures for cleaning River Ganges, invite suggestions

New Delhi, July 07 (ANI): Indian ministers, lawmakers, scientists, religious leaders and NGO's participated in a day-long dialogue on River Ganges rejuvenation plan on Monday and invited measures from experts and public to aid in the efforts. Issues related to pollution of the Ganges were addressed and discussion findings were shared with the committee of secretaries that has been working on a plan on the development of the river. Minister of Water Resources, Uma Bharti, said that the people involved in the Ganges cleaning project, irrespective of their departments, were all united on seeing the holy river in a pristine state once again. She also said that the government will do its best to rejuvenate the river with the aid of experts and country's common man. Jul 7, 2014

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Resurgent Ukrainian forces pursue retreating pro-Russian rebels after seizing their symbolic bastion in a morale-boosting win that appeared to dim hopes for a ceasefire in the bloody separatist insurgency. Duration: 01:14 Jul 7, 2014

Indonesians face stark choice in pivotal presidential vote

Indonesians vote Wednesday in the country's most pivotal presidential election since the downfall of dictator Suharto, with Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and an ex-general with a chequered human rights record in a tight race. Duration: 02:31 Jul 7, 2014