Himachal Pradesh tragedy survivors blame laxity of safety measures as cause of deaths

Mandi/ Hyderabad, June 13 (ANI): Survivors of the Himachal Pradesh river tragedy which swept away 24 students blamed negligence of safety measures at the site Beas River as the cause of deaths. The survivors said besides the college authorities, state tourism department were also responsible for lack of caution signs at the site. Meanwhile, two more bodies were recovered on Thursday and were flown to their home town. Rescuers stepped up search operations for the missing students of the engineering college who were swept away by water released from a dam while the group was taking photographs at the river bank near Thalot on Manali-Kiratpur Highway in Himachal Pradesh Jun 13, 2014

Social activists protest against raising Narmada Dam height by 17 meters

Navagam/ Mumbai/ New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): After authorities announced its approval to raise height of controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat, activists denounced the decision and alleged the authorities surpassed any approval from ministries concerned. After almost eight years the country's most controversial dam project, Sardar Sarovar Dam, got its final approval to raise its height by 17 meters after the current 122 meters, so that water woes from different parts of the state come to an end. Reacting to the decision, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar alleged that concerned stakeholders were not consulted before the decision was taken. Jun 13, 2014

jGas leak in Bhilai steel plant kills at least six, leaves over 40 injured

Bhilai, June 13 (ANI): At least six people including two deputy general managers, were killed and over 40 reportedly injured due to a leakage in a methane gas pipeline at a water pump house in the Bhilai steel plant (BSP) in Chhattisgarh. Meanwhile, Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident and ordered a high-level probe. According to BSP officials, critically injured employees have been admitted to plant's hospital at Sector 9 where the condition of at least 11 were reported to be serious. Jun 13, 2014

Narendra Modi releases FIFA Stamp

New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative postage stamps on the 2014 FIFA World Cup as the game started between Brazil & Croatia on Thursday. Modi stressed on the need to inculcate sports love among children for their better growth. The Prime Minister said that India was preparing to host the under-17 FIFA World Cup, adding that India had a glorious history in football and was at one time a prominent sport across the country. Jun 13, 2014

Opposition cannot expect wonders in 15 days: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu asserted that those who are talking about containing inflation cannot expect wonders in 15 days. Naidu said that he was really surprised when some opposition leaders criticized the new government on price rise. Venkaiah Naidu came in defence of Modi and said that his government will walk the talk. Jun 13, 2014

Coolers, wet jute bags help zoo animals cope with intense heat

Patna/ Vadodara, June 13 (ANI): In wake of intense heat, zoo authorities across India made special arrangements for the animals and birds and installed coolers to help them cope with scorching heat. In an effort to provide cool shelters to birds, jute bags have been placed on cages on which water is sprayed periodically, so that the enclosures remain cool. A visitor to Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Park in Patna city of Bihar, Mohammed Mustaq, said special steps have been taken by the zoo authorities to provide them with summer comfort. Animals are also being provided with a suitable diet, medicines and glucose to prevent dehydration. Jun 13, 2014

Huntsville, Texas: death penalty capital

Texas executes more people than any other US state, and all of those executions happen in the town of Huntsville, America's death penalty capital. Duration: 02:49 Jun 13, 2014