Ahead of budget, Indians want faster, safer and better rail network

Coimbatore/ Patna /Ranchi, July 7 (ANI): Indians expect an affordable rail network, better facilities and improved security arrangements as Narendra Modi-led new government prepares to lay out its vision for the critically important but often neglected sector in a budget due on Tuesday. Commuters in the city of Ranchi in Jharkhand hoped that the rail fare does not rise further after last month’s increase when passenger fare and freight fares were hiked by 14.2 percent and 6.5 percent respectively. In the southern city of Coimbatore, daily commuters said it was time India joined the fast lane and added high speed trains to the network. As the government prepares to present the railway budget, women commuters have their wish list – with their safety being the prime concern. Jul 7, 2014

Rangarajan report on Poverty: Former Infosys director says poverty line should be based on present c

Bangalore, July 7 (ANI): Former Infosys director TV Mohandas Pai, said new poverty report by C Rangarajan could be accepted if it was based on present currency value. A panel headed by former Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, C Rangarajan, submitted a report stating that people spending below rupees 47 a day in cities would be considered poor, much above the rupees 33-per-day mark suggested earlier by the Suresh Tendulkar Committee. India has witnessed stellar economic growth over the last two decades, yet one third of the country's 1.2 billion population still lives below the poverty line. Jul 7, 2014

Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva takes additional charge as Gujarat Governor

Gandhinagar, July 07 (ANI): Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva on Monday took additional charge as the Governor of Gujarat. Earlier, the NDA government transferred the previous state Governor Kamla Beniwal to Mizoram. Alva swore in as the state Governor in Gandhinagar and pledged to devote to the service of the people of Gujarat. Alva was administered oath by Chief Justice of Gujarat. Jul 7, 2014

Oscar Pistorius arrives in court

Oscar Pistorius arrived in court Monday after an Australian TV network defended the broadcast of footage showing him in a shock reenactment of the night he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, insisting it was not obtained illegally. Duration: 00:39 Jul 7, 2014

South Sudan: three years on

Interview with analyst Zachariah Diing Akol of the SUDD Institute as South Sudan prepares to celebrate its third independence amid civil war and a humanitarian crisis. Duration: 01:22 Jul 7, 2014

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