Reactions flow in as Congress plans to bring in Muslim quota in Maharashtra before polls

Bhopal/ New Delhi/ Lucknow, June 24 (ANI): Reactions flow in as Congress plans to bring in 4.5 per cent quota for Muslims in Prithviraj Chavan governed Maharashtra state. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the party had this agenda from the very beginning and the task was stalled because of some disruptions. CPI leader Atul Anjan Congress is offering lollypop just before the elections. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also attacked Congress for fooling a community. Meanwhile, Muslim Cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said that this is a welcome step and that this will help Muslim community develop. Jun 24, 2014

Shutdown in Kashmir to protest youth killing in police firing

Srinagar, June 24 (ANI): A complete shutdown is being observed across the valley after the killing of a youth yesterday in Sopore during police firing on protesters. Arshad Ahmad Shah of Seer Jagir in Sopore succumbed to his injuries when security forces fired some shots at protesters. A shutdown call has been given by Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani which is being supported by all other separatists groups. All shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and government offices have been closed and public transport is off the roads. A youth was killed and four others injured when police opened fire on a group of demonstrators to disperse them in town Sopore on Monday evening. Jun 24, 2014

Group of 15 Indians return from strife-torn Iraq

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): A group of 15 Indian workers returned from strife-torn Iraq at New Delhi airport on Tuesday as fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) advanced to capital Baghdad. About 10,000 Indian nationals work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting between the ISIL and the national army. About 100 Indian workers are trapped in areas overrun by ISIL. Indian worker, Mohammad Isbal Ansari, said he did not receive any help either from Indian government nor the company he was working for. Forty Indian construction workers have been kidnapped in Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, which fell to Sunni insurgents last week. No ransom demand has been received. Another Indian, Lal Dhar, said problems were confined to only conflict zone and he would return back to Iraq after the crisis is resolved. Jun 24, 2014

Congress continues stir against rail fare hike

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): The Congress on Tuesday staged a protest against the steep rail fare hike by the BJP government. The party said that it will continue their protest until the BJP government agrees for a roll back of prices. The government has increased rail passenger fares by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent, which has led to an outcry by the opposition parties. The decision resulted in various protests across the country demanding the government to take back their decision. Jun 24, 2014

Don't have the liberty to speak on FYUP tussle: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday refused to comment on the ongoing Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) tussle between Delhi University (DU) and University Grants Commission (UGC). The statement came amid criticism from the DU executive council, who are on a hunger strike against the UGC directive. Jun 24, 2014

Bombing at Nigeria college kills eight

A bomb blast at a public health college in Nigeria's second city of Kano kills at least eight people, in the latest violence to hit an area repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram. Duration: 00:46 Jun 24, 2014

Behind bars: Thai women pay high price for drugs

Lured by easy money, an escape from poverty or family pressure, thousands of women are locked up for drug offences in Thailand, which has one of the world's highest rates of female imprisonment. Duration: 01:22 Jun 24, 2014

Army captures killer South Korean conscript

A South Korean military conscript who shot dead five members of his unit near the border with North Korea is captured after wounding himself following a 24-hour standoff with thousands of troops. Duration: 00:36 Jun 24, 2014

BJP andShiv Sena MPs meet Railway Minister as Gowda gives assurance over fare hike

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): After BJP andShiv Sena MPs from Mumbai-Thane met Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda over fare hike, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said that the fare hike is too much for the people and that a little concession was demanded for. He said that Gowda gave assurance and said that he will consider the matter. Jun 24, 2014

Spain fans finally celebrated a 3-0 win against Australia in 2014 FIFA world Cup

Brazil, June 24 (ANI): Spain fans were finally able to celebrate a win in Brazil after their side ended an embarrassing campaign with a 3-0 win over Australia who left the World Cup winless. The win was more a matter of pride for the defending world champions who had no chance of advancing to the final 16 after losing their first two matches of the tournament. Even after their 3-0 victory over a battling but already-eliminated Australia salvaged some dignity, the departing champions always knew they'd be packing their bags no matter what the outcome. Most fans seemed to enjoy the atmosphere of being part of a World Cup no matter how poorly the team may have performed on the pitch. Nonetheless, Australia fan Oscar Clarke said the Aussies held up pretty well considering they are ranked 62nd in the world, 61 places behind Spain who were number one in the FIFA rankings at the start of the tournament. Jun 24, 2014

DU teachers backing FYUP, go on hunger strike over DU-UGC tussle

New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): With the standoff between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Delhi University (DU) continuing, the university teachers who are in favour of the Four-year Undergraduate Programme hold a hunger strike on Tuesday. They alleged political interference in the issue and say that the Human Resource Development Ministry and the University Grants Commission are responsible for the mess. Meanwhile, Professor Surender Kumar also alleged attack by NSUI and ABVP member on him. The Delhi University Principals' Association on Monday had announced that the admissions to the colleges are being deferred as there is a conflict between the guidelines issued Jun 24, 2014

Fever cases soar during Monsoon in south India

Thiruvananthapuram, June 24 (ANI): With the onset of Monsoon there is a gradual rise in fever cases with as many as over 1000 cases, reported by the civic health department, seeking treatment in hospitals in southern India this month alone. The hospital in Thiruvananthapuram city of Kerala is crowded with patients complaining illnesses pertaining to monsoon. The monsoon may have come in as a respite for people from strong heat waves in Kerala, but it is proving negative as communicable diseases are on a high, claims the state health department. Patients have mostly come to hospitals with cough, cold and fever. While most are normal viral fevers, doctors are advising caution and adequate rest to ensure that things do not get out of hand. An alert for Leptospirosis, also known as field fever, has been issued as a precautionary measure, since monsoon struck the coastal state. Jun 24, 2014