Yashwant Sinha granted bail by Jharkhand court

Hazaribagh, June 18 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday was granted bail by a Jharkhand court, days after he was arrested for leading a demonstration against the poor power conditions in the state. He was arrested on June 2 and was sent to judicial custody after he refused to furnish a bail bond. Sinha applied for bail, a day after senior BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday met him in Hazaribagh jail. After meeting Sinha, Advani had felt the latter should play a bigger role in the state. As many as 300 workers were taken into custody along with Sinha for allegedly assaulting Jharkhand State Electricity Board official over a power crisis issue in the state. Jun 18, 2014

Algerian fans are elated at first then downcast as their team lose to Belgium

Algiers, June 18 (ANI): Algeria's hopes of beginning with a win were dashed on Tuesday as Belgium came from behind to beat them 2-1. Thousands of fans in Algiers' La Grande Post place cheered when Sofiane Feghouli scored from a penalty in the 25th minute to put Algeria in the lead. But Belgium came back in the second half, first with an equaliser from Fellaini in the 70th minute, and then Mertens seized the winner in the 80th. Algeria's two other group games are against Russia and South Korea, who play each other later on Tuesday. Jun 18, 2014

Politicos express concern about Indians stranded in Iraq

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday expressed concerns about Indians stranded in Iraq by stating that the matter should be taken up at the highest level with more urgency because of the ongoing civil war in Iraq. Earlier in the day MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin had said that 40 Indians were untraceable in Iraq's Mosul town. Jun 18, 2014

At least 64 killed in Kenya's coastal region

At least 64 people have been killed in two consecutive nights of carnage in Kenya's coastal region, officials say, with the Kenyan president blaming "local political networks" and Somalia's Shebab insisting they are responsible.Duration:01:34 Jun 18, 2014

India's Philately department cashes on FIFA world cup postage stamp

Allahabad, June 18 (ANI): Philately department of India's most populace state of Uttar Pradesh boosted sales of postage tickets as it recently launched a commemorative FIFA World Cup stamp, as the football fever catches on. The postage department said the sales have doubled due to the ongoing FIFA World cup. India is soon to host the under 17 World Cup and if anything can be said from the sales of these stamps it is that football is fast gaining popularity in India. The tournament where 32 nations have participated is the most watched event around the world. Jun 18, 2014

Trade union, officials plan to rehabilitate India's iconic Ambassador Car workers

West Bengal/ New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Trade union and officials held a tripartite meeting in Kolkata in a bid to rehabilitate the country's iconic Ambassador Car workers and discussed the back wage payment issue of nullified employees. The meeting was held between Ambassador Car company management, trade union and government officials. Earlier, the maker of the iconic Ambassador car- long hailed as the ultimate choice of Indian officialdom -halted its production on May 24, citing weak demand and a lack of funds, casting a shadow on the future of a vehicle, the appearance of which has essentially remained unchanged for more than five decades. Approximately 2, 600 workers had been left hapless much before the factory was shut. Jun 18, 2014

No Rail Fare Hike without Modi's Approval

Rail Fare Hike: The decision to raise the railway fare by 14.5 per cent and freight rates by 6.5 per cent will be finalised only after Railway Ministers consult Narendra Modi... Jun 18, 2014

India reintroduces onion export price to help curb inflation

New Delhi/Chandigarh, June 18 (ANI): India on Tuesday set a minimum export price for onions of $300 per tonne to discourage overseas shipments amid an inflation scare that threatens to stoke public anger over rising prices at local food markets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made tackling inflation as his top priority after widespread resentment about rising prices contributed to the exit of the previous government last month. After wholesale price inflation accelerated to a five-month high in May, the new government imposed the price rule on onions three months after the previous administration withdrew it. After a meeting with the representatives of various ministries on Tuesday, he said certain measures have been advised to the states to crackdown on hoarders. Meanwhile, to help the farmers he added that government had advised states to de-list fruits and vegetables so that farmers can save on the middle man's commission. Jun 18, 2014