All efforts being made to rescue abducted Indians in Iraq: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that all efforts are being made to rescue the Indians abducted in Iraq. Swaraj stated that she herself is monitoring the entire situation personally and will leave no stone unturned to ensure safe return of the abducted Indians. She added that she will be meeting the families of the abducted Indians if they approach her. Jun 19, 2014

Operations on to rescue four-year old girl from borewell in Karnataka

Bijapur, June 19 (ANI): Authorities undertook rescue operations to trace a four-year-old girl, who accidentally fell into a borewell in Karnataka. Akshata, who is still trapped in the borewell, which is around 300 feet deep, fell into it in Bijapur district on Wednesday. Local authorities and policemen stepped up massive rescue operation on Thursday to save the girl. Oxygen is being supplied through a pipe into the borewell. Jun 19, 2014

Russia Eyes New Pipeline Deal with India

Russia continued her support to boost India's energy security and infrastructure projects by offering to export hydro-carbon to India in a meeting on Wednesday. Jun 19, 2014

Union Minister Refuses to Quit Over Rape Charges

On the day Rajasthan rape survivor called for Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Nihalchand Meghwal's resignation, the minister brazenly refused to step down, when questioned by the media. Jun 19, 2014

Politicos react as RJD agrees to support JD (U) in Bihar RS polls

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday reacted over Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav extending his party's support to the ruling JD (U). As per reports, on the request of former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Lalu has extended his party's support to the ruling JD (U)’s two candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election to defeat BJP. Jun 19, 2014

Netherlands beat Australia 3-2 to secure last-16 place in FIFA WC

Rio De Janeiro, June 19 (ANI): Netherlands defeated Australia 3-2 in their second match of Group B to secure a last-16 place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Winger Arjen Robben put Netherlands ahead in the 20th minute but within a minute Australia rovided his side with an equaliser. Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak slotted in a penalty for his side in the 54th minute that was leveled by Netherlands in the 58th minute to level the game at 2-2. Netherlands left winger Memphis Depay went on to provide the winning goal for the Dutch side in the 68th minute that saw Australia out of this year's World Cup. Netherlands had demolished defenders Spain in their opening game and overcame a strong Australian side at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Port Alegre, Brazil to secure a place in the last-16 for the tournament. Jun 19, 2014

Politicos give mixed reactions on Indians kidnapped in Iraq

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday gave mixed reactions on 40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq during the ongoing crisis. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the government should have realized the situation earlier as the crisis was going on since a long time. CPI leader Atul Anjan stated that the Indian government should keep one of its airplanes at Baghdad Airport to help the Indians come back to their country. RJD leader Manoj Jha said that the new government should have taken the initial step of preventing the Indian nationals from being affected by Iraq crisis. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said that he has confidence in the Foreign Ministry that it will put in all possible efforts to rescue the Indians. Jun 19, 2014

BSP slams SP for bad governance ahead of UP Assembly Session

Lucknow, June 19 (ANI): Ahead of the first Uttar Pradesh Assembly Session the BSP slammed the ruling SP government for bad governance in the state. BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya said that the SP government has failed to control law and order and provide security to the people of the state. Maurya said that the SP officials promote crime by not taking action against the offenders. He added that the BSP will raise all issues of power crisis, crime against women and farmers which have become common in the state. Jun 19, 2014

Indian Army successfully test fires supersonic missile at low altitude

Balasore, June 19 (ANI): The Indian Army successfully test fired the supersonic Akash missile at very low altitude off the eastern Indian coast. The supersonic missile intercepted the very small unmanned fast moving Banshee aerial vehicle at 30 m altitude above sea level proving the system capability against subsonic cruise missile. With this flight trial, Indian Army accomplishes all the validation trials on the first off production models and the system is being delivered for induction. The Akash Mobile Air Defence Weapon System has been designed, developed and led to production by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for defending and protecting the important assets of the country from penetrating aerial attacks. Jun 19, 2014

High alert and preventive steps to combat flash floods in Uttarakhand

Uttarkashi, June 19 (ANI): With local memory still reeling from the destructive impact of the flash floods that ravaged the entire region exactly a year ago, heavy rainfall send Uttarkashi on high alert with nervous trepidation of further loss to life and property. Heavy rainfall has swollen the river Bhagirathi to alarming levels in the northern Indian district of Uttarkashi. According to District Magistrate, Shridhar Babu, the river is still two metres below the danger zone so there was no need to panic. However, the people of Uttarkashi, for whom last year's wounds are still fresh in the mind, seemed sceptical. Jun 19, 2014

State govt in touch with families of abducted Indians to extend all possible help: SAD

New Delhi, June 19 (ANI): SAD leader and Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal expressed grief on the kidnapping of 40 Indian nationals in Iraq. Badal said that the PM and External Affairs Minister are working closely and monitoring the situation. She added that the State government of Punjab is in contact with the families of abducted Indians and every possible help is being extended to them. Badal also said that if any information is received quick action shall be taken Jun 19, 2014