Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav reshuffles UP Cabinet, politicos react

Lucknow, June 18 (ANI): After Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met all ministers of his government and directed them to shape up or ship out, government ordered late night reshuffle of key cabinet portfolios on Tuesday. In the first major post-LS poll decision that affects SP ministers, the government downgraded many ministers and promoted some. At least 12 portfolios have changed hands, and prominent among them are Balram Yadav, who has been divested of the charge of Panchayati Raj and appointed Minister for Prisons. Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary was made Minister for Political Pensions. He was earlier Minister for Prisons. Meanwhile, reacting over this, Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that mere reshuffling will not work, the ministers appointed should be allowed to do work. Meanwhile, the BJP targeted Akhilesh over this and said that the CM changed portfolios of ministers because they were not performing well but Akhilesh should introspect himself also because the ministries under him are also not doing well. Jun 18, 2014

Encephalitis spreading in Bihar, at least 92 dead

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Situation in Bihar is turning critical with the spreading of Encephalitis that took at least 92 lives till Wednesday. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the State government should take immediate steps to curb the problem and save people from catching this disease. He added that the Centre is ready to provide every possible help to State. The disease which was limited to Muzaffarpur district till a few days back has now spread to at least half a dozen districts across the state. Jun 18, 2014

AAP MLAs allege BJP offered them money to join their party

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party MLAs have alleged that they have been contacted by BJP and asked to break away from the party and help the BJP form the government in Delhi. Five AAP MLAs said that they had been promised financial incentives for breaking away from the party. In a response to that, BJP leader Naresh Gaur said that his party is not horse trading in Delhi, and further added that if they wanted they could have done 6 months back. Jun 18, 2014

Politicos on reports of BJP to form government in Delhi

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over reports that the BJP might form government in Delhi before Parliament opens for the budget session in the second week of July. However, in between all of it, few AAP MLAs have stated that they were offered money by the BJP to quit their party and join BJP and help them form government in Delhi. Currenlty, President Rule is imposed in Delhi after Arvind Kejriwal resigned as the CM on February 14. Jun 18, 2014

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