Power Minister calls in emergency meeting with LG Najeeb Jung

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday called in an emergency meeting with Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and senior government officials over the issue of power crisis in the national capital. Goyal said that preliminary inquiries suggest that there are problems of transmission over a decade. Further, talking about protest by AAP and Congress over the matter, the power minister said that both the parties are only exposing their failures by staging such protests. Jun 10, 2014

Delhi power crisis: AAP, BJP trade charges

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday protested outside Delhi BJP chief Dr.Harsh Vardhan's residence over the power crisis that seems to be taking a toll on the residents of Delhi. The BJP and AAP blamed each other for the severe power crisis in the national capital. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that his partymen were not at Vardhan’s place to protest, but remind him that he has a responsibility to the people of Delhi. Meanwhile, Vardhan hit out at Kejrwial saying that when AAP was in power for 49 days, the party did nothing other than agitations and staging 'dharnas'. The senior BJP leader also blamed the Congress for the present power crisis. Jun 10, 2014

Monsoon rains seen below average: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): Earth Sciences Minister Jitendra Singh said that the monsoon is expected to bring below-average rainfall this year, potentially lowering grain yields, pushing up food prices and hurting the economy. Singh expects precipitation between June and September to be between 90 and 96 percent of the long-term average. Singh added that rainfall in July was seen at 93 percent of the long-term average, rising to 96 percent during August. Jun 10, 2014

Joint air exercise between India and France draws to end

Jodhpur, June 10 (ANI): The joint exercise between air force of India and France concluded on June 09 as air chiefs of both the countries shared their experiences. The exercise, which was held in Jodhpur, aimed to expose Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots to French fighter and combat tactics and vice-versa. Indian Air force Chief Arup Raha and his French counterpart Denis Mercier flew frontline fighter planes of each other's country, Su-30 MKI and Rafale. Jun 10, 2014

China Justifies Stapled Visa Policy, Gives Fresh Stir-up to Visa Storm

The issue of stapled visas given to residents of Arunachal Pradesh by the Chinese government, which it claims is part of its country and often refers to as 'southern Tibet', has once again come under the scanner, after it was raked up at the fag end of the Chinese foreign minister's two-day visit to the country. Jun 10, 2014

Rajapaksa Orders Release of 78 Indian Fishermen

In a goodwill gesture, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday, 9 May, ordered the release of 78 fishermen from India, who were arrested by the Lankan Navy on 7 June for encroaching the island nation's sea territory. Jun 10, 2014

Decline of insurgency paves way for the revival of tea industry in Tripura

Tripura, June 10 (ANI): Manu Valley Tea Estate in North Tripura is witnessing a boom. A few years ago, it was one among the many tea gardens in Tripura, which were on the verge of closing down due to rampant incidents of kidnapping and extortion by militant outfits. Plucking activities were almost ended in most of the estates as workers had left the area out of fear of the militants. However, with the decline in insurgency, the tea gardens have resumed production. The workers are happy to return to their traditional activities and earn a good livelihood. The tea industry in Tripura directly employs around 20,000 families. With the improvement in security situation, many small tea growers have started back to business. Tripura produces around 90 lakh kilograms of green tea annually and it aims to double the production in the next 5 years. Jun 10, 2014

Union Home Ministry reviews the progress of Bezbaruah committee for Northeast people

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): The newly appointed Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju reviewed the work of 6-member committee led by MP Bezbaruah and has sought an interim report by July this year. The committee comprising of retired IAS officers, student leaders and representatives from the northeastern states is looking into the concerns of the northeastern people residing across the country. The committee is interacting with students, professionals and various persons from Northeastern states living in metro cities across the country and seek their suggestions. Bezbaruah revealed that the committee has been looking into the possibility of enacting new laws to deal with racial discrimination. The committee was formed following the widespread outrage over the death of Nido Taniam, a student from Arunachal Pradesh in capital New Delhi. Jun 10, 2014

Suicide bomb at police checkpoint kills at least 21 in Iraq

A roadside bomb followed by a suicide bomber detonating an explosives-rigged truck at a police checkpoint in northern Iraq killed 21 people, while four people died in other attacks in Iraq on June 9, 2014. Duration: 00:37 Jun 10, 2014