Leopard injures 9-year old in Kashmir

Doda, June 06 (ANI): Nine-year-old boy, Arbaz was critically injured after he was attacked by a leopard in Jammu and Kashmir. The big cat attacked the boy in Doda district when he was playing outside his home. He was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital. Doctors attending the victim said the boy's condition was stable and had deep wounds in neck area. Father of the victim, Nasir Ahmad, said this was the first time the leopard attacked anyone in the village. Jun 6, 2014

India reels under summer's spell, mercury touches above 40 degrees in some states

Ranchi/Agra, June 06 (ANI): Residents and tourists across India suffered as severe heat wave conditions intensified unabated on Friday and temperatures rose above 40 degrees Celsius in some states. Tourists visiting the iconic monument Taj Mahal in Agra city of Uttar Pradesh complained of lack of basic facilities like drinking water by the authorities under oppressive heat conditions. The maximum temperature in Agra was recorded above 40 degrees Celsius and the city also faced severe power cuts and acute water crisis. In Jharkhand, pedestrians and two-wheeler riders suffered the most under sweltering sun and looked for ways to beat the heat. Residents were seen carrying umbrellas, wearing protective clothing and drinking fruit juices to protect themselves from the sun. Jun 6, 2014

Politicos condemn violent clashes in Golden Temple on operation Blue Star anniversary

Amritsar /New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Politicos on Friday condemned the violent clashes that erupted between Sikh groups in the premises of Golden Temple, on the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star. Clashes took place when members of the Shiromani Akali Dal-controlled SGPC protested against leader of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Simranjit Singh Mann, who made an attempt to give a speech from rostrum of the Sikh's supreme temporal seat, Akal Takht. Reportedly, one of Mann's supporters tried to snatch the microphone from the custodian of the Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, in a bid to address devotees. The custodian of Akal Takht, Giani Gurbachan Singh, said probe would be done into the clashes. Jun 6, 2014

BSE closes points 376.95 up on June 6

New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 376.95 points up to stand at 25,396.46. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 109.30 points up to stand at 7,583.40. TATA GLOBAL and Sobha Developers Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.23% and 10.68% along with ONGC and Strides Arcolab Ltd. with an increase of 10.57% and 9.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Muthoot Finance Ltd. and Jain Irrigation with a decrease of 2.74% and 2.71 % along with SSLT and Hindustan Copper Ltd. with a decrease of 2.53% and 1.83% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 228.09 points at 15,184.52 while the banking sector is up 287.95 points at 17,788.59 and the realty sector is up 101.67 points at 2,128.03. The Indian currency is down 0.22% at Rs 59.11 per dollar. Jun 6, 2014

Monsoon rains reach India's southern coast

New Delhi/ Kochi, June 06 (ANI): India's monsoon rains reached southern Kerala on Friday offering relief to farmers who have been waiting eagerly for the start of the wet season that is crucial for their summer crops. However, the rains are moving at a sluggish pace, Rathore added. A slight delay in the monsoon’s onset is unlikely to have a major impact on sowing of rice, pulses and cotton. Jun 6, 2014

J&K govt enhances retirement age of its employees to 60 years

Srinagar, June 06 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir government increased the retirement age of its employees by two years from 58 to 60 years, assenting to demand of the workers. During a news conference, JandK Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, in Srinagar said the government employees are now entitled to work till the age of 60. Worker unions have been protesting for the same for last eight years. Employees welcomed the move by the government and said it would solve many financial problems for the sole bread earners of the families. Jun 6, 2014

Arun Jaitley holds pre-budget consultations with trade union leaders

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday held consultations with trade union leaders to seek their inputs for the Budget. Jaitley met the dignitaries in the ministry building in New Delhi. General Secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Tapan Sen urged the government not to pursue deregulation, dis-investment and privatisation of state-run companies. Sen also appealed for implementation of minimum wage, universal social security and pension for the labourers. Jun 6, 2014

PM's inbox on foreign policy matter is crowded: MEA

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): The MEA spokesperson on Friday highlighted the agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting other nations and stated that his inbox is crowded. Akbaruddin said that in the next few months PM will visit the major countries which invited him and the first of them will be Bhutan which he will visit in June. He added that regarding the PM's visit to US, President Obama was the first to invite Modi. He further stated that the PM has also been invited by Japan which he is likely to visit in July. Jun 6, 2014

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

Guided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital. Duration: 01:15 Jun 6, 2014

Delhi could face load shedding for another week: Najeeb Jung

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung has said many areas in the capital could undergo planned blackouts for another three to four days. The comments from Najeeb came as Delhi is facing massive load shedding ranging for two to three hours every day. He added that repairing the big towers and lines that had fallen after the massive storm would take time. Jun 6, 2014