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

Hamas claims unity govt. violated reconciliation terms

The Islamist movement Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to pay the salaries of employees of the former government in Gaza, and accused the new unity government of violating the terms of the reconciliation agreement. Duration: 00:50 Jun 10, 2014

US is committed to relationship with India: Top US official Nisha Desai Biswal

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): The United States is very committed to relationship with India, said US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Desai Biswal on Monday in New Delhi. This is the first such engagement between India and the US after the Narendra Modi-led BJP government took over. The visit, which the US requested, will see Biswal try to reset the India-US relationship that has come through tense times due to former Indian envoy Devyani Khobragade case. The two sides are expected to discuss upcoming engagements including the India-US-Japan trilateral talks on June 23-24, as well as the next round of the India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue, which is expected soon. Speaking to mediapersons, Biswal was hopeful that the meeting with Indian government will be fruitful. Biswal termed the visit as an opportunity to enhance the bilateral ties with the new Modi government. Jun 9, 2014

Communal harmony at workplace

Karnataka, June 09 (ANI): Gulbarga, situated in southern state of Karnataka is known for harmony among people of diverse religions who live here. Bharat irrigation equipment exemplifies this fact in its true sense. Here, Mohammad Alim, with his Hindu friend Chanamalappa run a shop that sells irrigation equipments. Chanamalappa and Mohammad Alim have been working together for 4 years and have been friends since their college days. Religion has never come in the way of good relations. Brotherhood and understanding is the key to their business's success. Jun 9, 2014

Urs of Sai Sahib draws devotees from different faiths

Poonch, June 09 (ANI): The culture of Jammu and Kashmir is a synthesis of a variety of customs and religious influences, which have given birth to an ethos that celebrates seamless co-existence. And there are many example of this fact. Urs of Sai sahib was celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm by the people of different communities in Poonch district of Jammu. Here devotees belonging to various communities come to seek blessings of the revered saint. People believe that wishes are granted by paying visit to his shrine. While the Urs of Sai Sahib is celebrated every year with lot of pomp as devotees not only from within the state but from other parts of the country also, visit the shrine. Urs of sufi poet Rehman Dar was celebrated quietly and his dictions were remembered on this occasion. If legend is to be believed Rehman Dar's dictions were so meaningful that even the eminent philosophers of the valley had to consult dictionaries to understand them. Jun 9, 2014

Jaitley holds pre-budget meeting with state finance ministers

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a pre- budget meeting with finance ministers of all the states and union territories in New Delhi on Monday. He will also be holding a meeting with CMDs and CEOs of banking and financial institutions on Tuesday.To be presented in the first week of July, this will be the maiden Budget of Jaitley. Jun 9, 2014

President's address to Parliament rehash of govt's election manifesto: CPI (M)

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Monday said that President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint session of Parliament is merely a rehash of the election manifesto presented by the incumbent government and not actually a blueprint. Addressing the Parliament, Mukherjee said that the new government would pursue a broad economic reform agenda focused on job creation through public and private investment that also makes containing inflation its top priority. Senior CPI (M) leader, Sitaram Yechury, said the statement was devoid of a blueprint to achieve the targets for the government in the coming year. Yechury urged the government to build a consensus among parties on the issues that were ticklish such as rehabilitation of local Hindu population in Kashmir and pilgrimage tourism. Jun 9, 2014

Twelve hardcore Maoists surrender in Odisha

Koraput, June 09 (ANI): Twelve rebels of a hardcore Maoist organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist), surrendered before police in Koraput district of Odisha. The police said their case was being recommended for rehabilitation under the surrender policy of Odisha government. All the surrendered Maoists hailed from Narayanpatna area, which has been a Maoist stronghold. Police, meanwhile, have appealed all Maoists and their associates to shun violence or face stern action in the coming days. Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. Thousands have been killed in the insurgency since the late 1960s. Jun 9, 2014