Zoo animals in Chennai enjoy water sprinklers, special food to cope with extreme heat

Chennai, June 09 (ANI): Zoo authorities in Chennai made special arrangements for animals to protect them from scorching heat. In an effort to provide cool shelters for birds, about 20 to 25 cages of pheasants, parakeets and lovebirds are covered with jute sacks and water is sprayed on it thrice in a day. The initiatives taken by the local authorities and the state government to protect the animals and birds in the zoo from heat strokes have been welcomed by all. Elephant calves are provided a large enclosure for moving around and mud wallowing. They also enjoy shower between 3 and 4 PM daily. Visitors are permitted to see the exclusive shower. The white tigers have been provided with wooden shelters, which have a lot of shade, providing additional cooling effect to them. Jun 9, 2014

Army boss Sisi sworn in as Egypt president

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president on Sunday following a landslide election almost a year after he deposed Egypt's first freely elected leader and crushed his Islamist supporters. Duration: 00:39 Jun 8, 2014

India and China hold first major talks since Modi win

China's foreign minister begins a two-day visit to India for the first high-level talks between the world's two most populous nations since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge. Duration: 00:36 Jun 8, 2014

Kosovo voters hoping political stability brings change

Kosovo voted Sunday in snap polls seen as a key test for the country's EU ambitions and for Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, an ex-guerilla chief who has dominated politics since independence six years ago. Duration: 00:59 Jun 8, 2014

Ghulam Nabi Azad appointed leader of Congress in RS

New Delhi, June 08 (ANI): Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on Sunday confirmed that party President Sonia Gandhi had appointed Ghulam Nabi Azad as leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha. Dwivedi said that Anand Sharma is appointed as deputy leader of the party. Congress has 67 members in the 245-member House, thereby meeting the requirement of having ten per cent of the total strength of the House to get the post of leader of the opposition. Jun 8, 2014

Chandrababu Naidu takes oath as Andhra Pradesh CM

Guntur, June 08 (ANI): TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday took oath as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh at a grand function Guntur district of the state. Senior leaders like LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Venkaiah Naidu, Arun Jaitley, Prakash Javadekar, Chief Ministers of Goa, Rajasthan and Gujarat and film stars attended the swearing-in ceremony. Governor ESL Narasimhan administered oath to Naidu as the first chief minister of Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation. Some Cabinet Ministers also sworn-in at the event. Jun 8, 2014

Need to focus on tri-colors of Indian flag for development and economic growth: Modi

New Delhi, June 08 (ANI): After launching "Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform" edited by Bibek Debroy, Ashley J Tellis and Reece Trevor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the need is to focus on tri-colors of Indian flag for development and economic growth. Modi said that green revolution that is for environment, white revolution for milk production, saffron revolution for more energy production and blue revolution for fisheries sector is what India requires at the time. The Prime Minister also said that we need to stress upon three factors, Skill, Scale and Speed to compete with China. Jun 8, 2014

People's safety more important than providing water from Mullaperiyar dam: Oommen Chandy

Chennai, June 08 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, while discussing the Mullaperiyar Dam issue on Sunday said that he is not averse to giving water to Tamil Nadu but that his only concern is safety of people of Kerala. The Mullaperiyar Dam site is in Kerala, but the reservoir mainly serves Tamil Nadu. Kerala wanted the structure to be demolished, while Tamil Nadu had fiercely opposed the move. Kerala advocated for the construction of a new dam to banish prevailing fears of an impending disaster in the event of the dam's collapse. Jun 8, 2014

No reason to kill Vijay Pandit, want real culprits to get caught soon: Narendra Bhati

New Delhi, June 08 (ANI): Following BJP leader Late Vijay Pandit's wife Geeta's allegations that SP leader Narendra Bhati is one amongst those who killed the leader, Bhati refuted all allegations against him. Bhati said that he had no connections with the BJP leader and he had never spoken or met him even. He also said that there was no reason to kill Pandit as he never had any bone of contention with Vijay Pandit. Further, the SP leader demanded the real culprits to be caught soon by the authorities. Bhati also said that BJP is politicizing the issue unnecessarily against him and the Samajwadi Party. Jun 8, 2014

Teams created to arrest culprits in BJP leader murder case, maintaining peace: ADG

Dadri, June 08 (ANI): Talking about the BJP leader murder case wherein Vijay Pandit was shot dead by an unidentified man in Greater Noida, ADG Law and Order in Dadri, Devendra Chauhan said that the incident is very saddening. He said that special teams are created to arrest the culprits and the second priority is maintaining peace in the area so that the normal life continues. Jun 8, 2014

Kejriwal demands subsidies for water and electricity from Central government for Delhi

New Delhi, June 08 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said his party hopes he will fulfill expectations of people. Kejriwal hoped that the NDA government would put a check on rising gas prices. He also urged the BJP to address water and electricity issues, especially in the capital. Jun 8, 2014

Talks between Sushma Swaraj and Wang Yi were cordial, useful, productive and substantive: MEA

New Delhi, June 08 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Sunday said that the talks between External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi were productive, useful and substantial. Akbaruddin while briefing media on the Indo-Sino talks told reporters that all issues of significance were raised and discussed in a frank and cordial manner during the meeting. Jun 8, 2014

India has to be cautious and tactful while dealing with China: Tibetan-in-exile

Dharamsala, June 08 (ANI): Tibetans living-in-exile in Dharamsala town of Himachal Pradesh said on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to be careful during discussions with China, considering the critical border and trade issues between the two Asian giants. China's foreign minister Wang Yi arrived in New Delhi on Sunday and met his India counterpart Sushma Swaraj. Tibetan lawmaker in-exile, Karma Yeshi, said the visit is more of China's strategy to understand Modi's take on bilateral ties. Meanwhile, Tibetan Activist Lobsang Wangyal said Modi should explicitly define his stand on the issue of Tibet during his meeting with Chinese foreign minister. Jun 8, 2014

Stars attend 2014 MTV African Music Awards

Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o wins the personality of the year award at the 2014 MTV African Music Awards (MAMA) held in South Africa's southeastern city of Durban. Duration: 00:43 Jun 8, 2014