NDA Cabinet to release dearness allowance hike for all Central Govt employees

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): After the central cabinet met at South Block on Thursday, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that the cabinet decided to release dearness allowance hike from 100 percent to 107 percent. The decision will benefit around 30 lakh Centre's employees and its 50 lakh pensioners including dependents. The cabinet meet also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his successful Japan visit. Sep 4, 2014

Australian PM Tony Abbott arrives in Delhi, to meet PM Modi & Foreign Minister

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday arrived in national capital Delhi while on his two-day visit to India. Abbott was received by Power Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries at the airport. He is scheduled to meet India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. Earlier, while attending an event at Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai, Abbott said that cricket brings people together. The event also saw the gracious presence of former Australian cricketers, Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist, and former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Meanwhile, Tendulkar said what sport teaches, cannot be learnt within the four walls of a classroom. Sep 4, 2014

State govts priority is safety of people, arrangements on rescue and shelter on: JandK Deputy CM

Srinagar, Sep 04 (ANI): Briefing about the ongoing flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the state Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said that the government’s priority is safety of people. He said that arrangements are being made for the rescue of people and to provide shelter for the stranded people. He announced that government as well as private schools and colleges will remain closed for 3 days in wake of incessant rainfall. Chand also said that temporary shelters are provided to those who had to leave their houses and food supplies are being provided. He also said that army and other officials are also helping the administration in rescue work and that things will be tackled effectively by the state. Sep 4, 2014

District court grants bail to three accused in Badaun rape and murder case

Badaun, Sep 04 (ANI): A district court on Thursday granted bail to rest of three accused in the Badaun rape and murder case. The court heard the plea of the three accused, Pappu, Awadhesh and Urvesh Yadav, who were brothers, and later granted them bail on Rs 2 lakh each. Earlier, all the five accused in the case had passed the lie detector test and two of the accused had been granted bail following the same. Sep 4, 2014

Navy Chief RK Dhowan Commissions INS Sumitra in Chennai

Chennai, Sep 04 (ANI): Believed to be increasing the Navy's coastal surveillance, its largest offshore Patrol Vessel, INS Sumitra was formally commissioned by Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Robin Dhowan on Thursday, in Chennai. The vessel has been built on in-house design of Goa Shipyard Ltd., a state-owned shipyard. Fourth in its class, the vessel will be based at Chennai under the operational control of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command. Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan said that the vessel will have an indigenous role to play in the patrolling of India's eastern seaboard and form an important part of the NOIC. The latest generation warship will have a displacement of about 2,200 tonnes. The ship is also designed to operate on Advanced Light Helicopter. Sep 4, 2014

PM Modi busy playing drums in Japan not caring about inflation in India: Rahul Gandhi

Amethi, Sep 04 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited his parliamentary constituency Amethi on Thursday and slammed the NDA government over its 'failure' even after completing its 100 days. Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he is busy playing drums in Japan while not caring about price rise and corruption back in India. Gandhi also said that the NDA government failed to fulfill its promise of bringing the prices down or fighting against corruption etc. the Congress vice president arrived in Amethi early in the day and interacted with the villagers and assured that he will take up the issue of water and power crisis with the state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Sep 4, 2014

At least 50 people feared dead as bus falls into river in Jammu, rescue operation underway

Jammu, Sep 04 (ANI): At least 50 people were feared dead when a passenger bus carrying a marriage party was washed away in flash floods triggered due to incessant rain in Nowshera region of Rajouri district on Thursday. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu said that more than 50 passengers were there in the bus, out of which only 3 have come out safely. He also said that rescue operation is underway, but it's becoming difficult as the bus fell into a deep gorge. The tragedy took place some 30 kms away from main township of Nowshera when a bus ferrying a marriage party was washed away in a local rivulet 'Lam' this morning. Sep 4, 2014

Defence experts say Al Qaeda video a ploy to attract local youth

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Defence experts said on Thursday that al Qaeda’s announcement of the formation of a wing of the militant group in India and its neighbourhood is a propaganda ploy aimed at attracting local youth to the organisation. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and “raise the flag of jihad” across the subcontinent. Internal Security Expert Ajay Sahni said such videos have been released in the past as well. Defence Expert Afzal Kareem dismissed it as a big threat. Meanwhile, Uday Bhaskar called for decoding the video by intelligence agencies. Sep 4, 2014

South Asia NewsLine - Sept 04, 2014

Taking forward its expansionist policy in south asia, the Islamic State or the IS has begun its campaign in Pakistan and Afghanistan too. This comes as many Sunni extremist groups have already pledged to back the caliphate. Sep 4, 2014

NATO chief questions Russia's Ukraine peace plan

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday voiced scepticism about a surprise peace plan for the Ukrainian conflict put forward by President Vladimir Putin, saying that Russia was still "attacking" Ukraine. Duration 00:52 Sep 4, 2014

Al-Qaeda declares new branch in Indian sub-continent

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri launched a new branch of the global Islamist extremist movement on Wednesday to reinvigorate and expand its struggle in the Indian sub-continent. Duration: 00:56 Sep 4, 2014

BSE closes points 54.01 down on September 4

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 54.01 points down to stand at 27,085.93. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 18.65 points down to stand at 8,095.95. UPL and JandKBANK were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.47% and 6.53% along with TATA GLOBAL and CESC with an increase of 5.77% and 5.62% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include JAIPRAKASH ASSOCIATES LTD. and JPINFRATEC with a decrease of 17.38% and 11.20% along with DLF and UNITECH with a decrease of 8.25% and 6.25% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 18.80 points at 17,688.88 while the banking sector is down 76.62 points at 18,353.75 and the reality sector is down 78.60 points at 1,747.43. The Indian currency is down 0.07% at Rs 60.44 per dollar. Sep 4, 2014

PCB to probe Ahmed Shehzad's religious remark to Tillakaratne Dilshan

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board is investigating the religious comments made by the Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lankan player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international. While going back to their dressing room, Shehzad was caught making a religious comment over Dilshan in the camera, "if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven." Meanwhile, reacting over this former cricketer Kirti Azad said that such comment from a cricketer is shocking. Sep 4, 2014