US Deputy Secretary of State meets PM Narendra Modi over diplomatic ties

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): US Deputy Secretary of State, William J Burns, met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in New Delhi to strengthen diplomatic ties. Earlier, Burns had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and said that Barack Obama looks forward to Indian PM Modi’s visit to the White House in September for a spur in economic growth. Burns arrived in India ahead of the US-India Strategic Dialogue as US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to visit India on July 31. It is highest level official visit from US to India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government assumed office on May 26. Jul 11, 2014

Political leaders condemn minor girl rape on Panchayat's diktat

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday condemned Bokaro minor girl's rape on a Panchayat's order. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that such things should not happen in any civilized society and demanded action. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the incident is shameful and matter should be taken under scanner. CPI leader Atul Anjan also condemned the 'personal laws' working in the society. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the accused should be punished in such a way that whole country remembers it. Jul 11, 2014

Social activists demand stern action against Panchayat in Bokaro rape case

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 11 (ANI): Reacting over Bokaro minor rape after a Panchayat's diktat, social activists demanded stern action against Panchayat. NCW Member Shamina Shafiq said that district administration should take steps in such matters. Social Activist Sudha Ramalingam demanded punishments by the law to the Panchayat people. Women Rights Activist Abha Singh said that immediate action should be taken against the accused otherwise it would send wrong message to the people. Jul 11, 2014

Sushma Swaraj meets her Sri Lankan counterpart to boost business ties

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met her Sri Lankan counterpart Gamini Lakshman Peiris in New Delhi to improve ties and discuss business issues between the two countries. His visit comes barely two months after President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after he was sworn in Prime Minister. Both the nations share strained relations over the Tamil fishermen and other issues. Jul 11, 2014

Starcast of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in Delhi

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Star cast of the upcoming flick Humpty Sharma ki Dulania was in the capital to promote their quirky yet sentimental love story about a chirpy girl from Ambala and Delhi lad Humpty Sharma. Varun Dhawan playing the role of Delhi’s lover boy was more than happy to play the character of a Delhi guy and talked about his special connection with the city. Stylish Diva, Alia Bhatt also shared her character Kavya’s obsession about Kareena Kapoor and her bridal lehnga. The movie is a romantic drama and also bollywood debut of TV actor Siddharth Shukla. Jul 11, 2014

Australian sheep punched, stamped on and thrown: PETA

Footage reportedly filmed in Australia by investigators working for the animal rights group PETA shows sheep being punched in the face and hit with hammers by shearers. Duration: 00:56 + WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES OF VIOLENCE TOWARDS ANIMALS + Jul 11, 2014

Reactions come in as BJP issues whip to its MPs to support TRAI Bill in LS

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): The TRAI Amendment Act to be presented in Lok Sabha has invited political reactions. After reports of Congress opposing the bill in Parliament, BJP had issued a whip to all its MPs to be present when the government will present the bill. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the bill is being presented on the basis of merit and hoped that it would be passed in both houses. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that it was an amendment which needed to be modified every six months and added that the government needed to change laws. Meanwhile CPI leader D Raja said that an ordinance needs to be replaced by the legislation. The bill has been tabled in the Lok Sabha. Jul 11, 2014

Congress says the way of appointing Nripendra Mishra is objectionable

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and Veerappa Moily on Friday reacted to the TRAI Amendment Bill which is to be tabled in Lok Sabha. Tharoor said that the party is not against the appointment of Nripendra Mishra as the Principal Secretary of the PM, but they are against the way in which the appointment is going to happen. Meanwhile, Veerappa Moily said that the appointment of Nripendra Mishra is not taking place in the right manner. The bill has been tabled in the Lok Sabha. Jul 11, 2014

Following 2 days of incessant rain, Mumbai stands waterlogged

Mumbai, July 11 (ANI): The incessant heavy rainfall along with high tide threw normal life in Mumbai out of gear on Friday as several parts of the city and suburbs remained flooded. Following the incessant rain, chronic flooding spots like Hindmata, Mahim junction, Kurla west and Chembur have been waterlogged in Mumbai. The BMC disaster management however has maintained that the situation is under control. It has been raining incessantly since the last two days in Mumbai and the catchment area of the lakes has hit a 5-year low with the BMC is planing to increase the water cut to 30 per cent. Jul 11, 2014

Nagaland Governor Vakkom Purushothaman resigns over arbitrary transfer

Trivandrum, July 11 (ANI): Nagaland Governor Vakkom Purushothaman resigned from post on Friday after he was transferred from Mizoram on Sunday. Purushothaman has claimed that he was not consulted regarding his transfer as the Governor of Mizoram to Nagaland. Purushothaman has sent across the resignation letter to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Purushothaman had come down heavily on the NDA government for nudging Governors appointed by the UPA government to resign so as to make way for their appointees. Jul 11, 2014