It Happens: World Environment day

Bhopal/Varanasi/Kolkata/, June 6 (ANI): Meanwhile, children in temple town of Varanasi in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state also raised their voice for clean city. Dressed in green attires, kids skated for saving the environment, holding banners and shouting slogans.The city of Kolkata in West Bengal state too witnessed an awareness rally that advocated for plastic-free country. The rally saw participation from visually-impaired students as well. June 5 marks World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually to raise global awareness about environmental issues and stimulate political action. Jun 6, 2014

It Happens: Dance Festival

Odissi, June 6, (ANI): Performers explored the subtle techniques of Odissi, the oldest surviving classical Indian dance form, in a day-long dance festival in eastern city of Bhubaneswar. The dancers used unique techniques propagated by Late Guru Debaprasad Das and thrilled the audience with the majestic movements of the ancient art form. Mesmerised by the aura of Odissi dance performance on the stage, dancers said it is a unique classical art form which can be understood only by live performance. The festival touted 'Debasmruti' was organised by a Bhubaneswar-based dance institution called Tridhara. The dance includes various dramatic stances and stamping of the feet to the beat of Odissi music. Jun 6, 2014

Obama leads emotional D-day tribute to veterans

A "humbled" US President Barack Obama led an emotional tribute on Friday to the thousands of troops who gave their lives to liberate Europe from Nazism, on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Duration: 01:08 Jun 6, 2014

Eastern Ukraine border crossing deserted

The Ukrainian-Russian border crossing of Severniy, was abandoned on Friday. The Ukrainian soldiers which had previously manned it fled on Thursday, and the pro-Russian separatists who control the region have not yet occupied it. Duration: 00:37 Jun 6, 2014

US Rep. Gohmert meets mothers of kidnapped girls

US Representative Louie Gohmert visit Lagos to listen to 21 mothers of young girls kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram. "This evil has to stop", he said, adding that he fears a useless "religious war" in the country. Duration: 00:49 Jun 6, 2014

Cleaning Ganga a priority: Uma Bharti

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Minister for water resources and river development, Uma Bharti, along with minister for rural development, panchayati raj and sanitation, Nitin Gadkari, on Friday stressed upon the future course of action that they are planning to undertake for the cleaning of holy river Ganga. Bharti said her focus is to establish a model for quick and effective action to save the river Ganga that could also be implemented on other rivers that need to be revived. Gadkari discussed further plans that his department would undertake for river Ganga. Jun 6, 2014

Delhi court convicts 18 policemen in fake encounter case in Uttarakhand

New Delhi/ Dehradun, June 06 (ANI): A Delhi court convicted 18 policemen on Friday for killing a young student in Uttarakhand in a fake encounter. The policemen had shot dead 22-year-old Ranbir in Dehradun in 2009, alleging that he was involved in an extortion racket. The 17 accused were found guilty of murder, destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy while one policeman has been found guilty of destruction of evidence. Victim Ranbir's father, Ravinder Pal, sought capital punishment for some of the convicts. However, Director General of Uttarakhand Police (DGP), BS Sidhu, hinted that his department might move the higher court against the verdict. The trial of the case was transferred from Dehradun to Delhi after Ranbir's family's petition. Jun 6, 2014

Nepal foreign minister expresses need for an anthem to connect SAARC nations

Kathmandu, June 06 (ANI): A delegation of artists has proposed a song written by the Indian poet-diplomat to Nepal Abhay K which has been sung by various Nepali artists to be chosen as the formal SAARC anthem. They met the Nepal foreign minister Mahendra Pandey in Kathmandu. The minister said that efforts will be made for strengthening the people-to-people relationship between SAARC countries. Meanwhile, Nepal foreign minister said that the song has to be presented formally in the upcoming SAARC summit before it is approved unanimously as the formal SAARC anthem. Various artists like Sapan Ghimire, Kaka Rai, Meena Singh and Kala Rai have given their voices in the song. Jun 6, 2014

Sunny Leone wooed by Delhi media

New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): Sunny Leone was in the capital to promote her upcoming reality show Splits vile 7 to be aired on music entertainment channel MTV. Going by the theme of the show in which 20 hot girls will be seen wooing and vying for the attention of seven gorgeous male celebrities, Sunny followed the same trend but with a twist. As the gorgeous babe was wooed by capital's male journalists who went head over heels for her. And the baby doll was so happy and impressed by all of them that instead of one she chose two winners, who got a chance to party with Sunny. With none other than Sunny Leone being their date, we are sure those two lucky winners must have had a time of their life...right guys? Jun 6, 2014

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