Monsoon rains reach India's southern coast

New Delhi/ Kochi, June 06 (ANI): India's monsoon rains reached southern Kerala on Friday offering relief to farmers who have been waiting eagerly for the start of the wet season that is crucial for their summer crops. However, the rains are moving at a sluggish pace, Rathore added. A slight delay in the monsoon’s onset is unlikely to have a major impact on sowing of rice, pulses and cotton. Jun 6, 2014

J&K govt enhances retirement age of its employees to 60 years

Srinagar, June 06 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir government increased the retirement age of its employees by two years from 58 to 60 years, assenting to demand of the workers. During a news conference, JandK Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, in Srinagar said the government employees are now entitled to work till the age of 60. Worker unions have been protesting for the same for last eight years. Employees welcomed the move by the government and said it would solve many financial problems for the sole bread earners of the families. Jun 6, 2014

Arun Jaitley holds pre-budget consultations with trade union leaders

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday held consultations with trade union leaders to seek their inputs for the Budget. Jaitley met the dignitaries in the ministry building in New Delhi. General Secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Tapan Sen urged the government not to pursue deregulation, dis-investment and privatisation of state-run companies. Sen also appealed for implementation of minimum wage, universal social security and pension for the labourers. Jun 6, 2014

PM's inbox on foreign policy matter is crowded: MEA

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): The MEA spokesperson on Friday highlighted the agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting other nations and stated that his inbox is crowded. Akbaruddin said that in the next few months PM will visit the major countries which invited him and the first of them will be Bhutan which he will visit in June. He added that regarding the PM's visit to US, President Obama was the first to invite Modi. He further stated that the PM has also been invited by Japan which he is likely to visit in July. Jun 6, 2014

Syrians wage 'war of tunnels' for Damascus

Guided more by what they can hear than see, Syrian troops and rebels are battling in the bowels of Damascus, digging tunnels in a campaign to control the eastern entrance to the capital. Duration: 01:15 Jun 6, 2014

Delhi could face load shedding for another week: Najeeb Jung

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung has said many areas in the capital could undergo planned blackouts for another three to four days. The comments from Najeeb came as Delhi is facing massive load shedding ranging for two to three hours every day. He added that repairing the big towers and lines that had fallen after the massive storm would take time. Jun 6, 2014

Modi's Bhutan visit would send a positive signal: BJP

New Delhi, June 06 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to neighbouring Bhutan later this month in his first foreign visit after assuming power. According to sources, Modi hold talks on key bilateral and regional issues with the leadership of the Himalayan nation. Reacting over this BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said on Friday that UPA cancelled the subsidy on cooking gas and kerosene oil to Bhutan which was a wrong move and Modi's visit will now send a right message. He added that the visit would ensure Bhutan that India considers it a friendly neighbour. Jun 6, 2014

BSE Sensex crosses 25,000 mark on back of positive FIIs

Mumbai, June 06 (ANI): The BSE Sensex on Friday jumped 160 points and crossed 25,000 points on the back of positive FIIs and other investors. The record high is attributed to the Narendra Modi led NDA government, as well as international trends favouring Indian market. Market Expert Sunil Shah said that the things will remain bright till the announcement of budget by the prime minister. Shah also said that the fluctuations will persist but won’t last long. Jun 6, 2014