More bodies recovered after boat carrying migrants sinks near Libya

Tripoli, Aug 24 (ANI): The Libyan coast guard recovered more bodies after a wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants sunk just one kilometer off the Libyan coast, with most passengers feared drowned. The local coast guard said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels in a rescue attempt after fishermen raised the alarm on Saturday morning. The small boat crammed with between 150-200 migrants sank late on Friday near Qarabouli, east of Tripoli. Local fishermen raised the alarm at dawn on Saturday morning and the coast guard managed to rescue 16 migrants who were still alive in the water. Aug 24, 2014

Israeli air strikes kill many in Gaza even as Egypt calls for peace talks

Gaza, Aug 24 (ANI): An Israeli air strike destroyed a 13-storey residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City which injured 17 people, Gaza health officials said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the building had been used as a command centre by Hamas militants. Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. Meanwhile, a Palestinian was also killed in an Israeli air strike late on Saturday when the attack hit his car. Five other people, including two children, were also killed in an Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza, while six more Palestinians were killed in other strikes. Aug 24, 2014

Pakistan anti-government protesters vow to continue after talks deadlock

Islamabad, Aug 24 (ANI): Supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan said on Sunday that they will continue their protest in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, after the government rejected a proposal by Khan's party for the prime minister to step down for one month. Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) said Nawaz Sharif should resign temporarily while a judicial commission investigates whether or not the 2013 general elections had been rigged. Some leaders of PTI said that the party was not willing to show flexibility in its demand for the prime minister's resignation. Khan demanded that fresh elections should be held if rigging is proved by the judicial commission. Khan's supporters are hopeful their demonstration will eventually push the government to agree to their leader's demand. Some of the supporters said they had come from abroad to join the demonstrations and vowed to carry on. Aug 24, 2014

Time for PM to fulfill 'ache din' dream and ensure peace: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Aug 24 (ANI): Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on Sunday said that the ceasefire violations happening everyday along the border is a disturbing incident. He added that the people along the borders are facing difficulty due to firing and it is time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfill his promise of good days and ensure peace along the borders. Aug 24, 2014

Pakistan steps up attack, shells 25 BSF posts, 19 villages in Jammu, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Pakistani troops continued to violate the ceasefire by shelling and firing upon 25 Border Out Posts (BoPs) and 19 villages along the International Border in Jammu sector, in the intervening night of August 23rd and August 24th, prompting the BSF to retaliate. Meanwhile, condemning the ceasefire violations political leaders on Sunday said that Narendra Modi led NDA government should take strict action and give befitting reply to Pakistan. Aug 24, 2014

Indian Army giving adequate response on Pak ceasefire violations: Arun Jaitley

Murshidabad, Aug 24 (ANI): Talking about the continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan on Indian borders, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that the army is giving adequate response to Pakistan. He said that there had been a series of provocations by Pakistan and that the Indian Army and BSF are taking all steps to protect our territory and people. The ongoing violations have injured many and have lead villagers near the border to flee for safety. Aug 24, 2014

Pak's call for DGMO talks may sustain ceasefire and bring peace: Former DGMO

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Former Director General of Military Operations Lieutenant General (Retired) Vinod Bhatia said on Sunday that Pakistan's call for DGMO level talks with India may prove to be helpful for both the nations. Bhatia said that DGMO level talks will only be engaging in the agendas related to ceasefire violation on the international border of Kashmir, which are happening almost every day and causing disturbance in India. He also said that the talks may sustain the ceasefire and bring peace on the borders. Aug 24, 2014

Oil Minister aims to expand PNG system to maximum for household by 2022

Mumbai, Aug 24 (ANI): Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that the ministry is aiming to expand PNG (Piped Natural Gas) system to households to the maximum by 2022. He said that the ministry had a meeting over the same and is ready to start the works for the same in order to achieve the goal. He advocated about the system saying that the gas is more safe, economical and eco friendly. Pradhan said that the same would be tried to the maximum and is hopefully to cover 70 per cent of the household and the rest of the gap could be filled up by the LPG. He also said that post getting an idea about the possibility and feasibility, the ministry is to provide PNG to the crematoriums too. Aug 24, 2014

Political parties flay move to include topics like 'love jihad' in BJP's UP meet

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Expressing concern over the inclusion of topics like 'love jihad' in Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Uttar Pradesh meet, political leaders have said that these things are been done to divert the minds of people from other issues. NCP leader Tariq Anwar slammed BJP for this and said that the nation understands everything and this plan of BJP will not be successful. Criticizing the move, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar went a step further demanding reservation in jobs for those who marry outside their castes. SP leader Naresh Agarwal too slammed the BJP for this. Aug 24, 2014

Former CAG should have disclosed revelations during his term of office: Ali Anwar

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Ali Anwar on Sunday stated that the startling claims reportedly being made by the former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai would have been taken seriously had he disclosed it when he was in office. The former Auditor General Vinod Rai has reportedly dropped a bombshell by claiming that senior functionaries from the UPA government had applied pressure on him to drop certain names from the auditor's reports on Coalgate and Commonwealth Games scams. According to reports, Rai's book which is set to be released on September 15, will provide details of how the former prime minister, Manmohan Singh had succumbed to what he himself once described as 'compulsions of coalition politics'. Aug 24, 2014

Villagers fear threat to life amid continuous ceasefire violation along Kashmir border

RS Pura, Aug 24 (ANI): Villagers along the Indo-Pak international border in Kashmir live under the shadow of death amid continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan army. Pakistan army violated ceasefire on the Indian border in the intervening night of August 23rd and August 24th in Jammu district of the province. Villagers in the bordering areas say they are scared to step out of their homes due to constant threat to their lives and even their crops lie unattended. Aug 24, 2014

Arun Jaitley labels GST as priority

Kolkata, Aug 24 (ANI): Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley labeled the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a priority area for him during his visit to Kolkata. Speaking to the media after his meeting with the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Finance Minister, Amit Mitra, Jaitley said that Central and State governments need to discuss many issues out of which GST is priority. The proposed GST will subsume indirect taxes like excise duty and service tax at the central level and VAT on the states' front, besides local levies. Aug 24, 2014