Govt taking all flood control measures, will make sure there is no loss of lives: Omar

Srinagar, Sep 04 (ANI): Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday personally monitored the flood situation in Srinagar. He has put the state administration on high alert, directing them to be at the beck and call of the people wherever required. Omar said that the government is taking all flood control measures and will make sure there is no loss of lives. Sep 4, 2014

Politicos raise concern over video of al Qaeda chief announcing India wing

New Delhi, Sep 04 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday raised concern over the Al Qaeda video posted online. In a video, Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group and said that he will "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent. He also renewed a longstanding vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in an apparent snub to the Islamic State armed group challenging al Qaeda for leadership of transnational Islamist militancy. Sep 4, 2014

Rescue operations begin as floods wreak havoc in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, Sep 04 (ANI): Rescue operations began in Jammu and Kashmir as floods, triggered by heavy rains, wreaked havoc. Two people trapped in floodwater were rescued by the army, fire service officials and police in a four-hour joint operation in Rajouri district of the state. Chief of Mang Dharhal village council, Mohammad Shabir, thanked the army and police for rescuing the flood victims. Incessant rains caused floods in the hilly district of Poonch. Due to torrential rains, the route of river in Poonch changed and started flowing towards the residential areas. A resident, Mohammad Razzaq, said several houses were destroyed in the locality. Meanwhile, Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) Arvind Kumar Sharma said measures to save the flood-affected people in the district were on. Sep 4, 2014

Freed British parents reunited with ill son in Spain

The British parents jailed after taking their critically-ill son Ashya King from hospital enjoyed an emotional reunion with him at his bedside in Spain on Wednesday but were barred from taking formal custody of him for now. Duration:01:04 Sep 4, 2014

Flood alert in Kashmir as Jhelum river swells following heavy rain

Jammu and Kashmir, Sep 04 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir government has sounded flood alert in the state after three days of incessant rain. Many villages have been inundated and River Jhelum has been flowing four feet above danger mark in Srinagar. The situation is particularly grim in south Kashmir, the police and local administration have rescued dozens of people from the Kulgam district. The villagers were evacuated after the flood water entered their houses and submerged. Meanwhile, a worker trapped in flood water in Kashmir's Ganderbal district was rescued by the team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Poonch, Rajouri and Reasi - on the Jammu side - and Kulgam and Shopian - both in the valley - have been receiving heavy rain which has affected normal life in these areas. Authorities have deployed over a dozen of Disaster Management and rescue teams in all the districts of Jammu region and water level is being continuously monitored by the flood control rooms. Sep 4, 2014

Australia PM Tony Abbott arrives in India; nuclear deal on cards

New Delhi/Mumbai, Sep 04 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Mumbai on Thursday morning to sign a long-awaited deal to sell uranium to his energy-starved hosts and strengthen bilateral ties. Tony Abbott told parliament in Canberra that he hoped to sign a deal this week to sell uranium to India for peaceful power generation, but halted uranium exports to Russia over Moscow's role in Ukraine. Work on an India-Australia agreement has been underway since Australia, which has 40 percent of the world's known uranium reserves, lifted a long-standing ban on selling uranium to energy-starved India in 2012. Nuclear-armed India and Australia have been working on a safeguards agreement since then to ensure any uranium exports from Australia are used purely for peaceful purposes. So far India and Australia have had five rounds of negotiations on the nuclear pact. Bhattacharya added that India expects significant outcome from the visit to further enhance bilateral partnership. During his two-day visit, India and Australia would look at ways to deepen strategic ties and strengthen two-way trade and commerce. Abbott is visiting India and Malaysia as he seeks to deepen trade and personal ties in Asia ahead of the Group of 20 Leaders Summit scheduled to take place in Brisbane i Sep 4, 2014


Jaipur, Sept 04 (ANI): US envoy, Kathleen Stephens, is hopeful of successful engagement in solar energy sector with Rajasthan. Stephens told mediapersons in pink city of Jaipur that she had discussed a variety of industrial engagements and business collaborations between the US and India with Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhra Raje. She stressed upon building close collaborations in one of the most portentous sectors such as energy. Talking about the expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government, she said US was looking forward to indulge with India's strong platform of outreach engagements. Stephens added that the US President Barack Obama is pleased to strengthen and deepen the very important strategic partnership with India. Sep 4, 2014

Online sale of traditional Kashmiri delicacies does brisk business across Indian states

Srinagar, Sep 04 (ANI): A young entrepreneur in Srinagar established brisk business across various states as he started online sale of packed traditional Kashmiri cuisine (Wazwan) comprising a choice of 25 non vegetarian dishes. Wazwan is a traditional Kashmiri multi cuisine mostly comprising non vegetarian dishes and relished in Kashmir over centuries. Encouraged by the popularity of Wazwan not just in the valley but across all other states, Mehraj set up a shopping portal where it is made available online. The delicacies are delivered in special air tight packing of tins, which is being done in order to prolong their shelf life. The rates have also been kept reasonable for the common man. Sep 4, 2014