62,000 still stranded; PM, Sonia to visit KedarnathJune 19, 2013
New Delhi, June 19 Over 62,000 pilgrims and tourists are still stranded in calamity-hit Uttarakhand while 11,000 have been rescued. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are to undertake an aerial survey of the extensive damage.
The toll in the havoc caused by the flash foods and cloudbursts stands at 69, union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Wednesday.
Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi are to fly to the temple town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand where the swollen Mandakini river has washed away houses and many people are ...Read More
US, Taliban to have direct peace talksJune 19, 2013
Washington, June 19 The US has decided to hold direct peace talks with the Taliban, senior White House officials have announced. The first meet is due to take place in the coming days in Qatar's capital, where the Taliban have opened their first official overseas office, BBC reported.
US officials told reporters the first formal meeting between the US and Taliban representatives was expected to take place in Doha next week, with talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai's High Peace Council and the Taliban due a few days after that.
The announcement came on the day NATO handed over security for the whole of Afghanistan to government forces.
Karzai said his government was also send...Read More
Nitish Kumar wins trust voteJune 19, 2013
Patna, June 19 Three days after he dumped long-time ally BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday won a trust vote to prove his majority in the state assembly.
Nitish Kumar sailed through with 126 votes in his favour after 91 Bharatiya Janata Party members and a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) legislator walked out of the 243-member house.
Nitish Kumar got the support of his Janata Dal-Un...Read More
Yamuna in spate, crosses danger mark in DelhiJune 19, 2013
New Delhi, June 19 The muddy, swirling waters of the Yamuna river were flowing over the danger mark Wednesday, leading to the closure of the city's 145-year-old railway bridge, and forced the evacuation of 2,000 families living along the river banks.
The landmark double-decker rail-cum-road bridge, built in 1868 and connecting sprawling capital city to its eastern part, has been closed for vehi...Read More
Science & Technology
Mexico to discuss deals worth $150 mn at Paris Air ShowJune 19, 2013
Le Bourget (France), June 19 The governor of the Mexican state of Queretaro said Monday that he planned to discuss seven aviation investment projects worth $150 million with different companies during the 2013 Paris Air Show.
Jose Calzada said in a press conference at the Le Bourget exhibition centre that he had about 15 meetings planned with aviation and aerospace companies.