Sun, 15 June 2014
Bhutan and Bharat are made for each other: Modi

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21:24   Modi heaps praise on Bhutan, says the 2 are the same
At the function, Modi further added, "Bharat and Bhutan are made for each other and that India will continue to be associated with Bhutan's progress and happiness. He concluded his speech by raising a toast and said, "I raise this toast for the health, happiness and long life of Bhutan King and wish for the well being of Bhutan."
Speaking further, Modi said that it was lovely that at a time when countries' Gross Domestic Produce was discussed, Bhutan spoke about its Happiness index.
21:14   Modi thanks Bhutan for warm welcome
Tshering Tobgay, Bhutan's PM, held a banquet for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tobgay also raised a toast for peace, prosperity and progress of India. At the banquet, Modi said, "I am grateful to Bhutan for this warm welcome." Modi added that even though the passport colours of the two countries was different, the morals, values and cultures were the same.
20:57   Pakistan Army begins operation against militants
On the directions of the government, the Pakistan Army has launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan. "The operation has been named Zarb-e-Azb," said military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa. The operation against the militants comes after the Taliban attacked the Karachi airport. 
20:30   Surat: Four engineers drown due to high tide
Four employees of L&T were swept away during high tide at Suvali beach near Surat on Sunday. Officials claim that despite being warned by the people at the beach about the high tide, the four ventured into the danger zone only to be swept away. A search has been launched to locate the bodies of the engineers.
19:38   Irate Congress workers to snap power supply to Sisodia's home
The Congress party on Sunday continued its power protest in the Capital, threatening to cut supply to the houses of former Delhi minister Manish Sisodia and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders if the crisis is not resolved soon. Blaming the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party, the Congress continued its protests in the Capital and said they would snap all power supply to the leaders' homes. 
18:45   AP Assembly session from Jun 19
The first session of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, after the creation of Telangana, will be held for five days beginning June 19. It will have five working days from June 19 to 24. On the first day, the newly-elected members will be administered oath, while on the second day elections will be held for the post of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
18:21   Modi inaugurates Bhutan's Supreme Court
In Bhutan on a two-day visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Supreme Court building. Earlier in the day, he met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and discussed ways to cement the special ties the two countries share. 
17:37   Mumbai: One dies owing to high tide
A boy died after drowning at Marine Drive in Mumbai on Sunday owing to the high tide. Another was rescued by the officials. Waves reached a height of 7 metre on Sunday. Earlier in the day, people had be warned to stay away from beaches owing to the high tide. 
17:22   MEA issues travel advisory on travel to Iraq
The Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday issued an advisory asking Indians to to avoid unnecessary travel to Iraq. It also asked Indian nationals residing in Iraq to leave the country by commercial means if it was safe to do so. "Indians living in areas affected by the ongoing armed conflict are advised to stay indoors as far as possible and are advised to remain in contact with our Embassy in Baghdad for necessary advice and updated information," read the advisory. Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin also tweeted helpline numbers. The numbers are: +964 770 444 4899 and +964 770 484 3247.
17:00   Students arrested for anti-Modi remarks in magazine
Nine students of the Sree Krishna college in Kerala were on Sunday arrested in the case pertaining to their campus magazine containing unsavoury remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those arrested, and let off on bail soon, included student editor of the magazine, its sub-editors and editorial advisory committee members, police said.  Police had registered the case against these students as the magazine was found to have used 'objectionable and unsavoury' language against Modi, garbed as a crossword puzzle.
16:27   PM to raise issue of border violence with Bhutan
According to sources, Modi who is in Bhutan on his first foreign visit as the prime minister will raise the issue of People's Liberation Army's transgressions. While trade is supposed to be the main topic, India and Bhutan may agree on solving its border issues with China too. 
16:12   Defence Minister Jaitley visits LoC in Kashmir
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley visited a few Army posts at the the LoC in the Haji Pir Area. After his visit, the defence minister tweeted, "Our soldiers are doing a commendable job in safeguarding the country. Our soldiers strive selflessly to maintain the sanctity of the LoC and in responding to any ceasefire violations."
15:30   BJP leader's death: BJP condemns systemic deaths of members
In wake of the murder of Rakesh Rastogi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Uttarakhand unit, members of the party have condemned the death saying they won't sit idle. "Our lives are under threat. We won't just sit idle," said a member. This is the third leader that has died in the past few weeks
14:42   Future strategy devised at SP meet
Azam Khan speaking to reporters after the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had called an emergency meeting, said that keeping in mind the Vidhan Sabha elections, future strategies were discussed and that the party aims to win all the seats in the state. 
13:51   Jaitley in Srinagar: Army to give fitting reply to Pakistan
Two days after ceasefire violations were reported along the Line of Control from the Pakistan side, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, who is in Jammu and Kashmir on a two-day visit, said, "The Army is capable of giving a fitting reply to Pakistan." He added that the ceasefire violations had to come to an end. Speaking about the situation in Kashmir, Jaitley added that he was optimistic about the security situation in Kashmir. 
13:09   Assam Health and Education Minister resigns
Hemanta Biswa Sarma, Assam's health and education minister, resigned on Sunday. He said his resignation was owing to his lack of faith in Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's leadership. 
13:07   Congress stages protests against power outages in Delhi
Protesting against the prolonged power outages in the state and the lack of action by the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre, Congress workers are becoming aggressive and carrying out prolonged protests on the streets of Delhi. They burned effigies and vandalised public property demanding that the government ensures power in the state. 
13:00   Zinta molestation case: E-mail trail to be probed
Cops will check Preity Zinta's e-mails to verify her molestation claims against former boyfriend and co-owner of Kings XI Punjab Ness Wadia. According to sources, they will probe the trail between the star and Wadia. 
12:51   Mulayam Singh Yadav calls for emergency meeting
Taking stock of the lack of law and order in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has called in a meeting. Sources say Mulayam had expressed displeasure over the mounting criticism his party was facing in the state. 

More details are awaited. 
12:50   Royan Bhutan flight makes emergency landing
The Royal Bhutan flight made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport after its windshield cracked. The flight was scheduled to land in Mumbai but had to make an emergency landing. All the passengers and crew members on board are said to be safe.
PM Modi is welcomed by Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay. During the two-day visit, trade is expected to be the centre of discussions. 
11:19   Modi arrives in Bhutan on first foreign visit as PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Paro Airport in Bhutan. This is Modi's first foreign visit as the Prime Minister. Modi will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh. 

Pic: ANI/Twitter
11:15   Uttarakhand BJP leader found dead in car
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rakesh Rastogi was found dead in his car on the Baheri highway in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district. He was reportedly stabbed multiple times and was found with his hands tied behind his back.
10:43   Woman gang-raped by 3 men in Badaun
A woman, 32, was allegedly gang-raped by by three persons, including the sonof a policeman, in the Bisauli area of Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district. Senior Superintendent of Police LR Kumar said the victim was taken with her two children to an under-construction house by one Himanshu when she had gone out to purchase medicines on Friday night. The victim alleged that Himanshu, the son of a policeman, locked her up with the children in the house and left only to return later with two aides to gang rape her. 
00:33   Bhutan is a natural choice for my first foreign visit: PM Modi
On the eve of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight said Bhutan was a "natural choice" as his first foreign destination because of the "unique and special relationship" and his trip would focus on making development cooperation "even more effective". 

In his pre-departure statement, Modi said relations with Bhutan will be a key foreign policy priority of his government.
00:33   No curfew: Saturday night Bangkok-style is back
The generals who seized power in Thailand disrupted one of the country's most lucrative industries '" the go-go bars that were forced to close early because of a curfew.

Now the junta has lifted the curfew, giving a green light for Bangkok's red-light districts and other evening activities to roar back to life. For the first time in a month, Saturday night freedom returned to the Thai capital.
00:30   Vote counting begins in landmark Afghan run-off
Polls in Afghanistan have closed and vote counting has started for the run-off election between presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.

Afghans went to the polls Saturday to decide whether former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani or former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah will be the next president of their war-ravaged nation. Despite ongoing violence, voters in Kabul ignored threats  and streamed past heavy security to cast their ballots.
00:29   NATO: Photos confirm Russian tanks near Ukraine
NATO on Saturday released photos that it said showed recent Russian tank movements near the Ukrainian border, one day after the U.S. State Department asserted Russia had sent tanks and heavy weaponry to separatists in Ukraine. 

The tanks in the NATO photos were seen on the Russian side of the border, but a NATO officer told VOA that they were likely the same ones that were shown moving within eastern Ukraine in video circulating on the Internet.
00:26   Himachal tragedy: AP govt mulling assistance from ISRO, NASA
Andhra Pradesh Government is considering to take the assistance of space agencies ISRO and NASA to trace the 17 missing engineering students from Hyderabad who were swept away in Beas river after sudden release of water from a reservoir. 

"We are trying to establish contact with organisations like ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and NASA (US space agency) and are determined to trace all the missing students," Deputy Chief Minister N Chinna Rajappa, who visited the area this evening to review the rescue operation, said.
00:24   Thousands of Iraqi men answer urgent call to arms
Thousands of Shiites from Baghdad and across southern Iraq answered an urgent call to arms today, joining security forces to fight the Islamic militants who have captured large swaths of territory north of the capital and now imperil a city with a much-revered religious shrine. 

The mobilisation, urged by the nation's top Shiite cleric, took on a sectarian dimension that threatened to intensify Sunni-Shiite strife in a nation already ripped by religious fervor after the militants' battlefield successes.
00:23   Smoking US plane closes Guatemala airport
Officials say they closed Guatemala City's main airport for an hour after smoke from the engine of an Atlanta-bound jetliner brought out firefighters. 

Civil Aviation spokesman Oscar Estrada says firefighters sprayed chemical foam on the engine to avert a possible fire Saturday. He says the Delta Airlines plane was carrying about 150 people, all of whom were evacuated safely.