Nepal hopes 'conducive atmosphere' is created for holding Saarc summit

Kathmandu , Sep 29

Nepal, the current Chair of Saarc, on Wednesday confirmed that four nations -- India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan -- have conveyed they are pulling out of the 19th summit in Islamabad, and urged for a "conducive environment to be created soon" to ensure that all member states can participate.

IS no longer controls any Iraqi oil well: Iraq

Baghdad , Sep 29

The Islamic State no longer controls any of Iraq's oil wells after government forces drove the jihadist group from the northern town of Shirqat, Iraqi Petrol Ministry's spokesman Asim Jihad said on Wednesday.

Congress overrides Obama's veto of 9/11 bill

Washington , Sep 29

An overwhelming majority in Congress on Wednesday overturned US President Barack Obamas veto of legislation that would allow families of those killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot, the first successful override vote of his presidency.

Poor households in J&K to get free cooking gas

Srinagar , Sep 29

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday inaugurated a scheme to provide free LPG, or cooking gas, connection to poor households in Jammu and Kashmir and said the government is going to release one lakh connections in the next 15 days.

BRPL consumers can pay bills at Bank of Baroda branches

New Delhi , Sep 29

BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BPRL), one of the national capital's electricity distribution companies (discoms), said on Wednesday that its consumers will now be able to pay their bills at various branches of Bank of Baroda (BoB) across the city.

Jaish terror guides sent to NIA custody

New Delhi , Sep 28

Two residents of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, arrested last week from Jammu and Kashmir's Uri town for guiding the Jaish-e-Mohammad militants who attacked an army camp killing 18 soldiers, have been sent to two-day NIA custody and brought here for questiong.