15 people killed in mortar barrage, gunfire in Iraq

Baghdad , Oct 9

At least 15 people were killed and 30 others wounded on Thursday in a mortar barrage in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala and a gunmen attack in the northern city of Kirkuk, security sources said.

Means of transport to be switched to electric mode in 2 years: Gadkari

New Delhi , Oct 8

In a bid to cut oil import bill and mitigate pollution, the government is working on an ambitious project to switch diesel and petrol-run vehicles across the country to electric mode in two years, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

Trucks with goods not meant for Delhi should not enter city, SC told

New Delhi , Oct 8

The central government on Thursday said that non-Delhi bound trucks and commercial vehicles have no business to use the capital as a transit route as the Supreme Court sought suggestions on ways and means to levy pollution compensatory charges on them for contributing to already alarming air pollution levels.

Mulayam claims to know names of people behind Dadri lynching

Lucknow , Oct 8

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday claimed that he had the names of three people who were behind the lynching of a Muslim in Dadri last month over rumours of eating beef. Addressing a press conference in the state capital, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister added that these were the same people who had a hand in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.

Indian toll in Haj stampede rises to 81

New Delhi , Oct 8

The toll of Indian pilgrims killed in the stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia during Haj has risen to 81, the government said on Tuesday.

SC notice on plea for banning firecrackers during Dussehra, Diwali

New Delhi , Oct 8

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from the central and Delhi governments on a plea seeking ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers during the festival of Dussehra and Diwali as this further aggravates the already dangerous level of air pollution.