Mass cactus bloom attracts thousands to US desert

Washington , July 20

Thousands of people gathered to enjoy the beauty of "bloom night", an event in a US desert in which the flowers of hundreds of cacti appear almost in unison at dusk before wilting at sunrise.

Cabinet approves revision of Indian Community Welfare Fund guidelines

New Delhi , July 19

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved revision of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) guidelines, to expand scope of welfare measures that can be extended through the fund to overseas Indian nationals in times of distress and emergency.

4 Hazaras killed in Pakistan attack

Islamabad , July 19

At least four members of a family of ethnic Hazaras, part of the Shia Muslim minority, were killed and another was injured on Wednesday in Pakistan's Mastung area, officials said.

Centre faces flak, says don't give communal colour to lynchings

New Delhi , July 19

The opposition on Wednesday took the government to task in the Rajya Sabha over violence against Dalits and minorities, accusing it of entering into a tacit understanding with cow vigilantes who indulged in violence and lynchings.

Humans reached Australia 65,000 years ago: Study

Canberra , July 20

The first settlers of Australia reached the continent 65,000 years ago, about 15,000 years earlier than experts previously thought, a new archaeological study revealed on Thursday.

Congress challenges government to parliamentary debate

New Delhi , July 19

Reacting to the BJP charge that its documents on cow vigilantes was aimed at dividing the country, the Congress on Wednesday accused the ruling party of spreading false news and challenged the government to a parliamentary debate on issues of national interest.

Heritage British era community hall in Bengal's Kurseong burnt to ashes

Darjeeling , July 19

The colonial era Raj Rajeswari hall, burnt down on Wednesday by alleged pro-Gorkhaland activists, was a heritage structure in the heart of northern West Bengal's Kurseong town that was graced through the decades by stalwarts from various fields including iconic freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

SSB averts explosion in Haridwar

Dehradun , July 19

The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has averted an explosion at a parking camp in Haridwar in Uttarakhand, an official said on Wednesday.

Leaders come together for law against lynching

New Delhi , July 19

Leaders in Parliament, irrespective of political affiliations, extended their support to a draft bill against lynching here on Wednesday, and urged the Prime Minister to get it passed.