Foreign Ministry assures assistance to stranded nationals in Iraq
New Delhi, June 17 (ANI): Foreign Ministry has assured assistance to stranded nationals, who are stuck in Mosul and Tikrit overrun by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Foreign
Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said an advisory had been issued on
June 15 giving details of 24-hour helpline set up by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad for assistance of its nationals. Syed Akbaruddin added
the government was concerned about the deteriorating security situation and strongly
condemned the attacks.
Fear of virus in litchi fruit hits sales in West Bengal
Siliguri, June 17 (ANI): Reports of continuous deaths due to consuming litchi fruit in West Bengal have hit the sales of the seasonal fruit. Six children were reported to have died in the province on June
7 after eating contaminated litchi. Many other children were being treated in hospitals. The fear of virus and pest in the food has perturbed the people and forced them to choose other fruits to appease their palate, leading to a loss in the litchi market. Several municipalities under the Darjeeling district government have banned sale of litchi as a precautionary measure to control the virus from spreading further. Another fruit
vendor, Sunil Kumar, said rumours about insect in mangoes were also doing the rounds and added that vendors
were incurring losses with the unsold fruits rotting in storage.
2014 FIFA World Cup: Germany fans bask in glory of
victory over Portugal
Salvador, June 17 (ANI): German soccer fans left Salvador's Fonte Nova arena in the best of moods after their team opened their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign with
4-0 win over Portugal. The Germans ignored the sizzling Salvador heat to deliver a scintillating attacking display, including a
hat-trick from Thomas Mueller that ensured the game was over as a contest by
half time. Portugal could not cope with their opponents' pace and movement and were 3-0 down by the interval as Mueller scored either side of a thumping Mats Hummels header. Portugal fan Miguel Violand tried to stay positive about his team improving its performance in time for the next games.