'Singham Returns' starcast launch new range of watches in Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 10 (ANI): The starcast of the film, 'Singham Returns', actors Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor along with director Rohit Shetty, attended launch of a new range of watches to promote their film in showbiz capital Mumbai. 'Singham Returns' is a cop drama and is a sequel to the 2011 similar- themed movie, 'Singham'. Narrating about his character, Devgan said that it is obviously very similar to his character in the prequel since it is essentially the same character. Film also features a song by rapper YoYo Honey Singh. The song 'Aata Majhi Satakli' reportedly crossed one million views on the YouTube in just one day. On being asked how Shetty came to be associated with Honey Singh, Shetty referred the question to Kareena Kapoor and the rapper fan said that this was the best time for both to come together. Aug 10, 2014

PM Modi celebrates Raksha Bandhan with school children

New Delhi, Aug 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with school children. Raksha Bandhan symbolises the eternal bond of love between brother and sister. The festival is traditionally celebrated by visiting siblings with gifts and sweets on this auspicious ceremony. Raksha Bandhan occupies a special place in the Hindu religious calendar. The festival is celebrated with fervour and gaiety among people from different communities. In India, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to symbolise the strong bond between the brothers and sisters and the love and affection shared between them. Aug 10, 2014

Five persons killed as car falls in Narmada canal

Vadodara, Aug 10 (ANI): At least five persons were killed on Sunday when their car fell into Narmada canal at a village in Chhota Udaipur district of Gujarat, police said. All five youths between 20 to 30 years of age, in the car were travelling back after getting rakhi tied by their sisters on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. The victims were on their way to Lajpura village in Chhota Udepur when the accident occurred. Aug 10, 2014

Vintage cars rally in India's IT hub, spreading awareness on women's safety

Bangalore, Aug 10 (ANI): A rally of vintage cars was taken out in Bangalore by the Karnataka Vintage and Classic Car Club on Sunday to create awareness on, 'respect and safety for women. The rally covered around 5 kilometers in the city. Many women dignitaries like Indian classical danseuse Vani Ganapathy, Indian athlete Reeth Abraham, and Former Indian swimmer Nisha Millet, were present at the event. Grand old cars which were used by the Maharajas, industrialists and other noted celebrities of yesteryears were part of the drive, one of them belonging to the father of the first Indian Prime Minsiter, Jawaharlal Nehru. Lanchester, Hillman, Wolseley, Jaguars, Fords, Chevrolets, Austin's, Morris' etc, rallied in the City. Aug 10, 2014

CRPF disposes off IED bomb in Assam

Assam, Aug 10 (ANI): The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) disposed off a pressure-sensitive Improvised Explosive Device (IED) bomb discovered in Nagain district of Assam. The bomb was concealed in a tiffin box. He added that the bomb had been disposed off after exploding it with TNT. Aug 10, 2014

Man returning from guinea to India kept under observation for Ebola

Chennai, Aug 10 (ANI): A native of Tamil Nadu coming back from Guinea to Chennai has been kept under observation for Ebola virus, said a doctor on Sunday. The 26-year-old man from Theni district was taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital immediately after he landed from the West African country. His blood sample has been sent to Pune for test and the man has been kept in isolation ward till then. As per media reports, the corridor leading to the isolation ward, was cordoned off and the authorities at the hospital were instructed to wear masks. Aug 11, 2014

Flood hit villagers continue to suffer, blame government

Odisha, Aug 10 (ANI): Villagers in flood-hit Odisha on Sunday (August 10) blamed the government for their sufferings due to inaction, while the situation continues to remain grim in most of the places. Although waters have receded in some parts of the state but in Keonjhar district flood waters still remain above danger levels. Amid all these there are growing complaints of government apathy. In Keonjhar district people bear the brunt as they remain outside their homes searching for places of high ground for their safety. In Ghasipur village a visibly angry villager, Narahari Ojha, complained that all the politicians who come seeking votes at the time of elections have turned a deaf ear towards them. Aug 11, 2014

S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

When Pope Francis visits South Korea, he will find a thriving Catholic community with a social and political influence that punches far above its minority weight in one of Christianity's most prominent Asian strongholds. Duration: 01:30 Aug 11, 2014

New 72-hour Gaza truce agreed in Cairo: Palestinians

A new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza has been agreed following mediation by Egypt, a Palestinian official said Sunday, although there was no immediate confirmation from Israel. The news comes as Gaza experienced another heavy day of fire. Duration: 01:19 Aug 10, 2014

At least 38 people died in plane crash in Iran

Tehran, Aug 10 (ANI): An Iranian passenger plane crashed on Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital Tehran, killing at least 38 people onboard. According to state media, an Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board crashed on a road near Tehran's Mehrabad airport. Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said that eight or nine had survived and quoted a doctor as saying that one of the injured had regained consciousness. State television said 38 people died instantly and 10 were injured and were transferred to hospital in critical condition. Aug 10, 2014

Locals throng traditional snake boat race in Kerala

Alleppey, Aug 10 (ANI): Locals thronged the 62nd edition of the traditional Nehru Trophy Boat Race held at Punnamada Lake where Oarsmen raced furiously in Alleppey city of Kerala. The snake boat race, also known as the Nehru trophy boat race heralded the tourist season in Kerala Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit flagged off the boat race. As many as 72 boats, including 22 snake boats, country boats and tableaux participated in this year's event. Large number of villagers and tourist gathered to witness the spectacular water event. Aug 10, 2014

India's unique heritage sport Kabaddi enthralls London

London, Aug 10 (ANI): India's heritage sport of kabaddi - a traditional contact sport that mixes tag and wrestling, enthralled London during an exciting game played between the teams of Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar's Khalsa Warriors and star rapper Honey Singh's Tigers in the second match of the Wave World Kabaddi League. Khalsa Warriors defeated Tigers by 79-57. Wave World Kabbadi League (WKL) is the first international Kabaddi league featuring eight teams which will play in USA, Canada, UAE, England and India. The first ever international Kabaddi league is an initiative to promote Kabaddi one of the grass root level sports of India. World Kabaddi League Commissioner, Pargat Singh, who is also a former Indian Hockey player, said Kabaddi is an exciting and easy game to understand. Aug 10, 2014

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says won't negotiate under fire by Hamas

Israel, Aug 10 (ANI): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the nation would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire. Netanyahu also said that the nation in no time had said that the offensive was over. The head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo said earlier that it would pull out unless Israeli negotiators came back to the talks. Israeli air strikes and shelling killed three Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, including a boy and a woman, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardised international efforts to end a more than month-old conflict. Aug 10, 2014

Malaria outbreak claims 79 lives in Tripura

Tripura, Aug 10 (ANI): At least 79 people have died of malaria in Tripura during the past two months, said a senior official of the state health department. Health officials said that the epidemic has affected children already suffering from lack of immunity and malnutrition. Aug 10, 2014