Three militants surrender in Assam

Barpeta, Aug 6 (ANI): Three militants of a separatist group, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), surrendered in Assam. The militants also handed over a cache of arms and ammunition to the police and paramilitary, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Deputy Superintendent of Police of Barpeta Police Station, B C Nath said one AK-56 rifle, one magazine, 17 rounds of ammunition, one 7.6mm pistol and two Chinese grenades were surrendered by the militants. The militants have been identified as Rajani Brahma, Sanjib Basumatari and B. Brahma. Nath informed the police were keeping a tight vigil ahead of Independence Day on August 15. Aug 6, 2014

Uproar in LS as Congress demands debate on rising communal violence, BJP condemns

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Uproar prevailed in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, as the Congress Party demanded a debate on rising incidents of communal violence across the country through an adjournment motion. However, the BJP condemned the party for creating ruckus and said that it is ready to debate on any issue proposed for discussion but only as per the rules and regulations of the parliament. Aug 6, 2014

Even Priyanka's entry will not save Congress: Rival parties on new poster

New Delhi, Aug 06 (ANI): A controversial banner has once again come up claiming that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would soon be joining active politics. The major omission from the banner is the photograph of Rahul Gandhi. Reacting over this, rival parties on Wednesday said that even Priyanka Gandhi's entry will not help congress to come out of the current situation. The party will survive only if the family autocracy ends. Aug 6, 2014

Nirbhaya-inspired fashion photoshoot sparks outrage

New Delhi/Kanpur, Aug 06 (ANI): The Nirbhaya-inspired 'fashion shoot' on Wednesday drew criticism from women activists. The National Commission of Women has called for strict action against the photoshoot depicting the December 16 gangrape incident. A week ago, fashion photographer Raj Shetye released his latest photoshoot and spread a wave of outrage. Titled 'The Wrong Turn', the photo series features a woman surrounded by lecherous men in a bus. Aug 6, 2014

Impasse over Insurance Bill continues

New Delhi, Aug 06 (ANI): The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) lent its support to the insurance bill, as the other opposition parties oppose it. An all-party meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday has been scrapped. The deadlock between the government and the opposition parties on the Insurance Bill remains intact. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the party is supporting the bill as it is a good thing. However, CPI leader D Raja, opposed the bill. SP leader Naresh Agarwal, said that the stand of both parties on the bill is not clear. Mallikarjun Kharge, said that the party will take the decision after it is passed in the upper house of the parliament. Reportedly, the government is expected to take a final call on the issue on Thursday. Aug 6, 2014

Only one man's voice seems to count for anything: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): In an unusual show of protest in Parliament, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday rushed to the well of the Lok Sabha, accusing the Speaker of bias and later told reporters that there is a mood in Parliament that only one man's voice counts for anything in this country. Rahul's barb at Prime Minister Narendra Modi came after his party disrupted the Lok Sabha, demanding a discussion on communal violence in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan turned down the Congress request, provoking allegations of bias from the Congress vice president. Aug 6, 2014

UPSC row: Opposition continues to pressurize govt

New Delhi, Aug 06 (ANI): The Opposition on Wednesday came out strongly against the government over the UPSC row. Slamming the government for its decision to go ahead with the UPSC Civil Services Aptitude Test 2014 exam as scheduled on August 24 with non-inclusion of English marks, political leaders demanded that the government should take more concrete steps and do justice to the students. Aug 6, 2014

Veteran cartoonist Pran passes away at 75

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Veteran cartoonist and creator of the iconic characters, _Chacha Chaudhary_, _Billu_, _Sabu_, _Pinki_, Pran passed away today in New Delhi after reportedly suffering from cancer. His creations included unconventional yet beloved characters like _Chacha Chaudhary_ and _Saboo_ that captured the imagination of thousands of Indian children. The 75-year-old artist was one of India_s best known cartoonists and also received a lifetime achievement award in 2001. Aug 6, 2014

Narayan Rane withdraws resignation, politicos react

New Delhi/ Nagpur, Aug 6 (ANI): The BJP took a dig at Congressman Narayan Rane, who on Tuesday back-tracked and withdrew his resignation from the Maharashtra Cabinet after publicly criticizing the party leadership and the Chief Minister. The Congress and the NCP however, said that Rane_s decision would strengthen the state cabinet. Aug 6, 2014

10 Indian nurses reach Kochi from strife-torn Libya

Kochi, Aug 6 (ANI): Another batch of 10 Indian nurses from Libya arrived on Wednesday by a special flight, a day after 44 nurses reached Kochi from the strife- torn country. Apart from taking a slew of measures to facilitate the departure of Indians in Libya, which is witnessing increased violence, the Ministry has issued number of advisories asking the Indians to leave the conflict-hit country and not to travel there. Aug 6, 2014

There were no charges against me: IOA General Secretary Rajeev Mehta

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Indian Olympic Association (IOA) General Secretary Rajeev Mehta, who was arrested in Glasgow on charges of alleged drunken driving, on Wednesday said that there were no charges against him. He was on his way back home after returning from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. On August 3, Scotland Police had arrested Mehta for driving in a drunken state while wrestling referee Virender Malik was booked for sexual assault but the charges were later dropped against them. Aug 6, 2014

Suspension of government officials over borewell incident sparks protest in Karnataka

Bagalkot, Aug 6 (ANI): Officials of Panchayat Development Office protested against suspension of their colleagues on charges of negligence over falling of a six-year-old boy in a borewell in Karnataka on Wednesday. The boy, Thimanna, had fallen into an open borewell at a farm in Bagalkot district of the province on Sunday. The employees of Panchayat (village body) Development Office sat outside the office of Superintendent of Police and demanded that charges should be taken back. Aug 6, 2014

Amarnath Yatra enters last leg as 'Chari Mubarak' leaves for Amarnath

Srinagar, Aug 6 (ANI): The Amarnath Yatra entered its last leg as 'Chari Mubarak', the holy mace of Lord Shiva, today left for the 3,880 meter high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir. Meanwhile, lakhs of pilgrims have paid obeisance to the ice-lingam.The saffron-robed mace was taken from its 'Dashnami Akhara' abode at Budshah Chowk here to Pahalgam by a group of priests and pilgrims led by its custodian Mahant Deependra Giri. The Chari Mubarak will be offered prayers at various temples en route to Pahalgam, which serves as the traditional base camp for the annual pilgrimage. Aug 6, 2014

Japan lures tourists with attractive services

Tokyo, Aug 05 (ANI): If you are traveling to Japan, enjoy the free Wi-Fi service at the airport. And to get your free ID and password for a Wi-Fi connection, there is no need to visit any service counter. Passengers can login to the Japan Airlines' website to get Wi-Fi ID and password to enjoy free surfing. The company is getting good response from passengers since its launch. Foreign tourists are thrilled about the easy access to Wi-Fi at the airport. Tourists can also enjoy other facilities at airport and railway stations including temporary storage of their luggage. At Tokyo Station, which is also the terminal of Shinkansen bullet train, Sagawa Express provides temporary storage and same-day delivery of luggage to the hotel. These tourists from Italy take advantage of the service. Aug 6, 2014

Congress asks government to explain the hurry to introduce insurance bill

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Congress leader Anand Sharma has said the ruling BJP government must explain why they are in a hurry to introduce the insurance amendment bill. The government was to table the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill in the upper house of the Parliament on Monday (August 04) but it was removed from the business list after they failed to gain cooperation from the opposition in passing the bill. The proposal, which requires the approval of both houses of the Parliament, would bring foreign investment worth up to $2 billion into the sector within a year of its implementation. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Sharma, who is also the deputy leader of opposition in the upper house, said the BJP government needs to be more patient regarding the controversial bill. Aug 6, 2014