HC rejects petition over ban on e-rickshaws, says regulations be brought soon

New Delhi, Aug 05 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected the review petition over the ban on e-rickshaws and said that the regulations should be brought up soon by the government in this sphere. The court said that the plying of the e-rickshaws without any regulatory measures are not possible. The lawyer in the case said that the rickshaw is source of income for many and that it could not be scrapped fully and that the government of India will frame regulations for the same. Aug 5, 2014

Two die as heavy rains wreak havoc in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Aug 05 (ANI): Two persons have died as heavy rains wreaked havoc in Bhubaneswar city of Odisha, compelling authorities to take urgent measures to evacuate people living in low areas. The incessant rains clogged city roads, creating huge potholes in them. The rainwater gushed through the streets, making it difficult for people to commute or even step out of their houses. People said that local municipal body workers had not been able to do much to drain the water. According to the Special Relief Commissioner, Pradipta Mohapatra, two people have been killed in the heavy rains and people are being evacuated as a precaution. Aug 5, 2014

43 Indian nurses reach Kochi from strife-torn Libya

Kochi, Aug 05 (ANI): Forty-three Indian nurses who were stranded in strife-torn Libya, arrived in Kerala Tuesday morning. This is the second group of nurses who crossed over to Tunisia from Tripoli on Monday. CEO of Non-Resident Keralite Affairs department (NoRKA) P Sudeep said that the nurses, working in various hospitals in Libya, had reached Tunisia, from where they traveled to Dubai to take the scheduled Emirates flight to Kochi. He also said that the state government will give a cash assistance of Rs. 2,000 each to these nurses for their onward journey from Kochi. One of the nurses talk about her stay in Libya during the ongoing offensive. Aug 5, 2014

Lawyers fume as judge quits accusing sexual harassment by senior

New Delhi, Aug 5 (ANI): Lawyers and activists united to demand justice after an additional judge resigned alleging sexual harassment by a senior judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court in Gwalior city of the state. In her complaint to the Chief Justice of India, R.M. Lodha and other Supreme Court Justices as well as the state HC chief justice, she said the administrative judge sent her a message through the district registrar to "perform dance on an item song" at a function in his residence but she excused herself saying it was her daughter's birthday. Several lawyers joined hands to file a petition against the accused judge and demanded him to step down from his post till an inquiry was completed. Women’s rights groups also came up to support the victim and demanded immediate inquiry and action against the HC judge. Aug 5, 2014

Rescuers battle to clear bodies after China quake

Rescuers lay out bodies in the streets after hundreds are killed by an earthquake in China, leaving the idyllic mountain landscape littered with scenes of devastation and sparking a huge rescue effort. Duration: 01:29 Aug 5, 2014

UPSC stand-off: Aspirants, politicos fumes despite government's announcement

New Delhi, Aug 05 (ANI): Even as the government agreed not to test candidates for English skills in the civil services preliminary examination scheduled for August 24, protesting civil-service aspirants fumed and vowed to continue their almost month-long stir to demand scrapping of the civil services aptitude test (CSAT). The Arvind Verma committee report submitted to the government has recommended that no change should be made in the CSAT as it is a scientifically formed exam and shouldn't be tinkered with. However, politicos from rival parties also stepped up attack on the government over the issue. The government however claimed that it is making serious efforts to resolve the matter. Aug 5, 2014

Bihar suspends forceful evacuation as flood threat recedes

Patna/ Purnia, Aug 05 (ANI): Bihar has suspended the forceful evacuation of people from four districts as threats of impending floods from neighbouring Nepal receded. More than 400,000 people in the state faced the risk of flooding after a landslide in neighbouring Nepal created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi River, which runs into Bihar as the river Kosi. Thousands have been evacuated to safer places till now. Nepal has decided not blast the dam till Saturday and release regulated water through two holes created in the dam across densely populated Bihar. Meanwhile, Indian government deployed C-17 Globemaster plane to airlift a medical team and equipments to set up a make-shift hospital in Punia district to meet any requirement. Aug 5, 2014

No flood threat for 24 hours, says disaster management authority in Bihar

Patna, Aug 04 (ANI): The disaster management authority in Bihar said on Monday they have got more time to take measures for evacuation in times of impending floods in the state. More than 400,000 people in Bihar face the risk of flooding after a landslide that killed at least nine people in neighbouring Nepal, as thousands were being evacuated. The landslide triggered by heavy rains has left scores of people missing and has created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river, which runs into Bihar as the Kosi river. The fear is that as Nepal tries to blast its way through the landslide to clear it, it will unleash a torrent of water across the densely populated Bihar. However, officials said on Monday there is likely no danger for 24 hours. Aug 4, 2014

Hyderabad HC issues notice to Mallika Sherawat, govt over 'obscene' poster

Hyderabad, Aug 4 (ANI): The Hyderabad High Court on Monday issued notices to Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat and the government over a poster of the actress' upcoming film 'Dirty Politics' that shows her draped in the three colours of the national flag. The court has also asked them to reply to the notice in four weeks. Ms Sherawat, in the poster, is sitting on top of a car with a red beacon light, wearing the Indian tricolor. The public interest litigation alleges that this is "obscene use of the Indian Tricolour" and also that "the State Emblem of India has been used for cheap publicity." It alleges that the poster "is an insult to the nation's honour." Aug 5, 2014

Film industry of South India protests over Sri Lanka's derogatory article

Chennai, Aug 04 (ANI): Representatives of Tamil film industry staged a protest outside the Sri Lankan Consulate in Chennai on Monday over the release of an unethical article by the government of Sri Lanka last week. They demanded the closure of the consulate and the embassy in New Delhi. Actor and politician, Sarath Kumar, said the film industry condemns the article put up on Sri Lanka's defence website that stated Tamil Nadu provincial chief J Jayalalithaa wrote love letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Protesters said Jayalalithaa has been doing a lot for the welfare of the fishermen in Tamil Nadu and such 'scandalous article' won't be accepted. Aug 5, 2014

Despite ban on music Kashmiri girls take part in talent hunt show

Srinagar, Aug 05 (ANI): Despite ban on music by separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, girls came out to participate in a talent hunt show and enthralled audience with their music. Young girls took part in a two-day musical talent hunt, 'Pa ma ga re sa 2014' in Srinagar city on Sunday and sang Bollywood and regional songs. Last year, all-girl Kashmiri band Pragaash stopped performing after receiving threats from Islamic militants who claimed that the band members allegedly broke the codes of Islam. In a region where the boom of guns and bombs has drowned out all sounds for almost 20 years, a cacophony of melodies from guitar, drums and electric keyboards is now sweeping Kashmir's war-weary youngsters with a message of love and peace. Aug 5, 2014

Widows make sacred threads for PM Modi ahead of 'Rakhi' festival

Varanasi, Aug 4 (ANI): Inmates of a widow home in Uttar Pradesh made sacred threads, or 'rakhis', for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of 'Raksha Bandhan' and wished for his well being. Women in widow home in Durgakund area of Varanasi said Modi is like their brother and hoped that the PM would take steps for their upliftment and rights. 'Rakhi' is a symbolic holy thread, which a sister ties on her brother's wrist as a mark of bonding between them on 'Raksha Bandhan'. Aug 5, 2014

MEA on Narendra Modi's Nepal visit (Part - 1)

Kathmandu, Aug 4 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Monday informed that the meetings between Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were fruitful as they discussed how to further strengthen ties between the two countries. Akbaruddin also said that the discussion mainly focused on cooperation, connectivity, culture and constitution. Aug 4, 2014