California quake causes damage, injuries, no casualties

City authorities in Napa, California gave an update on the damage inflicted by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake which hit the area on Sunday, saying just one person remains in a critical condition. Duration: 00:57 Aug 26, 2014

Police registers FIR against five people, three students expelled in Gwalior Ragging Case

Bhopal, Aug 26 (ANI): Police on Tuesday registered FIRs against the three students and two staffers of the Scindia School of Gwalior in connection with the suicide attempt made by Adarsh Singh. The FIRs were registered against the minor boys, resident tutor, Arpan Soni and House master Parampreet Grewal in connection with the case. Three students were later expelled from the school. On Wednesday, the 14-year-old son of a Bihar minister was admitted to a Delhi hospital from Gwalior, accompanied by the school's principal, Samik Ghosh. State Education Minister Deepak Joshi said that the administration is trying to put a full stop on such incidents and that the guilty will be punished. Aug 26, 2014

Mardaani earns 15 Crore in opening weekend

New Delhi, August 26 (ANI): Rani Mukerji's latest offering, 'Mardaani', seems to have appealed to movie buffs as it has raked in approximately Rs.15 crore in just three days. The first weekend collection of the Yash Raj Films' production venture is Rs 14.46 crore, read a statement. The film also got thumbs up from many Bollywood celebrities. 'Mardaani', which means manly, revolves around a senior police inspector, played by Rani, who unearths human trafficking racket. Aug 26, 2014

Last rites of Kupwara encounter martyrs performed in Bulandshahr

Bulandshahr, Aug 26 (ANI): The last rites of Army soldier Rahul Kumar of 23 Grenadier Battalion, martyred in militant encounter of Kupwara were performed in his native village of Bulandshahr on Tuesday. His family members and scores of local residents lined up to pay their respects to the martyr. Meanwhile, dead body of Corporal Neeraj Kumar Singh was also brought to his native village in Bulandshahr. Rahul Kumar and Neeraj Sharma were killed after a militant group attacked a patrol party along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Saturday night. Aug 26, 2014

Muzaffarnagar riots accused Sangeet Som gets Z-plus security, politicos slam

New Delhi, Aug 26 (ANI): Muzaffarnagar riots accused Sangeet Som has been granted Z-plus security following an intelligence input about a threat to his life. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decided to grant the security status to BJP MLA Som. The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to raise Som's security cover following intelligence reports of threat to his life. CRPF personnel will provide him security only within the borders of Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, Political parties have criticized the move. Aug 26, 2014

Nariman House in Mumbai to reopen today six years after 26/11 Mumbai attacks

Mumbai, Aug 26 (ANI): Nariman House, a Jewish community centre which was one of the targets during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 along with the Taj Mahal hotel and other famous Mumbai landmarks, is gearing up to open once again on Tuesday, nearly six years after the deadly attack when it was forced to shut down. Formally known as the Chabad House, the five-storey building will be reopened on Tuesday (August 26). Several people were held hostage for three days before the National Security Guards (NSG) commandos killed the militants in the siege as they undertook 'Operation Black Tornado.' Six of the occupants of Nariman House or Chabad House including Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife Rivka were killed when terrorists attacked the building. Aug 26, 2014

Sushma Swaraj meets Vietnam's President to boost relationship between two nations

Hanoi, Aug 26 (ANI): Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang and discussed various issues to boost the relationship between both the nations. Swaraj, who is on a three-day visit to the country, met Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. In an interview with Indian media in Hanoi on August 24, Swaraj said that it was time to replace India's "Look East policy", that aims to link the country's northeast with South East Asia, with an "Act East Policy." Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said both the leaders discussed on enhancing bilateral trade. Swaraj also met Vietnam's Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung. The two countries co-operate in defence, security, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. During her visit, Swaraj is also expected to chair the third round-table of the ASEAN-India Network of think tanks. Aug 26, 2014

Family of martyred soldier killed during encounter with Pak militants grieve on their loss

New Delhi/ Bulandshahar, Aug 26 (ANI): Family of the martyred soldier, Grenadier Rahul Kumar grieved on their loss as his body reached his village in Bulandshahar district of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday. Kumar's relative blamed the central government for their apathy and no policy for the soldiers of the nation. Villagers came to pay respect to the martyr and to support the grieved family. Earlier on Monday, Vice Chief of Indian Army staff, Lieutenant General Philip Campose paid tribute to fallen soldiers, Kumar and Corporal Neeraj Kumar Singh, in Delhi. The two officers lost their lives in two separate encounters between army and militants in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Aug 26, 2014

RSS leader Indresh Kumar challenges Omar Abdullah to enlist benefits of Article 370

New Delhi, Aug 26 (ANI): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) challenged the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah to enlist benefits of special status. Article 370 of the Indian Constitution provides special status to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir such as separate citizenship, separate constitution and special property rights. The RSS has demanded repeal of this article, claiming that it encourages secessionist tendencies among a section of the population. Kumar also hit out at Kashmiri separatist leaders for meeting Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi ahead of foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan. Aug 26, 2014

Sushma Swaraj emphasizes on more functional visa regime within ASEAN

Hanoi, Aug 26 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj emphasised the need for more functional visa regime within ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) while addressing a conference in Vietnam. Swaraj was speaking at the third round table on ASEAN-India Network of Think-Tanks (AINTT) in Hanoi where she discussed various issues to boost the relationship between the two nations. While emphasising the importance for strong connectivity, Swaraj said there is a need to look at a more 'functional visa regime' in the 10-member grouping. She also stressed on the importance of connectivity for the growth of ASEAN. Swaraj also expressed her happiness towards the focus of third roundtable conference to take the relationship to new heights with increased speed and relevance to our region. Aug 26, 2014

Uproar in J&K Assembly by opposition over ceasefire violations by Pak

Srinagar, Aug 26 (ANI): Opposition parties in Jammu & Kashmir created uproar in the state assembly on Tuesday over the ongoing ceasefire violations by Pakistan. National Panthers Party Member Haresh Dev Singh said that the state as well as the central government is showing total apathy towards the villagers along the Indo-Pak international border. He said that the villagers are facing a lot during this time and the government should visit them and provide them with adequate supplies to sustain themselves in this tough time. Aug 26, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio narrates climate change documentary 'Carbon'

New Delhi, August 26 (ANI): Leonardo DiCaprio recently narrated a documentary ' Carbon' that focused on climate change and the impact of carbon emissions. In the 8-minute environmental project, he said that humans, who were responsible for the climate change, should put "a price on carbon" now so that the fossil fuel industry won't be able to make billions at their collective expense, a leading magazine reported. He will also be narrating three other upcoming short documentaries focused on climate change, 'Green World Rising', 'Restoration', and 'Last Hours'. Aug 26, 2014

Shankpal temple in Ramban attracts devotees from all religion

JandK, Aug 26 (ANI): Besides natural beauty, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is known for religious tolerance between different communities. A land of religious diversity, the state, from centuries, has witnessed people celebrating, participating and offering services in each other's fairs and festivals. This ethos comes alive during the annual fair at Shankpal Temple in Ramban district of Jammu. The temple attracts devotees belonging to different communities in large number from across the region. Every year people offer prayers and perform various rituals with utmost devotion and faith. While Hindu devotees perform prayers, Muslims here establish stalls for providing eatables, water and horse-riding service. Aug 26, 2014