Devotees bid adieu to Lord Ganesha

Mumbai/Pune, Sep 08 (ANI): Thousands of devotees in Mumbai on Monday bid farewell to Lord Ganesha, as they thronged to immerse the idol after completion of the 10-day festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Mumbai witnessed a beeline of devotees with huge idols of Ganesha walking across streets or on trucks and other vehicles. Security measures were beefed up across the state as thousands of devotees took to streets to bid a colourful farewell to Ganesha. Ganesha is regarded and worshipped as an index of knowledge and also the harbinger of auspicious tidings. The annual festival of Ganesha Chaturthi usually falls between August and September. Sep 8, 2014

Red Cross provides relief to flood victims in Kashmir

Rajouri , Sep 08 (ANI): The Red Cross came as a beacon of hope to the flood ravished people of Kashmir as officials distributed relief material to the affected victims. The Red Cross distributed relief material for the homeless in the flooded areas of Kalakote, Nowshera and Sunderbani in Rajouri district. More than 175 people lost their lives in the unprecedented floods and thousands were left homeless as Jhelum and other rivers overflowed their banks in Kashmir. Army regiments like the 425 Field Hospitals have set up relief camps in the state and have collaborated with district hospitals and NGOs to provide medical aid to the affected. People suffered huge losses as the incessant rainfall led to house collapse, damaging property worth lakhs. Sep 8, 2014

Party will ask for clarification from Dagar: Satish Upadhyay on AAP sting

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): President of BJP's Delhi Unit Satish Upadhyay on Monday reacted to the controversy which took birth from a sting operation video revealed by Aam Aadmi Party showing horse-trading by BJP leader Sher Singh Dagar. Upadhyay said that BJP will ask for a clarification from Dagar with relation to the entire course of events. He added that Arvind Kejriwal cannot be believed on any grounds because he has always been putting baseless allegations. Sep 8, 2014

Railway Minister says passenger safety & security is key concern

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Hailing the 100 days of Modi government in power, India's Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said on Monday that focusing on core issues like safety and security of passengers was the main agenda followed by cleanliness and providing amenities. Gowda was addressing mediapersons in New Delhi where he gave the report card of Railway Ministry during 100 days of governance. Gowda said that with focus on improving safety, Railway Board held a series of meetings to review recommendations on various technological aspects aimed at examining the recommendations in regard to their feasibility and implementation. Sep 8, 2014

J&K Floods: Relief work has picked up, says Army

Udhampur: Addressing the media in Udhampur, Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen DS Hooda said that as the weather has improved from two days and rains have come to halt, the relief work has picked up in the flood-hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that around 20,000 people have been rescued and their priority is to rescue the people stranded in their houses and provide them with the relief supplies. He also said that they are working with the civil administration for restoration of electricity connection and water supplies in the valley. Sep 8, 2014

S. Africa defends white farmers' right to land

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president, defended the right of the white private game breeders to South African land on Saturday at a game auction that brought over $22 million. Duration: 01:18 Sep 8, 2014

BSE closes points 293.15 up on September 8

New Delhi, Sept 8 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 293.15 points up to stand at 27,319.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 87.05 points up to stand at 8,173.90. TORRENT POWER LTD. and MRF were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 14.87% and 8.92% along with APOLLO TYRE and MAX with an increase of 8.32% and 7.10% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include J&KBANK and GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE LTD. with a decrease of 4.42% and 3.08% along with TTKPRESTIGE and SUN TV with a decrease of 2.65% and 2.38% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 138.39 points at 17,711.81 while the banking sector is up 252.29 points at 18,550.29 and the reality sector is up 13.60 points at 1,779.01. The Indian currency is down 0.17% at Rs 60.29 per dollar. Sep 8, 2014

Amit Shah looks forward to formation of BJP Govt in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Sep 08 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said that seeing the kind of support that was visible to him in Jharkhand, the BJP would surely form the state government in the next assembly elections. Addressing a rally in Ranchi, Shah praised the work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) so far. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won 12 of a possible 14 seats in Jharkhand, an encouraging sign for the party ahead of the state assembly elections to be held later this year. Sep 8, 2014

Anticipatory bail granted to Karthik Gowda in rape and cheat case

Bangalore, Sep 08 (ANI): Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda’s son Karthik Gowda on Monday was granted anticipatory bail in the case of rape and cheating filed by a Kannada actress claiming to be her wife. Karthik Gowda’s lawyer said that the Court had granted anticipatory bail on various grounds produced before the Court by Gowda. He added that the Court’s order will be followed by the accused. Sep 8, 2014

Many villages affected, border outposts safe: Rajnath on JandK floods

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday highlighted the situation of flood in Jammu and Kashmir. Singh said that this has been the worst flooding in last 50 years in the state and it has affected many villages in Jammu as well as Kashmir. He added that an inter-ministerial team has been deployed to stay in contact with the Central government. Singh also said that manpower for relief has been increased and border outposts were completely safe from the disaster. Sep 8, 2014

SC grants Sahara Chief 15 days extension to finalize deals

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Sahara Chief Subrata Roy to stay in Tihar Conference Room for 15 more working days in order to finalize deals. His lawyer said that an application was submitted by Roy and relevant documents were provided before the Court observing which the Court granted extension. Roy had been allowed to stay in the conference room to enable him arrange Rs 10,000 crore as security to come out on bail. He has been in jail since March 4. Sep 8, 2014

A declaration for Independence of Balochistan

Quetta/ Geneva, Sep 08: The largest and resource-rich province of Pakistan, Balochistan, celebrate August 11 as its `Independence Day' and blames Pakistan for its illegal occupation since 1948. Facing poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and inequity, the people in Balochistan feel a deep sense of insecurity and disgruntlement against the Pakistan regime. Human rights violations have reached `epidemic proportions' in the region. On August 11, 2014, Baloch nationalist leaders issued a written declaration demanding Balochistan's independence. The declaration forwarded to the concerned authorities says that Pakistani armed forces have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Balochistan, and are systematically kidnapping, imprisoning and murdering Baloch political activists, students, lawyers, intellectuals and nationalist leaders. Sep 8, 2014

BJP under attack after AAP releases sting video of horse-trading

New Delhi, Sep 06 (ANI): AAP's video of horse-trading by BJP leader Sher Singh Dagar has resulted in attack on BJP. AAP leader Manish Sisodia said that the video is an answer to BJP's continuous remarks of declining allegations of horse-trading. AAP's Dinesh Mohania said that BJP should know that AAP MLAs are not vendible. Congress leader Ajay Maken said that BJP's real face has been exposed before the people. He added that Congress won't let BJP come to power by horse-trading. Sep 8, 2014

BJP can investigate, have not tried to bribe anyone: Sher Singh Dagar on AAP's sting video

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): Refuting Aam Aadmi Party's claims that he tried to bribe their MLA, Sher Singh Dagar said that BJP can investigate on the matter and that he had not tried to bribe anyone. Dagar said that he is not afraid of being expelled if the party wants and that he has not done anything wrong. The BJP leader said that the AAP MLA came to join the BJP and was asking for party ticket, on which Dagar never gave any assurance of any sort. Further, he also said that he won't get back on taking any legal steps if need arises. Sep 8, 2014

German Foreign Minister meets PM Modi to bolster strategic ties

New Delhi, Sep 08 (ANI): German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday as the two countries look to build on their strategic ties. Steinmeier also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Steinmeier arrived on Saturday for a three-day visit aimed at improving cooperation in technology, trade and defence between the two nations. He is accompanied by a high-profile delegation of German members of Parliament, businessmen as well as representatives from the cultural sector. Sep 8, 2014