JKNPP protests govt apathy towards victims of ceasefire violation in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 25 (ANI): Representatives of Jammu and Kashmir National Panther's Party (JKNPP) held demonstrations in the Kashmir State Assembly on Monday against the apathy of the central and state governments towards those who have been affected by the recent ceasefire violations on the border. Pakistan army violated a ceasefire on the Indian border in the intervening night of August 24th and August 25th in Jammu district of the region. People living along the border have been under constant threat of the firing which has made them leave their homes overnight. The displaced live in chaotic conditions, most of the time without basic amenities. Aug 25, 2014

Fire at woolens' factory in Ludhiana, 3 dead

Ludhiana, Aug 25 (ANI): A raging inferno left three dead at a woolens' factory in Ludhiana on Monday. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot and tried to douse the flames. The dead bodies were handed over to police and investigations are going on. Aug 25, 2014

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav taken ill, rushed to Mumbai hospital

Mumbai, Aug 25 (ANI): RJD Chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was rushed to a Mumbai hospital after he was taken ill on Monday morning. According to reports, Yadav will undergo heart valve replacement surgery. Two of his valves need replacement. Lalu's RJD and Nitish Kumar's JD (U) have come together to contest the by-polls in Bihar. It is a crucial day for the RJD Chief as results for the by poll elections on 10 seats of Bihar will be out today. Aug 25, 2014

Sushma Swaraj talks about "Act East Policy" in Vietnam

Vietnam, Aug 25 (ANI): Foreign Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said in Vietnam that it is time to replace India's 'Look East policy" with "Act East Policy." She also stressed upon the fact that amongst eastern neighbours of India, Vietnam is categorically ahead. Swaraj also said that people have high expectations from the BJP, and that it will not disappoint them. She also spoke about the healthy trade and investment relations that India has with Vietnam. New areas are now opening. Both countries have good defense, security and agriculture cooperation. Aug 25, 2014

Villagers along Indo-Pak border under constant threat as ceasefire violations continue

Jammu, Aug 25 (ANI): As the ceasefire violations by Pakistan continues along the Indo-Pak international border, villagers in Kashmir live under constant fear and shadow of death. Pakistan army continued to violate the ceasefire on the Indian border in the intervening night of August 24 and August 25 in the RS Pura area of Jammu district. Villagers in the bordering areas say that are moving out of the area due to constant threat to their lives. A villager in RS Pura sector sustained injury by midnight shelling from Pakistani troops and is admitted in a nearby hospital. Earlier on Sunday, two separate encounters at Keran sector and Kalaroos of the state killed four militants and two soldiers while three army men, including an officer, sustained injuries. Aug 25, 2014

Former teacher dedicates his life as 'father' to 12 HIV positive adopted children

Meerut, Aug 25 (ANI): A former college teacher, Ajay Sharma, in Uttar Pradesh, dedicated his life as 'father' to 12 HIV positive boys he adopted. The Samaritan calls his care home 'Satyakam Care Home' which has become well known address in the city of Meerut. The children, between 7 and 17, all have one thing in common that they were born to parents with AIDS. Sharma says he decided to dedicate his life to these kids after he survived a brain hemorrhage in 2004. Sharma has received help in his effort. His children are being taught by experienced teachers in their pursuit of education and seasoned medical practitioners look after their health. Aug 25, 2014

Remains of fallen soldiers of 1857 independence war immersed in river Ganges

Haridwar, Aug 25 (ANI): Grateful Indians paid tribute to the 282 fallen soldiers of the first war of independence, the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, by immersing their mortal remains in the holy river Ganges in Haridwar city of Uttar Pradesh. The 157-year-old remains were discovered in Ajnala area of Amritsar city in northwestern Punjab recently and were immersed into the Ganges flowing through Kankhal area in Haridwar. Hindu religion spells out that a soul gains liberation only after the ashes of the dead body are immersed in the Ganges. The remains, which included the skulls and bones of the 282 fallen soldiers of the mutiny, had been dumped in a well (called the Black Well) by the British exactly 157 years ago. Aug 25, 2014

At least 10 people killed in stampede at Kamtanath Pahad Temple in MP

Chitrakoot, Aug 25 (ANI): Ten pilgrims were killed and over 60 are believed to have suffered injuries in a stampede early on Monday at Kamtanath Pahad Temple, about 80 kms away from Satna district headquarters, on the Madhya Pradesh - Uttar Pradesh border. The stampede took place at about 6 am today, as devotees crowded Kamtanath temple in Chitrakoot for a festival called the Somvati Amavasya. The stampede occurred during 'Shayana Pradakshinam' which is done in a lying posture. District officials fear the number of dead and injured could rise and said five of those killed were women. Aug 25, 2014

Traders participate in _Silk Mark Expo_ in Kerala to boost business

Kochi, Kerala, Aug 25 (ANI): Traders across India participated in a five day _Silk Mark Expo_ organised by Central Silk Board to explore business opportunities, showcasing varieties of silk dress materials and sarees. The exhibition that was flagged off on Wednesday aims to educate consumers about the purity of silk and provide access to genuine silk varieties. The event is to spread awareness among consumers who get confused with duplicate and look-a-like materials available at cheaper price in markets. According to the organisers, it is a real crowd puller as the trade fair has 99 percent pure silk products with authenticity mark as found on gold ornaments which assures full guarantee. Deputy Director, Central Silk Board, K Babu Giridharan said workshops are being conducted on how silk is prepared from its beginning stage of cocoon to yarn. Aug 25, 2014

Sudarsan Patnaik appeals for release of Irom Sharmila through art

Puri, Aug 24 (ANI): India_s renowned sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik on Sunday (August 24) created a sand sculpture of the fasting activist, Irom Sharmila with a message _Free the Iron Lady from the Iron grill_ at Puri beach of Odisha. Patnaik appealed through his art to release Irom Sharmila. He created a five feet high sand sculpture by showing the face of Sharmila with Iron grills and Pattnaik has used about 4 tonne of sand in it. Human Rights activist, Irom Sharmila, who has been on a hunger strike for the last 14 years, was rearrested by northeastern Manipuri police on Friday. Aug 24, 2014

India, Bangladesh discuss insurgents issue, cross-border smuggling at bilateral meet

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): India and Bangladesh discussed issues related to illegal migration, seizure of fake currencies along the border, smuggling of cattle and weapons in each others_ territories during a bilateral meet of the border guarding forces of both the nations in New Delhi on Sunday. The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) led by its Director General, Major General Aziz Ahmed, said they have not got information about production of fake currency in Bangladesh and it originates from outside. The BGB delegation is on a five-day visit to India for the bi-annual _Border Co-ordination Conference_. India_s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) team was led by its Director General DK Pathak. Aug 24, 2014

Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli takes additional charge as Maharashtra Governor

Mumbai, Aug 24 (ANI): Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli on Sunday took additional charge as Maharashtra Governor. Kohli took oath to abide by the constitution and duties enshrined to him as the governor of the state and to work for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra. Kohli came after K Sankaranarayanan resigned from the post after being transferred to Mizoram by the NDA government. Aug 24, 2014

Models flounce down Mumbai fashion week runway with poise and grace

Mumbai, Aug 24 (ANI): India_s ace models like Jesse Randhawa and Eli Avram flounced down Lakme Fashion week_s runway on the fourth day in the showbiz capital of Mumbai. Randhawa presented the glamorous collection by designers Shantanu and Nikhil along with an artwork by celebrated artist Brinda Miller at the fashion week. It was a grand amalgamation of fashion and art where Randhawa floated in a white will- power textured gown with tantalizing 3d embellishments to end the superb show. Designers were all in praise for Randhawa who chose her for their Himalayan couture collection. Designer Nikhil said on Saturday (August 23) that she looked majestic in his new ensemble. Aug 24, 2014

Aam Aadmi Sena protests against ongoing ceasefire violation by Pak

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Activists of a social organisation, Aam Aadmi Sena staged a protest in New Delhi on Sunday demanding stern action against spate of ceasefire violations by Pakistani rangers along the international border Jammu and Kashmir. Activist of Aam Aadmi Sena, Vishal Ghoshla said the people demand answer from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not giving a befitting reply. Pakistani troops continued to violate the ceasefire by shelling and firing upon 25 Border Out Posts (BoPs) and 19 villages along the International Border in Jammu sector, in the intervening night of August 23rd and August 24th, prompting the BSF to retaliate. Aug 24, 2014

Craftsmen from Africa get training to make bamboo products in Tripura

Tripura, Aug 24 (ANI): A total of 36 trainees are undergoing two-week long training in bamboo art and skill development at Bamboo and Cane Development Institute (BCDI) in Tripura. Eleven artisans are from Ethiopia and 25 trainees are local tribals who are getting a chance to enhance their skills through exchange of ideas. The training program is being organized by the Development Commissioner Handicraft under Ministry of Textiles as a part of the African-Indian Forum for capacity building training programme. Tripura has the largest skill base of bamboo artisans producing a variety of products. The trainees learn to make bamboo baskets, furniture and other products. The trainees are quite happy to learn new bamboo crafts and designs under the guidance of master trainers from Tripura. Aug 24, 2014