Syria jihadists free 4 Lebanese soldiers

Four soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in the east of Lebanon nearly a month ago were freed late Saturday by the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda. Duration: 01:09 Aug 31, 2014

Tara Shahdeo Case: Police raids Ranjit Kohli s residence, recovers 36 SIM cards and 15 phones

Ranchi, Aug 31 (ANI): Ranchi police on Sunday raided the residence of Ranjit Kohli alias Rakibul Hussain in Tara Shahdeo Case wherein the husband in question allegedly tried to convert wife's religion after marriage. SSP Prabhat Kumar said that the police seized 36 SIM cards, 15 mobile phones, 4 printers, 1 Pen Drive and a wedding CD from Kohli's residence. The police also seized two air shooting guns and documents related to court. Kholi is currently on three days police remand though he continues to deny the charge. Aug 31, 2014

Crop damage, landslides aggrieve farmers in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Aug 31 (ANI): Farmers in Urni village of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh are facing tense situations due to crop damage and landslides. The apple growers in tribal district suffered huge losses as over 4000 plants were uprooted. The district administration of Kinnaur is trying to maintain normal traffic for the people through the Old Hindustan Tibet road as main national Highway is blocked. The latest heavy rains have caused landslides and floods in many parts of India and Nepal, where at least 90 people have been killed since August 14. Aug 31, 2014

Precious time of Neurosurgeons wasted due to demand for presence in court

Mussoorie, Aug 31 (ANI): Strong plea not to demand the presence of neurosurgeons by the courts in the country and make them physically present to give their evidence was made at the National Conference of Neurotrauma Society of India. Speaking at the 23rd annual national conference of the Neurotrauma Society of India in Mussoorie, Doctor VS Mehta a former head of neurosciences at the All India Institute of Medical Science and presently a Director at the Paras Hospital in Gurgaon asked for alternative method to do away this problem. Aug 31, 2014

Girls take part in boat race in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 31 (ANI): Kashmiri girls shined at National Dragon Boat Race Championship and impressed selectors with their hidden talent in Srinagar. The four-day championship was organized by sports council in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir armed police along with different non-government organizations to boost water sports in world famous Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. Participants, hailing from different cities like New Delhi and Punjab, were divided in twelve teams. Girls stole the show by exhibiting their talents in this competition. She said such events encourage girls to pursue water sports. Organizer of the tournament Bilquis Mir said more girls should come out and join such events to get acceptance. Aug 31, 2014

Politicos react over tense situation in Pakistan

New Delhi, Aug 31 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday reacted over the tense situation in Pakistan's capital Islamabad where over 300 people were injured in clashes between Pakistani police and protesters outside the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence, demanding his resignation. Congress leader Salman Khurshid said New Delhi couldn't do much to ensure peace in Pakistan. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, feared that Pakistan could emerge as a theocratic state, posing danger of India. Meanwhile, former Indian Diplomat, Naresh Chandra, said that crisis would considerably weaken the Pakistani government, giving army a free hand to run the government. Aug 31, 2014

Environment minister says confidence of investors in India has improved

Jaipur, Aug 31 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said that investors' confidence in the domestic market has improved in wake of lumbering economy registering its fastest growth in two-and-a-half years for the quarter ending in June. Gross domestic product grew a faster-than-expected 5.7 percent year-on-year, a government data showed, sharply higher than a provisional 4.6 percent expansion in the previous three months. Javadekar said the government has provided facility to investors to apply on-line for environment clearance to ensure transparency and cut red- tape. Aug 31, 2014

At least 8 dead in road accident in Rajasthan, several injured

Pali, Aug 31 (ANI): At least eight people were dead and several others injured in a road accident in Pali district of Rajasthan on Sunday. The injured have been admitted to a hospital and treatment is going on. The accident took place on the Mandia by-pass near Pali, some 300 km from Jaipur. The bus carried pilgrims from Utharada village in Salumber tehsil of Udaipur district. A case has been filed against the driver of the bus and the cause of the accident is being investigated, police said. Aug 31, 2014

Mridula Sinha takes oath as governor of Goa

Panaji, Aug 31 (ANI): Mridula Sinha on Sunday took oath as governor of Goa and pledged to abide by her duties and to work for the welfare of the people of Goa and that state itself. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah administered the oath of office to Sinha. Her appointment came following he resignation of BV Wanchoo. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and other dignitaries were also present at Raj Bhawan for the event. Following the oath taking ceremony, Sinha also received the guard of honour. Aug 31, 2014

Taylor Swift to join 'The Voice's' seventh season as guest mentor

New Delhi, August 31 (ANI): Taylor Swift will be joining the seventh season of ' The Voice ' as a season advisor. A source asserted that the 'Shake It Off' singer will serve in the same level that Coldplay singer Chris Martin did in the show's sixth season i.e. to advise contestants across all four teams, a Us Magazine reported. A source said that the 24-year-old singer was an absolute pleasure to work with and the singer had great feedback for all the contestants. Aug 31, 2014

Two injured as car rams into school van in Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 31 (ANI): Two people were injured late after mid night after a speeding car rammed into a school van near the Andheri flyover in Mumbai. An eyewitness said that the accident took place because the driver of school van was moving speedily. Another eyewitness said that the injured in another car have been admitted to the hospital. Aug 31, 2014

At least one dead, hundreds injured as Pakistani police clash with anti-government protesters

Islamabad, Aug 31 (ANI): At least one person has died and hundreds of others have been injured as police in Pakistan clashed with protesters who attempted to march on the prime minister's residence in Islamabad. Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. On Saturday Sharif once again said he would not go. Security forces fired tear gas at protesters on Saturday night and the opposition said a woman was killed in the clashes. Khan addressed protesters on Sunday. Determined protesters, some holding sticks and wearing gas masks, said they would not back down. Aug 31, 2014