Expert on Sachin Tendulkar getting leave of absence from Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Sachin Tendulkar was granted leave of absence from Rajya Sabha on Monday. The Rajya Sabha chairman granted him leave for the entire session. Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said Tendulkar has requested permission to be absent from the house, citing "personal and professional commitments" and "family exigencies". Sachin along with Bollywood star Rekha had earlier come under attack in the Upper House over their regular absence from the Parliament. Aug 11, 2014

Delhi's LG Najeeb Jung flags off low cost vegetable vans

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): To control inflation, Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung flagged off several low cost vegetable vans on Monday. Jung said that such efforts are being arranged for last 3-4 months and the government will eventually try to increase the same. Last month, Jung convened a meeting of senior officials to review the prices of essential items like onions and potatoes. Aug 11, 2014

Bihar bypolls: Nitish attacks BJP on 'Achche Din'

Hajipur, Aug 11 (ANI): Putting an end to all speculations over alliances, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday addressed the first joint public rallies in Bihar's Hajipur. Criticizing the Narendra Modi government he said that the government failed to fulfill its promise of 'Achche Din' and people are still waiting. He also said that today those people are in power in Delhi, whose ancestors haven't even spend a day in jail for the country Aug 11, 2014

US extends travel advisory on Kashmir for one more year

Srinagar, Aug 11 (ANI): The US government has extended by one year the adverse travel advisory on Jammu and Kashmir citing militant attacks and violent public unrest in the disputed Himalayan region. The Himalayan region is one of the world's most militarised zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to quell the rebellion that triggered off in 1989. However, few foreign tourists visiting the valley said they had a good and positive experience and felt if the advisory is lifted, influx of tourists would increase. A tourist from Australia, Nathan, said there were negative things written about Kashmir on Australian travel advisory. Advisor to State Chief Omar Abdullah, Tanveer Sadiq, said such advisories impact tourism business adversely. Aug 11, 2014

Artisans almost complete tallest Ganesha idol ahead of Ganesha Chaturthi

Hyderabad, Aug 11 (ANI): Artisans in Telangana state got together to build one of the tallest idols of Hindu god Ganesha, the deity of prosperity, ahead of popular religious festival ‘Ganesha Chaturthi’, which marks re-birth of the god. Idols of Ganesha are being made few months ahead of the 10-day festival where they are taken through the streets in a dancing and singing procession, to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolising a ritual see-off of his journey towards his abode in "Kailash", while taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. Members of the Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Committee said they were building a 60 feet idol of Lord Ganesha in Khairatabad district, claiming it to be the tallest in the world. Head of artisans, Chinnaswamy Rajendran, who is making the Ganesh idol since 1978, said they expected it to be complete by August 25. Aug 11, 2014

Guidelines for e-rickshaws presented to court, next hearing on August 14

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Guidelines for e-rickshaws were presented to court on Monday. The date for the next hearing has been fixed to august 14. E-rickshaws have been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but many believe it has the potential to solve the city's last-mile connectivity problem. Aug 11, 2014

It's sad that projects set up by Manmohan Singh are being inaugurated by Modi: Omar

Srinagar, Aug 11 (ANI): Commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Leh for inaugurating power projects, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said it is upsetting that projects set up by former prime minister Manmohan Singh weren't inaugurated by him but are being inaugurated by Modi. Aug 11, 2014

Fashion Trends to follow this festive season

New Delhi, August 11 (ANI): Cheering crowds, riots of colour, blaring music, excited chatter, religious fervour, mouth-watering delicacies, laughter, gaiety and sheer pandemonium... the festive season in India is here to begin! With festive vibes in the air, let’s find out the latest trends that are in vogue this season from couturiers, who were spotted at the Designer’s meet in New Delhi recently. Well, this was about the clothing, but to complete the look carry fancy clutches and bags are in line. Lets show you a beautiful piece of art that you can’t say no to. You can find out all this range at a store called ‘Baidehi’, which is a first multi designer store in North-west Delhi. Nevertheless, one thing is certain - to dress up, there's no better time than the festive season! Aug 11, 2014

BSE closes points 190.10 up on August 11

New Delhi, August 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 190.10 points up to stand at 25,519.24. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 57.40 points up to stand at 7,625.95. Aurobindo pharma ltd. and Mahindra & Mahindra were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.94% and 6.16% along with Adani Enter and Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd. with an increase of 5.66% and 5.39% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bhushan Steel and Sun TV Network with a decrease of 9.98% and 5.50% along with Sobha Developers Ltd. and Gail India with a decrease of 4.88% and 4.34% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 412.37 points at 15,956.70 while the banking sector is up 93.39 points at 16,997.20 and the reality sector is up 17.69 points at 1,856.67. The Indian currency is up 0.13% at Rs 61.22 per dollar. Aug 11, 2014

RSS chief criticized for 'Hindutva' comment, Shiv Sena welcomes same

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Monday was criticized by political leaders for his 'Hindutva' comment. Bhagwat had questioned that if inhabitants of England are English, Germany are Germans and USA are Americans then why all inhabitants of Hindustan are not known as Hindus. He had said that the cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture. Meanwhile, RSS leader Sanjay Raut welcomed the statement and said that this is a great thought which should prosper among people all over the nation. Aug 11, 2014

Bharat Ratna speculation sparks debate

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Soon after news came in that former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee and freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose might be awarded the Bharat Ratna, the Modi government ran into a fresh controversy. Political parties have suggested more names. The Congress suggested the names of freedom fighters, meanwhile the Shiv Sena has pitched for activist Vinayak Damodar Savarkar to be conferred the Bharat Ratna. Aug 11, 2014

Politicos react on PM's remark on WTO targeting UPA

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at UPA for allegedly "sacrificing the interest of poor people in the Bali deal", the Congress hit back at the BJP government saying that the UPA clinched the best deal for India at the Bali summit. Congress members also charged the PM with deliberate misinterpretation of facts. Politicos from other parties backed the Congress’ demand for discussion over the matter. Aug 11, 2014