200 defy Ferguson curfew order

A crowd of some 200 demonstrators defy a curfew that came into effect in Ferguson, Missouri, days after police shot dead an unarmed black teen, triggering a wave of rioting. Duration: 00:40 Aug 17, 2014

Mayawati accuses SP and BJP for communal clashes in UP

New Delhi, Aug 17 (ANI): After a 5-member committee report suggested that Saharanpur communal violence was the result of failure by local administration, BSP Chief Mayawati alleged that SP and BJP together are responsible for communal clashes in the state. The BSP Supremo also alleged that the communal clashes in rest of the country are because of the BJP. Further, Mayawati also said that the party will contest all state assembly polls alone and will not have alliance with any other party. Aug 17, 2014

Ram Gopal Yadav rules out chances of Amar Singh's return to SP, says party ready for polls

Mainpuri, Aug 17 (ANI): Samajwadi Party General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav on Sunday ruled out any possibility of taking former party leader Amar Singh back in the party. He further said that the SP is ready for the upcoming state assembly polls and that this time unlike, the Lok Sabha polls, Modi factor won't work. He said that the BJP was using the Modi factor which has vanished in due course of time. Aug 17, 2014

Kashmiri Pandits celebrate Janmashtami in Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 17 (ANI): Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley are celebrating the festival of Janamashtami, which is the birthday of Lord Krishna, like the rest of the country. Chanting hymns and waving red saffron flags, Kashmiri Pandits marched through Srinagar to celebrate Janmashtami. Aug 17, 2014

Fresh landslides in Uttarakhand trigger havoc, snap connectivity

Uttarkashi, Aug 17 (ANI): Fresh landslides, triggered by heavy rains, blocked connecting roads in Uttarkashi city of Uttarakhand on Sunday. Several villages have been cut-off and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel have been sent to the area for rescue and relief operations. Army personnel HK Singh said they were unable to receive groceries due to lack of connectivity. The roads have been washed away and reportedly 82 roads in Uttarakhand are blocked. Aug 17, 2014

Floods in Assam disrupt boat service, wildlife intimidated

Nagaon, Aug 17 (ANI): Incessant rains have worsened the flood situation in Assam as the flood water has submerged around 50 percent of lower areas of the Kaziranga National Park in Nagaon district of the state. Fearing danger for the forest animals that they might get onto the National Highway (NH) if water level rises in the greens, Assam Environment and Forest Minister Rakibul Hussain launched 'Time Card' for vehicles plying from one end to the other of the park on NH 37. The speed of vehicles moving on this highway has also been restricted to 40 km per hour. Aug 17, 2014

Police bust mini gun factory in Maoist hotbed of Jharkhand

Khunti, Aug 17 (ANI): Police busted a mini gun factory in forest area of Maoist hotbed in Khunti district of Jharkhand. Acting on a tip off, the police raided the hideout in which huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered. Aug 17, 2014

Clash between two Maoist factions claims one life in Jharkhand

Latehar, Aug 17 (ANI): One person was killed as members of two Maoists factions exchanged fire for over three hours in Churiyan village of Jharkhand. As the clash continued till the wee hours on Saturday, panic-stricken villagers locked themselves up in their homes until the fight stopped. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Roshan Gudia, said investigation in the case has begun and they have already identified the two groups. Meanwhile, the villagers denounced the district administration for not ensuring required security to them. Aug 17, 2014

Saharanpur riots: BJP MP named in probe report by 5 member committee

New Delhi, Aug 17 (ANI): A five-member committee on Sunday submitted its report on the causes of the communal violence in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh last month to the state's Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. While the panel blamed the local administration for failing to bring the riots under control in the initial stage, it also accused local BJP MP Raghav Lakhanpal of inciting communal hatred in the area. The riots led to loss of nearly Rs 250 crore to the city. Politicos from different parties reacted differently over the matter. Aug 17, 2014

Sushma Swaraj shares five-point vision plan to boost ties with Singapore

Singapore, Aug 17 (ANI): India's Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, shared a five-point vision plan to bolster bilateral ties with the island nation Singapore. Swaraj arrived in Singapore on Saturday to flag off year-long celebrations to mark 50 years of relationship between the two countries. Swaraj briefed the Singapore ministers about Indian government's plan to build 100 smart cities, and encouraged the Singapore companies to invest in India's ambitious 100 smart cities project. Aug 17, 2014

Kimye 'happily' in love post wedding

New Delhi, August 17 (ANI): Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who have a 14-month-old daughter North West together are said to be "happily" in love. An insider said that the 37-year-old rapper treats his 33-year-old reality star wife like a princess and loves her a lot, a leading web portal reported. The source added that the pair, who consider every moment they are together precious, want just to "be together as a family". Aug 17, 2014

LKG student badly beaten by teacher in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, Aug 17 (ANI): An LKG student was badly beaten by the school teacher in Ghaziabad's Vijay Nagar area on Sunday. The child has received red marks and wounds on his back and arms. The victim's relative said that the child was beaten by his teacher with iron rod for not completing his drawing work. She added that a complaint has been made and police has assured investigation. Aug 17, 2014

NDA slams Nitish-Lalu alliance ahead of JD (U)-RJD rally in Chhapra

Patna, Aug 17 (ANI): The National Democratic Alliance parties BJP and LJP on Sunday slammed the alliance of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav in Bihar ahead of JD (U)-RJD rally in Chhapra. Law Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that both Nitish and Lalu were separate since a long time and were forced to unite with an aim to stand against Narendra Modi. Prasad also said that people of Bihar will decide which leader to choose. Meanwhile, LJP leader Chirag Paswan slammed Lalu's comedy stints to remain in public view and said that Nitish-Lalu alliance will be a failure. He also said that NDA will aim to win all 10 seats of Bihar in the Assembly Polls. Aug 17, 2014