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

India-Bangladesh business meet focuses on enhancing bilateral trade

Dhaka, Aug 24 (ANI): A business conclave centering on the bilateral relations between India and its neighbour Bangladesh was held in Dhaka city on Sunday. Both Indian and Bangladeshi delegates shared uniformed thoughts on various ways and means to improve business and economic ties with each other at the India-Bangladesh Business Conclave. The Indian delegation was led by Minister for Development of Northeastern Region, General (Retired), VK Singh. Meanwhile, Advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Masihur Rahman, said he is looking forward to friendly ties that help boosting the investors and entrepreneurs of both the countries. Aug 24, 2014

K Sankaranarayanan confirms resignation as Maharashtra governor, says never played politics

Mumbai, Aug 24 (ANI): Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Sunday confirmed his resignation from the post. He said that he had never played politics in his tenure. Sankaranarayanan was being transferred to Mizoram by the NDA government and he refused the same saying it was not possible for him to go to Mizoram. He also expressed happiness on being a free citizen from now on and for being a free citizen and free from duties of a governor. Aug 24, 2014

Vintage beauties lure people to car rally in Chennai

Chennai, Aug 24 (ANI): Cars and bikes of various makes and models charmed the crowd at a rally organised by the Madras Heritage Motoring Club in Chennai city on Sunday. The 10th edition of _MyTVS Heritage Car Rally_ saw classic beauties from 1920s to 1960s participating at the event. The organiser of the event, VS Kylas, said close to 140 cars and 50 bikes turned out for the rally. The beauties on wheels roamed around the roads of Chennai after the rally was flagged off from Don Bosco School in the city. Marketing Manager of Mercedes Benz (India), Chitrangada, who was also present at the event, said the experience was one of a kind as one does not get to see the roving steel beauties of yesteryears on a regular basis. Aug 24, 2014

Will not allow unprovoked firing by Pak, will retaliate every time & heavily: BSF

Jammu, Aug 24 (ANI): Talking about the continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistan on Indian borders, BSF Inspector General Rakesh Kumar Sharma said that the force will not allow unprovoked firing by Pakistan. He said that the BSF will retaliate every time and much heavily than the firing done by the neighbouring nation. Sharma said that India has lodged complained against the ___illegal firing___ to Pakistan but they have refused to take responsibility and has sometimes totally ignored the complaint too. Sharma also assured that the forces are fully equipped and ready to retaliate any time if firing occurs. Aug 24, 2014

Maharashtra Governor Sankaranarayanan refuses to take charge after being shifted to Mizoram

New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan, who was transferred to Mizoram by the NDA government late on Saturday night, has tendered his resignation, refusing to take charge. This move comes after former Mizoram Governor Kamla Beniwal was recently relieved of her duties due to allegations of corruption. President Pranab Mukherjee announced that Sankaranarayanan had been transferred to Mizoram for the remainder of his term. According to sources, Sankaranarayanan has said that he would no longer wish to be a Governor bearing the _disgrace of being transferred._ Aug 24, 2014

Sunil Shetty promotes Desi Katta in Jaipur

Jaipur, Aug 24 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty promoted his upcoming thriller ‘Desi Katta’ in Pink city of Jaipur. The film revolves around the protagonist who trains two ordinary country-made gun maker boys to become professional sports shooters. Shetty, best known for his action roles, got candid while talking about his upcoming flick. Director Anand Kumar, reiterated that the film is about how two talented boys, find an avenue for proper utilisation of their talents and their journey of turning into sportspersons. The film is shot extensively in India’s Hindi heartlands. Besides Shetty, the film features Akhil Kapur, Jay Bhanushali, Sasheh Aagha, Tia Bajpai and Murli Sharma. Aug 24, 2014

Akhilesh takes a dig at BJP over ___love jihad___

Lucknow, Aug 24 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday took a dig at BJP on the issue of ___love jihad___ by recalling a romantic song of party MP Hema Malini. When told that BJP___s leaders have organized a convention in Mathura and raised the issue of love jihad, Akhilesh asked who is the Member of Parliament from the constituency. Aug 24, 2014

Will avenge insult with power of votes: Haryana CM on Booing incident

Panipat, Aug 24 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was booed at an event he attended with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week, on Sunday vowed to avenge the insult with the power of votes. Addressing a rally in Panipat while launching his poll campaign, he said that Haryana never tolerates insult and his insult was an insult to Haryana. Hooda was booed by a crowd at a function he attended with Modi in Kaithal on Wednesday. Aug 24, 2014

Rani Mukerji inaugurates self defence workshop for school girls in Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 24 (ANI): Promoting her recently released film ___Mardaani___, Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji inaugurated a self-defence course for girls of all municipal schools in Mumbai. Mukerji plays the role of a tough police officer out to bust a child-trafficking ring, in the flick. It was launched by the State Commission for Women of Maharashtra, where a digital copy of a book called ___Know Your Rights___ was also launched. Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Rakesh Maria and other dignitaries also attended the programme that was held in Kavale Math Municipal School at Malabar Hill area in the city. The training of the self-defence skills will be a part of the school syllabus. It will be taught to girls twice a week. After south Mumbai, the programme will be followed across the state. Aug 24, 2014