Sri Lankas Tamil leaders meet Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): A delegation of Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met on Friday (August 22) India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and they would urge New Delhi to ensure devolution of power to provinces in their country. TNA leaders would push their case for full implementation of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. They are also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 13A amendment came into existence due to India -Sri Lanka accord signed in 1987 between then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Sri Lankan President JR Jayewardene. It stipulates devolution of powers to the provinces which was centre of ethnic conflict. Aug 22, 2014

High Court dismisses PIL challenging UPSC format

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the PIL challenging the UPSC format in which the government made changes at a very short notice prior to the exam. The Lawyer said that High Court has dismissed the petition and they are now preparing a petition to approach CAT that such changes should not be made at such a short notice before exams. Aug 22, 2014

Irom Sharmila arrested again by police in Manipur on charges of attempting suicide

Manipur, Aug 22 (ANI): A struggling and screaming Irom Sharmila was dragged away from a tin shack by a team of police women on Friday morning. Sharmila, who was released from police custody on Thursday evening, was planning to observe a fast at the venue over a demand for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA). She has been arrested again on charges of attempting suicide. Earlier, the police women were quoted by media, as saying that they were taking her for a medical check-up. When she resisted, they forcibly took a hold of her hands and legs and carried her to a police jeep and drove her away. Forty-two-year-old Sharmila has said that she is continuing with her 14-year fast in protest against "army atrocities" in Manipur. The activist was released after a court decided she cannot be charged with attempted suicide for refusing food and water. Aug 22, 2014

Security personnel bust militant hideouts, recover huge cache of arms in Kashmir

Handwara, Aug 22 (ANI): In a joint operation, police and paramilitary personnel busted two militant hideouts in Handwara town of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and recovered huge cache of weapons from the sites. The joint operation was successful in exposing the hideouts located in Hafruda forests of Kupwara district. The arms haul is considered as a big achievement by the authorities. The team also seized anti aircraft gun stand, hand grenade, wireless set, wireless antenna, map and compass. Aug 22, 2014

13-year-old in government shelter home in Bangalore

Bangalore, Aug 22 (ANI): In yet another shocking crime against children, a 13 year old boy was brutally beaten up in a government shelter home in Bangalore. The child has received serious wounds on his body and is being treated. DIG of Bangalore Central, Sandip Patil, said that a complaint has been filed against the accused and strict action shall be taken. Aug 22, 2014

Congress delegation meets LG over inflated power bills

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Members of Congress party on Friday met the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, demanding solution to high electricity bills. A delegation-led by Congress party leader, Arvinder Singh Lovely, on Thursday (August 21) had also released a chargesheet against BJP and AAP, holding them responsible for plight of the people. Lovely had accused both the parties of discontinuing various schemes started during Congress party’s regime in the national capital. He said people were fed up paying inflated electricity bills and demanded Jung’s intervention in the matter. Meanwhile, Spokesperson of DPCC Mukesh Sharma highlighted the entire agenda. Aug 22, 2014

SC gives Centre a month to explain why there is no LoP, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday asked the NDA Government at the Centre to explain why there is no Leader of Opposition in Parliament, and gave the former a month's time to come up with an answer on how it proposes to select Lokpal members, if such a post remains vacant or does not exist. The committee to select the nine members of the Lokpal is meant to include the Leader of the Opposition along with the Prime Minister and others. The apex court pointed out that the make-up of the committee is part of the law passed by Parliament that brings the Lokpal into existence. The Congress had claimed that as the single largest opposition party, its floor leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, should be recognized as Leader of the Opposition. But Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that out, citing rules that a party must have at least 55 members in the House to claim the post. The Congress has 44 seats. While politicos from rival parties gave mixed reaction on the matter, the BJP said that it would give an appropriate reply as was asked by the court. Aug 22, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee meets IIT heads

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee met authorities from all 16 IITs on Friday in New Delhi. Mukherjee, accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Education Minister Smriti Irani, addressed a Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of all 16 IITs at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the president’s official residence. The meet was focused on how IITs can implement the vision of ‘Make in India’, a vision that Modi had spoke about in his speech on Independence Day. They stressed on the need for all IITs to work together to help India become a global leader and a provider of skilled manpower. The discussion also revolved around creating a ‘Skilled India’ where there would be an integration of skill initiatives and skill development. Aug 22, 2014

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik condemns murder of US journalist in Iraq

Bhubaneswar, Aug 22 (ANI): Condemning the killing of American journalist James Foley by ISIS militants in Iraq, noted Indian sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, created a sculpture on the beach of Puri city in Odisha. The sculpture depicting face of the journalist with a message “Don’t kill innocents” drew sizeable crowd on the beach. Four tonnes of sand was used in making the sculpture. Pattnaik said the assassination in Iraq was one of the most heinous crimes in the world. Foley was beheaded by the Islamist militant group Islamic State, an act shown in a video released on August 22 in which the group called for the United States to end its air strikes in Iraq. US President Barack Obama responded that Washington would be relentless in fighting the organization despite the killing. Aug 22, 2014

New shopping complex in Srinagar to rehabilitate displaced Kashmiri shopkeepers

Srinagar, Aug 22 (ANI): Shopkeepers who were displaced due to the construction of a flyover in the area look forward to better days as the Kashmir government rehabilitates them with a new shopping complex in Srinagar city, which promises to be one of the biggest shopping complexes of the valley. The complex was inaugurated by chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah. Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Company (JKPCC) constructed the shopping complex to rehabilitate the shopkeepers who were displaced due to the construction of Jehangir Chowk- Rambagh expressway corridor. Decorated with the traditional Dajji Diwari (wooden work) look on the outer façade, the two- storey shopping complex at Jehangir Chowk which is estimated to cost Rs 50 crores(500 million), has a floor area of 1,42,000 square feet. Aug 22, 2014

Politicos react on Jaitleys remark over rape affecting tourism

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Aug 22 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Friday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that a small incident of gang-rape in Delhi has affected tourism in the state. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Jaitley is correct to have said so, because tourist do not like to take risk with their lives but also added that the government should assure safety in all places. NCP leader Majid Memon also said that the government should take immediate steps to ensure safety for tourists. Meanwhile, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that BJP and RSS do not respect women. Aug 22, 2014

No question of trivializing any particular incident, was talking in general about crimes: FM gives c

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has sparked a row after he made a controversial remark about rape. Jaitley was addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in the capital where he said that “a small incident of rape” in Delhi had caused a loss of “millions of dollars in tourism". Giving clarification over his remark, Jaitley said that his speech was misconstrued and he was not referring to any particular crime but crimes in general. Jaitley has come under severe criticism for his statement as many concluded that he spoke about the December 16 Delhi gang rape case. Aug 22, 2014

Michael Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team in new Indian soccer league

Mumbai, Aug 22 (ANI): Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League. A total of 49 foreign players were drafted during the session for the eight-franchise league, which is slated to run from October 12 to December 20. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams. Chopra, who has also played for a host of other Premier League clubs, was the only English player in the draft, which was held at a Mumbai hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea. Addressing the media persons General Manager (GM) of Kerala Blasters, Viren Disilva expressed his happiness on having Chopra as part of their team. Aug 22, 2014

Curfew relaxed for few hours in violence-hit Assam

Golaghat, Aug 22 (ANI): Local administration relaxed curfew for six hours in violence-hit Golaghat district of Assam to allow residents to buy essential commodities on Friday. The latest wave of violence has left at least 20 dead and forced thousands to flee their homes. The situation aroused when two victims hailing from Golaghat district were hit by bullets fired by unidentified persons from Nagaland side while they were protesting against the kidnapping of two teenagers by suspected miscreants last week. A student union has withdrawn threat to block the national highway, connecting neighbouring state of Nagaland after recent spate of violence. Assam and neighbouring Nagaland are locked in a territorial dispute, claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago. Aug 22, 2014

Delhi gangrape victims parents condemn Jaitleys remark on rape affecting tourism

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Delhi Gangrape victim’s parents on Friday condemned Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark that Delhi gangrape case has affected tourism in the state. Victim’s father said that Jaitley’s remark is condemnable as he thinks the case to be affecting an industry but does not do anything to solve it. He added that Jaitley should change policies of economy and security in the country in order to attract tourists, not play politics over rape cases. The victim’s mother also condemned Jaitley’s remark saying that if he considers that rape has caused loss to tourism, he should also realize the loss which the incident caused to the family who lost their daughter. She also said that Jaitley should work upon improving the condition in the nation, and not hurt the sentiments of parents who lost their daughters in similar incidents. Aug 22, 2014