Seven Maoists surrender in red corridor of Chhattisgarh

Ranchi, Aug 21 (ANI): Tired of internal politics, seven Maoists surrender to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Chhattisgarh state. Maoists sent a message to the CRPF stating the various factors responsible for their surrender. They said that promotion to higher levels inside the Maoist organisations is only given to members from Andhra Pradesh. They also said that they were not allowed to meet their family members. CRPF is seeing the surrender as a big achievement, especially because of the surrender of a Maoist named Kranti, who was wanted, in various major operations and attacks by the insurgents. Some of the surrendered Maoists are Improvised Explosive Device (IED) experts. Aug 21, 2014

Lawyer files case against Pakistan envoy and Kashmiri separatist leader

Uttar Pradesh/New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): A lawyer from Allahabad city filed sedition charges against Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and senior Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah. India's Foreign Secretary, Sujatha Singh, was supposed to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Aziz Ahmad, but it was cancelled after Basit met separatist leaders on Monday (August 18). Lawyer Sushil Mishra justified his filing of a case against the two leaders stating they had breached the rules and regulations of the Indian Constitution and hence is a threat to the nation. Aug 21, 2014

30 villages in UP under water, 24,000 homeless

Gonda, Barabanki, Aug 21 (ANI): Floods triggered by heavy rainfall have inundated 30 villages in Uttar Pradesh, rendering at least 24,000 people homeless, said a senior official. Thousands were marooned in villages across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh, where the release of water from overflowing dams in neighbouring Nepal has added to the impact of the downpours. Meanwhile, the Sub divisional Magistrate of Gonda district, Jagdeesh Singh said that situation was under control and rescue operations were underway. However, distressed locals of the area expressed their disappointment over State government’s inaction. Aug 21, 2014

Monitoring the situation, will meet both CMs: Kiren Rijiju on Assam-Nagaland violence

Guwahati, Aug 21 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday reached Guwahati city of Assam to meet the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Nagaland. Rijiju said that he will be closely monitoring the situation in both states and talk to the Chief Ministers about the violence. Rijiju also said that the armed forces work on the action and direction of the State Government. Aug 21, 2014

Water-logging in Mumbai due to heavy rains

Mumbai, Aug 21 (ANI): Heavy rains in the Dadar area of Mumbai have led to massive water-logging causing numerous problems to the commuters. Last month, traffic was reported to have been moving at a slow pace at several places following the rains. Commuters also had a hard time travelling due to poor visibility. Aug 21, 2014

Voting for Bihar by-polls begins amid tight security, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Voting for the by-polls in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar began on Thursday on a peaceful note. The by-polls results will establish whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's magic is still working in the state or that of Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar, who have claimed a winning formula in allying. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that BJP and its allies will win all the 10 seats. However, RJD leader Manoj Jha said that RJD- JD (U) alliance will bring good result in the by polls. Aug 21, 2014

Lebanese church distributes aid for Iraqi refugees

Members of the Chaldean Diocese in Baabda, were giving food items on Wednesday to Iraqi Christian refugees who fled the ongoing fighting between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq. Duration: 00:45 Aug 20, 2014

Memories of German WWI atrocities haunt Belgium

Bloody German atrocities against Belgian civilians at the outset of World War I still haunt gentle towns such as Dinant and Louvain whose sacrifice sparked global outrage and a drive to curb war crimes. Duration: 02:20 Aug 20, 2014

Work of US reporter James Foley, purportedly beheaded by IS

Islamic State on Tuesday purportedly released a video showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Foley was an experienced reporter who had covered numerous conflicts, contributing to Agence France-Presse and other outlets. Duration: 00:53 Aug 20, 2014

US closely monitoring Pak political situation: Reports

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The United States said on Tuesday that it was closely observing the political situation in Pakistan. State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said that the US ambassador in Pakistan attended meetings with Pakistani political and religious leaders. Harf also said that the US embassy is sending all updates on political crisis to Secretary of State John Kerry. US wants India -Pakistan relations to improve and the countries to resume talks, said the US ambassador in Pakistan. Aug 20, 2014

Defence Minister says Indian forces did not allow Chinese troops' encroachment

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that Army Chief had already clarified that there was no incursion by Chinese troops. He added that there have been cases when Chinese patrols were getting into Indian territory but our forces took action and did not allow them to encroach in. Aug 20, 2014

Employees in Kashmir stage protest to demand better wages

Srinagar, Aug 20 (ANI): Over a hundred furious government employees staged a protest in Jammu and Kashmir to demand better wages and regularisation of jobs. Demanding better treatment, the employees under the banner of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) shouted slogans against the State government in Srinagar on Wednesday and said the government has not fulfilled the terms of agreement yet. Reportedly, on August 17, a high level delegation of EJAC met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s political secretary, Tanveer Sadiq, to discuss the issues. The police intervened during the protest and detained the protesting workers. Aug 20, 2014