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

Legal Eagles react on CJI RM Lodha's defence of SC Collegium

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Legal eagles on Monday reacted over Chief Justice of India RM Lodha's defence of the Supreme Court collegium system and said that there is a campaign to defame the judiciary. Lodha's strong reaction comes after Justice Markandey Katju made allegations in his blog regarding the promotion of a judge of Allahabad High Court of questionable reputation. Former Delhi HC Judge Justice RS Sodhi said that if CJI has said something like that, there must be a weight to it, but also doubted on the credibility of the collegium in a few cases. Senior Lawyer Kamini Jaiswal said that Justice Katju should have brought these issues up during his tenure and the present scenario seems like a conspiracy. Aug 11, 2014

Lalu shares dais with Nitish, says they are from same family

Hajipur, Aug 11 (ANI): Nearly two decades after they parted ways, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar shared dais in Hajipur on Monday as they began a joint campaign for the upcoming by-elections in Bihar. The coming together of two leaders also puts an end to weeks of speculations on whether the two bitter political rivals will actually share stage together at a public event to campaign jointly for the by-elections. Speaking at the function, Lalu said that he and Nitish are from the same family. Aug 11, 2014

Lalu shares dais with Nitish, says inauspicious things happened since Modi came to power

Hajipur, Aug 11 (ANI): Nearly two decades after they parted ways, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar shared dais in Hajipur on Monday as they began a joint campaign for the upcoming by-elections in Bihar. The coming together of two leaders also puts an end to weeks of speculations on whether the two bitter political rivals will actually share stage together at a public event to campaign jointly for the by-elections. Speaking at the function, Lalu said that since Narendra Modi came to power inauspicious things has started happening. Aug 11, 2014

Politicos on another ceasefire violation by Pakistan

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday reacted over the incident of another ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing at several Indian positions on the international border in Jammu district in the wee hours of Monday. Aug 11, 2014

Politicos welcome Mohan Bhagwat's reminder to BJP of its contribution in 2014 win

New Delhi/ Bhubaneshwar, Aug 11 (ANI): Political leaders welcome RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat when he said that the BJP came to power at the Centre because the common man wanted change. The statement came as a Disagreement with the suggestion that the BJP's victory was the result of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah's sole efforts. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that this has made clear that there is going to be a new rift between RSS and BJP. NCP leader Tariq Anwar and JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Bhagwat realized this very late that and are slowly getting averse with BJP's agenda. Aug 11, 2014

Pakistan's ISI fuels sectarian violence in Gilgit

Gilgit Baltistan, Aug 11: Annexed from the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan has been controlled by Pakistan for decades now. Since the setting up of the de facto provincial government in Gilgit Baltistan in 2009, Islamabad's exploitation of the region has gained momentum. The strategically located region suffers from sectarian violence, militancy and poverty. In recent years, there has been a sudden rise in incidents of sectarian violence between Shias, Sunnis and other communities including Ismaili and Nurbakshi. The nationalist leaders blame Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI, for enforcing 'divide and rule' policy in the region. Aug 11, 2014

Children stranded in swollen river in Uttarkashi rescued

Uttarkashi, Aug 11 (ANI): Police rescued a 10-year-old child who was swept away by the torrential flow of the river Assi Ganga in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The child was bathing in the river with his three friends when there was a sudden increase in the water level due to rain. While the three other children escaped, one child was carried away around 100 metres due to the strong currents. Some women working nearby spotted the child stuck between the rocks and informed the police, who, with the help of fire workers, successfully brought out the child. Aug 11, 2014

Priyanka Chopra encourages women empowerment at UNICEF event

Nagpur, Aug 11 (ANI): Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra stressed on the need for empowering women and inculcating into them the value of their life, which is demeaned generally by the male gender. Chopra discussed various social issues like domestic violence, gender inequality and importance for education of women as she addressed an event of UNICEF in Nagpur city of Maharashtra. The brand ambassador of UNICEF in India emphasised upon an education programme, Deepshikha aimed at empowering the fairer sex of the country socially, economically and morally. Chopra, in her address, cited several instances on how Indian women have supported their families in difficult times and proven themselves. Aug 11, 2014

Police arrest Maoist in Jharkhand

Latehar, Aug 11 (ANI): Police arrested a Maoist in Latehar district in the red corridor of Jharkhand. The Maoist, Mukesh Kumar Yadav, is the area commander of a rebel outfit, People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and was arrested after police received secret information. Briefing media persons, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Rosan Gudiya said that it is big achievement for police as Yadav was booked under multiple cases of dacoity, killings and kidnappings. Police also seized a home made country pistol and two revolvers from Yadav. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Aug 11, 2014

Coimbatore goldsmith makes world's smallest gold flag ahead of India's 68th Independence Day

Coimbatore, Aug 11 (ANI): To show his love for his motherland, a goldsmith belonging to Coimbatore city of Tamil Nadu designed the world's smallest flag made of gold. The goldsmith, UMT Raja said that he made the miniature version of the Indian flag using only 4 mg of gold, making it the smallest in the world. Besides the flag, Raja also made a miniature model depicting the Indian freedom movement using gold, which includes the Indian flag and a model of great freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi. The whole movement is depicted on a matchstick, which Raja painted in saffron, white and green colours. Aug 11, 2014

Relatives of likely Bharat Ratna awardees react on speculations over same

Allahabad/ Raipur/ Rourkela/ Kolkata, Aug 11 (ANI): The government ordered five medallions, bringing names of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to the forefront to receive this year's Bharat Ratna awards. Another noted name in the Indian freedom movement, Madan Mohan Malviya is also rumoured to be one of the five persons to be honoured. Relatives of the speculated nominees have expressed happiness over the buzz. Malviya's grand daughter-in-law, Saraswati Malviya thanked the Narendra Modi-led government and said that the award should have been bestowed earlier. On hearing rumours of the highest civilian award being bestowed upon the former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his niece expressed her pride. Aug 11, 2014