Man returning from guinea to India kept under observation for Ebola

Chennai, Aug 10 (ANI): A native of Tamil Nadu coming back from Guinea to Chennai has been kept under observation for Ebola virus, said a doctor on Sunday. The 26-year-old man from Theni district was taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital immediately after he landed from the West African country. His blood sample has been sent to Pune for test and the man has been kept in isolation ward till then. As per media reports, the corridor leading to the isolation ward, was cordoned off and the authorities at the hospital were instructed to wear masks. Aug 11, 2014

Flood hit villagers continue to suffer, blame government

Odisha, Aug 10 (ANI): Villagers in flood-hit Odisha on Sunday (August 10) blamed the government for their sufferings due to inaction, while the situation continues to remain grim in most of the places. Although waters have receded in some parts of the state but in Keonjhar district flood waters still remain above danger levels. Amid all these there are growing complaints of government apathy. In Keonjhar district people bear the brunt as they remain outside their homes searching for places of high ground for their safety. In Ghasipur village a visibly angry villager, Narahari Ojha, complained that all the politicians who come seeking votes at the time of elections have turned a deaf ear towards them. Aug 11, 2014

S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

When Pope Francis visits South Korea, he will find a thriving Catholic community with a social and political influence that punches far above its minority weight in one of Christianity's most prominent Asian strongholds. Duration: 01:30 Aug 11, 2014

New 72-hour Gaza truce agreed in Cairo: Palestinians

A new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza has been agreed following mediation by Egypt, a Palestinian official said Sunday, although there was no immediate confirmation from Israel. The news comes as Gaza experienced another heavy day of fire. Duration: 01:19 Aug 10, 2014

At least 38 people died in plane crash in Iran

Tehran, Aug 10 (ANI): An Iranian passenger plane crashed on Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital Tehran, killing at least 38 people onboard. According to state media, an Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board crashed on a road near Tehran's Mehrabad airport. Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said that eight or nine had survived and quoted a doctor as saying that one of the injured had regained consciousness. State television said 38 people died instantly and 10 were injured and were transferred to hospital in critical condition. Aug 10, 2014

Locals throng traditional snake boat race in Kerala

Alleppey, Aug 10 (ANI): Locals thronged the 62nd edition of the traditional Nehru Trophy Boat Race held at Punnamada Lake where Oarsmen raced furiously in Alleppey city of Kerala. The snake boat race, also known as the Nehru trophy boat race heralded the tourist season in Kerala Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit flagged off the boat race. As many as 72 boats, including 22 snake boats, country boats and tableaux participated in this year's event. Large number of villagers and tourist gathered to witness the spectacular water event. Aug 10, 2014

India's unique heritage sport Kabaddi enthralls London

London, Aug 10 (ANI): India's heritage sport of kabaddi - a traditional contact sport that mixes tag and wrestling, enthralled London during an exciting game played between the teams of Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar's Khalsa Warriors and star rapper Honey Singh's Tigers in the second match of the Wave World Kabaddi League. Khalsa Warriors defeated Tigers by 79-57. Wave World Kabbadi League (WKL) is the first international Kabaddi league featuring eight teams which will play in USA, Canada, UAE, England and India. The first ever international Kabaddi league is an initiative to promote Kabaddi one of the grass root level sports of India. World Kabaddi League Commissioner, Pargat Singh, who is also a former Indian Hockey player, said Kabaddi is an exciting and easy game to understand. Aug 10, 2014

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says won't negotiate under fire by Hamas

Israel, Aug 10 (ANI): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the nation would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire. Netanyahu also said that the nation in no time had said that the offensive was over. The head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo said earlier that it would pull out unless Israeli negotiators came back to the talks. Israeli air strikes and shelling killed three Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, including a boy and a woman, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardised international efforts to end a more than month-old conflict. Aug 10, 2014

Malaria outbreak claims 79 lives in Tripura

Tripura, Aug 10 (ANI): At least 79 people have died of malaria in Tripura during the past two months, said a senior official of the state health department. Health officials said that the epidemic has affected children already suffering from lack of immunity and malnutrition. Aug 10, 2014

Congress workers stage unique protest against inflation in Bhopal

Bhopal, Aug 10 (ANI): Congress party members held protest against skyrocketing prices of food and essential commodities in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. Party leader Sangita Sharma tied rakhis on the wrists of the male protesters. She said that every year on Rakshabandhan, sisters want to tie the most expensive rakhis on their brothers' wrists, and therefore she chose rakhis made of pricey vegetables. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to symbolise the strong bond between the brothers and sisters and the love and affection shared between them and the Congress party workers staged a unique protest to bring light to severe inflation on the occasion. Aug 10, 2014

Sale of Indian flags made of indigenous cloth expected to rise after plastic ban

New Delhi, Aug 10 (ANI): Women in Assam make national flags of indigenous cloth, Khadi, which are ready to hit the markets increasing hopes of making profit after the government bans use of plastic materials. As Independence Day draws closer, the noise of sewing machines at the Assam Khadi Village and Industries Board in Guwahati gets louder with several women workers of the board making national flags made of Khadi. The workers are aware that Khadi flags are in demand in government offices as the sale of plastic flags has been banned. Workers said with the flags being made out of Khadi, the significance of the national flag has been reinforced. Aug 10, 2014

Women tie rakhis to soldiers guarding Indo-Pak border on Raksha Bandhan

Amritsar, Aug 10 (ANI): Women on Sunday tied rakhis on wrists of soldiers guarding India’s border in Punjab to mark the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The soldiers were elated and deeply touched. Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant Officer Wagah Border, Satish Kumar, expressed his gratitude and said the gesture by students and women was rewarding for each one of them. The girls were highly pleased and felt proud in tying rakhi on the wrists of soldiers. A school student, Vidisha, said BSF personnel are not able to unite with their families on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and tying rakhi to them felt good as they sacrifice their lives performing their duty towards the nation. Aug 10, 2014

Politicos react on likely Bharat Ratna awardees Vajpayee, Subhash Chandra Bose, Kanshi Ram

New Delhi, Aug 10 (ANI): Political leaders react as reports of Freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BSP founder Kanshi Ram being conferred with the Bharat Ratna are doing rounds. It is being said that the announcement regarding the same may be made as early as Independence Day by the NDA government. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, AAP’s Rahul Mehra along with CPI’s D Raja welcomed the same and said that such people should be conferred with such gestures of tribute for their works. Aug 10, 2014

Child from war-torn Iraq gets new life by the help of Indian doctors

Gurgaon, Aug 10 (ANI): A child from war-torn Iraq got a new life with the efforts of Indian doctors. The13-year-old Iraqi boy was operated at a speciality hospital in Gurgaon. In June, Iraqi child Hayder Hamid Haloob was going with his family to their fields to cut the wheat crop on the outskirts of the holy city of Karbala — bordering the ISIS-controlled Jurf-Al-Sakhar area — when a landmine went off. The blast killed his uncle who was driving, and left his mother and aunt with shrapnel injuries in their arms and shoulders. Neuro Surgeon, Doctor Sandeep Vaish said that the child’s condition was very critical when he was brought from Iraq. Vaish informed that there was a metal nut at back side of the child’s head which might have pierced inside during the bomb blast. Aug 10, 2014