IB Ministry suspends Censor Board CEO

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has suspended the chief executive officer of the Central Board of Film Certification, Rakesh Kumar, who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe. Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, said corruption will not be tolerated, and hence, Kumar has been suspended. According to sources, the CEO of the Childrens Film Society of India (CFSI), Sharavan Kumar, will assume additional charge as CEO of CBFC. Kumar was arrested in Mumbai on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.70,000 for clearing a regional movie. Aug 20, 2014

BSE closes points 106.38 up on August 20

New Delhi, August 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 106.38 points down to stand at 26,314.29. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 22.20 points down to stand at 7,875.30. SUN PHARMA and RANBAXY were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.88% and 4.84% along with CIPLA and JPINFRATEC with an increase of 3.79% and 3.61% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include DENA BANK and BHUSHAN STEEL with a decrease of 5.06% and 4.97% along with ORIENT BANK and MUTHOOT FINANCE with a decrease of 3.63% and 3.57% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 94.75 points at 16,887.09 while the banking sector is down 51.94 points at 17,707.42 and the reality sector is up 9.73 points at 1,873.29. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.66 per dollar. Aug 20, 2014

Police hold back on tear gas at Ferguson protest

Police lower their profile, and refrain from using tear gas, to allow a more orderly night of protests in this St Louis suburb 10 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Duration: 00:43 Aug 20, 2014

Sonia targets Modi, says fake dreams were sold to people

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Centre, saying the Narendra Modi-led NDA government sold fake dreams to Indians. Speaking at a Congress function for women workers and elected representatives on the 70th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi, she said to bring back the lost glory of Congress no stone should be left unturned. Giving a push for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill, Sonia said that Rajiv Gandhi always wanted 33 per cent of reservation for women in Parliament and Assembly. Aug 20, 2014

Sonia says Congress committed to Women's Reservation Bill, BJP reacts

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said her party was committed to the women's reservation bill that seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in parliament and the state legislatures. Sonia said though her party was in opposition now, it was committed to the women's reservation bill and would put pressure on the NDA government for its passage in parliament. Reacting over this BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the Congress only talks and BJP performs. He asked why the Congress put the Women's Reservation Bill in hibernation when they were in power Aug 20, 2014

Rajnath Singh calls for strengthening of civil defence organisation

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, on Wednesday emphasised on the strengthening of civil defence organisation in an effort to avert any natural disaster in future. Singh was speaking at the launch of 'Plan Scheme of Mainstreaming Civil defence in Disaster Risk Reduction'. During the conference, Singh said efforts should be made to make civil defence organisation more efficient. Meanwhile, Singh also assured to fix the problem of scarcity of essential resources. Aug 20, 2014

Pakistan stands committed to improving ties with India: Abdul Basit

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday said that Pakistan stands committed towards improving relations with India. He also said that Pakistan wants to continue the dialogue process, which was to take place between both the nations' Foreign Secretaries. Basit's meeting with Kashmiri Separatist leaders had sparked controversy among politicians after which the Indian government had cancelled the foreign secretaries' meeting. Aug 20, 2014

Reactions flow on PM Modi's PR office inauguration in Varanasi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Political reactions flow as Prime Minister and Lok Sabha member from Varanasi, Narendra Modi, has opened up his PR office in order to maintain contact with the people. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that every member tries to maintain contact with public, so if Modi is doing that, he is doing something which everyone does. JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav said that all members try to keep in touch with their people so Modi is not doing anything new. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Modi's step is welcome and it will bring change in Varanasi. Modi's PR office was inaugurated by BJP President Amit Shah during a grand ceremony in the presence of BJP's UP President Laxmikant Bajpai. Aug 20, 2014

Devotees go in trance during religious festival in Assam

Guwahati, Aug 20 (ANI): Devotees from various parts of the country thronged temple of Hindu goddess Kamakhya in Assam to witness three-day Hindu festival, Deodhani dance. The Deodhani dance festival is held to worship Hindu snake goddess Mansa, during which goats and pigeons are sacrificed. It is believed that Hindu goddess possesses a devotee's body during the festival to dance. As per Hindu mythology, one's wishes come true if they wish for something special during the festival. Aug 20, 2014

No LoP post for Congress, Politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's decision to reject Congress's demand for Leader of Opposition. Mahajan formally rejected the Congress's demand saying that the post can't be given to them as it does not have the required number of seats. Aug 20, 2014

Ranbir Kapoor partners with Saavan as Creative Collaborator

Mumbai, August 20 (ANI): Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor has joined hands with Saavn, a US-based digital music company Saavan for Indian music, as a creative collaborator. The digital music company, which boasts a catalogue of almost two million tracks from both Indian and US record labels, will be rolling out a suite of new consumer-facing products and Partnership over the next couple of months in which Ranbir's inputs and ideation will play a major role. Aug 20, 2014

Floods disrupt livelihood in India

Supaul/ Siddharthnagar, Aug 20 (ANI): Floods in northern and eastern parts of India submerged huts and marooned villagers. Supaul district of Bihar remained on high alert and people were still sheltering in relief camps. About 30,000 villagers were evacuated in Bihar after threat of floods due to a landslide in neighbouring Nepal. The landslide, triggered by heavy rains in Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district, killed at least 33 people and created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river, which flows into India as the Kosi river. A flood-affected villager, Kamla Devi, on Wednesday complained that the government did not provide them with any assistance. People were also affected after water was discharged from overflowing dams in Nepal. A rescue official of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Rakesh Kumar, said there was inadequate number of boats in each village. Aug 20, 2014

Pak accuses India of violating ceasefire 57 times

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): After the recent diplomatic failures between India and Pakistan, post Abdul Basit’s meeting with the Kashmiri separatists, the Pakistan envoy has alleged that Indian troops violated ceasefire 57 times since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power. Basit said this when he was asked about the increasing number of ceasefire violation by Pakistan against India along the Line of Control. Aug 20, 2014

Meeting Kashmiri separatists a long-standing practice: Abdul Basit

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): After the recent diplomatic failures between India and Pakistan, post Abdul Basit’s meeting with the Kashmiri separatists, the Pakistan envoy on Wednesday defended the meet saying that it has been a longstanding practice of engaging with them. Basit said that Kashmiris are legitimate stakeholders in finding a peaceful solution to the issue of Kashmir and Pakistan wants to engage all stakeholders. Aug 20, 2014

Former Haryana MP Avtar Singh Bhadana joins INLD

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Former Lok Sabha member from Haryana Avtar Singh Bhadana, who had resigned from Congress earlier this week, on Wednesday joined Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he expressed unhappiness over the way the party is functioning in the state. He also said that he had informed the party high command of the activities going on in Congress in Haryana. He also criticized Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for his style of functioning. Aug 20, 2014