Indians soak in devotion at birth place of Lord Krishna

Mathura, Aug 18 (ANI): Thousands of devotees soaked in devotion thronged birthplace of Lord Krishna in Uttar Pradesh on Monday to celebrate his birth anniversary. Chanting hymns and carrying religious offerings, people flocked temples dedicated to the Hindu god in Mathura to mark the festival of Janamashtmi with pageantry. The priests performed rituals in the temples to mark 5240th birthday of Lord Krishna. A devotee, Nishi Khurana, said she was elated to visit Mathura to be a part of the celebration. Aug 18, 2014

Court sends suspected Pakistan agent to judicial custody

Meerut, Aug 18 (ANI): A court in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh has sent suspected agent of ISI of Pakistan to judicial custody. The State Special Task Force arrested Asif Ali on Saturday (August 16) in Meerut. Ali is indicted of transferring primary information about the Indian Army to the ISI. Public Prosecutor, Samar Bahadur Yadav, confirmed the court’s order. Ali was working as a cover at a shop in the city. He worked as a messenger and collected information related to the Indian Army and transferred money to his Pakistani associates. The STF team also recovered a laptop from Ali, which if connected to the internet, could hack information. Aug 18, 2014

Villagers complain of no aid as monsoon flood hit various parts of India

Cooch Behar/Gonda, Aug 18 (ANI): Villagers complained of no aid by the officials as monsoon floods hit various districts of India and wrecked havoc disrupting normal life. Due to the heavy torrential rains in Bhutan and Nepal, several districts of north Bengal and parts of northern Uttar Pradesh have been mainly affected. In Malda district of north Bengal, the flow of Fulahar River is in extreme danger level. Acres of farmlands covered with crops are lost due to incessant rain in Malda district. Similar chaotic situations also hover in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, where heavy monsoon rains since August 15 has brought normal life to a standstill. Aug 18, 2014

Separatist leader says no controversy should be raised over meeting with Pak envoy

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Kashmir’s Separatist leader belonging to JKDFP Shabbir Shah on Monday defended the meeting of Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit with the leaders. Shah said that no controversy should be raised over their meeting as they share a good relation with both India and Pakistan and they should be allowed to hold talks with their friends. Shah also said that such meetings used to take place during UPA rule too, so Congress should not raise its voice against it. Aug 18, 2014

Opposition slams government over Pak High Commissioner meeting with Kashmiri Separatist leaders

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Leaders of the Opposition parties on Monday slammed the government for allowing the meeting between Pakistan High Commissioner and Kashmiri Separatist leaders. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that, when in Opposition, BJP used to make a huge noise over anything related to Pakistan but now they are quiet. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government should intervene and warn the Pakistan High Commissioner not to hold such meetings at a time when the Foreign Secretaries of both countries are about to meet. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that such meetings should not happen and government should take care of these matters. Aug 18, 2014

Talking software JAWS help visually impaired students become computer savvy in Kanpur

Kanpur, Aug 18 (ANI): A school in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh has taken the initiative to teach computers to visually challenged students through talking software, which can help them become computer savvy. Software called JAWS (Job Access with Speech) is a computer screen reader programme that allows visually-impaired people to read the screen with the help of text-to-speech output. The students of ‘Kanpur Anddh Vidyalaya Junior High School’ are excited to use the software that enables them to cross the barriers imposed upon them by nature. The school currently has more than 80 visually-challenged students who are learning computers and can opt for either English or Hindi language. Aug 18, 2014

Kurds advance on key Iraq dam, Sunnis hit jihadists

Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes pushed back jihadists around Iraq's largest dam on Sunday, as Sunni Arab tribesmen and security forces fought the militants west of Baghdad. Duration: 01:26 Aug 17, 2014

CBI raid OCA Secretary Ashirbad Behera's house in Odisha chit fund scam case

Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday raided Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Ashirbad Behera’s house in Bhubaneswar city in connection with the chit fund scam. The CBI investigated Behera, among others, for having links with Pradeep Sethy, the chairman-cum-managing director of a chit fund company, Artha Tatwa. The company, according to the CBI, is among the 44 firms in the state which are running fraudulent chit schemes and are tricking the investors. Sethy, reportedly, has been arrested, and the value of the seized properties of the AT Group is said to have been around rupees 400 crores. Aug 17, 2014

TN regional party stage protest, demand boycotting defence meet in Sri Lanka

Chennai, Aug 17 (ANI): Workers of Tamil Nadu regional party, Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) on Sunday staged a protest over derogatory article published on Sri Lanka’s defence ministry website about state Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An article titled: ‘how meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Narendra Modi’ had appeared on Sri Lankan defence ministry website with pictures of Jayalalithaa dreaming about Indian PM Modi. However, the article was later removed from the website and Sri Lanka also tendered an apology. On Sunday, protesters demanded that India should boycott the defence meet scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from August 18 to August 20. Aug 17, 2014

Classic beauties at vintage car rally charm people in Chennai

Chennai, Aug 17 (ANI): A vintage car rally in Chennai charmed the automobile lovers with over 100 varieties of beauty on wheels on Sunday. Proud owners flaunted their vintage cars, which included classics like Chrysler Town, Packard Clipper, Ford Prefect, Ford Anglia, MGB, MG-TD, Morris, Jaguar SS, Austin Cambridge, Austin Chummy, Dodge Kingsway, Mercedes, Rolls Royce and Riley. Owner of a heritage Mercedes Benz said the car is special because it comes from a time before the World War II and is still in the perfect running condition. He, however, said that due to non-availability of spare parts of such old cars, it becomes exceedingly difficult to maintain them. Aug 17, 2014

Organic products in demand

Uttarakhand, Aug 17 (ANI): Health consciousness is growing among people. This has led to an increase in demand for organic and natural food products across the globe, including India. Currently, the market for organic foods in India is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 20-22 per cent. And, it is expected to grow from $ 57.2 billion in 2010 to $ 104.5 billion in 2015. The industry is now encouraging farmers to take up organic farming and cultivate premium-priced and health-oriented crops. Let alone food products, the organic products market is expanding in sectors such as clothing, beauty and home interiors like wall paints. It sure has a healthy future in the Indian market. Aug 17, 2014

Telangana CM defends state survey, says no misuse possible of the same

Hyderabad, Aug 17 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday defended the state survey and said that no misuse of the same is possible in any way. He said that there are columns asking for account number and other things which are not essentially required and people who don’t wish to give the same are not forced to do the same. Rao said that the data will be in public domain and no buying and selling is possible of the same and the information can not be used for any wrong purpose. Aug 17, 2014

China fishes for growth with world's largest aquarium

A giant 63-metre blue whale shark statue towers over the world's largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth. Duration: 00:46 Aug 17, 2014