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

Analysts outline Scotland's referendum issues

Scottish voters face many key issues in trying to decide whether or not to split from the United Kingdom in September's referendum. Analysts from the University of Edinburgh, outline issues which may be causing indecision. Duration: 01:56 Aug 17, 2014

RJD- JD (U) alliance a cure against NDA govt: Nitish Kumar at Chapra rally

Chapra, Aug 17 (ANI): Addressing the Chapra rally in Bihar, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar said that the alliance between the RJD and JD (U) is like a cure to the NDA government at the centre. He also said that the parties are working for the state and will continue to do so and will defeat the NDA government anyhow in the state polls. Aug 17, 2014

No plans to join SP, Ram Gopal Yadav is correct: Amar Singh

New Delhi, Aug 17 (ANI): Former SP leader Amar Singh on Sunday said that he has no plans to join the Samajwadi party and that Ram Gopal Yadav was correct in his statement. Singh also said that earlier there were mediators between him and Mulayam Singh Yadav which created rift between the two and now there are none. He said that now, both the leaders can have a conversation whenever they desire and that he needs license from nobody for meeting and having relationship with Mulayam Singh. Aug 17, 2014

Rakhi Sawant distributes sewing machines in Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 17 (ANI): Bollywood’s controversial item girl Rakhi Sawant, distributed 100 sewing machines during an event organised by a social organisation in entertainment capital, Mumbai. On the sidelines of India’s 68th Independence Day, Sawant attended an event organised by Awaz social organisation and gave away sewing machines to women in need. While addressing the gathering, Sawant spoke on women empowerment and said she believed in gender equality. Aug 17, 2014

Action will be taken against people who caused violence in Saharanpur: Shivpal Yadav

Aligarh, Aug 17 (ANI): UP minister Shivpal Yadav who has in a five-member committee probed the communal violence in Saharanpur and had blamed administration for lapses in the incident and also questioned the role of a BJP leader, said on Sunday that UP government controlled the situation in time. He also said that action will be taken against people who caused violence. Aug 17, 2014

Displaced men in Bokaro protest in water to demand employment

Bokaro, Aug 17 (ANI): Displaced youth in Bokaro city of Jharkhand stood in water on Sunday to protest against government as they demanded employment. The protest has been on for over 40 hours, and the protesters are urging the government to employ them with the Bokaro steel plant. Protesters refused to accept the request of state government authorities of ending the protest and made it clear that if their demands are not met, they will breathe their last in water. Khushwaha also said that no authority official had visited them or offered them water and food and they have been drinking dirty pond water. Meanwhile, a BJP leader, PN Singh, claimed the demands of the displaced youth would be heard. Aug 17, 2014