Amit Shah holds rally in Haryana, appeals for vote

Jind, Aug 16 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday held a rally in Haryana's Jind area and appealed for votes in the upcoming state Assembly Polls. Shah said that Haryana should get rid of Congress in order to move towards development. He said that just like the people of the state expressed their opinion in LS Polls, BJP should also win with majority in the Assembly polls. Aug 16, 2014

Congress reeling under humiliating defeat, struggling for LoP post: Amit Shah

Jind, Aug 16 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday addressed a rally in Haryana's Jind area. Shah said that Congress had to face such a humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha polls that it even has to struggle for the post of Opposition. He also said that Haryana should get rid of Congress government led by CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Aug 16, 2014

Congress will need to put advertisements to get candidates: Amit Shah

Jind, Aug 16 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday, while addressing a rally in Haryana's Jind area, said that Congress had to face a humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha polls. He added that in the upcoming State Assembly Polls, Congress will not have enough candidates and it will have to put advertisements to get candidates for contesting their elections. Aug 16, 2014

Assamese teenager makes her mark in a Hollywood film

Assam, Aug 16 (ANI): Directed by Oscar winning director Jeffery D Brown, the film 'Sold' has received widespread critical acclaim since it opened at the 5th London Indian Film Festival and won an Audience award. The actor in lead role is Niyar Saikia, a girl hailing from Assam. She has played the role of the main protagonist, Lakshmi, a Nepali girl who becomes a victim of human trafficking. Niyar was selected from among 1,000 girls in Nepal and India who had auditioned for the role and had to participate in a workshop to prepare for the role. The 13-year old actor has been gaining appreciation for her sensitive portrayal of a child trafficking victim in the film. A student of class 9, Niyar has been acting since she was a kid and is currently a drama student at the SEAGULL drama institute. She has also done a number of Assamese movies with noted directors like Jahnu Baruah. Her parents are supportive of her career and are proud of her achievements. Aug 16, 2014

3 houses collapse due to landslide in Dehradun, 7 Dead

Dehradun, Aug 16 (ANI): Three houses collapsed due to landslide after heavy rainfall in Dehradun on Saturday and the members living in them got stuck under the debris. ADG of Law and Order, Ram Singh Meena, said that the houses collapsed due to landslide. He added that 7 people have died out of which 4 bodies have been recovered and only one woman has been saved alive. Meena also said that rescue operations are going on. Aug 16, 2014

Congress trashes Goa BJP MLA's bikini beach plans

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Reacting to BJP Member of Legislative Assembly Lavoo Mamledar's plans to create a bikini beach in Goa, Congress Party leader Rashid Alvi said Saturday that it exposed double-faced nature of the ruling party. Goa Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat said such statements will ruin the state's image both nationally and internationally. Mamledar, who is a former police officer, had said that if tourism had to be promoted, there should be a bikini beach with entry fees in Goa. Aug 16, 2014

Social media continues to grow as a business tool

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have millions of active users in India alone. Unlike traditional print or television advertising, users can interact with brands and give feedback through these sites. Worldwide, as many as 42% of companies rely heavily on social media for marketing purposes. Aug 16, 2014

Prithviraj Chavan at foundation stone laying ceremony of SEZ at Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Navi Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday expressed concern about the impending SEZs in the state and asked for more cooperation from the central government. Chavan said that it is because of the policies of the government that many of the SEZs still remain pending. Chavan was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a SEZ at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the SEZ. Aug 16, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee wishes Republic of Indonesia on their Independence Day

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Republic of Indonesia on the occasion of Indonesia's Independence Day tomorrow. President Mukherjee said, "On behalf of the government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I have the pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the Government and friendly people of Indonesia on your National Day." The President also expressed his satisfaction at the growing strategic partnership between the two countries and close cooperation on strategic, defence and security, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and regional issues. He also said, "I am confident that our two democratic and multi-religious societies will continue to strengthen our bilateral friendship and cooperation in areas of our common interest." Aug 16, 2014

Robin Williams to be remembered in World of Warcraft game

New Delhi, August 16 (ANI): Robin Williams will reportedly be featured as a gaming character in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft. An online petition was created in order to pay tribute after Williams' death where World of Warcraft's creators, Blizzard Entertainment were asked to pay an in-game tribute to the actor, a web portal reported. The game's lead designer Ion Hazzikostas has said that a character will be based either on the late 63-year-old actor himself or one of his many memorable roles. World of Warcraft is known for paying tribute to fans of the game that have passed away, regularly with in-game statues or non-playable characters. Aug 16, 2014

Monsoon rains boost tourism in pink city of Jaipur

Jaipur, Aug 16 (ANI): Cashing in on good monsoon, the government of Rajasthan promoted tourism as lakes and water bodies were brimming with water. The tourism department in the province promoted monsoon tourism in the state and also kicked off tourist activities. Foreign tourists, arriving in the Pink City of Jaipur, were surprised to see rains as they had expected the climate to be hot and dry. The tourism industry is expecting around 20 percent boost in tourists this year. Also, tour operators and guides are announcing packages to attract more and more tourists. Aug 16, 2014

Urbanizing Indian Railways....

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Introduced in 1850, Indian railways are the lifeline of the country. It covers about 7,000 stations over a total route length of more than 39,000 miles. Since its inception, the sector has seen major changes that have ultimately added stars towards its path to expansion. The authority in the country intends to spend around one trillion dollar in infrastructure development as per the Vision 2020 document. The latest development is the rail link between Udhampur to Katra in northern state of Jammu. This rail link is ready to represent the expansion of railway tracks to terrain region. Aug 16, 2014

Amit Shah announces new BJP team, JP Nadda welcomes

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah, who recently took over as the Chief after Rajnath Singh, announced a new party team on Saturday. Shah's team comprises of 11 vice-presidents and eight general secretaries. BJP General Secretary JP Nadda highlighted the key points of comprising this new team. Nadda said that the new BJP office-bearers have worked for the organisation in the states and they are experienced. He also said that it is a new and young team with sixty per cent of the office-bearers aged below 50. Aug 16, 2014

Narendra Modi lays foundation of SEZ at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

Navi Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 4,000-crore port-based multi-product special economic zone at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at Sheva, Navi Mumbai. Modi on the occasion said that India needs to give importance to the manufacturing sector and industry to generate maximum employment. Aug 16, 2014