AAP's Manish Sisodia hoists Indian flag upside down

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Friday hoisted the Indian National Flag upside down in a local park in New Delhi. The flag was placed in such a direction that, when hoisted, it waved the flag upside down. Sisodia clarified saying that the flag was tied by the organizers in such a manner that it opened in the wrong way and added that it should not be made a political issue. Aug 15, 2014

Bangladeshis observe national mourning day to honour Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Dhaka, Aug 15 (ANI): Hundreds of Bangladeshis paid their respects to the country's founding leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Friday (August 15), who was killed by a group of army officers 39 years ago, along with most of his family. Events begun at sunrise on Friday, a national holiday in the country, with the national flag flown at a half-mast as hundreds of Bangladeshis waited in line to pay their respects to their former leader. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is one of Mujibur's daughters, visited a memorial in Dhaka to pay her respects, before visiting the Banani Graveyard where her family members are buried. Members of the political establishment were also present to pay their respects. Aug 15, 2014

Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile wishes success to PM Modi on Independence Day

Dharamsala, Aug 15 (ANI): Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, wished Indian government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a successful term as the country marked its 68th Independence Day on Friday. Sangey greeted Indians and said that India’s rise would mean Tibet’s growth too. Modi, who sworn-in as the PM a little over two months ago, gave his maiden Independence-Day speech in New Delhi, addressing the issues of poverty and sharing his vision of a digital India. India achieved its independence from the colonial British rule on August 15, 1947, ending more than 200 years of rule. Meanwhile, Sangay also aspired for Tibetans’ own land’s independence and for the return of spiritual leader, Dalai Lama to Tibet. Aug 15, 2014

Several doctors fall ill after consuming I-Day sweets at Mumbai's hospital

Mumbai, Aug 15 (ANI): As many as 38 doctors fell ill in Mumbai after consuming sweets distributed at a hospital on Independence Day. Doctor Nivedita explained the situation in which the incident took place. She also stated that the doctors were offered tricolor sweets after which many gave symptoms of ill health. Aug 15, 2014

Northeast cuisine catches the fancy of food aficionados in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Home to a large number of people from the Northeastern states, New Delhi has become a hotspot for indigenous cuisine from the region. In South Delhi's Green Park area, among the many popular northeast restaurants is Rosang cafe. Established in January this year by a Mizo couple, the outlet offers authentic cuisine from all eight northeastern states. The cafe not only attracts northeastern people settled in the national capital, but is popular among Delhi'ites and other foreign visitors. To give authentic taste of northeast to the people of Delhi, the food is prepared from organic products, herbs and spices procured from Manipur. Aug 15, 2014

Landslide after heavy rainfall in Dehradun, CM calls for rescue

Dehradun, Aug 15 (ANI): Heavy rainfall on Friday led to landslide causing disruption in commuting for people in Dehradun. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that priority will be to clear the way in order to ease commutation and then relief operations will be provided to the people. Aug 15, 2014

Nothing new in PM Modi's Independence Day speech: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech delivered from the ramparts of the Red Fort had nothing much or new to offer and lacked impact. Another Congress leader Salman Khurshid added that Modi’s speech was more of an election speech rather than a speech by a Prime Minister. Earlier the Prime Minister unfurled the flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort after inspecting the guard of honour. During his address, he touched upon issues related to poverty, women safety, female foeticide, the importance of the IT sector, the discontinuation of the planning commission, making India the global manufacturing hub of the future and the problem of farmer suicides. Aug 15, 2014

More than 100 children hospitalized after eating I Day sweets given at Govt schools in Kanpur

Chaubepur, Aug 15 (ANI): About 450 students fell ill of which nearly 100 were hospitalized on Friday after consuming sweets distributed at government schools in Kanpur’s Chaubepur area. The students are being treated at the local hospital and the matter is being examined closely. DM of Kanpur, Roshan Jacob said that all efforts are being made to avoid casualties. She added that the sweet shop from where the sweets were ordered has been sealed and samples are being taken for examination. Aug 15, 2014

Congress submits report to Sonia Gandhi on poll debacle

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): The AK Antony panel of Congress party submitted review report of its poll debacle to party chief, Sonia Gandhi, following its defeat in the general elections. The much talked about report was submitted on Thursday by former defence minister, A K Antony and his team after a meeting with 500 Congress members, including members of its various wings. Sonia Gandhi and her son, Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi were widely held responsible for the defeat. However, Antony refused to hold the Gandhis accountable for the loss. Quipping at Congress’ remark of emerging strong again, BJP said that will not happen for a long time now. Aug 15, 2014

Students dressed as JL Nehru take out march to celebrate I Day

Coimbatore, Aug 15 (ANI): As many as 1400 school students dressed as India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru celebrated nation’s 68th Independence Day by marching across the Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu on Friday. The students were dressed in Nehru’s signature attire - white Indian formal suit, a cap and red rose pinned to their coats and they took out a silent march for three kilometers. During the march, students said they aim to set a new record for Limca Book of Records - the record book of Indian origin. Aug 15, 2014

Soldiers guarding Indian border exchange sweets to mark 68th Independence Day

Punjab/Siliguri, Aug 15 (ANI): Border guards of India and Pakistan on Friday exchanged sweets at the Attari-Wagah joint check post between both the countries on the occasion of India’s 68th Independence Day on Friday. Inspector general, Border Security Force (BSF) Border Range, Ashok Kumar, wished the country on the occasion of Independence Day. People on India’s side waved Indian flags near the border gates as military bands played. The sweets exchange signifies promoting cordial relations between security forces of neighbouring countries. Aug 15, 2014

Clashes in Pakistan after shots fired at opposition leader Imran Khan

Pakistan, Aug 15 (ANI): Clashes broke out on Friday as tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters from two anti-government movements converged on the capital, presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest challenge yet. Gunshots hit the vehicle of former cricket star and opposition politician Imran Khan as he led his supporters through the eastern city of Gujranwala. Residents brandishing ruling-party posters attacked his convoy, throwing shoes and stones. Khan was not injured, his spokeswoman said. Khan and populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri are slowly leading separate processions towards Islamabad where they plan to occupy main streets until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Aug 15, 2014

Nothing new in PM Modi's Independence Day speech: Congress

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech delivered from the ramparts of the Red Fort had nothing much or new to offer and lacked impact. Another Congress leader Salman Khurshid added that Modi’s speech was more of an election speech rather than a speech by a Prime Minister. Earlier the Prime Minister unfurled the flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort after inspecting the guard of honour. During his address, he touched upon issues related to poverty, women safety, female foeticide, the importance of the IT sector, the discontinuation of the planning commission, making India the global manufacturing hub of the future and the problem of farmer suicides. Aug 15, 2014

Politicians highlight issues Modi missed in his Independence Day speech

New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Indian political leaders on Friday underlined misses in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech, while also appreciating his effort to touch upon basic issues the country is facing. Modi, in his speech on the occasion of 68th Independence Day on Friday (August 15), highlighted various topics from digitalization of India to poverty. He urged global investors to make India a manufacturing hub, and pitched for manufacturing in the electronic sector, also calling for foreign investment in manufacturing chemicals, automobiles, agro-business and others. However, Politicos felt he did not mention the core struggles of India, such as inflation and corruption. Congress' Rashid Alvi said that Modi could have talked about major problems like militancy from Pakistan but refrained. Aug 15, 2014