Freedom is a celebration, independence is a challenge: President while addressing nation on eve of I

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): While addressing and greeting the nation on the eve of Independence Day, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that Freedom is a celebration and independence is a challenge. The President said that intolerance and violence is a betrayal of the letter and spirit of democracy and slammed those who believe in the "poison drip of inflammatory provocation". Talking about good governance, he said India needs creative thinking in governance that enables fast track development and ensures social harmony. He also said that the good governance involves participation by people and transparency on the part of the government. He appealed the political parties to keep the nation first and that the people should defend the secular fabric with vigour. Finally said that this is the time to take action and people should not wait any further. Aug 14, 2014

Ghulam Nabi azad credits success of Parliament session to opposition, not NDA govt

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): As the Parliament budget session ended Thursday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad credited the success of the session to the opposition Congress and not the BJP-led NDA government. Azad said that the government did not do anything from their side and every proceeding and every bills introduced was from the previous UPA government. He said that even the budget presented by the NDA government was similar to the interim budget presented by the UPA government. Azad also alleged that the BJP did not let the Parliament function when they were in opposition and now are passing the same bills when they are in government. Aug 14, 2014

Amit Shah addresses rally in Haryana, hits at state govt over corruption

Mahendragarh, Aug 14 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday addressed a rally in Mahendragarh district of Haryana as the party started its elections campaign for the state assembly polls. Shah slammed the Congress party and the state government for the law and order situation in Haryana. The new BJP president also said that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is responsible for the corruption and land scams in the state. He also appealed the people to bring Congress free nation and BJP governed nation for the welfare of the people. Aug 14, 2014

Jaya Bachchan against dirty jokes on leaders by private FMs

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Veteran Bollywood Actor and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan, on Thursday, raised her voice against the disrespectful language used by jockeys of private radio channels on political leaders. Bachchan said that keeping intact their freedom there should be some rules which decide how one should speak about the political leaders who govern the nation. She added that she is not against political satire but against the ‘dirty jokes’. Aug 14, 2014

Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die, Budget Session ends

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Speakers of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Thursday adjourned the respective houses sine die. The budget session which ran for more than a month was adjourned sine die after the announcement by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari. Earlier in the day, Rajya Sabha passed Constitutional Amendment Bill which went to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. Aug 14, 2014

Bangladesh academician remembers Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ahead of his death anniversary

Dhaka, Aug 14 (ANI): Bangladesh academician, Syed Anwar Husain remembered founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for his significant contribution in the country’s fight for an independent state, as the nation mourns his assassination during an army coup in 1975. Mujibur, or Mujib as he was popularly called, was killed along with most of his family members in a 1975 revolt by young army officers. One of his two surviving daughters, Sheikh Hasina, is now the country's prime minister. The city streets are full of posters and banners bearing Rahman’s photographs. On Wednesday, Husain also lauded Rahman for his efforts in the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation. Aug 14, 2014

VHP protest outside Pakistan embassy over hardships faced by Hindus in Pak

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday staged a protest outside Pakistan embassy in New Delhi against the hardships faced by the Hindu community in the neighbouring country. Leaders of VHP claimed that Hindu community living in Pakistan was being treated inhumanly and demanded protection of human rights violations. Protesters shouted anti-Pakistan slogans and demanded justice for the Hindus living there. Protesters were accompanied by the Hindus who have fled from Pakistan after facing the torture from the natives there. VHP Joint General Secretary Swami Vigyanand said August 14 was being marked worldwide as a day to protest against the human rights violations on Pakistani Hindus. Aug 14, 2014

Bridge collapse kills three in Himachal Pradesh

Hamirpur, Aug 14 (ANI): Three people were killed on Thursday after a bridge collapsed in Jahu area of Hamirpur disrict in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rainfall. Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Bhoranj Balwan Chand said rescue teams were working and one body was pulled out from the river. The Disaster Response Force teams reached the accident site and began relief work. Search for more bodies is underway. Aug 14, 2014

Bollywood actors lend support to short film festival aimed at creative filmmaking

Mumbai, Aug 14 (ANI): Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor and actress Alia Bhatt attended a short film festival 'Shuruaat ka Interval' in entertainment capital Mumbai. An anthology of short films called 'Shuruaat ka Interval' features eight shorts from various filmmakers who have been chosen and mentored by filmmakers Imtiaz Ali, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anand Gandhi. During the inauguration event, Kapoor said the Indian film fraternity should encourage such short films as it gives fresh talent a chance to grow big. All the short films are based on one theme – interval – which has been interpreted and presented in a different way by each filmmaker. Aug 14, 2014

New Gaza truce holding after shaky start

Israel and Gaza militants were holding their fire Thursday after a new truce got off to a shaky start, with night-time Palestinian rocket fire followed by Israeli air strikes. Duration: 01:20 Aug 14, 2014

Court pronounces life imprisonment to Sher Singh Rana in Phoolan Devi murder case

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): A Delhi court on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to Sher Singh Rana in 2001 bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi murder case. While delivering its judgement, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Rana. Public Prosecutor Manisha Sharma said that they demanded death sentence from the court as it was pre planned murder, but the court refrained from the same. On August 08, the court convicted Rana, who gunned down Phoolan Devi, allegedly avenging the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she killed 17 people of the Thakur community. Aug 14, 2014

National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill passed by Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): In a major political victory for the Narendra Modi government, the Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the landmark National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014 by a majority. The Bill was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Bill was passed by a voice vote following a detailed discussion on the government_s proposal to scrap the existing collegium system for appointment of judges in higher courts. After the bill becomes law, the government will have a say in the appointment of Supreme Court and high court judges after 21 years. Aug 14, 2014

Hearing of E-Rickshaw case adjourned till Aug 20

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday adjourned the case of e-rickshaw till Aug 20 which was to be heard today. Lawyer RK Kapoor said that the case was adjourned observing the absence of a judge who was present during the previous hearings of the case. The Delhi High Court had earlier imposed a ban on the plying of e-rickshaws after a child was killed and his mother injured on being hit by an e-rickshaw. Aug 14, 2014