No flood threat for 24 hours, says disaster management authority in Bihar

Patna, Aug 04 (ANI): The disaster management authority in Bihar said on Monday they have got more time to take measures for evacuation in times of impending floods in the state. More than 400,000 people in Bihar face the risk of flooding after a landslide that killed at least nine people in neighbouring Nepal, as thousands were being evacuated. The landslide triggered by heavy rains has left scores of people missing and has created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river, which runs into Bihar as the Kosi river. The fear is that as Nepal tries to blast its way through the landslide to clear it, it will unleash a torrent of water across the densely populated Bihar. However, officials said on Monday there is likely no danger for 24 hours. Aug 4, 2014

Hyderabad HC issues notice to Mallika Sherawat, govt over 'obscene' poster

Hyderabad, Aug 4 (ANI): The Hyderabad High Court on Monday issued notices to Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat and the government over a poster of the actress' upcoming film 'Dirty Politics' that shows her draped in the three colours of the national flag. The court has also asked them to reply to the notice in four weeks. Ms Sherawat, in the poster, is sitting on top of a car with a red beacon light, wearing the Indian tricolor. The public interest litigation alleges that this is "obscene use of the Indian Tricolour" and also that "the State Emblem of India has been used for cheap publicity." It alleges that the poster "is an insult to the nation's honour." Aug 5, 2014

Film industry of South India protests over Sri Lanka's derogatory article

Chennai, Aug 04 (ANI): Representatives of Tamil film industry staged a protest outside the Sri Lankan Consulate in Chennai on Monday over the release of an unethical article by the government of Sri Lanka last week. They demanded the closure of the consulate and the embassy in New Delhi. Actor and politician, Sarath Kumar, said the film industry condemns the article put up on Sri Lanka's defence website that stated Tamil Nadu provincial chief J Jayalalithaa wrote love letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Protesters said Jayalalithaa has been doing a lot for the welfare of the fishermen in Tamil Nadu and such 'scandalous article' won't be accepted. Aug 5, 2014

Despite ban on music Kashmiri girls take part in talent hunt show

Srinagar, Aug 05 (ANI): Despite ban on music by separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, girls came out to participate in a talent hunt show and enthralled audience with their music. Young girls took part in a two-day musical talent hunt, 'Pa ma ga re sa 2014' in Srinagar city on Sunday and sang Bollywood and regional songs. Last year, all-girl Kashmiri band Pragaash stopped performing after receiving threats from Islamic militants who claimed that the band members allegedly broke the codes of Islam. In a region where the boom of guns and bombs has drowned out all sounds for almost 20 years, a cacophony of melodies from guitar, drums and electric keyboards is now sweeping Kashmir's war-weary youngsters with a message of love and peace. Aug 5, 2014

Widows make sacred threads for PM Modi ahead of 'Rakhi' festival

Varanasi, Aug 4 (ANI): Inmates of a widow home in Uttar Pradesh made sacred threads, or 'rakhis', for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of 'Raksha Bandhan' and wished for his well being. Women in widow home in Durgakund area of Varanasi said Modi is like their brother and hoped that the PM would take steps for their upliftment and rights. 'Rakhi' is a symbolic holy thread, which a sister ties on her brother's wrist as a mark of bonding between them on 'Raksha Bandhan'. Aug 5, 2014

MEA on Narendra Modi's Nepal visit (Part - 1)

Kathmandu, Aug 4 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Monday informed that the meetings between Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were fruitful as they discussed how to further strengthen ties between the two countries. Akbaruddin also said that the discussion mainly focused on cooperation, connectivity, culture and constitution. Aug 4, 2014

MEA on Narendra Modi's Nepal visit (Part - 2)

Kathmandu, Aug 4 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Monday informed that the meetings between Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were fruitful as they discussed how to further strengthen ties between the two countries. Akbaruddin also said that the discussion mainly focused on cooperation, connectivity, culture and constitution. Aug 4, 2014

PM Modi gets Guard of Honor before leaving Nepal

Kathmandu, Aug 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi got Guard of Honor in Kathmandu before he left Nepal for India. Modi had gone to Nepal on a two day official visit, the first bilateral visit to the country by an Indian prime minister in 17 years. Modi met Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav and other leaders of the different political parties in Kathmandu on Monday. Earlier in the day, Modi has also visited the famous Pashupatinath Temple to offer his prayers. Aug 4, 2014

Israeli missiles hit Gaza during unilateral ceasefire

Israeli F16 fires missiles on building minutes into a unilateral ceasefire. Hundreds of burn victims and those wounded by Israeli shell fire are overwhelming Gaza's sole working operating theatre for plastic surgeons. Aug 5, 2014

Italian navy rescues 2,700 migrants over weekend

The Italian navy said Monday it had rescued over 2,700 migrants from boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa over the weekend, and recovered two bodies off the coast of Libya. Duration: 00:37 Aug 5, 2014

Juncker: Fiscal discipline must continue throughout Europe

Europe must remain "vigilant" against new financial challenges as it struggles to overcome the lingering effects of the debt crisis, the European Commission's incoming head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday. Duration: 00:41 Aug 5, 2014