Devotees throng temples as month-long Hindu festival nears end

New Delhi/ Madhya Pradesh/ Uttar Pradesh, Aug 4 (ANI): Devotees carrying religious offerings, thronged Hindu temples on last Monday of auspicious month- long Shravan (monsoon) festival. Thousands of devout Hindus thronged temples dedicated to Lord Shiva on Monday to offer special prayers. Aug 4, 2014

Opposition parties slam govt over FDI in Insurance

New Delhi, Aug 04 (ANI): Leaders of the Opposition political parties on Monday slammed the ruling BJP government for introducing 49% FDI in Insurance. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the BJP should tell as to why, when in Opposition, they opposed the insurance bill presented by UPA. Congress_ Mallikarjun Kharge also said that the leaders will take the amendments into consideration to see if the Bill should be passed with or without the amendments. NCP leader Majid Memon said that the bill will introduce FDI in insurance and the party will observe whether it will benefit the nation or not. Aug 4, 2014

Govt to hold talks with all parties over Insurance Bill

New Delhi, Aug 04 (ANI): The BJP government on Monday called for a meeting with all political parties in order to hold discussion on Insurance Bill which may be presented in the Parliament on Tuesday. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is trying to improve the nation_s financial condition which is why they have introduced 49% FDI in Insurance. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that his party is a part of NDA and will support BJP in the Bill and added that there will be a debate over Insurance Bill among all parties in the meeting to be held under Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu. Aug 4, 2014

Politicos react as Priyanka Gandhi set to formally assume bigger role in Congress

New Delhi, Aug 4 (ANI): Faced with the task of rejuvenating the party rank and file after the Lok Sabha poll disaster, the Congress appears to be banking on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to resurrect its sinking fortunes. As per a media reports, Priyanka will be formally inducted into the party after the upcoming round of assembly elections. Over the years, though not officially part of the party, Priyanka has been playing an active role in managing party affairs in Amethi and Rae Bareli, parliamentary constituencies of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Reacting over this politicos from various political parties said that this is a internal matter of Congress. Aug 4, 2014

Arrest of Indian officials in Glasgow draws flak from political leaders

New Delhi, Aug 04 (ANI): The arrest of Indian sports officials in Glasgow, where Commonwealth Games were held, has drawn flak from the political leaders. NCP leader Majid Memon said that Indian officials misbehaving abroad spoiled the image of the country and tainted the fame of sportspersons who earned good name for India abroad through their medals. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that officials representing India on an international level should behave properly. SP leader Naresh Agarwal also slammed the officials and said that the government should take note of such incidents and not send such officials as a representative abroad as they spoil India_s image. Aug 4, 2014

PM Modi visits Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal

Kathmandu, Aug 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two day official visit to Nepal, visited Lord Pashupatinath Temple on Monday to offer his prayers. The temple was on high security alert and special arrangements were made for Modi at the temple. In addition to this, he will be meeting Nepal_s President Ram Baran Yadav and other leaders of the different political parties in Nepal before leaving for India. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to undertake a bilateral visit to Nepal in 17 years. Aug 4, 2014

Hundreds dead in southwest China quake

Hundreds are killed and nearly 2,000 injured after a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province. Duration: 00:46 Aug 4, 2014

Modi holds talks with his Nepalese counterpart, interacts with common people

Kathmandu, Aug 04 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, held delegation-level talks with his Nepalese counterpart, Sushil Koirala in Kathmandu during which both the countries signed agreements to deepen cooperation in economic, security and hydropower. Modi_s visit is likely to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China. Modi also interacted and shook hands with common people after addressing the Nepal constituent assembly in Kathmandu. Aug 4, 2014

Bihar cannot fight problems like flood alone, needs special status: JD (U)

New Delhi, Aug (ANI): JD (U) leader Ali Anwar on Monday said that problems like flood threat have become common in Bihar. Anwar said that Bihar is a poor and backward state so it cannot fight the problems alone and thus needs the co-operation of Central government. He also said that Bihar should get the status of a special state. Aug 4, 2014

Action to be taken against officials arrested in Glasgow if allegations proved

New Delhi/Bangalore, Aug 04 (ANI): Appropriate action will be taken against the two Indian officials if reports of their misbehaviour on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are proved, Union Minister for Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal, said. Two top officials of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), general secretary, Rajiv Mehta, and wrestling referee, Virender Malik, were arrested in Glasgow on Saturday on separate charges. Sarbananda Sonowal, promised action against the two, if found guilty. Former Indian athlete, Ashwani Nachappa, demanded the federal sports ministry to consider the matter very seriously. Aug 4, 2014

Village evacuated in Maharashtra in anticipation of landslide

Ambegaon, Aug 04 (ANI): The government of Maharashtra evacuated a village anticipating landslide, considering the deadly disaster in Malin district of the state that claimed more than 90 human lives. The decision was taken up with the aim of preventing further loss of human lives in the disaster prone areas. Villagers of Kalewadi village seeing the cracks in the land of the village and the walls of their houses immediately complied with the government and evacuated their houses. They are being provided with all basic facilities in the nearby village they have been shifted to. Farmers of the village are still working in the village in the mornings, residents informed. Aug 4, 2014

Nearly 100 students in Gujarat forced to swim to school daily

Gujarat, Aug 04 (ANI): Nearly 100 students have to swim through a river everyday to attend the nearest school in Gujarat - one of the developed states of India and home of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Boys and girls from 16 tribal villages in Narmada District swim to cross the 600 metre wide river Hiran and then walk for another five kilometres to reach the Utavadi village where the nearest school is located. While crossing the river, they carry a large utensil that helps them to stay afloat and contains their uniform and bags. But girls are forced to go through their classes with wet uniforms throughout the day. Aug 4, 2014

At least 10 killed in strike on UN school in Gaza

At least 10 people were killed Sunday in a fresh strike on a UN school in southern Gaza which was sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli military offensive. Duration: 00:32 Aug 3, 2014

Gazans seek dignity in cemeteries filled by conflict

The Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has flooded hospitals and overwhelmed rescue workers but nowhere is the tragedy of the conflict more apparent than in the cemeteries, where space is running out. Duration: 02:29 Aug 3, 2014