Support pours in for chief engineer who resigned over misbehaviour in Kashmir

Srinagar/ New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Government employees in Jammu and Kashmir took to streets on Friday, supporting the chief engineer, who resigned after a state minister used unparliamentary language against him. The chief engineer of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, Muzaffar Lankar, submitted his resignation to state government after he accused Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, of using abusive language against him during a meeting at Civil Secretariat in Srinagar city. Supporters said Lankar was an honest man and hit out at minister. Protesters also demanded an apology from the government. Meanwhile, chief spokesperson of opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Naeem Akhtar, said the case was not new. Aug 8, 2014

Colombia leader sworn in vowing peace, warning rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warns leftist rebels their attacks are threatening peace talks as he is sworn in for a second term dedicated to ending the country's 50-year-old conflict. Duration: 01:21 Aug 8, 2014

Pak hands over captured BSF jawan to India

RS Pura, Aug 08 (ANI): A Border Security Force jawan, who was swept away into Pakistan by the strong currents of the Chenab River and picked up by Pakistan Rangers was on Friday handed to India at a border crossing point in Jammu. BSF jawan Satyasheel Yadav, was handed over to his battalion commander Varesh Singh. The trooper was carried by the river current to Bajwaat village in Sialkot area of Pakistan. Aug 8, 2014

Bhopal: Congress protests demanding increase in pension for old people

Bhopal, Aug 08 (ANI): Party workers of Congress staged a protest against the government of Madhya Pradesh on Friday as they demanded rise in pension for the old people. Thousands of widows and old people, along with Congress party workers, held flags and shouted slogans as they encircled the residence of state chief, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in Bhopal. The protesters also presented a memorandum to Sub Divisional Magistrate asking an increase in the pension. Meanwhile, Congress leader Taslim Wahida Lashkari said the pension for poor people should be raised to rupees 1000 and the 400,000 people made ineligible should be made eligible. Aug 8, 2014

Pak hands over captured jawan, BSF DG says no mishandling done

RS Pura, Aug 08 (ANI): After Pakistan handed over to India a BSF jawan who was captured by Pakistan Rangers, BSF Director General, DK Pathak assured that the jawan was treated well and no mishandling was done. He said that after trooper Satyasheel Yadav was swept away to Pakistan by strong currents of River Chenab, civilians and other people helped him across the border and also gave medical assistance to him. Pathak also said that the questions asked by the trooper were very common and usual. He also said that the jawan is fine and doing well. Aug 8, 2014

It Happens: Artists enchant audience at cultural festival in Kashmir

Srinagar, August 8 (ANI): A five-day cultural festival, organised jointly by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, and the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, started in Jammu and Kashmir. The event will take place at different parts of the valley. The festival consists of musical programmes and poetic symposium featuring renowned artistes from Kashmir and neighbouring states. Artists performing on stage also seemed delighted with the response. Aug 8, 2014

It Happens: Devotees throng temples as month-long Hindu festival nears end

New Delhi, August 8 (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. According to the Hindu calendar, Shravan is the fifth holy month which ends on ‘Shravan purnima’, or full moon day. Devotees seek blessings of Lord Shiva for peace and prosperity and also take holy baths. Devotees gathered to offer milk, curd, ghee, honey and holy water to Shiva Lingam, a representation of Hindu Lord Shiva. A priest, Ramesh Yadav, in Madhya Pradesh wished peace for devotees and the nation. The saffron-clad devotees also known as ‘kanwarias’ undertake journey of foot to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy waters of Ganges River. A devotee, Vinod Shankar Patel, said that on this occasion Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati had met. The auspicious Shravan festival started on July 14 and will conclude on August 10. Aug 8, 2014

Rock-star charisma, 'new Turkey' at heart of Erdogan appeal

With his rock star charisma Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, and widespread protests, a corruption scandal, and curbs on the Internet have not shaken his popularity. Duration: 02:03 Aug 8, 2014

Jaswant Singh very critical after head injury, put on life support system

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh has been put on life support system at the Army Research and Referral Hospital, where he was admitted after reportedly slipping at home and grievously injuring his head. A Defence Ministry statement said that, "At present the condition is very critical. He is on life support systems and under constant monitoring by a team of neurosurgeons and critical care providers." Examination at the hospital showed him to be in coma, with signs of 'raised intracranial tension and a haematoma scalp'. Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived at the hospital to enquire about the former BJP leader’s health. Other BJP leaders like Shahnawaz Hussain and Rajiv Pratap Rudy also visited the hospital to inquire about Singh. Aug 8, 2014

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung addresses people ahead of Independence Day

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday addressed the people ahead of the Independence Day on 15th August and appealed the people to get engrossed in the occasion. He said that there will be a number of programmes held in the national capital starting from tomorrow and invited people of Delhi to take part in the same. He also advocated for a clean Delhi and appealed to keep the city clean and green during the festivity. Aug 8, 2014

HC refuses to lift ban on E-Rickshaws, next hearing on Monday

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to lift ban on E-Rickshaws in the national capital. The lawyer in the case, Pinky Anand said that many guidelines were submitted by them and also the court and the final take on the same will be decided after the next hearing. The next hearing in the case is deferred to Monday. Aug 8, 2014

19 more Indian nurses arrive home from Libya

Kochi, Aug 08 (ANI): Nineteen more Indian nurses, who were stranded in strife-torn Libya, arrived home in Kerala on Friday. Alby Mathew, a nurse who was among the stranded, applauded government for arrangements. Fighting in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi is the worst since the 2011 civil war that ended four decades of Muammar Gaddafi's rule, increasing international worries that Libya is becoming a failed state. Aug 8, 2014

Politicos welcome Modi's guidelines for bureaucrats

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday welcomed the 19-point guideline by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bureaucrats. Modi made amendments in All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968 and added 19 points, according to which bureaucrats will have to maintain political neutrality. BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh, said the step would bring in more accountability and transparency. The new set of rules also directs bureaucrats to take decisions solely in public interest, and make recommendations on merit alone. NCP leader Tariq Anwar, called it a positive sign. Aug 8, 2014