Gay and lesbian couples have happier children: Study

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): A new study has found that kids who have two moms or dads are happier than the ones who have a mom and dad as parents. University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents, with a total of 500 kids, and found that children of such parents beat the general population by 6 percent in terms of health and family cohesion, a leading daily reported. Lead researcher Simon Crouch, who himself is parent to two children with his male partner, said the study was a measure that analysed how well the families got along, and it seemed that same-sex-parent families and their kids did really well, which had positive impacts on child health. Jul 14, 2014

Kim Kardashian looking for new house in NYC

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Kim Kardashian has revealed that she is looking for a new home in New York City after she reportedly revealed that she's hoping to sell her 11 million dollars Bel Air home very soon. She wrote on her blog that she went apartment hunting in NYC with Simon Huck and her mom Kris Jenner and sister Kendall came too, media reported. She added that it was crazy to see the difference between Los Angeles real estate and NYC real-estate. Jul 14, 2014

TMC supported TRAI Amendment Bill after opposing, Congress reacts

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): TMC supported the TRAI Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday after opposing the bill earlier. Reacting on the same, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that TMC did a U turn. The Bill seeks to remove a legal hurdle in appointment of former chairman of telecom regulatory body Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to the Prime Minister. Jul 14, 2014

Politicos on Vaidik-Hafiz Saeed meet

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday reacted over Ramdev's close aide and senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidak's meeting with 26/11 terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. BJP leader and Union Broadcast and Information Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Vaidak's meeting with Hafiz Saeed has nothing to do with the government, and added that the whole issue was a politicization of terrorism. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that a journalist has to meet a lot of people in his profession, and that there should not be any controversy over Vaidak's meeting with Saeed. Meanwhile, Congress said that the government should give clarification over the issue. Meanwhile, the opposition Congress Party created an uproar in the Rajya Sabha over the issue. Though the government clarified that it had nothing to do with it, Congress members, including Anand Sharma continued to insist on the statement saying the matter is related to the security concerns of the country. Amidst noisy scenes, Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari adjourned the house first for 15 minutes and then till noon. Jul 14, 2014

BSE closes points 17.37 down on July 14

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 17.37 points down to stand at 25,006.98. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 5.45 points down to stand at 7,454.15. Oriental Bank and Hindustan Zinc were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 5.64% and 5.34% along with Power Finance and Hindalco Inds with an increase of 5.14% and 4.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Mcleod Russel and Pipavav Defence with a decrease of 5.54% and 4.97% along with CRISIL and Gitanjali Gems with a decrease of 4.89% and 4.62% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 165.41 points at 15,319.91 while the banking sector is up 66.37 points at 16,612.58 and the realty sector is down 14.87 points at 1,891.16. The Indian currency is 0.33% up at Rs 60.13 per dollar. Jul 14, 2014

Sushmita Sen inaugurates Senco Gold and Diamonds 1st store in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 14 (ANI): Bollywood actor and former beauty queen Sushmita Sen was recently spotted inaugurating Senco Gold and Diamonds store in Mumbai along with Bengali actor and their brand ambassador Proshenjit Chatterjee. On the occasion Sushmita said she is always proud to be associated with anything related to Sen's. Senco Gold Jewelers is one of the oldest jewelry brands in India that was started in 1938. With a heritage of 76 years in Eastern India, Senco Gold is now planning to expand all over India. Jul 14, 2014

Devotees throng temples on first Shravan Monday

Haridwar /Gorakhpur / New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Thousands of devout Hindu thronged the temples of Hindu lord Shiva across the country and offered special prayers to mark the first auspicious Monday of month long 'Shravan' festival. The devotees gathered in large numbers offering milk, curd, ghee, honey and holy water to Lord Shiva in wee hours of morning. Long queues of people were waiting with assortment of religious offerings such as incense sticks, red vermilion and flowers. Pathak Sharma, a priest of the temple in Haridwar said on Monday that during the auspicious Shravan month pilgrims have to offer different forms of liquids to Lord Shiva for their wish-fulfilment. Jul 14, 2014

Soccer fans in India celebrate Germany_s World Cup win

Kolkata/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Panaji/ New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Indian soccer lovers broke into impromptu street dance to celebrate Germany_s victory over Argentina in a pulsating FIFA World Cup final where they became the first European nation to lift the trophy in the South American continent. Germany fans across India rejoiced on Monday as they watched their team crowned world champions after a world class Mario Goetze volley in extra time fired Germany to a fourth World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Argentina leaving the South Americans and their captain Lionel Messi heartbroken. After watching the trophy ceremony, Germany fans across India emerged ready to party into the night. Soccer fans in Kolkata celebrated Germany_s triumph by bursting crackers and dancing on the streets. Jul 14, 2014

Gadkari says will use global technologies in transport and reduce import

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that planning is going on to use global technologies in transport and reduce fuel import in India. He added that economy needs to be stabilized and said that soon India will be using technology of international standards. Jul 14, 2014

Lok Sabha passes TRAI Amendment Bill even as Congress stages walkout

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The TRAI Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday even as the Congress staged a walkout protesting against it. The Bill seeks to remove a legal hurdle in appointment of former chairman of telecom regulatory body Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to the Prime Minister. The BJP defended the amendment saying it is based on merits while the Congress criticised the government for showing undue haste in bringing a person specific law. The TMC, NCP and the BSP supported the amendment. Jul 14, 2014

Politicos demand answer and govt investigation on Ved Pratap Vaidik's meet with Hafiz Saeed

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday demanded answer and investigation by the government over Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Congress leader Rashid Alvi sad NCP leader Majid Memon said that Vaidik should tell everybody what he talked about. Meanwhile, BSP Chief Mayawati and other political leaders too said that he should be answerable on the issue and that government should investigate the matter. Jul 14, 2014

Paid News case: Ashok Chavan gets EC notice, politicos react

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The Election Commission's show- cause notice to former CM of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan in the paid news case met with varied reactions from leaders of different political parties. On one hand, Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena stated that he welcomes the decision as it sends out a clear message to everyone that corruption will not be spared. While on the other hand, Naresh Agarwal of the SP was of the opinion that strict action should be taken against the media, which sometimes forces leaders to pay for the news to be published. Majid Memon said that this was a quasi- judicial procedure and it was too early to accuse Ashok Chavan for any offense. Jul 14, 2014

Reactions flow in after Maneka Gandhi says minor rape-accused should be treated on par with adults

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Mixed reactions flow in as Minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi said that minors accused of rape should be treated on par with adults. NCP leader Majid Memon and SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that juvenile act should not be scrapped just like that. While, BSP Chief Mayawati said that the matter has to be discussed before taking any decision on the same. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla applauded Gandhi and said that in Nirbhaya case too, the juvenile was the cruelest and so the change in the act would be a welcome step. Meanwhile, NFIW General Secretary Annie Raja said that criminalizing the whole juvenile category is a foolish idea. Jul 14, 2014

Ramdev defends VP Vaidiks meeting with Hafiz Saeed, says he must have tried to change his heart

Haridwar, July 14 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev defending his close aide Ved Pratap Vaidik’s meet with Hafiz Saeed said that the meeting would have been one as a journalist by Vaidik. He said that the Vaidik must have tried to change the 26/11 mastermind’s heart. On Saeed his statement that he is not an accused for whatever he has been charged, Ramdev said that the statement comes from every criminal and that PM Narendra Modi is strictly against such criminals. Jul 14, 2014