Students in Tamil Nadu spread awareness for International Tiger Day

Coimbatore, July 28 (ANI): Students of a school in Tamil Nadu formed a human chain to observe International Tiger Day and create awareness among people of the nation about decline in the number of the striped beauties by drawing tigers on the floor with the help of coloured powder. Over 800 students of Sarvajana School in Coimbatore formed a human chain saying, _We Want Tigers_. The students also raised slogans to save tigers. The school had held _Save Tiger_ Rangoli contest on the occasion of International Tiger Day which is celebrated on July 29 worldwide. Jul 28, 2014

2014 Commonwealth Games: India still at fifth position with 22 medals tally

New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): India ended Day 4 of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at No. 5 in the standings. Shooters continued to lead India_s medal charge with Shreyasi Singh winning silver in the women_s double trap event. While Mohammed Asab clinched bronze medal in the men_s double trap event. Punam Yadav of India also won bronze in 63kg women_s weightlifting. Weightlifting brought India some more joy as Satish Sivalingam and Ravi Katulu won gold and silver in the 77kg category. On the 4th day, the 2010 hosts touched medal count of 22 - six gold, nine silver and seven bronze - and the country still remained in the fifth place behind Australia, England, Scotland and Canada. Jul 28, 2014

Delhi SGMC President says all gurudwara committees should come under common act

Amritsar, July 28 (ANI): The President of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee Manjit Singh GK on Monday said that the management has no problem if all Gurudwara committees come under a common All India Act. He added that Sikh Community is a minority community so it is necessary to maintain unity and avoid stress. Jul 28, 2014

Cats on the menu in Vietnam despite being illegal

The enduring popularity of cat meat as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that feline owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. Duration: 02:11 Jul 28, 2014

Rural women in Nagaland promote traditional artwork

Nagaland, July 28 (ANI): These women are engaged in making a variety of handloom products at the Exotic Echo Society in Dizephe village of Nagaland. The society was formed to empower villagers by creating sustainable job opportunities for them. It has been taking an endeavour to support a number of women self help groups in the area by conducting training programmes in traditional loin loom weaving. The society also supplies raw materials and helps them to market their products. The group produces a number of colorful handloom products like bags, cushion covers, shawls and other decorative items. The products are also being marketed outside the state. Jul 28, 2014

Mohanlalganj Rape Case: Victim's family sits on hunger strike demanding CBI probe

Lucknow, July 27 (ANI): The family members of the victim in the Mohanlalganj rape case sat on hunger strike on Sunday demanding CBI probe from the government. They said that the family now doesn't trust the police department and will continue the strike until a CBI probe is conducted. Earlier, in a new twist in the rape and murder case of the 32-year-old woman, forensic report has indicated that more than one person was involved in the crime. The report is contradictory to the police claims where it had ruled out gangrape with the woman. Ruling out gangrape, the police had earlier said that there was no sexual intercourse. The incident had come to light on July 17 when the body of the woman was spotted near a primary school in Balsingh Khera village of Mohanlalganj tehsil by a watchman. Jul 27, 2014

Protest by civil services aspirants intensifies

New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): The protest by India's civil services aspirants' intensified on Sunday with four students sitting on a fast unto death, demanding the scrapping of some part of the new examination format, conducting of examination in regional languages, especially Hindi and postponement of the preliminary test. The protesters are planning to protest semi-naked on Sunday evening so that their message is heard loud and clear by the government. Earlier, the government told the parliament that it had asked a committee to submit its report on the issue within a week to give level-playing field to those coming from rural areas. The angry students had damaged vehicles and blocked road on Thursday (July 24) evening after the UPSC issued admit cards for the preliminary examination to be held on August 24. The student wing of Congress party - NSUI, had also held a sit-in protest earlier to support the protesting students. Jul 27, 2014

Muslims across India make final preparations as Eid Ul Fitr closes near

Thiruvananthapuram /Kolkata, July 27 (ANI): Muslims across India are busy making the final preparations ahead of Eid ul Fitr, an important Muslim festival which will mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Markets in cities wear a festive look with sparkling lights and enthusiastic crowds rushing for last minute shopping. Eid shopping has gained momentum in the last week of Ramadan and shoppers throng to markets after Iftar and shop till late night. The markets remain open until sehr (pre-dawn time to begin fast). An excited shopper, Sophie, said that her shopping of clothes and gifts is nearly over. During Eid shopping, markets are buzzing with crowds and traders make a fast buck. Jul 27, 2014

Sonia Gandhi hosts iftar party

New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi hosted an iftar party at Delhi's posh Ashoka Hotel on Sunday for the political leaders, both Muslims as well as Hindus. High dignitaries of politics came to attend the function, including Salman Khurshid, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma, Rajiv Shukla among others. RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD (U) President Sharad Yadav were also present with Gandhi at the iftar ceremony. Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims end their fast at the time of sunset, during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Meanwhile, UP Governor Ram Naik also hosted iftar party in capital city of Lucknow. Jul 27, 2014

Femina provides launching pad for budding designers

Pune, July 27 (ANI): One of the oldest women's English magazines of over 50 years, Femina, provided a launching pad to the budding designers to make a mark in the multi-billion fashion Industry by organising a two day carnival in Pune. Gracefully dressed models flounced down the runway flaunting budding designers collections. Television and cinema actress Yuvika Chaudhary inaugurated the carnival. The actress who has done films like Om Shanti Om, Summer 2007 praised the magazine for providing a platform to the youngsters across the country who would make a mark in the world fashion industry. Jul 27, 2014

Italy's wrecked cruise ship prepares to dock in Genoa

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner made its final approach Sunday to the Italian port of Genoa, where the mammoth carcass is being towed for scrap after its fatal capsize two and a half years ago. Duration: 00:32 Jul 27, 2014

Gaza truce efforts go up in smoke

The Islamist Hamas movement continued firing rockets at Israel Sunday, despite claims it had accepted a UN request for a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian truce in war-torn Gaza. Duration: 00:35 Jul 27, 2014

In 41-year fight over 5-paise loss with DTC, ex-employee files writ petition

New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): In a fight between Delhi Transport Corporation and an ex-employee for 41 years over 5-paise loss, ex-employee Ranvir Singh filed a writ petition in a court. Singh who was a conductor, faced a flying squad of ticket-checkers in 1973 in a bus going towards Mayapuri. The overzealous checkers found that he had charged a woman passenger only 10 paise for a trip when the actual fare was 15 paise. Singh was later given the salary after the labour court ordered so, but was refrained from promotions and other dues and is also not getting pensions now that he has retired. The DTC had also gone against the labour court and failed to reinstate him. Jul 27, 2014