Police recover arms and ammunition from Maoists in Jharkhand

Palamu, Aug 19 (ANI): In a joint operation, officials of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police recovered arms and ammunition including three rifles, life cartridges and two bombs during clashes with Maoists in Jharkhand. The security personnel clashed with Communist Party of India-Maoists (CPI-M) on Monday night (August 18) in Palamu district and also recovered 33 different SIM cards, mobile phones and solar charger. Superintendent of Police, YS Ramesh, termed the arms haul a success. Two Maoists were injured during the encounter and all of them managed to escape. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Aug 19, 2014

Court orders release of Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila

New Delhi, Aug 19 (ANI): A sessions court in Manipur, Tuesday, ordered the immediate release of civil rights activist Irom Sharmila, who has been on an indefinite hunger strike demanding repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act for the past 13 years. The 42-year-old _Iron Lady_ of Manipur was kept under house arrest following fears that she wants to commit suicide. She is being nose-fed by the state government at a government hospital, which was converted into a jail for her. The Manipuri government had slapped an attempt to suicide case on her. The court said that it is just an allegation that she wants to commit suicide, hence she cannot be kept under arrest and should be released immediately. Sharmila has been on indefinite hunger strike to demand repeal of the Act after killing of 10 civilians allegedly by the Assam Rifles near Imphal airport in November 2000. Aug 19, 2014

Foreign educated Indian doctors protest in New Delhi, demand employment

New Delhi, Aug 19 (ANI): Unemployed foreign educated Indian doctors took to streets in New Delhi on Tuesday to demand employment and scrapping of a screening test. The protesters gathered in large numbers and shouted slogans demanding justice. They alleged that the screening test they need to take in order to get a job is too difficult to pass. The protesters said that on one hand when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is calling students who have completed their studies abroad to India, the youth is sitting without jobs for past several years. Aug 19, 2014

Security personnel sustain injuries during gun battle with Maoists

Raipur, Aug 19 (ANI): Two soldiers of India_s paramilitary Compact Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) were, on Tuesday, injured during a gun battle with Maoists in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The encounter took place in restive forests of Kodanar under Aranpur Police Station limits when security forces were returning after an anti-Maoist operation in the region early on Tuesday. Aug 19, 2014

_Mary Kom_ might not release in Manipur

New Delhi, August 19 (ANI): Boxing superstar Mary Kom, whose life has been portrayed on the silver screen a biopic of the same name, is struggling for the film_s release in her home state. In 2000, Revolutionary Peoples Front issued a ban on the screening of Hindi films and TV shows in Manipur. They conducted raids and attacked cinema halls showing Hindi films.They have been fighting for a separate independent socialist state of Manipur. The five time boxing champion is now in talks with the government for the release of the film in Manipur. Aug 19, 2014

Gazans react to new 24-hour ceasefire

Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip who lost their houses and took shelters in tents, schools and hospitals, reacted on Tuesday to new 24-hour ceasefire. Duration: 01:08 Aug 19, 2014

BSE closes points 29.71 up on August 19

New Delhi, August 19 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 29.71 points up to stand at 26,420.67. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 23.25 points up to stand at 7,897.50. TTK Prestige and Berger Paints were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.16% and 9.13% along with Muthoot Finance and Ashok Leyland with an increase of 9.11% and 7.39% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Tech and Bhushan Steel with a decrease of 4.99% and 4.98% along with Prestige Estates and Engineers India with a decrease of 3.70% and 3.13% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 374.15 points at 16,981.84 while the banking sector is up 101.46 points at 17,759.36 and the reality sector is up 29.93 points at 1,863.56. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 60.75 per dollar. Aug 19, 2014
Floods inundate Kaziranga National Park, forest rangers step up security (A representational picture)

Floods inundate Kaziranga National Park, forest rangers step up security

Golaghat, Aug 19 (ANI): Forest rangers stepped up safety measures in Assam's Kaziranga National Park in a bid to protect the wild life as flood waters from the Brahmaputra River have inundated almost 80 per cent of its area. The park authorities have strengthened security as poachers take advantage of the floods to kill animals, particularly one-horned rhinos. During the floods, the animals stray outside the park. The rhinos and other animals normally go towards the Karbi Anglong Hills looking for higher grounds. However, District Forest Officer of Kaziranga National Park, S K Sill Sarmah said additional safety corridors have been installed in order to keep a strict vigil and safeguard the wild life. Aug 19, 2014

Floods in UP render at least ninety thousand homeless

Sitapur, Aug 19 (ANI): Floods triggered by heavy rains in the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh have rendered at least 90,000 people homeless. Monsoon floods hit various districts of northern India and wrecked havoc disrupting normal life, while forecast for more rain has prompted fresh flood warning. The situation is highly chaotic in Sitapur district of the state, where heavy monsoon rains since August 15 has brought normal life to a standstill. The area has been put on high alert as major security measures have been initiated including two helicopter operation to rescue victims. District level officer, Sarvesh Dikshit, said flood waters have rendered thousands homeless in Sitapur district, which has caused panic. Aug 19, 2014

Trend of luxury housing

New Delhi, Aug 19 (ANI): Indians are fast developing a taste for the good life. Fancy lifestyle and luxurious brand names, real estate properties and ultra-luxurious amenities have created a demanding place for luxury housing in the country. To lure buyers, developers are also now trying out variety of new products in luxury housing segment. With this change in real estate trend, India has become one of the fastest growing countries with high net worth individuals, leading the investment portfolio totals upto 40% in the realty market. Aug 19, 2014

EAM assures families of stranded Indian workers in Iraq of their safe return

New Delhi, Aug 19 (ANI): External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, assured families of Indian nationals, who have been abducted by the ISIS in Mosul city of Iraq, of their safe return. Swaraj, after meeting the families, assured them that reports of killing of their relatives and children working in Iraq were untrue and do not have any official confirming for the same. She assured the families that nothing unfortunate had happened, and said that the government of India would leave "no stone unturned" to bring back their loved ones safely. Aug 19, 2014

Situation tense at Assam-Nagaland border, toll touches nine

Nagaland/Guwahati, Aug 19 (ANI): Situation in Assam-Nagaland border areas remained tense as death toll touched nine, said a senior police official. The affected areas remain tense due to killings in Merapani and Uriamghat of Golaghat district of Assam. Director General of Police (DGP) of Assam Police, Khagen Sharma said that nine dead bodies have been recovered so far. Sharma also inaugurated the Guwahati City police websites to help the public in order to minimize crime and also for lodging immediate complaints. Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi visited the affected areas on Monday. Meanwhile, a scuffle erupted between people and police at Merapani's district near Nagaland border opposing the visit of Gogoi. Aug 19, 2014

Express train rams into vehicle in Bihar, several feared dead

Motihari, Aug 19 (ANI): A speeding express train rammed into a vehicle at a railway crossing in Bihar province due to which several people are feared dead. More than a dozen people were killed when a packed tempo ferrying people was hit by Rapti Ganga Express train at a manned crossing in the state. The district magistrate, Abhay Kumar Singh, said the toll might rise as rescue operation was underway. Aug 19, 2014

Afghan special forces brace for exit of US elite troops

US-trained special forces undergo instruction at a camp outside Kabul as Afghanistan looks to them to play a key role in imposing security and building public confidence after US and NATO troops withdraw. Duration: 02:14 Aug 19, 2014