HC judge denied entry into TNCA club for wearing dhoti, D Raja calls it deplorable

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): After Madras High Court judge was denied entry into the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club for wearing a dhoti, CPI leader D Raja called it deplorable. He said that dhoti is Tamil Nadu’s traditional dress and people from all class wear it. He also said that the act symbolizes the club’s colonial mindset. Meanwhile earlier DMK chief Karunanidhi also condemned the incident. Jul 14, 2014

Human traffickers take advantage of Pakistani women

Zunera once dreamed of becoming a computer engineer. Instead, aged 16, she was tricked into prostitution in the UAE, beginning a four-year nightmare of cruelty, violence and rape. Duration 02:45 Jul 14, 2014

VHP leader Giriraj Kishore passes away, Health Minister pays tribute

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday paid tribute to senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Giriraj Kishore who died in New Delhi the previous evening at the age of 96 after prolonged illness. Kishore had joined the RSS at an early age and was one of its senior-most _pracharaks_. The RSS later sent him to VHP. Jul 14, 2014

PM Modi to leave from Germany for Brazil after a day's stay

Germany, July 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving from Germany on Monday where he landed for a stopover on his way to Brazil to attend five nations BRICS summit. Indian Ambassador to Germany Vijay Gokhale had received Modi on the tarmac with other dignitaries. Modi's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the German capital, Berlin, was cancelled due to Germany's entry into FIFA World Cup final, for which she was in Brazil to watch. Jul 14, 2014

Railway Minister inspects trains and stations in Karnataka

Karnataka, July 14 (ANI): Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda inspected railway stations and cleanliness in trains in Karnataka. Beginning from railway station in Bengaluru, Gowda inspected toilets and security at the station. He also inspected trains and travelled to Mysore where he also interacted with passengers. In Mysore, Gowda inspected canteen, waiting halls, ticket counters and other facilities at the railway station. Jul 14, 2014

BJP leader hails passage of Polavaram Bill in Lok Sabha

Visakhapatnam, July 14 (ANI): State unit president of BJP in Andhra Pradesh K Hari Babu lauded the passage of Andhra Pradesh Amendment Bill in lower house of the parliament, saying it would benefit various states in terms of irrigation. Addressing a news conference in port city of Visakhapatnam, Babu said the bill will pave way for construction of Polavaram irrigation project. Jul 14, 2014

Telecast of Doordarshan to become mandatory on private networks

Ahmedabad, July 14 (ANI): Indian government would make telecast of state-run channel Doordarshan mandatory on every direct to home and cable network, said Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. Javadekar said his aim was to make Doordarshan and state-run All India Radio first choice of viewers. Meanwhile, Javadekar took a dig at opposition Congress party's demand for Leader of Opposition post in lower house of parliament. Jul 14, 2014

France moves against substandard restaurant food

Food lovers may put France on a pedestal, but microwaved or pre-packaged dishes have become so common in restaurants that authorities are introducing a new "homemade" label for chefs cooking meals from scratch. Duration: 01:14 Jul 14, 2014

Boko Haram chief claims Lagos, Abuja attacks in new video

The head of Nigeria's Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital Abuja and an attack hours later in Lagos which the authorities tried to cover up, in a video obtained by AFP Sunday. Duration: 02:02 Jul 14, 2014

Police arrest two Maoists in Bihar

Jamui, July 13 (ANI): Police arrested two Maoists with arms and ammunition in the red corridor of Jamui district of Bihar on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, Police launched a joint operation with India’s paramilitary Central reserved Police force (CRPF) which continued for about an hour. Two red rebels were arrested while others fled amid exchange of fire. Superintendent of Police, Upendra Kumar Singh, said that along with the arrest of two rebels, arms were also recovered. 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. Jul 13, 2014

Poor monsoon adversely hits farmers

Amritsar, July 13 (ANI): Uncertain over progress of the delayed monsoons, farmers are adversely hit due to scanty rains, which raise concerns of a first drought in five years. Reportedly, on an average Punjab receives an annul rainfall of 580 mm of which about 80 per cent is confined to the months of June, July, August and September. Unfortunately, the monsoons are delayed this year and there has been no shower in recent time. A farmer, Jaipal Singh said that most of their working is dependent on the heavy downpour in the monsoon months. In order to maintain their crops, farmers have to use generator sets for irrigation. Adding to the farmer’s woe, Punjab Electricity Board has failed to provide them with uninterrupted electricity supply of 8 hours as promised. Farmers have to spend extra on diesel to run pumps. Jul 13, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik meets Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan Part-1

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Ved Pratap Vaidik, a political analyst who is also known to be Baba Ramdev's close aide, sparked off a major controversy after his pictures with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed emerged on the social media. The photograph shows Vaidik engrossed in a deep conversation with Saeed. Vaidik said that he met Hafiz Saeed as a journalist and talked about issues relating to terrorism. Jul 13, 2014

Ved Pratap Vaidik meets Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan Part-2

New Delhi, July 13 (ANI): Ved Pratap Vaidik, a political analyst who is also known to be Baba Ramdev’s close aide, sparked off a major controversy after his pictures with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed emerged on the social media. The photograph shows Vaidik engrossed in a deep conversation with Saeed. Vaidik said that he met Hafiz Saeed as a journalist and talked about issues relating to terrorism. Jul 13, 2014