NIC launches its e greetings portal

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the E-Greetings portal of National Informatics Centre (NIC) from his residence on Thursday. Aug 14, 2014

Petrol prices to be reduced by Rs.2.18 per litre from Friday

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Indian Oil Corporation will reduce petrol prices by Rs.2.18 per litre in Delhi from Friday post-midnight. The price of petrol in the capital will be Rs.70.33 per litre. The cut in the retail price of petrol is about three percent. The Company also said that the cut is being undertaken owing to a reduction in international crude oil prices. Three state-run fuel retailers - IOC, BPCL and HPCL - tend to move their prices together. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted, _Price of Petrol will be reduced from midnight of 14/15 August 2014 in the range of Rs.1.89-2.38 (Rs 2.18/litre at Delhi)._ The price of petrol was last reduced by Rs.1.09 per litre on July 31, while the price of diesel was hiked by 50 paise per litre. Aug 14, 2014

BSF, Pakistan Rangers exchange sweets at Wagah Border on Pakistan_s Independence Day

Wagah Border, Aug 14 (ANI): On the occasion of Pakistan_s 68th Independence Day, Border Security Force personnel exchanged sweets and offered their good wishes to personnel of the Pakistan Rangers. The Independence Day of Pakistan was also celebrated at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi earlier today. The Pakistani National flag was hoisted by the Pakistan_s High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, before he addressed the gathering. Aug 14, 2014

Court pronounces life imprisonment to Sher Singh Rana in Phoolan Devi murder case

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): A Delhi court on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to Sher Singh Rana in 2001 bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi murder case. While delivering its judgement, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on Rana. Public Prosecutor Manisha Sharma said that they demanded death sentence from the court as it was pre planned murder, but the court refrained from the same. On August 08, the court convicted Rana, who gunned down Phoolan Devi, allegedly avenging the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she killed 17 people of the Thakur community. Aug 14, 2014

SC issues notice to Centre and state on PIL seeking ban on cigarettes

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the centre and the states on a PIL seeking a complete ban on the production of cigarettes and other tobacco products across the country. The SC bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said it was for the lawmakers to decide. Lawyer of the petitioner filmmaker Sunil Rajpal said that the money spent on the treatment of smoking-related ailments comes to Rs 30,000 crore per annum which flies in the face of revenue earning arguments on not banning the tobacco industry. Aug 14, 2014

Twin murders: Siblings found dead in Delhi_s Karawal Nagar

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): An 18-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother were found murdered in their bedroom in north east Delhi_s Karawal Nagar on Thursday. The two used to stay with their aunt who discovered the bodies when she came in to the bedroom to wake them up for school. A PCR call was made around 6:30 AM. The siblings had injury marks from a sharp object around their necks. The girl_s limbs were also found tied. Police haven_t ruled out a case of sexual assault on the girl. Investigations are on and both the bodies have been sent for post mortem. Aug 14, 2014

Manohar Parrikar says Muslims from India called Hindus in Gulf nations, draws flak

Panaji/ New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar_s remark that Indian Muslims in Gulf countries are addressed as Hindus stirred a controversy on Thursday. Parrikar made the remark while interpolating in a discussion on archaeology during a session of the state legislative assembly on Wednesday. Political leaders accused Parrikar of trying to express his ideology of making India a Hindu nation. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Indian and Hindu are two different things. Earlier Goa_s deputy chief minister Francis D_Souza had invited much criticism after he said that India is already a Hindu nation and all Indians in India are Hindus. Aug 14, 2014

Pope in S. Korea on first Asia visit for 15 years

Pope Francis kicks off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican_s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China. Duration: 01:08 Aug 14, 2014

Congress, BJP indulge in blame game over communal violence, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday continued the blame game over the spurt in communal violence in the country recently. While, the Congress accused the BJP of inciting such violence, the BJP dismissed the accusation say the Congress is unnecessarily dragging its name into every controversy. Aug 14, 2014

SC relaxes norms on Dahi Handi, allows participation of children above 12 years

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): In a relief for the Dahi Handi mandals in Mumbai, the Supreme Court has relaxed the norms and restrictions put by the Bombay High Court on formation of the human pyramids. The court has also said that children below the age of 12 cannot participate in it. The Bombay High Court had banned the children below 18 years of age from participating in the formation of human pyramids during the festival and had put a height limit of 20 feet to the pyramids. The order was issued after two boys, aged 14 and a 19, died last week in Mumbai during practice. Aug 14, 2014

India under tight security blanket ahead of Independence Day

Srinagar /Imphal /Agartala, Aug 14 (ANI): Security has been beefed up across India on Thursday as thousands of police and paramilitary personnel kept a hawk-eyed vigil to thwart any possible threats ahead of Independence Day. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed at the airport, market places, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and metro stations in major Indian cities. Parking lots in the Delhi Metro stations have been closed from today till the next afternoon due to security measures. Tight security blanket has also been thrown in Srinagar city of Jammu and Kashmir as armed paramilitary personnel and police guard stand outside the Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of the Independence Day function. Public relation officer of India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Kishore Prasad, said three-tier security arrangement has been made in the valley. Aug 14, 2014

Judicial Appointments Commission Bill to be introduced in RS

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Judicial Appointments Bill which was passed unanimously in Lok Sabha on Wednesday will be introduced in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. On one hand, Political leaders hope that the bill shall be passed in the Upper House too but on the other some think that the bill should have been discussed more. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government should have given more time for discussion over the Bill. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that he hoped the Bill shall be passed in Rajya Sabha. SP leader Naresh Agarwal stated that after some amendments required in the bill it shall be passed in Rajya Sabha. Aug 14, 2014

Jet Airways Bhopal New Delhi flight aborted after engine catches fire

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): A Bhopal bound Jet Airways flight's engine caught fire on Thursday morning while taking off from Delhi. All the passengers were evacuated safely. Speaking over this, Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that there was a fire incident and now every body is safe. He further said that investigation is going on. Aug 14, 2014