Goa CM clarifies his controversial _negro_ statement

Panaji, Aug 21 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday clarified his much controversial statement calling the Africans as _negro_. Parrikar said that the statement was written by the clerks who did not know the word could mean in an offensive manner. He also tendered an apology if the statement had hurt the sentiments of someone. He further said that the mistake can be corrected at a later time. Aug 21, 2014

Aamir Khan releases PK_s 2nd Poster

Mumbai, August 21 (ANI): After creating sensation with the first poster, the makers of Aamir Khan Starrer _PK_ launched its second poster in the showbiz capital Mumbai. The new poster shows Khan wearing traditional Rajasthani attire. He_s also sporting dark glasses and holding onto a brass tenor. On the occasion Khan spoke about their promotional strategy behind poster campaign. Directed by Raj Kumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Siddharth Roy Kapoor, _PK_ is set to be released on December 19 this year. Aug 21, 2014

Pakistan_s anti-government protesters hope demands are met, after talks begin

Islamabad, Aug 21 (ANI): Supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri were hopeful and determined on Thursday, after their leaders opened negotiations with the Pakistani government, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse. The announcement on Wednesday (August 20) came the day after Pakistan_s powerful military said the two sides should engage in dialogue and warned that key government institutions were under its protection. Former cricket star Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital Islamabad since August 15. Both want Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over allegations of corruption and election rigging. Sharif, who won the last election by a landslide, has refused to step down. Aug 21, 2014

Jharkhand will benefit more if it gets a full-majority government: Narendra Modi

Ranchi, Aug 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday urged the people of Jharkhand to elect a government with full majority in upcoming assembly elections in order to ensure development for the state. Modi flew into Ranchi to inaugurate the transmission line of the Power Grid Corp of India Ltd (PGCIL) situated at Bero in Ranchi. Aug 21, 2014

Film glorifying former PM Indira Gandhi_s assassins unfortunate: Rashid Alvi

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Congress leader Rashid Alvi said on Thursday that glorifying former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi_s assassins through a film is unfortunate and should be placed in the category of restricted viewing, if at all, by the government. A Punjabi film, Kaum De Heere, allegedly portrays the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Aug 21, 2014

Few takers for Justin Bieber_s _scent_

New Delhi, August 21(ANI): Justin Bieber_s perfumes have received negative response from the fans. The fragrances have caused Elizabeth Arden shares to go down by 25, and the firm_s spokesperson said that the turn down in the sales of scent s by the 20-year-old pop brat and Taylor Swift was _steeper_ than they had expected, a leading daily reported. While the Bieber perfumes can be bought for just 11.75 pounds for a 30ml bottle, Swift_s Wonderstruck was priced at 13.50 pounds. The failure of the fragrances in the MARKET has also caused the loss of 175 jobs. Aug 21, 2014

Jharkhand CM booed at in presence of Modi, politicos condemn

New Delhi/Ranchi: After Maharashtra and Haryana Chief Ministers, it was the turn of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren to be hooted by crowds in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Ranchi on Thursday to inaugurate a power project. As soon as Hemant Soren came up on the stage for his speech, the attendees of the rally started hooting at him. Meanwhile political leaders condemned this act. Aug 21, 2014

Jharkhand can become India_s most developed state, tells Modi

Ranchi, Aug 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said that Jharkhand has the capability to be among India_s most developed states. He further said that Jharkhand had not lived up to expectations because of fractured verdicts people gave in assembly elections. Modi had come to Ranchi to inaugurate the transmission line of the Power Grid Corp of India Ltd (PGCIL) situated at Bero in Ranchi. Jharkhand Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren shared the dais with Modi and faced some jeers from the audience when he spoke. Aug 21, 2014

Police recover sophisticated arms and ammunition in Kashmir

Bandipora, Aug 21 (ANI): Police recovered large cache of sophisticated arms and ammunition from a parked car on a roadside in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Superintendent of Police, Muhammad Shafi, said the weapons were hidden in a vehicle in Bandipora district of the state. Police recovered seven AK-47 rifles, 15 AK magazines, 316 AK rounds, five Chinese pistols, 13 Chinese pistol rounds, 12 Chinese grenades, an under-barrel rocket launcher (UBRL) and 74 UBGL shells during a routine check up. Aug 21, 2014

Four workers burnt alive in fire at plastic godown in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Aug 21 (ANI): At least four workers were burnt alive in a major fire that broke out at a scrap plastic godown in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district in the wee hours of Thursday. Though fire fighters were able to rescue a few people including the watchman, the four victims, all workers, officials say were trapped in a small room in the middle of a near 100-foot-long yard. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Aug 21, 2014

Indian army will take action against Pakistans ceasefire violation: Jaitley

New Delhi/ Jammu & Kashmir, Aug 21 (ANI): Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Thursday said Indian army was prepared to answer continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops. Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling throughout Sunday night (August 17) in Arnia district and R S Pura area. About 20 of India's Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) outposts were affected during the fire. However, troops maintained restrain and retaliated. Aug 21, 2014

BJP leader makes aerial survey of flood affected areas in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, Aug 21 (ANI): BJP leader Ajay Bhatt made an aerial survey by a chopper in the flood affected areas after a cloudburst worsened the situation in Uttarakhand. The heavy rains followed by a cloudburst have led to floods and landslides claiming more than 20 lives and causing immense damage of life and property in various parts of Uttarakhand. Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat assured adequate food supplies to the affected people and said the government was trying its best to do the needful. Aug 21, 2014

Assembly by poll voting begins in Bihar

Bihar, Aug 21 (ANI): The voting for the assembly by poll elections in Chhapra district of Bihar has begun on Thursday. JD (U), RJD and Congress had reached to an understanding to contest 10 Assembly seats in Bihar together. They had officially announced entering into an alliance earlier this month. Both the parties have drawn a lot of criticism from other political parties as prior to this alliance; the RJD and JD (U) had been in a constant conflict with each other. Aug 21, 2014

Indias policy on Palestine remains unchanged, says Sushma

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Thursday said that there was no change in country’s policy of supporting Palestinian cause. While addressing a League of Arab States media symposium in New Delhi, Swaraj said India was also concerned about the loss of lives in Gaza and the nation had called on both sides to exercise restraint. She said India was concerned about the rising militancy, fanaticism in parts of the Arab world. She also added the Indian government was committed for greater dialogue during challenging times in various Arab countries. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement he was "gravely disappointed by the return to hostilities" and urged the sides not to allow matters to escalate. Aug 21, 2014