Social media continues to grow as a business tool

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have millions of active users in India alone. Unlike traditional print or television advertising, users can interact with brands and give feedback through these sites. Worldwide, as many as 42% of companies rely heavily on social media for marketing purposes. Aug 16, 2014

Prithviraj Chavan at foundation stone laying ceremony of SEZ at Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Navi Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday expressed concern about the impending SEZs in the state and asked for more cooperation from the central government. Chavan said that it is because of the policies of the government that many of the SEZs still remain pending. Chavan was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a SEZ at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the SEZ. Aug 16, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee wishes Republic of Indonesia on their Independence Day

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Republic of Indonesia on the occasion of Indonesia's Independence Day tomorrow. President Mukherjee said, "On behalf of the government and the people of India and on my own behalf, I have the pleasure to extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the Government and friendly people of Indonesia on your National Day." The President also expressed his satisfaction at the growing strategic partnership between the two countries and close cooperation on strategic, defence and security, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges and regional issues. He also said, "I am confident that our two democratic and multi-religious societies will continue to strengthen our bilateral friendship and cooperation in areas of our common interest." Aug 16, 2014

Robin Williams to be remembered in World of Warcraft game

New Delhi, August 16 (ANI): Robin Williams will reportedly be featured as a gaming character in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft. An online petition was created in order to pay tribute after Williams' death where World of Warcraft's creators, Blizzard Entertainment were asked to pay an in-game tribute to the actor, a web portal reported. The game's lead designer Ion Hazzikostas has said that a character will be based either on the late 63-year-old actor himself or one of his many memorable roles. World of Warcraft is known for paying tribute to fans of the game that have passed away, regularly with in-game statues or non-playable characters. Aug 16, 2014

Monsoon rains boost tourism in pink city of Jaipur

Jaipur, Aug 16 (ANI): Cashing in on good monsoon, the government of Rajasthan promoted tourism as lakes and water bodies were brimming with water. The tourism department in the province promoted monsoon tourism in the state and also kicked off tourist activities. Foreign tourists, arriving in the Pink City of Jaipur, were surprised to see rains as they had expected the climate to be hot and dry. The tourism industry is expecting around 20 percent boost in tourists this year. Also, tour operators and guides are announcing packages to attract more and more tourists. Aug 16, 2014

Urbanizing Indian Railways....

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Introduced in 1850, Indian railways are the lifeline of the country. It covers about 7,000 stations over a total route length of more than 39,000 miles. Since its inception, the sector has seen major changes that have ultimately added stars towards its path to expansion. The authority in the country intends to spend around one trillion dollar in infrastructure development as per the Vision 2020 document. The latest development is the rail link between Udhampur to Katra in northern state of Jammu. This rail link is ready to represent the expansion of railway tracks to terrain region. Aug 16, 2014

Amit Shah announces new BJP team, JP Nadda welcomes

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): BJP President Amit Shah, who recently took over as the Chief after Rajnath Singh, announced a new party team on Saturday. Shah's team comprises of 11 vice-presidents and eight general secretaries. BJP General Secretary JP Nadda highlighted the key points of comprising this new team. Nadda said that the new BJP office-bearers have worked for the organisation in the states and they are experienced. He also said that it is a new and young team with sixty per cent of the office-bearers aged below 50. Aug 16, 2014

Narendra Modi lays foundation of SEZ at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

Navi Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 4,000-crore port-based multi-product special economic zone at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at Sheva, Navi Mumbai. Modi on the occasion said that India needs to give importance to the manufacturing sector and industry to generate maximum employment. Aug 16, 2014

Modi talks about connecting coastal cities under Sagar Mala project

Navi Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday talked about connecting coastal cities under Sagar Mala project. Modi said that as he laid the foundation stone for the Rs 4,000-crore port-based multi-product special economic zone at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at Sheva, Navi Mumbai. Aug 16, 2014

Rahul Gandhi must take responsibility for Congress' defeat: Majid Memon

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majid Memon on Saturday said that he is not in support of the Antony Committee Report which reportedly gave a clean chit to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Memon said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi must take responsibility for the party's poll debacle. Aug 16, 2014

Sushma Swaraj meets Singapore's PM, Foreign Minister

Singapore, Aug 16 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday met Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister K Shanmugam. Swaraj has visited Singapore to flag off year-long celebrations to mark 50 years of relationship between the two countries. Her visit is also aimed at exploring the possibility of Singapore's involvement in major Indian infrastructure projects including the smart city project and rejuvenation of other Indian cities. Aug 16, 2014

INS Kolkata largest indigenous manufactural work by India: PM Modi

Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after commissioning the INS Kolkata to the nation, said that INS Kolkata is the largest indigenous manufactural work by India. Modi said that the INS has been manufactured entirely by the Indian engineers without using foreign help. He also remembered Chhatrapati Shivaji on the occasion and said that Shivaji was the first to realize the importance of secure seas. Aug 16, 2014

Entire nation stands behind the armed forces proudly: Modi

Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday commissioned INS Kolkata to the nation. Modi congratulated the naval officers and said that the entire nation may not be in uniform but stands behind the Armed Forces with pride. Aug 16, 2014

Mother Nature shoots her fury across northern India in form of landslides and floods

Tripura/ Himachal Pradesh/ Uttarakhand, Aug 16 (ANI): Heavy rainfall due to a cloudburst in various parts of India on Friday wreaked havoc, cutting-off villages, washing away roads and bridges at several places and killing scores of people. In Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, 17 people have been buried alive as dangerous landslides hit the hilly region, where torrents of rainfall have been hitting for nearly weeks now. Meanwhile, cities of Dehradun and Haridwar have not gained any sort of respite from Mother Nature’s fury as 20 persons were killed when their houses were washed away due to landslides and floods. Joint Secretary of the Disaster Management Board, Santosh Badoni, confirmed the death toll in the district. Aug 16, 2014