Army launches clean up operation at Tosa Maidan to clear littered shells

Budgam, Aug 02 (ANI): The Indian Army addressed a news conference to shed light over a number of issues faced by them in Tosa Maidan, a picturesque place used by the army for artillery exercise in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Tosa Maidan, famous for its meadows, was leased to Indian Army for 50 years for setting up an artillery firing range in 1964. With the lease about to be over, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army's Strategic Chinar Corps, Subrata Saha, said the plans to extend it are doing rounds and they have also launched a clean-up operation at the firing range. The operation is expected to take at least three months. Aug 2, 2014

Natwar Singh hits back at Congress, says party also mentioned in Volcker report

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Hitting back at Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s allegation on K Natwar Singh of accepting "kickbacks" on the United Nation's oil-for-food programme, Singh said that the party too was involved. He said that the Congress was itself mentioned in the Volcker report as a non-contractual beneficiary. He also said that Singhvi might have forgotten about the video wherein he was found in a compromised position. Singh further attacked at the Congress party and its central leadership. Aug 2, 2014

Nagpur students send Rakhis to soldiers ahead of Raksha Bandhan

Nagpur, Aug 02 (ANI): School children from Maharashtra made attractive designer Rakhis for soldiers deployed on the nation's borders ahead of Raksha Bandhan. A Rakhi is the symbolic holy thread which a sister ties ceremoniously on the wrist of her brother as a mark of the revered bondage between them. To express the same, the students of Prahar Military School in Nagpur sent packages of handmade Rakhis to the various soldiers guarding the border. The Chief Guest at the event was Deputy Commandant Army Postal Services Kamptee, Lt. Col. SB Singh. Students tied Rakhis on Singh’s hand to show their respect and gratitude towards the Army. Singh expressed his joy and gratitude at this gesture. The Rakhis were handmade by the students of the school. The Prahar Institution and Prahar Military school have sent around 20,000 Rakhis to the Army this year. Aug 2, 2014

Three Maoists nabbed in Jharkhand

Gumla, Aug 02 (ANI): Three Maoists were arrested by police in Gumla district of Jharkhand. The Maoists, belonging to rebel outfit People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI), were nabbed in Murmekhla forest area under the Gumla police station limits. Superintendent of Police, Gumla district, Bhim Sen Tuti, said the operation took place after they received secret information from the villagers. The police also recovered three country-made rifles from the house of a resident in that area. Aug 2, 2014

NSUI members protest over CSAT exam outside Rajnath Singhs residence

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): Members of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) on Saturday staged protest outside Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence in the national capital over the Union Public Service Commission CSAT examination row. The protesters shouted slogans against Singh and also demanded his resignation. The agitated protesters were later detained by the police and were ruthlessly taken away in a bus and were also beaten up. Earlier, in a setback to the struggling UPSC aspirants, the Arvind Verma committee report submitted to the government has recommended that no change should be made in the CSAT as it is a scientifically formed exam and shouldn't be tinkered with. Aug 2, 2014

Separatists hindering Kausar Naag pilgrimage at behest of JandK govt: NPP

New Delhi, Aug 02 (ANI): As Kashmir remained shut against Kausar Naag pilgrimage on the call of Syed Ali Geelani, National Panthers Party Chairman Bhim Singh said that the separatists are hindering the same at the behest of the state government. He said that no Muslim in the valley have ever protested such religious pilgrimage like Kausar Naag yatra or the Amarnath yatra, but the separatists get one or other reason to create problems. Aug 2, 2014

Boat owners hope for tourism boom as cleaning up of Nagin Lake begins

Srinagar, Aug 02 (ANI): State authorities in Jammu and Kashmir launched a drive to clean the picturesque Nagin Lake in a bid to attract more tourists. Tourists from different parts and ethnicities are seen enjoying Shikara boat rides and staying in house boats in the lake. Labourers were employed to undertake the cleaning drive of the lake, the beauty of which has been marred by the filth floating on the water and moss and weed growing inside it. House boat and Shikara owners hailed the step by the authorities as this would help to boost their tourism-driven businessThe initiative was taken up by the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA), which plans to restore the lake through a traditional cleaning process. The drive conducted annually in the lake polluted by increasing encroachments in the valley, will continue till the entire water body is cleaned up. Aug 2, 2014

The perils of the Mezcal boom

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Obama: New truce 'very hard' if no confidence in Hamas

US President Barack Obama urged Hamas Friday to show it is serious about wanting a ceasefire and called on Islamic militants to release an Israeli soldier reported captured earlier in the day. Duration: 00:50 Aug 2, 2014

Dutch police: MH17 probe to take 'several more weeks'

Dutch police heading up the international probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 said Friday that work at the crash site was likely to take 'at least several more weeks.' Duration: 00:36 Aug 2, 2014

Spain PM vows to block Catalonia independence vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy repeated on Friday his threat to block attempts by leaders of the economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November. Duration: 00:51 Aug 2, 2014

Liberia spreads message to its population: 'Ebola is real'

The World Health Organization warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption. Duration: 00:41 Aug 2, 2014

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise free to leave Russia

Greenpeace_s ship Arctic Sunrise, held in custody by the Russian authorities since September last year, has departed the Russian city of Murmansk en route for its home port of Amsterdam. Duration: 01:04 Aug 2, 2014

Uganda court scraps controversial new anti-gay law

Uganda_s constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament. Duration: 01:10 Aug 2, 2014