National Food Security Act extended for three months

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): Food and supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said that implementation of National Food Security Act has been extended by three months and all the states of the country will get a time frame of three-months to implement the Act. The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Paswan to discuss inflation. Jun 26, 2014

Indian PM accepted invite to visit Bangladesh: MEA

Dhaka, June 26 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday highlighted the relations between Bangladesh and India post Indian Foreign Minister's visit to the neighbouring country. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Bangladesh has assured that it will not allow its territory to be used against India. He also said that the Indian Prime Minister has accepted the invitation extended by the Bangladesh PM to visit Bangladesh. Akbaruddin added that the External Affairs Minister personally handed over a letter by the Indian PM to Bangladesh's Prime Minister inviting her to visit India and chart her way to the bilateral talks between both nations. Jun 26, 2014

Madhuri Dixit becomes brand ambassador of MP health scheme

Bhopal, June 26 (ANI): The health department of central Indian Madhya Pradesh and the state unit of UNICEF appointed Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit as brand ambassador of a state scheme promoting mother and child welfare. Dixit along with state chief, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and health minister of Madhya Pradesh, Narottam Mishra launched the second phase of the campaign on Thursday in Bhopal city. Dixit has been selected as the brand ambassador for Madhya Pradesh government's 'Mamta Abhiyan' (Maternal and Child Health Campaign). Dixit emphasised on the steps being taken by the state government to ensure the safety and health of mother and child. Also Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that people should not discriminate between a boy child and a girl child. Jun 26, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker to make TV comeback with 'Busted'

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): Sarah Jessica Parker will be making a TV comeback with limited-series adaptation of a crime thriller, ' Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love.' She would be playing one of the two leads in the TV drama, which is based on a nonfiction book by investigative reporters Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, media reported. David Frankel, who had helmed a number of episodes of ' Sex and the City' as well, would be directing as well as executive produce the series, while Don Roos will jot the pilot. Jun 26, 2014

Indian Vice President visits China, says will take up matters of bilateral agenda

Beijing, June 26 (ANI): Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday visited China's capital Beijing on the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel Treaty. Ansari said that he is having a bilateral visit and all matters of bilateral agenda will be taken up in the council. Ansari was also accompanied by Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman. Jun 26, 2014

Shivraj S Chouhan Defamation row: Case registered against KK Mishra under section 500 of IPC

Bhopal, June 26 (ANI): Lawyer Ajay Tiwari on Thursday said that a case has been registered against Congress’ spokesperson KK Mishra under Section 500 of IPC. MP's Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had filed a defamation case against KK Mishra for naming his family members, including wife Sadhna Singh Chouhan, in the PMT admission exam scam of the MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB). Jun 26, 2014

Bezbaruah committee for northeast people holds meetings at major cities across the country

Bangalore/ Kolkata/ Chennai, June 26 (ANI): Members of the Bezbaruah Committee recently visited Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai and hold meetings with representatives of the north-east community in a process to look at their concerns. Headed by M P Bezbaruah, a retired IAS officer, the committee was constituted by the Centre to examine various concerns of the people from Northeast living in different parts of the country. The committee, mandated to suggest suitable remedial measures, is in the final process of talking to all the stakeholders to take their view. It will submit an interim report to the government on July 7. Jun 26, 2014

Girls in Jorhat take up martial arts for self defence

Jorhat, June 26 (ANI): 13-year-old Prity Sarkar has been learning karate since January this year. She aims to become a police officer. Her parents are supportive of her martial arts training as it not only helps Prity remain physically fit but is also important for self-defense. With an increase in various crimes against women, a large number of women in the region are taking interest in learning martial arts. Ananiya Neog, a black belt holder in Karate works as an instructor in Jorhat. She has witnessed a rise in the number of students approaching her for training. Jun 26, 2014

Young Indian girls design jeans to protect women from rape

Varanasi, June 26 (ANI): Two young Indian engineering students have designed a jeans fitted with a walkie-talkie in an attempt to prevent rapes and other crimes against women. The jeans, the brainchild of Diksha Pathak and Anjali Srivastava, will alert the police or a guardian by a mere press of a button in case a woman senses any threat. Pathak and Srivastava, who hail from the temple town Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh where crimes against women have been rising, created the device in order to help women safeguard themselves if faced with an untoward situation. In case of unavailability of network, or if the dialled number is unreachable, the call will automatically divert itself to police's helpline number. Jun 26, 2014

JuD blacklisted: Praful Bakshi says US rethinking on Pakistan

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): Commenting on the United States' move to include Jamaat-ud-Dawa in its list of terrorist organizations, Praful Bakshi, Wing Commander (Retd) Indian Air Force, on Thursday said that this move implies that the US is rethinking on Pakistan and has, therefore, approached India to help it. He said that JuD was involved in terror attacks in Herat, Bombay and Karachi airport, and added that this group is getting arms and money from their sympathizers in other countries. He hoped that there will be positive and offensive actions against JuD from now onwards. Jun 26, 2014

Sushma Swaraj meets Bangladesh PM, holds talks with counterpart in Dhaka

Dhaka, June 26 (ANI): Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with Bangladesh counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka, to bolster strategic partnership. Swaraj met Hasina to discuss key bilateral issues, after meeting Ali. The two foreign ministers discussed the Teesta water sharing and Land Boundary Agreement, and Swaraj also raised the issue of illegal immigration. The two leaders also discussed economic ties and cooperation. However, no major pacts or agreements are a part of the 'goodwill' visit, which is aimed at further enhancing relations between the South Asian neighbours. Swaraj will also meet the Chief of BNP, Begum Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Party leader Rowshan Ershad on Friday. Jun 26, 2014

Pilgrims to holy Amarnath shrine assured of safety in Kashmir

Jammu, June 26 (ANI): The tourism industry of Kashmir assured the complete safety and comfort of devotees undertaking the hazardous annual Hindu pilgrimage to the ancient Amarnath shrine. Sharma also added that preparations have been undertaken keeping in mind that there are many first-timers who undertake this difficult pilgrimage. A documentary made by the Shrine Board will be accessible to all pilgrims to keep them mentally prepared to face harsh weather conditions and instruct them on what kind of clothes to wear along with when to start their pilgrimage. This annual pilgrimage commences in the last week of June every year and concludes in early August. Jun 26, 2014

Bollywood actors celebrate success of 'Humshakals'

Mumbai, June 26 (ANI): The cast and crew of Bollywood comedy film 'Humshakals' came together in India's showbiz capital Mumbai on Wednesday to celebrate the success of the film as it raked in rupees 760 millions in four days post its release. The makers of the film said they were worried that the negative reviews on social media would hamper the film's business. Producer Vashu Bhagnani also said the film has done exceptionally well despite the negative publicity and reviews by critics have not affected the film's performance at the box office. The film's music has been composed by singer-composer, Himesh Reshammiya. The movie hit the silver screen on 20th June 2014. Jun 26, 2014