Najeeb Jung appeals people not to use noisy and polluting crackers

Aligarh, Oct 17 (ANI): Delhi's Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday appealed to the people not to use crackers which make a lot of noise or which cause too much of pollution. Jung said that no body can be forced into not using crackers but the government has made this appeal in order to make the festival environment friendly. Oct 17, 2014

BSE closes points 109.19 up on Oct 17

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 109.19 points up to stand at 26,108.53. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 31.50 points up to stand at 7,779.70. EMAMI LTD and ANDHRA BANK were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.96% and 6.04% along with Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd and NCC with an increase of 5.71% and 5.29% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include CMC and ATUL with a decrease of 15.07% and 11.02% along with HCLTECH and TCS with a decrease of 9.06% and 8.93% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 120.30 points at 17,021.25 while the banking sector is up 437.47 points at 18,240.22 and the reality sector is up 13.60 points at 1,429.64.The Indian currency is up 0.49% at Rs 61.53 per dollar. Oct 17, 2014

Dhaula Kuan gang-rape case: Court reserves quantum of sentence till Monday

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): In the Dhaula Kuan abduction and gang-rape case, a Delhi court on Friday set October 20 to give its sentence to five men who had been found guilty of abducting and gang-raping a call centre employee in Delhi in 2010. After hearing arguments on quantum of sentence from prosecution and defence, additional sessions Judge Virender Bhat reserved his order on sentence for convicts Usman, Shamshad, Shahid, Iqbal and Kamruddin. Oct 17, 2014

India successfully test fires nuclear cruise missile 'Nirbhay'

New Delhi/ Chandipur, Oct 17 (ANI): India on Friday successfully test fired the indigenously developed nuclear capable sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' at the Integrated Missile Test Range near Balasore in Odisha. Proving a host of technologies and bridging the critical gap in the country's arsenal, the missile was test fired from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur for a distance of about 1,000 km. Cruise missile 'Nirbhay' can strike targets more than 700 kms away. This was the second test firing attempt. The missile had failed in its debut attempt which was made last year. Security Expert US Rathore said that the test fire of the cruise missile 'Nirbhay' was very important for India. Cruise missile 'Nirbhay' has good loitering capability, good control and guidance and high degree of accuracy. Oct 17, 2014

NSG defuses explosives found in Burdwan district of West Bengal

Burdwan, Oct 17 (ANI): Commandos of National Security Guard (NSG) defused over 40 hand grenades and bombs that were found in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Friday. A joint team of the NSG and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday recovered the ammunition in large quantities from a house in the district. Apart from grenades, the team recovered five socket bombs also from the house of one Rizwan Sheikh. This recovery comes after two suspected militants were killed and another was injured in the explosion which occurred on October 02 at a house in Khagragarh area of the district. The involvement of militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami are being suspected in the blast. Meanwhile, in another such incident, around 100 crude bombs were detected and diffused in Kaliachak block of Malda by CID Bomb Squad members. Oct 17, 2014

J Lo says she's happy to be single

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Jennifer Lopez has revealed that she is happy to be single despite of the fact that her friends her friends are determined to find her a new man so she can settle down again. The 'Maid in Manhattan' star said that her friends are constantly trying to set her up but she is just not there right now, a leading daily reported. She said that it’s not something that's a priority and she has gone from relationship to relationship but, at the end of the day, she is not ashamed of the path she has taken or the lessons she has learned. The 45-year-old, who has been married thrice, said that she does what feels right in the moment and right now it feels good to just be on her own and have some "I love Jennifer" time, which she hasn't done a lot in her life. Lopez added that she is just spending time with herself and kids and that she still believes in love. Oct 17, 2014

Andhra CM sure of rebuilding Visakhapatnam after Hudhud havoc

Visakhapatnam, Oct 17 (ANI): The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu assured to make the port city of Visakhapatnam the best city again, after it was devastated by cyclone Hudhud which hit on October 12. Naidu earlier visited the cyclone-hit areas to take the stock of the situation. He said on Friday (October 17) that the state government is doing their part. They are concentration in relief and rehabilitation work. The chief minister also thanked the Central government for their cooperation. He said that the Prime Minister has also appreciated the restoration works done by the state. Oct 17, 2014

Pak troops continue ceasefire violation in Poonch; politicos react

Hamirpur Sector, Oct 17 (ANI): Pakistan troops resorted to small arms fire in the Hamirpur Sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch District late last night. According to reports, the firing commenced at 9 p.m. and lasted till 10.30 p.m. There was retaliation from the Indian side, the reports added. According to a health services officer, paramedical staff have been put on high alert to supply both medicines and ambulances to any injured security personnel during the cross-LoC firing. On Thursday, a ten-year-old child was injured by the firing from across the border, and is being treated at the Poonch District Hospital. Meanwhile, Indian politicos have condemned Pakistan for indulging into continuous ceasefire violation. Oct 17, 2014

Classical dance festival in Shimla mesmerizes viewers

Shimla, Oct 17 (ANI): Artistes enthralled the audience by their stellar performances at the Dance Festival organized in the picturesque hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh with the aim of keeping alive the rich culture of Indian classical music. The dance festival is a four-day event organized jointly by the Language Art and Culture Department, Tourism Department of Himachal Pradesh and Music and Drama Academy of New Delhi in the famed tourist destination, Shimla. Secretary of New Delhi Music and Drama academy, Henal Aacharya, said that such events create an interest in the rich culture of India. Tourists from across the globe gathered to take a glimpse of the traditional Indian classical dance and music which enthralled the audience. An artist, NK Nayar said that it is to make Indians proud of their rich cultural heritage Oct 17, 2014

Amal Clooney is funny, 'supremely' self-confident in real life

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): George Clooney's wife Amal Clooney is very funny, warm and supremely self-confident in real life, it has been revealed. A close family member told a leading Magazine that the human rights lawyer had a devastating sense of humor. Another family member revealed that the 36-year-old London based lawyer was a doting and pampering aunt. Oct 17, 2014

Black Money Case: Centre appeals SC to modify its order on absolute disclosure of info

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The central government on Friday filed an application in the Supreme Court urging it to modify its order in the black money case on absolute disclosure of information pertaining to people who stashed tainted money abroad. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that information of account holders in foreign banks cannot be placed in public domain by virtue of the treaty. Petitioner and senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani said that the application is ill-advised and will harm the nation. Oct 17, 2014

Ceasefire violations likely to affect cross border trade between India, Pakistan

Poonch, Oct 17 (ANI): With cross-border shelling by Pakistan continuing unabated, the cross-LoC (Line of Control) trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is likely to be affected in the coming days. The custodian of cross-LoC trade at Chakan Da Bagh zero point, Mohammad Bashir Lone, said that the Line of Control is a major trade point between both the nations and there has not been direct effect upon trade in Poonch district till now. Products like red chili, cumin, tamarind, bananas, mango, dry dates and dry fruits are exchanged between the two counties. The cross-LoC trade was resumed earlier this week, after around three weeks of suspension, where goods worth rupees 11.7 million were traded. Oct 17, 2014

India becoming safe haven for militants, says Bangladeshi activist

Dhaka, Oct 17 (ANI): Bangladeshi human rights activist and journalist Shahriar Kabir said that India is turning into a safe haven for militant groups, especially Jamaat-e-Islami. Kabir was speaking at a seminar on international terrorism organised by the Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trail of the War Criminals in Dhaka. The speakers expressed concern about the recent militancy activities by Jamaat-e-Islami in India with reference to the bomb blast in Burdwan district in West Bengal during the festival of Durga Puja on October 02. The speakers urged that government of India and Bangladesh should take strict actions to prevent such militancy activities in both the nations and they also rooted for a task force to be made along with other regional countries of South Asia. The TMC leaders had blamed the Central government for the Burdwan blast saying the intrusion of members of extremist groups into the state led to the incident. Oct 17, 2014

Black Money case: Congress targets Modi govt for its reluctance to disclose names

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): The Congress on Friday targeted the Narendra Modi government for its double standards on Black money case. Citing bilateral double taxation avoidance treaties, the Centre today filed an application in the Supreme Court saying it cannot disclose the details of foreign accounts held abroad by Indians. The issue of black money has reverberated in public space for a very long time. The BJP when in the opposition repeatedly exchanged fire with the Congress for its inability to bring back black money stashed away in various tax havens, specially in Swiss banks. During the campaign all the top leaders including Narendra Modi kept promising that if necessary, they will form new laws to bring perpetrators to justice. Oct 17, 2014

PM Modi meets top military officers at Combined Commanders' Conference

New Delhi, Oct 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met top military officers at the defence ministry War Room at a time when tension continues along the border with both China and Pakistan. The Combined Commanders' Conference is the first meeting of the prime minister with all top commanders, including the three service chiefs. The three service chiefs are expected to give elaborate presentations to the prime minister on the security scenario. The Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, will make the first presentation, followed by the Indian Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and the Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh. The prime minister and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley will address the conference. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Defence Secretary RK Mathur, among others are attending the conference. Oct 17, 2014