Modi's foreign visits improved relations with other countries, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday while speaking at the Lok Sabha said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign visits have improved country's relations with other nations. She added that development process has got a new momentum. Meanwhile, Swaraj said Modi's speech in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly was a matter of great pride. Swaraj further stated that Modi is the second prime minister to visit Fiji after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981, despite the fact that Indians make up 40 percent of the Fiji's population. Dec 3, 2014

TMC protests against hike in fuel excise duty

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): Leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) party, on Wednesday (December 03), staged a protest outside parliament against a hike in excise duty of petrol and diesel. India on Tuesday (December 02) raised excise duties on petrol by 2.25 rupees per litre and on diesel by one rupee per litre with immediate effect, the finance ministry said in a statement to parliament. The increases, which follow similar hikes in mid-November, seek to take advantage of a slump in world oil prices to shore up government revenues without stoking inflation. A source familiar with the matter said the latest measures were expected to raise an additional 40 billion rupees in the remainder of the fiscal year to the end of March 2015. Meanwhile, TMC staged protest against the hike, saying the Indian consumers could not avail of advantage of global slump in fuel prices. Dec 3, 2014

Public sector bank relay strike hits northern India

Lucknow/Chandigarh, Dec 3 (ANI): Public sector banks employees in northern India went on a strike on Wednesday to demand wage revision, which caused inconvenience to people. The employees began their four-day relay strike with staff in southern region going off from work on Tuesday. The finance ministry also asked banks to ensure operation of clearing houses, continuation of Internet banking, and make arrangements for carrying out uninterrupted government business transactions. Shutters were down at all the banks as public sector bank employees staged protest march on the streets in Chandigarh holding banners and placards and shouting slogans. Dec 3, 2014

Violent 3-D Games Increase Anger In Players

New Delhi, Dec 03 (AN) : A new study has found that playing violent 3D games can increase the anger level in video game players. Those who play violently may show higher levels of anger than nonviolent players no matter how they played 2-D or 3-D. But those who play violently on 3-D are significantly angrier than those who play violently on the 2-D systems.People who play in 3-D are more immersed in the game than the ones who play in 2-D, and that immersion can be related to the increased anger felt by those who played violently. Dec 3, 2014

Taking Smartphone Microbreaks Makes Employees Happier And More Productive

New Delhi, 03 Dec (ANI) : A new study has revealed that allowing employees to take smartphone microbreaks may be a benefit rather than a disruption for businesses. The employees who take smartphone breaks throughout the day are happier at the end of the workday and a smartphone microbreak can be beneficial for both the employee and the organization.According to the researchers, smartphone microbreaks are similar to other microbreaks throughout the workday that includes chatting with coworkers, walking around the hallway or getting a cup of coffee as such breaks are important because they can help employees cope with the demands of the workplace. Dec 3, 2014

Omar targets Congress during rally in J and K

Nagrota, Dec 3 (ANI): In a scathing attack on the Congress party, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday accused his former ally of being opportunistic. Abdullah, while addressing a rally in Nagrota, asked the Congress leaders why they couldn’t see any fault in NC’s governance when they had an alliance with his party. Dec 3, 2014

Funds fracas: Kejriwal dares BJP, Cong to reveal their details

New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that all the details of Aam Aadmi Party's funding is on AAP's website. Kejriwal added that BJP and Congress should reveal the details of the source of their party funds. He further stated that BJP and Congress receive international funding and hence action should be taken against them. Dec 3, 2014

2002 hit-and-run case: Salman's blood alcohol content high, confirms expert

Mumbai, Dec 03 (ANI): Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who is facing trial for killing a pavement dweller and injuring four others in a 2002 hit and run case, has tested positive for alcohol content in his blood at the time of accident. A forensic expert told a sessions court in Mumbai on Wednesday that content of alcohol in Salman's blood was higher than permissible limit. The alcohol content in Salman's blood was 62mg, which is more than double the permissible limit of 30mg. Salman is on trial in the sessions court for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Dec 3, 2014

No verdict final on Saradha-Burdwan link, matter under investigation: PMO

New Delhi, Dec 03 (ANI): Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Dr Jitendra Singh on Wednesday that the verdict on the link of Saradha scam money being transferred to Bangladesh through Burdwan has not yet been finalized and the matter is still under investigation. Singh said that the statement made by Amit Shah during his rally in West Bengal cannot be stated completely wrong as the investigation is underway. Dec 3, 2014