Sports minister confident of good performance in 17th Asian Games as India bags 2 medals on Day-1

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said that the Indian contingent will perform well in 17th Asian Games at Incheon, basking in the glory of two medals won on Day-1. A total of 439 gold medals in 36 sports are up for grabs over 15 days of competition. Meanwhile, former shooter and Olympic silver medallist, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore congratulated Jitu Rai on his gold medal. Some 10,000 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Asian Games, the world's second-biggest multi-sport event after the summer Olympics. Sep 20, 2014

Charges framed against Kejriwal and 3 others in Amit Sibal defamation case

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, along with leaders Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan and former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi were on Saturday put on trial by a court on charges of defamation in a complaint filed by Congress leader Kapil Sibal's son and lawyer Amit Sibal. Sep 20, 2014

Want seat sharing issue with Congress in Maharashtra to be solved soon: NCP

Mumbai, Sep 20 (ANI): NCP leader Praful Patel on Saturday said that the party wants that its ally Congress should solve the issue of seat sharing in upcoming Maharashtra Assembly by polls soon. Patel said that NCP has stood with Congress party since a long time and worked with it shoulder to shoulder. He also said that NCP already has 124 seats in Maharashtra which the Congress is offering according to sources and added that NCP wants an equal share of seats. Patel also said that he hoped Congress would solve the issue soon with discussion. Sep 20, 2014

India-China issues can be resolved through mutual trust: Dalai Lama

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Saturday that Chinese President Xi Jinping was more open-minded in judging sorrows and handling principles. On the sidelines of a two-day spiritual conclave in New Delhi, the Dalai Lama also addressed India-China issue, saying the only option to resolve issues was through mutual trust. India and China have a strained relationship largely because of a border dispute. Another irritant for China is the presence in India of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who has lived in the north of the country since fleeing a failed uprising against Chinese rule of his homeland in 1959. Sep 20, 2014

PM Modi to visit ISRO on 23rd Sep, ahead of his maiden US visit

Bangalore, Sep 20 (ANI): Railways Minister DV Sadanand Gowda on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit ISRO on 23rd Sep, before leaving for United States on his maiden visit. Gowda said that Modi will address the party workers and public on his visit to Karnataka. Modi will also witness works of the scientists at the ISRO. Further, Gowda also said that the scientists are very excited and happy on the PM's visit. Sep 20, 2014

Navy officials, children mark International Coastal Cleanup Day

Visakhapatnam, Sep 20 (ANI): Navy officials, along with their families and schoolchildren, lifted garbage from beaches in Visakhapatnam to mark the 29th International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday. Chief of staff of Eastern Naval Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, flagged off the drive called 'Fighting for trash-free seas' at the Kursura Museum. More than 1,500 citizens of Visakhapatnam and about 3,000 Naval personnel and their families participated in the event. Indian Coast Guard and Visakhapatnam unit of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages joined hands with Ocean Conservancy to undertake a massive cleanup at Rishikonda beach. Sep 20, 2014

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulates Asian Games medal winners

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated medal winners in the Asian Games who held India high on the very first day of the event. President Mukherjee said in a message. "I would like to extend my congratulations for keeping the country's flag flying high. My best wishes to you for all future endeavours." Jitu Rai has won gold medal in the men's 50-metre air pistol event and Shweta Chaudhry bagged bronze in the women's 10-metre air pistol event in the ongoing 17th Asian Games at Incheon in South Korea. Sep 20, 2014

Karan Johar turns fashion designer for Vero Moda

Mumbai, Sep 20 (ANI): Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar took his love for designing a step further as he launched his collection titled Marquee in collaboration with a popular foreign brand in showbiz capital Mumbai. Johar collaborated with Denmark-based fashion brand Vero Moda for his exclusive and lavish women wear collection, which was unveiled at a fashion show at Mehboob Studio in Mumbai. Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon Thadani, who was seen at the event with her husband Anil Thadani, a film distributor, was all praise for Johar and expressed happiness at this collaboration. Bollywood actor Neha Dhupia also expressed confidence that Johar’s collection will be a hit among the buyers. Sep 20, 2014

MoU signed on Nalanda University between India and Bangladesh: MEA

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday said that the meeting between Foreign Ministers of India and Bangladesh was productive and close relations were reflected between both the countries. He also said that an MoU was signed between India and Bangladesh over Nalanda University. He also said that both countries’ Prime Ministers will be meeting on margins of UN General Assembly meeting in New York. Responding to Bilawal Bhutto’s remark, Akbaruddin said that India is looking forward but that does not mean our borders will change. He also stated that India’s integrity and unity is non-negotiable. Sep 20, 2014

Responsible tourism in Kerala connects tourists to villages.

Kochi, Sep 20 (ANI): Kerala is giving a chance to tourists to connect to villages and visit them to know more about tradition and food. The tourism department, which markets Kerala as ‘God’s own country’ has come up with Responsible Tourism (RT), to let tourists have a hands on experience. The initiative focuses on attracting tourists to the villages, where they can see activities like weaving, pottery, making items out of coconut and also enjoy authentic Kerala cuisine. As per the state government in Kerala, RT will help in reviving age old traditional handicrafts and attract youth to follow the same. Tourists flocked villages and get elated to see women weaving with coconut leaves. Meanwhile state coordinator, responsible tourism, Bhupesh Kumar, said that tourists can avail packages and see tribal archery, net fishing, etc. Sep 20, 2014

Ek Aur Bismil' with Shahid and Shraddha

Mumbai, Sept 20 (ANI): Bollywood actors Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor launched the new song ‘Ek Aur Bismil' from their upcoming movie ‘Haider’ in entertainment capital Mumbai recently. They also shook a leg to the song, along with a flash mob. They enjoyed interacting with the fans. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, ‘Haider’ is slated to release on 2nd October 2014. Sep 20, 2014

Sashastra Seema Bal, ITC & SRM University donates to PM National Relief Fund for J&K flood victims

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): ITC Chairman YC Deveshwar on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and donated Rs.10 crore towards the Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir. Sashastra Seema Bal Director General BD Sharma also handed over demand draft of Rs.2.12 crore on behalf of the force for rehabilitation of the flood victims. Meanwhile, the founder chancellor of Chennai`s SRM University, TR Pachamuthu, donated Rs.1 crore for the PMNRF. Prime Minister Modi had recently appealed to the people to donate generously to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, for the flood-affected people of Jammu and Kashmir. Sep 20, 2014

Murli Manohar Joshi flags off relief material for Jammu and Kashmir

Kanpur, Sep 20 (ANI): BJP veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday flagged off relief material for flood hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh. Joshi said that relief material like woolen clothes, blankets, food material and children’s food along with basic medicines has been sent and more will be required in coming days. Earlier also many vehicles of relief material have been sent by the BJP and its youth wing. Sep 20, 2014