Counting underway in Bihar for By-Polls

Chhapra, Aug 25 (ANI): Counting is underway in Bihar for the ten assembly seats that had gone to by-polls last week. The trends are showing a close contest with the BJP and RJD leading in five seats. BJP candidate Rampreet Paswan and Niranjan Ram is leading in the Rajnagar and Kaimur seat respectively. While RJD candidate Ajay Kumar has taken the lead in Samastipur seat. The RJD is ahead in Chhapra with party leader Randhir Singh leading. The outcome of the by-polls, the first major political event after the general elections, is significant as it will show the mood of the people before next year's assembly polls. Aug 25, 2014

Remains of fallen soldiers of 1857 independence war immersed in river Ganges

Haridwar, Aug 25 (ANI): Grateful Indians paid tribute to the 282 fallen soldiers of the first war of independence, the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, by immersing their mortal remains in the holy river Ganges in Haridwar city of Uttar Pradesh. The 157-year-old remains were discovered in Ajnala area of Amritsar city in northwestern Punjab recently and were immersed into the Ganges flowing through Kankhal area in Haridwar. Hindu religion spells out that a soul gains liberation only after the ashes of the dead body are immersed in the Ganges. The remains, which included the skulls and bones of the 282 fallen soldiers of the mutiny, had been dumped in a well (called the Black Well) by the British exactly 157 years ago. Aug 25, 2014

Former teacher dedicates his life as 'father' to 12 HIV positive adopted children

Meerut, Aug 25 (ANI): A former college teacher, Ajay Sharma, in Uttar Pradesh, dedicated his life as 'father' to 12 HIV positive boys he adopted. The Samaritan calls his care home 'Satyakam Care Home' which has become well known address in the city of Meerut. The children, between 7 and 17, all have one thing in common that they were born to parents with AIDS. Sharma says he decided to dedicate his life to these kids after he survived a brain hemorrhage in 2004. Sharma has received help in his effort. His children are being taught by experienced teachers in their pursuit of education and seasoned medical practitioners look after their health. Aug 25, 2014

Villagers along Indo-Pak border under constant threat as ceasefire violations continue

Jammu, Aug 25 (ANI): As the ceasefire violations by Pakistan continues along the Indo-Pak international border, villagers in Kashmir live under constant fear and shadow of death. Pakistan army continued to violate the ceasefire on the Indian border in the intervening night of August 24 and August 25 in the RS Pura area of Jammu district. Villagers in the bordering areas say that are moving out of the area due to constant threat to their lives. A villager in RS Pura sector sustained injury by midnight shelling from Pakistani troops and is admitted in a nearby hospital. Earlier on Sunday, two separate encounters at Keran sector and Kalaroos of the state killed four militants and two soldiers while three army men, including an officer, sustained injuries. Aug 25, 2014

Sushma Swaraj talks about "Act East Policy" in Vietnam

Vietnam, Aug 25 (ANI): Foreign Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said in Vietnam that it is time to replace India's 'Look East policy" with "Act East Policy." She also stressed upon the fact that amongst eastern neighbours of India, Vietnam is categorically ahead. Swaraj also said that people have high expectations from the BJP, and that it will not disappoint them. She also spoke about the healthy trade and investment relations that India has with Vietnam. New areas are now opening. Both countries have good defense, security and agriculture cooperation. Aug 25, 2014

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav taken ill, rushed to Mumbai hospital

Mumbai, Aug 25 (ANI): RJD Chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was rushed to a Mumbai hospital after he was taken ill on Monday morning. According to reports, Yadav will undergo heart valve replacement surgery. Two of his valves need replacement. Lalu's RJD and Nitish Kumar's JD (U) have come together to contest the by-polls in Bihar. It is a crucial day for the RJD Chief as results for the by poll elections on 10 seats of Bihar will be out today. Aug 25, 2014

Traders participate in _Silk Mark Expo_ in Kerala to boost business

Kochi, Kerala, Aug 25 (ANI): Traders across India participated in a five day _Silk Mark Expo_ organised by Central Silk Board to explore business opportunities, showcasing varieties of silk dress materials and sarees. The exhibition that was flagged off on Wednesday aims to educate consumers about the purity of silk and provide access to genuine silk varieties. The event is to spread awareness among consumers who get confused with duplicate and look-a-like materials available at cheaper price in markets. According to the organisers, it is a real crowd puller as the trade fair has 99 percent pure silk products with authenticity mark as found on gold ornaments which assures full guarantee. Deputy Director, Central Silk Board, K Babu Giridharan said workshops are being conducted on how silk is prepared from its beginning stage of cocoon to yarn. Aug 25, 2014