Incidents of rape cost billions to tourism industry, says Finance Minister

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took on rapes terming country_s tourist sector as _underachieved_ and said such incidents have cost billions of dollars to the tourism industry. While addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in New Delhi on Thursday Jaitley said that due to several reasons, including rapes and law and order situation, the tourism sector is not blooming as much as it should. Jaitley focused on the massive potential India has in tourism and said due to presence of mountains, rivers, forests, beaches, historical monuments, and metro cities in the subcontinent, the country should be overcrowded with tourists. He also said that India_s domestic transport system - roads and railways - and international transport is not upto the mark and needs to be improved tremendously. He laid emphasis on lower taxes on hotels and international flights to attract more tourists and hailed Thailand for its tourism policies. Aug 21, 2014

Film glorifying former PM Indira Gandhi's assassins unfortunate: Rashid Alvi

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Congress leader Rashid Alvi said on Thursday that glorifying former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassins through a film is unfortunate and should be placed in the category of restricted viewing, if at all, by the government. A Punjabi film, Kaum De Heere, allegedly portrays the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Aug 21, 2014

Indian army will take action against Pakistans ceasefire violation: Jaitley

New Delhi/ Jammu & Kashmir, Aug 21 (ANI): Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Thursday said Indian army was prepared to answer continuous ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops. Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling throughout Sunday night (August 17) in Arnia district and R S Pura area. About 20 of India's Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) outposts were affected during the fire. However, troops maintained restrain and retaliated. Aug 21, 2014

Four workers burnt alive in fire at plastic godown in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Aug 21 (ANI): At least four workers were burnt alive in a major fire that broke out at a scrap plastic godown in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district in the wee hours of Thursday. Though fire fighters were able to rescue a few people including the watchman, the four victims, all workers, officials say were trapped in a small room in the middle of a near 100-foot-long yard. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Aug 21, 2014

RSS wants all post-1947 secret files made public, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s (RSS) demand that all official papers of Independent India to be declassified. Recently, the BJP-led NDA government refused to declassify a report on India’s worst military defeat at the hands of China in 1962. When it was in the opposition, the BJP had asked for the Henderson Brooks-Bhagat report, which clinically analyses reasons for India’s humiliation, to be made public. Aug 21, 2014

SC to hear PILs challenging judicial appointments bill on August 25

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): The Supreme Court will hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill on Monday. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha said that the matter would be heard along with other similar petitions listed for hearing on Monday. Aug 21, 2014

AIIMS removes CVO Sanjiv Chaturvedi from post

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): All India Institute of Medical Sciences has removed Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi of the Haryana cadre from the post of chief vigilance officer (CVO), despite the fact that his appointment order fixed his tenure at four years till June 2016. In an order issued last week, the charge of CVO, AIIMS, was handed over to the CVO of the Health Ministry for three months. Meanwhile, BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it is an administrative decision and there should be no politics over it. Aug 21, 2014

Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan Won't Share Stage With PM, politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan’s statement that he would not share the stage with PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Nagpur Metro. The decision has reportedly been prompted by last week's heckling of Chavan by BJP activists at a function attended by Modi in Raigad. On Tuesday, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had a similar experience when he was heckled by BJP activists shouting pro-Modi slogans at a function in Kaithal. Aug 21, 2014

Indias policy on Palestine remains unchanged, says Sushma

New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Thursday said that there was no change in country’s policy of supporting Palestinian cause. While addressing a League of Arab States media symposium in New Delhi, Swaraj said India was also concerned about the loss of lives in Gaza and the nation had called on both sides to exercise restraint. She said India was concerned about the rising militancy, fanaticism in parts of the Arab world. She also added the Indian government was committed for greater dialogue during challenging times in various Arab countries. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement he was "gravely disappointed by the return to hostilities" and urged the sides not to allow matters to escalate. Aug 21, 2014