_Surf_s up_ in South Africa_s shacklands

South African teenagers are finding a refuge from gangland violence by taking to their surf boards. About 250 youths are being taught how to surf by Waves for Change, an NGO using the sport to reach young people suffering from trauma. Duration: 01:56 Aug 18, 2014

Market Update: Nifty, Sensex hit new all-time highs

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex on Monday scaled new record highs of 7,848.30 and 26,320.66 respectively in afternoon trade on the back of rally in banking, auto, capital goods and oil and gas sector stocks amid sustained capital inflows. Aug 18, 2014

Landslide triggered by heavy rains disconnect villages in Uttarakhand

Uttarkashi/ Dehradun, Aug 18 (ANI): Landslide on Yamunotri road in Uttarakhand, triggered by rains, caused heavy damage near Uttarkashi, cutting off several villages from rest of the state. Flooding caused continuous landslides, blocking roads and disconnecting villages. Up to 82 roads in Uttarakhand were reported unusable. Stones fell on a vehicle on Monday and authorities rushed to the site to rescue the passengers. A crane was also assigned to clear the roads. Locals also claimed that landslide had claimed one life. Meanwhile, floods triggered by heavy rains in the Himalayas have inundated nearly 1,500 villages in northern India, killing at least 28 people and leaving thousands homeless. The government weather department had issued a warning for August 14 and 15 and 16 villages were flooded after a levee broke in Uttarakhand, cutting them off from the rest of the state and marooning around 30,000 people. Aug 18, 2014

Forest officials rescue leopard from a well in Vadodara

Vadodara, Aug 18 (ANI): Forest officials rescued a female leopard from an open well in Gujarat on Monday. The leopard had fallen into the well that strayed into Jaloda village of Vadodara in search of food. Forest officer, IK Pathan, said they had put a cot for the leopard to cling on and rescued the big cat through a ladder. India_s leopards are under threat, with increasing number of these spotted feline beauties being poached for their hide and body parts. Depletion of their habitat has also threatened the leopards, forcing them to stray into human settlements - attacking people, poultry birds and livestock cattle - and often getting killed in return. Aug 18, 2014

Sonam Kapoor promotes _Khoobsurat_ at Umang College Fest

Mumbai, August 18 (ANI): Bollywood_s fashionista Sonam Kapoor was spotted promoting her upcoming flick Khoobsurat at Umag college fest in Mumbai recently. Speaking on the occasion Kapoor said its actually cool be misfit. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Rhea Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Siddharth Roy Kapur, Khoobsurat is the remake of the 1980 film of the same name and stars Pakistani actor Fawad Afzal Khan in the lead role. The film is scheduled to release on 19th September. Aug 18, 2014

Janmashtami Special: Festivity grips nation, devotees form human pyramid for Dahi Handi celebrations

Mumbai, Aug 18 (ANI): Hundreds of devotees on Monday celebrated Gokulashtami also named Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, and participated in the event of _Dahi Handi_ and formed human pyramid to the tunes of Govinda Aalare Aala in Mumbai city of Maharashtra. The event involves creating a human pyramid and breaking the Handi that contains curd. Devotees were heard chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. This time the organisers used the technique of rock climbing to prevent any untoward incident. It is believed that Lord Krishna was born at the midnight hours. According to Hindu mythology, Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe. Aug 18, 2014