New 72-hour Gaza truce agreed in Cairo: Palestinians

A new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza has been agreed following mediation by Egypt, a Palestinian official said Sunday, although there was no immediate confirmation from Israel. The news comes as Gaza experienced another heavy day of fire. Duration: 01:19 Aug 10, 2014

CRPF disposes off IED bomb in Assam

Assam, Aug 10 (ANI): The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) disposed off a pressure-sensitive Improvised Explosive Device (IED) bomb discovered in Nagain district of Assam. The bomb was concealed in a tiffin box. He added that the bomb had been disposed off after exploding it with TNT. Aug 10, 2014

Vintage cars rally in India's IT hub, spreading awareness on women's safety

Bangalore, Aug 10 (ANI): A rally of vintage cars was taken out in Bangalore by the Karnataka Vintage and Classic Car Club on Sunday to create awareness on, 'respect and safety for women. The rally covered around 5 kilometers in the city. Many women dignitaries like Indian classical danseuse Vani Ganapathy, Indian athlete Reeth Abraham, and Former Indian swimmer Nisha Millet, were present at the event. Grand old cars which were used by the Maharajas, industrialists and other noted celebrities of yesteryears were part of the drive, one of them belonging to the father of the first Indian Prime Minsiter, Jawaharlal Nehru. Lanchester, Hillman, Wolseley, Jaguars, Fords, Chevrolets, Austin's, Morris' etc, rallied in the City. Aug 10, 2014

Five persons killed as car falls in Narmada canal

Vadodara, Aug 10 (ANI): At least five persons were killed on Sunday when their car fell into Narmada canal at a village in Chhota Udaipur district of Gujarat, police said. All five youths between 20 to 30 years of age, in the car were travelling back after getting rakhi tied by their sisters on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. The victims were on their way to Lajpura village in Chhota Udepur when the accident occurred. Aug 10, 2014

PM Modi celebrates Raksha Bandhan with school children

New Delhi, Aug 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with school children. Raksha Bandhan symbolises the eternal bond of love between brother and sister. The festival is traditionally celebrated by visiting siblings with gifts and sweets on this auspicious ceremony. Raksha Bandhan occupies a special place in the Hindu religious calendar. The festival is celebrated with fervour and gaiety among people from different communities. In India, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to symbolise the strong bond between the brothers and sisters and the love and affection shared between them. Aug 10, 2014

'Singham Returns' starcast launch new range of watches in Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 10 (ANI): The starcast of the film, 'Singham Returns', actors Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor along with director Rohit Shetty, attended launch of a new range of watches to promote their film in showbiz capital Mumbai. 'Singham Returns' is a cop drama and is a sequel to the 2011 similar- themed movie, 'Singham'. Narrating about his character, Devgan said that it is obviously very similar to his character in the prequel since it is essentially the same character. Film also features a song by rapper YoYo Honey Singh. The song 'Aata Majhi Satakli' reportedly crossed one million views on the YouTube in just one day. On being asked how Shetty came to be associated with Honey Singh, Shetty referred the question to Kareena Kapoor and the rapper fan said that this was the best time for both to come together. Aug 10, 2014

Child from war-torn Iraq gets new life by the help of Indian doctors

Gurgaon, Aug 10 (ANI): A child from war-torn Iraq got a new life with the efforts of Indian doctors. The13-year-old Iraqi boy was operated at a speciality hospital in Gurgaon. In June, Iraqi child Hayder Hamid Haloob was going with his family to their fields to cut the wheat crop on the outskirts of the holy city of Karbala — bordering the ISIS-controlled Jurf-Al-Sakhar area — when a landmine went off. The blast killed his uncle who was driving, and left his mother and aunt with shrapnel injuries in their arms and shoulders. Neuro Surgeon, Doctor Sandeep Vaish said that the child’s condition was very critical when he was brought from Iraq. Vaish informed that there was a metal nut at back side of the child’s head which might have pierced inside during the bomb blast. Aug 10, 2014

Politicos react on likely Bharat Ratna awardees Vajpayee, Subhash Chandra Bose, Kanshi Ram

New Delhi, Aug 10 (ANI): Political leaders react as reports of Freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BSP founder Kanshi Ram being conferred with the Bharat Ratna are doing rounds. It is being said that the announcement regarding the same may be made as early as Independence Day by the NDA government. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, AAP’s Rahul Mehra along with CPI’s D Raja welcomed the same and said that such people should be conferred with such gestures of tribute for their works. Aug 10, 2014

Women tie rakhis to soldiers guarding Indo-Pak border on Raksha Bandhan

Amritsar, Aug 10 (ANI): Women on Sunday tied rakhis on wrists of soldiers guarding India’s border in Punjab to mark the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The soldiers were elated and deeply touched. Border Security Force (BSF) Commandant Officer Wagah Border, Satish Kumar, expressed his gratitude and said the gesture by students and women was rewarding for each one of them. The girls were highly pleased and felt proud in tying rakhi on the wrists of soldiers. A school student, Vidisha, said BSF personnel are not able to unite with their families on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and tying rakhi to them felt good as they sacrifice their lives performing their duty towards the nation. Aug 10, 2014

Sale of Indian flags made of indigenous cloth expected to rise after plastic ban

New Delhi, Aug 10 (ANI): Women in Assam make national flags of indigenous cloth, Khadi, which are ready to hit the markets increasing hopes of making profit after the government bans use of plastic materials. As Independence Day draws closer, the noise of sewing machines at the Assam Khadi Village and Industries Board in Guwahati gets louder with several women workers of the board making national flags made of Khadi. The workers are aware that Khadi flags are in demand in government offices as the sale of plastic flags has been banned. Workers said with the flags being made out of Khadi, the significance of the national flag has been reinforced. Aug 10, 2014

Congress workers stage unique protest against inflation in Bhopal

Bhopal, Aug 10 (ANI): Congress party members held protest against skyrocketing prices of food and essential commodities in Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. Party leader Sangita Sharma tied rakhis on the wrists of the male protesters. She said that every year on Rakshabandhan, sisters want to tie the most expensive rakhis on their brothers' wrists, and therefore she chose rakhis made of pricey vegetables. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to symbolise the strong bond between the brothers and sisters and the love and affection shared between them and the Congress party workers staged a unique protest to bring light to severe inflation on the occasion. Aug 10, 2014

Malaria outbreak claims 79 lives in Tripura

Tripura, Aug 10 (ANI): At least 79 people have died of malaria in Tripura during the past two months, said a senior official of the state health department. Health officials said that the epidemic has affected children already suffering from lack of immunity and malnutrition. Aug 10, 2014

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says won't negotiate under fire by Hamas

Israel, Aug 10 (ANI): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the nation would not return to Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks as long as Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border rocket and mortar fire. Netanyahu also said that the nation in no time had said that the offensive was over. The head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo said earlier that it would pull out unless Israeli negotiators came back to the talks. Israeli air strikes and shelling killed three Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, including a boy and a woman, in a third day of renewed fighting that has jeopardised international efforts to end a more than month-old conflict. Aug 10, 2014

India's unique heritage sport Kabaddi enthralls London

London, Aug 10 (ANI): India's heritage sport of kabaddi - a traditional contact sport that mixes tag and wrestling, enthralled London during an exciting game played between the teams of Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar's Khalsa Warriors and star rapper Honey Singh's Tigers in the second match of the Wave World Kabaddi League. Khalsa Warriors defeated Tigers by 79-57. Wave World Kabbadi League (WKL) is the first international Kabaddi league featuring eight teams which will play in USA, Canada, UAE, England and India. The first ever international Kabaddi league is an initiative to promote Kabaddi one of the grass root level sports of India. World Kabaddi League Commissioner, Pargat Singh, who is also a former Indian Hockey player, said Kabaddi is an exciting and easy game to understand. Aug 10, 2014