Army wives ask Russia to come clean on troops in Ukraine

Several dozen women gather outside a military base in central Russia to demand Moscow come clean about where their husbands are after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to fight in Ukraine. Duration: 00:59 Aug 29, 2014

Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt meet to discuss Nile dam project

Ethiopia hosted a two-day meeting of the tripartite ministerial committee between Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt bin Khartoum to discuss the hydro-electric dam being built by Addis Ababa on the Nile. Duration: 00:33 Aug 29, 2014

Ceasefire violation in Kashmir post flag meeting appalls villagers

Akhnoor, Aug 28 (ANI): Ceasefire violation post the Indo-Pak flag meeting in Akhnoor district in Jammu and Kashmir appalled and angered the villagers. Pakistani Rangers and paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) held the first flag meeting on August 27 since the multiple ceasefire violations by nuclear-armed Pakistan. The meeting was held at the Nikowal Border Outpost in the district. Reportedly, hours after the meeting, Pakistan Rangers started firing late night and violated the ceasefire again early morning at around 4 am. Villagers lamented living under constant threat to life amid continuous ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the international border. A local, Manjeet Singh, expressed his anguish of dealing with ceasefire violation everyday. Meanwhile, Inspector General, Border Security Force, Rakesh Sharma, said that the flag meeting was of company level and that the main meeting is yet to take place. Aug 28, 2014

Art exhibition in Kolkata promotes tribal style of painting

Kolkata, Aug 28 (ANI): An exhibition of paintings in Kolkata showcased tribal and ethnic art forms of different regions of India. The exhibition called 'Art of the Tribal Folk' featured the work of 21 artists from Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. For the artists, their work is a reflection of their heritage passed down from generation to generation. Folklore, aboriginal and religious beliefs feature in each of the paintings. Organizer of the event, Surva Choudhary, said while originally most paintings were made using natural substances like turmeric and henna on mud surfaces, modern day painters use other materials. Traditionally, these pictographs were made during festive occasions. They served multiple purposes like appeasing of gods, promoting fertility, warding off evil spirits and preventing disease. Aug 28, 2014

Protesters seek dismissal of Railway Minister post rape allegation on son

Karnataka/New Delhi, Aug 28 (ANI): Congress protesters took to streets on Thursday (August 28) in Karnataka and demanded the dismissal of Railway Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda, post rape and cheating allegation by a woman against his son. The woman, who is a small-time model and actress, complained to the police that she was married to the minister's son, Karthik, who got engaged to another woman. Youth Congress party activist, TP Sampat said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi should take action in the case and demand justice for the victim. Police Commissioner of Bangalore, MN Reddi said that police have filed a rape case against Gowda's son. Aug 28, 2014

BJP blamed for simmering unrest in riot affected areas of UP

Muzaffarnagar, Aug 28 (ANI): Chief of Bharatiya Kisan (Indian Farmers) Union, Naresh Tikait, accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for failing to control unrest in Muzzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh even after one year of the riots between two communities that claimed immense loss of life and property. The clashes triggered on August 27, 2013 when a Muslim youth was stabbed to death by two Hindu youths after being accused of sexually harassing their sister. A Muslim mob stoned the two Hindus to death. At least 45 people were killed and hundreds were forced to flee their homes in the ensuing riots. On Wednesday, Tikait accused the BJP and claimed that riots might trigger again because of the simmering discontent among the victims who had not been compensated to move ahead in life. The violence which forced authorities to deploy the army and paramilitary forces, impose curfews and revoke gun licences in places where arms are plentiful - has ebbed, but many displaced Muslims refuse to return home, fearing more bloodshed. Aug 28, 2014

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana would fight poverty in the country: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while launching the ambitious 'Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana, said that the scheme will fight poverty in the country. He added that the scheme would help India to get rid of 'financial untouchability'. The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is an ambitious scheme, under which the government would provide every household with a bank account and an insurance cover. Under the banking scheme, account holders would get a debit card and accident insurance cover of up to 100,000 rupees ($1,654). They would also get an overdraft facility of up to 5,000 Indian rupees. The first phase of the mission, starting this month, would end in August next year. The second phase will start from 2015 till 2018, covering aspects such as micro insurance and pension schemes like 'Swavalamban'. Aug 28, 2014

Pakistan should never be forgiven for ceasefire violations: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Jammu and Kashmir, Aug 28 (ANI): Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, said on Thursday Pakistan should never be forgiven for continuous ceasefire violations in Kashmir border region and causing suffering to poor people after visiting the victims. Pakistani Rangers fired on personnel of India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) hours after holding meeting with their Indian counterparts in Pargwal sector of northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. Azad also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly being silent on the issue. Aug 28, 2014