High Court dismisses PIL challenging UPSC format

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the PIL challenging the UPSC format in which the government made changes at a very short notice prior to the exam. The Lawyer said that High Court has dismissed the petition and they are now preparing a petition to approach CAT that such changes should not be made at such a short notice before exams. Aug 22, 2014

Sri Lankas Tamil leaders meet Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): A delegation of Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met on Friday (August 22) India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and they would urge New Delhi to ensure devolution of power to provinces in their country. TNA leaders would push their case for full implementation of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. They are also expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 13A amendment came into existence due to India -Sri Lanka accord signed in 1987 between then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Sri Lankan President JR Jayewardene. It stipulates devolution of powers to the provinces which was centre of ethnic conflict. Aug 22, 2014

SC asks government to explain stand on LoP

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): The Supreme Court has asked the BJP government to explain its stand on the Leader of Opposition post after the Speaker rejected Congress’ bid for the post. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Opposition is the essence of democracy and if the government is ignoring, it is an assault. He added that the government should explain its stand if the Supreme Court has asked thus. Aug 22, 2014

Politicos condemn Fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammus RS Pura sector

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday condemned the fresh ceasefire violation by the Pakistani forces. The Pakistani forces despite repeated warnings, resorted to fresh round of unprovoked firing at the Indian forward posts in the RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kahsmir. One civilian has been injured after a shell hit his home near the LoC. No casualties have been reported. Meanwhile, the opposition targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the government should take strict action. Aug 22, 2014

Delhi gangrape victims parents condemn Jaitleys remark on rape affecting tourism

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Delhi Gangrape victim’s parents on Friday condemned Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark that Delhi gangrape case has affected tourism in the state. Victim’s father said that Jaitley’s remark is condemnable as he thinks the case to be affecting an industry but does not do anything to solve it. He added that Jaitley should change policies of economy and security in the country in order to attract tourists, not play politics over rape cases. The victim’s mother also condemned Jaitley’s remark saying that if he considers that rape has caused loss to tourism, he should also realize the loss which the incident caused to the family who lost their daughter. She also said that Jaitley should work upon improving the condition in the nation, and not hurt the sentiments of parents who lost their daughters in similar incidents. Aug 22, 2014

Curfew relaxed for few hours in violence-hit Assam

Golaghat, Aug 22 (ANI): Local administration relaxed curfew for six hours in violence-hit Golaghat district of Assam to allow residents to buy essential commodities on Friday. The latest wave of violence has left at least 20 dead and forced thousands to flee their homes. The situation aroused when two victims hailing from Golaghat district were hit by bullets fired by unidentified persons from Nagaland side while they were protesting against the kidnapping of two teenagers by suspected miscreants last week. A student union has withdrawn threat to block the national highway, connecting neighbouring state of Nagaland after recent spate of violence. Assam and neighbouring Nagaland are locked in a territorial dispute, claiming tracts of land along the state limits since the creation of Nagaland more than four decades ago. Aug 22, 2014

Michael Chopra joins Tendulkar-owned team in new Indian soccer league

Mumbai, Aug 22 (ANI): Former Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra was picked by the Kerala Blasters, co-owned by cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, in an international draft for the upcoming Indian Super League. A total of 49 foreign players were drafted during the session for the eight-franchise league, which is slated to run from October 12 to December 20. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams. Chopra, who has also played for a host of other Premier League clubs, was the only English player in the draft, which was held at a Mumbai hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea. Addressing the media persons General Manager (GM) of Kerala Blasters, Viren Disilva expressed his happiness on having Chopra as part of their team. Aug 22, 2014

No question of trivializing any particular incident, was talking in general about crimes: FM gives c

New Delhi, Aug 22 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has sparked a row after he made a controversial remark about rape. Jaitley was addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in the capital where he said that “a small incident of rape” in Delhi had caused a loss of “millions of dollars in tourism". Giving clarification over his remark, Jaitley said that his speech was misconstrued and he was not referring to any particular crime but crimes in general. Jaitley has come under severe criticism for his statement as many concluded that he spoke about the December 16 Delhi gang rape case. Aug 22, 2014

Politicos react on Jaitleys remark over rape affecting tourism

New Delhi/ Lucknow, Aug 22 (ANI): Political reactions flowed on Friday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that a small incident of gang-rape in Delhi has affected tourism in the state. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that Jaitley is correct to have said so, because tourist do not like to take risk with their lives but also added that the government should assure safety in all places. NCP leader Majid Memon also said that the government should take immediate steps to ensure safety for tourists. Meanwhile, CPI leader Atul Anjan said that BJP and RSS do not respect women. Aug 22, 2014

Over 50 Children Ill after Eating Mid-day Meal at MP School

Mid day meals continue to be a menace across the primary and middle schools of the country, as more than 50 school children fell sick after lunch on Thursday, at a government primary school in Sukarwada village in Madhya Pradesh. Aug 22, 2014