Assange says will leave London embassy _soon_

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday he would _soon_ leave Ecuador_s embassy in London but his organisation played down the comment, saying he would not depart until there was an agreement with Britain_s government. Duration: 01:11 Aug 18, 2014

Girl_s medical done and accused arrested: Police on rape case in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, Aug 18 (ANI): UP police on Monday informed that the accused in the alleged rape case in Ghaziabad District_s Loni area has been arrested and the victim_s medical test has been done. Angry protesters on Monday clashed with the police over a nine-year-old minor girl being allegedly raped by a 65-year-old man in Ghaziabad District_s Loni area. The protestors damaged a police vehicle and some property. Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in the area and Rapid Action Force has been deployed to prevent any flare up. Aug 18, 2014

Quran verses written in calligraphic styles attract visitors in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 18 (ANI): Visitors thronged Srinagar city in Jammu and Kashmir to see age old manuscripts written in different calligraphic styles put on display at an exhibition. A three-day exhibition, showcasing Quran, the Islamic holy book, written in fine calligraphy on various media attracted people. Copies on display ranged from ancient and medieval manuscripts to texts in the digital format. The exhibition was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages department in a bid to aware the youths of valley regarding the religious asset. The main attraction of exhibition was one of the rarest first Quran manuscripts hand-written in 1237 AD by Fateh-ullah Kashmiri. Aug 18, 2014

Idols of Lord Ganesha to cost more in Pune ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

Pune, Aug 18 (ANI): Artisans in Maharashtra increased prices of idols of Lord Ganesha, ahead of popular festival of _Ganesh Chaturthi_, which marks re-birth of the god. People making various idols of the Hindu god in Pune city said the price hike was due to inflation as labour charges had increased. Shopkeepers also say that idols made of clay will cost more as they are made by hand and it involves more hard work when compared to those made by Plaster of Paris. Aug 18, 2014

_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