Action will be taken against people who caused violence in Saharanpur: Shivpal Yadav

Aligarh, Aug 17 (ANI): UP minister Shivpal Yadav who has in a five-member committee probed the communal violence in Saharanpur and had blamed administration for lapses in the incident and also questioned the role of a BJP leader, said on Sunday that UP government controlled the situation in time. He also said that action will be taken against people who caused violence. Aug 17, 2014

Rakhi Sawant distributes sewing machines in Mumbai

Mumbai, Aug 17 (ANI): Bollywood’s controversial item girl Rakhi Sawant, distributed 100 sewing machines during an event organised by a social organisation in entertainment capital, Mumbai. On the sidelines of India’s 68th Independence Day, Sawant attended an event organised by Awaz social organisation and gave away sewing machines to women in need. While addressing the gathering, Sawant spoke on women empowerment and said she believed in gender equality. Aug 17, 2014

No plans to join SP, Ram Gopal Yadav is correct: Amar Singh

New Delhi, Aug 17 (ANI): Former SP leader Amar Singh on Sunday said that he has no plans to join the Samajwadi party and that Ram Gopal Yadav was correct in his statement. Singh also said that earlier there were mediators between him and Mulayam Singh Yadav which created rift between the two and now there are none. He said that now, both the leaders can have a conversation whenever they desire and that he needs license from nobody for meeting and having relationship with Mulayam Singh. Aug 17, 2014

Clash between two Maoist factions claims one life in Jharkhand

Latehar, Aug 17 (ANI): One person was killed as members of two Maoists factions exchanged fire for over three hours in Churiyan village of Jharkhand. As the clash continued till the wee hours on Saturday, panic-stricken villagers locked themselves up in their homes until the fight stopped. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Roshan Gudia, said investigation in the case has begun and they have already identified the two groups. Meanwhile, the villagers denounced the district administration for not ensuring required security to them. Aug 17, 2014

Police bust mini gun factory in Maoist hotbed of Jharkhand

Khunti, Aug 17 (ANI): Police busted a mini gun factory in forest area of Maoist hotbed in Khunti district of Jharkhand. Acting on a tip off, the police raided the hideout in which huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered. Aug 17, 2014

Floods in Assam disrupt boat service, wildlife intimidated

Nagaon, Aug 17 (ANI): Incessant rains have worsened the flood situation in Assam as the flood water has submerged around 50 percent of lower areas of the Kaziranga National Park in Nagaon district of the state. Fearing danger for the forest animals that they might get onto the National Highway (NH) if water level rises in the greens, Assam Environment and Forest Minister Rakibul Hussain launched 'Time Card' for vehicles plying from one end to the other of the park on NH 37. The speed of vehicles moving on this highway has also been restricted to 40 km per hour. Aug 17, 2014

Fresh landslides in Uttarakhand trigger havoc, snap connectivity

Uttarkashi, Aug 17 (ANI): Fresh landslides, triggered by heavy rains, blocked connecting roads in Uttarkashi city of Uttarakhand on Sunday. Several villages have been cut-off and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel have been sent to the area for rescue and relief operations. Army personnel HK Singh said they were unable to receive groceries due to lack of connectivity. The roads have been washed away and reportedly 82 roads in Uttarakhand are blocked. Aug 17, 2014

Kashmiri Pandits celebrate Janmashtami in Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 17 (ANI): Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley are celebrating the festival of Janamashtami, which is the birthday of Lord Krishna, like the rest of the country. Chanting hymns and waving red saffron flags, Kashmiri Pandits marched through Srinagar to celebrate Janmashtami. Aug 17, 2014

Ram Gopal Yadav rules out chances of Amar Singh's return to SP, says party ready for polls

Mainpuri, Aug 17 (ANI): Samajwadi Party General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav on Sunday ruled out any possibility of taking former party leader Amar Singh back in the party. He further said that the SP is ready for the upcoming state assembly polls and that this time unlike, the Lok Sabha polls, Modi factor won't work. He said that the BJP was using the Modi factor which has vanished in due course of time. Aug 17, 2014

Mayawati accuses SP and BJP for communal clashes in UP

New Delhi, Aug 17 (ANI): After a 5-member committee report suggested that Saharanpur communal violence was the result of failure by local administration, BSP Chief Mayawati alleged that SP and BJP together are responsible for communal clashes in the state. The BSP Supremo also alleged that the communal clashes in rest of the country are because of the BJP. Further, Mayawati also said that the party will contest all state assembly polls alone and will not have alliance with any other party. Aug 17, 2014