TN regional party stage protest, demand boycotting defence meet in Sri Lanka

Chennai, Aug 17 (ANI): Workers of Tamil Nadu regional party, Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) on Sunday staged a protest over derogatory article published on Sri Lanka’s defence ministry website about state Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An article titled: ‘how meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Narendra Modi’ had appeared on Sri Lankan defence ministry website with pictures of Jayalalithaa dreaming about Indian PM Modi. However, the article was later removed from the website and Sri Lanka also tendered an apology. On Sunday, protesters demanded that India should boycott the defence meet scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka from August 18 to August 20. Aug 17, 2014

CBI raid OCA Secretary Ashirbad Behera's house in Odisha chit fund scam case

Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday raided Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Ashirbad Behera’s house in Bhubaneswar city in connection with the chit fund scam. The CBI investigated Behera, among others, for having links with Pradeep Sethy, the chairman-cum-managing director of a chit fund company, Artha Tatwa. The company, according to the CBI, is among the 44 firms in the state which are running fraudulent chit schemes and are tricking the investors. Sethy, reportedly, has been arrested, and the value of the seized properties of the AT Group is said to have been around rupees 400 crores. Aug 17, 2014

RJD- JD (U) alliance a cure against NDA govt: Nitish Kumar at Chapra rally

Chapra, Aug 17 (ANI): Addressing the Chapra rally in Bihar, JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar said that the alliance between the RJD and JD (U) is like a cure to the NDA government at the centre. He also said that the parties are working for the state and will continue to do so and will defeat the NDA government anyhow in the state polls. Aug 17, 2014

Nitish is like brother, will fight together to free nation from wrong hands: Lalu Prasad at Chapra r

Chapra, Aug 17 (ANI): While addressing a rally in Chapra district of Bihar, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said that Nitish Kumar is like his brother and the alliance between the two parties will work to free the nation from wrong hands. Yadav also slammed the Narendra Modi led NDA government for working against the nation and not standing by their promises. Yadav also said that the total votes of RJD and JD (U) in Lok Sabha polls was much higher than that of BJP and this tie up will defeat the NDA in the state polls. Aug 17, 2014

Displaced men in Bokaro protest in water to demand employment

Bokaro, Aug 17 (ANI): Displaced youth in Bokaro city of Jharkhand stood in water on Sunday to protest against government as they demanded employment. The protest has been on for over 40 hours, and the protesters are urging the government to employ them with the Bokaro steel plant. Protesters refused to accept the request of state government authorities of ending the protest and made it clear that if their demands are not met, they will breathe their last in water. Khushwaha also said that no authority official had visited them or offered them water and food and they have been drinking dirty pond water. Meanwhile, a BJP leader, PN Singh, claimed the demands of the displaced youth would be heard. Aug 17, 2014

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