Tapas Pal in hospital after brain stroke

Kolkata, Aug 20 (ANI): Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Pal was on Tuesday admitted in a super specialty hospital after suffering a brain stroke. Earlier in July too, Pal (55) was admitted after a sudden spurt in his blood pressure. Paul was recently in the news for threatening to kill opposition CPI (M) workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked, a comment which drew widespread criticism and forced him to tender an apology. Aug 20, 2014

At least 36 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes. Duration: 01:14 Aug 20, 2014

Sonia says Congress committed to Women's Reservation Bill, BJP reacts

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said her party was committed to the women's reservation bill that seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation to women in parliament and the state legislatures. Sonia said though her party was in opposition now, it was committed to the women's reservation bill and would put pressure on the NDA government for its passage in parliament. Reacting over this BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that the Congress only talks and BJP performs. He asked why the Congress put the Women's Reservation Bill in hibernation when they were in power Aug 20, 2014

Sonia targets Modi, says fake dreams were sold to people

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Centre, saying the Narendra Modi-led NDA government sold fake dreams to Indians. Speaking at a Congress function for women workers and elected representatives on the 70th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi, she said to bring back the lost glory of Congress no stone should be left unturned. Giving a push for the passage of Women's Reservation Bill, Sonia said that Rajiv Gandhi always wanted 33 per cent of reservation for women in Parliament and Assembly. Aug 20, 2014

Floods disrupt livelihood in India

Supaul/ Siddharthnagar, Aug 20 (ANI): Floods in northern and eastern parts of India submerged huts and marooned villagers. Supaul district of Bihar remained on high alert and people were still sheltering in relief camps. About 30,000 villagers were evacuated in Bihar after threat of floods due to a landslide in neighbouring Nepal. The landslide, triggered by heavy rains in Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district, killed at least 33 people and created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river, which flows into India as the Kosi river. A flood-affected villager, Kamla Devi, on Wednesday complained that the government did not provide them with any assistance. People were also affected after water was discharged from overflowing dams in Nepal. A rescue official of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Rakesh Kumar, said there was inadequate number of boats in each village. Aug 20, 2014

Ranbir Kapoor partners with Saavan as Creative Collaborator

Mumbai, August 20 (ANI): Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor has joined hands with Saavn, a US-based digital music company Saavan for Indian music, as a creative collaborator. The digital music company, which boasts a catalogue of almost two million tracks from both Indian and US record labels, will be rolling out a suite of new consumer-facing products and Partnership over the next couple of months in which Ranbir's inputs and ideation will play a major role. Aug 20, 2014

No LoP post for Congress, Politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Political leaders on Wednesday reacted over Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's decision to reject Congress's demand for Leader of Opposition. Mahajan formally rejected the Congress's demand saying that the post can't be given to them as it does not have the required number of seats. Aug 20, 2014

Devotees go in trance during religious festival in Assam

Guwahati, Aug 20 (ANI): Devotees from various parts of the country thronged temple of Hindu goddess Kamakhya in Assam to witness three-day Hindu festival, Deodhani dance. The Deodhani dance festival is held to worship Hindu snake goddess Mansa, during which goats and pigeons are sacrificed. It is believed that Hindu goddess possesses a devotee's body during the festival to dance. As per Hindu mythology, one's wishes come true if they wish for something special during the festival. Aug 20, 2014

Reactions flow on PM Modi's PR office inauguration in Varanasi

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Political reactions flow as Prime Minister and Lok Sabha member from Varanasi, Narendra Modi, has opened up his PR office in order to maintain contact with the people. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that every member tries to maintain contact with public, so if Modi is doing that, he is doing something which everyone does. JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav said that all members try to keep in touch with their people so Modi is not doing anything new. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sambit Patra said that Modi's step is welcome and it will bring change in Varanasi. Modi's PR office was inaugurated by BJP President Amit Shah during a grand ceremony in the presence of BJP's UP President Laxmikant Bajpai. Aug 20, 2014

Pakistan stands committed to improving ties with India: Abdul Basit

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday said that Pakistan stands committed towards improving relations with India. He also said that Pakistan wants to continue the dialogue process, which was to take place between both the nations' Foreign Secretaries. Basit's meeting with Kashmiri Separatist leaders had sparked controversy among politicians after which the Indian government had cancelled the foreign secretaries' meeting. Aug 20, 2014