Entire nation stands behind the armed forces proudly: Modi

Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday commissioned INS Kolkata to the nation. Modi congratulated the naval officers and said that the entire nation may not be in uniform but stands behind the Armed Forces with pride. Aug 16, 2014

INS Kolkata largest indigenous manufactural work by India: PM Modi

Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after commissioning the INS Kolkata to the nation, said that INS Kolkata is the largest indigenous manufactural work by India. Modi said that the INS has been manufactured entirely by the Indian engineers without using foreign help. He also remembered Chhatrapati Shivaji on the occasion and said that Shivaji was the first to realize the importance of secure seas. Aug 16, 2014

Commonwealth games medalists receive warm welcome in India

Agartala/ New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): 20- years –old Dipa Karmakar, a gymnast from Tripura has become the first Indian woman to win a medal at Commonwealth Games in gymnastic by winning a Bronze in Vault category. On her arrival in Agartala, she received a warm welcome by hundreds of her fans, relatives, sports lovers and well wishers. Dipa scored the highest in the second Vault with 15.100 to bring up her average to 14.366. Now, she is all set to play at Asian games in South Korea this September. Dipa and her coach Nandi were felicitated at Umakanta mini-stadium by Tripura’s Sports Minister Shahid Chowdhury. Meanwhile, Laishram Sarita Devi from Manipur, who bagged a silver medal in boxing, received a grand welcome on her arrival at Delhi airport. Sarita Devi not only contributed to India's tally of medals but also became the first women boxer to have made it to the Games as women's boxing was introduced for the first time this year. Aug 16, 2014

UNCs 10-day long ban on national projects gets mixed reactions in Manipur

Manipur, Aug 16 (ANI): People in Manipur are shocked by the United Naga Council’s move to impose 10-day-long ban on national project in the state including the Trans-Asian Railway Network, NHPC, Power Grid and National highways. The bandh has been called to demand for the withdrawal of security personnel and lifting of prohibitory orders under CrPC 144 that was imposed in Ukhrul district following the assassination of an ADC member of Ukhrul. Manipur’s deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam has said that the move is undesirable and will hamper development in the state. Aug 16, 2014

Lawyers back Chief Justices remark over judges appointment bill

New Delhi, Aug 16 (ANI): The Indian lawyers have approved of the statement given by the Chief Justice over judges’ appointment bill which has been recently passed unanimously in both houses of the Parliament. Chief Justice of India, R.M Lodha, said he hoped that judiciary, executive and Parliament are allowed to work independently and without any interference. He was speaking at a function organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association. One of the lawyers, Kamini Jaiswal expressed her agreement over the remarks made by the Chief Justice adding, he has made a valid and just statement. Meanwhile, another senior judge, Majeed Memon, reiterated the statement adding, there should not be any conflicts while separating the powers. Aug 16, 2014

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Singapore to strengthen ties

Singapore, Aug 16 (ANI): India’s Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, arrived in Singapore on Saturday (August 16) to flag off year-long celebrations to mark 50 years of relationship between the two countries. During her two-day visit, Swaraj will meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other leaders to hold discussion on various areas like trade and investment, water conservation and infrastructure development. Swaraj will also hold talks with her counterpart K Shanmugam and address meetings with think-tanks and vibrant Indian diaspora. Swaraj's visit is also aimed at exploring the possibility of Singapore's involvement in major Indian infrastructure projects including the smart city project and rejuvenation of other Indian cities. Aug 16, 2014

PM Modi dedicates INS Kolkata to the nation

Mumbai, Aug 16 (ANI): The INS Kolkata was commissioned to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at the Mumbai dockyard in the presence of Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The INS weighs nearly 6800 tonnes and about 3 years were spent to manufacture it. Modi, while addressing the naval officers, said that he dedicates the INS to the nation. He also said that the INS Kolkata is an example of India’s technological knowledge. Aug 16, 2014

CPI (M)s Sitaram Yechury slams Modis Independence Day address as disjointed from reality

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16 (ANI): Senior CPI (M) leader, Sitaram Yechury, came down heavily upon PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address to the nation and referred to the speech as completely disjointed from reality. Yechury also said that the speech was very high on rhetoric. Referring to Modi’s call to end communal and caste violence, Yechury wondered if the PM was addressing the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Critics say the BJP is the political offspring of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and has a deep-seated bias against India's 160 million Muslims. The party denies the charges and says it is opposed to the appeasement of any group. Harping on that sentiment, Yechury said RSS is very active in its pursuit of divisive politics, which is a major cause of communal tension. Aug 16, 2014

Indian scientist generates power from elephant urine

Kayamkulam, Aug 16 (ANI): A young Indian scientist, Dr MG Gireeshan, who explored the formula of generating power in Kayamkulam in Kerela, said that the urine of one elephant can produce enough electricity to serve a single household for four to five days. According to Gireeshan, elephant's urine is high in electrolyte. When the electrodes are inserted into the urine sample, it undergoes electrolysis generating power. An elephant produces 50 litres urine after consuming over 200 litres of water every day.The young scientist said he is willing to offer this technology to the benefit of the general public and provide it to any agency willing to develop it and also wants it to be patented in his name. Aug 16, 2014

"Lava Mae" shower bus cleans homeless in San Francisco

For San Francisco's homeless, keeping clean is a challenge. The city only has 16 shower stalls available for 3,500 people living on the streets. The shortage has inspired one resident to bring showers on wheels to areas in need. Duration: 02:17 Aug 16, 2014

Missouri violence highlights 'militarization' of US police

From high-powered assault rifles to camouflage-clad police officers perched on top of heavily armored vehicles: the violence gripping the Missouri town of Ferguson has highlighted a growing militarization of US law enforcement. Duration: 02:24 Aug 16, 2014

EU ministers agree to arm Iraqi Kurd fighters

EU ministers agreed at an emergency meeting on Friday to back the arming of overwhelmed Iraqi Kurd fighters in the face of an onslaught by Islamic State jihadists. Duration: 01:13 Aug 15, 2014

Landslide after heavy rainfall in Dehradun, CM calls for rescue

Dehradun, Aug 15 (ANI): Heavy rainfall on Friday led to landslide causing disruption in commuting for people in Dehradun. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that priority will be to clear the way in order to ease commutation and then relief operations will be provided to the people. Aug 15, 2014