Doctors confirm Guinea returned man unaffected with Ebola virus

Chennai, Aug 11 (ANI): Doctor discharged a Guinea returned native of Chennai in Tamil Nadu on finding him unaffected with Ebola virus. The 26-year-old Parthiban from Theni district was taken to the Rajiv Gandhi(RG) Government General Hospital immediately after he landed from the West African country. Regional Medical Officer at RG General Hospital Dr. Elango, confirmed that he has been allowed to return to his home town as the test results on his immunity showed no signs of infection. The Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Ministries of Home Affairs (immigration Department), External Affairs and Civil Aviation, is constantly tracking passengers arriving in India from the West African countries affected by Ebola. Aug 11, 2014

Politicos welcome Pak PM's remark for better relations with India

New Delhi, Aug 11 (ANI): Political leaders across India welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's remark to better the relationship between the two neighbouring countries. Reportedly, Sharif, while addressing a conference in Islamabad, expressed his regret and dissatisfaction regarding the relationship of his country with its neighbours, especially India. Congress leader Rajeev Shukla welcomed Sharif's remark and said it was a positive development for the two countries. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was high time leaders of the two nations joined hands for a friendly relationship. Meanwhile, Defense Expert Praful Bakshi said he was surprised by this statement as it was not easy for a leader to make such remarks amid army personnel in Pakistan and said it was a good sign. Aug 11, 2014

Relatives of likely Bharat Ratna awardees react on speculations over same

Allahabad/ Raipur/ Rourkela/ Kolkata, Aug 11 (ANI): The government ordered five medallions, bringing names of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to the forefront to receive this year's Bharat Ratna awards. Another noted name in the Indian freedom movement, Madan Mohan Malviya is also rumoured to be one of the five persons to be honoured. Relatives of the speculated nominees have expressed happiness over the buzz. Malviya's grand daughter-in-law, Saraswati Malviya thanked the Narendra Modi-led government and said that the award should have been bestowed earlier. On hearing rumours of the highest civilian award being bestowed upon the former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his niece expressed her pride. Aug 11, 2014

Coimbatore goldsmith makes world's smallest gold flag ahead of India's 68th Independence Day

Coimbatore, Aug 11 (ANI): To show his love for his motherland, a goldsmith belonging to Coimbatore city of Tamil Nadu designed the world's smallest flag made of gold. The goldsmith, UMT Raja said that he made the miniature version of the Indian flag using only 4 mg of gold, making it the smallest in the world. Besides the flag, Raja also made a miniature model depicting the Indian freedom movement using gold, which includes the Indian flag and a model of great freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi. The whole movement is depicted on a matchstick, which Raja painted in saffron, white and green colours. Aug 11, 2014

Police arrest Maoist in Jharkhand

Latehar, Aug 11 (ANI): Police arrested a Maoist in Latehar district in the red corridor of Jharkhand. The Maoist, Mukesh Kumar Yadav, is the area commander of a rebel outfit, People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) and was arrested after police received secret information. Briefing media persons, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Rosan Gudiya said that it is big achievement for police as Yadav was booked under multiple cases of dacoity, killings and kidnappings. Police also seized a home made country pistol and two revolvers from Yadav. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since 1960s. Aug 11, 2014

Priyanka Chopra encourages women empowerment at UNICEF event

Nagpur, Aug 11 (ANI): Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra stressed on the need for empowering women and inculcating into them the value of their life, which is demeaned generally by the male gender. Chopra discussed various social issues like domestic violence, gender inequality and importance for education of women as she addressed an event of UNICEF in Nagpur city of Maharashtra. The brand ambassador of UNICEF in India emphasised upon an education programme, Deepshikha aimed at empowering the fairer sex of the country socially, economically and morally. Chopra, in her address, cited several instances on how Indian women have supported their families in difficult times and proven themselves. Aug 11, 2014

Children stranded in swollen river in Uttarkashi rescued

Uttarkashi, Aug 11 (ANI): Police rescued a 10-year-old child who was swept away by the torrential flow of the river Assi Ganga in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The child was bathing in the river with his three friends when there was a sudden increase in the water level due to rain. While the three other children escaped, one child was carried away around 100 metres due to the strong currents. Some women working nearby spotted the child stuck between the rocks and informed the police, who, with the help of fire workers, successfully brought out the child. Aug 11, 2014

S. Korea: Catholicism's unlikely Asian pillar

When Pope Francis visits South Korea, he will find a thriving Catholic community with a social and political influence that punches far above its minority weight in one of Christianity's most prominent Asian strongholds. Duration: 01:30 Aug 11, 2014

Incessant rains hit plum production in Kashmir

Kanipora, Aug 11 (ANI): The incessant rainfall this year in Jammu and Kashmir has hugely hit plum crop falling its production by more than twenty percent. The unseasonal rains in some parts of plum growing area like Kanipora, Budgam and Zakurain near Srinagar have hampered the flowers growth of the fruit which results in low productivity. The mouth watering Kashmiri plums are known for their superiority of taste and are very popular in across the country. However, Horticulture Officer, Manzoor Ahmad said continuous rains for three consecutive months and not meeting the optimum plum growing temperature has hit the production of the fruit. Aug 11, 2014

Flood hit villagers continue to suffer, blame government

Odisha, Aug 10 (ANI): Villagers in flood-hit Odisha on Sunday (August 10) blamed the government for their sufferings due to inaction, while the situation continues to remain grim in most of the places. Although waters have receded in some parts of the state but in Keonjhar district flood waters still remain above danger levels. Amid all these there are growing complaints of government apathy. In Keonjhar district people bear the brunt as they remain outside their homes searching for places of high ground for their safety. In Ghasipur village a visibly angry villager, Narahari Ojha, complained that all the politicians who come seeking votes at the time of elections have turned a deaf ear towards them. Aug 11, 2014