Reactions pour in as Karnataka house panel blames mobiles for rise in rape

Chandigarh/ Bangalore/ New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): After blaming rape on women_s style of dressing, the crime is now being linked to mobile phones. A house committee of the Karnataka legislative assembly has recommended that the state government should ban mobile phones in schools and colleges, blaming the devices for an unprecedented rise in the number of rape and molestation cases. Jul 12, 2014

Putin in Cuba to rekindle Latin America ties

President Vladimir Putin visited Russia_s Cold War ally Cuba on Friday, launching a tour that will see him cozy up to Latin America amid newly frayed relations with the West. Duration: 01:31 Jul 12, 2014

Casablanca buildings collapse kills at least eight

At least four people including a 10-year-old child died and 55 others were injured when three residential buildings collapsed in Casablanca, Morocco_s largest city, the authorities said. Duration: 00:38 Jul 12, 2014

ATM attacked by unknown miscreants in Bangalore

Bangalore, July 12 (ANI): Despite so much of security in Bangalore, an ATM was attacked by unknown miscreants on Saturday. The ATM which lies under HSR Police Station limit was attacked after the miscreants tried to operate the machine. They later turned all lights off and tried to rob the ATM. The security guard on duty was badly injured after he tried to protest and stop the miscreants. Bangalore ACP Kamal Pant highlighted the entire incident and assured that the guard is out of danger. Jul 12, 2014

Uttarakhand encourages Organic tea farming to boost business

Uttarakhand, July 12 (ANI): The Uttarakhand state encourages farmers to indulge with organic tea plantations in a bid to boost business in international markets. With the growing demand in organic products, Uttarakhand has initiated organic tea farming in the hill town of Nainital. This has given way to improve the sales of local businessmen. The organic tea is being exported to various countries including Japan and Korea. Recently, 218 hectare of land has been converted to organic plantations in Gorakhalal area in Nainital hills. The tea farms in Nainital also attract tourists who are driven to the beautiful green landscape and fresh air of the farms. Jul 12, 2014

Moist and supple mangoes attract visitors at Mango Festival in Delhi

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Mango lovers are up for a weekend treat as moist, supple and rich aroma grace palates of buyers as the 26th edition of Mango Festival started in New Delhi making their mouths swoon. The festival was aimed at promoting different varieties of mangoes. Mangoes of all shapes and sizes were displayed at this festival. The festival celebrates the grandeur of the 'King of Fruits'. Visitors were happy to learn about different varieties of mangoes and also got a taste of the mango of their choice, free of cost. The festival has almost 500 varieties of mango on display. In addition, there are fresh mangoes and processed mango foods like pickles, sauces, juices, jelly and jams. Jul 12, 2014

Directed by and starring legislators, Bhojpuri flick 'Pyaar Mohabbat Zindabad' promotes love and har

Patna, July 12 (ANI): State cultural minister of Bihar directed and produced a regional Bhojpuri film, 'Pyaar Mohabbat Zindabad', starring 11 legislators, which sends out a message of love and shuns greed for money. The cast includes six legislators from regional JD (U) party, four from ruling BJP and one independent politician. The 150 minute romance-cum-action movie was made under the banner of Aadi Shakti Entertainments and Baba Baidyanath Films. Director and independent legislator, Vinay Bihari, said this movie will inspire many directors to work in the same angle and create a better atmosphere among the audience. Jul 12, 2014

Devotees throng temple in Mathura to celebrate Guru Purnima

Mathura, July 12 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged temple of Lord Krishna in holy city of Mathura on Saturday to offer special prayers to mark the festival of Guru Purnima, which is celebrated to honour the spiritual teachers. Chanting hymns and carrying religious offerings, believers made a beeline to pay respect to Lord Krishna. According to the Hindu mythology, the festival is celebrated to express gratitude towards one's Guru (spiritual teacher). According to Hindu beliefs, a guru holds an exalted position, even higher than that of the God. Hindus believe that one’s Guru is the only person who can guide them on the path towards Moksh (emancipation). Traditionally, Hindus walk around the idols of their god while praying and hope that their prayers would be rewarded. Jul 12, 2014

Harsh Vardhan visits Lady Hardinge Medical College, says facilities must be upgraded

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday paid a visit to Lady Hardinge Medical College and said that the Health Ministry is trying to upgrade the facilities in hospitals. He also said that the ministry will try to implement World Health Organization programme all over the country. Harsh Vardhan also visited Kalavati Children's hospital in New Delhi where he visited the ICU, surgery and oncology ward and interacted with patients and directed for various improvements. Jul 12, 2014

Oarsmen row snake boats in rhythmic unison in Keralas backwaters

Alappuzha, July 12 (ANI): Oarsmen rowed in rhythmic unison in the backwaters of Kerala as they marked the beginning of famed snake boat race, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions and an integral part of the state’s cultural ethos. The Chambakulam Moolam Boat race started in the backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala on Friday. The race is the first one and from now on there will be more than 15 such small and big races witnessed in this season. Champakulam race which is held every year during the mid monsoon season was witnessed by scores of enthusiasts gathered from in and around the village. The race has its origin in history of over 400-years. Jul 12, 2014

Delhi police working for the safety of women: BS Bassi

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Saturday said that the Delhi police is working for the safety of women. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that after the Nirbhaya gangrape case, which shook the conscience of the nation important measures have been taken by the police. Jul 12, 2014