Pak hands over captured jawan, BSF DG says no mishandling done

RS Pura, Aug 08 (ANI): After Pakistan handed over to India a BSF jawan who was captured by Pakistan Rangers, BSF Director General, DK Pathak assured that the jawan was treated well and no mishandling was done. He said that after trooper Satyasheel Yadav was swept away to Pakistan by strong currents of River Chenab, civilians and other people helped him across the border and also gave medical assistance to him. Pathak also said that the questions asked by the trooper were very common and usual. He also said that the jawan is fine and doing well. Aug 8, 2014

Bhopal: Congress protests demanding increase in pension for old people

Bhopal, Aug 08 (ANI): Party workers of Congress staged a protest against the government of Madhya Pradesh on Friday as they demanded rise in pension for the old people. Thousands of widows and old people, along with Congress party workers, held flags and shouted slogans as they encircled the residence of state chief, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in Bhopal. The protesters also presented a memorandum to Sub Divisional Magistrate asking an increase in the pension. Meanwhile, Congress leader Taslim Wahida Lashkari said the pension for poor people should be raised to rupees 1000 and the 400,000 people made ineligible should be made eligible. Aug 8, 2014

Pak hands over captured BSF jawan to India

RS Pura, Aug 08 (ANI): A Border Security Force jawan, who was swept away into Pakistan by the strong currents of the Chenab River and picked up by Pakistan Rangers was on Friday handed to India at a border crossing point in Jammu. BSF jawan Satyasheel Yadav, was handed over to his battalion commander Varesh Singh. The trooper was carried by the river current to Bajwaat village in Sialkot area of Pakistan. Aug 8, 2014

Support pours in for chief engineer who resigned over misbehaviour in Kashmir

Srinagar/ New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): Government employees in Jammu and Kashmir took to streets on Friday, supporting the chief engineer, who resigned after a state minister used unparliamentary language against him. The chief engineer of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, Muzaffar Lankar, submitted his resignation to state government after he accused Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, of using abusive language against him during a meeting at Civil Secretariat in Srinagar city. Supporters said Lankar was an honest man and hit out at minister. Protesters also demanded an apology from the government. Meanwhile, chief spokesperson of opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Naeem Akhtar, said the case was not new. Aug 8, 2014

US Defence secretary Chuck Hagel meets PM Modi, Jaitley

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hagel, who is in New Delhi on a three-day visit, called on the prime minister along with members of his delegation. Hagel's visit to India, his maiden trip as defence secretary, comes less than a week after that of Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzeker. Hagel also met Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. Aug 8, 2014

US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel receives guard of honour in India

New Delhi, Aug 08 (ANI): US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel while on his three-day visit to India, received guard of honour at the South Block in Delhi. Hagel visited the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate and paid homage to martyrs who died fighting for the nation. Hagel arrived in India's national capital Thursday evening and his trip is aimed at boosting defence and strategic bilateral ties. Earlier, he met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before she left on a four-day visit to Myanmar. Aug 8, 2014

Colombia leader sworn in vowing peace, warning rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warns leftist rebels their attacks are threatening peace talks as he is sworn in for a second term dedicated to ending the country's 50-year-old conflict. Duration: 01:21 Aug 8, 2014

Rock-star charisma, 'new Turkey' at heart of Erdogan appeal

With his rock star charisma Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, and widespread protests, a corruption scandal, and curbs on the Internet have not shaken his popularity. Duration: 02:03 Aug 8, 2014

It Happens: Devotees throng temples as month-long Hindu festival nears end

New Delhi, August 8 (ANI): Devotees carrying religious offerings, thronged Hindu temples on last Monday of auspicious month- long Shravan (monsoon) festival.Thousands of devout Hindus thronged temples dedicated to Lord Shiva on Monday to offer special prayers. According to the Hindu calendar, Shravan is the fifth holy month which ends on ‘Shravan purnima’, or full moon day. Devotees seek blessings of Lord Shiva for peace and prosperity and also take holy baths. Devotees gathered to offer milk, curd, ghee, honey and holy water to Shiva Lingam, a representation of Hindu Lord Shiva. A priest, Ramesh Yadav, in Madhya Pradesh wished peace for devotees and the nation. The saffron-clad devotees also known as ‘kanwarias’ undertake journey of foot to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy waters of Ganges River. A devotee, Vinod Shankar Patel, said that on this occasion Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati had met. The auspicious Shravan festival started on July 14 and will conclude on August 10. Aug 8, 2014

It Happens: Artists enchant audience at cultural festival in Kashmir

Srinagar, August 8 (ANI): A five-day cultural festival, organised jointly by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, and the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, started in Jammu and Kashmir. The event will take place at different parts of the valley. The festival consists of musical programmes and poetic symposium featuring renowned artistes from Kashmir and neighbouring states. Artists performing on stage also seemed delighted with the response. Aug 8, 2014

Chief Engineer in Kashmir resigns after senior minister abuses him

Srinagar, Aug 8 (ANI): Senior officer of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department in Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffar Lankar, resigned from service and said he was allegedly abused by a senior minister of the state. Lankar submitted his resignation to the state government after he accused Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, of using abusive language against him during a meeting at Civil Secretariat in Srinagar, which was presided over by PHE Minister Sham Lal Sharma to take stock of the works undertaken by the department in one of the assembly constituencies. Lankar said Choudhary used un-parliamentary language against him. Moreover, Lankar added there was no discussion on rupees 50 million needed to implement on schemes and instead, from the beginning of the meeting, he called engineers as thieves and liars. Aug 8, 2014

Tarun Tahiliani raises the curtain of IBFW14

New Delhi, August 8 (ANI): : Renowned fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani with his opulent Mughal-themed wedding collection raised the curtain on the four-day long ‘BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014’ in India’s fashion capital, New Delhi recently. Aptly titled `Modern Mughals`, the line was a mélange of Indian craftsmanship perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western dressing. He broke convention by opening the show with his black bridal ensemble. At the event, he gave styling tips for all the would-be brides. Well….it was a great start to this much-talked fashion week!!! Aug 8, 2014