SC grants one month bail to Bangalore blast accused Madani for treatment

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday granted one-month bail on health grounds to 2008 Bangalore serial bomb blast prime accused Abdul Nasser Madani. The Court said that during his one-month bail, Madani will not leave Bangalore and the Karnataka government is at liberty to take all steps to ensure that he does not get in touch with witnesses in the case, including putting him under surveillance. Madani was arrested in 2010 in connection with the Bangalore blasts which killed one person and injured 20 others. He has been in jail since then. Jul 11, 2014

AP Reorganization Bill passed in LS

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization (Amendment) Bill 2014 amid protests from members of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and others. Home Minister Rajnath Singh introduced the Bill with its component on the Polavaram project amidst uproar. Despite protests by opposition members, the bill was adopted and passed. Reacting over this, Congress leader Veerappa Moily said that a very bad example was set by the way the Bill was passed in the House. Speaker should not have shown so much haste. Jul 11, 2014

Tributes pour in for actress Zohra Sehgal

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Tributes have poured in for legendary actress- dancer Zohra Sehgal who died at the age of 102 years. Political leaders expressed their sadness at Sehgal's passing away. They also paid tribute to her vivacious personality and her never-say-die attitude. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sehgal had been ill for several days and suffered a heart attack at Max hospital in New Delhi on Thursday. In a career spanning more than seven decades, Sehgal entertained millions of people through her performances in films and on stage. Jul 11, 2014

Monsoon to hit central and northwest India from July 15: IMD

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): IMD Director BP Yadav on Friday said that monsoon will most probably hit the central and northwest India including Delhi NCR from July 15. He said that pressure in Bay of Bengal has affected monsoon and that there will be humidity till 14th July. He also said that the present weather is like heat wave due to absence of cloud. Jul 11, 2014

Congress workers protest against Budget 2014-15

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Congress workers staged a protest against Budget 2014-15 in New Delhi on Friday. The protest was led by Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and Delhi Congress Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely. Sajjan Kumar lashed out at the government saying that the general budget is not meant for the common man. Lovely also criticized the budget for its lack of authenticity and assurance. The protesters marched on the streets with anti Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP slogans and also burnt his effigy. Jul 11, 2014

US Deputy Secretary of State meets PM Narendra Modi over diplomatic ties

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): US Deputy Secretary of State, William J Burns, met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in New Delhi to strengthen diplomatic ties. Earlier, Burns had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and said that Barack Obama looks forward to Indian PM Modi’s visit to the White House in September for a spur in economic growth. Burns arrived in India ahead of the US-India Strategic Dialogue as US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to visit India on July 31. It is highest level official visit from US to India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government assumed office on May 26. Jul 11, 2014

Political leaders condemn minor girl rape on Panchayat's diktat

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Political leaders on Friday condemned Bokaro minor girl's rape on a Panchayat's order. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that such things should not happen in any civilized society and demanded action. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that the incident is shameful and matter should be taken under scanner. CPI leader Atul Anjan also condemned the 'personal laws' working in the society. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that the accused should be punished in such a way that whole country remembers it. Jul 11, 2014

Social activists demand stern action against Panchayat in Bokaro rape case

New Delhi/ Mumbai, July 11 (ANI): Reacting over Bokaro minor rape after a Panchayat's diktat, social activists demanded stern action against Panchayat. NCW Member Shamina Shafiq said that district administration should take steps in such matters. Social Activist Sudha Ramalingam demanded punishments by the law to the Panchayat people. Women Rights Activist Abha Singh said that immediate action should be taken against the accused otherwise it would send wrong message to the people. Jul 11, 2014

Sushma Swaraj meets her Sri Lankan counterpart to boost business ties

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met her Sri Lankan counterpart Gamini Lakshman Peiris in New Delhi to improve ties and discuss business issues between the two countries. His visit comes barely two months after President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after he was sworn in Prime Minister. Both the nations share strained relations over the Tamil fishermen and other issues. Jul 11, 2014

Starcast of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in Delhi

New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Star cast of the upcoming flick Humpty Sharma ki Dulania was in the capital to promote their quirky yet sentimental love story about a chirpy girl from Ambala and Delhi lad Humpty Sharma. Varun Dhawan playing the role of Delhi’s lover boy was more than happy to play the character of a Delhi guy and talked about his special connection with the city. Stylish Diva, Alia Bhatt also shared her character Kavya’s obsession about Kareena Kapoor and her bridal lehnga. The movie is a romantic drama and also bollywood debut of TV actor Siddharth Shukla. Jul 11, 2014

Australian sheep punched, stamped on and thrown: PETA

Footage reportedly filmed in Australia by investigators working for the animal rights group PETA shows sheep being punched in the face and hit with hammers by shearers. Duration: 00:56 + WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES OF VIOLENCE TOWARDS ANIMALS + Jul 11, 2014