Sindhi nationalists decry the influx of IDPs from N. Waziristan

Karachi, Aug 04: The influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from volatile North Waziristan into Sindh worries nationalist parties in the province. Sindh Bachao Committee (Save Sindh Committee) in association with a dozen of other Sindhi nationalist parties recently observed a complete shutter down strike across Sindh, including Karachi. Their major concern is the possible invasion of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants in the region since after Pakistan Army launched 'Zarh-e-Azb' operation against terrorist groups based in North Waziristan. There are fears about a rise in sectarian violence and other terrorist activities in Sindh. The growth of fundamentalist groups, many with links to armed factions, has been alarmingly rapid in Sindh and has brought violence in its wake. Aug 4, 2014

Political leaders laud PM Modi's maiden visit to Nepal

New Delhi, Aug 4 (ANI): Politicians on Monday hailed the first bilateral visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal, which aimed to scale the ties between the two nations to greater heights. Modi is on a two-day visit to Kathmandu to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of his new diplomatic drive. Lauding Modi's Nepal visit, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it would have a greater impact on the relations between the two countries. Earlier on Sunday, Modi offered Nepal $1 billion in concessional loans to help build power plants and roads during his address in Nepal assembly, aimed at shoring up support in a region where China is making inroads. Meanwhile, BJD leader Jay Panda said Modi's visit would rule out allegations of big brotherly attitude levelled by neighbouring countries. Shiv Sena Spokesprson Sanjay Raut said Modi's visit to Nepal would prove fruitful for both the nations. Congress leader Manish Tewari said Modi should re-negotiate the 1950 treaty. Aug 4, 2014

US restaurant offers 15 percent off for praying before meal

New Delhi, August 4 (ANI): A North Carolina restaurant offers a 15 percent off to customers that display gratitude for their meal with a prayer. According to a leading news agency, Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem has been giving this discount for the past four years. The restaurant owner, Mary Haglund asserted that the discount was "not a policy", but a gift given to those who took the time to appreciate their food and was seen having a moment. One customer, who visited the restaurant during a business trip, asserted that she and her colleagues prayed over their meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal to inform them about the 15 percent discount they got for praying. Aug 4, 2014

Varun Gandhi will be better CM for UP: Maneka Gandhi

Pilibhit, Aug 04 (ANI): Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, while addressing a gathering in her constituency of Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, pitched for son Varun Gandhi and said that he could be a better CM for the state. Gandhi said that Varun would lead to development of Uttar Pradesh and it will be a golden time for the state under his leadership. Gandhi also accused the present UP government for hampering the development of the state knowingly to create problems for the BJP. Aug 4, 2014

Delhi HC agrees to hear petition on E-rickshaw ban

New Delhi, Aug 04 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Monday agreed to hear a PIL seeking a review of an earlier order banning e-rickshaws in Delhi tomorrow. The PIL has asked to ban those e-rickshaws which are not plying by the rules and let other function until the final decision is made. The Delhi High Court had on July 31 directed the government to stop plying of e-rickshaws in the city with immediate effect. Aug 4, 2014

India welcomes commonwealth medalists

Mumbai/New Delhi, Aug 4 (ANI): Indian athletes received a warm welcome as they arrived home flaunting their medals bagged at the Commonwealth Games. India is placed fifth in the medals tally with 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze medals. Flaunting her gold medal, Indian pistol shooter, Rahi Sarnobat, said that she could win gold as she aimed for gold. Aug 4, 2014

Glasgow celebrates closing of _best ever_Commonwealth Games

Glasgow, Aug 04 (ANI): Hailed as the best ever Commonwealth Games by Federation president Prince Tunku Imran, Glasgow 2014 formally concluded a memorable 20th edition of Commonwealth Games with a spectacular ceremony at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Prince Imran told the rejoicing crowd that the Commonwealth Games are known as the Friendly Games. Glasgow has succeeded in making them even more than that. Glaswegian-born singer Lulu began the show with athletes from the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories emerging from tents adorning the Hampden Park track. Singer Kylie Minogue, one of Australia_s most famous exports, delighted the Hampden Park crowd after a video had shown a glimpse of what awaits on the Gold Coast in four years time. Aug 4, 2014