Devotees throng temples on first Shravan Monday

Haridwar /Gorakhpur / New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Thousands of devout Hindu thronged the temples of Hindu lord Shiva across the country and offered special prayers to mark the first auspicious Monday of month long 'Shravan' festival. The devotees gathered in large numbers offering milk, curd, ghee, honey and holy water to Lord Shiva in wee hours of morning. Long queues of people were waiting with assortment of religious offerings such as incense sticks, red vermilion and flowers. Pathak Sharma, a priest of the temple in Haridwar said on Monday that during the auspicious Shravan month pilgrims have to offer different forms of liquids to Lord Shiva for their wish-fulfilment. Jul 14, 2014

Sushmita Sen inaugurates Senco Gold and Diamonds 1st store in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 14 (ANI): Bollywood actor and former beauty queen Sushmita Sen was recently spotted inaugurating Senco Gold and Diamonds store in Mumbai along with Bengali actor and their brand ambassador Proshenjit Chatterjee. On the occasion Sushmita said she is always proud to be associated with anything related to Sen's. Senco Gold Jewelers is one of the oldest jewelry brands in India that was started in 1938. With a heritage of 76 years in Eastern India, Senco Gold is now planning to expand all over India. Jul 14, 2014

HC judge denied entry into TNCA club for wearing dhoti, D Raja calls it deplorable

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): After Madras High Court judge was denied entry into the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club for wearing a dhoti, CPI leader D Raja called it deplorable. He said that dhoti is Tamil Nadu’s traditional dress and people from all class wear it. He also said that the act symbolizes the club’s colonial mindset. Meanwhile earlier DMK chief Karunanidhi also condemned the incident. Jul 14, 2014

Delhi gangrape victims mother welcomes Maneka Gandhis statement on juveniles

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The Delhi Gangrape victim Nirbhaya’s mother on Monday welcomed the statement of Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on juveniles. She said that mostly juveniles are indulged in major crimes thinking they won’t get punished. She further added that if such a law comes to existence it will be helpful in controlling crime. Maneka Gandhi had said that juveniles accused of serious crimes like rape will be tried as adults. Jul 14, 2014

SC refuses to allow appointment of IPS Archana Ramasundram in CBI, to hear case next Monday

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to lift stay on appointment of IPS Archana Ramasundram in CBI and gave the next hearing date as next Monday. The court said that inspite of stay on her appointment, Ramasundram joined the agency without permission which intensifies the case further. The Supreme Court had earlier restrained Ramasundram from functioning as the Additional Director until further instructions as initial arguments suggested that her appointment was in breach of the selection process. Jul 14, 2014

No question of me being an envoy of Modi: Ved Prakash Vaidik on Digvijays tweet

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Reacting over Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s tweet Ramdev’s aide and senior journalist Ved Prakash Vaidik on Monday said that he has never been a special envoy for any PM, so there is no question of being an envoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Vaidik on Sunday courted a controversy after his picture with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed was released. He, however, said that the photograph was released by him. He said that he met Saeed on July 2 in Lahore and had an hour long chat with him. Tweeting over this Digvijay said that whether Vaidik met Saeed as NDA government envoy or Modi’s personal envoy. Jul 14, 2014

Face-off between Govt and opposition likely over TRAI Amendment Bill

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The NDA government is likely to face opposition from the Congress and the TMC as the two parties have decided to oppose the TRAI Amendment Bill in order to legitimize the appointment of former telecom chief Nripendra Misra as Prime Minister's Principal Secretary. The NCP has however decided to support the bill. Jul 14, 2014

Ramdev defends VP Vaidiks meeting with Hafiz Saeed, says he must have tried to change his heart

Haridwar, July 14 (ANI): Yoga Guru Ramdev defending his close aide Ved Pratap Vaidik’s meet with Hafiz Saeed said that the meeting would have been one as a journalist by Vaidik. He said that the Vaidik must have tried to change the 26/11 mastermind’s heart. On Saeed his statement that he is not an accused for whatever he has been charged, Ramdev said that the statement comes from every criminal and that PM Narendra Modi is strictly against such criminals. Jul 14, 2014

Reactions flow in after Maneka Gandhi says minor rape-accused should be treated on par with adults

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Mixed reactions flow in as Minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi said that minors accused of rape should be treated on par with adults. NCP leader Majid Memon and SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that juvenile act should not be scrapped just like that. While, BSP Chief Mayawati said that the matter has to be discussed before taking any decision on the same. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and DCW Chairperson Barkha Shukla applauded Gandhi and said that in Nirbhaya case too, the juvenile was the cruelest and so the change in the act would be a welcome step. Meanwhile, NFIW General Secretary Annie Raja said that criminalizing the whole juvenile category is a foolish idea. Jul 14, 2014

Paid News case: Ashok Chavan gets EC notice, politicos react

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The Election Commission's show- cause notice to former CM of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan in the paid news case met with varied reactions from leaders of different political parties. On one hand, Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena stated that he welcomes the decision as it sends out a clear message to everyone that corruption will not be spared. While on the other hand, Naresh Agarwal of the SP was of the opinion that strict action should be taken against the media, which sometimes forces leaders to pay for the news to be published. Majid Memon said that this was a quasi- judicial procedure and it was too early to accuse Ashok Chavan for any offense. Jul 14, 2014

Politicos demand answer and govt investigation on Ved Pratap Vaidik's meet with Hafiz Saeed

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday demanded answer and investigation by the government over Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Congress leader Rashid Alvi sad NCP leader Majid Memon said that Vaidik should tell everybody what he talked about. Meanwhile, BSP Chief Mayawati and other political leaders too said that he should be answerable on the issue and that government should investigate the matter. Jul 14, 2014