Prosecution of Under-18 Rape Accused as Adults Righteous?

Amid mixed reactions from political parties and child rights groups, Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi has decided to amend the Juvenile Justice Act to prosecute the under-18 rape accused as adults. Jul 14, 2014

Ram Naik on being appointed as Uttar Pradesh Governor

Mumbai, July 14 (ANI): After being appointed as the new governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik on Monday spoke to media persons in Mumbai. President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday appointed new governors for Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland. Jul 14, 2014

Hindus and Muslims come together to promote peace and harmony at Mata Katyayani Temple in Kashmir

Kashmir, July 14 (ANI): Being the land of natural beauty, Kashmir is also famous for its culture and religious influences, which has given birth to an ethos that celebrates seamless co-existence. The Kashmiri society has been a microcosm, reflecting the essence of this beautiful synthesis. This cultural ethos is known as Kashmiriyat. The temple of Mata Katyayni in Kulgam reflects this essence of ethos which is still being kept alive in the region. Recently a 'mahayagna' or fire ritual was organised in the shrine where both Hindus as well as Muslims participated enthusiastically. Jul 14, 2014

Carving industry of Midnapur in West Bengal: Perfect example of communal ethos

Midnapur, July 14 (ANI): Midnapur located in India's eastern state of West Bengal, is famous for its arts and crafts industry. One such industry which is famous for its craftsmanship and exclusivity is the teak wood carving industry. The industry employs large number of artisans belonging to different communities, who work together, presenting the ethos of harmony and brotherhood. Jul 14, 2014

Narendra Modi leaves Berlin to attend BRICS summit at Brazil

Berlin, July 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday left for Brazil to attend the five nations BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit after a brief halt in Berlin. Modi was welcomed by Indian Ambassador to Germany, Vijay Gokhale, and other dignitaries upon his arrival in the country on Sunday. The sixth BRICS summit will be held in Fortaleza and Brasilia on July 15 and July 16. It will be Modi's first multilateral meeting after assuming office. India would endorse the need for U.N. Security Council reform at the BRICS summit. The BRICS members are all developing nations distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional and global affairs. Jul 14, 2014

Baloch diaspora blames Pakistan for human rights violations in Balochitan

Geneva, July 14: Shouting slogans to make the world aware of growing human rights violations in Balochistan. On June 25, representatives of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), a nationalist party, held a demonstration outside the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Joined by Baloch Diaspora from other European countries, they opposed the ongoing military operation in Balochistan and rising incidents of enforced disappearances of political leaders and educated youth by Pakistan's spy agencies. BRP president Brahamdagh Bugti sought international intervention to stop the genocide in Balochistan. The Baloch blames Pakistan for forcefully occupying their territory since 1948. Pakistan's biggest yet least populated province, Balochistan shares its borders with Afghanistan and Iran and has rich mineral reserves. Pakistani security agencies are indulging in enforced disappearances and killings of Baloch intellectuals to keep control over the territory. However, the Baloch are fighting to seek independence from its occupiers and want an end to colonial rule. Jul 14, 2014

Bangladesh students form human chain to protest Israeli attacks on Palestine

Dhaka, July 14 (ANI): Students in Bangladesh formed a human chain on Monday to protest Israel’s air strikes in Gaza, which killed at least 160 people and forced thousands to flee. Students along with members of Dhaka University took to streets and shouted slogans against Israeli attacks. On Sunday, the Israeli military warned the residents of the northern border town of Beit Lahiya to leave or risk their lives when, after nightfall, it planned to intensify air strikes against suspected Palestinian rocket launchers among civilian homes. Meanwhile, one of the protesting students in Dhaka, Mohammad Ruhul Amin, urged the government to take a tough stand against Israel. Jul 14, 2014

Keshari Nath Tripathi on being appointed as West Bengal Governor

Allahabad, July 14 (ANI): After being appointed as new governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi on Monday said that the post of a governor is very high and that designation goes with the coordination of the state chief minister. He also said that there can be different opinions of the both but the function in any government has to surpass such differences. Jul 14, 2014

President announces appointment of new Governors for five states

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday appointed new governors for Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland. "Ram Naik appointed as governor of Uttar Pradesh, Balramji Dass Tandon appointed as governor of Chhattisgarh, Keshari Nath Tripathi appointed as governor of West Bengal and Om Prakash Kohli appointed as governor of Gujarat", a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said. "The above appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices," the release added. Jul 14, 2014

Five grass-root innovators get exposure at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The President's thrust to bring grass-root innovators in the country to the mainstream provided an opportunity to these five innovators to stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan for 20 days (July 1 to20). M. B. Avinash, Tenith Adithyaa, Manisha Mohan, Dharamveer Kamboj and Gurmail Singh Dhonsi – are among the first to get an exposure through the Innovation Scholars-in residence scheme launched by the President in December 11, 2013. The scheme aims to promote the spirit of innovation and giving further impetus to grassroots innovation activities. Meet Manisha Mohan, a fourth year student of Aeronautical Engineering, who has developed Society Harnessing Equipment (SHE), a device to safeguard women from acts of molestation, assault and sexual harassment. M B Avinash, a Ph. D. student at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bangalore, has developed a self-cleaning functional molecular material. Another young innovator is Tenith Adithyaa, a Class XI student from Madurai. He has invented a Banana Leaf Technology and Adjustable Electricity Extension Board. Jul 14, 2014