Gay and lesbian couples have happier children: Study

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): A new study has found that kids who have two moms or dads are happier than the ones who have a mom and dad as parents. University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents, with a total of 500 kids, and found that children of such parents beat the general population by 6 percent in terms of health and family cohesion, a leading daily reported. Lead researcher Simon Crouch, who himself is parent to two children with his male partner, said the study was a measure that analysed how well the families got along, and it seemed that same-sex-parent families and their kids did really well, which had positive impacts on child health. Jul 14, 2014

Beyonce, Jay-Z attend couple therapy online post cheating rumors

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Beyonce and Jay-Z are allegedly having online marriage counseling, while being on their 'On the Run' tour together, after cheating rumors. The duo was having online and Skype sessions with a therapist, in order to maintain a strong relationship and their bordering-on-pornographic PDA on stage recently showed that it might be working for them, a leading publication reported. A source said that the couple have known their therapist for a long time and were trying to have weekly sessions just to keep communication open and make sure there were no misunderstandings. It's about maintenance rather than trying to fix anything hugely wrong, therefore they both were happy and their daughter, Blue Ivy, remains their absolute priority. Jul 14, 2014

Israeli air strikes continue in Gaza, India stage protest over ongoing killings

Gaza/ Srinagar, July 14 (ANI): Residents inspected heavy damage to several buildings and a mosque in the Gaza Strip on Monday and residents took refuge in UNRWA-run schools after Israeli air strikes on the coastal territory continues. Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage despite having balked at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. A U.N. aid agency said around a quarter of Beit Lahiya's 70,000 residents fled, fearing Israeli attacks which, according to Gaza officials, have killed more than 166 people, most of them non-combatants, since the cross-border shelling war began. Jul 14, 2014

Lok Sabha passes TRAI Amendment Bill even as Congress stages walkout

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): The TRAI Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday even as the Congress staged a walkout protesting against it. The Bill seeks to remove a legal hurdle in appointment of former chairman of telecom regulatory body Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to the Prime Minister. The BJP defended the amendment saying it is based on merits while the Congress criticised the government for showing undue haste in bringing a person specific law. The TMC, NCP and the BSP supported the amendment. Jul 14, 2014

Gadkari says will use global technologies in transport and reduce import

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that planning is going on to use global technologies in transport and reduce fuel import in India. He added that economy needs to be stabilized and said that soon India will be using technology of international standards. Jul 14, 2014

Soccer fans in India celebrate Germany_s World Cup win

Kolkata/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Panaji/ New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Indian soccer lovers broke into impromptu street dance to celebrate Germany_s victory over Argentina in a pulsating FIFA World Cup final where they became the first European nation to lift the trophy in the South American continent. Germany fans across India rejoiced on Monday as they watched their team crowned world champions after a world class Mario Goetze volley in extra time fired Germany to a fourth World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Argentina leaving the South Americans and their captain Lionel Messi heartbroken. After watching the trophy ceremony, Germany fans across India emerged ready to party into the night. Soccer fans in Kolkata celebrated Germany_s triumph by bursting crackers and dancing on the streets. Jul 14, 2014

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