Fifteen killed in encounter between two Maoist groups in Jharkhand

Palamu, Aug 10 (ANI): Fifteen people were killed in an encounter between two rebel groups in Palamu district of Jharkhand. The outfits were Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M) and a group that splintered itself from the party, Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC). Members of the Communist Party of India-Maoist were allegedly angry regarding a previous incident where their party members were killed by the TPC and wanted to take revenge regarding the same. The incident took place at Koudia village under Vishrampur police station limits, when the TPC members were resting at a villager, Ramchandra Sav's residence, and the Communist Party of India-Maoist members came and killed them. Aug 10, 2014

Anandiben Patel ties rakhi to Gujarat Governor OP Kohli

Gandhinagar, Aug 10 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Sunday tied a rakhi to Gujarat Governor OP Kohli on the occasion of Rakshbandhan, which is being celebrated across the country. The first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat also tied rakhis to specially-abled children in Gandhinagar. President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari have also extended their wishes to the people of the country on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. Aug 10, 2014

Supporter of PM suffers due to cease of pension by UP government

Varanasi, Aug 10 (ANI): A supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Virbhadra Nishad complained of non-payment of pension to old people in Uttar Pradesh. The government of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh has stopped provision of pension to the old people after BJP won in the state. Virbhadra Nishad, a boatman, was one of the people who proposed Modi's nomination from temple town Varanasi for the general elections. He was also a constant supporter of the nationalist leader during the elections. However, Nishad complained that the state government of Samajwadi Party has ceased to pay due amount of pension despite him suffering from critical health conditions. Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson in Uttar Pradesh, Ashok Pandey, said his party will definitely provide the required help to Nishad. Aug 10, 2014

Floods in Odisha kill 37, water level of flooded river recedes

Bargarh, Aug 10 (ANI): Official in Odisha said that water level of flooded Mahanadi river has receded even though the death toll reached 37. However, the flood situation in Bargarh district remained grim as the back water of Hirakud dam entered five villages. The district administration has evacuated 1300 people from these villages. Meanwhile, Special Relief Commissioner, Pradipta Mahapatra, said there will be very little rainfall in catchment area of Mahanadi river and they have reduced the number of gates to 24 in the reservoir. People have died in Odisha since rivers burst their banks, inundating villages and farmland and forcing around 60,000 people to seek refuge in relief camps. Mahapatra also added 37 people have died due to floods and free kitchen service is being provided to people in the relief camps. Aug 10, 2014

Handloom sector provides employment to many women in Manipur

Manipur, Aug 10 (ANI): These women come together every day to learn traditional hand embroidery under the guidance of Ranjana Devi, who runs the popular Ranjana Emporium. At present, 20 women are undergoing training at the work shed at Wangkhei Thambalkhong and produce bed sheets, pillow covers, curtains, sarees and other clothes.After completion oftraining, the students can either continue working at the emporium or work from home. Aug 10, 2014

Ukrainian border guards attacked, fresh shelling for Donetsk

Ukrainian border guards stationed in a town split between Ukraine and Russia describe how their base has come under attack, killing 13. Donetsk faced fresh shelling Saturday, as fighting between government troops rebels continued. Duration: 01:06 Aug 9, 2014

Politicos on Narendra Modis speech at National Council meet

New Delhi, Aug 9 (ANI): Politicos on Saturday reacted over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at National Council meet. While addressing BJP workers during the National Council meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that what BJP achieved in past 60 days the Congress could not in last 60 years. Modi had also said that Amit Shah was the ‘man of the match’ of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and Rajnath Singh was the ‘captain of the team’. Modi credited party workers for the historic win in the general elections and said that the government needs to function in order to fulfill people’s expectations. Aug 9, 2014

Rakhis with Modis pictures sell like hotcakes in Ludhiana

Ludhiana, Aug 09 (ANI): With just one day left for Rakshabandhan, sacred threads displaying miniature pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi gain popularity and sell like hot cakes in Punjab. Women and young girls in Ludhiana city thronged shops selling sacred threads known as 'rakhis' that are available in different colours and varieties. The rakhis showing Modi waving his left hand and a small lotus in the background are gaining popularity, a sure sign that after winning the elections this year, he is much in demand. According to a buyer, the immense faith people have in Modi is the reason behind the skyrocketing sales of Modi rakhis. Aug 9, 2014

Modi govt tells Telangana to hand over law and order to governor, Deputy CM reacts

Hyderabad, Aug 09 (ANI): The Telangana government is heading for a confrontation with the Centre over the latter’s decision to hand over law and order to the Governor in Hyderabad. Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Md Mahmood Ali on Saturday said that it is not right for the central government to say Telangana government to hand over law and order, a state subject, to the Governor. Aug 9, 2014

Director General of Police reviews security measures in red corridor of Odisha

Bhubaneshwar. Aug 09 (ANI): Director General of Police, Sanjeev Marik, visited Malkangiri district in Odisha on Saturday to review the security measures and suggest new strategies for anti-Maoist operations in the area. Marik met the chiefs of Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to discuss new strategies. Marik is a recently appointed DGP and after taking over this responsibility this was his first visit to Odisha. He said that they are trying to analyze their weaknesses and strengths so that strategies could be set accordingly to intensify anti Maoist operations. The strategy of Maoists is that they operate in two-three states at the same time. Maoists commit a crime in one zone and shift their base to another so that there is no pressure on them. Aug 9, 2014

Odisha continues to reel under harsh conditions as flooded rivers refuse to recede

Bargarh, Aug 09 (ANI): The flood situation in Odisha remained grim as several rivers continued to flow above the danger mark due to incessant rainfall. Head of a village Panchayat Sudhir Pradhan said that the government does not take any concrete steps and they have to face this situation time and again. More than 35 people have died in Odisha since rivers burst their banks, inundating villages and farmland and forcing around 60,000 people to seek refuge in relief camps. Meanwhile, a flood victim, Manorama, said that due to the rising water in their area, they had to rush to a safer place. Aug 9, 2014