Syria jihadists free 4 Lebanese soldiers

Four soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in the east of Lebanon nearly a month ago were freed late Saturday by the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda. Duration: 01:09 Aug 31, 2014

Precious time of Neurosurgeons wasted due to demand for presence in court

Mussoorie, Aug 31 (ANI): Strong plea not to demand the presence of neurosurgeons by the courts in the country and make them physically present to give their evidence was made at the National Conference of Neurotrauma Society of India. Speaking at the 23rd annual national conference of the Neurotrauma Society of India in Mussoorie, Doctor VS Mehta a former head of neurosciences at the All India Institute of Medical Science and presently a Director at the Paras Hospital in Gurgaon asked for alternative method to do away this problem. Aug 31, 2014

Crop damage, landslides aggrieve farmers in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Aug 31 (ANI): Farmers in Urni village of Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh are facing tense situations due to crop damage and landslides. The apple growers in tribal district suffered huge losses as over 4000 plants were uprooted. The district administration of Kinnaur is trying to maintain normal traffic for the people through the Old Hindustan Tibet road as main national Highway is blocked. The latest heavy rains have caused landslides and floods in many parts of India and Nepal, where at least 90 people have been killed since August 14. Aug 31, 2014

Tara Shahdeo Case: Police raids Ranjit Kohli s residence, recovers 36 SIM cards and 15 phones

Ranchi, Aug 31 (ANI): Ranchi police on Sunday raided the residence of Ranjit Kohli alias Rakibul Hussain in Tara Shahdeo Case wherein the husband in question allegedly tried to convert wife's religion after marriage. SSP Prabhat Kumar said that the police seized 36 SIM cards, 15 mobile phones, 4 printers, 1 Pen Drive and a wedding CD from Kohli's residence. The police also seized two air shooting guns and documents related to court. Kholi is currently on three days police remand though he continues to deny the charge. Aug 31, 2014

Mridula Sinha takes oath as governor of Goa

Panaji, Aug 31 (ANI): Mridula Sinha on Sunday took oath as governor of Goa and pledged to abide by her duties and to work for the welfare of the people of Goa and that state itself. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah administered the oath of office to Sinha. Her appointment came following he resignation of BV Wanchoo. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and other dignitaries were also present at Raj Bhawan for the event. Following the oath taking ceremony, Sinha also received the guard of honour. Aug 31, 2014

At least 8 dead in road accident in Rajasthan, several injured

Pali, Aug 31 (ANI): At least eight people were dead and several others injured in a road accident in Pali district of Rajasthan on Sunday. The injured have been admitted to a hospital and treatment is going on. The accident took place on the Mandia by-pass near Pali, some 300 km from Jaipur. The bus carried pilgrims from Utharada village in Salumber tehsil of Udaipur district. A case has been filed against the driver of the bus and the cause of the accident is being investigated, police said. Aug 31, 2014

Environment minister says confidence of investors in India has improved

Jaipur, Aug 31 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said that investors' confidence in the domestic market has improved in wake of lumbering economy registering its fastest growth in two-and-a-half years for the quarter ending in June. Gross domestic product grew a faster-than-expected 5.7 percent year-on-year, a government data showed, sharply higher than a provisional 4.6 percent expansion in the previous three months. Javadekar said the government has provided facility to investors to apply on-line for environment clearance to ensure transparency and cut red- tape. Aug 31, 2014

Politicos react over tense situation in Pakistan

New Delhi, Aug 31 (ANI): Political leaders on Sunday reacted over the tense situation in Pakistan's capital Islamabad where over 300 people were injured in clashes between Pakistani police and protesters outside the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence, demanding his resignation. Congress leader Salman Khurshid said New Delhi couldn't do much to ensure peace in Pakistan. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, feared that Pakistan could emerge as a theocratic state, posing danger of India. Meanwhile, former Indian Diplomat, Naresh Chandra, said that crisis would considerably weaken the Pakistani government, giving army a free hand to run the government. Aug 31, 2014

Girls take part in boat race in Kashmir

Srinagar, Aug 31 (ANI): Kashmiri girls shined at National Dragon Boat Race Championship and impressed selectors with their hidden talent in Srinagar. The four-day championship was organized by sports council in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir armed police along with different non-government organizations to boost water sports in world famous Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. Participants, hailing from different cities like New Delhi and Punjab, were divided in twelve teams. Girls stole the show by exhibiting their talents in this competition. She said such events encourage girls to pursue water sports. Organizer of the tournament Bilquis Mir said more girls should come out and join such events to get acceptance. Aug 31, 2014

People in Mumbai and Delhi welcome slashing of petrol price

Mumbai/ Delhi, Aug 31 (ANI): People in Mumbai and Delhi have welcomed the slashing of petrol prices by Rs 1.82 per liter saying that the move has provided some much needed relief to the common people. Petrol prices were slashed by Rs 1.82 per litre starting Saturday midnight whereas the price of diesel has gone up by 50 paise. This is the third time that the petrol prices have been lowered in this month, attributed to falling price of petrol in international oil market. Aug 31, 2014