Opposition slams government over Pak High Commissioner meeting with Kashmiri Separatist leaders

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Leaders of the Opposition parties on Monday slammed the government for allowing the meeting between Pakistan High Commissioner and Kashmiri Separatist leaders. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that, when in Opposition, BJP used to make a huge noise over anything related to Pakistan but now they are quiet. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the government should intervene and warn the Pakistan High Commissioner not to hold such meetings at a time when the Foreign Secretaries of both countries are about to meet. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that such meetings should not happen and government should take care of these matters. Aug 18, 2014

Separatist leader says no controversy should be raised over meeting with Pak envoy

New Delhi, Aug 18 (ANI): Kashmir’s Separatist leader belonging to JKDFP Shabbir Shah on Monday defended the meeting of Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit with the leaders. Shah said that no controversy should be raised over their meeting as they share a good relation with both India and Pakistan and they should be allowed to hold talks with their friends. Shah also said that such meetings used to take place during UPA rule too, so Congress should not raise its voice against it. Aug 18, 2014

Villagers complain of no aid as monsoon flood hit various parts of India

Cooch Behar/Gonda, Aug 18 (ANI): Villagers complained of no aid by the officials as monsoon floods hit various districts of India and wrecked havoc disrupting normal life. Due to the heavy torrential rains in Bhutan and Nepal, several districts of north Bengal and parts of northern Uttar Pradesh have been mainly affected. In Malda district of north Bengal, the flow of Fulahar River is in extreme danger level. Acres of farmlands covered with crops are lost due to incessant rain in Malda district. Similar chaotic situations also hover in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh, where heavy monsoon rains since August 15 has brought normal life to a standstill. Aug 18, 2014

Court sends suspected Pakistan agent to judicial custody

Meerut, Aug 18 (ANI): A court in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh has sent suspected agent of ISI of Pakistan to judicial custody. The State Special Task Force arrested Asif Ali on Saturday (August 16) in Meerut. Ali is indicted of transferring primary information about the Indian Army to the ISI. Public Prosecutor, Samar Bahadur Yadav, confirmed the court’s order. Ali was working as a cover at a shop in the city. He worked as a messenger and collected information related to the Indian Army and transferred money to his Pakistani associates. The STF team also recovered a laptop from Ali, which if connected to the internet, could hack information. Aug 18, 2014

Talking software JAWS help visually impaired students become computer savvy in Kanpur

Kanpur, Aug 18 (ANI): A school in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh has taken the initiative to teach computers to visually challenged students through talking software, which can help them become computer savvy. Software called JAWS (Job Access with Speech) is a computer screen reader programme that allows visually-impaired people to read the screen with the help of text-to-speech output. The students of ‘Kanpur Anddh Vidyalaya Junior High School’ are excited to use the software that enables them to cross the barriers imposed upon them by nature. The school currently has more than 80 visually-challenged students who are learning computers and can opt for either English or Hindi language. Aug 18, 2014

Kurds advance on key Iraq dam, Sunnis hit jihadists

Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes pushed back jihadists around Iraq's largest dam on Sunday, as Sunni Arab tribesmen and security forces fought the militants west of Baghdad. Duration: 01:26 Aug 17, 2014

Analysts outline Scotland's referendum issues

Scottish voters face many key issues in trying to decide whether or not to split from the United Kingdom in September's referendum. Analysts from the University of Edinburgh, outline issues which may be causing indecision. Duration: 01:56 Aug 17, 2014

China fishes for growth with world's largest aquarium

A giant 63-metre blue whale shark statue towers over the world's largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth. Duration: 00:46 Aug 17, 2014

Telangana CM defends state survey, says no misuse possible of the same

Hyderabad, Aug 17 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday defended the state survey and said that no misuse of the same is possible in any way. He said that there are columns asking for account number and other things which are not essentially required and people who don’t wish to give the same are not forced to do the same. Rao said that the data will be in public domain and no buying and selling is possible of the same and the information can not be used for any wrong purpose. Aug 17, 2014

Organic products in demand

Uttarakhand, Aug 17 (ANI): Health consciousness is growing among people. This has led to an increase in demand for organic and natural food products across the globe, including India. Currently, the market for organic foods in India is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 20-22 per cent. And, it is expected to grow from $ 57.2 billion in 2010 to $ 104.5 billion in 2015. The industry is now encouraging farmers to take up organic farming and cultivate premium-priced and health-oriented crops. Let alone food products, the organic products market is expanding in sectors such as clothing, beauty and home interiors like wall paints. It sure has a healthy future in the Indian market. Aug 17, 2014