Amarnath Yatra enters last leg as 'Chari Mubarak' leaves for Amarnath

Srinagar, Aug 6 (ANI): The Amarnath Yatra entered its last leg as 'Chari Mubarak', the holy mace of Lord Shiva, today left for the 3,880 meter high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir. Meanwhile, lakhs of pilgrims have paid obeisance to the ice-lingam.The saffron-robed mace was taken from its 'Dashnami Akhara' abode at Budshah Chowk here to Pahalgam by a group of priests and pilgrims led by its custodian Mahant Deependra Giri. The Chari Mubarak will be offered prayers at various temples en route to Pahalgam, which serves as the traditional base camp for the annual pilgrimage. Aug 6, 2014

Suspension of government officials over borewell incident sparks protest in Karnataka

Bagalkot, Aug 6 (ANI): Officials of Panchayat Development Office protested against suspension of their colleagues on charges of negligence over falling of a six-year-old boy in a borewell in Karnataka on Wednesday. The boy, Thimanna, had fallen into an open borewell at a farm in Bagalkot district of the province on Sunday. The employees of Panchayat (village body) Development Office sat outside the office of Superintendent of Police and demanded that charges should be taken back. Aug 6, 2014

There were no charges against me: IOA General Secretary Rajeev Mehta

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Indian Olympic Association (IOA) General Secretary Rajeev Mehta, who was arrested in Glasgow on charges of alleged drunken driving, on Wednesday said that there were no charges against him. He was on his way back home after returning from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. On August 3, Scotland Police had arrested Mehta for driving in a drunken state while wrestling referee Virender Malik was booked for sexual assault but the charges were later dropped against them. Aug 6, 2014

10 Indian nurses reach Kochi from strife-torn Libya

Kochi, Aug 6 (ANI): Another batch of 10 Indian nurses from Libya arrived on Wednesday by a special flight, a day after 44 nurses reached Kochi from the strife- torn country. Apart from taking a slew of measures to facilitate the departure of Indians in Libya, which is witnessing increased violence, the Ministry has issued number of advisories asking the Indians to leave the conflict-hit country and not to travel there. Aug 6, 2014

Narayan Rane withdraws resignation, politicos react

New Delhi/ Nagpur, Aug 6 (ANI): The BJP took a dig at Congressman Narayan Rane, who on Tuesday back-tracked and withdrew his resignation from the Maharashtra Cabinet after publicly criticizing the party leadership and the Chief Minister. The Congress and the NCP however, said that Rane_s decision would strengthen the state cabinet. Aug 6, 2014

Veteran cartoonist Pran passes away at 75

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Veteran cartoonist and creator of the iconic characters, _Chacha Chaudhary_, _Billu_, _Sabu_, _Pinki_, Pran passed away today in New Delhi after reportedly suffering from cancer. His creations included unconventional yet beloved characters like _Chacha Chaudhary_ and _Saboo_ that captured the imagination of thousands of Indian children. The 75-year-old artist was one of India_s best known cartoonists and also received a lifetime achievement award in 2001. Aug 6, 2014

Cattle smuggler from Bangladesh killed in gun battle in West Bengal

South Dinajpur, Aug 6 (ANI): A Bangladeshi national, allegedly a cattle smuggler, was killed by the BSF in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal. Raju Mandal, a resident of Jaipurhut district in Bangladesh, was killed on Tuesday at Mathurapure area of Indo-Bangladesh border in the district. The incident occurred when around 25-30 Bangladeshi smugglers, who entered India from a temporary fencing area, tried to cross over to India with more than 100 cattle. The BSF personnel tried stopping them, but were instead attacked. As a result, the BSF fired eight rounds of Pump Action Gun (PAG) which injured Mandal, who was declared dead at a hospital. After the incident, the BSF and three Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) officers rushed to the spot and held a flag meeting, where the BGB accepted the deceased as a citizen of their country. Aug 6, 2014

Rescue operation continues to take out six-year-old boy from borewell in Karnataka

Bagalkot, Aug 6 (ANI): Deputy Commissioner of Bagalkot district in Karnataka, PA Meghannavar, said the rescue operations of a six-year-old boy from a bore well will take few more days. Speaking to media persons, Meghannavar said that they are yet to dig over 110 feet as the child is stuck at 160 feet. He added that he can_t find any movement of the child inside the well but assured it was because there was no food or energy for the child. Authorities have intensified the rescue operations to save the six-year-old boy, who accidentally fell into a borewell in his father_s farm on Sunday. Aug 6, 2014

18 missing, 22 rescued as boat capsizes in Varanasi

Varanasi, Aug 6 (ANI): In a tragic incident in Varanasi, a boat drowned into river Ganges on Tuesday. The District Magistrate (DM) Pranjal Yadav, informed that 40 people were on board in which 22 people have been rescued and 18 are still missing. The boat had headed from Varanasi_s Betawar village and sunk in Rohinia region. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals for medical treatment. Aug 6, 2014

ISI creating sectarian strife in Gilgit

Gilgit Baltistan, August 6, 2014: Pakistan_s notorious spy agency ISI is creating a deep wedge amongst the Shias and Sunnis in Gilgit Baltistan, wherein no rule of law prevails there, and people are picked up and killed at will. ISI has a nefarious plan to create unrest in the region, to disunite the locals here so that no nationalist forces can come together against Pakistan. Aug 6, 2014

Congress asks government to explain the hurry to introduce insurance bill

New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Congress leader Anand Sharma has said the ruling BJP government must explain why they are in a hurry to introduce the insurance amendment bill. The government was to table the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill in the upper house of the Parliament on Monday (August 04) but it was removed from the business list after they failed to gain cooperation from the opposition in passing the bill. The proposal, which requires the approval of both houses of the Parliament, would bring foreign investment worth up to $2 billion into the sector within a year of its implementation. Addressing a news conference in New Delhi, Sharma, who is also the deputy leader of opposition in the upper house, said the BJP government needs to be more patient regarding the controversial bill. Aug 6, 2014