Even as mankind reels under horrifying terrorist attacks the world over, there are certain pockets on planet Earth that still offer peace and quiet. The Institute of Economics annually produces the Global Peace Index that assesses the levels of peace in 163 independent states and territories. It takes
Bengaluru, July 24 (ANI): Condemning the Chikmagalur attack on a Dalit family by the members of Bajrang Dal over rumours of cooking beef, Karnataka's Urban Development Minister R. Roshan Baig on Sunday said the state will not tolerate moral policing in the name of religion. "The Dalits are beaten up by the so called Bajrang Dal activists in the name of 'gau raksha samiti'. The Government of Karnataka is very firm, we will not tolerate any moral policing," said Baig.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Following the arrest of yet another Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA on charges of allegedly threatening a woman, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a fresh wave of attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of being behind the arrest. The Delhi Police Commissioner (South East) confirmed the news to ANI about the arrest of the AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan. "Just in - Modi ji arrests one more AAP MLA," tweeted Kejriwal.
Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was set to compete in the 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics, has tested positive for a banned steroid, the national anti-doping agency (NADA) told Reuters on Sunday. Both of the 26-year-old's samples from an out-of-competition test returned positive and the wrestler has attended a hearing to present his case before an anti-doping disciplinary panel on Saturday. The panel had asked NADA for further details and should return with a verdict within one week, NADA Director General Navin Agarwal said by telephone.
Srinagar (J-K), July 24 (ANI): In an endeavour to tackle the ongoing crisis in the Kashmir Valley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today met political leaders and interacted with the civil society members on the second day of his visit to Srinagar. With significant parts of the valley remaining under curfew-like restrictions, Singh met National Conference leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah, BJP leaders and civil society members. Singh, who landed in Kashmir yesterday, interacted with the delegations representing diverse sections of people.
Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Bowing to a recent Supreme Court order, Mumbai Cricket Association President Sharad Pawar on Sunday announced his decision to quit the post within six months. The 75-year-old Pawar -- ranked amongst the finest cricket administrators in the world and having earlier headed BCCI and the ICC -- said he honoured the apex court verdict putting an upper age limit of 70 for cricket administrators. During my tenure in BCCI and MCA, many things were accomplished in support of cricket.
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) For the bold, beautiful and ambitious women of Afghanistan, patriarchy in society has not deterred them from being successful entrepreneurs amid the darkness of terror in which the country lives. Hasina Aimaq, in her 20s, is yet to finish her graduation at Kabul University and is the owner of a handicrafts company. Hasina proudly calls herself the executive director of 'Hasina Design', which employs more than 20 people, mostly women.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to set a world record on his way to win a gold medal at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz in Poland on Saturday. Neeraj, who hails from Khandra village of Panipat, logged a throw of 86.48m to become the first Indian athlete to win gold at any world athletics championship. The 18-year-old Indian athlete kicked off his first round with a throw of 79.66m that put him in second place before he bounced back strongly to post the world record in his second attempt.
Kathmandu, July 24 (ANI): Nepal's Prime Minister, K.P. Sharma Oli, who is facing certain defeat in today's no-confidence motion against him in Parliament, is going all out to trigger a constitutional crisis in order to prolong his stay in office. The beleaguered Prime Minister is claiming that the new Constitution is silent on procedures for formation of a new government if the incumbent is pulled down by way of a no-confidence motion. Oli, who until recently was offering the Prime Ministership to Pushpa Kamal Dahal, commonly known as Prachanda, the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), in order to 'ensure Left unity' when the Maoist leader first withdrew support, and more recently made overtures to Ram Chandra Paudel (who recently lost the Nepali Congress Presidential contest to Sher Bahadur Deuba) to remain in government, is clearly having double standards with regard to Constitutional provisions.
New Delhi, July 25 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Yadav who was booked in connection with the alleged Malerkotla sacrilege incident earlier on June 24 was arrested by the Punjab Police on Sunday. Before being arrested, Yadav in a press conference said whenever he was called by the police, he went and answered all the questions. "Today, suddenly they came after getting arrest warrant from the court.
Mumbai, July 24 (ANI): Pardeep Narwal produced a remarkable performance as Patna Pirates booked their place in the semi-finals of the fourth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League with a 31-28 win over Puneri Paltan here at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium last evening. It is for the fourth consecutive time that Patna have made it to the semi finals. Patna Pirates are now top of the table with 47 points from 12 games whereas Puneri Paltan are now fifth with 32 points from 12 games.
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Dutee Chand is sprinting hard and she has her aim set -- the coveted gold medal at the Rio Olympics where she would compete in the 100-metre event, the first Indian woman to do so in 36 years. Dutee has brought her chequered career back on track by clinching Olympic qualification earlier this month with a national record. This 20-year-old from Odisha is now aiming to do what no Indian athlete has managed so far -- win a gold medal at 'the greatest show on earth'.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatulla Khan who was earlier today arrested on charges of threatening a woman, was sent to one-day police custody on Sunday. Complainant Vimla Ahuja alleged that the MLA from Okhla threatened her with rape and murder when the former visited his house to complain about electricity problem in her area. Following the incident, Ahuja registerd an FIR under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 509 and 506 against Khan in the Jamia Nagar Police Station earlier on July 19.
Srinagar, July 24 (ANI): Life continued to move at a sluggish pace as curfew and restrictions remained in force across several parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the 16th consecutive day, in view of continuous shut down call by separatists and prevailing law and order situation. Barring BSNL post paid landline, mobile and broadband internet services, all private mobile telephone services continue to remain suspended. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a two-day visit to review overall situation in Kashmir, has said all required measures will be taken to bring back normalcy in the valley.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): After Rio-bound wrestler Narsingh Yadav tested positive for a banned substance, fellow Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar has said respect is something that was earned, not demanded. The report of his 'A' sample test came out positive. Later, he was called for his 'B' sample test, which also returned positive.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who marked his return to Test cricket with four wickets against West Indies in the first Test in Antigua, has described `hard work` as his key to success, while adding that he is feeling up to the mark at the moment. Shami, along with Umesh Yadav, tore apart West Indies' batting line-up as the Caribbean side were bundled out for 243 in their first innings before being asked to follow on. Today, I felt I bowled the same manner that I used to," Shami was quoted as saying by BCCI.tv.
Hajipur (Bihar), July 24 (ANI): Government Railway Police (GRP) on Sunday arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLC Tunnaji Pandey and also slapped an FIR against him for allegedly molesting a teenage girl on-board a train. Hajipur Government Railway Police, officer in-charge Sanjay Singh said the BJP MLC was arrested on the basis of a written complaint by father of the girl. "The minor girl was sleeping in a train berth and Tunna ji tried and molested her.
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will on Tuesday meet his counterparts in states to discuss proposed amendments to the GST Bill that has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, an official source here said. Jaitley met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the weekend, and has been earlier meeting Congress party leaders to garner support for the proposed pan-India Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST Bill is likely to be listed for discussion in the Rajya Sabha following Jaitley's consultations with the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Rubbishing reports of Narsingh Yadav testing positive for a banned steroid, his coach Jamal Singh on Sunday alleged it to be a conspiracy against the Rio Olympics-bound wrestler. Jamal said that Narsingh has always been honest, adding he has never consumed any banned drug. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted a random dope test on Narsingh on July 5 at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) regional centre in Sonepat.
Mumbai, July 24 (ANI): Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that he would step down after six months as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president following the Supreme Court's ruling on age cap of 70 years for cricket administrators. Addressing a press conference here after the meeting of the managing committee of Mumbai Cricket Association, Pawar, who has been both International Cricket Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India chief, said, "I will be the happiest to retire because Supreme Court has said that above 70, no one should continue. Secondly, the Supreme Court has said about nine years.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday fired a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the arrest of its MLA Amanatullah Khan shows the Centre's hatred towards Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. AAP leader Dilip Pandey said the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre is not able to confront its opponents politically, adding that this is the reason for the ruling dispensation to resort to such lows. "When he (PM Modi) is not able to address his opponents politically, they resort to such lows.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Asserting that they took action against Dayashankar Singh for using foul language against Mayawati, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday questioned the BSP supremo as to why had she not done the same against her party members, who were using equally objectionable language towards the expelled party leader's wife and daughter. Speaking to ANI here, BJP leader Nalin Kohli stated that when Dayashankar used inappropriate language for Mayawati, their senior most leaders, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, immediately expressed regret.
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has flunked a dope test for a banned steroid and his Rio Olympics accreditation has been withheld by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), it was announced here on Sunday. The Sports Ministry confirmed that a wrestler had failed a dope test but it did not name Narsingh, who booked the Rio berth after claiming a bronze medal in the 74 kg category at the World Championships in Las Vegas last year. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted a random dope test on Yadav on July 5 at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Northern Regional Centre in Bahalgarh near Sonepat, Haryana.
Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), July 24 (ANI): Asserting that the Centre needs to re-establish faith and trust with the people of the Kashmir Valley, the Congress Party today set three issues before the government that needs to be fixed with utmost priority to find a solution to the tense situation in the state. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said it is the Centre's direct responsibility to fix the situation as they are also part of the state government in Jammu and Kashmir. Talking about the third point of concern, the Congress leader stated the Centre needs to tackle the problem of unemployment, which at time is the root of many problems in the valley.