1. This isn’t a parody: These Indians have already taken the Rice Bucket Challenge – a ‘Desi …
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-08-25 at 10:01:00

    The Rice Bucket Challenge in India is now gaining momentum on Facebook and Indians are already taking the challenge.

    23322 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 22987 retweets and 130 favorites
    50 shares and 53 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  2. Introducing India’s rice bucket challenge
    Published by Times of India on 2014-08-25 at 13:22:06

    Unlike the ice bucket challenge, which requires the participant to dump a bucket of cold water over their head, the rice bucket challenge asks that participants simply donate a bucket of rice to somebody in need.

    23149 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 21932 retweets and 199 favorites
    401 shares and 410 likes on Facebook
    11 Google+ Shares, 72 plus ones and 11 reshares
    11 shares on LinkedIn

  3. Meerut couple adopts 12 HIV positive kids abandoned by their families
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-08-25 at 09:26:56

    Ajay Sharma aims to continue his crusade. He hopes to grow his family and buy a bigger house where he can keep at least 50 children.

    1548 Shares
    96 twitter shares, 1385 retweets and 36 favorites
    23 shares and 8 likes on Facebook

  4. Watch: Put all Alia Bhatt jokes to rest now. …
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-08-25 at 09:35:48

    Alia Bhatt takes on all her haters in this hilarious video where she makes fun of her IQ.

    1168 Shares
    53 twitter shares, 675 retweets and 50 favorites
    143 shares and 243 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  5. BJP’s Mission Kashmir
    Published by Indian Express on 2014-08-25 at 01:18:53

    Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu marks his party’s optimism about a first assembly election victory in the state, thanks to Lok Sabha poll performance in Jammu and Ladakh regions and sustained efforts at polarisation.

    1085 Shares
    10 shares and 14 likes on Facebook
    7 Google+ Shares, 949 plus ones and 104 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  6. Supreme Court cancels all coal block allocations since 1992
    Published by Times of India on 2014-08-25 at 14:26:26

    The SC said allocations were arbitrary and done in non-transparent manner. However, the SC allowed coal block allocations to ultra mega power projects to continue.

    974 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 771 retweets and 13 favorites
    67 shares and 21 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  7. India will give befitting reply to Pakistan: Amit Shah
    Published by Times of India on 2014-08-25 at 13:15:36

    India will give a ‘befitting reply’ to the repeated ceasefire violations in Jammu & Kashmir by Pakistan, BJP president Amit Shah said today.

    894 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 715 retweets and 16 favorites
    34 shares and 24 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  8. India is second largest flower producer after China
    Published by Headlines Today on 2014-08-25 at 15:28:46

    Indiaâ??s â??flower powerâ?? continues to bloom with the country emerging as the second largest grower of flowers around the world, surpassed only by China.

    647 Shares
    57 shares and 589 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  9. Bihar By-Elections: Lalu-Nitish Win 6 Out of 10 Seats
    Published by NDTV on 2014-08-25 at 15:30:34

    Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar have turned their once-famous rivalry into a friendship with very real benefits. They have won six of the 10 assembly seats that were decided today.

    621 Shares
    57 twitter shares, 326 retweets and 17 favorites
    99 shares and 120 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones

  10. Karnataka bypoll results: Congress wins 2 seats; BJP wins 1, faces shocking defeat in Bellary
    Published by IBNLive on 2014-08-25 at 11:41:56

    The Congress has retained Chikkodi-Sadalaga assembly seat.

    576 Shares
    53 twitter shares, 481 retweets and 27 favorites
    13 shares and 2 likes on Facebook

  11. India Will Give Fitting Reply To Pakistan, Says Amit Shah in Jammu and Kashmir
    Published by NDTV on 2014-08-25 at 16:31:00

    BJP president Amit Shah today said the Narendra Modi government and the Indian army would give a befitting reply to shelling from Pakistan along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

    537 Shares
    63 twitter shares, 420 retweets and 38 favorites
    12 shares and 2 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  12. Major Fire at Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, 25 Fire Engines Rushed to Spot
    Published by NDTV on 2014-08-25 at 16:20:24

    A massive fire has broken out at Kinari Bazar area in Chandi Chowk in New Delhi.

    508 Shares
    37 twitter shares, 441 retweets and 16 favorites
    12 shares and 2 likes on Facebook

  13. Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit’s meeting with Rajnath Singh suggests she may resign soon
    Published by Times of India on 2014-08-25 at 13:55:47

    Amid reports that she may be shunted out of Kerala, governor Sheila Dikshit on Monday met home minister Rajnath Singh.

    484 Shares
    51 twitter shares, 382 retweets and 9 favorites
    34 shares and 8 likes on Facebook

  14. An open door for those in search of moksha
    Published by The Hindu on 2014-08-25 at 04:14:39

    In one of the many narrow bylanes of this historic city is a special home where people come to die so that they can attain ‘moksha’ or salvation. “For over six decades now, thousands of people fro…

    445 Shares
    24 twitter shares, 8 retweets and 4 favorites
    77 shares and 332 likes on Facebook

  15. Judges’ reports reveal Manipur’s AFSPA scars
    Published by The Hindu on 2014-08-25 at 11:08:08

    Details of crimes committed by Army and CRPF add impetus to the cry for justice

    435 Shares
    20 twitter shares, 4 retweets
    148 shares and 258 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  16. Secularism must be for all: N. Ram
    Published by The Hindu on 2014-08-25 at 04:01:24

    Secularism belongs to all faiths and social sections and to both sexes and there can be no discrimination against anyone on grounds of religion, caste, race, ethnicity, language and gender, N. Ram,…

    402 Shares
    36 twitter shares, 124 retweets and 15 favorites
    46 shares and 181 likes on Facebook

  17. Top 7 hidden gems which can return up to 64%
    Published by Economic Times on 2014-08-25 at 12:44:30

    Strong cues from the US and rising inflows from foreign institutional investors (FIIs) pushed benchmark indices to record highs today.

    370 Shares
    272 shares and 19 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 6 plus ones and 3 reshares
    50 views on StumbleUpon

  18. India May Explore Oil in Disputed South China Sea
    Published by NDTV on 2014-08-25 at 16:32:57

    India is assessing whether to explore oil in five blocks in the South China sea, on the invitation of Vietnam, a crucial and strategically located south east Asian friend, the ministry of external aff…

    344 Shares
    27 twitter shares, 294 retweets and 8 favorites
    12 shares and 2 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  19. Smoke Billows Into Delhi Sky, As Officials say Fire is Under Control
    Published by NDTV on 2014-08-25 at 13:02:29

    A fire broke out on Monday on the first floor of a building in Delhi’s Connaught Place area, an official said.

    329 Shares
    24 twitter shares, 272 retweets and 13 favorites
    14 shares and 6 likes on Facebook

  20. RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance wins 6 seats in Bihar, Nitish says Modi’s popularity on wane
    Published by Times of India on 2014-08-25 at 17:04:05

    RJD has emerged as major gainer from the tie up with JD(U) and Congress. Nitish Kumar said that the people would no longer be influenced by the divisive politics.

    326 Shares
    74 twitter shares, 201 retweets and 16 favorites
    32 shares and 3 likes on Facebook

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