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  • India committed to strengthening ties with Myanmar: PM
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India was committed to strengthening its relations with Myanmar and called for greater connectivity between the two countries. Myanmar is "India's gateway to ASEAN", Modi told the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who called on him in New Delhi, an official release said. The prime minister reiterated India's commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Myanmar in all areas, including defence and security. He said a strong and prosperous Myanmar was in India's interest and expressed Delhi's support to Myanmar in its endeavours for national development. The prime minister said that he respected the desire of the people of Myanmar for a transition to a stable multi-party democracy, and conveyed his best wishes for the upcoming elections in Myanmar to be peaceful, free and fair. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:54:32 PM
  • Government focussed on youth-led development
    The Narendra Modi government is focussed on youth-led development of the country, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday. "The government firmly holds the view that the youth should be active drivers and not just passive recipients of the development process," Sonowal told the first Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers' meeting. "Facilitating youth participation at all levels of governance is one of the key objectives of the current national youth policy of India," he said. Sonowal said the participation of youth in the governance process was an article of faith for the government. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted youths to give suggestions on wide-ranging issues of governance. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:47:44 PM
  • Goa heading towards bankruptcy like Greece: Opposition
    Goa may become bankrupt like Greece if the BJP-led coalition government did not stop borrowing and curb unnecessary spending, opposition legislators warned on Wednesday. Speaking during the monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly, Independent legislator from Bicholim Naresh Sawal said, "Do not splurge like Greece. See what has happened to Greece. We should not go that way" adding that money was being spent on "unnecessary projects". Another Independent legislator Vijai Sardesai accused the government of making false promises on the one hand and spending money on non-essential projects on the other. He said that the Goa government was recklessly borrowing money and increasing the state debt as a result. "Our debt is heading towards Rs.15,000 crore. Stop wasting money on unnecessary projects opposed by the people. If we continue to spend like this the 'G' in Goa will be like the 'G' in Greece," Sardesai remarked. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:44:57 PM
  • Modi to address three rallies in Bihar next month
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address three 'parivartan' rallies (rallies for change) in Bihar next month to bolster BJP prospects in the coming assembly elections, party sources said in New Delhi on Wednesday. The rallies would be held at Gaya on August 9, Saharsa on August 19 and Bhagalpur on August 30. A Bharatiya Janata Party leader said the venues were chosen in such a manner that they covered about 10 adjoining districts of Bihar. Modi addressed a rally in Muzaffarpur in Bihar on July 25 and took digs at the leadership of Janata Dal-United and Rashtriya Janata Dal of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, respectively. The term of Bihar assembly will end in November this year. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:42:09 PM
  • Kejriwal congratulates Magsaysay winners Chaturvedi, Gupta
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday congratulated Anshu Gupta and Sanjiv Chaturvedi for wining the Magsaysay awards this year. "Congratulations Anshu and Sanjeev for Magsaysay award. V well deserved. God bless u," Kejriwal, who himself is a Ramon Magsaysay award winner, tweeted. Gupta, who runs a non-government organisation, got the award for social work, while Chaturvedi was chosen for his anti-corruption stance. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 05:38:35 PM

  • Top poll official to visit Bihar on August 7
    Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi, along with his team, will visit Bihar on August 7 to review preparations for the upcoming assembly polls, an official said here on Wednesdsay. The team would meet representatives of various political parties on August 7 and top officials to district-level officials on August 8 to make elaborate security plans for an error-free election process, the official added. The official said the dates of the elections would be announced after the meetings. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 02:40:38 PM
  • Jayalalithaa unwell, won't attend Kalam's last rites
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said she won't attend the funeral of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram on Thursday owing to "health condition". "I have great affection and respect for Abdul Kalam. I would like to attend his funeral and pay my respects to him. However, owing to my health condition I am not in a position to travel," she said in Chennai. Kalam's funeral will be held in Rameswaram, around 600 km from Chennai. Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam, Electricity Minister Natham R. Viswanathan, Housing Minister R. Vaithilingam and several other ministers will attend the funeral on behalf of the Tamil Nadu government. Jayalalithaa said as a mark of respect for Kalam, Thursday would be a public holiday in the state. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 10:18:15 AM
  • Kalam's body flown to Rameswaram from Delhi
    The mortal remains of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam were on Wednesday flown from Delhi to be taken to his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Several top leaders were present at the Palam airport, from where the body was flown out of Delhi in a C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The body of India's 'Missile Man' was brought in a gun carriage from his 10, Rajaji Marg residence. According to Defence Ministry Spokesperson Sitanshu Kar, the mortal remains will be flown to Madurai, from where a helicopter of the Indian Air Force will take it to Rameswaram in the afternoon. In Rameswaram, the body will be kept for people to pay homage till 7 p.m. The cremation will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 10:16:18 AM
  • Delhi government seeks contempt proceedings against ACB chief
    The Delhi government on Tuesday filed a plea in the high court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief M.K. Meena for allegedly violating the court's order by removing an officer of the anti-graft agency. The high court had earlier declined the plea of the Delhi government to restrain Joint Commissioner of Police Meena from working as the ACB chief. Meena had issued an order shunting out inspector Vinay Malik as station house officer (SHO) of the ACB, appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party government, and posted inspector Brij Mohan in his place. In its plea, the city government said it was constrained to file the contempt petition as Meena had willfully violated the court's June 29 order, which had asked the lt. governor-appointee ACB chief to act in "accordance with the law". Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 10:12:39 AM
  • EC mourns death of its first national icon
    The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday mourned the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who had become its first national icon for voter awareness and participation in 2010. "Since then, he had been championing the cause of greater participation for stronger democracy in the country. ECI is blessed to have him as inspirational mentor on several occasions including this year's National Voters' Day function on January 25, where he inspired us as the chief guest," said Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi. "He was always a guiding force for us and his death is an irreparable loss to the nation and hard to fill," he said.
    2015-07-29 10:08:25 AM

  • Congress, Trinamool, CPI-M for withdrawal of NDA's Land Bill
    The Congress, Trinamool Congress and CPI-M on Tuesday pitched for withdrawal of the NDA's land bill in a meeting called at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. "A meeting was convened at Pawar's Delhi residence. There is an indication from all non-BJP parties that they will come together on land bill. Trinamool and CPI-M are opposing the bill extensively, whereas Shiv Sena, NCP and YSR Congress are partially opposed to it," a senior Congress leader who attended the meeting, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said. "We are opposing the bill entirely," Trinamool leader Kalyan Banerjee said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 09:44:55 AM
  • Delhi government decides to remove ads
    As a mark of respect to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Delhi government on Tuesday decided to take off its advertisements from hoardings and on air. "The Delhi government instructs to remove displays/advertisements from outdoor sites as a mark of respect to the departed soul," said a government statement. It was not immediately clear when the advertisements would be back. Kalam died following cardiac arrest on Monday in Shillong while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management. He was 83. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 09:40:04 AM
  • India honours Kalam's wish for no holiday on his death
    In deference to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's wish that no holiday should be declared on his death, political leaders of different hues - as also the common people - worked through the day and paid their tributes by even working extra hours. "Don't declare a holiday on my death; instead work an extra day. This was his message," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on Tuesday, paying his tributes to Kalam at the state secretariat in Hyderabad. Naidu said since the former president was against declaring a holiday on his death, it was a working day in the southern state. The government of Andhra Pradesh also requested all educational institutions and government offices to function for an extra hour as a mark of respect for Kalam. The Telangana government, however, declared a holiday. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 09:38:24 AM
  • Pattnaik pays tribute to Kalam with sand sculpture
    Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Tuesday created a sand sculpture at Puri beach to pay tribute to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died following cardiac arrest in Meghalaya on Monday while delivering a lecture. He said Kalam had given him a cheque of Rs.3,000 from his personal account at that time to continue the art of making sand sculptures. The four-feet-high sand sculpture carries the message “Tribute to a Common Man, Missile Man, Bharat Ratna, People's President”. “He was the first president who had invited me to Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2005, when I was not famous. He encouraged me a lot to carry on the sand art,” said Pattnaik. Source: IANS
    2015-07-29 09:35:50 AM
  • President, PM lead nation in paying tributes to Kalam
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation on Tuesday in paying rich tributes to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam when his body arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The union cabinet met on Tuesday morning to pay tributes to Kalam, who died following cardiac arrest on Monday evening while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong. The two houses of parliament were adjourned for two days as a mark of respect to Kalam, who rose from humble beginnings to become one of India's leading scientists and later the "people's president". His last rites will be held in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu as per his family's wish. Kalam's body, wrapped in the Tricolour, arrived at the Palam technical area around 12.30 p.m. in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 06:02:19 PM

  • President, PM pay tributes to Kalam at airport
    President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid floral tributes to late former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam at the technical area of the IGI Airport in New Delhi. Among other leaders present at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport were Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. A special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane carrying Kalam's mortal remains in Delhi at around 12.30 p.m. "IAF's C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft carrying the mortal remains of Abdul Kalam arrives at Palam," defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted. A ceremonial guard of honour was accorded to the former president by army, navy and air force personnel. Delhi Police Commissioner B.S.Bassi was also present at the airport. Kalam's body would be kept at 10 Rajaji Marg for people to pay respects. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:41:43 PM
  • Parliament pays respect to Kalam, adjourned for two days
    Parliament was adjourned for two days on Tuesday as a mark of respect to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who died in Meghalaya on Monday. When the Lok Sabha met in the morning, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out a condolence message in which she said Kalam was a "real gem" of the country and a "sagacious statesman". The members then stood in silence for some time to pay their respects to the former president, following which the speaker adjourned the house for two days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda were among those present. The upper house was also adjourned for two days.  Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari said: "The country has lost a true son. His contributions to the nation as a man of technology, a teacher and a leader will be deeply cherished by a grateful nation."
    2015-07-28 02:37:05 PM
  • Kalam connected with country's development, welfare: Manik Sarkar
    Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying he had "intimately" connected himself with the country's development and welfare. "Kalam intimately connected himself with the development and welfare of the country and its citizens," Sarkar said in a statement. "Children and youth had a special place for Kalam," Sarkar added. The Tripura cabinet, at a pre-scheduled meeting, also mourned Kalam's death in Shillong on Monday. Leaders of various political parties in Tripura, including opposition Congress leader Sudip Roy Barman and Bharatiya Janata Party state president Sudhindra Dasgupta, also expressed their deep shock over Kalam's death. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:29:37 PM
  • Kerala assembly pays tribute to Kalam
    Kerala legislators on Tuesday paid tribute to late president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam exactly 10 years after he had addressed the state assembly. Exactly 10 years ago on this very day he was speaking to all of us, assembly speaker N. Sakthan said, adding: "He enlightened all of us then and before he left the premises he planted a sapling. It's standing in all glory." Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in Shillong on Monday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said: "He did perfect homework and gave a beautiful presentation, telling us what we should strive to achieve. The assembly discussed his directions and a resolution was passed." "Even after stepping down as president, he travelled the length and breadth of the country giving lectures. He is perhaps one person who travelled in a way which none of his predecessors did. He was simply a great man," Chandy said. Source: IANS
    2015-07-28 02:06:27 PM
  • Bihar CM slammed by BJP for taking all the credit
    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was slammed on Monday by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who alleged that the state CM can not take all the credit for good governance. The BJP alleged that an equal part was played in Bihar by the NDA over the past one decade and hence it deserves due credit. Nand Kishore Yadav, senior BJP leader, said "It’s very unfair on the part of the chief minister to walk away with sole credit for his government’s performance over two terms as the mandate was for NDA, of which BJP was an equal partner for seven and a half years". “It reflects a streak of betrayal in him (Kumar) as he has tried to walk away with sole credit for the government’s performance over the past one decade in which the BJP was an equal partner for three-forth of the two terms of the current government", he added. Source: News Reports
    2015-07-28 10:18:07 AM

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