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  • "India should not have cancelled talks" : Nawaz Sharif
    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said India should not have cancelled the foreign Secretary-level talks, insisting that there was "nothing new" in consulting Kashmiri leaders ahead of a dialogue. "We had been talking to the Kashmiri leaders in the past whenever Pakistan-India talks are held. This is nothing new as we have to seek the opinion of the Kashmiri leaders on an issue that concerns them the most," Sharif told reporters on board his aircraft while returning home from the 18th SAARC summit .Sharif said Pakistan desires a "meaningful" dialogue to resolve all issues, including the Kashmir dispute.  (News Reports)
    52  minutes ago
  • "J&K leaders indulging in graft, emotional blackmail" : Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that the development of Jammu and Kashmir has been stagnant since the last 30 years and leaders here "indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail".Addressing a rally for the BJP here ahead of the second phase of polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said there have been a dozen prime ministers in India but none has had the opportunity to visit Jammu and Kashmir as much as he has had."I decided to spend Diwali with the flood-affected people here. My decision was not for politics, nor was it for gathering votes...," he said.He added: "What has not happened in 30 years, if I do not do it in five years, then you can hold me accountable for it and even question me." "Development has been stuck in Jammu and Kashmir for 30 years. Leaders from ruling and opposition parties indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail.""We have to work towards the valley's development.. and I need your help in doing it," he said. (IANS)
    57  minutes ago
  • UN-backed summit to promote 'Swachh Bharat' drive
    Prominent leaders of all major faiths in India as well as political leaders and celebrities will gather here Saturday for a summit, where they will ask their followers to embrace the spirit of "Swachh Bharat" campaign, among other things.The two-day WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Summit, on the banks of the Ganga, will be inaugurated by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat."After extensive dialogue, the leaders will state their personal pledges and resolve to take the message of WASH to their congregations and followers, embracing the spirit of 'Swachh Bharat' campaign so that homes and communities across India can have improved access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene," the organisers said in a statement on Friday. Over 200 dignitaries, including yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Unicef Representative to India Louis George Arsenault, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and faith leaders from the US, Europe, Australia and Africa, will also attend the event. The UN has laid great emphasis on WASH both in its Millennium Development Goals of 2000-2015 as well as its upcoming Sustainable Development Goals. This is the first time that faith leaders have come together in an alliance to support the UN missions.  (IANS)
    2014-11-28 04:09:53 PM
  • Gunfight in Jammu hours ahead of Modi's arrival
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that the development of Jammu and Kashmir has been stagnant since the last 30 years and leaders "indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail".Addressing a rally for the BJP here ahead of the second phase of polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said there have been a dozen prime ministers in India but none has had the opportunity to visit Jammu and Kashmir as much as he has had."I decided to spend Diwali with the flood-affected people here. My decision was not for politics, nor was it for gathering votes...," he said.He added: "What has not happened in 30 years, if I do not do it in five years, then you can hold me accountable for it and even question me.""Development has been stuck in Jammu and Kashmir for 30 years. Leaders from ruling and opposition parties indulge in corruption and emotional blackmail.""We have to work towards the valley's development.. and I need your help in doing it," he said. (IANS)
    2014-11-28 04:07:25 PM
  • Modi Arrives in Jammu
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday arrived in this Jammu and Kashmir winter capital for a day-long BJP poll campaign.A special plane carrying Modi landed at the technical area of Jammu airport around noon."He has taken off for Udhampur town in a helicopter where he is scheduled to address a BJP election rally. He is also addressing another rally in Poonch district later today," BJP sources said in Jammu.Both Udhampur and Poonch districts with three assembly constituencies each are going to polls on Dec 2 in the second phase of the five-phase state assembly elections.(IANS)
    2014-11-28 01:08:03 PM
  • Lok Sabha passes bill increasing list of SC communities
    The Lok Sabha Thursday passed a constitutional amendment bill to add more communities to the existing list of scheduled castes in many states.The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was passed by a voice vote.The bill adds communities in the list of scheduled castes in the states of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Tripura. It removes the Majhi community from the list in Sikkim.Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said the amendment was necessary for betterment of lives of many people belonging to scheduled castes.Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav urged the minister to include names of more communities from Uttar Pradesh like Kahar, Rajbhar and Prajapati in the list."Some of these communities are already availing reservation in states like Madhya Pradesh and other neighbouring states," he said.RJDs Rajesh Ranjan said there is maximum corruption in schemes meant for the poor and the scheduled caste/tribes and the government should try and address this. (IANS)
    2014-11-28 01:06:35 PM
  • Gunfight in Jammu hours ahead of Modi's arrival
    Heavy firing exchanges between the security forces and a militant started on Friday morning near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jammu. A group of heavily-armed militants infiltrated into the Indian sideat Arnia in Jammu district Thursday. The security forces took them on and four militants were killed.A total of 10 people, including four civilians, were killed in this operation in the R.S. Pura area on Thursday.Sources said the lone surviving militant is presumed to be firing Friday from an abandoned army bunker in Pind Khote village of the R.S. Pura area.A senior police officer said the operation to nab the militant is on going and heavy firing is underway.Police also said another body was found during an search of the area. Modi is scheduled to arrive here around Friday noon to address election rallies before the second phase of assembly elections to be held on Dec 2. (IANS)
    2014-11-28 01:04:49 PM
  • Chacko made Delhi in charge of Congress
     Congress president Sonia Gandhi appointed P.C. Chacko in-charge of Delhi in place of Shakeel Ahmad, the party announced on Thursday.
    2014-11-28 10:15:18 AM
  • Modi returns after Nepal visit
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned late Thursday night after a three-day visit to Nepal.In Nepal, he held bilateral talks with the Nepali leadership during which some agreements were inked. He also attended the two-day 18th SAARC Summit that concluded on Thursday.He attended a banquet dinner hosted by Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav before emplaning for New Delhi.
    2014-11-28 10:05:56 AM
  • Eight dead as Jammu gunfight ends
    A fierce gun battle between the security forces and militants near the international border in Jammu and Kashmir ended Thursday afternoon, killing eight people, including three civilians and an army soldier, police said .Four guerrillas were also killed in the gunfight in Jammu district's Arnia area, police said. The exchange of fire ended around 3 p.m.Three civilians were killed by guerrillas after they infiltrated into the Indian side of the international border on Thursday morning, a police officer said."The group of militants comprising seven to eight fired at a civilian vehicle after they infiltrated into the Indian side in Arnia area of Jammu district. The driver and two occupants of the vehicle were killed in this incident after which the militants entered an abandoned army bunker in Pind Khote village," he said.Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the attack "can't be a coincidence" and that he condoled the death of the soldier. "The timing of the attack in Arnia can't be a coincidence. My condolences to the family of the army officer killed in Arnia," Abdullah wrote on his Twitter handle.Abdullah said all check posts along the national highway in Jammu and other sensitive locations have been placed on high alert.(IANS)
    2014-11-27 04:17:11 PM
  • Centre favours Adani Group: Trinamool
    The Trinamool Congress Thursday accused the central government of crony capitalism and questioned the State Bank of India's grant of a loan to the Adani Group for a mining project in Australia."SBI has pledged to lend Rs.6,000 crore to Adani Group," Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien said, raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha during zero hour."This is the largest loan given by any Indian bank. State Bank has pledged to lend Rs.6,000 crore but they have signed MoU for Rs.200 crore," O'Brien said."They denied giving funds because they said coal mining in Australia is in structural decline and they said coal prices are falling by 50 percent for the last three years and it will continue to fall. They also gave some environmental reasons, I do not want to get into that." "This gentleman (Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani) was with the PM (prime minister) everyday through his trip in US...through those meetings there in Brisbane he was there," he said.(IANS)  
    2014-11-27 04:03:44 PM
  • India launches e-visa facility for 43 nations
    With the launch of electronic visa (e-visa) facility on Thursday, tourists from 43 countries can apply for Indian visa in four simple steps.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma launched the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVOA) service enabled with electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme.Tourists from countries like Brazil, Cambodia, Kenya, Oman, Singapore, Norway, Thailand, among others can avail this facility.This visa will allow entry of the tourists into India within 30 days from the date of approval of ETA and will be valid for 30 days stay in India from the date of arrival in India.The tourists will be allowed to enter and depart from nine international airports - Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.Tourists availing this facility would be able to go for usual sightseeing and recreational activities. The tourism ministry has included facilities like short duration medical visit and casual business visit with e-visa. (IANS)
    2014-11-27 03:30:39 PM
  • Congress again disrupts Rajya Sabha over Hyderabad airport
    The Congress Today raised the issue of renaming Hyderabad airport again in the Rajya Sabha, forcing several adjournments.A few questions were taken up during the question hour even as Congress members protested near the chairman's podium.Raising the issue as soon as the house met at 11 a.m., Congress leader Hanumantha Rao accused the BJP led government at the Centre for taking "political advantage".Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said "The issue was raised yesterday (Wednesday), it was responded to by the finance minister (Arun Jaitley).If you want to raise the issue again, come with proper notice."Agitated Congress members, however, trooped near the chairman's podium raising slogans, forcing the chair to adjourn the house for 10 minutes.When the house met again, zero hour resumed. However, as soon as the question hour began at 12 noon, Congress members were on their feet again, protesting over the issue.Chairman M. Hamid Ansari tried to take up the question hour. However, as Congress members raised slogans near the chairman's podium, the house was adjourned for 10 minutes again.The scene was the same when the house reassembled. After taking some questions amid the protests, the chairman adjourned the house till 2 p.m.
    2014-11-27 03:09:29 PM
  • Trinamool MPs use black shawls for black money protest
    Trinamool MPs are resorting to novel ideas as far as protesting inside the Lok Sabha is concerned. As soon as the house commenced its proceedings Thursday, Trinamools members entered draped in black shawls and raised slogans on bringing back the black money stashed abroad.On Tuesday, the party members used black umbrellas to protest on the issue but were warned by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who threatened them with disciplinary action.As the Trinamool Congress members raised slogans Thursday, Mahajan ignored them and proceeded with the question hour.Unlike on earlier occasions, however, the Trinamool members did not disrupt the proceedings.The Lok Sabha began discussing the black money issue On Wednesday.
    2014-11-27 03:06:12 PM
  • Maharashtra CM wants Shiv Sena to be part of the Govt
    Devendra Fadnavis 1) "shiv Sena is a part of NDA at the Centre, we have decided it should also be a part of Maharashtra govt" 2) "Both BJP , Shiv Sena feel they should run government, will begin talks tomorrow " 3) "Discussions on alliance with Shiv Sena will start from tomorrow, we are hopeful of a positive decision"
    2014-11-27 02:37:24 PM
  • Akali Dal, BJP to contest Punjab civic polls jointly
    Despite the recent barbs of their leaders against one another, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will jointly contest the forthcoming civic elections in Punjab, party officials said .Akali Dal general secretary Harcharan Bains said both parties decided to jointly contest the elections "as per the existing arrangement"."Both parties also decided to set up district level coordination committees for any local adjustments and for streamlining the election campaign process," Bains said.In a reference to the recent reports of differences between them, both the parties in a joint resolution said they would give "a befitting response to the mischievous, baseless and motivated propaganda misinformation campaign".The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma and other senior leaders from both sides.The Akali Dal and the BJP have been running an alliance government in Punjab since 2007. Differences have been reported between both parties in recent months over certain issues.  (IANS)  
    2014-11-27 12:41:28 PM
  • Congress challenges constitutional validity of Fadnavis government
    The Congress' Maharashtra unit Wednesday moved Bombay High Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government and seeking its dismissal.Former minister M. Naseem Khan filed a writ petition before the court questioning the constitutional validity of the nearly month-old government and terming it as "illegal".Khan said that the vote of confidence in the assembly Nov 12 was passed by a voice vote."Nobody knows how many MLAs (legislators) voted in favour of the government or against it in the voice vote. Our stand is that this remains a minority government which does not enjoy the confidence of the house and must be dismissed immediately," he contended. (IANS)  
    2014-11-27 10:52:08 AM
  • Anoop Mishra to be new Lok Sabha secretary general
    Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer Anoop Mishra has been appointed as the new secretary-general of the Lok Sabha.Mishra, a 1978 batch officer, will have the rank and status of the cabinet secretary. His appointment would take effect from Dec 1, an official said.An accomplished civil servant, Mishra has held several important positions at both the central and in the Uttar Pradesh government.He was the chief secretary, Uttar Pradesh for one year with the overall responsibility of the state administration, superintendence of law and order and developmental and infrastructure schemes in the state.In the central government, he held, among others, the position of joint secretary, cabinet secretariat, with the responsibility of the strategic ministries like home, defence, external affairs, atomic energy and space.Mishra also worked as the minister (economic) at Indian embassy in Washington for three years where he was responsible for bilateral economic relations and coordination with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. (IANS)
    2014-11-27 10:06:55 AM
  • Modi to campaign in Jammu on Friday
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address election rallies in Jammu on Friday ahead of the second phase of J&K polls on 2nd Decmeber.BJP sources here said Modi will address poll rallies in Udhampur and Poonch districts of Jammu region.More than 40,000 people came to hear Modi in the mountainous Kishtwar town Nov 22 before the first phase of assembly elections Nov 25. Areas going to poll in phase 2 are Surankote, Mendhar and Poonch Haveli constituencies in Poonch district, Ramnagar, Chenani and Udhampur in Udhampur district and Gulabgarh, Reasi, and Gool Arnas in Reasi district .In the Kashmir Valley, the constituencies going to poll include Devsar, Noorabad, Homeshalibugh and Kulgam in Kulgam district and Handwara, Kupwara, Karnah, Lolab and Langate in Kupwara district.(IANS)  
    2014-11-27 09:19:54 AM
  • "High voter turnout success of democracy" : Omar
    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and working president of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah Wednesday said the high voter turnout in the state assembly polls is a success of democracy.He filed his nomination papers for the Sonawar assembly constituency in Srinagar district Wednesday. "High turnout in voting yesterday (Tuesday) is success of democracy, but we should wait for all election phases we should not give it hype sitting in studios. People on the ground know how tough it is," he told media persons after filing his papers.(IANS)
    2014-11-26 05:39:49 PM


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