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Obama set to be chief guest at India's R-Day

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Nov 21 : Signifying a renewal of the India-US strategic partnership, President Barack Obama has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to join India's Republic Day celebrations as chief guest in January.


Supreme Court notice on BJP plea on foreign funding

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central government and the Election Commission on a BJP plea challenging the Delhi High Court order that the contribution to its coffers by the Indian subsidiary of the UK-based Vedanta Resources amounted to foreign contribution.


Majority in India's northeast want BCIM economic corridor: Survey

Guwahati, Nov 21 : A vast majority of informed people in northeast India feel the Bangladesh China India Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor will benefit the region's economy and help it tackle its endemic insurgency by providing viable livelihoods, a new survey has found.


SC notice to Centre on dropping German in Kendriya Vidyalayas

New Delhi, Nov. Nov 21 : The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on replacing German with Sanskrit as a third language in the centrally run Kendriya Vidyalayas in the mid-session of the current academic year.


After 800 years, a proud Hindu ruling Delhi: Ashok Singhal

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The World Hindu Congress Friday saw exhortations on the potential of "Bharat" to provide "direction" to the world with VHP leader Ashok Singhal expressing pride over the Narendra Modi government assuming office at the Centre, saying it was the first time in 800 years that a "swabhimani" (proud) Hindu was holding the reins of power in Delhi.


'Nawaz and Modi should meet on sidelines of Saarc'

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The prime ministers of India and Pakistan should meet on the sidelines of the forthcoming Saarc summit in Nepal to resume bilateral talks between the two countries, foreign policy experts from India and Pakistan demanded at a conference here Friday.


Modi invites Obama to be 2015 R-Day chief guest

New Delhi, Nov 21 : In a major sign of deepening India-US ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday invited US President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at the Jan 26, 2015 Republic Day parade.


Speaker to hold all-party meeting Saturday

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will hold an all-party meeting Saturday on the eve of the winter session of parliament to ensure a smooth run.


INS Vikrant fades into history

By Quaid Najmi, Mumbai, Nov 21 : India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which was built for the British Royal Navy as HMS Hercules in 1943 and which saw action during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, is being finally broken up after a glorious history of 71 years.


Railways to get policy for development issues

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The Indian Railways will ready a road map and a guiding policy in the next two-and-half months on development-related issues during the next 10-15 years, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said Friday.


India must address issue of nanoparticles: French scientist

Kolkata, Nov 21 : A French scientist Friday cautioned India that it needs to pay attention to the disposal of lab-synthesised nanoparticles -- an important area of research -- as they might pose environmental and health hazards.


India to host 11th conference on population, development

New Delhi, Nov 21 : India will host the 11th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development in Delhi Nov 25-26 to promote cooperation on reproductive health and development.


Rallies cancelled in Jharkhand due to Modi campaign: Congress

Ranchi, Nov 21 : The Congress in Jharkhand Friday alleged that six rallies of the party were cancelled due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state during the day.


100 religious leaders to attend Jama Masjid ceremony

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Over 100 religious leaders from India and abroad will Saturday attend a ceremony at the Jama Masjid here when the son of Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari will be anointed the Naib Imam of the 17th century mosque.


India being looked at with renewed respect, enthusiasm: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 21 : In a report card to citizens on his 10-day, three-nation visit during which he met 38 world leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said this country of 1.25 billion people was being looked at with renewed respect and enthusiasm today, even as its counsel that black money must be curbed since it promotes terror and destabilises world peace has created a strong global resonance.


I didn't think of becoming popular: Francis Ford Coppola

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Francis Ford Coppola, director of highly acclaimed "The Godfather" triology, says he never intended to be a popular Hollywood director.


INS Vikrant being broken up

Mumbai, Nov 21 : India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, which saw action during the 1971 India-Pakistan war but has now been decommissioned, is finally being broken up.


R.K. Dutta takes over 2G spectrum probe

New Delhi, Nov 21 : A day after CBI director Ranjit Sinha recused himself from the investigation and prosecution of the 2G spectrum allocation case following a Supreme Court order, Additional Director R.K. Dutta Friday took charge of the probe.


Black money promotes terror, says Modi

New Delhi, Nov 21 : India has convinced world leaders that black money needs to be fought as it promotes terrorism and destabilizes world peace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday.


Expenditure Management Commission to submit sugestions soon: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The Expenditure Management Commission (EMC) tasked with suggesting ways to reduce subsidies will submit its recommendations soon, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday.


Issuance of driving licenses to be computerised: Gadkari

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said Friday that a new computerised system would soon be put in place to curb the menace of fake driving licenses, an issue encompassing 30 percent of the drivers in the country.


Tripura government reduces tax on aviation fuel

Agartala, Nov 21 : The Tripura government Friday reduced the value-added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) by four percent, a minister here said, following a request from the central government.


Jammu and Kashmir - Facts at a glance

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The five-phase assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir begins Nov 25.


Opulence, Sufi music to ring in Mulayam's 75 years

By Mohit Dubey, Lucknow, Nov 21 : A mammoth special fresh fruit cake, a Victorian era buggy flown in from London, flowers from the Netherlands, and Sufi music by the Sabri brothers are set to ring in style the 75th birthday of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Saturday.


Mangalyaan among Time magazine's 25 best innovations of 2014

New York, Nov 21 : India's Mars mission Mangalyaan, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been listed among 25 best innovations of 2014 by Time magazine.


'Underperformer' Dhir was not getting a ticket, claims AAP

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday attempted to downplay M.S. Dhir's decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying there was a very bleak possibility of his winning the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls.


AAP leaders Dhir, Harish Khanna join BJP

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : In a major setback to the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) before the Delhi Assembly polls, senior party leaders M.S. Dhir and Harish Khanna on Friday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


PM Modi urges Jharkhand voters to ensure clear majority for BJP

Chandwa (Jharkhand), Nov. 21 : Promising to work for the development of Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his second rally on Friday, asked voters of the poll-bound state to ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweeps to power in the state with a clear majority.


Recollections of a Communicator

New Delhi, Nov.21 Twenty years ago this month, I spent a fortnight in the United States as a delegate to the United Nations trying to convince as many diplomats and media persons as possible that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was near normal, and the state would participate in the national and assembly elections.


PM Modi targets JMM, says vote for BJP to change Jharkhand's destiny

Daltonganj, Nov. 21 : Launching a frontal attack on the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the people to eliminate dynastic politics and vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to change the state's destiny.


PM Modi 'touched' by affection of expatriate Indian community

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he had been touched by the affection accorded to him by the expatriate Indian community during his recently concluded 10-day trip to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, adding that he will leave no stone unturned in creating the India of their dreams.


India placed the issue of existence and repatriation of black money at G-20, says PM Modi

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that India placed the issue of existence and repatriation of black money at the recently concluded G-20 Summit, expressing his satisfaction over the official communique of the summit reflecting the same.


All set for India's first high speed train

Agra, Nov 21 : The decks have been cleared for the launch of India's first high speed train that will link New Delhi and the Taj city of Agra -- in 105 minutes.


All set for India's first high speed train

Agra, Nov 21 : The decks have been cleared for the launch of India's first high speed train that will link New Delhi and the Taj city of Agra -- in 105 minutes.


Courage over adversity: Cancer bravehearts to run Half Marathon

By Anjali Madan, New Delhi, Nov 21 : Young bravehearts who have overcome cancer now want to run in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon here Sunday and spread the message of triumph of courage over adversity.


Many French people interested in Indian movies: French producer

By Natalia Ningthoujam, Panaji, Nov 21 : Indian films like "Chennai Express" and "Gangs of Wasseypur" have wowed the moviegoers in France in the past and independent French producer Deborah Benattar says people of her country want to see more movies made in India.


100 religious leaders to attend Jama Masjid ceremony

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Over 100 religious leaders from India and abroad will Saturday attend a ceremony at the Jama Masjid here when the son of Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari will be anointed the Naib Imam of the 17th century mosque.


Issuance of driving licenses to be computerised: Gadkari

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said Friday that a new computerised system would soon be put in place to curb the menace of fake driving licenses, an issue encompassing 30 percent of the drivers in the country.


Mathura-Vrindavan area cleanup ordered

By Brij Khandelwal, Mathura, Nov 21 : Local officials in the sprawling Braj region, visited by millions of Hindus for its association with the life of Lord Krishna, have been told to ensure cleanliness in the vicinity of major temples and pilgrim spots.


Vote to end dynastic politics: Modi in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Nov 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday appealed to the electorate to end dynasty politics and corruption in Jharkhand, saying it will pave way for development in the state.


Must end child labour to create more jobs: Kailash Satyarthi

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Nobel laureate and child rights crusader Kailash Satyarthi Friday said children working as labourers needed to be rescued and rehabilitated to tackle the rising unemployment rate globally.


Let upper age of civil services aspirants remain: CPI-M

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The CPI-M Friday urged the government not to reduce the upper age limit and the number of attempts by applicants for the civil services examinations.


BJP did not keep promises to Kashmir flood victims: Sonia

Srinagar, Nov 21 : The BJP did not fulfil promises of relief and rehabilitation made to people of Kashmir after recent floods, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Friday.


Diaspora must be part of India's development: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The Indian diaspora must be a part of the country's development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday, a day after ending a visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.


World is looking at India with great respect: Modi

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The world is looking at India with renewed respect and immense enthusiasm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday, a day after he ended a visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.


No bond stronger than that between two democracies, says PM Modi

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that there is no bond that is stronger than that which is between two democracies, adding that the honour of his addressing the Parliaments of Australia and Fiji, a first for any Indian Prime Minister, was accorded to him to due to the respect that the nation has in the world.


The world is looking at India with renewed respect and immense enthusiasm, says PM Modi

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that during his recently concluded 10-day trip to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, he noticed that the world is looking at India with renewed respect and immense enthusiasm.


Quakes hit India's northeast

Agartala/Aizawl, Nov 21 : Three earthquakes, one of moderate intensity, hit India's northeastern region Thursday night and Friday, an official said. There are no reports of casualties or damage to property.


PM Modi wishes Gujarat CM on her birthday

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished good health and a long life to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on her 73rd birthday.


Abolish the term 'Shahi', petitioners plead to HC in Imam Bukhari case

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : Petitioners in the case against Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari have asked the Delhi High Court to abolish the term 'Shahi', adding that in a democratic country, the phrase has no significance.


India gives qualified nod to Afghan reconciliation moves

By Arul Louis, United Nations, Nov 21 : India has given a qualified nod to Afghanistan's reconciliation moves towards the Taliban, provided it is "transparent, led by the Afghan government" and respects the nation's constitution.


Satellite images showcase Indian, Chinese delta

Kolkata, Nov 21 : Marrying art and science, a unique exhibition of digital prints here showcases how landscapes change in the deltaic regions of China and India through the use of Google Maps satellite images.


SC's verdict will deter the future CBI directors from misusing their post: Swamy

New Delhi, Nov. 21 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision of removing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha from overseeing the 2G scam case, adding that the apex court's decision will deter future directors from misusing their post.


SC notice on BJP plea on its foreign funding

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central government and the election commission on a BJP plea challenging the Delhi High Court order that the contribution to its coffers by the Indian subsidiary of an overseas-based company amounted to foreign contribution.


Cabinet approves 3 major power projects

New Delhi, Nov 21 : The Union cabinet Thursday approved three major projects for the power sector, the power ministry said in a statement here.


Cabinet approves signing SAARC deal for regional power grid

New Delhi, Nov 20 : Ahead of the SAARC summit next week to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the cabinet Thursday approved signing of the framework agreement for setting up a regional power grid.


Apex court directs CBI chief to step aside from 2G case

New Delhi, Nov 20 : Suspecting the conduct of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Ranjit Sinha, the Supreme Court Thursday asked him to withdraw from the 2G telecom spectrum allocation case, but also said this was not a stricture against the premier probe agency.


Cabinet approves signing of Saarc Regional Railways Agreement

New Delhi, Nov 20 : The cabinet Thursday approved the signing and ratification of the Saarc Regional Railways Agreement by India, as a member state of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation which will enable better connectivity in the region, an official statement said here.


Scholarship for children from leprosy-affected families

New Delhi, Nov 20 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and WHO goodwill ambassador for leprosy eradication Yohei Sasakawa Thursday announced a scholarship worth $100,000 a year for the education of children from leprosy-affected families.


Cabinet clears Saarc motor vehicles agreement

New Delhi, Nov 20 : In a boost to regional connectivity, the union cabinet Thursday approved the signing of the Saarc motor vehicles agreement and a bilateral deal between India and Nepal for regulation of passenger traffic.


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