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Young leaders from northeast gather in Delhi to discuss prospects for development

By Ipsita Panda, New Delhi, Oct. 25 : In order to highlight the rich prospects of development in the northeast and to discuss various issues concerning growth in the region, young leaders and achievers from the northeast recently came together in New Delhi.


NCC Cadets save lady from River Yamuna

New Delhi, Oct.25 : Brave Heart National Cadet Corps (NCC) of 2 Delhi Naval Unit of Delhi Directorate on Friday saved a middle aged woman who had jumped into the Yamuna River at about 11.30 a.m.


PM stresses on preventive health care to reduce bills

Mumbai, Oct 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday underlined the need to give importance to preventive health care with simple habits like washing hands among children to reduce the burden on the nation's health care systems.


Defence ministry clears Israeli anti-tank missile

New Delhi, Oct 25 : The defence ministry Saturday cleared a big ticket defence deal worth Rs.80,000 crore, which includes Israel's guided anti-tank missile Spike, sources said.


Schedule for Kashmir assembly election

Srinagar, Oct 25 : The following is the phase-wise schedule for the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir:


All parties except NC welcome Kashmir poll announcement

Jammu/Srinagar, Oct 25 : All mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of the regional National Conference (NC) Saturday welcomed the Election Commission's announcement to hold assembly elections on schedule.


Preventive health care should be given importance: Narendra Modi

Mumbai, Oct 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said preventive health care and lifestyle should be given importance as a way to keep healthy, while inaugurating the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital here.


Four shot at in Delhi rioting, 33 arrested

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Four people were shot at during a clash between two communities over a petty issue in east Delhi's Trilokpuri area, police said, adding that 33 people have been arrested.


Parties in Jharkhand gear up for assembly polls

Ranchi, Oct 25 : Following the announcement of the dates for the Jharkhand assembly polls, political parties here are gearing up for the election.


Owl Festival: A time to crack jokes in Varanasi

By Mohit Dubey, Varanasi, Oct 25 : Hundreds of thousands of people in this Hindu holy city - and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency - in Uttar Pradesh are eagerly looking forward to Sunday, to a time for cracking jokes on anything under the sun and merry making, when the annual "Uloo Mahotsava" (Owl Festival) takes place.


President launches stamp on Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist

New Delhi, Oct 25 : President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday released a commemorative postage stamp on Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer Anagarika Dharmapala.


Five-phase polls in Kashmir, Jharkhand; results Dec 23

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Five-phased assembly elections would be held in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, beginning Nov 25 and ending Dec 20. By-elections to three Delhi assembly constituencies would be held Nov 25. Counting for all the seats would be held Dec 23, the Election Commission announced Saturday.


Modi breaks ice with media, poses for selfies

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday broke the ice when he met journalists, shook hands with them and smiled for selfies.


Delhiites celebrate brother-sister bond

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Delhiites, like many across the country, Saturday celebrated "Bhai Dooj", a festival that marks the bond of love between brothers and sisters.


Writing about Clean India a service to nation: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday thanked the media for creating awareness about the Clean India Campaign, adding that the members of the fourth estate were doing a service to the nation by writing about it.


Gadkari, Fadnavis meet RSS chief ahead of Modi's arrival in Mumbai

Nagpur, Oct 25 : Fuelling fresh speculation in political circles, union Minister for Shipping and Transport Nitin Gadkari called on Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat here Saturday.


Modi's success makes BJP a one-man party

By Amulya Ganguli : Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking its time to select its chief minister for Maharashtra, Narendra Modi is leaving his distinctive mark on political and other fields.


Shashi Tharoor launches cleanliness drive

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 25 : Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Saturday launched a cleanliness drive, asking "why cede Gandhiji's sanitation drive to any party" even after losing the post of party spokesman for tagging along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean Indian Campaign.


Writing about Clean India a service to nation: Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a brief media address Saturday said the members of the fourth estate were doing a service to the nation by writing about a clean India.


Times have changed, says Modi in media outreach

New Delhi, Oct 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday reached out to the media and said he was looking for ways to deepen his old ties with the fourth estate.


Hundreds of devotees take holy dip in Yamuna

Mathura, Oct 25 : Hundreds of devotees took a dip at the Yamuna ghats in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura and Vrindavan cities on the occasion of Yam Dwitiya Saturday morning, undeterred by the stink and high level of pollutants in the water, activists said.


Modi praises clean up efforts after Diwali firecrackers bursting

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday congratulated the public for their efforts towards cleaning up the dirt left behind after bursting of firecrackers on Diwali.


Jethmalani attacks Jaitley on black money

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has written a fiery letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hitting out at him for handling the black money issue in an inappropriate manner.


Harsh Vardhan offers to help Pakistan fight polio

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday offered Pakistan full cooperation in eradicating polio from that country.


Centre turns down SSTL's FDI proposal

New Delhi, Oct 24 : The central government has rejected Sistema Shyam Teleservices' (SSTL) proposal to up its foreign stake to 100 percent due to conversion of redeemable preference shares into equity, an official statement said here Friday.


Fierce gunbattle in Kashmir between security forces and militants

Handwara, (Jammu and Kashmir), Oct. 24 : Security forces indulged in a fierce gunbattle with militants in Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday evening.


India's over billion population cannot be overawed by Pakistan's 'Million March': MEA

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : Reacting to a proposed "Million March" by Pakistanis in London on October 26 to protest alleged human rights violations by India, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday said that India is a country of over a billion people, and therefore, a march by a million Pakistanis would not and could not overawe it.


Sarita Devi received no help from officials in Incheon, says lawyer

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : Sports lawyer Rahul Mehra on Friday alleged that pugilist Sarita Devi received no help and guidance from the Indian officials during the recent Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, which led to her protest and subsequent suspension by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).


Buddhist monks celebrate Diwali in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Oct.24 : Buddhist monks studying at the Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, celebrated Diwali on Thursday.


Not so Swachh Diwali, high air, noise pollution in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Air and noise pollution increased in the national capital this Diwali compared to last year, central and state pollution control boards data showed Friday.


Rajnath's Rs.175-crore package to ITBP for Arunachal projects

Greater Noida, Oct 24 : Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced Rs.175 crore for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for development of infrastructure projects on the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh.


Sonepat official blames betel leaf seller's Rs.132 crore power bill on computerised error

Sonepat, Oct. 24 : With a betel-leaf seller in Haryana getting a shocker of an electricity bill this Diwali, Sonepat's ADC Shiv Prasad on Friday blamed it on computerised clerical error, and assured that a correct bill would be given to the consumer after an investigation was carried out.


Vietnam PM to visit India on Oct. 27-28

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will make a state visit to India on October 27 and 28.


Pollution level increases in India post-Diwali

Mumbai/Nagpur/Raipur/New Delhi, Oct.24 : Pollution levels have risen significantly following the excessive use of fireworks during Diwali.


PM Modi conveys greetings on United Nations Day

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings on the occasion of United Nations Day.


'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' to be observed on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : The government has decided to observe the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' (National Unity Day) on October 31 every year.


Venkaiah Naidu adopts Cyclone Hudhud-hit village

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday adopted 'ChepalaUppada' village of Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district for the rehabilitation and development in the aftermath of recent Cyclone 'Hudhud'.


Congress facing a coup, claims BJP

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that comments on black money made by former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram point towards an impending coup in the Congress.


Pak is trying to internationalise Kashmir issue: BJP

New Delhi, Oct.24 : Accusing Pakistan of disregarding its internal problems, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said Islamabad is working only on trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue.


Harsh Vardhan offers cooperation to Pak to end polio

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has offered Pakistan full cooperation in helping eradicate polio from that country.


Rajnath says India has never violated ceasefire

Surajpur (Greater Noida), Oct. 24 : With the Pakistan Assembly passing a resolution against so called Indian 'aggression', Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said Indian security forces have never started the firing along the International Border (IB) or the Line of Control (LoC).


Photo exhibition captures India's unseen landscapes

New Delhi, Oct 24 : A photo exhibition inaugurated here Friday captures vivid images of India's mountainous landscape, its many contrasts and hidden treasures highlighting the country's topography.


Collapsing credibility Of Western media: An opportunity for India

By Saeed Naqvi : Even the skeptics now agree that India shall be a power in the Asian century. To insure this rise to the top, India must maximize all its assets. One asset for which it has a reputation is a lively media, a function of a relatively stable democratic order since independence.


In Himachal, villagers pelt stones at one another at fair

Shimla, Oct 24 : A centuries-old stone-pelting ritual was held Friday in a Himachal Pradesh village in which two groups, one representing the royal family of the erstwhile princely state and the other comprising commoners, pelted stones at one another.


PM Modi salutes brave ITBP personnel on their Raising Day

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday saluted the brave personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on its Raising Day.


Think tank formed to draft National IPR policy

New Delhi, Oct 24 : A think tank has been formed to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights policy, an official statement said Friday.


Modi's Rs.745 crore falls short of Kashmir's expectations

Srinagar, Oct 24 : Political parties and the common man in Jammu and Kashmir Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have announced a larger relief package during his day-long visit to the state instead of Rs.745 crore.


Pledge to be administers on Patel's birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 24 : With Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary Oct 31 being observed as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas', employees of government offices, Public Service Undertakings, and other institutions will take a pledge to maintain unity and integrity of the country.


Pro-Shugden supporters misinformed: the Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, Oct 24 : Feeling sorry for the demonstrations by pro-Shugden supporters against him, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said they were misinformed, a post on his official website said Friday.


India never violates ceasefire, says Rajnath

Greater Noida, Oct 24 : India has never violated the 2003 ceasefire with Pakistan on the Jammu and Kashmir border, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Friday.


Modi lauds Mary Kom for 'Swachh Bharat' effort

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday praised boxing icon M.C. Mary Kom and union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for their effort towards "Swachh Bharat Mission".


Modi visit to Siachen: Deed must match word

By C. Uday Bhaskar : Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to the Siachen Glacier on the festive occasion of Diwali (Oct 23 ) to spend time with the Indian military units that are deployed at altitudes of 22,000 feet in what is often described as the highest battlefield in the world.


Three union ministers increase assets in five months

New Delhi, Oct 24 : The assets of at least three union ministers have increased by more than Rs.1 crore since assuming office, the National Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms said in a joint statement Friday.


'We helped ensure Delhi celebrated a safe Diwali'

By Alok Singh, New Delhi, Oct 24 : This Diwali went off safely, thanks to Delhi's firefighters who ensured no incident turned into a conflagration by keeping alert right through the festival night. In this crowded city of over 17 million, no one from the public reported burn injuries either.


Unclear nuclear liability law putting off investors: Anil Kakodkar

By Biswajit Choudhury, New Delhi, Oct 24 : Lack of clarity on India's nuclear damage liability law has held up faster development of its civil nuclear programme, one of the country's leading experts in the field says.


India never violates ceasefire: Rajnath

Greater Noida, Oct 24 : India has never violated the 2003 ceasefire with Pakistan on the Jammu and Kashmir border, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Friday.


Country proud of your valour, PM greets ITBP

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday greeted the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on its 53rd Raising Day and said the country was proud of the valour and service of its men and officers.


Mangalyaan completes one month in Martian orbit

Bangalore, Oct. 24 : The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) recently launched Mangalyaan has completed a month in the Martian Orbit.


To give tourism a boost, shipping ministry permits parallel sea route from Port Blair to Baratang

New Delhi, Oct. 24 : The Union Shipping Ministry has reportedly given permission for a parallel sea route from Port Blair to Baratang that serves as the entry point to the northern islands.


Haryana paanwala gets Rs.132 crore power bill

Chandigarh, Oct 24 : A paan or betel-leaf seller in Haryana has got a shocker of an electricity bill this Diwali. His bill is a whopping over Rs.132 crore.


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