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Supreme Court grants bail to former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa
Source : IANS

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday granted bail to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, convicted of possessing assests disproportionate to her known sources of income.

Alongwith Jayalalithaa, her aide Sasikala Natarajan and two others have also been granted bail.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu said that all four will be released on bail subject to the satisfaction of the condition by the trial court.

The court made it clear that Jayalalithaa and three others will complete their appeal with all relevant documents before the high court in a matter of two months and thereafter, ... Read More

Cartoon: Shasi Tharoor
Cartoon: Shasi Tharoor ... Read More

India committed to work closely with Afghanistan: President Pranab Mukherje
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday India was "committed to working closely with Afghanistan" and wanted it to act as a bridge between south and central Asia and beyond.

Conveying his best wishes to Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on assuming office as the Afghan president, Mukherjee said in his message: "India remains committed to working closely with your government as you set out to rebuild a stable, progressive and prosperous Afghanistan."

"We also share your vision of an Afghanistan that is fully integrated in south Asia, acting as a bridge between south Asia and central Asia and beyond. I sincerely ... Read More

Congress to have transparent organisational elections: party leader
Congress will have a "100 per cent transparent" organisational elections this time to bring in "fresh leadership" at all levels in the backdrop of its debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, a prominent party leader said today.

Former Union Minister Mullappally Ramachandran, who is the Chairman of the Central Election Authority of the party, told PTI that the party polls scheduled in the new year will be an opportunity to revive the organisation.

"All loyal Congressmen are welcome", he remarked when asked whether those who have left the party or parted ways with it due to various reasons would be brought back.

The ... Read More

Yesudas teams up with Kiran Desai
Most Indian artists have been finding a stake in singer Yesudas' comment about women and jeans. Did he have a right to say what he said? Should his celebrity status have made him think twice? Does he hold moral responsibility for encouraging the nincompoops who say women are "asking for it" by wearing the clothes they wear? Does his opinion have a bearing on the women in his family?

In another article Booker Prize-winning Indian-origin author Kiran Desai spoke about how India is meant for Indian clothes, and � even more bizarrely � how it doesn't make sense to wear sarees ... Read More

Raghuram Rajan Given Best Central Bank Governor Award by Euromoney
Press Trust of India
Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has been conferred with the Best Central Bank Governor award for 2014 by Euromoney magazine.

The magazine said Mr Rajan's tough monetary medicine combatted the storm ravaging the deficit-ridden economy in the recent emerging market crisis.

"Now, he is battling vested interests to arouse a sleepy financial system for over one billion people," Euromoney said, adding, "Remarkably, the internationally-renowned economist, who earned acclaim for his warnings in 2005 of an upcoming global crisis of sorts, has, for the past year been true to his word."

Mr Rajan received Euromoney's Central Bank ... Read More

Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra BJP Chief, is Frontrunner for Chief Minister
Devendra Fadnavis, chief of Maharashtra BJP, has emerged frontrunner for Chief Minister
New Delhi: Just before voting in two states on Wednesday, names of BJP's probable chief ministerial candidates have emerged. Sources say Devendra Fadnavis is the party's top choice for Maharashtra.

Captain Abhimanyu and Rao Inderjit Singh are among the frontrunners for Haryana, say sources.

Mr Fadnavis heads the BJP in Maharashtra and reportedly has the backing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. Sources say the 44-year-old Brahmin leader has an edge over others in the party due to his clean image and wide acceptability.

He is also ... Read More
Harper’s plan will kill 9,200 jobs
The federal Conservatives will be charging Canadian taxpayers billions of dollars in Employment Insurance (EI) taxes more than what is needed to pay for the program’s benefits, according to a recent report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO).

The PBO says these artificially high taxes will cost the Canadian economy 10,000 jobs over the next two years.

The PBO also found that another EI program, the Conservatives’ Small Business “Job” Credit, will create only 800 jobs over two years despite a price tag of more than $550 million. That means it will cost Canadian taxpayers nearly $700,000 for each new job. In ... Read More
No minimum percentage of seats required for Leader of Opposition: Lok Sabha Secretariat
Mumbai: Two months after Congress' demand for Leader of Opposition's post was rejected by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has in response to a RTI query said there is no minimum percentage of seats required for appointment of LoP in Lok Sabha.

"There is no minimum percentage prescribed for the selection of the Leader of Opposition," Under Secretary of the Lok Sabha Secretariat K Sona said in reply to a query by Mumbai-based Right to Information (RTI) activist Anil Galgali.

Galgali had filed an application seeking information on the cumpulsory minimum strength required for appointment of LoP.

Congress president ... Read More
Centre clears change in names of 12 Karnataka cities
Source : PTI
New Delhi: Eight years after it received a proposal from Karnataka government, the Centre today cleared renaming 12 cities and towns of the state including Belgaum as Belagavi and Bangalore as Bengaluru.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave his approval to the proposal of the Karnataka government made on October 27, 2006 to change the names of the 12 towns and cities in consonance with their pronunciation in Kannada language.

Karnataka and Maharashtra, where the Assembly elections had just concluded, are locked in a boundary row over Belgaum.

The Karnataka government had taken the decision to rechristen these cities on the ... Read More
The Self-Inflicted U.S. Brain Drain
By Michael S. Malone
The process of bringing skilled immigrants to the U.S. via H-1B visas and putting them on the path to eventual citizenship has been a political football for at least a decade. It has long been bad news for those immigrants trapped in this callous process. Now the U.S. economy is beginning to suffer, too.
Every year, tens of thousands of disappointed tech workers and other professionals give up while waiting for a resident visa or green card, and go home—having learned enough to start companies that compete with their former U.S. employers. The recent historic success of ... Read More
Major reforms needed to push growth beyond 7%: RBI Governor Rajan
He said what the government is focusing on is "how do we improve the framework for doing business. How do we make it easier for one of you to go and become an entrepreneur". An economic growth of 7 percent is possible in short-term but major reforms will be needed to take it to higher levels, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said today.

"The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has an ambitious agenda for India. The level of expectations is very high. My sense is that without thinking about major reforms of our system, we can put the economy back on ... Read More
Nepal: 9 more blizzard deaths
The security team looking for those trapped in heavy snowfall in Mustang district found bodies of nine more foreign tourists on Thursday. Nearly 70 tourists and accompanying Nepali trekking guides and porters are still missing, reports said.

“Five dead bodies have been brought to Muktinath on army helicopter,” said Mustang Chief District Officer (CDO) Baburam Bhandari. “We are arranging to have the remaining four bodies.” The identity of the dead is yet to be established.

Nepalis and foreigners were hit by sudden blizzards and avalanche, believed to be triggered by Cyclone Hudhud which has lashed south-east India early this week. Officials said ... Read More
Strong message to China: Do not warn or threaten India
Dispute down the borderDispute down the borderWith China reacting sharply to government's plans to construct a border road in Arunachal Pradesh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday sent a strong message, asserting that no one can warn India.

"Today, no one can give warning to India. We are a very powerful country," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Manesar.

Singh was asked about China's strong reaction to plans to construct a road network along McMahon line from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh to match China's infrastructure development.

"There is a dispute about the ... Read More
Pakistan needs to 'incite' those 'fighting' in Kashmir: Musharraf
ISLAMABAD: In the wilderness for a long time, former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf made an anti-India rant by saying Pakistan needs to "incite" those "fighting" in Kashmir.

"We have source (in Kashmir) besides the (Pakistan) army...People in Kashmir are fighting against (India). We just need to incite them," the 71-year-old retired general, who is currently on bail in a treason case, told a TV channel.

Musharraf, who had grabbed power in 1999 soon after the Kargil conflict, said the army is ready for war (with India) and lakhs of people in Pakistan are willing to go and fight for Kashmir. India ... Read More
Modi's five-point initiative to target labour reforms in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take a step forward towards easing labour regulations in the country when he launches a five-point initiative – a unified labour portal and a transparent & accountable labour inspection scheme to facilitate ease of compliance of labour regulations; provident fund portability through Universal Account Number (UAN), demand responsive vocational training;

The strategy would be unveiled on Thursday at the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram, a daylong conference of labour and employment ministers, health ministers and vocational training ministers of state governments in Delhi. The event is being organised by ministry of labour and employment.

About 35 ... Read More
India's Plan for Arunachal Road Raises China Objection
Beijing/New Delhi: China today reacted strongly to reports that India plans to build a 2000-km long road in Arunachal Pradesh, asking Delhi not to "further complicate" the dispute over the border.

"China has already spread their network of roads and rail network near the border. Whatever we make on our territory should not be a concern of China," said an unnamed official in the Home Ministry's border management department to news agency Reuters. (Also read: Border Face-Off with China in Ladakh Over, Status Quo Restored)

He was quoted as saying that the ministry was seeking Cabinet approval for the road ... Read More
President Mukherjee calls for collaborations between India, Norway in science and technology
Source : ANI
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday called for collaborations between India and Norway in science and technology, stating that India today places immense emphasis on fundamental research.

Addressing the plenary session of the Joint Seminar on Business, Science and Technology held at the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) here, President Mukherjee said,

"The Higher Education Sector in India is a priority and is expanding at a fast pace. Many new institutions of higher learning have either been established or are in the process of being set up. There is in India today immense emphasis on fundamental research in science and technology. ... Read More
Modi Announces Rs. 1,000 Crores for Andhra Pradesh
PM Narendra Modi makes an aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas in Andhra Pradesh
Visakhapatnam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited cyclone-battered Visakhapatnam today, has announced a Rs. 1,000-crore package to help Andhra Pradesh get back on its feet.

The Prime Minister surveyed the extensive damage in and around Visakhapatnam, or Vizag as its known, in an aircraft accompanied by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Mr Modi said technology had helped contain the crisis and that there was close coordination between the Centre and the state government to ensure casualties were minimised.
At least 20 people were killed in Andhra Pradesh.
Vizag, home to two million ... Read More
Babu Conducts Aerial Survey of Cyclone-hit Areas

VISHAKHAPATNAM/BHUBANESWAR: Andhra Pradesh and Odisha were today grappling with the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud which has left tens of thousands homeless and badly battered infrastructure in nearly a dozen districts, including port city Visakhapatnam which resembled a war zone.

Watch Video: Speed OF Hudhud Decreases, Heavy Rainfall to Follow

The cyclone, which has claimed eight lives and forced over seven lakh people to take shelter in camps, had moved from coastal Andhra Pradesh to Odisha, where it damaged about

50,000 thatched houses, power network and roads, before heading to Chhattisgarh and weakening into a "deep depression".

Besides Visakhapatnam, the other north coastal Andhra ... Read More
Two weeks in jail, but Jayalalithaa no broken woman, says jailer
Source : PTI
Bangalore: AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa is fit and healthy and has not shown any signs of 'a broken woman', a top jail official said.

"I have not seen Jayalalithaa when she was a Chief Minister in Tamil Nadu. Of whatever I have seen meeting her up during my prison rounds - she is fit and healthy and not shown any signs of a broken woman," DIG Prisons, P M Jaisimha told PTI here.

Jayalalithaa, who was denied bail by Karnataka High Court following her conviction and four year sentence in a disproportionate assets case, had on October 10 moved the Supreme ... Read More
Shashi Tharoor sacked as Congress spokesperson
Source : PTI
New Delhi: Cracking the whip, Congress today removed Shashi Tharoor as party spokesperson for his praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which did not go down well with the Kerala unit of the party.

"Congress President Sonia Gandhi has accepted the recommendation of the AICC disciplinary committee to remove Shashi Tharoor from the list of spokespersons of the AICC with immediate effect.

"The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee had submitted a complaint in this regard to the disciplinary committee," said party general secretary organisation Janardan Dwivedi in a press release.

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee had prepared a report against Tharoor, which ... Read More

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