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PMO Says GDP Has Grown Three Times During UPA Rule

The Prime Minister's Office today came out with data to highlight the progress made under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the last 10 years in an effort to counter the damaging claims made by his former Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru.

"The way India has progressed in the last 10 years it has never happened in any other democracy," PMO Communication Adviser Pankaj Pachauri told reporters here.

He said this government has fought against poverty like no other government has done and the progress the road and job sectors has achieved has not been made in any other country.

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Massachusetts' to let foreign students to stay as immigrants
By Claire Zillman
FORTUNE -- In America's battle to keep the foreign entrepreneurs it trains, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has thrown down a massive gauntlet.

Announcing a broad economic growth package last week, Deval introduced what he's dubbed the Global Entrepreneur in Residence (GER) Program. The proposal: Foreign students who attended colleges and universities in Massachusetts and are interested in staying in the state as entrepreneurs can apply to enroll in the GER program that will be administered by the Massachusetts Tech Collaborative, an independent state agency aimed at developing technology in Massachusetts. Mass Tech will then place selected individuals at participating ... Read More

Rising wait times for immigration
John MacCallum MP
Since I was appointed by Justin Trudeau to serve at the Liberal Citizenship and Immigration critic I have had a number of exchanges with the government regarding the ballooning wait times for immigration and citizenship services � all under this Prime Minister�s watch.

The government�s illogical excuse is always the same � that they are cleaning up the Liberal�s mess.

Never mind that the Conservatives have been in power for eight long years.

Never mind that the numbers showing skyrocketing wait times were the government�s own numbers covering the period 2007-13, when Conservatives, not Liberals, were in power.

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Nitish Kumar's popularity on test as Bihar votes in phase 5 of Lok Sabha election
Patna: Nitish Kumar, (see image) Chief Minister of Bihar, voted in Bakhtiyarpur for the Patna Sahib seat some time before noon on Thursday and left without speaking to waiting journalists some of whom had a disagreement with his securitymen. It is an important day for Mr Kumar and for his former partner, the BJP. (India Votes: full coverage)

Patna Sahib is among seven of Bihar's 40 constituencies that are voting today and Mr Kumar's Janata Dal (United) holds 20 of those seats. Mr Kumar had won these seats in alliance with the BJP in 2009. This time they are bitter rivals ... Read More

Promised land (cartoon)
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Modi�s marital status: Court orders police to file report
AHMEDABAD: A local court ordered the city police on Wednesday to submit a report explaining the status of an application against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on the charge of hiding facts under oath.

"Submit a report before the court within three weeks on the status of the investigation of the case," additional chief judicial magistrate mm Sheikh ordered the police while acting upon a plea moved by an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activist.

AAP activist Nishnat Verma had earlier approached the Ranip police station seeking to file an FIR against Modi for allegedly hiding information about his marital status in ... Read More

Ralph Goodale MP

It was exactly one year ago today that Justin Trudeau was elected Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Following a campaign that opened the Party to greater public involvement than ever before, more than 105,000 Canadians cast leadership ballots. Justin earned an overwhelming 80% of that support, igniting a fresh sense of excitement and rejuvenation in Liberal ranks.

A year later, the positive mood continues. Membership sales and fund-raising have never been better. Thousands of new volunteers are being recruited and trained in local constituency associations from coast to coast. Excellent candidates are contesting nominations. ... Read More

Rich tributes paid to Ambedkar
District Collector S. Suresh Kumar paid tributes to Dr.B.R Ambedkar, on the occasion of his birth anniversary here on Monday.

The Ambedkar statue at Lodge Centre was a beehive of activity from morning as political leaders, Dalit association representatives and officials made a beeline to garland it.

Mr. Suresh Kumar garlanded the statue and later took part in a meeting at the SC Corporation Hall.
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Nobody can prevent Priyanka Gandhi from enlarging her role in politics: Congress
New Delhi: Reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's comment on Congress President Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Monday said that Priyanka was the bedrock of support for her mother and brother and that nobody could prevent her from enlarging her role in the spectrum of Indian politics.

"She has always been bedrock of support both for her mother and brother, and has always defined her own political goal and will continue to do so. She by her own calling has chosen to work in the constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli. Not only has she ... Read More
Muslim body slams Salim Khan, Salman for praising Modi
Aligarh, Apr 18: The Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis has slammed Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his father and film writer Salim Khan for praising Narendra Modi for "pure commercial gains". FMSA, a body of Aligarh Muslim University, mostly comprising muslim intellecuals, passed a resolution here yesterday.
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Record 68.29 per cent voting turnout in first four phases
New Delhi: The 111 parliamentary seats for which elections have been held so far have recorded a turnout of 68.29 per cent, which is 7.90 per cent more than the votes polled by these constituencies in the general elections held five years ago. In absolute terms, there was a staggering 28.81 per cent increase in the number of voters over the 2009 figures, the Election Commission (EC) pointed out today. (Battle 2014: Track live updates)

The EC has come out with the final voting figures for the Lok Sabha constituencies where polling has been completed. And the figures are quite astounding, ... Read More
Opinion poll says NDA will win majority with 275 seats
New Delhi: An opinion poll tonight projected BJP-led NDA securing majority with 275 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in the elections.

The survey shows Congress-led UPA ending up with just 111 seats and others bagging 157.

According to the survey conducted by a TV news channel, BJP would win 226 seats and Congress would be reduced to 92 seats in the 16th Lok Sabha.

The survey predicted BJP would garner 34.5 per cent of the votes while Congress 25.6 per cent.

In Uttar Pradesh, BJP is set for its best performance, winning more than 50 of the state's 80 parliamentary seats, according ... Read More
Germany expects to attract 8-10 percent more Indian tourists this year
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Germany expects to attract 8-10 percent more Indian tourist this year, up from 615,617 tourists in 2013.

"More than 615,000 overnights from India in 2013 alone show: Germany is trendy and a top destination for high end business and leisure," German Ambassador Michael Steiner said.

"Germany stands not only for excellent cars and high tech, but for much more: Vibrant, reunified Berlin, modern design and world heritage with magnificent monuments that have stood the test of time - just take the castles in Potsdam or the Cologne Cathedral."

To make travel more convinenet from India, the German embassy ... Read More
Zakir Hussain, Rishi Kapoor to receive Deenanath Mangeshkar Awards
Zakir Hussain was chosen for his contributions in the field of music
Zakir Hussain and Pandharinath Kolhapure have been chosen for this year's Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award for music, actor Rishi Kapoor for 'theatre and cinema' and Anna Hazare for 'social awareness', renowned singer Lata Mangeshkar announced on April 13.

Theatre personalities Dinesh Pedanekar and Mukta Barve, founders of Anamika and Rasika Sanstha, bagged the award for the best drama of the year, Chapa Kata, and Shivaji Satam was awarded for 'Marathi cinema and theatre'.

The Miraj Vidyarthi Sangh's Khare Vachan Mandir was selected in the social service category and anti-corruption activist Anna ... Read More
Modi vows to clean Indian politics in five years
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Vowing to clean Indian politics within five years, if voted to power, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Monday said that he would put all politicians with criminal backgrounds behind bars without any discrimination.

"There is a lot of discussion these days on how to stop criminals from entering politics. I have a cure and I have vowed to clean Indian politics... all I need is people's support," said Modi in the second round of 3D rallies, addressing around 100 locations in 15 states.

Modi said that he would set up special courts under the observation of ... Read More
NDTV opinion poll: BJP gains in Odisha at the cost of Congress
NDTV opinion poll: BJP gains in Odisha at the cost of Congress
Riding on a perceived Modi wave, the BJP is set to win 7 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, replacing Congress as the main Opposition party in the state, NDTV opinion poll has forecast.

The BJP had drawn a blank in the 2009 general election. The Congress, which had cornered six seats five years ago, will have to rest content with a single seat.
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NDTV opinion poll: Karnataka to bring some cheer to Congress
NDTV's opinion poll shows that Karnataka is one of the few states where the Congress is gaining. The party is expected to win 14 of the state's 28 seats, eight more than its 2009 tally.

The BJP, which had put up a stellar performance in 2009 by bagging 19 seats, is expected to lose 7 seats in the state, and end up with a dozen seats only. The BJP had ceded power to the Congress in Karnataka in the assembly polls held last year.
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Action sought against agents for luring Punjabis to US
Chandigarh, April 14 (IANS) The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has sought action against travel and immigration agents who lured over 100 Punjabi youths with dreams of settling in the US but who are now behind bars.

The youths, detained in prisons in the US for the past few months, have gone on hunger strike seeking early resolution of their plight, NAPA said Monday.

In a communication to the Punjab Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Commission here Monday, NAPA sought action against travel and immigration agents who lured the youths with big dreams.

"I want to bring to your notice the miserable plight of more ... Read More

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