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PM Modi's diwali visit to Kashmir: A view from Srinagar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would spend this Diwali in Srinagar. He has said that he "will be in Srinagar on Diwali, October 23 and will spend the day with our sisters and brothers affected by the unfortunate floods". The statement comes in the wake of thumping electoral victories in Maharashtra and Haryana. There is obviously a connection here given that there is intense speculation that polls are likely to be held in December this year in Jammu and Kashmir. Modi –- puffed by success after success -- wants to replicate this success in the state of Jammu and ... Read More

Jaitley hints at UPA minister in black money list
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today may have dropped hints that a minister in the previous UPA government could be one of those who had stashed money abroad.

"I know who you are hinting at. But please wait for the appropriate time," he told Times Now when asked if he was not violating the treaty (on confidentiality) if you say that it could be a person in Manmohan Singh's council of ministers. Asked if he was not denying that there could be minister from the UPA government, Jaitley quipped, "I am neither confirming nor denying, I am only smiling."

To a question ... Read More

Don't try to threaten Congress over black money, come out with the complete list
New Delhi: The Congress party on Wednesday dared the Narendra Modi government to reveal the names of all the black money account holders. The Congress also said that it was ready for a probe against it on the issue.

Reacting to the reports about the central government's decision to disclose some names to the Supreme Court in an affidavit on October 28, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said, "We urge the BJP to come out with the full list. Truth lies in full disclosure."
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Aman Grewal is Mrs India Worldwide
Aman Grewal, wife of an army officer, was declared the winner of Haut.Monde Mrs.India Worldwide 2014 here.Aman GrewalAman Grewal is married to an Army officer. Image credit: Facebook

Grewal, who hails from Patiala, beat 31 other contestants to win the title Monday evening. Besides the crown, she even walked off with a cash prize of Rs.51,000.

"Everyone in my family was very supportive. My daughter, who is just nine and a half years old, was thrilled. She loves to dress up and when she saw me participating in the pageant, she was very happy for me," the 36-year-old, who also has a ... Read More

BJP will form minority govt in Maharashtra
Failing to get an absolute majority, the Bharatiya Janata Party is readying to form a minority government in Maharastra. According to sources in the party, the Shiv Sena's continued 'unreasonableness and unjustified demands' have forced the BJP to go solo and form the government. The situation, however, can change if Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray decided to reconcile with the BJP and accept the latter's terms of alliance. However, that seems unlikely right now.

It is almost certain now that Devendra Fadnavis is going to be the BJP government's chief minister. His position as front runner for the top post strengthened after ... Read More

Khattar to be next Haryana Chief Minister
He is the first leader from the BJP and also the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the State.

Manohar Lal Khattar was on Tuesday unanimously elected Leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for his becoming the first Chief Minister of the BJP in Haryana.

60-year-old Mr. Khattar is also the first Punjabi to become the Chief Minister of the State.

He was elected at a meeting of 47 newly elected MLAs at the Chandigarh UT Guest House, party Vice President Dinesh Sharma, who attended the meeting along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu as central observers, told ... Read More

Congress workers demand Priyanka join active politics
Source : PTI
New Delhi: With trends projecting a defeat for Congress in both Maharashtra and Haryana, a group of party workers gathered outside the AICC office here demanding that Priyanka Gandhi join active politics.

This is not the first time that such a demand has been made but it has repeatedly been snubbed by Priyanka, who had even issued a terse statement sometime back asking people to eschew from such speculation.

Waving posters, which read ''Priyanka Lao Congress Bachao' (Bring Priyanka; Save Congress)', 200 to 250 party workers, a larger number of them women, appealed to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to take ... Read More
Startup home security device raises $89,000
Kochi/New Delhi, Oct 25: An innovative home security device developed by a company at Kochi-based Startup Village has raised nearly 89,000 US Dollars from 690 backers on the online crowd funding platform Kickstarter.

Mindhelix’s Rico is a sensor-equipped hardware that works by itself or with a spare smartphone to detect and alert users about changes inside a home, for example, in temperature, humidity, noise levels or movement, and the presence of smoke, carbon monoxide or cooking gas. It allows users to watch live video feeds of the rooms and can also be used to control home appliances remotely.

The Kickstarter campaign for ... Read More
India to launch e-visa by the end of October
NEW DELHI, India - Government's gift to tourists — electronic visa — is likely to be launched by October-end. There are about 30 countries including the US, Japan and South Korea where the facility will be extended first while Germany, Israel and Russia are under consideration.
Sources said countries already being given visa-on-arrival including New Zealand, Luxembourg, Finland and Singapore besides Japan, South Korea and the US will be able to apply for electronic travel authorization (ETA) or e-visa. There are at least a couple of countries from the African continent that are also in consideration. Sources said Germany, Israel and ... Read More
Three Union ministers' assets increase in five months
New Delhi: The assets of at least three union ministers have increased since they assumed office five months ago, a joint statement by the National Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms said Friday.

The highest increase in assets in five months was shown by Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda.

"His assets have shown an increase of Rs 10.46 crores, from Rs 9.88 crores as declared in Lok Sabha 2014 elections to Rs 20.35 crores in the 2014 declarations of the Union Council of Ministers to the PMO," the statement said.

Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Radhakrishnan P was ... Read More








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Mumbai U. Has More Billionaire Alumni Than LSE, MIT: Survey
University of Mumbai is the only university outside the US to have the most number of billionaire graduates, according to this year's Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census.

The Indian university is ahead of prestigious institutes like the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Colombia University, in terms of producing billionaires according to the survey.

"With 12 billionaire alumni, India's University of Mumbai has the most billionaire graduates of any university based outside the US. The London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, Lomonosov Moscow State University and ... Read More
Black money issue: In black and white
Anil Sasi
As government, Opposition trade charges over making public the list of people with foreign bank accounts, the black money controversy has returned. ANIL SASI recalls and explains .


Finance Ministry’s May 2012 white paper defined black money as “the aggregates of incomes which are taxable but not reported to the tax authorities”. A lot of black money is thought to have been converted into gold, and held domestically. It is not illegal to keep money in foreign bank accounts as long as taxes are paid on it.


Estimates on the amount of black money differ widely. ... Read More
Share sense of outrage with Canadian people over Parl attack: Modi
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India, which has experienced a horrific terrorist attack on its Parliament, can share the sense of outrage among Canadian people over the attack on their Parliament and assured that his government was commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation for combating terrorism.

A day after he described the attack yesterday on the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa as "deeply disturbing", Modi said in a statement, "I strongly condemn the attacks on the Canadian military personnel in Quebec and Ottawa and the shooting in the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa.

"A Parliament is a temple of democracy ... Read More
All India Survey on Higher Education 2014-15 launched
New Delhi: The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Wednesday launched the All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2014-15, an annual, web-based, pan-India exercise on the status of higher education in the country.

The annual survey collects data on several parameters, including student enrollment, examination results, education finance and infrastructure.

The data helps in making informed policy decisions and conducting research in education development.

"So far, the ministry has released the final reports of the AISHE 2011-12 and provisional reports of the AISHE 2012-13, which are in the public domain. While the survey exercise is in its fourth consecutive year now, the AISHE ... Read More
Bangla SC to hear appeal on verdict against 1971 war criminal
The government subsequently also filed an appeal seeking the capital punishment for Azam for "masterminding" the 1971 genocide, siding with the then Pakistani junta.

Bangladesh Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted appeals against a verdict sentencing fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami’s former chief Ghulam Azam to 90 years in prison for committing crimes against humanity during 1971 liberation war against Pakistan.

The five-member apex court bench headed by chief justice M Muzammel Hossain fixed on December 2 for hearing appeals on the July 15, 2013 verdict of the country’s International Crimes Tribunal, challenged both by Azam and the government, which is on the prosecution side.

Azam, now ... Read More
Nobody takes 'pathetic' Pakistan seriously: Swamy
Source : ANI
Taking a jibe at Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto's recent statement on Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that nobody takes Islamabad seriously and added that such comments against India are made just to gain attention.

"First let them secure Pakistan and then they can talk about Kashmir. Kashmir will never part from India, not even an inch. Pakistan is a pathetic country. Nobody takes Pakistan seriously and they say these kinds of things just to gain attention. It's only a matter of time when Pakistan will be divided into four parts," ... Read More
Maharashtra elections: Winners and losers, all in the family!
Source : IANS
Mumbai: Family relations mixed well with politics as the results of the Maharashtra assembly elections trickled out here Sunday.

At least two father-son pairs won in different parts of the state and in two instances, while fathers lost, their sons scored victories.

Senior Congressman and former chief minister (when in Shiv Sena) Narayan Rane lost from Kudal, while his son Nitesh Rane won from Kankavali, both in Sindhudurg district of coastal Konkan.

Similarly, Nationalist Congress Party's former minister Ganesh Naik bit the dust in Belapur, but son Sandeep Naik scored handsomely, both in Navi Mumbai.

NCP strongman Chhagan Bhujbal won from his ... Read More
2014 Haryana Assembly Elections - Winners
ConstituencyLeading CandidateLeading Party

AdampurKuldeep BishnoiHaryana Janhit Congress (BL)
Ambala Cantt.Anil VijBharatiya Janata Party
Ambala CityAseem GoelBharatiya Janata Party
AssandhBakhshish Singh VirkBharatiya Janata Party
AteliSantosh YadavBharatiya Janata Party
BadhraSukhvinderBharatiya Janata Party
BadkhalSeema TrikhaBharatiya Janata Party
BadliOm Parkash DhankarBharatiya Janata Party
BadshahpurNarbir SinghBharatiya Janata Party
BahadurgarhNaresh KaushikBharatiya Janata Party
BallabhgarhMool Chand SharmaBharatiya Janata Party
BarodaSri KrishanIndian National Congress
BarwalaVed NarangIndian National Lok Dal
Bawal (SC)Dr. Banwari LalBharatiya Janata Party
Bawani Khera (SC)Bishamber SinghBharatiya Janata Party
BeriDr.Raghuvir Singh KadianIndian National Congress
BhiwaniGhanshyam SarafBharatiya Janata Party
DabwaliNaina Singh ChautalaIndian National Lok Dal
DadriRajdeepIndian National Lok Dal
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Live Election results: Chavan concedes defeat but says Cong has improved
by Ayeshea Perera

Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, who earlier conceded defeat in the assembly polls, addressed the media and once again accepted full responsibility for the party performance in the state.

However he added that things had improved for the party since the Lok sabha elections.

Well... at last count the party was ahead in 44 seats. This is equal to the 44 seats the entire Congress party won in the Lok sabha elections.

2.02 pm: Prithviraj Chavan concedes defeat, accepts responsibility

Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has conceded defeat in the Maharashtra polls and said that he accepts responsibility for the party's performance.

Anticipating ... Read More

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