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Russia to assemble 400 choppers a year in India
New Delhi: Russia on Thursday agreed in principle to assemble around 400 advanced twin engine Kamov helicopters a year in India, in a major move to give a new push to their strategic partnership.

The Kamov Ka-226T, which Russia offered to assemble in India, is a light multi-role helicopter which is used for search-and-rescue operations.

The issue was discussed during the summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia to assemble 400 choppers a year in India

The issue was discussed during the summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Over 7,000 applicants register for Infopark job fair
New Delhi/ Kochi, Dec 12: The two-day job fair hosted by Kochi-based Infopark turned out to be a huge success on its first day with more than 7,000 applicants registering today.

As many as 13 companies are participating in the job fair, offering the candidates a wide spectrum of employment opportunities. The recruitment drive is to fill up nearly 2,000 vacancies. Apart from the 7,000-plus online registrations, the fair also got more than 500 walk-in candidates. Most of them were in the age group of 20-35 years.

The job fair, being held on the occasion of Infopark�s 10th anniversary celebrations, ... Read More

When Pranab got a 'dressing down' from Indira Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Pranab Mukherjee contested the 1980 Lok Sabha elections much against the wishes of Indira Gandhi who gave him a "vociferous dressing down" for an "interminable span of time" after his defeat but he made a dramatic entry into the Union Cabinet despite the loss.

Such was the faith in him that Indira Gandhi also made him the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha over the claims of other senior contenders including the late A P Sharma.

Now President, Mukherjee trashes as rumours stemming from "fertile imaginations" that he was included in the Cabinet because Indira Gandhi wanted ... Read More

India Committed to Fight Against Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar
Lima: India today expressed confidence that negotiators at the UN Climate Change Summit here could put in place the stepping stones towards a post-2020 deal under a comprehensive, balanced, equitable and pragmatic Convention that will address the genuine needs of developing nations.

Speaking at the High Level Segment of UNFCCC COP-20 at Lima, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said India is committed and ready to play its part in the global fight against climate change.

"We are pursuing action-oriented policies to bring rapid development to our people while purposefully addressing climate change...We have shown that we ... Read More

Yes, Julian Fantino's shambolic performance as Minister of Veterans Affairs has earned condemnation from coast to coast, and he should resign. But he is not the ultimate source of the problem for Canada's veterans. That shameful distinction rests with Stephen Harper.

Mr. Harper's government is a one-man show. Mr. Fantino has no influence, no independence of thought or action. He just does what he's told. That spinelessness - his failure to stand-up to Mr. Harper - is Mr. Fantino's greatest offence.

Mr. Harper loudly proclaims his affection for the military. He gets his picture taken with ... Read More
Air Canada resuming direct flights to Delhi
Air Canada will begin non-stop service from Toronto to Delhi, beginning in November 2015, the airline said in an official announcement Friday from Montreal.
The new route, the first to be dedicated from Air Canada's Boeing 787-9 series aircraft, will open opportunities in the Indian subcontinent, currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.
International Trade Minister Ed Fast welcomed Air Canada's decision to resume its flights to Delhi. The flights were suspended, for no apparent reasons, in February 2007. Many Indo-Canadians were baffled as to how was it, when planes were invariably packed and India's economy red hot, ... Read More
Russian Auto giant relies on indian supplies for Kamaz trucks
K.P. Nayar
Dec. 9: When Vladimir Putin landed in Delhi on Wednesday night for his summit with Narendra Modi, Russia would have already stolen a march over every other country in taking concrete steps to augment Modi's "Make in India" campaign, according to members of the visiting President's economic team.
While most of India's business partners are splitting legal hairs about this country's manufacturing environment or carping about productivity, corruption or red tape, Russia has indigenised supplies to its truck-making plant near Bangalore to the extent of 80 per cent, cutting down supplies from Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan.
That means only three major ... Read More
139 complaints of fraud NRI marriages received from US: Minister
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) The US tops the list of eight countries from where complaints or cases of fraudulent NRI marriages are received, with 25 complaints received so far this year, parliament was told Wednesday.
Minister of State in the ministries of Overseas Indian Affairs and External Affairs Gen V.K. Singh (Retd) said in the Lok Sabha that the Indian missions provide assistance to the complainant in the form of financial help for legal procedures, counselling and taking necessary action as per the need and requirement of the case.
In the list circulated by the minister, covering three years from 2011-12 ... Read More
Trade with Asean to touch USD 100 bn next year
New Delhi, Dec 11, 2014, PTI:
The two-way trade between India and Asean are expected to double from the current level of USD 80 billion by 2022 even as it is expected to touch USD 100 billion by next year on account of increasing commercial engagement between the two sides. Reuters file photo

The two-way trade between India and Asean are expected to double from the current level of USD 80 billion by 2022 even as it is expected to touch USD 100 billion by next year on account of increasing commercial engagement between the two sides.

"In 2009, FTA in goods was ... Read More
This post office in Kerala delivers mail to God
IANS Sabarimala (Kerala), December 11, 201
Located near the famed Hindu temple at the Sabarimala hills, the post office may perhaps be the only one in the country which doesn't work round the year. It comes alive when the peak pilgrimage season of the Ayyappa shrine begins on the first day of the Malayalam month in November, and the period ends towards the middle of January.

The post office is also open for 10 days during the Vishu season.

Functioning six days a week from 8 in the morning to 8 at night, the six employees, led by 23-year-old Sai G. Prakash, ... Read More
No definite time envisaged for passing of Disabilities Bill
New Delhi: The Government on Thursday said that no definite time frame can be envisaged for passing the Right to Persons with Disabilities Bill at this stage.

Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishanpal Gurjar said that the ministry had received representations from individuals, associations, of persons with disabilities, activist groups, on the bill, after it was introduced in Rajya Sabha on February 7, 2014.

The suggestions and objections raised in these representations relates to provisions with respect to legal capacity, non-discrimination, limited guardianship, reservation in establishment, besides constitution of national and state ... Read More
Indira paid heavy price for Emergency: Pranab
In his book, “The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years”, Mr. Mukherjee also criticises Jayaprakash Narayan.

The 1975 Emergency was perhaps an “avoidable event” and Congress and Indira Gandhi had to pay a heavy price for this “misadventure” as suspension of fundamental rights and political activity, large scale arrests and press censorship adversely affected people, says President Pranab Mukherjee.

A junior minister under Gandhi in those turbulent times, Mr. Mukherjee however, is also unsparing of the opposition then under the leadership of the late Jayaprakash Narayan, JP, whose movement appeared to him to be “directionless”.

The President has penned his thoughts about the ... Read More
Russia has been India's foremost defence partner: PM Modi
Source : ANI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Russia has been India's foremost defence partner through decades.

"My first visit outside Delhi as Prime Minister was to our new aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya. It sails our seas as a great symbol of our defence cooperation. Even as India's options have increased today, Russia will remain our most important defence partner," said Prime Minister Modi.

"We have conducted joint exercises across all three wings of the armed forces in the last six months," he added.

Prime Minister Modi said that he discussed a broad range of new defence projects with Russian President Vladimir ... Read More
India to Build At Least 10 More Nuclear Reactors With Russia's Help: PM Modi
New Delhi: India will build at least 10 more nuclear reactors with the help of Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today after talks with President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi.

"We have outlined an ambitious vision for nuclear energy of at least 10 more reactors," PM Modi said at a joint press briefing with Mr Putin.

"It will have the highest standards of safety in the world. It will also include manufacture of equipment and components in India," PM Modi said. (Read 10 latest developments)

Russia has supplied two reactors to a plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu under a long-delayed ... Read More
Congress Uproar in Upper House over Eulogising Godse

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha today witnessed uproarious scenes with members from Congress lodging strong protest against eulogising of Nathuram Godse at a function held in Maharashtra earlier this month.

Under attack from the opposition members, government disapproved of any such event hailing Mahatma Gandhi's killer but said no organisation should be defamed.

The Upper House saw two brief adjournments over the issue as Congress members protested holding placards in the aisles and raising slogans, while charging right-wing organisations with lending their support to it.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, ... Read More
Poor Muslims in Agra who converted to Hinduism will be given ration cards
Agra: A Bajrang Dal leader said Tuesday that all the 300 poor Muslims who he said had embraced Hinduism in Agra will be given ration cards they badly lacked.

Amid claims by one of the 300 that they were forced to give up Islam, Bajrang Dal's Ajju Chauhan said everyone in the group would be now taught Hindu rituals.
Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The Bajrang Dal organised the conversion ceremony Monday.

Chauhan, the group's co-convener, said Tuesday that all those who converted to Hinduism would be "Sanskritised". They would be registered as voters and would get ration cards.

He said the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh ... Read More
Canada's right wing becomes more active? Who is behind it?
A correspondent
The Canada Free Press (CFP) started when a small group left the Globe & Mail and started this online publication from Kingston.

I have known them from the beginning.

They started being critical of government & were j-caricature reporters.

I find today right-wing articles bordering on 'racism! And related fury. Quite shocking to me, some of the venom.

I do not know if this is the state of mainstream journalism.

The reason I am sending this to you is this: I wonder a bit if ethnic community journalism is the route to go today, just wondering, and whether a ... Read More
Not correct for govt to push Gita as national scripture: Tharoor
New Delhi: Joining the chorus of disapproval over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's proposal to have the Bhagwat Gita declared a national scripture, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday questioned how one holy book could be deemed as being "holier" than others in a multi- faith country.

"I am also a Hindu, but in our religion there is not one holy book, there are many books. If you take Gita, what about the Vedas? What about Upanishads?... There are many opinions, we cannot just like that say that one book is holier than others," Tharoor told reporters outside Parliament.

He also wondered ... Read More
Sushma Swaraj pushes for declaring Gita as national scripture
New Delhi: Pressing for the Centre to declare Bhagwad Gita as a 'Rashtriya Granth' (national scripture), External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday only a formality remained to be done in this regard, triggering a controversy with Trinamool Congress saying Constitution is the "Holy Book" in a democracy.

Swaraj was speaking at 'Gita Prerna Mahotsav', organised "to celebrate 5,151 years of religious book Gita" at the Red Fort Maidan here where VHP President Ashok Singhal said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should immediately declare the sacred text of Hindus as a national scripture.

The Minister said she was able to face the ... Read More

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