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Xi quoted Tagore, Gandhi to spiritually connect with Indians
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to spiritually connect with Indians by quoting poets like Rabindranath Tagore whose works are very popular in China, analysts have said.

Xi has quoted a wide range of prominent figures and idiomatic phrases from China and India to illustrate Beijing's diplomatic philosophy and its increased priorities in South Asia during his address at the Indian Council of World Affairs yesterday, state media reported.

Xi also quoted Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

"Grow like a summer flower, magnificently; die like an autumn leaf, quietly and beautifully!" Xi said, quoting Tagore, adding that he had read several ... Read More

Obama nominates Indo-American Richard Verma as new US envoy to India
By Lalit K Jha Source : PTI

Washington: President Barack Obama has nominated Indo-American, Richard Rahul Verma, as the next US Ambassador to India, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington later this month.

If confirmed by the Senate, Verma, who earlier served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs and is now in the private sector, would be the first Indo-American to serve as the top US diplomat in New Delhi.

Obama announced his nomination late yesterday along with several other key administration appointments.

"I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the ... Read More

Under attack from Jayalalithaa, UGC retracts Hindi circular
New Delhi/Chennai: Under attack from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and political parties in the state, the UGC on Thursday decided to withdraw it controversial circular directing universities to teach Hindi as one of the primary languages in undergraduate courses.

The University Grants Commission will now issue a revised circular on the subject tomorrow, UGC Chairman Ved Prakash said today, hours after Jayalalitha wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing "imposition" of Hindi and that the directive was "not binding" on the state.

"The last circular was issued inadvertently mentioning that Hindi be taught along with English as a primary ... Read More

Liberals Enter Fall Focused on Canadians and Economic Growth
OTTAWA � The Canadian economy remains stagnant, and the Conservatives� EI plan will not encourage the hiring of new workers or produce the growth middle class Canadians need.

�Canadians deserve a plan for jobs and growth. The government�s EI rate reduction proposal provides neither,� said Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau. �Liberals instead propose that the EI benefit be given to businesses that actually hire new workers.�

Under Liberal governments, an EI premium exemption was provided to firms that actually hired new employees, and today, Liberals are proposing a benefit for every newly-hired worker in 2015-2016. With the Conservatives� plan, only ... Read More

Australian PM says his visit to India strengthened strategic ties
Melbourne: Australian Prime MinisterTony Abbotton Wednesday said his recent visit toIndiahas strengthened strategic partnership between the two nations.

"I recently travelled to India. The visit strengthened the strategic partnership between our two nations," Abbott said.

The Australian leader, who recently concluded his first official two-day visit to India said "two-way trade between Australia and India is around USD 15 billion a year and India is our second largest source of international students with over 30,000 currently studying in Australia."

"It also let India know that our country is open for business, and wants to do more business with our friends on the sub-continent," ... Read More

Grand Welcome For President Xi in Gujarat: 10 Developments
PM Modi, China's President Xi Jinping before their meeting in Ahmedabad on September 17, 2014 (Reuters photo)
Ahmedabad: Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in Gujarat to a grand welcome for a three-day India visit aimed at ramping up trade and investment. His visit comes in the middle of a new face-off at the contested border between India and China at the Line of Actual Control.

Here are the latest developments:

PM Modi, who celebrates his 64th birthday today, greeted President Xi with flowers and a handshake. This is the first visit to India by a Chinese president since 2006.
A traditional Gujarati dance ... Read More

Rajasthan: Raje gets a jolt, Congress wrests three Assembly seats from BJP
Source : PTI
Jaipur: In a jolt to the Vasundhara Raje government, the opposition Congress today wrested three Assembly seats of Weir, Nasirabad and Surajgarh from the ruling BJP which could retain only the Kota seat.

Out of four Assembly seats which went to polls on September 13, BJP managed to win only one, bringing down its strength in the 200-member Rajastahn Assembly to 160 from 163.

In Nasirabad Assembly constituency, Congress candidate Ramnarayan Gujjar defeated BJP's Sarita Gena by a margin of 386 votes. Ramnarayan got 66,648 votes while BJP's Sarita got 66,262 votes.

Congress regained its old Scheduled caste seat of Weir ... Read More

Arnold Schwarzenegger meets Jayalalithaa in Chennai
CHENNAI: Hollywood actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Monday.

The Terminator actor, who was in Chennai in connection with the audio launch of a Tamil movie, met Jayalalithaa at the state secretariat in the afternoon. The meeting lasted for 20 minutes.

Sources said Schwarzenegger, who had heard about Jayalalithaa, wanted to meet the chief minister, and his team had sent a request to the chief minister's office several days ago.

After the meeting, Schwarzenegger obliged to the waiting cameramen and posed for pictures. However, he didn't speak to reporters and left for ... Read More
Centre joins hands with Gates for universal sanitation
New Delhi, Sep 19, 2014, IANS:
With the objective of addressing sanitation related health concerns, the Urban Development Ministry and the Bill & Milinda Gates Foundation have agreed on a partnership to promote user friendly toilets to ensure universal sanitation in the country.

During a meeting with Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu here, Bill Gates enquired about the government's sanitation initiatives.

Naidu apprised Gates about the government's initiatives to ensure housing for all by 2022 and that 'Swachchh Bharat Mission' would be launched on October 2 this year, under which every household is to be enabled with toilet facility by 2019.

Naidu said that ... Read More
The Chinese President's big lie
By Rahul jacob Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD

A couple of years ago, a satire of People magazine's annual 'Sexiest Man Alive' issue was splashed by China's leading newspaper, People's Daily. Any country with a free press would have spotted the story for the hoax it was, but not the staff at the Communist mouthpiece. The Onion, the irreverent US publication, had put, of all people, Kim Jong-un, the pudgy North Korean leader at the top of its list.

There was a whiff of such extreme gullibility in the briefings emanating from Chinese diplomats ahead of President Xi Jinping's arrival in India. Except this time ... Read More
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance of 25 years on verge of collapse
Mumbai, Sep 19, 2014, IANS:
The crux of the issue is primarily seat-sharing, besides projecting Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the next chief ministerial candidate. The BJP is demanding both parties contest 135 seats each with the remaining 18 in the house of 288 being allotted to other smaller alliance partners. PTI file photo

The 25-year-old alliance between the BJP and the Shiv Sena was on the verge of collapse Friday with both parties adopting a tough stance on the issue of seat-sharing for the Oct 15 state assembly elections, party officials said.

Both the warring partners are holding a series of ... Read More
IITs among world's 5 best entrepreneurial undergraduate institutes: Report
NEW DELHI: Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are ranked fourth on a list of 50 best entrepreneurial undergraduate institutes in the world, HRD minister Smriti Irani said on Friday.

The ranking was compiled by PitchBook Data, a US-based private equity and venture capital research firm.

Sharing the achievement at an AICTE conclave on 'entrepreneurship education', Irani said the feat calls for further celebrations as the IITs have been ranked higher than some of the best Ivy League universities such as Harvard.

The minister referred to the rankings while underscoring the need to inculcate an entrepreneurial mindset among the youths, noting that knowledge ... Read More
100 more Chinese soldiers enter Chumar area
Leh/New Delhi: Chinese army on Wednesday reportedly made a fresh incursion in Chumar area and refused to return even as a flag-meeting between the two sides is believed to have made no headway in breaking the deadlock.

Official sources said that some of the Chinese troops had returned yesterday and it was generally expected that the others would also retreat to their side of the perceived Line of Actual Control (LAC).

However, as many as 100 more soldiers of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) arrived from a hillock of Chumar area and strengthened its numbers to nearly 350, the sources said.

Surprisingly, the ... Read More
India has more billionaires than Switzerland, Hong Kong and France
Source : PTI
India has retained its sixth position in terms of number of billionaires with 100 such people collectively having $175 billion in networth, while globally the number of uber-rich has reached a record high of 2,325 persons.

According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, released today, though the number of billionaires in the country has decreased over last year (in 2013 there were 103 billionaires) India still enjoys a decent 6th position (same as last year) in the top 10 league.

Interestingly, India has more number of billionaires than Switzerland, Hong Kong and France among others.

Moreover, the country's financial ... Read More
Real lesson from by-polls: India will keep the Modi govt on its toes
by R Jagannathan

As usual, a lot will be read into the by-poll results where the BJP will be seen as having lost a lot of ground since the spectacular Lok Sabha victory in May. While the party would be foolish to dismiss the results as just one of those things, jumping to the opposite conclusion is equally hazardous.

Among the things that will be said are: (1) the Modi wave is over; (2) the Sangh parivar's over-the-top statements on Hindutva and Love Jihad is costing the party and dear old secular values are back; and (3) regional parties are roaring ... Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 64
Source : IBNS
India's 15th Prime Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongman Narendra Modi turned 64 years on Wednesday.

While, lavish birthday celebrations are must for almost all politicians, the Prime Minister on Sunday urged people not to celebrate his special day and instead help flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir.

My humble request- do not celebrate my birthday. Instead, dedicate yourselves towards relief work in J&K through your time resources, Modi tweeted.

The need of the hour is to stand shoulder to shoulder with our sisters and brothers of Jammu and Kashmir, he said. The BJP workers across the country had earlier ... Read More
AK Antony report 'may be' taken up after polls
New Delhi: The Congress seems to be in no hurry to discuss the report of the AK Antony panel, which went into the reasons behind the party's debacle in the Lok Sabha elections.

This became clear with party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed saying it is likely be taken up only after the upcoming Assembly elections, a good two months after it was submitted.

Stating that party leaders would be involved in campaigning in Haryana and Maharashtra, Ahmed said the report, which was submitted to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on August 14, "may be" discussed after the Assembly elections.

"It depends on the decision of ... Read More
Verdict in 18-Year-Old Corruption Case Against Jayalalithaa Next Week
Bangalore: Eighteen years after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was booked for allegedly having assets disproportionate to her known sources of income, a special court in Bangalore will pronounce its verdict in the case on September 27.

The court was scheduled to pronounce the verdict on September 20, but it has postponed the judgment by a week - to make foolproof security arrangements. Ms Jayalalithaa, who enjoys Z+ security, has to make a personal appearance during the hearing.

Ms Jayalalithaa has been accused of accumulating property worth Rs. 66 crore. She had been booked along with her foster son Sudhakaran ... Read More
UP bypolls: Setback for BJP in UP, SP wins 7 seats
Source : PTI
Lucknow: The BJP today ceded ground to the SP, which won seven of the 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh and was leading in another, while the saffron party bagged one seat in the bypolls.

While SP won Bijnor, Thakurdwara, Nighasan, Hamirpur, Charkhari, Sirathu, Balha, BJP won Saharanpur (city seat), an official spokesman said here.

In the last Assembly election, BJP had won all these Assembly seats and Union Ministers Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharati were elected as MLAs.

The saffron party was leading in Noida and Lucknow east, whereas its ally, Apna Dal was trailing behind SP candidate in Rohania ... Read More
Gujarat: Congress wrests 3 assembly seats, BJP retains 6, 1 LS seat
Source : PTI
Ahmedabad: Congress today wrested three assembly seats in Gujarat from the ruling BJP, which managed to retain six besides the lone Lok Sabha seat for which by-polls were held on September 13.

After a complete sweep in the May Lok Sabha polls in which BJP had won all the 26 seats in the state, it suffered reverses as it lost Dessa, Mangrol and Khambalia seats to Congress.

BJP managed to retain Maninagar, Tankara, Talaja, Anand, Kheda and Limkheda assembly and Vadodara Lok Sabha seats.

In Vadodara, the seat vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chose to retain Varanasi, BJP candidate ... Read More
Madrassas give 'education of terrorism': BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj
Source : PTI
In controversial remarks, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj today alleged that madrassas were giving "education of terrorism".

"Education of terrorism is being given in madrassas. They (madrassas)... are making them terrorists and jihadis....It is not in national interest," the MP from Unnao constituency told reporters in Nademau in Kannauj district, 120 km from here.

He alleged that students were not being taught about nationalism in the religious schools.

"Tell me about one madrassa where tricolour is hoisted even on August 15 and January 26," he said.

The MP said madrassas "which have no connection with nationalism" are being given government aid.

"Most of our ... Read More

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