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Modi's I-Day speech: Give up caste, communal poison, and respect women to eliminate rape
Source : SIFY

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday urged Indians to give up the "poison" of casteism and communalism and embrace unity for the country's progress.

Addressing the nation from the Red Fort, the prime minister said it was a shame that caste and communal politics continued even so many years after independence.

Come, Make in India! Modi tells world

"How long will this continue?" he asked, his voice choked with emotion.

"We have fought enough, we have killed enough. Turn back and see, has anyone gained anything?"He said that years of bloodshed had only caused deep wounds to "Bharat Mata".

Social media impressed ... Read More

Indian minister mocked after claiming Yale degree
NEW DELHI -- Is India's minister for education somewhat confused over the difference between a college degree and a certificate?

At a conference on Saturday, Smriti Irani, the minister for human resource development, told a journalist that she had a degree from Yale. Her claim caused a nationwide facepalm moment.

The journalist at the India Today Women Summit asked Irani to clear the air over whether she had an undergraduate degree or not and referred to the discrepancy between the information she filed during the election in 2004 and 2014 when she was a candidate.

�I do have a degree from Yale as ... Read More

California Declares October Hindu American Awareness & Appreciation Month

Sacramento, CA (August 13, 2014) -- For the second straight year, the California State Senate unanimously designated October as California Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month. Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 93, authored by State Senate Majority Leader, Ellen Corbett (10th Senate District), "recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made by Californians of Hindu heritage to our state" and "seeks to increase awareness and understanding of the Hindu American community."

"I am so honored to represent constituents from many diverse backgrounds, including a significant number of Hindu Americans, in the 10th State Senate District," said Senator Corbett. "Over two million Hindu Americans ... Read More

Petroleum Minister faces Opposition ire in Rajya Sabha
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday faced ire of opposition members in Rajya Sabha as they accused him of not giving specific replies even as Chairman Hamid Ansari agreed that Ministers need to give direct replies to pointed queries.

Answering questions on Aadhaar-based direct subsidy transfer to domestic cooking gas LPG consumers, Mr. Pradhan spoke in general terms and made a political statement, drawing angry reactions from opposition benches.

He said the direct benefit transfer on LPG (DBTL) scheme was a �good scheme� but was launched by the previous UPA government with objective of getting political mileage before the general elections.

The Minister ... Read More

Top 5 Richest Indians Have Half of Nation's Billionaire Wealth: Report
(Picture:From left to right: Azim Premji, Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, Mukesh Ambani, Lakshmi Mittal and Dilip Shanghvi)

New Delhi: The top five Indian billionaires, led by Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, collectively control $85.5 billion (Rs. 5,21,550 crore at 1 dollar = 61 rupees) in personal wealth, accounting for nearly half (47.5 per cent) of the country's total billionaire wealth, according to a report by Wealth-X.

Of India's richest individuals, Mukesh Ambani remains the richest man in the country with an estimated net worth of $24.4 billion (Rs. 1,48,840 crore), the report by the wealth research firm said.

He was followed by steel tycoon ... Read More

Akhilesh Yadav: A Chief Minister fighting his father's shadow
Source : IANS
Lucknow: Shaken by the Lok Sabha election rout, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to be finally trying to come out of the shadows of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Almost 30 months after he stormed to power with a brute majority in the state, senior bureaucrats say they are beginning to see welcome changes in the young chief minister. The younger Yadav, it appears, is trying to bring some order to governance in India's most populous state.

Officials speaking on the condition of anonymity say that after the Lok Sabha disaster, the chief minister has become more attentive ... Read More
Planning Commission to go, says Modi on I-Day
Source : IANS
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said a new institution will be set up soon to replace the 64-year-old Planning Commission, of which he is chairman, since it had outlived its utility.

"In a short time, we will initiate a new institution that will work in the place of the Planning Commission," Modi said in maiden speech from the Red Fort on Independence Day.

Being a former chief minister himself who had to knock on the doors of the commission for money, Modi said the importance of federalism in India was increasing and institutions must address this reality.

"This is ... Read More
"Sell anywhere; but manufacture here": Modi
I tell the world - Come, Make In India. Sell anywhere but manufacture here. We have the skill and talent.

All previous governments have a hand in developing India. State governments have a hand in it as well. I offer my respect to all previous governments and Prime Ministers.

It is a tribute to Indian democracy that a person from a poor family, an ordinary family, is today addressing the nation from the Red Fort.

To all Indians celebrating our Independence Day, greetings from the Pradhan Sewak. I stand before you not as Pradhan Mantri (Prime Minister) but Pradhan Sevak (Prime servant)

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Attracting entrepreneurs through Canada’s Start-up Visa
August 14, 2014 — Kitchener, ON — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, met with Kitchener-Waterloo-based business incubator Communitech and other business leaders to discuss the Start-up Visa and its potential for attracting entrepreneurs to Canada who have the vision and ability to build innovative companies that can create jobs and long-term prosperity.

The roundtable aimed to build on the momentum of Alexander’s visit to GrowLab Ventures in Vancouver last month, where he welcomed the first two successful applicants under Canada’s Start-up Visa Program. Alexander discussed the importance of the program with a number of local business leaders and ... Read More
Blackmoney: New list of 600 Indians being probed by investigative agencies
New Delhi: In another instance of suspected blackmoney stashed by Indians abroad, investigative agencies are probing a set of 600 new names and identities which have been provided to India by a "source" during the last financial year.

The information of these suspect accounts were obtained by the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), a crucial department under the Union Finance Ministry, during the just concluded fiscal through a multi-layered sequence of information exchange on tax related issues and as part of the mandate to unearth blackmoney hidden abroad by Indians.

The CEIB, according to an official note accessed by PTI, has "disseminated" ... Read More
Boost for Modi govt as Judicial appointments bill passed in Rajya Sabha
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the landmark National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, which was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha yesterday, in a move that is being seen as a major victory for the Modi sarkar.

The Bill was passed by a voice vote and will lead to the scrapping of the current collegium system of appointment of judges to Higher Judiciary in India. The Constitution Amendment Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha with 179 votes in favour and one abstention of noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani.

The bill will make way for the setting up of a National Judicial ... Read More
Successful trial of surface-to-air Akash missile
Balasore: India on Tuesday successfully conducted trials of its indigenously developed surface-to-air 'Akash' missile, which has a strike range of 25 kms, as part of a user trial by the Air Force from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

"The sophisticated Akash missile was test-fired from launch complex-3 of Integrated Test Range at about 11.42 AM," defence sources here said.

Describing the trials as "fully successful", ITR director MV KV Prasad said, "The whole exercise was carried out as part of a user trial by Indian Air Force."

'Akash' is a medium range surface-to-air anti-aircraft defence system developed by Defence Research and Development ... Read More
Why some fans are disillusioned with Modi already
As an election campaigner, Narendra Modi promised sweeping market reforms to revive India's economy and put the country to work. As prime minister, he has dismayed admirers, apparently reverting to the script of the hapless government he defeated.

To some of the economists and business leaders who as his campaign cheerleaders dared to dream of a Thatcherite revolution, he seems not to be listening.

Three months after his win, it is dawning on them that their views count for little.

"As of now, the momentum is lost. They might still recover it, but we have lost the moment," said Bibek Debroy, a prominent ... Read More
Budget airports may transport you to an era long lost
By Sharmistha Mukherjee
Flying today is inconceivable without body scans, x-rayed baggage, conveyor belts, aerobridges and interminable waits. But a crop of budget airports India is planning to build in small towns will transport flyers to a more graceful era where you could walk into an airport minutes before a flight, check in your own luggage, and walk on to the tarmac to board a turboprop.

The Airports Authority of India has a plan for 50 airports across 11 states that includes barbed wire, not boundary walls; people handling baggage, and not machines; a shorter check-in time to keep lounges small; and ... Read More
Bill introduced in LS to repeal 36 obsolete laws
Seeking to clear the statute books of antiquated laws, a Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to repeal 36 Acts, including one which amends the marriage laws.
Seeking to clear the statute books of antiquated laws, a Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to repeal 36 Acts, including one which amends the marriage laws.
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2014, which seeks to remove certain Amendment Acts and Principal Acts from the statute books as they have outlived their utility.
This is the first time since 2001 that such an exercise ... Read More
Modi Address to U.S. Congress Waylaid by Scheduling ‘Unpredictability’
At home, Narendra Modi captains a rambunctious house of 545 lawmakers, moves financial markets and inspires fashion designers. Abroad, scheduling conflicts sometimes get in the way.
The Indian prime minister will not address a joint session of the U.S. Congress when he travels to Washington in September, despite months of lobbying by activists and legislators eager to arrange such a speech for Mr. Modi’s inaugural state visit to the U.S.
In a letter dated July 30, John Boehner, an Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House of Representatives, cited “the unpredictability of the House schedule” as the reason a Capitol Hill address ... Read More
Will fight against corruption with full strength: PM Narendra Modi
Leh: Underlining his government's resolve to fight graft which has "ruined" the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his willingness to take along people from various parties who have been fighting corruption. "Corruption is troubling us. People are angry. I assure that we will fight corruption and work with all those against graft. Corruption has ruined the country. I promise that we will fight against corruption with full might," he said addressing a rally here at polo ground.

Modi said the government is willing to take along all anti-corruption forces, political parties and its leaders and honest officer in its ... Read More
Justice Katju strikes again: 'Tapping of 3 mobiles revealed corruption of HC judge'
Source : SIFY
Press Council of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju has made fresh allegations in his latest blog regarding the promotion of a judge of Allahabad High Court of questionable reputation.

Katju mentions that a certain judge was transferred to the Allahabad High Court after coming under the scanner for corruption. However, with the passage of time he was promoted as the Acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court.

The blog reads: There was a judge in a high court who had a very bad reputation about his integrity, and on this account was transferred to Allahabad ... Read More

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