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World is looking at India with great respect: Modi
New Delhi: The world is looking at India with renewed respect and immense enthusiasm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday, a day after he ended a visit to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji.

Writing in his blog, Modi also said that the G-20 nations had agreed to battle black money because it "has the potential to destabilize world peace and harmony".

Underlining the "historic uniqueness" of his 10-day trip, he said he met a total of 38 world leaders and had 20 bilateral meetings during which he had "frank, comprehensive and fruitful" discussions.

"During these bilateral meetings, I noticed one thing -- that the ... Read More

PM�s intervention at the informal meeting of BRICS leaders
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on Nov 15 said repatriation of unaccounted money from abroad was a key priority for his Government. He was making an intervention at the meeting of BRICS leaders ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane. He said unaccounted money abroad posed both economic and security challenges.

The Prime Minister said this G20 meeting was happening in the shadow of continued weak global economic growth. He said political turbulence in many parts of the world, and the Ebola pandemic were also factors of concern. Therefore, he said, there is need for a positive environment to achieve ... Read More

Canadian Economic growth set to decline?
John McCallum, MP
Buried in the federal government�s fall fiscal update was some major news: economic growth in Canada will decline year-after-year for the next five years.

Let me say that again: from 2015 to 2019, growth will decline each and every year.

Faced with this sad prognosis, the Conservatives are putting all their eggs in the income splitting basket, a plan that will consume $2.4 billion borrowed dollars this year and $2 billion every year going forward, squeezing out room for a growth agenda.

The Conservative income splitting policy is unfair: it does nothing for 85% of Canadians. And for 15% ... Read More

Indo-American Press Club inaugurated
(Pic: Indo=American Press Club executive)
(East Rutherford, New Jersey: November 17th, 2014) The Indo-American Press Club (IAPC) was officially inaugurated at the Homewood Suites of Hilton, East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Suneel Hali, Founder and Publisher of Cinemaya Media, Inc., Lalit K. Jha, Chief US Correspondent of Press Trust of India (PTI), sponsors, community and corporate leaders and the members of the IAPC Executive Committee, National Directors, and the Board of Trustees.

Attended by nearly 200 media persons, corporate and community leaders and sponsors, the elegantly organized event marked ... Read More

On her birth anniversary, PM Modi 'remembers' Indira Gandhi
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary.
Prime Minister Modi. AFP.

"I join my fellow countrymen & women in remembering our former PM Smt. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary. My tributes," tweeted Modi, who is on a visit to Fiji.

Today is the 97th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, the first and only woman Prime Minister of the country.
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Mr Modi Misses a Trick
Shashi Tharoor
(Dr. Shashi Tharoor is a two-time MP from Thiruvananthapuram, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, the former Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Human Resource Development and the former UN Under-Secretary-General. He has written 14 books, including, most recently, Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century.)

I must confess, as an unabashedly old-fashioned liberal, to being rather attracted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's oft-repeated maxim, "minimum government, maximum governance".

I am well aware that the Prime Minister's talent for sound-bites is not often accompanied by matching action. But the recent Cabinet expansion ... Read More

Ex-CM cooped up at home even a month after release
G.C. Shekhar
Chennai, Nov. 16: Lawyer Fali Nariman, pushing for Jayalalithaa's bail in the Supreme Court, had suggested that she could even be confined to home if needed.

The former chief minister appears to have taken the suggestion, made on the spur of the moment, a tad too seriously - she has not stepped out of home even once since her release almost a month ago.

Chief Justice H.L. Dattu had refused to impose such conditions, saying he would grant bail outright or refuse it. He eventually ordered her release on the condition that papers on her appeal against her asset case conviction ... Read More
Mamata Banerjee launches attack on Centre
Launching one of the biggest attacks against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee said here on Saturday that while everyone including the Congress is crouching in fear of Narendra Modi and have put leukoplast on their mouths, she cannot be silenced.

“If we are hit, we will hit back… Don’t show red eyes to us. We are not dependent on you,” Ms. Banerjee said while addressing a gathering of party workers at the city’s Netaji Indoor Stadium.

This attack comes a day after the Central Bureau of ... Read More
US Asks Pakistan Army Chief to Continue Action Against Terrorists

WASHINGTON: The United States has asked Pakistan's powerful Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif to continue comprehensive actions against terror groups and their safe havens not only along the border with Afghanistan but also in other parts of his country.

Sharif, who held a wide range of bilateral and regional discussions with top officials of the Obama Administration, was given credit and praised for his recent military action against terrorist safe havens in North Waziristan.

This is his first official visit to the US since becoming the chief of army staff in November 2013.

But given the bitter experience in the past, wherein ... Read More
Former Delhi Speaker Dhir quits AAP, joins BJP
New Delhi: Former Delhi Assembly Speaker and Aam Aadmi Party MLA Maninder Singh Dhir, who had a public spat with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal over praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday joined BJP.

Dhir, who had successfully contested the last assembly elections from Jangpura constituency, said the country was 'progressing' under the leadership of Modi.

Rohit Rajpal, a former captain of Indian Davis Cup team, also joined BJP.

"India is progressing well under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi who has given a development mantra," Dhir told reporters here.

The former Speaker said BJP is not new to him and before joining AAP, ... Read More
Obama greenlights high-skilled immigration
WASHINGTON: Presenting a powerful moral argument that America is and will always be a nation of immigrants, US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he would exercise his executive prerogative to protect nearly four million undocumented immigrants from deportation while streamlining procedures to retain in the US skilled foreign tech students and workers, many of whom are from China and India.

In a 15-minute prime time address to the nation, Obama invoked some of the most fundamental ideals of the United States to make his case, reminding those who opposed immigration that, "We were strangers once, too."

"Whether our forbears were ... Read More
India's strong leadership led to ending WTO impasse: Sitharaman
New Delhi: India`s strong leadership and negotiating from a position of strength on the food security issue paved the way for ending the impasse at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday.

"We wouldn`t have reached a stage where we can say that we are closer to a solution and we probably will get over the impasse. It`s only because you were able to as a country stand up with strength, argue with substance and negotiate with equal rights," she said at the World Hindu Economic Forum here.

"Because of the kind of leadership with which we were ... Read More
Obama to be first US Prez to attend India's Republic Day parade
New Delhi: In a major diplomatic victory for the NDA government and a massive boost to Indo-American ties, US President Barack Obama on Friday accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invite to be the chief guest at India's 66th Republic Day Parade on January 26.
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India must be prepared to use 'might' if need arises: Prez
Tezpur: Cautioning against various threats facing the subcontinent, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said it was imperative for India to have an effective deterrence and strong defence to promote development and it must be prepared to use its "might" if the need arises.

"Today, our nation is on the path of growth in all fields. While the nation grows and develops in all realms, the subcontinent also faces varied threats especially from non-state actors.

"To preserve peace and harmony and promote all round development, it is imperative for us to have an effective deterrence and a strong defence," Mukherjee said at the ... Read More
Dry days ahead: Cheerless in God's own country
The Kerala government's new liquor policy has left many people cheerless. Local people, tourists, bar and hotel owners and travel agents are bemoaning the new rule that prohibits liquor outlets or bars from selling alcohol on Sundays.

The law took effect a month ago, and its repercussions have been instant. Hotels that are frequented by people looking to unwind on a holiday are almost deserted on Sundays. Their owners are also ruing the increasing number of cancellations of scheduled conferences.

As these events are normally held on weekends, combining work with pleasure and almost always involving participants letting their hair down over ... Read More
Tears, smiles in Nevada over U.S. immigration reform some call bittersweet
(Reuters) - Blinking back tears as she took in U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement of the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation, 25-year-old Mexican immigrant Blanca Gamez hugged her mother and smiled broadly as she dabbed her eyes.

The would-be law student, brought to the United States as an infant, said the announcement meant that all members of her mixed-status immediate family in Nevada would finally be able to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.

"My face can pretty much tell it all," she told Reuters at a Las Vegas party where she watched the announcement.

"It is going ... Read More
Modi simply bowled over the Australians
It was a huge honour to be invited to be part of the dinner hosted by the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, for the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

It was the first time any Indian PM has thought of having sportspersons with him for an official visit to another country, and how successful it was will be known over the years as both India and Australia strengthen their ties and get even closer to each other.

The commonality of interests and passions that both countries have are too well known to bear repeating, but the one point that I have made ... Read More
India will continue full support to Afghanistan: PM Modi
New Delhi: India will continue its full support to the new government of Afghanistan in its effort to build a strong, peaceful, inclusive, prosperous and democratic country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

Modi stated this while receiving former Afghan President Hamid Karzai whom he lauded for making immense contribution to the strengthening of India-Afghanistan relations.

The Prime Minister once again congratulated Karzai for his leadership and sagacity in ensuring a historic and peaceful political transition and formation of a national unity government in Afghanistan, a PMO statement said.

Karzai briefed Modi on the developments in Afghanistan following the formation of the ... Read More
Modi among Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' contenders
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among 50 global leaders, business chiefs and pop icons named as contenders by Time magazine for its annual 'Person of the Year' honour.

The Time 'Person of the Year 2014' will be announced next month and the publication said the title will be "bestowed to those who have, for good or for ill, most influenced the news and our lives in the past year".

Describing Modi as "once a controversial regional leader", Time said he became India's prime minister after leading his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a "landslide electoral victory on a platform of ... Read More
Article 370: BJP can't change even a comma, says congress
Source : PTI
New Delhi: Congress Wednesday accused BJP of "backtracking" on its core issue of scrapping Article 370 and hit out at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying he cannot change "even a comma" in the Constitutional provision as it can be done only by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.

"BJP is backtracking on its core issue of Article 370. Why have they sent Article 370 to cold storage during the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir," senior Congress leader Ambika Soni told PTI here tonight.

Soni, who is in-charge for Jammu and Kashmir, said, "It was their core issue. BJP has ... Read More
How to make 'Make in India' a reality
In May 2014, as the new stable government took oath in Delhi, there was a wave of optimism and excitement that pursed through Indian veins. Of the numerous announcements made by the new government the one that generated the most news, was in regards to the boost to the manufacturing sector. The current prime minister is very keen to turn India into a manufacturing hub and he even announced a grand initiative to that end titled 'Make in India'.

The Manufacturing promise

All the optimism notwithstanding, there are still some critical areas of concern that need to be resolved. For instance, the ... Read More

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