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May 28, 2015 11:45 am   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Politics   

Narendra Modi Interview to PTI - Updated

In an interview to news agency PTI, Prime Minister Narendra today spoke about the attacks on him by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the land acquisition and GST bills, criticism of his foreign tours, "concentration" of power in PMO, reforms and a wide variety of other topics.

11:43 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Indian-American Ro Khanna to announce his Congressional bid

Having lost his maiden US Congressional bid in a high-profile contest last year to Congressman Mike Honda, Indian-American Ro Khanna is all set to announce his second bid for the US House of Representative from California.

11:25 am   #Offstumped

"Hold on tight and you will hit Escape Velocity"

"Photos from @OfficeOfRGs #Kerala trip. Which ones your favourite"

11:22 am   #Offstumped

Good to see Niti Aayog deliberate away from Delhi

"Niti Aayog meeting begins in Bhopal. CMs of Kerala, Nagaland, Jharkhand, Andaman amp Nicobar, amp Telangana in attendance"

9:03 am   #Offstumped   #Culture

Buddhist Nationalism rises in protest

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Yangon to protest growing international pressure on Myanmar to improve the way it treats the stateless Rohingya minority.

8:58 am   #Offstumped   #World

Biden slams Putin in Brookings speech

Vice President Joe Biden took a hard stand against Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a speech at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday, saying the situation in Ukraine is a ?humanitarian tragedy created by Russian aggression.? ?Helping Ukraine against Rus

8:57 am   #Offstumped   #World

Americanized football

Americans everywhere can finally enjoy the game now that our law enforcement officials have helpfully translated the sport into a true U.S. pastime: prosecuting gangsters.

8:56 am   #Offstumped   #Economy

Kingfisher's troubled spirits

A probe had revealed that between 2010 and 2013, funds were diverted from USL and/or its subsidiaries to certain UB Group companies, including Kingfisher Airlines.

8:24 am   #NitiCommentary   #Opinions   #World   

Ajit Doval reminds China of History on border issue

Claude Arpi on an Alzheimerish China and Ajit Doval's comments on why Delhi ‘needs to remain on a very high alert'.

4:12 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Himachal govt to train unemployed youth

Himachal government will set up "Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam" for providing training to unemployed youth for gainful employment both within and outside the state.

3:35 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Suresh Prabhu: Creation of new railway zone for AP under consideration

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said here that creating a new Railway zone for Andhra Pradesh was under consideration.

3:12 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab Agro starts marketing chain for organic wheat farmers

State-owned Punjab Agro today said it has started a marketing chain to help registered farmers to sell produce of organic wheat to global markets.

3:01 am   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

USD 34.9 bn FDI inflows to India in FY 2015: Nomura

Foreign direct investment is likely to have hit high of USD 34.9 billion in financial year 2015, a massive 61.6 per cent jump from USD 21.6 billion in the previous fiscal, according to a report by Japanese brokerage Nomura.

2:22 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

AFSPA withdrawn from Tripura

The Tripura government today decide to lift Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) from the state, where the controversial law was in effect for the last 18 years to curb insurgency.

2:11 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Bangladesh SC wraps up appeal hearing of warcrimes convict   

Bangladesh Supreme Court today wrapped up the appeal hearing of a top leader of fundmentalist Jamaat-e-Islami outfit against his warcrimes conviction and fixed June 16 for the final verdict, two years after he was sentenced to death by a special tribunal.

2:11 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

'Swachh Hyderabad Abhiyan': History sheeters participate

As many as 360 suspected history sheeters voluntarily participated in the 'Swachh Hyderabad Abhiyan' as part of the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' at Paigah Tombs at Santoshnagar here, along with policemen, it was officially announced here today.

1:58 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

J&K: Terrorist hideout busted, arms and ammunition recovered

The security forces today busted a militant hideout and recovered arms and ammunition from the higher reaches of Reasi district in Jammu and Kashmir, a Defence spokesman said.

1:57 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Delhi: DDA's smart sub-city project to start mid 2016

Work on Rs 4,500-crore smart sub-city complex project in east Delhi, which includes an iconic 100-storeyed tower as its centrepiece, will begin mid 2016.

1:45 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Congress demands special status for Goa

The Congress today demanded special status for the coastal state, claiming that it has unique culture and identity.

1:26 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

India gets its first transgender college principal

India will get its first transgender college principal on June 9 when Manabi Bandopadhyay takes charge of Krishnagar Women's College in West Bengal's Nadia district.

1:16 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Bihar's Mithila University to introduce sanitation in curriculum

Considering importance of sanitation, Bihar's L N Mithila University has said it would include the subject in its curriculum.

12:29 am   #NitiPTI   

4.85 lakh students to take IGNOU exams

A total of 4.85 lakh students will appear in IGNOU examinations commencing from June 1, at 850 examination centres in the country and 32 centres abroad.

May 27, 2015 11:29 pm   #NitiPTI   

Prakash Javadekar: Modi govt would complete its full term

Hitting back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over his warning to the NDA government, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the BJP-led NDA government would not only complete its full term but also retain power in the next elections.

11:06 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajnath Singh: Cross-border infiltration has come down in J&K

The Centre today said infiltration from across the border has come down as compared to previous years while there has been an increase in the number of militants killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

11:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

German Defence Minister meets PM Modi

Germany today expressed keen interest in collaborating with India in defence technology and equipment, including manufacturing, besides cyber security and maritime cooperation.

8:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Heatwave: Health Minister extends assistance to AP, Telangana

The Health Ministry today extended assistance and medical aid to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where the heatwave has claimed nearly 1,200 lives, and is likely to come out with an advisory for all states to deal with the situation.

8:25 pm   #NitiPTI   

President Pranab Mukherjee: Trouble spots in the world spreading fast

President Pranab Mukherjee today advocated concerted efforts to tackle terrorism which has assumed "serious proportions" as "trouble spots" in the world were spreading rapidly.

8:25 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Bihar poll: Former CM Manjhi in Delhi for talks with BJP

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, whose proposed inclusion in the Janata Parivar alliance has sharpened differences between Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, has arrived in the capital to hold talks with BJP leaders for a possible tie-up in the poll-bound state.

8:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Manmohan 'lying with a straight face': BJP

In a no holds barred counter-attack on Manmohan Singh, BJP today branded the former Prime Minister a "puppet" and accused him of "lying with a straight face" after he charged the Modi government with harping on corruption to divert the people's attention to non-issues.

8:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #Digital   

Microsoft to open India's first digital experience centre

Microsoft will open the country's first Digital Experience Centre here in collaboration with the Vadodara Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

7:56 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

NaMo voices concern at perceived indifference to ex-servicemen issues

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today voiced serious concern at the perceived "atmosphere of indifference" with regard to ex-servicemen's issues such as delay in pension and directed the authorities to pay more attention to their resolution at the earliest.

7:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Heat wave claims 1242 lives so far

The intense heat wave sweeping through many parts of the country has claimed 1242 lives over the last few days, with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana bearing the brunt as these two states account for most of the deaths.

7:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Assam Governor calls for toilet movement

Assam Governor P B Acharya today appealed for carrying forward the 'Toilet Movement' and work hard to keep the environment clean.

7:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Maharashtra approves proposal to up contingency fund by Rs 962 crore

The Maharashtra government approved a proposal today to increase the limit of contingency fund by Rs 962 crore 'on a temporary basis' from the current from Rs 150 crore to enable it to extend adequate financial relief to farmers.

7:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

World Bank chief hails NaMo

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on completion of one year of "visionary steps towards ending poverty" and said the world needs "more leaders like you".

7:25 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Australia eyes jump in trade with India; looks at N-E opportunities

To boost trade with India from USD 15 billion at present, Australia is exploring investment opportunities in the areas of mining, tourism, education, food processing and organic farming in the Northeast.

7:10 pm   #NitiPTI   

DONER projects announced

The DONER Ministry has launched Rs 200 crore projects for Assam in accordance with the state government's priority on water supply and road development.

7:08 pm   #NitiPTI   

Narendra Modi: High job potential sectors to be opened up for FDI

Hinting at opening up of more sectors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said areas with high employment potential and strong local talent will be the focus to woo foreign investment and expressed confidence that reforms measures like GST and land acquisition bills will be passed in "a matter of time".

7:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

India lodges strong protest with Swedish daily

India has lodged a strong protest with Swedish national daily 'Dagens Nyhetter' for putting out "slip of the tongue" comments by President Pranab Mukherjee during an interview to it, saying it was done in a "most condescending" manner and was "unprofessional and unethical".

7:05 pm   #NitiPTI   

Agriculture minister clarifies government stand on GM crops

The government will "abide by Supreme Court directions" on allowing Genetically Modified crops in the country, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said while clarifying Centre's stand on the controversial issue.

7:05 pm   #NitiPTI   

Assam always supported granting ST status to 6 communities

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said his government has always supported the issue of according Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities in the ST list.

6:59 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Maharashtra CM: Satellite-based data to improve crop insurance for farmers

In view of the rising incidence of farmers' suicides and delay in settlement of insurance schemes, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said a pilot project of satellite-based survey at field-level to improve crop insurance schemes will cover 500 villages.

6:58 pm   #NitiPTI   

Rajnath Singh: Modi brought country from silent to active mode

Attacking the previous Congress-led UPA government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it suffered from policy paralysis and credited Narendra Modi of taking the country from inactive to active mode.

6:47 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Venkaiah Naidu: No secret deal between BJP and BJD

Rejecting allegations of a secret deal between BJP and BJD to slow down CBI probe into the chit fund scam in Odisha, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the NDA government is only keen to see speedy development in the state.

6:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Raghuram Rajan to arrive in Srinagar tomorrow for two-day visit

The Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan is arriving here tomorrow on a two-day visit with a focus on rehabilitation of last year's flood-affected people in the valley.

6:26 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Haryana govt invites suggestions on draft Industrial Policy

The Haryana government has invited suggestions from the public and other stakeholders about its new Industrial Policy, which promises to enhance ease of doing business in the state by cutting down on red tapism.

6:12 pm   #NitiPTI   

Centre focuses on 'DONER at the Doorstep'

The Centre has launched an initiative, 'DONER at the Doorstep' (DAD), to bring the ministry closer to the people of North East, Union Minister of state (Independent charge) Jitendra Singh said here today.

6:11 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Congress endorsing corruption: Jitendra Singh

Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said that the Congress was "endorsing corruption" by declaring it a "non-issue."

6:03 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Germany pitches for closer ties with India

Germany today pitched for deepening its partnership with India, especially in the field of cyberspace, maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean and defence production including that of submarines.

5:47 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Amit Shah slams Manmohan Singh over graft under his watch

A Prime Minister's responsibility is not limited to his personal integrity but extends to uprooting corruption from the entire system, BJP president Amit Shah said today as he attacked former PM Manmohan Singh over a string of scams that took place under his watch.

5:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

Swiss signs automatic information exchange pact with EU

In a major step towards shedding its long-held banking secrecy tag, Switzerland today signed an agreement for Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) with European Union, while similar pacts may follow with other jurisdictions, including India, to check the black money menace.

5:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Manohar Parrikar rules out Army deployment in anti-Naxal operations

Ruling out the possibility of deploying Army in anti-Naxal operations, Defence Minister Manohar Parrkar today said if demanded, armed forces would extend "logistical support" and "provide training" to police in tackling the menace.

5:27 pm   #NitiPTI   #World   

UN targets zero hunger in a generation as numbers fall

The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report today.

4:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Lalu Prasad: Decision on merger or adjustment soon

With confusion persisting whether there would be merger of Janata Parivar or JD(U) and RJD would go into Bihar poll in alliance, Lalu Prasad today said a decision would be taken on "merger or adjustment" soon.

4:42 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Greenpeace welcomes HC verdict, plans to restart campaigns

Greenpeace India today welcomed a High Court order allowing the organisation to use two of its accounts for receiving donations, terming the relief a "lifeline" as it decided to "restart" its pro-environment campaigns.

4:41 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Manmohan Singh now using a 'self-defensive' strategy

Under attack over allegations in 2G scam, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that he had "never used" public office to "enrich" himself, his family or friends.

4:35 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

AAP appoints Anindo Majumdar as CMD of Delhi Finance Corporation

Armed with a Delhi High Court order over its jurisdiction, AAP government today appointed senior IAS officer Anindo Majumdar as the CMD of Delhi Finance Corporation, days after he was removed from the post of Principal Secretary of the Services Department.

4:04 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

E-Naga summit in Kohima

With a vision to embark on a process to instill the spirit of innovation and use of technology for impacting positive change in the society with target audience comprising of students, entrepreneurs, NGOs, government departments and industry professionals, E-Naga Summit was held here today.

4:00 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   #Politics   

#SmritiEffect - Panicky Priyanka to the rescue in Amethi

Following a succesful rally and public meeting by Smriti Irani in Amethi yesterday, a panicky Priyanka Vadra quickly arrived in Amethi today to rescue the fading image of her brother Rahul Gandhi, who also happens to be the MP of the constituency.

3:58 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Beef row: Kiren Rijiju says there cannot be restrictions on food

Amidst a row over eating beef, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said no restrictions can be put on food habits in a secular country like India but the sentiments of the majority should be respected in Hindu- majority as well as Christian and Muslim-majority states.

3:49 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab village opens own mall to beat inflation

Aimed at battling inflation and sub-standard quality of essential goods in the market, a group of enterprising villagers has opened a 'mall' here, selling a wide range of products at attractive discounts.

3:47 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Mizoram govt memo on Bru repatriation

Mizoram government asked the Union Home Ministry to expedite release of fund meant for expenses of the resumption of repatriation of Brus from the six relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura district, scheduled to commence from the first week of June, a senior state home department official today said.

3:27 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Rajnath Singh: Won't tolerate those raising pro-Pak slogans

Offering a soft stand to those who wish to hold dialogue to discuss all "vexed issues", the Centre today sent a strong message to separatists saying, those raising pro-Pak slogans and waving Pakistani flags on Indian territory will be dealt with severely.

3:12 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

DMK not to contest from RK Nagar, says Karunanidhi

A day after Election Commission announced bypoll for the RK Nagar Assembly constituency from where Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa is likely to contest, DMK chief Karunanidhi today said his party has decided not to contest the by-election.

2:36 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Manmohan Singh trying to cover up his past mistakes?

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today hit out at the Modi government saying it was "harping" on corruption to divert people's attention to non-issues and asserted that he never used public office to "enrich" himself, family or friends.

2:28 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Rajnath Singh to Pakistan: 'Stop meddling in India's affairs'

Sending a clear message to Pakistan to stop meddling in India's affairs, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the neighbouring country must stop its nefarious activities if it wants its "own welfare".

2:16 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Countrymen should file PIL against Sibal: Ananth Kumar

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar today asked countrymen to file Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal for "lying to the country in regard to the loss suffered on spectrum issue".

2:16 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

AAP's latest publicity stunt against BJP

The Aam Aadmi Party today held a protest here against the BJP government, accusing it of plunging the country into "despair" instead of ushering in the promised "achche din" during its one year rule.

1:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #Economy   

India to become self-reliant in urea in 4 yrs: Ananth Kumar

The country will become self-reliant in urea and fertiliser in the next four years and is aiming to become the steel hub of the world, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ananth Kumar said.

1:23 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   
1:07 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Ravi Shankar Prasad asks Nitish, Kejriwal to work for people

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today criticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's selfies and advised him, as well as, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal "to work for the people".

1:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Rajasthan govt resumes talks with Gujjars

Talks resumed here today between Rajasthan government and agitating Gujjars who have been blocking rail tracks and roads in three districts for a week now to press for five per cent quota in government jobs.

1:05 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

BJP: No role to play in deciding on plea against Jayalalithaa acquittal

BJP has said neither the party nor the central government had any role to play in deciding on going in appeal against Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's acquittal in the disproportionate assets case.

12:45 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Odisha to open paddy procurement centres

The administration has decided to open paddy procrement centres at 18 places across Koraput district of Odiaha for Rabi Marketing Season.

11:57 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Andhra govt eyes Rs 1000 crore from red sanders auction

Eyeing a revenue of Rs 1,000 crore, Andhra Pradesh Government will auction 3,500 tonnes of seized red sanders wood in the second phase on an electronic platform by inviting global tenders in June.

8:10 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Pakistan 'haven' for several Islamist terror groups: US report

Pakistan is a "haven" for several Islamist terror groups and successive Pakistani governments are widely believed to have supported some outfits as proxies in the country's historical conflicts with its neighbours, according to a US Congressional research report.

8:00 am   #NitiCommentary   #Opinions   #National   

Kashmir and India - Revisiting the debate

The people of Jammu & Kashmir have repeatedly used the ballot to reaffirm their faith in the Union of India.

7:40 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

Kiren Rijiju: Centre to take steps to stop militants using foreign soil

Indian government would take steps to ensure that north east militant groups like the NLFT stop using Bangladesh soil for launching cross-border terrorism on India, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said here today.

6:10 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Telangana government holds meeting to improve civic amenities

The Telangana government today held a meeting with MPs, MLAs, MLCs and public representatives from here to discuss ways to improve drinking water supply, sewerage, electricity supply and other civic issues.

5:45 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

NDA govt mulls minimum 200km between two halts for mail, express trains

The government today said in order to ensure smooth and safe travel by the rail passengers, it was planning that mail and express trains travels a minimum of 200 kms between two stations.

5:05 am   #NitiPTI   #National   

Ganga-Bramhaputra Basin mapped in first of its kind study

The Ganga-Bramhaputra Basin together store around 960 cubic km of water, researchers have claimed in a first of its kind study after mapping the rivers, and said it will help understand signatures of droughts and floods to better manage water resources in the region.

4:42 am   #NitiPTI   

CIC asks Tihar authorities to give info on functioning of jail

The Central Information Commission has directed the Tihar authorities to disclose information about alleged irregularities in the functioning of the country's largest prison besides make public diet chart and food provisions for inmates.

4:33 am   #NitiPTI   

Centre has to move carefully on nuclear projects

Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said the Centre had to move cautiously while dealing with projects related to nuclear and atomic energy looking carefully into their sensitivity aspect, security angle and also the budget implications.

4:20 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Meghalaya makes representation before Parliamentary committee

Meghalaya Chief Secretary P B O Warjri today made a formal representation before the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Home Affairs led by its Chairman P Bhattacharya here today about the problems faced by the state and other northeastern states.

4:05 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Sri Lanka says no to Indian fishing proposal

Sri Lanka today rejected India's proposal to allow its fishermen to catch fish in Lankan waters for 65 days a year, in what can further escalate tensions betweent he two neighbours over the vexed issue.

4:00 am   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Naqvi's statement on cow slaughter 'not palatable': Rijiju

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today described the statement recently made by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on cow slaughter as "not palatable".

3:45 am   #NitiPTI   

Indian Railways to take MP funds, support from NGOs to set up toilets

The Ahmedabad division of Indian Railways will get funds from Members of Parliament (MPs) along with help from various NGOs to set up sanitation facilities at Ahmedabad railway station.

3:40 am   #NitiPTI   #States   

Goa government supports private golf course

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said the state government has been supporting the setting up of a golf course by a private investor in his constituency.

3:05 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Sri Lankan President visits Jaffna, assures justice over gangrape

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today made an unannounced visit to former warzone in Tamil-dominated Jaffna to defuse the simmering tension over the gangrape and murder of an 18-year-old school girl.

2:00 am   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Central trade unions call for 1-day all-India strike on Sep 2

Eleven central trade unions, including BJP-backed BMS, today called for a one-day nation- wide general strike on September 2 to protest against government's unilateral labour reforms.

1:38 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

NaMo to visit Bangladesh on June 6-7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to Bangladesh beginning June 6 with an aim to inject new momentum in the bilateral relationship by enhancing cooperation in connectivity, economic and other areas.

12:54 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

China unveils assertive military strategy, extends naval reach

Amid escalating tensions with the US over disputed South China Sea, China today unveiled an assertive military strategy enhancing its naval reach for the first time to "open seas protection" far from its shores which could pose a challenge to the Indian Navy especially in the Indian Ocean.

12:11 am   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate 2-day NSUI meet

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will tomorrow inaugurate a two-day convention of Congress students' wing NSUI here which will also see party vice-president Rahul Gandhi address its concluding session.

12:11 am   #NitiPTI   #World   

Sitharaman-EU trade commissioner meeting next week on FTA

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will meet her EU counterpart Cecila Malmstrom next week to take stock of the proposed FTA at political level, European Union envoy Joao Cravinho has said while identifying cars and services among others as issues that need attention.

May 26, 2015 11:53 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Virbhadra Singh wishes PM Modi on completion of one year

While Congress slammed him, Narendra Modi today received "good wishes" from Virbhadra Singh, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and a senior leader of the opposition party, on completion of one year as Prime Minister.

11:51 pm   #NitiPTI   

Arun Jaitley: 8 crore families brought under social security schemes

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said 7.5 to 8 crore families, out of the total 25 crore households in the country, have been brought under the Centre's social security schemes launched so far.

8:58 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Home Ministry starts consultations with legal luminaries

The Union Home Ministry has started consultations with legal luminaries after the Delhi High Court termed its notification, giving the Lt Governor absolute powers in some matters, as "suspect".

8:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Maharashtra: Danve slams Congress for protests over Modi govt's 1-yr rule

Hitting out at Congress for observing the "death anniversary of acche din" as Modi government completes one year in office, BJP today said the opposition party should realise that people observed its (Congress') death anniversary a year back.

8:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

NDA's good governance has depressed 'loot lobby': Naqvi

Listing virtues of one year of Narendra Modi government, Union minister of state and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said good governance has depressed the "loot lobby" and "champions of corruption."

8:36 pm   #NitiPTI   #National   

Rajnath Singh: We have not shut our eyes on Dawood Ibrahim

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the Indian government did not shut its eyes on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim but international relations at times created obstacles.

8:25 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Chandigarh soon to have a new industrial policy

Lok Sabha MP from UT Chandigarh Kirron Kher today said a new industrial police will soon be rolled out, inviting green and non-polluting industries like IT sector to set up shops in 'City Beautiful'.

8:20 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Meenakshi Lekhi: Set AIIMS at a place accessible to 3 regions of J&K

In a damage control mode over the reported shifting of proposed AIIMS to Kashmir region from Jammu, BJP today suggested that the medical institute must be set up at a place accessible to all three regions of the state.

8:00 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Punjab to provide career guidance to Class X and XII students

Punjab Education Department will now provide professional guidance to students from Class 10th to Class 12th and help them choose the right career according to their aptitude.

7:45 pm   #NitiPTI   

Nitin Gadkari: Inland waterways development our priority

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari today said that "developing inland waterways" was the "priority" of the central government and has "earmarked 101 important rivers in the country" to develop a network of waterways on the lines of national highways.

7:44 pm   #NitiPTI   #States   

Manohar Parrikar to visit Raipur tomorrow for a public event

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Chhattisgarh capital Raipur tomorrow to inaugurate an exhibition-cum-fair showcasing the achievements of Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

7:43 pm   #NitiPTI   #Culture   

NDA govt ready to help in construction of Ram temple

Union minister Shripad Naik today said the government is ready to aid the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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NDA govt approves land pooling regulations

Union Urban Development Ministry today approved the regulations for operationalisation of Land Pooling Policy of the Delhi Development Authority with five amendments, aiming at ensuring timely completion of real estate projects with all necessary infrastructure.

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NaMo committed to protect minorities: Heptullah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fully committed to protection of minority communities living in the country as enshrined in the constitution, Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah said today.

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Congress wants all development in 12 months: Naik

Rebutting Congress' criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Union minister Shripad Naik today said "the opposition party wants all the development to happen in 12 months."

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Centre to implement four-lane road project in North-eastern states

Centre would implement a massive project to lay a four-lane road facility over a 10,000 km stretch in the northeastern states during the next financial year, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan today said.

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NDA government pursuing black money cases vigorously

Centre today said it is pursuing cases against people having black money stashed abroad "quite vigorously" and has lot of data about Indians having foreign bank accounts in violation of country's laws.

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Uttarakhand minister seeks waste management for rural areas

Terming garbage disposal as one of the biggest challenges in today's consumerist world, Uttarakhand Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh today underlined the need for evolving a robust mechanism for solid waste disposal and management in cities as well as rural areas.

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Kiren Rijiju: Peace is prerequisite for all round development of NE

Peace is prerequisite for all-round development of the whole North-East region, said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.

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Karnataka govt orders CBI probe into lottery scam

Three days after suspending a top IPS officer for his alleged involvement in the illegal lottery scam, Karnataka government today decided to hand over the case to CBI for investigation.

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Arun Jaitley wants to transform Karnali into a modern village

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spent a night in Vadodara district's Karnali village which he has adopted for development and rolled out a plan to transform it into a modern village.

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Narendra Modi launches Kisan channel, pitches for farmers' growth

Making a strong pitch for growth of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the country cannot move forward without their progress and called for increase in crop productivity by 50 percent.

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NaMo's tireless work has benefitted country

Union Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishna Pal Singh Gurjar today highlighted the achievements of the Modi government and said that prime minister's "tireless" efforts has benefited the country.

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Gujjars ready for talks with Govt in Jaipur, meeting tonight 

Accepting Vasundhara Raje government's offer to come to Jaipur to hold talks on reservation issue, Gujjar leaders today decided to hold meeting with the committee of ministers in the state capital.

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NDA govt brought back growth and hope: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Narendra Modi government in the last one year has got back the country from "gloom to growth and from despair to hope", Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said, as he accused Congress of having vested interest in keeping the farmers poor.

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Odisha govt responsible for Posco uncertainty: Dharmendra Pradhan

Holding the Odisha Government responsible for the uncertainty shrouding the Rs 52,000 crore Posco steel plant, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the BJD regime failed to take steps for providing iron ore mines for the mega project well in time.

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Rajnath Singh: Everybody should work within constitutional framework

Affirming that there would be no interference by the Centre in the functioning of the Delhi government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said everybody should work within the constitutional framework.

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Smart card for unorganised sector workers soon: Dattatreya

The Centre would soon issue smart cards to the workers of the unorganised sector to enable them to access a number of social security benefits, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said here today.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad on Baijal's revelation

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said reported revelations made by former TRAI Chairman Pradip Baijal in his book only reflected on how the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government functioned.

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Manohar Parrikar: Attackers will be paid back in same coin

Undeterred by the controversy over his earlier "terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists" remark, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has asserted that he will go to "any extent" to protect India and those who attack will be "paid back in the same coin".

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Bihar to get roads worth Rs 50,000 crore: Nitin Gadkari

In a big-ticket pre-poll announcement aimed at wooing voters in Bihar, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today announced that the state will get roads worth Rs 50,000 crore and the work will be started this year itself.

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Assam plans to make educational institutions tobacco-free

Assam Government has issued a notification to make all educational institutions in the state tobacco-free by this year.

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Make in India: Centre plans defence unit in Odisha

A major defence production unit has been proposed in Gopalpur, Odisha, which can have the Tata group as a partner along with the state and the central governments, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today.

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Indian Railways, MP to form company to enhance services

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said that Railways and MP government will join hands to form country's first company to enhance railway services in the state.

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Forest programme to be launched in June: Prakash Javadekar

The Centre will launch Urban Forest Programme on June 5 under which saplings will be planted across the country with the participation of people.

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Corruption, thy name is Congress

Latching onto former TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal's accusations against ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with the 2G scam case, BJP ministers in the Modi government today attacked the erstwhile UPA dispensation, calling it a "coalition in corruption".

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Narendra Modi restored dignity of PM's office: Arun Jaitley

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only restored the credibility of the PMO but also convinced everyone that his authority is supreme in decision- making, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today in an apparent dig at former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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Rajnath Singh concerned over law and order situation in Bengal

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today criticised the law and order situation in West Bengal saying it needed to improve and reports of crude bombs being made in the state was a matter of 'serious concern'.

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West Bengal's debt repayment burden to multiply: Amit Mitra

West Bengal's annual debt repayment burden would grow sharply in coming years as maturity dates of the loans taken by the previous Left Front government were drawing closer, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra said today said.

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NDA govt trying to bring back economy on track: Rijiju

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today enlisted the work done by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre during its one-year rule, ranging from efforts to bring back the economy on track to initiatives for the poor.

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Rajnath Singh: India, Bangladesh to approve Teesta water pact soon

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said India and Bangladesh would soon approve Teesta water sharing agreement.

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Black Money - Switzerland sends a #SaalEkShuruaatAnek message to India

On his first day in office on May 27, 2014, Prime Minister Modi constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to unearth and bring back black money stashed away abroad. While the SIT has submitted its third interim report to the Supreme Court, PM has begun his second year with good news from Switzerland.

3:54 pm   #NitiCommentary   #Analysis   

Smriti Irani in Amethi: Addresses public meeting in Jagdishpur

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani who is in Amethi to mark the first year of NDA government addressed a public meeting in Jagdishpur after holding a public rally earlier in the day. The meeting is the part of five public meetings that she is to address in 5 assembly constituencies of Amethi.

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BJP talks tough on blackmoney issue, takes Congress to task

Claiming that BJP government was the first to take effective steps to tackle black money, party President Amit Shah today said it would not allow even a single penny to go out of India and has laid a strong foundation in last one year for development of the country.

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1st anniversary of NDA: PM Modi meets President, Vice President

On the occasion of first anniversary of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari.

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Jayalalithaa DA Case: PMK welcomes DMK's decision to file appeal

PMK today welcomed DMK's decision to appeal against Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's acquittal in the disproportionate assets case.

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Arunachal an integral part of India: Kiren Rijiju

Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country and the government is committed to protecting its territorial integrity, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said here today.

2:52 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Raman Singh: Narendra Modi rule is result-oriented

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has hailed as "positive and result-oriented" the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose government completed one year in office today.

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NaMo: Govt has put derailed economy back on track in one year

The government has put the derailed economy back on track, contained inflation and improved investor confidence in the last one year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today while promising to do more in the coming days to meet "high expectations" of people.

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Amit Shah: Court will decide on powers of Delhi govt, Centre

BJP today said the Centre's differences with Arvind Kejriwal government were due to their different interpretation of the Constitution and the matter will be settled by court.

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'SMART' policing soon to be a reality

'SMART' policing will soon be a reality in the country with the Home Ministry calling a national conference to chalk out the plans for setting up such police units in all states.

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Nirbhay Sharma sworn-in as Governor of Mizoram

Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma was today sworn-in as the Governor of Mizoram at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here.

12:58 pm   #NitiPTI   #Politics   

Bihar polls: Doors open for new allies, says Amit Shah

Hinting at the possibility of joining hands with former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in Bihar polls, BJP President Amit Shah today said talks are on and his party's doors are open for new allies.