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CBI to probe Chidambaram's FIPB nod in Aircel-Maxis deal

CBI to probe ChidambaramNew Delhi: The CBI will investigate the circumstances of the FIPB approval given by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006.

The agency told a special court in its chargesheet in the case that Mauritius-based M/s Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis, had sought approval for USD 800 million for which Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was competent to do so.

'Peaceful ties between dragon and elephant key to world peace'

Xi JinpingNew Delhi : If the "Chinese dragon" and the "Indian elephant" co-exist harmoniously, it will not only benefit 2.5 billion people in the two nations but also have far-reaching impact in the region and the world, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Thursday.

"Both China and India are influential countries in the world. When our two nations speak with one voice, the whole world will listen attentively," China's official Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as telling Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their talks.

Uttar Pradesh CM showers sops on doctors

akhilesh yadavLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday showered sops on doctors raising the retirement age of faculty members of government medical colleges to 65 years and bringing pay scales of KGMU teachers here on par with SGPGIMS.

"Keeping in mind the specialist services being done by the teachers of the King Gerorge's Medical University, their pay scales will be at par with the Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences here," Akhilesh said, addressing a function organised by KGMU.

"The retirement age of faculty members of the government medical colleges would be 65 years," he also said.

Chinese president praises India's growth story

Chinese president praises India's growth storyNew Delhi, Sept 18 : Describing India as an amazing and a colourful nation visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping today praised India's growth story as incredible and appeared to agree with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's view that China and India are two bodies in one spirit.

"Prime Minister Modi has told me that China and India are two bodies in one spirit and he made that remarks when we attended the Brics in Fortalleza, Brazil," the Chinese President quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark which he had made during the 6th BRICS summit in Fortalleza.

PM Modi welcomes Chinese President in Ahmedabad

PM Modi welcomes Chinese President in AhmedabadAhmedabad, Sept 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife at a hotel here on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Modi presented a bouquet of flowers to both the Chinese President and his wife Peng Liyuan.

The two leaders shook hands with each other and exchanged brief pleasantries.

Earlier on his arrival, the Chinese President was received by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her Cabinet colleagues at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport here.

Malala set to receive first ever Asia Game changer award

malala yousafzaiKarachi, Sep 17 : A report has revealed that Malala Yousufzai and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy have been chosen from Pakistan by the Asia society for the first Asia Game changer awards that will be handed out at the United Nations ( UN) later this year.

According to The Express Tribune, the society chose Malala, the teenage child activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, for the award for her incessant fight "for continuing to dream, and fight for girls the world over, after living a nightmare." Chinoy, Pakistan's only Oscar winner, on the other hand, was selected for her "eye-opening" films that gave voice to the voiceless.

Chinese President to begin three-day India visit from today

Xi JinpingAhmedabad, Sept. 17 - Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Ahmedabad on Wednesday afternoon on a three-day state visit.

He will be received by Gujarat Governor O. P. Kohli, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her cabinet colleagues at Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport at around 2 p. m.

President Jinping, his wife and his entourage will be given a traditional welcome along with a guard of honour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome him in Vastrapur, after which, both leaders will hold talks.

Modi govt created favourable atmosphere for India: President

Modi govt created favourable atmosphere for India: PresidentHo Chi Minh City: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday had some words of praise for the new Indian government as he credited it for not only initiating steps to bring the economy on a better path but also for creating a "favourable" atmosphere for India across the globe.

The President, who abandoned his written speech for an extempore talk during the Indian community reception in this historic city of Vietnam, also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accomplishing a wonderful trip to Japan from where, he said, hopes of substantial Foreign Direct Investment are expected to be ploughed into India in the future.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Sri Lanka

Xi JinpingKatunayake (Sri Lanka), Sept 16 : Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday on a 23-hour-long state visit on the second leg of his three-nation South Asia tour.

Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were received by Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife, Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

Xi will hold bilateral talks with Rajapaksa, and will oversee the signing of at least twenty agreements to build roads, highways and a port city adjacent to the Chinese-operated port in Colombo.

The highlight of his visit is expected to be the start of Chinese-financed Colombo Port City's construction, which has seen a 1.43 billion US dollar investment by China.

Hollande calls for 'global response' to defuse threat posed by ISIS

Hollande calls for 'global response' to defuse threat posed by ISISWashington, Sep 15 : Opening a summit in Paris that focuses on co-coordinating a response to the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), French President Francois Hollande underlined the need to devise a global response to defuse the global threat.

The French President termed the beheading of David Haines "cowardly" and called on the participating countries to act quickly without wasting any time, reported Sky News.

Iraqi PM renounces British citizenship by law

Haider al-AbadiBaghdad: Iraqi officials close to the country's new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi say he has renounced his British citizenship since officially assuming office last week.

The three government officials close to al-Abadi, who declined to be named because they are not authorized to discuss the matter, said he surrendered his British passport after his government was officially approved by parliament on September 8.

Iraq's constitution stipulates that an Iraqi citizen may hold multiple passports. However, anyone who assumes a senior security or government position must abandon any other acquired citizenship.

Kerry says Egypt critical in fighting IS extremists

John KerryLondon, Sept 14 : US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that Egypt has a key role to play in countering Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.

Kerry, who is on trip to the Middle East to enlist broader support for a coalition to fight the Islamist threat from the IS, has received backing of atleast 10 Arab states so far including Egypt. However, the US Secretary of State has ruled out Iran joining the international coalition, the BBC reported.

Acknowledging Egypt's reputation as "an intellectual and cultural capital of the Muslim world, Kerry stated that Cairo had a "critical role to play in publicly renouncing the ideology that IS disseminates".

Prakash Javadekar visits Kaziranga

Prakash JavadekarNagaon, (Assam), Sep 13 : Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar visited the Kaziranga National Park recently.

At a meeting held at Kaziranga Convention Hall, the union minister spoke to the locals and various NGOs and organizations and discussed problems like Rhino Poaching and the protection of wildlife.

He declared that he will try to recruit maximum local people and engage them for the safety and security of the Kaziranga National Park. He also announced that a special Rhino Protection Force will be formed soon. (ANI)

England cricket star Moeen Ali advises Brit-Muslims against joining IS

Moeen AliLondon, Sep 13 : England cricket star Moeen Ali has urged young British Muslims not to join the extremist group Islamic State (IS).

Ali said it was "worrying" that hundreds of Britons had joined the brutal group abroad, Express. co. uk reports.

The 27 year old devout Muslim said that the IS' actions were not reflective of Islam and condemned the group for killing members of other religions.

Earlier, Ali had a tough time dealing with authorities after he was questioned for flaunting "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" wristbands during the Third Test against India.

Sania Mirza meets PM Modi

sania mirza narendra modNew Delhi, Sept 12 : Tennis player and winner of the recent US Open Mixed Doubles Sania Mirza on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

Last week, Prime Minister Modi had congratulated the tennis ace for winning the Grand Slam title. "Congratulations to Sania Mirza for the victory in the US Open Mixed Doubles Finals. We are very proud of the achievement," the Prime Minister had said.

Mirza and her Brazilian teammate Bruno Soares had lifted the US Open title on September 5. The duo defeated the American-Mexican side of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.(ANI)

Iran wants West to abandon 'illogical demands' ahead of next nuclear talks

Iran wants West to abandonJohannesburg, Sep 12 : Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has reportedly said that the world powers should abandon their "illogical demands" over its nuclear programme ahead of Thursday's talks in order to yield results and reach an understanding by November.

Araqchi, one of Iran's chief negotiators was speaking before a meeting in Vienna with senior officials from the three European members of the group of six world powers involved in negotiations with Tehran, reported News 24.

Praful Patel forced Air India board to buy 40 extra planes, says former CAG

Praful Patel forced Air IndiaNew Delhi, Sept 11 : Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai has claimed that former Union Minister of Civil Aviation Praful Patel had pressurized the Air India board to buy an extra 40 planes.

Rai said that Patel put pressure on the Air India board during his tenure at the Civil Aviation Ministry, which caused the flag carrier to purchase 68 planes instead of the 28 that it was originally to be bought. These extra planes, said Rai, were bought at a cost of Rs 38,000 crore.

Chargesheet filed against Amit Shah for hate speech

Muzaffarnagar, Sept 10 : The Uttar Pradesh Police has filed a chargesheet against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah based on a video in which he allegedly made a hate speech during the run up to the
2014 Lok Shabha elections.

Circle Officer Yogendra Singh said, "Amit Shah has been booked under the Sections 153,195, 295A and 505. The Sections have been decided based on the contents of the CD."

The BJP leader had during his speech made on April 4 reportedly said that it was time to seek revenge for the killings during the last year's riots in Muzaffarnagar. (ANI)

PM Modi receives Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong

New Delhi, Sept 10 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received the Emeritus Senior Minister ( ESM) of Singapore Goh Chok Tong here on Wednesday, conveyed India's keen desire to partner with Singapore.

Goh was accompanied by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S Iswaran and Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee.

Goh congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his emphatic victory in the elections and for presenting an ambitious vision of India's economic and social transformation. He also encouraged Prime Minister Modi to work towards developing India as a global manufacturer through a combination of skill development, standard setting and access to the global market.

Zardari claims Sharif proposed to take turns ruling Pakistan after 2008 elections

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Sep 06 : Former Pakistani president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that after the 2008 elections, Nawaz Sharif approached him with a proposal to take turns ruling the country.

Zardari said that after 2008 elections that was won by his party, PML-N leadership asked him to take his turn and let them take the next turn, the Express Tribune reports.

The PPP head said that he did not 'extend any favour' at any point of time to the prime minister.

He said that he was following the political ideology of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and late Benazir Bhutto.

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