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Jaitley reviews security situation with service chiefs

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Aug 26 : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley met the three service chiefs on Tuesday to review the security situation across the country amid continued ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Arup Raha and Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan reportedly discussed the steps required to be taken by the armed forces to tackle the situation.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also had a meeting with heads of security and intelligence agencies on the issue on Monday.


Pak PM Sharif, army chief agree to resolve ongoing protests in national interest

nawaz-sharifIslamabad, Aug 26 : Pakistan Prime Minister met Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at his residence here on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office stated, "There was a consensus on the need to resolve the ongoing issue expeditiously in the best national interest."

This move may pay dividends for Sharif, as it is less than a week since reports stated that the army was preparing to give the present government an ultimatum.

The army, in a statement released last week, had said that it would not interfere with the politics of the country.


Top U.S. general warns IS would soon pose danger to country

Martin-DempseyJohannesburg, Aug 26 : The United States military's top general said that Islamic State extremists would soon be a danger to the U. S. and Europe and that a global alliance would be required to fight it.

U. S. commanders are preparing to fight IS militants in Syria as well as Iraq, said the top general's spokesperson Martin Dempsey.

According to News24, U. S. defence secretary Chuck Hagel said that the IS militants pose a bigger threat than the al-Qaeda terror group.

Dempsey said that IS group is a regional threat which can soon grow bigger and pose a danger to U. S. and Europe.


President congratulates Turkish PM on his election as President

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, Aug 25 : President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Republic of Turkey, on his election as the President of the Republic of Turkey.

"On behalf of the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend my greetings and good wishes on your election as the President of the Republic of Turkey," President Mukherjee said in his message to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey.


India responding adequately to Pak provocations: Jaitley

Arun JaitleyJangipur : Amid repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said there has been a series of "provocations" by Pakistani Army and the country's armed forces are "responding adequately".

"I have said yesterday and repeating it today that there has been a series of provocations from the Pakistani Army in the last few fays," he told reporters on the sidelines of inauguration of Murshidabad campus of Management Development Institute (MDI).


Romanian PM impersonates tennis star Simona Halep for 'Facebook popularity'

Victor-PontaLondon, Aug 23 : Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, recently pretend to be tennis star Simona Halep on Facebook to gain popularity, it has been reported.

Ponta posted a picture of the rank 2 champion in women's singles to his Facebook page and wrote; " Simona Halep has just launched her official Facebook page! I LIKE it, do you?" the Daily Star reported.

Although a picture of Halep was next to the "Like" button, the page actually shared in the sponsored post was Ponta's.


PM addresses IITs' Boards of Governors conference at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Aug 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of IITs at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he exhorted them to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by the common people in their day-to-day life.

At the conference named 'Science is Universal', PM Modi said that technology must be local.


Pak's Information Minister challenges Lahore court ruling against Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 22 : A Lahore court's ruling ordering the registration of a murder case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and several other PML-N leaders over the Model Town incident has been challenged by the country's Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed.

According to the Dawn, Rasheed challenged the ruling in the Lahore High Court in a personal capacity, which the court has admitted for hearing.

Lahore High Court's Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa will be hearing the case today.


Hollande blames 'major powers' for rise of ISIS

Francois-HollandeLondon, Aug 22 : French President Francois Hollande has reportedly gone on record to say that if the "major powers" had reacted against the use of chemical weapons a year ago, the world would have been spared the horrible choice between a terrorist group and a dictator.

The statement is supposed to be aimed at the United Kingdom and the United States. He further said that if the global powers had acted two years ago to ensure a smooth transition of power, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS) would not have existed today, reported The Daily express.


Pakistan has reneged on the Simla Agreement: MEA

Syed-AkbaruddinNew Delhi, Aug 20 : The Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday that Pakistan has reneged on the Simla Agreement of July 1972.

MEA spokesman told media here, "After the signing of the Simla Agreement, there are only two stakeholders in the issue of Jammu and Kashmir - the Union of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This principle is the bedrock of our bilateral relations."


UN Rights chief says Ferguson racial violence reminiscent of apartheid

Navi-PillayJohannesburg, Aug 20 : UN Rights chief Navi Pillay said that the conflict in the US town of Ferguson is a stark reminder of the racial violence triggered by apartheid in her native South Africa.

According to News 24, Navi Pillay, who is due to step down at the end of the month after six years in the UN hotseat, urged US authorities to investigate allegations of brutality and examine the "root causes" of racial discrimination in America.

Pillay condemned the "excessive" use of force by the police and called for the right of protest to be respected in an interview in her office.


IB Ministry suspends CBFC CEO

Prakash-Javadekar_New Delhi, Aug 20  : The Ministry of information and Broadcasting has suspended the chief executive officer of the Central Board of Film Certification, Rakesh Kumar , who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe.

Speaking to ANI exclusively, Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said corruption will not be tolerated, and hence, Kumar has been suspended.


PM invites ideas from people on new plan body

PM invites ideas from people on new plan body New Delhi - Taking a step further towards scrapping the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday invited ideas from the people on the new institution to replace the plan body.

The government also announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov. Nic. In for suggestions on the new institution.

"We envision the proposed Institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the States.... Let the ideas flow," the Prime Minister said in a statement.


Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate four-laning of Kaithal highway tomorrow

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Aug 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the four-laning of the over 160-kilometer-long national highway from Kaithal to the Haryana-Rajasthan border at Kaithal tomorrow.

This road will pass through Kalayat, Narwana, Barwala, Hisar and Siwani towns. The project shall benefit the people of four districts in terms of improved living standarda, safe connectivity and economic prosperity, an official press statement said.

Twenty-three underpasses and over 20-kilometer-long service roads are proposed in the project near villages which shall ensure the safety of the pedestrian and the people residing off the highway.


ISKCON temple all set for Janmashtami celebration

ISKCON temple all set for Janmashtami celebrationNew Delhi, Aug. 18 -  The International Society for Krishna Consciousness ( ISKCON) temple is all set for celebrating Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna in an astounding manner.

In the temple, 'Mangal Aarti' ended at around 4.30 in the morning, followed by the 'Sringar' of Lord Krishna.


Prime Minister Modi greets nation on Janmashtami

Nare-ModiNew Delhi, Aug 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said, "Greetings on Janmashtami! May Lord Krishna bless our lives with peace, prosperity and happiness."

Lord Krishna is said to have been born at midnight on the ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Janmashtami. (ANI)


Pak PM to observe PTI, PAT sit-ins before holding talks with party chiefs

Nawaz-SharifKarachi, Aug 17 : Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to observe Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ( PTI) and Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-ins closely till Monday before taking a decision on forming a government committee to hold talks with the party chiefs Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri.

Nawaz Sharif asked his party members to avoid panic and fear, reports the Dawn.

The PAT had nominated 21 people in its application for registration of a murder case.

PM Nawaz Sharif and the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were among the 21 people who had been nominated by PAT.


Centre defers state FMs study tour to China, Russia

narendra modiNew Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has put on hold the proposal of the Empowered Committee of state FMs on GST to visit China and Russia on a 16-day study tour.

This was the seventh overseas visit planned by the Empowered Committee to study the structure of Goods and Services Tax (GST) since 2006.

The government, which has imposed restrictions on overseas visits by officials and senior government functionaries, has deferred the proposed tour, sources said.


Manmohan Singh joined pre-medical course, backed out: Daughter

Daman SinghNew Delhi: Manmohan Singh had joined a pre-medical course as his father wanted him to become a doctor but pulled out after a couple of months, losing interest in the subject, according to a book on the former prime minister by his daughter.

Daman Singh charts the journey of her parents in her book "Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan", providing new insights into the couple but keeps away from the last 10 years when Singh was heading the UPA government.

She also finds her father to be a funny man saying he has a good sense of humour.

In April 1948, Singh was admitted to Khalsa College in Amritsar.


IS militants may attack Britain, says David Cameron

David CameronLondon, Aug 17 - Islamic State militants may attack people in Britain unless immediate action is taken and they are defeated, warns the United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.

According to the BBC, Cameron said that a security response was the need of the hour and that it had to be taken immediately.

The statement came after the Church leaders said that the UK had no strategic approach to deal with the Islamic extremism.

Currently the Kurdish forces, supported y the U. S. airstrikes, are fighting the IS militants.


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