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Manish Tiwari on Supreme Court collegium issue

Manish-TiwariNew Delhi, 29 July, : Manish Tiwari a leader of Indian National Congress while expressing his views on Supreme court collegium matter said, "At different points in time we have experimented with different systems of judicial appointments".

He told ANI that, "There was a time when there was certain kind of preponderance of the executives, and then it was replaced by a preponderance of judiciary. There were question marks raised over the efficacy of both these systems."

61 Indians arrive from Iraq

Indians arriveChennai: Sixty-one Indian nationals hailing from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday arrived here from Iraq following their evacuation from the strife-torn Gulf country.

The returnees, who were employed with various companies in Iraq, landed here on an Air India flight via Mumbai and were received by senior state government officials at the Anna International terminal, airport officials said.

About 36 of them hail from Andhra Pradesh while the rest are from Tamil Nadu, officials said, adding that all of them have left on the onward journey to their homes.--PTI

President greets people on Eid-ul-Fitr

Pranab MukherjeeNew Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and expressed hope that the festival will reinforce the nation's commitment to mutual harmony and radiate the message of India's composite culture to the whole world.

In his message on the eve of the festival, the President said, "I extend warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens, particularly to my Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad."

Maharashtra to review drought like situation, says Ajit Pawar

Ajit PawarNagpur: The Maharashtra government has collected information about rainfall and sowing from all parts of the state, based on which a decision to compensate farmers will be taken at the cabinet meeting scheduled for July 30, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said here on Sunday.

"The situation is different in each division and a second sowing was carried out after rains in a particular area, but the situation is no good in Marathwada region where there are no rains or inadequate rains," Pawar said.

Monsoon expected to be normal, no need to be alarmist: Minister

Jitendra SinghNew Delhi: Monsoon is expected to be normal in the coming weeks and there is no need to be 'alarmist', Union minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said.

"The deficiency of monsoon in the first six weeks was 43 per cent. It has now gone down to 32 per cent. So, monsoon has increased by 11 per cent.

"In coming weeks, especially in central as well as northeast India, the forecast is that monsoon will be normal. We want to send a message to our countrymen that this is a good news and there is no need to become alarmist," Singh, the Minister of State for Earth Science, told reporters here.

Cong criticism on LoP issue unfair: Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah NaiduHyderabad: Accusing Congress of indulging in unfair criticism on the Leader of Opposition (LoP) issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asserted that the matter is in the purview of the Lok Sabha Speaker.

Sushma Swaraj visits Pashupatinath temple

Sushma-SwarajKathmandu: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited the famous Pashupatinath temple in the heart of Nepalese capital on Sunday.

Swaraj, who is on a three-day visit to Nepal, was accorded a warm welcome at the temple. About 100 children chanted vedic mantras while senior priest welcomed her with garlands.

She went around the temple and offered her prayers.

Swaraj was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae and other senior officials of her delegation.

India ready to take back its citizens: Home Ministry

Rajnath SinghNew Delhi: India on Saturday said it will take back all its citizens, detained onboard a boat seized by Australia, but a decision on other nationals will be taken as per international law and convention after ascertaining their identity.

A Home Ministry spokesperson said as per current policy, India will take back its own nationals, detained onboard a boat seized by the Australian authorities in the last week of June this year, provided the consular access clearly determines their origin.

Solanki to be sworn in as Haryana governor today

Kaptan Singh SolankiChandigarh: Former college professor and BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh Kaptan Singh Solanki will be sworn in as Haryana governor on Sunday, officials said here Saturday.

Solanki, 75, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, replaces Jagannath Pahadia whose five year term ended Saturday.

The governor-designate will have to straight away deal with a controversy over the enactment of a law in Haryana for the creation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in the state.

Taliban does not intend to meddle with other countries' affairs, says Omar Abdullah

omar-abdullahKarachi, July 26 : While sending Eid greetings to Muslims this year, Taliban leader Omar Abdullah has reportedly said that Taliban does not want to interfere with the internal affairs of other countries.

Urging fighters to protect Afghanistan's borders in a statement released on Friday, Abdullah assured the neighboring countries and the world that Taliban only aims to build an independent Islamic regime in Afghanistan and does not intend to harm any other nation, The Express Tribune reported.

Swaraj interacts with Nepal's leaders

sushma-swarajKathmandu, July 26 : Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is reportedly busy holding parleys with leaders of various Nepalese political parties.

After meeting Pashupati Shumsher Rana, the Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) upon her arrival in Kathmandu on Friday, Swaraj started parleys with leaders of other political parties since early morning today, reports the ekantipur web site.

She met the Chairman of Constituent Assembly, Subas Nembang, at Singha Dubar, while UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal called on her at the CA Hall in New Baneshwor.

Hillary Clinton says 'tough, arrogant' Putin also capable of 'charm'

Hillary-ClintonWashington, July 26 : Hillary Clinton in a recent interview referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as "tough" and "arrogant" and said that he was also capable of exuding charm.

According to Politico, she made the comments in an interview with CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, set to air on his eponymous show at 10 a. m. Sunday.

Clinton said of Putin that he had a lot of personas that he pulled out.

CAG report slams Chhattisgarh government run tribal hostels

CAGRaipur: Chhattisgarh government-run tribal hostels and residential schools lack basic infrastructure and proper security arrangements, a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report said on Friday.

The CAG report on the state's General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) sectors for the year-ended March 2013 was presented on today in the House.

There are 1,254 pre-matric tribal hostels and 1,153 tribal residential schools for scheduled tribes and scheduled caste students in the state, of which 371 hostels and 254 residential schools covering eight districts were audited, Accountant General (Audit) Chhattisgarh B K Mohanty told reporters at a press conference.

It's a matter of great honour to be brand ambassador of Telangana: Sania Mirza

Sania-MirzaHyderabad, July 25 : Tennis star Sania Mirza said here on Friday that for her it is a matter of great honour to be the brand ambassador of Telangana.

President dedicates Rashtrapati Bhavan museum to nation

India-Rashtrapati-Bhavan-museumNew Delhi, July 25 : President Pranab Mukherjee dedicated the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the Nation in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said "I hereby dedicate the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the nation. I am sure this Museum will enable the people of our nation obtain an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and vibrant community as well as educate them on the lives of various Presidents."

Sushma Swaraj to arrive in Kathmandu on Friday for joint commission talks

Sushma-SwarajKathmandu, July 25 : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive here on Friday afternoon on a three-day official visit to Nepal.

She is visiting Nepal on the invitation Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.

Swaraj will head the Indian side in the Nepal-India Joint Commission Meeting on Saturday.

Twenty-seven officers each from Nepal and India would participate in the commission's meeting.

Indian boy breaks limbo record by skating under '39 cars'

Gagan-SatishWashington, July 25 : 6-year-old Gagan Satish from Bangalore, India, broke limbo record when he roller-skated under 39 cars in a row in just 29 seconds.

Satish, who covered around 70 metres during the act while his face was just inches away from the ground, said that he loved to skate and had been doing it since he was three, the Daily Star reported.

His next goal was to skate under 100 cars, and eventually go to for the Olympics, added the kid, who broke the previous record of 48.21 metres set in 2012 by Shreeya Deshpande from Kolhapur, who was just 5 at the time.

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may be guilty of committing war crimes, warns UN

Navi-PillayLondon, July 24 : The rising tension in Gaza which has already claimed the lives of almost 700 Palestinians may have witnessed war crimes by Israel, the United Nation's top human rights official has alleged.

According to The Independent, referring to the July 16 attack by Israel in which four Palestinian boys were killed on a beach in Gaza, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in Geneva that there is a strong possibility that international humanitarian laws have been violated in the conflict and an enquiry must be initiated.

Kiran Bedi, Brinda Karat come out in support of Sania Mirza

Kiran-Bedi-Brinda-KaratNew Delhi, July 24 : Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today said that the elected representatives who are opposing Sania Mirza's appointment as the brand ambassador of Telangana are involved in small talk and wasting everyone's time.

Bedi told ANI, "These elected representatives are involved in very small talk. This is small talk and wasting big time of everyone. A daughter remains a daughter, she doesn't lose the roots in her country, and some of our elected people refuse to grow up. If a man marries outside the country he is not called an outsider then why should a woman be called that?"

Omar Abdullah angry over AFSPA not being reviewed

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, July 24 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that for some people the appropriate time to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu and Kashmir will never come even if there total peace in the state.

"It is ongoing discussion with the Central Government. Earlier it was the UPA Government and now it is the NDA Government. For some people the appropriate time to revoke AFSPA will never come. They are so fond of such laws that even if there is total peace here and no incidents of violence are reported, then also they will come up with some reasons so as to continue such laws," said Omar.


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