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Budget 2015 high on intent, low on delivery: Manish Tewari

Budget 2015 high on intent, low on delivery: Manish Tewari

New Delhi, Feb 28 : Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said the Union Budget 2015 was high on intent and low on delivery, adding that there was nothing in it for the common man.

"The budget fails to address the structural of the Indian economy. It is high on intent, low on delivery. There is nothing in this budget for common man. " Tewari told ANI.

"It tries to confuse, if not abuse by going into detail and the specific examples of that is there is no timeline with regard to the implementation of the Goods and Service Tax," he added.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Budget for the fiscal 2015-16 in the parliament earlier today.

PM Modi hails dedication of scientists on National Science Day

Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Feb. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed the dedication, determination and untiring efforts of scientists on National Science Day.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter for sharing his message.

"National Science Day is an occasion to remember the dedication, determination and untiring efforts of our scientists. They are India's pride. Science and technology will determine India's future, just as it has played a crucial role in bringing our Nation to where we are today. The Government is fully committed to encouraging research, innovation and excellence in science, particularly among our young minds," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

He also saluted the brilliance and long-lasting contribution of Sir CV Raman to the field of science.

Railway budget a reflection of NDA Government's 'noble' motives: PM Modi

Railway budget a reflection of NDA Government's 'noble' motives: PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the railway budget presented by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was indicative of his government's noble endeavor with respect to the needs of the common man, and added that the proposal is aimed at benefitting the poorest of the poor in the country.

"The railway budget, in the past, had focused on how many coaches would be added, how many coaches would have air-conditioning and how many trains would be added to the existing network. For the first time, we have a railway budget targeting Rs eight lakh crores without raising passenger fares. This is a reflection of the government's noble and accomplished motive," Prime Minister Modi said.

Bedi lauds Jaitley's defense on Land Acquisition Ordinance

Bedi lauds Jaitley's defense on Land Acquisition Ordinance

New Delhi, Feb 26 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi on Thursday showered praise on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his defense of the government's proposed Land Acquisition Ordinance, saying it will make one realise the falsehood been spread on the issue.

"Outstanding defense of Land Acquisition Ordinance in RSabha by @ arunjaitley Pl hear it. Will realise how much falsehood been spread. Tragic!" she tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Jaitley defended the government's proposed Land Acquisition Ordinance and accused the Congress of creating an environment in which the words 'infrastructure and industry' become 'bad words'.

Britain to provide 'military training' to Ukrainian soldiers

David Cameron

London, Feb 25 - Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly announced his decision to send British troops to Ukraine in the next few weeks to provide advice and training.

Cameron told a House of Commons committee that up to 75 British personnel divided into four teams would be sent to an area well away from the conflict zone in east Ukraine to provide medical, logistics, intelligence and infantry training, reported the BBC.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a statement that the move was prompted by "continued Russian-backed aggression."

Cameron warned that more sanctions would follow on Russia if the separatists failed to observe the truce.

Russia has lied about its activities in Ukraine: John Kerry

John Kerry

Washington : Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Russia has repeatedly lied to him about its activities in Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting national forces.

"Russia is engaged in a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I've seen since the very height of the Cold War," Kerry told a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

"And they have been persisting in their misrepresentations lies whatever you want to call them about their activities there to my face, to the face of others on many different occasions."

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies arming rebels in the war in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 5,600 people and forced over a million to flee their homes.

Bahrain Foreign Minister calls on PM Modi

Bahrain Foreign Minister calls on PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 23 : Bahrain Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national capital.

The two leaders shook hands and exchanged pleasantries before discussing matters of mutual concern to both nations.

A release by the Prime Minister's Office stated that the visiting dignitary expressed the deep 'emotional bonds of friendship' that exists between Bahrain and India, reiterating his nation's commitment towards deepening bilateral relations, especially in the fields of defence, security, counter- terrorism and trade and investment sectors.

US mulling 'serious sanctions' against Russia post ceasefire violations in east Ukraine

John Kerry

London, Feb 22 - Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly warned that the United States is mulling "serious sanctions" against Russia after the recently-forged ceasefire deal failed to hold in east Ukraine.

While accusing Russia of engaging in "an absolutely brazen and cynical process" over the last few days by supporting the rebels and undermining the ceasefire agreement, Kerry, who was a visit to London, warned that the U. S. was not going to "sit there and be part of this kind of extraordinarily craven behaviour at the expense of the sovereignty and integrity of a nation," reported the BBC.

He said that if this failure continued then there will be "further consequences" including, "consequences that would place additional strains on Russia's already troubled economy."

'Emboldened' Putin warns no country can 'gain military superiority over Russia'

Vladimir Putin

Washington, Feb 21 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that no country should be under "the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia".

According to the Washington Times, Putin said that the country would always answer back in any such cases where nations try to gain military superiority .

Putin believes that Russian soldiers and officers are ready to act in defence and perform difficult tasks that would mark their military duty.

Putin's remarks come two days after the UK released pictures of Russian SA-22 surface-to-air missile systems in Ukraine. (ANI)

PM Modi's pinstriped suit fetches Rs. 4.31 crores at auction

PM Modi's pinstriped suit fetches Rs. 4.31 crores at auction

Surat, Feb 20 : The auction for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monogrammed pinstriped suit ended on Friday, with the winning bid fetching Rs. 4.31 crores.

Diamond merchant Hitesh Patel placed the winning bid, stating that he would like to keep the suit in his office.

"We will keep the suit in our office as a reminder of the noble cause we took part in," Patel said, after he was announced as the winner of the auction.

The pinstripe suit in question was gifted to the Prime Minister by NRI businessman Rameshkumar Bhikabhai Virani. Prime Minister Modi had worn the suit while attending the Republic Day Parade.

Proceeds from the auction will be used in the 'Namaami Gange' project which is a government initiative. (ANI)

Element of doubt in Prime Minister's words: Congress

Element of doubt in Prime Minister's words: Congress

New Delhi, Feb 17 : The Congress on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's refusal to give a statement in the Parliament assuring people's security and respect to every individual's religion creates an element of doubt.

" Narendra Modi had assured in the meeting that India will be an inclusive society and all religions will be given its due share and respect. Any attack on any of the religion will not be tolerated. This statement is what people expected to hear from the Prime Minister in the Parliament," said Congress leader PC Chacko.

PM Modi wishes nation on Mahashivratri

Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Feb. 17 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wished the nation on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

The Prime Minister took to twitter to convey his wishes.

"Good wishes to all of you on this auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri. Greetings on Maha Shivratri," Prime Minister Modi stated in a tweet.

Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is observed on the 13th night /14th day of the 11 Hindu month of Phalguna or Maagh every year.

Devotees celebrate the auspicious day by fasting and offering special prayers to Lord Shiva. (ANI)

Bedi takes full responsibility for BJP poll loss in Delhi, says 'did it all not for any glory'

Bedi takes full responsibility for BJP poll loss in Delhi, says 'did it all not

New Delhi, Feb 16 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiran Bedi on Monday admitted she has failed the test and clarified that she opted for electoral politics not for position or power, but to serve the people.

"I opted for electoral politics, not for position or power, but for serving the city, which is my home for last over 40 years. A city which I have served in various capacities, through thick and thin," she said in her blog titled 'An open letter to fellow Indians'.

The former top cop also claimed full responsibility for the BJP's dismal show in the Delhi Assembly polls.

'Hands-on dads' like Becks have been around since Victorian times

'Hands-on dads' like Becks have been around since Victorian times

London, Feb 16 : So what if David Beckham is a 'hands-on' dad? Scientists have claimed that doting have existed since the Victorian times.

The University of Manchester researchers analyzed fatherhood in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries and found strong evidence that dads were much more involved in their children's lives than previously thought, Manchester Evening News reported.

The findings contest the widely-held belief of a huge generational shift in attitudes to fatherhood and that 'modern men' were more at ease with parenting and engaged with their kids.

Kejriwal meets Rajnath Singh, invites latter for oath-taking ceremony

Kejriwal meets Rajnath Singh, invites latter for oath-taking ceremony

New Delhi, Feb 11 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the latter's residence on Wednesday and invited him for his swearing-in ceremony which is to take place on February 14 at Ramilia Grounds.

Party leader Manish Sisodia was also present at the meeting.

"We requested him ( Rajnath Singh) to attend the oath-taking ceremony on Saturday. We also requested him for his support that Delhi gets full state rights, and that both the state government and the Centre should work constructively together for Delhi," said Sisodia.

Kejriwal, who was unanimously elected as the leader of the legislative party yesterday, met Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu earlier in the day.

He is also scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee today.

India's spirit is unity amidst immense diversity, says Swaraj

India's spirit is unity amidst immense diversity, says Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 11 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that India's spirit is unity amidst the immense diversity and traditions of non-violence and tolerance.

"What is this spirit of India? I believe it is our unity amidst the immense diversity of India, it is our traditions of non-violence and tolerance. It is the age old concepts of Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the world is a family) and Sarva dharma sambhav (equal respect for all faiths)," said Swaraj.

"It is adherence to these ideas and ideals which has made India the oldest continuous civilization in the world, with a history going back five thousand years. Most of the old civilizations of the world are dead and gone, but India has continued to maintain, developed and enrich its cultural heritage," she added.

Emotional Kejriwal thanks Delhi public for historic win

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb. 10 - Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday turned emotional as he thanked the people of Delhi for his party's historic win in the assembly polls and vowed to always walk on the path of truth.

Urging all his party MLAs and workers to avoid being arrogant post the win, Kejriwal said, "It's very scary, the kind of support that the people of Delhi have given us. I would like to tell all workers and MLAs don't be arrogant."

"I am sure together with the people we can make Delhi a place of which everyone will be proud. We will always walk the path of truth. We have to get together and serve Delhi. I cannot do anything alone," he added.

He said the people of Delhi have achieved something spectacular through Tuesday's vote count.

Jaitley emphasises need for archiving books in digital form

Jaitley emphasises need for archiving books in digital form

New Delhi, Feb 9 : Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley on Monday emphasised the need for the availability of books and other knowledge products in digital form, keeping in mind the advance of technology.

Speaking at the launch of the 'India: 2015 Reference Annual' at the national capital, Jaitley stated that the digital medium would provide enhanced accessibility and affordability of information to a wider audience.

The minister also started that the digitization of printed books carrying information on India's development will be a useful reference material for people worldwide, with e-books providing enhanced accessibility and affordability of facts to a wider audience

'Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism': PM Modi

'Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism': PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 8 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon the Chief Ministers of various states to work with the Centre in order to build a model of cooperative federalism, whereby the Centre and the state government can come together to resolve differences and chart a common course to progress and prosperity.

Terming the first gathering of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog as the potential to bring about historic changes, Prime Minister Modi said that the meet would help advance the national cause 'as we jointly define it'.

Malala Yousafzai's father writes open letter to parents of Nigerian girls abducted by Boko haram

Malala Yousafzai

Washington, Feb 08 - Ziauddin, father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has written an open letter to the parents of the Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram saying that Malala and he will not give up the battle.

According to ABC News, Malala and her father have become global advocates for education after Malala survived an attack on her by Taliban two years ago.

Ziauddin Yousafzai's letter came to the fore on the eve of the 300th day of the schoolgirls' abduction.

He showed complete solidarity to the parents saying that "we cannot rest until we have justice for your daughters and for all girls and boys kept out of school". (ANI)



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