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Britain keen to invite PM Modi, says British High Commissioner

Britain keen to invite PM Modi, says British High CommissionerNew Delhi, Nov 22 : British High Commissioner Sir James Bevan on Saturday told senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Jolly that Britain is keen to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.

Sir Bevan said this while the two leaders met over tea at the British envoy's residence in the national capital.

During the meeting, Sir Bevan recalled that the British Government was the first to re-engage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 22, 2012 which had led to the strengthening of economic, educational, social and diplomatic ties between Gujarat and Britain.

No bond stronger than that between two democracies, says PM Modi

PM ModiNew Delhi, Nov 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that there is no bond that is stronger than that which is between two democracies, adding that the honour of his addressing the Parliaments of Australia and Fiji, a first for any Indian Prime Minister, was accorded to him to due to the respect that the nation has in the world.

The Prime Minister wrote a blog reflecting upon his experiences during his trip, which included his attending five summits and 20 bilateral meetings.

PM Modi posts selfie with Fijian counterpart

Narendra Modi Frank BainimaramaNew Delhi, Nov 20 : Barely few hours after crossing the eight-million followers mark on micro-blogging site Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a selfie with his Fijian counterpart Frank Bainimarama.

The picture, taken during the Prime Minister's visit to Suva on Wednesday, was posted by Prime Minister Bainimarama, which the former quickly retweeted.

"PM Bainimarama took our selfie before the banquet he hosted yesterday evening," Prime Minister Modi tweeted, while posting a picture capturing the moment when the two leaders were posing for the selfie.

Brett Lee welcomes PM Modi, says 'India is very close to my heart'

brett lee Sydney, Nov 17 : Former Australian Test cricketer, who welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Allphones Arena in Olympic Park here today, said that India has been close to his heart.

"I would like to welcome Prime Minister of India, Namaste, welcome to Australia," Lee said.

"I first fell in love with India in 1994. It is very close to my heart, beautiful people," he added.

The Prime Minister, who arrived at the event to a rousing welcome, shook hands with former Indian cricketer Javagal Srinath and Australian umpire Simon Taufel prior to his address to the Indian Diaspora.

Mitt Romney slams Obama for saying no to sending ground troops to fight IS

Washington, Nov 17 : Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee has slammed US President Barack Obama for his decision to not send any ground troops to fight the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

According to CBS News, Romney said that the president was "wrong" to rule out ground troops, hinting it was not wise on the President's part to announce his plans to the enemy.

Romney said that while no one wanted to see the country's ground troops there, it was not advisable to tell the enemy exactly what the US planned on doing or what it did not intend to do.

Putin leaves G20 summit early, pleading 'lack of sleep'

Vladimir PutinLondon, Nov 16 : Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first world leader to leave Brisbane's G20 summit, pleading a lack of sleep, after hours of browbeating by Western leaders over the Ukrainian conflict.

While praising the summit's "constructive atmosphere," Putin said that the reported fallout between him and Western nations was "exaggerated" by the media, reported The Guardian.

He explained his early departure by saying that he had to get back to Moscow to work and needed "five or four hours of sleep."

PM Modi raises issue of black money in G-20 Summit

Narendra ModiBrisbane, Nov 16 - Raising the issue of black money during the G-20 Summit meeting here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stated that India supports all initiatives which facilitates automatic exchange of information among nations that ultimately helps in tracing unaccounted money and its eventual repatriation. In series of tweets, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin's twitter handle revealed Prime Minister Modi's intervention on issues of tax evasion at the G-20 Summit.

Nikki Haley gets nostalgic after visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar

Nikki HaleyAmritsar, Nov 15 : South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley got nostalgic and emotional after visiting the Golden Temple here today.

She said that she was seeing the temple after 40 years.

Haley is ona visit to Amritsar with her husband and an American delegation. She is on a ten-day trip to India.

After visiting the temple, and overwhelmed and emotional Haley could barely hold back her tears, and described her visit as "really special and emotional."

Cameron says relations with India is UK's priority

David CameronBrisbane (Australia), Nov 14 : British Prime Minister David Cameron, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Brisbane on Friday, said that relations with New Delhi are a top foreign policy priority for his country.

"Relations with India are at the top of the priorites of UK's foreign policy - @David_Cameron to PM @narendramodi," MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

"Your's is a very inspiring vision, UK wants to partner in any way we can - PM @David_Cameron to PM @narendramodi," he added in his tweet.

Here's what happened when the world's tallest man met his shortest counterpart

Sultan Kosen Chandra DangiWashington, Nov 14 : World's tallest man and the world's shortest man recently met for the very first time in London on the occasion of Guinness World Records Day 2014.

Sultan Kosen, a 31-year-old farmer from Turkey who stands 8-foot-9, became the world's talent living man in 2009 per Guinness World Records and Chandra Dangi, a 71-year-old from Nepal, stands just 21.5 inches tall, earned him the title of world's shortest man, E! Online reported.

Kosen asserted that even though Dangi was short and he was tall, they have had similar struggles throughout their lives.

PM Modi wishes Justice Iyer on his 100th birthday

PM ModiNew Delhi, Nov 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer on his 100th birthday.

"Warm birthday wishes to an icon in Indian public life, Justice VR Krishna Iyer as he turns 100. I pray that he is blessed with good health. Legal luminary, philosopher and intellectual, Justice Krishna Iyer is an Institution in himself, who dedicated his life to the nation," Prime Minister Modi said.

"Justice Iyer's life and works are an inspiration to all of us. My interactions with him have been very enriching. I learnt a lot from him," he added. (ANI)

`The Holy Grail` of watches sells for record 15.1m pounds

The Holy GrailLondon, Nov 12 : The stunning watch hailed as 'the Holy Grail' of time pieces, as it is said to be the world's most complex watch, has been recently sold for record 15.1million pounds.

Wealthy collectors descended to the auction in Geneva, Switzerland to make their bid for the Henry Graves Supercomplication, the Daily Express reported.

Made by Patek Philippe, the watch which was assembled entirely by hand was offered with an estimate of 10 million pounds and created a new world record with the auction house breaking out in applause.

Kazakh President unveils plans for massive infrastructure investments

Nursultan NazarbayevAstana (Kazakhstan), Nov 12 : In a surprise and before time state of the union address, Kazakhstan's President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has announced a new economic policy that heavily places emphasis on massive state investment in infrastructure over the next several years.

India's 'Look East Policy' has become 'Act East Policy': PM Modi

Narendra ModiNay Pyi Taw, Nov 12 : Asserting that a new era of economic development, industrialization and trade has begun in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said externally, India's 'Look East Policy' has become 'Act East Policy'.

"We greatly respect the enthusiasm with which you have extended the hand of friendship to India. Today the world and the region need a strong India-ASEAN partnership; that is why we believe that we are entering in a new era in the India-ASEAN partnership," said Prime Minister Modi.

Prime Minister Modi said that he is very pleased to have the privilege to participate in the India-ASEAN Summit.

Smriti Irani expresses anguish over comments made by AMU VC

Smriti IraniNew Delhi, Nov 11 : Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday expressed her anguish over the controversial comments made by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice chancellor Lieutenant General (retired) Zameer Uddin Shah regarding girl students visiting the library.

"It is unfortunate that when entire nation is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, such statements have surfaced. It's not only saddening as a woman but it also instils a feeling of resentment," Irani told the media here.

Netanyahu warns against Iran nuclear deal post Khamenei's 'Israel elimination' statement

Benjamin NetanyahuWashington, Nov 11 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the world powers against rushing into a deal on Iran's nuclear program despite a looming deadline after the nation's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for the elimination of Israel in a newly released document.

While accusing Iran of promoting international terrorism, Netanyahu remarked on Monday that the nation does not observe any moderation and is "unrepentant and unreformed," reported the CNN.

Kids of better educated mums achieve better academic success

Kids of better educated mumsWashington, Nov 11 : A new study has revealed that the mother's education plays an important role in her child's academic success.

According to Sandra Tang , the study's lead author from the University of Michigan, children of mothers 19 and older usually enter kindergarten with higher levels of achievement, and continue to excel in math and reading at higher levels through eighth grade when compared to children of mothers 18 and younger.

The negative consequences of teen mothers not only affect the child born when the mother was an adolescent, but they affect the mother's subsequent children as well.

Obama says decision to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq marks 'new phase' in IS strategy

Barack ObamaLondon, Nov 10 - United States President Barack Obama has said that the decision to deploy 1,500 more troops to Iraq marks "a new phase" in the U.S. strategy to take on the Islamic State (IS).

Obama said that the new troops, although non-combat advisers, will aid Iraqi forces to attack the IS, reported the BBC.

A U.S.-led coalition has been helping Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces to take the lost territories back from the IS by conducting air strikes.

Iraqi forces have now seized large parts of Baiji , where Iraq's biggest oil refinery is situated, from the terror group. (ANI)

Obama talks about 'shared interest' in fighting IS in 'secret letter' to Iran's Supreme Leader

Barack ObamaLondon, Nov 07 - United States President Barack Obama has reportedly sent a "secret letter" to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei describing a shared interest in combating the Islamic State ( IS).

According to the BBC, Obama stressed that any co-operation in taking on the terror group is dependent on Iran reaching a nuclear agreement by November 24 diplomatic deadline.

The letter was sent last month and is at least the fourth letter written by Obama to Khamenei after he assumed office in 2009.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to begin negotiations on the issue with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif this weekend in Oman.

Ukraine to halt subsidies to rebel-held areas

Arseniy YatsenyukKiev : Ukraine will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the prime minister today announced a move that could worsen the already grievous economic conditions there.

Aging industrial operations in Ukraine's economically depressed but coal-rich east have for many years relied heavily on state subsidies.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a government meeting that USD 2.6 billion in state support will be held back from rebel-held areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

He did not say what time period that subsidy figure represented.

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