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Najeeb Jung appeals for warm clothing donations for New Delhi's night shelters

Najeeb JungNew Delhi, Dec 22 : In light of the onset of winter, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung has appealed to the citizens of the national capital to donate warm clothing and bedding material for the poor, to be given at the night shelters set up in the city.

"Delhi is a city, which has opened its heart to people in emergencies over centuries. Whenever there has been a crisis, people of Delhi have risen to the occasion and helped their brethren. A very good demonstration of this spirit has been how our brothers and sisters have responded in the last two days to the needs of the poor in the Night Shelters, especially in the wake of prevailing winter," Jung said in a statement.

Najma Heptullah calls for Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Najma HeptullaNew Delhi, Dec 22 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Najma Heptullah on Monday welcomed Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement on conferring the Bharat Ratna on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"If Omar Abdullah has said this then it is a good thing. It is right, Vajpayeeji should get Bharat Ratna. He has been in politics for so long, he has been in the ruling as well as in the opposition, he was a good Prime Minister, he has been a good parliamentarian," Heptullah told ANI here.

Earlier today, Omar Abdullah had tweeted that the UPA government should have risen above politics and conferred the Bharat Ratna to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Opponents threaten to block implementation of Obama's new Cuba policy

'Barack Obama'London, Dec 19 - Opponents of United States President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy, which aims at normalizing ties with Cuba and ending the five decade-long political standoff, have threatened to block his efforts to renew diplomatic relations with the state.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio warned that he would block the nomination of any U. S. ambassador to Cuba. Other anti-Cuba legislators also said that the Congress would block funding for any "normalized ties" with the country, reported the BBC.

An embargo instated on Cuba in the early 1960s had frozen Washington's relations with Havana, a policy which Obama dubbed as "a failure."

US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard meets PM Modi

Tulsi Gabbard New Delhi, Dec 17 : US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday.

Gabbard, who is in India from December 15 to January 3, yesterday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Gabbard, who is on her maiden trip to India, would also interact with several senior government and industry representatives.

She is expected to discuss issues like advancing common global interests, including counter-terrorism, military cooperation, harnessing the potential of India's high skilled work force and tourism promotion. (ANI)

Homeland Security says '9/11-style attack threat' on US theatres screening 'The Interview' not credible

Homeland SecurityLondon, Dec 17 : The United States Department of Homeland Security has said that the latest threat issued by Sony Pictures hackers to launch a 9/11-style attack on American theatres showing the studio's film, The Interview, based on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is "not credible."

A Homeland Security official said that they were still ascertaining the credibility of the threat and added that there was no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot targeting movie theatres within the U. S, reported TMZ.

Peshawar attack: PM Modi calls upon schools to observe two minute silence

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Dec. 17 - In the wake of dastardly attack in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to schools across India to observe two minute s of silence on Wednesday as a mark of solidarity.

Prime Minister Modi, earlier on Tuesday, also had a telephonic conversation with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif and offering deepest condolences and all assistance in the hour of misery.

"In the wake of dastardly attack in Pakistan, I appeal to schools across India to observe 2 mins of silence tomorrow as a mark of solidarity," tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

Satyarthi terms perpetrators of Peshawar attack as 'enemies of Allah'

Kailash SatyarthiVidisha (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 16 : Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Tuesday termed the perpetrators of the terrorist attack on a school in Pakistan as 'enemies of Allah', calling the act itself a 'heinous crime'.

"The terrorists who have committed this heinous crime are the enemies of humanity. They are the enemies of Allah, they are the enemies of society and they are the enemies of Islam. I pray that somewhere in their hearts, their conscience awakens," Satyarthi said at a public meeting here.

"I pray that God gives the families of the victims the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss," he added.

PM Modi terms Peshawar attack 'act of unspeakable brutality'

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Dec 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called the terror strike on the Army Public School in Peshawar as a 'senseless act of unspeakable brutality', and added that India offers the families of the victims its deepest condolences.

Taking to Twitter to express his grief over the ongoing attack by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which has reportedly led to the death of 130 people, including 110 students, he said, "Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar."

"It is a senseless act of unspeakable brutality that has claimed lives of the most innocent of human beings - young children in their school," he added.

Sydney hostage crisis: Congress condemns 'act of terror'

Anand SharmaNew Delhi, Dec 15 : The Congress Party on Monday strongly condemned the hostage situation that is currently underway in Sydney, terming it an 'act of terror'.

"This act of terror should be strongly condemned. Today, terrorism is a global challenge and the countries of the world must unite and face-off against this evil as one," Congress leader Anand Sharma told ANI.

Sharma was reacting to the ongoing situation in Sydney, where an armed man had earlier in the day taken an undisclosed number of people hostage at the Martin Place Cafe and displayed a black flag with Arabic script in the window, sparking a security alert in Australia.

PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' inspires youth to make India drug-free

pm modi's mann ki baatNagpur, Dec 14 : With Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing serious concern over the growing menace of drugs among the youth in the country through his 'Mann ki Baat' programme, the youngsters from various states on Sunday pledged to make India drug-free.

"Whatever Modiji has said, in simple language, is apt for the future of children. The drug slogan that he has accepted for the nation is very important. For that, the youth needs to support him and also help in improvising the drug- rehabilitation centers," said a youth from Nagpur.

Convicted Pistorius fumed after learning he could still face charge of murder

Oscar PistoriusLondon, December 12 : Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been reportedly fuming since learning he could still face a charge of murder for shooting deceased girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp .

Pistorius, who is serving a five-year jail sentence for killing his girlfriend, was acquitted of murder charges and was found guilty of culpable homicide.

Earlier, a South African court has ruled that prosecutors can appeal Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius' murder conviction charges but has dismissed the State's bid to appeal the double amputee's sentencing.

Yoga will be included in school curriculum: Chouhan

Shivraj Singh ChouhanBhopal: Terming the United Nations' declaration to observe June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga' a "matter of pride" for India, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced to include yoga in school education curriculum.

The announcement was made by Chouhan in the state Assembly soon after the session began here today.

Chouhan said that on the initiative taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the UN has decided to observe June 21 as the 'International Yoga Day' which is a "matter of pride" for India.

CIA torture report: Bobby Jindal defends George Bush

Bobby JindalWashington: Indian-American Louisiana Governor and rising Republican star Bobby Jindal has said the release of a Senate committee report on CIA's detention and harsh interrogation techniques is aimed at attacking former president George W Bush.

"It is clear that the Democrats wrote and released this report in an attempt to once again attack President Bush. I remain very proud to have worked for him, and proud that he kept America safe in the aftermath of 9/11," Jindal said.

His comment came days after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report which said the interrogation programme of CIA post 9/11 in many cases amounted to torture.

PM Modi meets President Putin at Hyderabad House

Narendra Modi Vladimir PutinNew Delhi, Dec 11 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hyderabad House here on Thursday.

President Putin arrived in New Delhi late last night on a two-day visit to attend the 15th India-Russia annual summit.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) earlier in the day expressed hope that President Putin's visit to India would lead to new beginnings which would enable Russian investors to utilize the opportunities that are opening up through the 'Make in India' initiative.

Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai conferred Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai conferred Nobel Peace PrizeOslo, Dec 10 : Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 at a ceremony held here on Wednesday for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

This is the first time that an Indian and a Pakistani have jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Speaking at the ceremony, Satyarthi said that he was accepting the award on behalf of the martyrs and activists.

LeBron James breaks 'royal protocol' by putting arm around Kate Middleton

kate middleton LeBron JamesWellington, Dec 10 : LeBron James has broken the royal protocol by putting arm around Kate Middleton in New York.

After watching an NBA match between the Brooklyn Nets and the 29-year-old basketball player's team, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with James for a photo that shows the player putting his arm around the 32- year-old Duchess, Stuff. co. nz reported.

James' "arm-gate" didn't go unnoticed by the royals or the large media pack following the royal couple's visit to Washington and New York and was compared to the 2009 incident in which the US first lady Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen.

Govt. policies aimed at ensuring rapid development: Javadekar

Prakash JavadekarNew Delhi, Dec 10 : Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said the Narendra Modi-led government in New Delhi is pursuing action-oriented policies to ensure rapid development to the people while purposefully addressing climate change.

"The new Government in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents the hopes and aspirations of more than a billion Indian people for growth and inclusive development. We are pursuing action-oriented policies to bring rapid development to our people while purposefully addressing climate change," he said in his address at the high-level segment of UNFCCC COP-20 at Lima.

E. H. Shepard's 'Winnie the Pooh' drawing fetches 314,500 pounds at auction

Winnie the Pooh E H ShepardLondon, Dec 10 : A famous ' Winnie the Pooh' drawing by late E. H. Shepard has been sold for 314,500 pounds at auction.

The 1928 illustration entitled 'For a long time they looked at the river beneath them,' which fetched three times its estimate at the London auction, is set in 6th chapter of the second AA Milne book, and shows the bear playing Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin, the BBC reported.

The book, The House At Pooh Corner, had been in a private collection since the 1970s, and had formed part of Sotheby's sale of children's books.

New nuclear plants, military cooperation high on agenda: Putin

Vladimir PutinMoscow : Terming the ties with India as a "privileged strategic partnership", Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight disclosed that construction of new nuclear plants besides military and technical cooperation was high on the agenda during his visit to New Delhi.

Seeking to dispel the perception that Russia-India ties had lost some warmth, Putin described India as a "reliable and time-tested partner" although he spoke of a "gradual transition from the producer-consumer model to joint development and production of advanced weapons systems".

Russia not done enough to get warships: French PM

Manuel VallsPrague : French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says Russia hasn't done enough to have two warships ordered in France delivered.

The delivery was suspended by France after coming under intense pressure from its allies to suspend the sale because of tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Russia is accused of supplying pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine with manpower and weapons.

After meeting Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka, Valls said through an interpreter Monday: "We have interrupted the delivery for diplomatic reasons."

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