New Delhi, July 22 : President Pranab Mukherjee will complete two years in office on Friday July 25.
A number of activities are being organized to mark this special occasion, the highlight of which is the dedication to the Nation of the new Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum (Phase I).
Hyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was Tuesday appointed 'Brand Ambassador' of Telangana.
She will promote the new "state's interests" in India and abroad, according to Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Managing Director Jayesh Rajan.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao handed over a letter of appointment and also a cheque of Rs one crore to 27-year- old Sania at an interaction session with industrialists here.
New Delhi: BJP Tuesday asked former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress to answer allegations of "improper compromises" by three ex-CJIs during UPA rule, saying the matter was "unfortunate".
"Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress should come forward and answer the allegations of how different constitutional bodies, including the judiciary, were misused for political reasons. It is unfortunate and a matter of serious concern," BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Mumbai: Rubbishing allegations made against him by Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the sulking Congress minister needs "consolation".
"He (Rane) needs consolation. I pray to God that he gets mental peace in a political party, whichever it may be," Uddhav told reporters at his residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra here.
He was speaking after Rane aide Ravindra Phatak, a Congress corporator from adjoining Thane, joined Shiv Sena along with six other Thane Congress corporators.
Johannesburg, July 21 - Breaking his silence for the first time on the MH17 tragedy, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the task force investigating the site of the crash is not enough and that the situation demands a force consisting of experts.
According to News. com. au, Putin also warned his detractors to not use the tragedy to achieve their narrowly selfish political goals.
London: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday demanded that Russia end its support for the rebels in Ukraine, arguing that Russia's policies destabilised the country and created the conditions that appear to have led to the downing of Malaysian Airways flight MH17.
In an unusual front-page op-ed in the Sunday Times, Cameron says there is growing evidence that separatist rebels, backed by Russia, shot down the aircraft, killing 298 people.
Johannesburg, July 20 : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his displeasure over Israel's move to launch a large-scale ground offensive in Gaza, accusing the nation of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler".
According to News 24, Erdogan, who is running for the presidency in elections next month, made the comment during a campaign speech on Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu.
Condemning Israel's ongoing offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, Erdogan took a strong stand against the country's move.
Jammu, July 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should talk to Pakistani authorities to stop ceasefire violations across the border.
Omar said today, "We are not worried about China now because they don't harm us anymore. But it has increased from Pakistan's side and is a matter of great concern as they are hampering life. I want the Indian PM to talk to Pakistan authorities that it's not right.
London, July 19 - United States President Barack Obama has said that the Malaysian airlines plane crash had been a result of a ground-to-air missile attack in the conflict area of Eastern Ukraine that is currently under pro-Russian separatists.
Obama also said that he would work towards exposing the complete truth about the MH17 plane crash.
The U. S. President has called for a ceasefire in the rebel-held Eastern Ukraine.
He said in a briefing that Russia should stop sending armed rebels in Ukraine.
Obama added that violence and war could lead to such unanticipated, disastrous results, reports the BBC.
New Delhi, July 19 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to the Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, expressing his condolences on the loss of lives on board MH17.
PM Modi wrote that the people of India share the sorrow, and stand in mourning with the bereaved families and the Dutch people.
The Prime Minister also wrote that he hopes the circumstances of the disaster are established quickly and that such tragedies are prevented. (ANI)
Nagpur: BJP president Amit Shah held a closed door meeting with RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat and Sarkaryawaha Bhaiyyaji Joshi, at the RSS headquarters in Mahal area of the eastern part of the city, here on Friday.
What transpired at the meeting in Mahal could not be known immediately, though the meeting assumes significance due to the forthcoming Maharashtra assembly polls during winter this year.
The meeting lasted for about 90 minutes and was attended by Shah, Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis and party general secretary Ravindra Bhusari, BJP sources said.
Kasaragod: President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that vacancies at universities was a concern and stressed on the need to adopt innovative measures to deal with the lack of quality teachers in the country.
"The challenge before us is vacancies in universities. Innovative measures like appointing eminent resources on short -term basis from research institutions, industry or abroad have to be adopted to reduce vacancies without dilution of standards," Mukherjee said at the first convocation of the Central University of Kerala here.
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed all Indian missions in the countries where significant number of nationals were in jail to provide updated information for further action.
This came after the release of 40 Indian nationals, who returned today after being held in prison in Saudi Arabia for nearly one year for allegedly violating labour laws of that country.
Maize settled up 0.66% at 1221 on short covering amid firm spot demand after prices seen pressure on pressure from expectations of large global supplies. The delayed monsoon this year is likely to hit the sowing of maize, an important kharif crop, across India. India total maize production in 2013-14 is estimated at 23.29 million tons against 22.26 million tons due to higher sowing acreage coupled with favourable crop conditions in major producing states, the second advance estimates of Indian government showed.
Washington: A top American lawmaker has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to focus India-US partnership on an ambitious strategic agenda.
"It was my clear impression from meeting with the prime minister that he wants to focus our partnership on an ambitious strategic agenda," said Senator John McCain, who recently met Modi.
"That was certainly the impression we had as well in our conversation," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal said in response.
Brasilia (Brazil), July 17 : During his visit to Brazil to attend the VIth BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated the Indian Embassy building in Brasilia with the aim of establishing the country as a new global business centre.
Modi left Brazil on Thursday after attending the five-nation BRICS summit in the coastal city of Fortaleza.
During his visit, Modi met and held bilateral talks with Chinese and Russian President, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.
Modi also met a group of South American leaders to foster cooperation between the two regions.
New Delhi, July 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met South African President Jacob Zuma on the margins of the BRICS Summit on July 16 in Brazilia.
President Zuma warmly congratulated Prime Minister on his election victory. Prime Minister also congratulated President Zuma on his re-election.
The two leaders described the relations between India and South Africa as unique and special, forged by the strong presence of the Indian community in South Africa, shared struggle against colonialism and apartheid and their convergence on international issues.
Washington, July 17 : Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun his third term with a vow to recover Syria from Islamist insurgent s and to take revenge against the West for equipping the former with weapons and funds.
He repeatedly claimed to seek vengeance against the West and Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab monarchies that allegedly provided funds to the militants during the three year long civil war.
Western countries have dismissed the June 3 election as fraudulent. The elections were held in regime-controlled territories, reports the Washington Times.
Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Brazil for successfully hosting the Football World Cup, saying the "beautiful game" has brought the world together.
"I convey my profound gratitude to our gracious host, President Dilma Rousseff, the people, and the Government of Brazil," Modi said at the BRICS Summit in this Brazilian sea-side city.
"Madam, I congratulate you for successfully hosting the Football World Cup. Truly, the 'beautiful game' brings the world together," he told Rousseff.
New Delhi, July 15 : Veteran journalist and political analyst Ved Pratap Vaidik on Tuesday said he too has a contribution in the election of Modi as Prime Minister.
"I too have a contribution in the election of Modi as the Prime Minister," said Vaidak.
Earlier, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had said that Vaidik belongs to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Vaidik has been facing criticism from the opposition over his meeting with Saeed on July 2 in Lahore, Pakistan, after his pictures with the Pakistani Islamist leader was seen in social media.