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PM Modi to flag off 'Run for Unity' on Sardar Patel birth anniversary

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Oct. 31 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off a "Run for Unity" marathon here this morning on the occasion of the 139th birth anniversary of India's first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Friday is being observed as National Unity Day across the nation.

The " Run for Unity" will commence from Vijay Chowk and end at India Gate on Rajpath.

A function to pay floral tribute to Sardar Patel will also be held at Patel Chowk, in New Delhi.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called on people to enthusiastically participate in the grand marathon and pay rich tribute to the "Iron Man" of India.

Rajnath approves grant of higher compensation to victims of riots, terrorist violence

Rajnath SinghNew Delhi, Oct 30 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal to substantially enhance the compensation to civilian victims of communal, terrorist or Naxal violence from Rs. 3,00,000 to 5,00,000.

Till now, the next of kin of persons killed or civilians who suffered permanent incapacitation as a result of such violence were paid Rs. 3, 00,000 as per provisions of the central scheme for assistance to civilian victims of terrorist/communal/Naxal violence since 2008. (ANI)

India uncovers suspected plot to assassinate Bangladeshi PM

Sheikh HasinaNew Delhi, Oct 30 : India's top counter-terrorism agency on Wednesday declared that it had uncovered a suspected plot by a banned militant group to assassinate the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and carry out a coup.

India will hand over a dossier to Bangladesh with details of the plan by members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, which has carried out scores of attacks in India's eastern neighbour, the government and police officials said.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai to donate 50,000 dollars for Gaza schools destroyed during conflict

malala yousafzaiKarachi, Oct 30 : Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousufzai has reportedly decided to donate 50,000 dollars to help rebuild the United Nations schools in Gaza which were destroyed during the 50-day conflict between Palestine and Israel in July and August, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency said.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement on Wednesday that after winning the World Children's Prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, the 17-year-old Pakistani children's rights activist said that she would donate her prize money to the agency, reported the Dawn.

Malaysian PM vows to bring MH17 crash culprits to justice

Najib RazakWellington, Oct 29 : Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has vowed to bring to justice the culprits of Malaysian Airlines MH17 that crashed over eastern Ukraine.

According to Stuff. co. nz, Razak said that he fears fighting in Ukraine might hamper access to the crash site.

A report by the Dutch safety board said in September that MH17 crashed after a large number of high-energy objects penetrated its fuselage.

Malaysian PM also said that he hopes to see the MH370 investigation results in the coming months which would bring a solution to the world's biggest aviation mystery. (ANI)

PM Modi greets Turkey on National Day

PM Modi greets Turkey on National DayNew Delhi, Oct 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the people of Turkey on the occasion of their National Day.

"On their National Day, my greetings and best wishes to the people of Turkey. We are committed to making our ties with Turkey stronger," he said.

President Pranab Mukherjee had earlier on Tuesday extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of the Republic of Turkey on the eve of the National Day of the Republic of Turkey.

By tomorrow disclose names of all black money account holders directs:Supreme Court

Supreme Court New Delhi, Oct 28 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Union Government to release all the names of the people who have stashed their black money in accounts abroad. This order came after the latter had released the names of three account holders on Monday.

The government has till tomorrow to disclose the names to the apex court.

Earlier today, Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal reportedly said that he would file an affidavit in the Supreme Court with the names of at least more such people who have illicit wealth stashed away abroad. He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of harbouring and protecting such people.

SoftBank CEO calls on PM Modi

Masayoshi SonNew Delhi, Oct 27 : The Chairman and CEO of Japanese telecommunications and internet firm SoftBank Corporation Masayoshi Son called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

Son, who was accompanied by a delegation of his company directors, covered many issues during his interaction with Prime Minister Modi.

Bloomberg Billionaires Index has named Son as the richest man in Japan, with an estimated wealth to be worth USD 16.6 billion. (ANI)

Vietnamese PM arrives in Delhi

Nguyen Tan DungNew Delhi, Oct 27 : Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in the national capital on Monday as part of his two-day state visit.

Prime Minister Dung is scheduled to have an interactive session with Indian industry honchos on Monday evening. Representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India will be present at the event.

Preparations in place to deal with Cyclone Nilofer: Gujarat CM

Anandiben PatelGandhinagar, Oct 27 : Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday assured that preparations are in place to deal with the impending Cyclone Nilofer.

PM Modi lauds Hrithik's 'Swachh Bharat' initiative

PM Modi lauds Hrithik's 'Swachh Bharat' initiativeNew Delhi, Oct 26 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded Hrithik Roshan's 'Swachh Bharat' initiative, calling for the country to be inspired by the Bollywood actor's efforts.

"Am sure you all will get inspired by @iHrithik's efforts! He has made a significant effort towards creating a Swachh Bharat. #MyCleanIndia," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

Earlier on Saturday, Hrithik had, in a series of tweets which were later retweeted by the Prime Minister, talked about his experiences of the cleanliness drive that he undertook.

AAP leaders should go back to classrooms and learn Constitution: Swamy

Subramanian SwamyNew Delhi, Oct 26 : With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accusing the ruling party at the Centre of shying away from polls in Delhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said the leaders of Arvind Kejriwal -led party should go back to their classrooms and learn the Constitution as it is the Election Commission that takes a final call on conducting elections and not the government.

Putin in hurry to invade Ukraine over rumoured cancer fears

Vladimir PutinNew York, Oct 25 : It is rumoured that Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancer of the spinal cord due to which he is in a hurry to invade Ukraine.

According to New York Post, Putin is allegedly being treated by a doctor from the old East Germany.

The doctor has been trying different treatments that include steroid shots, which would explain Putin's puffy appearance.

News outlets from Belarus to Poland have reported for months that the Russian President has cancer of the spinal cord.

Crispin Black, the British army veteran who reports on terrorism and intelligence, said earlier that persistent rumours about Putin's health are back.

Vietnamese PM Dung to visit India from Monday

Vietnamese PM DungNew Delhi, Oct 25 : Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay a two-day state visit to India from October 27.

"The programme for the visit includes of course the visit to Bodh Gaya and a meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on 27th. On 27th evening itself, the Vietnamese Prime Minister will come over the Delhi. On 28th, his programme will begin with a forecourt ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, following which, he will visit Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, and the visiting dignitary will have a series of calls," Ministry of External Affairs
(MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

President Obama hugs the Ebola-free nurse on her release

President Obama hugs the Ebola-free nurse on her releaseWashington, Oct 25 : President Obama recently congratulated a Dallas nurse, who has been rid of Ebola, when she visited the White house, by hugging her.

Nurse Nina Pham, had acquired the Ebola virus while taking care of a Liberian in his country, but was recently declared Ebola free last week and met with President on Oct 24 afternoon at the White House, the Washington Post reported.

Pham had been transferred to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., last week and walked out of the facility on Oct 24 morning.

PM Modi congratulates TV channels for showing dirt on streets left by Diwali celebrations

Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated TV channels for showing dirty streets after Diwali celebrations, saying telecasting such visuals would create awareness among people about the importance of cleanliness.

The Prime Minister, who launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, also congratulated the people who particpated in cleanliness drive after bursting fire crackers during Diwali.

"I saw several TV channels showing dirt left behind after crackers. I congratulate them for spreading awareness on importance of cleanliness," Modi wrote on micro-blogging website after news channels aired visuals of filthy condition on streets after Diwali celebreations.

PM Modi to spend Diwali in Srinagar

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Oct 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that this year, he will spend Diwali with the people who were affected by the floods in Srinagar.

"Will be in Srinagar on Diwali, 23rd October and will spend the day with our sisters and brothers affected by the unfortunate floods," the Prime Minister tweeted.

Incessant rains, coupled with a swollen Jhelum river caused severe floods in Srinagar, leaving the city with an estimated 280 people dead and crores in damages. (ANI)

Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for murdering Steenkamp

PistoriusJohannesburg, Oct 21 : Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in jail for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead.

Judge Thokozile Masipa pronounced her ruling on Tuesday in Pistorius' murder trial. Pistorius had shot Steenkamp dead on Valentines Day last year and had maintained that he mistook her for an intruder in his Pretoria home.

The high-profile seven-month trial finally concluded with Pistorius being jailed for five years for culpable homicide.

The double amputee athlete had been earlier cleared of premeditated murder with the judge charging Pistorius of culpable homicide .

UK Kashmir March: Agitate in India not 'cosy capitals', says Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, Oct 21 : Commenting on the 'Million March' that is to take place next week in London, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that he does not have an issue with it but the marchers should protest in India rather than by sitting in cosy capitals.

"I have no problem propounding an ideology, but rather than sitting in cosy capitals like London they should come here and do it," said Abdullah.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in the 'Million March' a calling for independence of Jammu and Kashmir that is scheduled to take place in London on October 26 to protest against supposed 'human rights violations in Indian Kashmir'.

Obama casts his vote for 2014 midterm elections early in Chicago

Barack ObamaChicago : President Barack Obama has cast his vote early for the 2014 midterm elections.

Obama voted on Monday at a community center named after the late Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Near his family's home on Chicago's South Side. He says it's exciting and that he loves voting.

Obama is not discussing his vote. But he says the most important job in a democracy is the job of citizen.

Obama and other Democrats have been urging their supporters to vote early this year instead of waiting until Election Day.

They're hoping to turn out Democratic-leaning voters including minorities and young people who frequently skip voting in midterm years.

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