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S. Jaishankar takes charge as new Foreign Secretary

S JaishankarNew Delhi, Jan. 29 - India's Ambassador to the US, Dr. S. Jaishankar took charge as the new Foreign Secretary on Thursday, replacing Sujatha Singh whose tenure has been curtailed by nearly seven months.

"As I take over, I am happy to work with all of you. I am honoured that I have been assigned with this responsibility," said Jaishankar.

The decision was taken last night by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As per the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Dr. Jaishankar will have tenure of two years from the date he assumes charge.

PM Modi pays tribute to Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Jan. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tribute to freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai on his birth anniversary.

The Prime Minister took to twitter to honour the leader.

"Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai was a unique personality who was ahead of his time. I salute this proud son of India on his birth anniversary," he posted.

Born in 1865, Lala Lajpat Rai was leader in the fight for independence. He was popularly known as 'Punjab Kesari' and was also called 'Sher-E- Punjab'. (ANI)

'Overwhelmed' Badal says Padma award for all Punjabis

Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said he was "overwhelmed with feelings of boundless humility" at being chosen for this year's Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour of the country.

The chief minster dedicated the award to "millions of humble and hardworking people toiling in farms, shops, offices and homes in villages and cities to make India a better place to live in."

Calling this an honour bestowed on the people of Punjab, Badal said, "This is an honour bestowed on the proud and patriotic people of Punjab who have always braved heavy odds to remain sword arm and the breadwinners for their fellow countrymen."

PM Modi extends greetings on Republic Day

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Jan. 26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended greetings to everybody on the occasion of Republic Day.

The Prime Minister took to twitter to greet the nation.

"Greetings to everyone on Republic Day," he posted, also tweeting the message in Hindi.

January 26, 2015, marks 66th Republic Day of the nation. (ANI)

US President Obama arrives in India

Barack Obama and Michelle ObamaNew Delhi, Jan. 25 - U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Sunday reached New Delhi for their three-day visit of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at the Air Force Station at Palam to greet the visiting dignitaries. The three shared pleasantries before President Obama sat in his presidential vehicle 'The Beast' and left for his hotel ITC Maurya.

The others who were present to greet President Obama at the airport included Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal and Indian Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar, among others.

PM extends greetings on National Voters' Day

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Jan 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his best wishes to the nation and the Election Commission on the occasion of National Voters' Day.

Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to extend his greetings via a series of tweets.

"Greetings to my fellow citizens on National Voters' Day. I also convey greetings to ECI, which was formed on this day in 1950."

"I urge all voters across India to make full use of this year's theme of 'Easy Registration, Easy Correction."

"Recent elections through years have witnessed increased turnout, especially among women and young voters. This is a wonderful sign."

Obama to highlight India's true potential in Siri Fort address

Barack ObamaWashington: President Barack Obama, during his address at the Siri Fort auditorium on Monday, would speak on how to tap the energy of the people of India and the US, and to turn that into positive progress on the issues that matter in people's lives, a top official has said.

"The President will want to speak to how do we tap into the energy and the support in both countries for the relationship and turn that into positive progress on the issues that matter in people's lives.

Terrorists' 'safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable': Obama

Barack ObamaKarachi, Jan 24 - United States President Barack Obama said, ahead of his crucial visit to India, that terrorists' "safe havens within Pakistan are not acceptable".

According to the Express Tribune, Obama also said that those behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attack should be brought to justice.

He claimed to have been relentless in the fight against terrorism and prevention of nuclear weapons.

Obama said that the devastating attack in Peshawar had shocked people worldwide that killed 132 students in an army school.

The U.S. President asserted that both 9/11 and Mumbai attack victims included people of India and the U.S. (ANI)

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu says cannot stop IS volunteers travelling to Syria via Turkey

Ahmet DavutogluLondon, Jan 22 : Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has warned that the swarm of jihadi volunteers travelling to Syria via Turkey to fight alongside Islamic State (IS) cannot be stopped.

According to the Independent, with authorities unable to close the porous 510-mile border between the two countries, Davutoglu said that Turkey could not put "soldiers everywhere on the border".

The Turkish government has been accused of doing little to prevent the Western jihadists from crossing into Syria.

Turkey's long border with Syria is an open gate for pro-IS jihadists and a part of the border is now controlled by IS. (ANI)

After Shanti Bhushan snub, Kejriwal denies rift within AAP

Arvind KejriwalNew Delhi, Jan 22: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday denied any rift within the party, as claimed by senior party leader Shanti Bhushan, and said that if the latter has any complaints against the party, he can approach the Lokpal.

"Everyone is free to give their own view in this country. We have a Lokpal where anyone can complain. If Shanti Bhushan has any complaints, he can bring it out. However, there is no internal damage within AAP," said Kejriwal.

Earlier in the day, senior AAP leader Shanti Bhushan came out in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi.

Obama's State of the Union speech receives more positive response than 2014's

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 21 : According to a CNN/ORC instant poll, United States President Barack Obama's sixth turn at the State of the Union podium has received a more positive response from the audience as compared to last year's speech.

Among all the viewers present at the speech, 51 percent of them reported a positive response while last year it was 44 percent.

The poll only reports the perspectives of people who watched the speech yesterday.

The sample of viewers at the speech in this poll was 39% Democratic and 20% Republican.

Nearly 72% of those who watched the speech said that Obama's policy proposals would move the country in the right direction. (ANI)

Multiple shots fired from vehicle speeding past Biden's Delaware home

Joe BidenLondon, Jan 19 - Shots have been fired outside the residence of United States Vice-President Joe Biden in the state of Delaware but he was away at the time, a Secret Service official said.

Robert Hoback said that the shots were heard on Saturday from a public road in Greenville, which is several hundred metres away from the house and officers were investigating if the shots had hit anything, reported the BBC.

The Secret Service said that the vehicle from which the shots were fired drove past the vice president's house at high speed.

The shots were heard by a Secret Service personnel posted at the residence.

Indiaspora dialogue to be held during Obama's visit to India

ObamaWashington: A dialogue by eminent Indian Americans will be launched to identify areas that can fast track Indo-US relationship in the next two years during US President Barack Obama's Republic Day visit to New Delhi.

"Indiaspora Dialogue" will be launched by Indiaspora, an organisation of influential and top Indian Americans, in New Delhi.

The one-of-its kind dialogue will be attended by 15 Indian Americans and 10 eminent Indians and will focus on issues of critical importance to India-US relations that can be put on a fast track over the next 24 months, organisers of the event said.

BJP blessed to function under PM Modi's leadership: Kiran Bedi

Kiran BediNew Delhi, Jan. 18 - Former IPS officer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiran Bedi on Sunday said that the party was blessed with the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

" BJP has been blessed with the leadership of Narendra Modi. He is the sun and we are just small stars," said Bedi.

She further urged people not to waste their votes during elections.

"I have over 20000 tweets asking people not to waste their votes. This is for the future of the people and the country. What I am doing is for the future of the country. Now people have started calling me "Kiren Didi"," said Bedi.

Sushma Swaraj meets Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida

Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Jan 17 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida here today.

The two ministers were expected to deliberate on a range of key issues including firming up of a deal on defence equipment cooperation and production of amphibious long-range aircraft US-2 besides addressing issues relating to long-pending civil nuclear agreement.

Earlier on Friday, Kishida called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues of mutual interest. (ANI)

Amit Shah urges 'panna pramukhs' to meet key voters in Delhi

Amit ShahNew Delhi, Jan 17 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Saturday urged party workers to diligently work on 'panna pramukh' strategy to succeed in Delhi Assembly elections and added that the saffron party will fight the elections with great fervor.

Bobby Jindal says Muslim leaders must speak out against'bloodthirsty' acts of terror in name of Islam

Bobby JindalWashington, Jan 17: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is planning to call on Muslim leaders to speak out against acts of terrorism carried out in the name of Islam during his speech in London next week.

According to the Washington Times, Jindal, a possible presidential contender in 2016, is set to address the Henry Jackson Society on Monday in London.

Jindal says in prepared remarks released by his office ahead of his Monday speech in London : "A so-called religion that allows for and endorses killing those who oppose it is not a religion at all; it is a terrorist movement."

He says that he continues to believe and hope that most Muslims oppose these bloodthirsty acts of terror.

British Home Secretary Theresa May warns of Paris-style terror attack in UK

Theresa MayLondon, Jan 15 : British Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that a Paris-style terror attack could happen anytime in the UK.

Theresa May added that the police and security services needed powers provided in the blocked Communications Data Bill to protect the public and save lives, Sky News reported.

She said that the legislation was not for letting the government to snoop on emails, but to allow the police and the security services to find out the "who, where, when and how'" of a communication but not its content.

Her comments are in contradiction to that of Britain's most senior policeman who said that an attack on Britain was "unlikely".

Ex-CBI chief A P Singh resigns from UPSC

A P singhNew Delhi, Jan.15 - Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director A.P.Singh has resigned from the Union Public Service Commission four years before the completion of his term.

Though the reason for his resignation from his post is unknown, the government has reportedly forwarded it to President Pranab Mukherjee for acceptance.

Singh was the director of the CBI from 2010 to 2012. He was appointed to the UPSC in 2013.

It is being speculated that Singh resigned in response to a CBI court's recent verdict on the fake encounter case against BJP president Amit Shah.

The court had accepted Mr Shah's argument that he was "involved in the case by the CBI for political reasons".

Rajnath hands over RIC readers to Navy Chief, DG Coast Guard

Rajnath SinghNew Delhi, Jan 14 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh formally handed over Resident Identity Card (RIC) readers to Navy Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan and Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General (Coast Guard) in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar here on Wednesday.

One of the measures to strengthen coastal security was the creation of National Population Registrar (NPR) in 3,331 coastal villages in nine maritime states and four UTs and issue of Resident Identity Cards (RIC).



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