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Mukherjee to award best performing states in agriculture production

Mukherjee to award best performing states in agriculture production New Delhi, Jan 15 : President Pranab Mukherjee will present ''Krishi Karman Awards'' for 2011-12 to best performing states in agriculture production on Tuesday.

Bihar, Manipur, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh will be awarded the Krishi Karman 2011-12 awards. In addition, ten States are being given commendation awards.

President Mukherjee will present the award to Chief Ministers or Agriculture Ministers of these States.

Qatar rejects Egypt dominance claims as ‘silly jokes’

Qatar rejects Egypt dominance claims as ‘silly jokes’Manama, Jan 10 : Qatar's Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani has dismissed claims that his country was seeking to dominate Egypt's politics and economy as "silly jokes."

Qatar announced that it would double its financial aid to Egypt to a total of five billion dollars in grants and bank deposits.

Addressing a press conference in Cairo after the announcement, Al Thani said that his country respected all countries, regardless of their size, and did not interfere in their domestic affairs.

LoC ceasefire violation: MEA summons Pak envoy at noon

LoC ceasefire violation: MEA summons Pak envoy at noon New Delhi, Jan. 9 : The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir for a meeting here at noon today in the wake of the Pakistan Army's inhuman and provocative killing of two Indian Army soldiers in the Mendhar Sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The MEA is likely to issue a de-marche questioning Pakistan's shocking, counter-productive, distressing and aggressive action on Indian Army soldiers.

BJP describes ceasefire violation by Pakistan as ''unprovoked act of aggression''

BJP describes ceasefire violation by Pakistan as ''unprovoked act of aggression'' New Delhi, Jan. 9 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday strongly condemned the incident of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir''s Poonch District, describing the attack as a unprovoked act of aggression by Pakistan.

Haryana CM Hooda lays foundation stone of UIDAI Data Centre in Manesar

Haryana CM Hooda lays foundation stone of UIDAI Data Centre in Manesar Manesar, Jan. 8 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone of the Unique Identification Authority of India''s (UIDAI) Data Centre here on Tuesday.

UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani, Member of Parliament Rao Inderjit Singh and UIDAI Director General and Mission Director R. S. Sharma were present on the occasion.

The Data Centre is estimated to be completed by June 2014.

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi today

Manmohan Singh to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi today Kochi, Jan. 8 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here today.

Dr. Singh will later take part in a meeting of the Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians.

President of the Republic of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag, will be the chief guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013 and will be honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.

PM on two-day visit to Kerala from today

PM on two-day visit to Kerala from todayKochi, Jan. 7 : The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will arrive here on Monday on a two-day visit to Kerala.

Dr. Singh, who arrives at the Naval Airport in Kochi this evening, will later lay the foundation for the integrated expansion project of the BPCL Kochi Refineries at Ambalamugal.

The Prime Minister will on Tuesday formally inaugurate the 11th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Dr. Singh will later take part in a meeting of the Global Advisory Council of Overseas Indians.

Don't derail democracy: Pakistan PM

Don't derail democracy: Pakistan PMIslamabad, Jan 5 : Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has appealed to people to prevent democracy from being derailed, saying that political stability in the country was critically linked to national security.

"The forces of doom and gloom thrive in an environment of chaos, uncertainty and instability. We need to guard against all the forces who are out to derail the system assiduously put in place after a protracted struggle," Ashraf was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

Republican John Boehner narrowly re-elected House speaker

Republican John Boehner narrowly re-elected House speakerLondon, Jan 4 : US Republican John Boehner has been re-elected as speaker of the House of Representatives.

Boehner overcame dissatisfaction among fellow Republicans over his handling of this week''s fiscal cliff vote, as well as a decision to delay a vote on an aid package for victims of December''s `superstorm' Sandy.

The 220 to 192 vote saw several Republicans vote against him or abstain, but not enough to derail his re-election bid, the BBC reports.

Crime against women: Govt. to chalk out strategy today

Crime against women: Govt. to chalk out strategy today New Delhi, Jan 4 : A conference of Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of various states will be held here today to discuss issues regarding crime against women and atrocities on Scheduled Castes (SCs) / Scheduled Tribes (STs).

The conference will be addressed by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath and senior officials from the Home Ministry.

Political parties should avoid giving tickets to criminals, says BJP

Political parties should avoid giving tickets to criminals, says BJP New Delhi, Jan. 3 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday termed as extremely unfortunate the alleged involvement of a Congress leader in Assam in a rape case, and said that all political outfits should refrain from giving tickets to persons involved in serious crimes.

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said legal provisions are the only solution in this regard.

Mukherjee to inaugurate Indian Science Congress in Kolkata

Mukherjee to inaugurate Indian Science Congress in Kolkata Kolkata, Jan. 3 : President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the Centenary Session of the Indian Science Congress at the Salt lake Stadium here on Thursday.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Governor M. K. Narayanan and Minister of Science and Technology Dr Jaipal Reddy will be present on the occasion.

The Centenary Session of Indian Science Congress is being organised from January 3 to 7 in University of Calcutta, Kolkata.

Lokayukta Issue: Congress takes on Modi, says ''dictatorship was prevailing in Gujarat''

Lokayukta Issue: Congress takes on Modi, says ''dictatorship was prevailing in Gujarat''New Delhi, Jan 2 : The Congress Party on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court''s decision to reject the Gujarat Government''s challenge to the appointment of retired judge R. A. Mehta as the state''s Lokayukta, and said the verdict proves beyond doubt that dictatorship was prevailing in Gujarat.

TMC says no need for Mamata to offer apology for foundation day erotic dance

TMC says no need for Mamata to offer apology for foundation day erotic danceKolkata, Jan. 2 : The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday said there was no need for West Bengal Chief Minister and party president Mamata Banerjee to offer an apology for some of its party workers taking part in function in which women dancers were hired to perform an alleged erotic dance.

District-level TMC leaders and activists were caught on television throwing money on the hired women dancers during the function on Tuesday, leaving the party leadership embarassed.

Delhi CM Dikshit to participate in ''Women Dignity March''

Delhi CM Dikshit to participate in ''Women Dignity March''New Delhi, Jan 2 : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who has condemned all incidents of violence and sexual assault against women and emphasized on a dire need to ensure their safety and security, will participate in a ''Women Dignity March'' here on Wednesday.

The march, which has been organised by the Delhi Commission for Women, would take place from Pragati Maidan to Rajghat.

Govt''s ''cash transfer lollypop'' will fail even before it is launched: BJP

Govt''s ''cash transfer lollypop'' will fail even before it is launched: BJPNew Delhi, Jan 1  : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday alleged that the Congress-led UPA Government is making all attempts to lure the people of the country ahead of the 2014 general elections through "lollypops" like the Cash Transfer Scheme, and added that the Centre has now realised that it cannot approach voters with its failures.

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said ''it is not cash subsidy, but a puppet''s play''.

Prime Minister ‘deeply saddened’ over Delhi gang-rape victim’s death

Prime Minister ‘deeply saddened’ over Delhi gang-rape victim’s death New Delhi, Dec 29 : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that he is deeply saddened by the death of the gang-rape victim.

"I join the nation in conveying to her family and friends my deepest condolences at this terrible loss," Manmohan Singh said in a statement.

"I want to tell them and the nation that while she may have lost her battle for life, it is up to us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain," he added.

Manmohan Singh calls for judicious management of India''s limited water resources

Manmohan Singh calls for judicious management of India''s limited water resourcesNew Delhi, Dec 28 : The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday called for the judicious management of the country''s limited water resources.

Addressing the sixth meeting of the National Water Resources Council here, Dr. Singh said the lack of water could become a limiting factor to social and economic growth in the future.

All-party meeting on Telangana ends, Shinde says decision likely in a month

All-party meeting on Telangana ends, Shinde says decision likely in a month New Delhi, Dec 28 : Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the central government will take a decision on Telangana statehood within a month.

"The meeting was very cordial. Some representatives said the decision should be given as early as possible, and some said that it should be taken within a month," Shinde told reporters after the all-party meeting here.

He said he has full faith that there will be a solution to the problems being faced by people of Andhra Pradesh.

Mukherjee wishes cancer-hit Venezuelan President Chavez speedy recovery

Mukherjee wishes cancer-hit Venezuelan President Chavez speedy recovery New Delhi, Dec 28 : President Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed his sincere prayers for the good health of his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, who is recovering at a hospital in Cuba after undergoing his latest cancer surgery.

In a message, Mukherjee has extended his best wishes for the speedy and complete recovery of the President of Venezuela and stated that he was confident that the President of Venezuela would have the strength and courage to overcome his present difficulties with his health.




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