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'Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism': PM Modi

'Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism': PM Modi

New Delhi, Feb 8 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called upon the Chief Ministers of various states to work with the Centre in order to build a model of cooperative federalism, whereby the Centre and the state government can come together to resolve differences and chart a common course to progress and prosperity.

Terming the first gathering of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog as the potential to bring about historic changes, Prime Minister Modi said that the meet would help advance the national cause 'as we jointly define it'.

Malala Yousafzai's father writes open letter to parents of Nigerian girls abducted by Boko haram

Malala Yousafzai

Washington, Feb 08 - Ziauddin, father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has written an open letter to the parents of the Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram saying that Malala and he will not give up the battle.

According to ABC News, Malala and her father have become global advocates for education after Malala survived an attack on her by Taliban two years ago.

Ziauddin Yousafzai's letter came to the fore on the eve of the 300th day of the schoolgirls' abduction.

He showed complete solidarity to the parents saying that "we cannot rest until we have justice for your daughters and for all girls and boys kept out of school". (ANI)

Hollande says new peace plan chalked by France, Germany `last chance` to end Ukraine conflict

Francois Hollande

London, Feb 08 - French President Francois Hollande has reportedly termed a peace plan drawn up by France and Germany as "one of the last chances" to end the conflict in east Ukraine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that it was unclear if the plan would succeed but added that it was "definitely worth trying," reported the BBC.

Hollande said that the plan included a demilitarised zone of 50-70km around the current front line.

The two leaders are due to discuss the plan with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko via telephone on Sunday.

Although few details are known about the peace plan yet it is believed to be an attempt to revive a failed truce signed in Minsk, Belarus, in September last year.

Obama says US supports India's role as regional provider of security

Obama says US supports India's role as regional provider of security

Islamabad, Feb 07 : The national security strategy unveiled by US President Barack Obama notes that the US supports India's role as a regional provider of security.

The document read that the United States and India shared inherent values and mutual interests which was the basis for cooperation between the two nations.

In the note sent to Congress, Obama said that the country also backed India's expanded participation in critical regional institutions, Dawn News reported.

He added in the note that the US saw a strategic convergence with India's Act East policy and its continued implementation of the rebalance to Asia and the Pacific.

US now better placed to safeguard interests in insecure world: Obama

US now better placed to safeguard interests in insecure world: Obama

Washington : President Barack Obama on Saturday said that even though violent extremism and an evolving terrorist threat raise a persistent risk of attacks on America, the country is now stronger and better positioned to safeguard its interest in an "insecure world".

"Today, the US is stronger and better positioned to seize the opportunities of a still new century and safeguard our interests against the risks of an insecure world," Obama told the Congress in a letter conveying his second National Security Strategy, which would drive his foreign policy and national security for the remaining of his nearly two years term.

PM Modi to preside over first NITI Aayog meeting today

Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Feb. 6 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today preside over the first meeting of the newly constituted National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.

According to reports, it is expected that he will consult with experts on ways to give the economy a much needed boost as his government gets set to present its first full-fledged general budget at the end of the month.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and experts, including Mukesh Butani, Nitin Desai, Parthasarathi Shome are expected to be present at the meeting.

The government has invited suggestions on the forthcoming budget.

Delhi polls: Kejriwal assures permanent housing to slum dwellers

Arvind KejriwalNew Delhi, Feb 3 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday assured that if his party were to win the upcoming assembly polls in Delhi, it will provide permanent houses to the slum-dwellers in the city.

"During my rule of 49 days, I did not allow even single 'jhuggi' to be demolished. We are coming to power for years and in that period, I will not demolish even a single 'jhuggi'. There are five lakh 'jhuggis' in Delhi and we will make five lakh permanent houses," Kejriwal said while addressing a rally in the Trilokpuri area in the city.

Obama proposes over USD 1 bn civil and military aid to Pakistan

Barack ObamaWashington : US President Barack Obama late Monday proposed more than USD 1 billion in civilian and military aid to Pakistan, describing it as a "strategically important nation".

The key elements of the proposed budget include strengthening Pakistani military for its fight against extremism, safety of nuclear installation, stability in Afghanistan, economic development and improvement in ties with India.

The budgetary proposals released by the State Department, after Obama sent his annual budget proposals to the Congress shows a more than six fold increase foreign military financing (FMF) to Pakistan from USD 42.2 million in 2014 to USD 265 million in 2016.

PM Modi's innovative social media outreach continues

narendra modiNew Delhi, Jan 30 : In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 18th National e-Governance Conference via Twitter on Friday.

The live Twitter address revolved around his vision for a Digital India and to take e-Governance and mobile governance to the next level.

He also hoped the conference would become a focal point for the innovation of ideas to help the nation.

This was yet another innovative approach that has become characteristic of the Prime Minister. Such innovations were seen before. It was also seen during U. S. President Barack Obama's recent visit to India.

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)

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