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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.

PM Modi urges doctors to step up medical research

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Oct 20 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged doctors to step up on medical research, while at the same time acknowledging that medical professionals from India have made a name for themselves across the world.

Speaking at the convocation ceremony at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS ), Prime Minister Modi urged young doctors to record case-histories in specific areas as they practice. He also urged them to work towards achieving a higher number of publications in scientific journals.

Egypt, Sudan to coordinate on Libya unrest

Abdel Fattah el-SisiCairo : Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Sunday his country will work with Sudan to support Libya's military against Islamic militants in a bid to restore stability to the two countries' war-torn neighbor.

El-Sissi's remarks came at the end of a two-day visit by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir.

The chaos in Libya is a top foreign policy concern for Egypt, which has seen cross-border attacks by Islamic militants. Libya's new government has accused Sudan of arming "terrorist groups" in Libya, a charge Khartoum denies.

President Mukherjee calls for building strong and permanent Indo-Bangla ties

President MukherjeeNew Delhi, Oct 18 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday urged the youth delegation from Bangladesh to work to make the friendship between New Delhi and Dhaka strong and permanent.

Welcoming the youth delegation from Bangladesh who called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here, President Mukherjee said that this is the third visit by a youth delegation from Bangladesh organized by the Government of India.

He was very happy to meet the first and second groups who made similar visits to India in the previous two years under this important initiative.

The President said that India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Bangladesh.

DA case: Jayalalithaa walks out of Bangalore Central Jail

J JayalalithaBangalore, Oct 18 : Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was released from the Bangalore Central Jail on Saturday a day after the Supreme Court granted her interim bail on medical grounds in the disproportionate assets case.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK supporters erupted in joy as soon as the AIADMK chief walked out of the Bangalore Central Jail amid tight security arrangements. She was received by top AIADMK leaders including Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

Pranab Mukherjee first Indian President to cross Arctic Circle to meet Santa Claus

Pranab MukherjeeRovaniemi (Finland), Oct 17 : Pranab Mukherjee became the first Indian President to cross the Arctic Circle and visit Santa Claus' official home in Rovaniemi in Finland on October 16 (Thursday).

Mukherjee, accompanied by his daughter Sharmistha, was warmly greeted by Santa, as they spent the day with a host of activities, including meeting Santa's elves, watching reindeers in action, besides crossing the Arctic Circle.

Mukherjee and his daughter received a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle.

The President was received by Mayor Esko Lotvonen, chairman of city council Heikki Autto and Managing Director for the Arctic Circle Jarmo Kariniemi.

Govt. won't tolerate racism: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath SinghManesar (Haryana), Oct 16 : Referring to the recent attack on a Manipuri youth in Bangalore, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre would not tolerate racism against anyone.

"There is no place for giving permission to anyone to discriminate against anyone based on the basis of caste, region, creed or sect," he told the media here.

The Home Minister further said that he will talk to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to ensure that an effective action is taken in this regard.

'Vote if you want your voice to be heard': SRK

Shahrukh KhanMumbai, Oct 15 : Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan on Wednesday urged the people of Maharashtra to cast their votes in the assembly polls to ensure that their voice is heard.

After casting his vote for the Maharashtra Assembly polls here, Shahrukh said the people should realize how important it is to vote for one's state and country.

"It's your right and unless you exercise this right you cannot be asking for anything else. Please come and exercise your vote. If you want your voice to be heard, if you want your city, your state, your country to be the way it should be then everybody should come out and vote," he added.

Maharashtra polls: Sachin Tendulkar, Abhishek Bachchan cast their vote

Sachin Tendulkar, Abhishek BachchanMumbai, Oct 15 : Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, actor Abhishek Bachchan along with his mother Jaya Bachchan, cast their votes here on Wednesday and appealed to the people to vote in large numbers.

"Everyone should exercise their right to vote, it is really important for the nation," Tendulkar told mediapersons here.

Meanwhile, Bachchan said people should come forward and do their duty, "I don't think you should expect anything, you should go out and do your duty. I request all my fellow citizens, this is our right, our duty. Please come out and vote just the way I did. If you want a change in the society then come out and vote."

Cyclone Hudhud: PM Modi chairs high-level meeting in Vishakhapatnam

narendra modiVishakhapatnam, Oct 14 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday chaired a high level meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and senior other officials to take stock of the damage inflicted by Cyclone Hudhud.

"The entire nation and the government are with the people of Andhra and Vizag. The Andhra government and the central government have worked with perfect coordination over the last five days," Prime Minister Modi told the media after the meeting.

Praising the Indian Metrological Department (IMD), the Prime Minister said, "The weather department has made accurate use of technology. They had given the forecast of cyclone well in advance."

Pakistani rulers believe 'when in trouble talk about Kashmir issue"

Pakistani rulers believe 'when in trouble talk about Kashmir issue"New Delhi, Oct 14 : There has been a lot of debate in India as to why Pakistan has intensified the attack on the villages along the Line of Control and the International Border during the last few months, in spite of the efforts of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to improve relations with neighbours, whom he invited for his swearing in ceremony.

Sushma Swaraj meets Canadian foreign minister in New Delhi

Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Oct 14 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Canadian counterpart John Baird here on Tuesday for a discussion on Canada-India relations to strengthen bilateral economic ties between the two countries.

Baird also commemorated the International Day of the Girl Child at a school in New Delhi.

India and Canada were expected to discuss the bilateral issues at the meeting, including matters related to security, defence, counter-terrorism, space and nuclear cooperation.

The two countries had agreed to hold the annual dialogue during Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to India in 2012 and the first dialogue was held in Toronto in 2013.

Shashi Tharoor removed as Congress spokesperson

Shashi TharoorNew Delhi, Oct 13: The Congress party on Monday relieved Member of Parliament (MP) Shashi Tharoor from his duties as the spokesperson of the organisation.

According to reports, the decision was taken after the Congress' Kerala unit complained against Tharoor for praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, accepting the decision, Tharoor said, "As a loyal worker of Congress I accept the decision of the party President to relieve me of my responsibility as a Spokesman."

It's unfortunate that people have rubbished Maharashtra's achievements: Chidambaram

P ChidambaramMumbai, Oct 11 : Former union minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday it is extremely unfortunate that within the last three weeks a number of people have rubbished Maharashtra's achievements and urged the people to respond aggressively to such unwarranted statements.

"Maharashtra is amongst the leading states in India. In fact, on many parameters this is the number one state. It's unfortunate and sad that in the last two or three weeks a number of people have rubbished Maharashtra's achievements. Such statements are not only unfortunate but also condemnable in strongest terms," Chidambaram said during a press conference here.

Govt. accepts resignation of Sangeet Natak Akademi chairperson

 Sangeet Natak Akademi chairpersonNew Delhi, Oct 11 : The government has accepted the resignation of Sangeet Natak Akademi chairperson Leela Samson.

As per the office order dated October 10 issued by the Ministry of Culture, the resignation of Samson has been accepted by the Government of India with immediate effect. (ANI)

US takes over base in Romania for missile shield

Barack ObamaBucharest: The US Navy has taken control of a new missile defense base in southern Romania, one of two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield that Russia strongly opposes.

The base at Deveselu is scheduled to be operational in 2015 as part of NATO's ballistic missile defense system.

Rear Adm. John Scorby, commander of Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia said today that "ballistic missile threats to the US and our allies are real and growing."

He added "fortunately, NATO's capabilities ... Against these threats are also real and growing."

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