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It's a matter of great honour to be brand ambassador of Telangana: Sania Mirza

Sania-MirzaHyderabad, July 25 : Tennis star Sania Mirza said here on Friday that for her it is a matter of great honour to be the brand ambassador of Telangana.

President dedicates Rashtrapati Bhavan museum to nation

India-Rashtrapati-Bhavan-museumNew Delhi, July 25 : President Pranab Mukherjee dedicated the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the Nation in a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said "I hereby dedicate the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum to the nation. I am sure this Museum will enable the people of our nation obtain an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and vibrant community as well as educate them on the lives of various Presidents."

Sushma Swaraj to arrive in Kathmandu on Friday for joint commission talks

Sushma-SwarajKathmandu, July 25 : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive here on Friday afternoon on a three-day official visit to Nepal.

She is visiting Nepal on the invitation Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.

Swaraj will head the Indian side in the Nepal-India Joint Commission Meeting on Saturday.

Twenty-seven officers each from Nepal and India would participate in the commission's meeting.

Indian boy breaks limbo record by skating under '39 cars'

Gagan-SatishWashington, July 25 : 6-year-old Gagan Satish from Bangalore, India, broke limbo record when he roller-skated under 39 cars in a row in just 29 seconds.

Satish, who covered around 70 metres during the act while his face was just inches away from the ground, said that he loved to skate and had been doing it since he was three, the Daily Star reported.

His next goal was to skate under 100 cars, and eventually go to for the Olympics, added the kid, who broke the previous record of 48.21 metres set in 2012 by Shreeya Deshpande from Kolhapur, who was just 5 at the time.

Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel may be guilty of committing war crimes, warns UN

Navi-PillayLondon, July 24 : The rising tension in Gaza which has already claimed the lives of almost 700 Palestinians may have witnessed war crimes by Israel, the United Nation's top human rights official has alleged.

According to The Independent, referring to the July 16 attack by Israel in which four Palestinian boys were killed on a beach in Gaza, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in Geneva that there is a strong possibility that international humanitarian laws have been violated in the conflict and an enquiry must be initiated.

Kiran Bedi, Brinda Karat come out in support of Sania Mirza

Kiran-Bedi-Brinda-KaratNew Delhi, July 24 : Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today said that the elected representatives who are opposing Sania Mirza's appointment as the brand ambassador of Telangana are involved in small talk and wasting everyone's time.

Bedi told ANI, "These elected representatives are involved in very small talk. This is small talk and wasting big time of everyone. A daughter remains a daughter, she doesn't lose the roots in her country, and some of our elected people refuse to grow up. If a man marries outside the country he is not called an outsider then why should a woman be called that?"

Omar Abdullah angry over AFSPA not being reviewed

Omar-AbdullahSrinagar, July 24 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that for some people the appropriate time to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act from Jammu and Kashmir will never come even if there total peace in the state.

"It is ongoing discussion with the Central Government. Earlier it was the UPA Government and now it is the NDA Government. For some people the appropriate time to revoke AFSPA will never come. They are so fond of such laws that even if there is total peace here and no incidents of violence are reported, then also they will come up with some reasons so as to continue such laws," said Omar.

Gilani questions Sharif's decision to visit Saudi Arabia

Yousuf-Raza-GilaniLahore, July 24 : Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has questioned the timing of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Saudi Arabia.

In an interaction with the Dawn, Gilani questioned the need for Sharif to leave the country when Pakistan was at war with the Taliban in the northern parts.

He was quoted , as saying that he had no issue with Sharif going to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra, the fact remained that Pakistan needed him more at this time as he has a lot of responsibility being the country's premier.

Sania Mirza lacks credentials to be Telangana brand ambassador: BJP

Sania Mirza lacks credentials to be Telangana brand ambassador: BJPHyderabad - Telangana BJP leader K Laxman on Wednesday flayed the TRS government's decision to appoint tennis star Sania Mirza as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state, terming her as "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan and questioning her credentials for the honour.

Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad only later and, hence, is a "non-local", he told reporters here and sought to dub her as "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan, pointing out that she was married to that country's cricketer Shoaib Malik.

India, Pakistan to hold foreign secretary-level talks next month

Syed-AkbaruddinNew Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday confirmed that India and Pakistan will hold foreign secretary-level talks next month.

Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal from July 25

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, July 23 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will undertake a three-day official visit to Nepal from July 25 to July 27. She had earlier visited Bangladesh.

"The External Affairs Minister is visiting Nepal from the 25th to the 27th of this month. Just exactly one month ago, the minister visited Bangladesh. On 26th July, when she will have the joint commission meeting with her counterpart from Nepal, she would be on her second solo visit to the neighbourhood. That gives an idea the importance that the Government of India is giving to the neighbourhood," said MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin in a press conference.

Modi reviews political situation in Delhi

Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top leaders of BJP Tuesday reviewed the political situation in the national capital amid indication that the ruling party at the centre was bracing for fresh elections rather than cobbling together a government with support from MLAs from other parties.

Party sources said besides Modi the meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath singh, Finance & Defence Minster Arun Jaitley, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

President to complete two years in office on July 25

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, July 22 : President Pranab Mukherjee will complete two years in office on Friday July 25.

A number of activities are being organized to mark this special occasion, the highlight of which is the dedication to the Nation of the new Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum (Phase I).

Sania Mirza appointed brand ambassador of Telangana

Sania MirzaHyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza was Tuesday appointed 'Brand Ambassador' of Telangana.

She will promote the new "state's interests" in India and abroad, according to Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Managing Director Jayesh Rajan.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao handed over a letter of appointment and also a cheque of Rs one crore to 27-year- old Sania at an interaction session with industrialists here.

Corrupt judge charge: BJP seeks answer from former PM

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi: BJP Tuesday asked former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress to answer allegations of "improper compromises" by three ex-CJIs during UPA rule, saying the matter was "unfortunate".

"Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress should come forward and answer the allegations of how different constitutional bodies, including the judiciary, were misused for political reasons. It is unfortunate and a matter of serious concern," BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Narayan Rane needs consolation: Uddhav reacts to diatribe

Uddhav-ThackerayMumbai: Rubbishing allegations made against him by Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the sulking Congress minister needs "consolation".

"He (Rane) needs consolation. I pray to God that he gets mental peace in a political party, whichever it may be," Uddhav told reporters at his residence Matoshree in suburban Bandra here.

He was speaking after Rane aide Ravindra Phatak, a Congress corporator from adjoining Thane, joined Shiv Sena along with six other Thane Congress corporators.

Will provide unhindered access to MH17 crash site, assures Putin

Vladimir PutinJohannesburg, July 21 - Breaking his silence for the first time on the MH17 tragedy, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the task force investigating the site of the crash is not enough and that the situation demands a force consisting of experts.

According to News. com. au, Putin also warned his detractors to not use the tragedy to achieve their narrowly selfish political goals.

Cameron demands Russia cease support for Ukrainian rebels

David CameronLondon: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday demanded that Russia end its support for the rebels in Ukraine, arguing that Russia's policies destabilised the country and created the conditions that appear to have led to the downing of Malaysian Airways flight MH17.

In an unusual front-page op-ed in the Sunday Times, Cameron says there is growing evidence that separatist rebels, backed by Russia, shot down the aircraft, killing 298 people.

Gaza crisis: Turkish PM accuses Israel of barbarism that surpasses Hitler

Recep-Tayyip-ErdoganJohannesburg, July 20 : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his displeasure over Israel's move to launch a large-scale ground offensive in Gaza, accusing the nation of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler".

According to News 24, Erdogan, who is running for the presidency in elections next month, made the comment during a campaign speech on Saturday in the Black Sea port city of Ordu.

Condemning Israel's ongoing offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza, Erdogan took a strong stand against the country's move.

PM should talk to Pak authorities to stop ceasefire violations: Omar Abdullah

Omar-AbdullahJammu, July 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said here on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should talk to Pakistani authorities to stop ceasefire violations across the border.

Omar said today, "We are not worried about China now because they don't harm us anymore. But it has increased from Pakistan's side and is a matter of great concern as they are hampering life. I want the Indian PM to talk to Pakistan authorities that it's not right.

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