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India's 'Look East Policy' has become 'Act East Policy': PM Modi

Narendra ModiNay Pyi Taw, Nov 12 : Asserting that a new era of economic development, industrialization and trade has begun in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said externally, India's 'Look East Policy' has become 'Act East Policy'.

"We greatly respect the enthusiasm with which you have extended the hand of friendship to India. Today the world and the region need a strong India-ASEAN partnership; that is why we believe that we are entering in a new era in the India-ASEAN partnership," said Prime Minister Modi.

Prime Minister Modi said that he is very pleased to have the privilege to participate in the India-ASEAN Summit.

Smriti Irani expresses anguish over comments made by AMU VC

Smriti IraniNew Delhi, Nov 11 : Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday expressed her anguish over the controversial comments made by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice chancellor Lieutenant General (retired) Zameer Uddin Shah regarding girl students visiting the library.

"It is unfortunate that when entire nation is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, such statements have surfaced. It's not only saddening as a woman but it also instils a feeling of resentment," Irani told the media here.

Netanyahu warns against Iran nuclear deal post Khamenei's 'Israel elimination' statement

Benjamin NetanyahuWashington, Nov 11 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the world powers against rushing into a deal on Iran's nuclear program despite a looming deadline after the nation's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for the elimination of Israel in a newly released document.

While accusing Iran of promoting international terrorism, Netanyahu remarked on Monday that the nation does not observe any moderation and is "unrepentant and unreformed," reported the CNN.

Kids of better educated mums achieve better academic success

Kids of better educated mumsWashington, Nov 11 : A new study has revealed that the mother's education plays an important role in her child's academic success.

According to Sandra Tang , the study's lead author from the University of Michigan, children of mothers 19 and older usually enter kindergarten with higher levels of achievement, and continue to excel in math and reading at higher levels through eighth grade when compared to children of mothers 18 and younger.

The negative consequences of teen mothers not only affect the child born when the mother was an adolescent, but they affect the mother's subsequent children as well.

Obama says decision to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq marks 'new phase' in IS strategy

Barack ObamaLondon, Nov 10 - United States President Barack Obama has said that the decision to deploy 1,500 more troops to Iraq marks "a new phase" in the U.S. strategy to take on the Islamic State (IS).

Obama said that the new troops, although non-combat advisers, will aid Iraqi forces to attack the IS, reported the BBC.

A U.S.-led coalition has been helping Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces to take the lost territories back from the IS by conducting air strikes.

Iraqi forces have now seized large parts of Baiji , where Iraq's biggest oil refinery is situated, from the terror group. (ANI)

Obama talks about 'shared interest' in fighting IS in 'secret letter' to Iran's Supreme Leader

Barack ObamaLondon, Nov 07 - United States President Barack Obama has reportedly sent a "secret letter" to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei describing a shared interest in combating the Islamic State ( IS).

According to the BBC, Obama stressed that any co-operation in taking on the terror group is dependent on Iran reaching a nuclear agreement by November 24 diplomatic deadline.

The letter was sent last month and is at least the fourth letter written by Obama to Khamenei after he assumed office in 2009.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to begin negotiations on the issue with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif this weekend in Oman.

Ukraine to halt subsidies to rebel-held areas

Arseniy YatsenyukKiev : Ukraine will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the prime minister today announced a move that could worsen the already grievous economic conditions there.

Aging industrial operations in Ukraine's economically depressed but coal-rich east have for many years relied heavily on state subsidies.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a government meeting that USD 2.6 billion in state support will be held back from rebel-held areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

He did not say what time period that subsidy figure represented.

Mumbai court to hear Salman Khan's hit-and-run case

Salman KhanNew Delhi, Nov 5 : The Mumbai court on Wednesday is scheduled for actor Salman Khan's trial in the 14-year-old hit-and-run case.

A witness in the case had allegedly told a Mumbai trial court last month that he had seen the actor in the driver's seat of his vehicle in a hotel's parking lot on the night incident took place.

On September 28, 2002, the actor's car had run over people sleeping on the pavement in Bandra, killing one and injuring four. (ANI)

Former PM Manmohan Singh chosen for Japan's top national award

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Nov. 4 - Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be awarded 'The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers', after becoming the first Indian to receive the rare honour.

He has been chosen for one of Japan's top national awards for his significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship between Japan and India for about 35 years.

Acknowledging the award, Singh said he is truly honoured and feels humbled by the love and affection showered upon him by the people and government of Japan.

India committed to Maldives' security & stability: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma SwarajMale : India on Monday reaffirmed its strong commitment towards security, stability and prosperity of Maldives while favouring expansion of ties in areas like trade and investment.

External Affairs Sushma Swaraj held talks with her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon during which bilateral and regional issues of mutual interests were discussed.

Swaraj made a transit halt here on her return from Mauritius, where she was on a three-day visit.

Both Ministers discussed matters of bilateral importance, including upcoming projects in Maldives executed with India's assistance.

President Mukherjee congratulates Asian Para Games-2014 medal winners

Pranab MukherjeeNew Delhi, Nov 3 : President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated and sent individual messages to all the Indian medal winners in the Asian Para Games-2014.

In his individual messages sent to the medal winners , President Mukherjee said: "Your success is a matter of great pride for all Indians. It will serve as an inspiration to both sportspersons as well as differently-abled people of our country."

"Your achievement is an example of what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. I congratulate you and wish you the very best for the future," he added.

Will bring every single penny of black money back, says PM Modi in 'Mann ki Baat'

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Nov. 2 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his second 'Mann ki Baat' radio address to the nation on Sunday, said as far as the issue of black money was concerned, he would work to ensure that every single penny was returned back to the country.

"About black money, please trust this 'Pradhan Sevak' (First Servant of the Nation), it is an article of faith for me. This is my commitment. I will leave no stone unturned to bring back black money. I assure you, I will not be held back in bringing back whatever the amount, don't know the numbers yet, many numbers are floating around," said Prime Minister Modi.

BJP should be visible as party with diversities: PM Modi

PM ModiNew Delhi, Nov 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched the BJP's national membership drive here on Saturday, called for building the party into an organization that will have representations from all sections of the society.

"Our country is full of diversities. The BJP should also be visible as a party with diversities. People from all sections of society should feel they have a representative in the BJP. The party should be such that voices of the poorest of the poor should reach to the party," he said while inaugurating the programme at the BJP headquarters here.

Prime Minister Modi said that the BJP should have its presence in every village of the country.

1984 riots: Set up special courts to ensure justice, says Sukhbir Badal

Sukhbir BadalNew Delhi, Nov 1 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has asked for time bound special courts to conduct trials and dispense justice in the 1984 Sikh riots case.

"Justice will be delivered only when those responsible for the crimes are punished. Time-bound special courts should be set up and justice must be delivered," Badal told media persons in New Delhi.

"We have asked for a SIT or a Supreme Court committee to dispense justice. It should not take another three-four years to wait for justice. Time-bound special courts should be set up and justice must be delivered," he addedl.

PM Modi to flag off 'Run for Unity' on Sardar Patel birth anniversary

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Oct. 31 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off a "Run for Unity" marathon here this morning on the occasion of the 139th birth anniversary of India's first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Friday is being observed as National Unity Day across the nation.

The " Run for Unity" will commence from Vijay Chowk and end at India Gate on Rajpath.

A function to pay floral tribute to Sardar Patel will also be held at Patel Chowk, in New Delhi.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called on people to enthusiastically participate in the grand marathon and pay rich tribute to the "Iron Man" of India.

Rajnath approves grant of higher compensation to victims of riots, terrorist violence

Rajnath SinghNew Delhi, Oct 30 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a proposal to substantially enhance the compensation to civilian victims of communal, terrorist or Naxal violence from Rs. 3,00,000 to 5,00,000.

Till now, the next of kin of persons killed or civilians who suffered permanent incapacitation as a result of such violence were paid Rs. 3, 00,000 as per provisions of the central scheme for assistance to civilian victims of terrorist/communal/Naxal violence since 2008. (ANI)

India uncovers suspected plot to assassinate Bangladeshi PM

Sheikh HasinaNew Delhi, Oct 30 : India's top counter-terrorism agency on Wednesday declared that it had uncovered a suspected plot by a banned militant group to assassinate the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and carry out a coup.

India will hand over a dossier to Bangladesh with details of the plan by members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, which has carried out scores of attacks in India's eastern neighbour, the government and police officials said.

Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai to donate 50,000 dollars for Gaza schools destroyed during conflict

malala yousafzaiKarachi, Oct 30 : Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousufzai has reportedly decided to donate 50,000 dollars to help rebuild the United Nations schools in Gaza which were destroyed during the 50-day conflict between Palestine and Israel in July and August, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency said.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement on Wednesday that after winning the World Children's Prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, the 17-year-old Pakistani children's rights activist said that she would donate her prize money to the agency, reported the Dawn.

Malaysian PM vows to bring MH17 crash culprits to justice

Najib RazakWellington, Oct 29 : Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has vowed to bring to justice the culprits of Malaysian Airlines MH17 that crashed over eastern Ukraine.

According to Stuff. co. nz, Razak said that he fears fighting in Ukraine might hamper access to the crash site.

A report by the Dutch safety board said in September that MH17 crashed after a large number of high-energy objects penetrated its fuselage.

Malaysian PM also said that he hopes to see the MH370 investigation results in the coming months which would bring a solution to the world's biggest aviation mystery. (ANI)

PM Modi greets Turkey on National Day

PM Modi greets Turkey on National DayNew Delhi, Oct 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the people of Turkey on the occasion of their National Day.

"On their National Day, my greetings and best wishes to the people of Turkey. We are committed to making our ties with Turkey stronger," he said.

President Pranab Mukherjee had earlier on Tuesday extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of the Republic of Turkey on the eve of the National Day of the Republic of Turkey.

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