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Rajnath Singh to attend SAARC Home Ministers' meet in Nepal

Rajnath SinghNew Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Nepal on September 18 and 19 to attend the SAARC Home Ministers' conference, during which he is likely to have a separate meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

During the visit, apart from attending the SAARC Home/ Interior Ministers' meet, Singh will have bilateral meetings with his counterparts of other SAARC member countries.

The Home Minister is also likely to have a separate meeting with Nepal Deputy Prime Minister, who is also country's Home Minister, Bamdev Gautam, besides others on the sidelines of the SAARC convention, official sources said.

Germany warns of a potential military conflict in eastern Ukraine

Frank-Walter-SteinmeierLondon, Aug 30 : German Foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned that the crisis in eastern Ukraine needs to be controlled to prevent a direct military conflict between Russian and Ukraine.

Steinmeier said that the condition in Eastern Ukraine has reached a new height and that it needs to be controlled.

Russia had earlier denied all claims by NATO that they had sent forces to eastern part of Ukraine to support pro-Russian separatists.

According to the BBC, around 2,600 people have died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

High-end defence technology cooperation possible with Japan: PM Modi

Narendra ModiNew Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India sees possibility of a new era of cooperation with Japan in high-end defence technology and equipment and noted that progress has been made in parleys on civil nuclear agreement and amphibious aircraft deal between them.

"In the field of defence and security, I feel time has come for us to upgrade our relations. I see in the recent changes in Japan's defence export policies and regulations a possibility to engage in a new era of cooperation in high-end defence technology and equipment.

President Mukherjee to present National Sports Awards tomorrow

President-MukherjeeNew Delhi, Aug 28 : President Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Sports Awards at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Friday.

The National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.

The awards that will be presented by the President to the winners are: Dhyanchand Award, Dronacharya Award, Arjuna Award, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar. (ANI)

Israeli PM hails Gaza truce as 'victory' over Hamas

Benjamin-NetanyahuLondon, Aug 28 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly welcomed the end of seven-week long fighting in Gaza as a "victory for Gaza."

Netanyahu said during an interview that the militant group Hamas was hit hard as none of its demands was met. He also held a large rally to celebrate the victory, reported the BBC.

A ceasefire agreement brokered by Cairo on Tuesday ended 50 days of raging conflict which has claimed the lives more than 2,200 people, mostly Palestinians.

PM Modi sets up committee to identify obsolete laws within three months

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Aug 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today set up a committee to identify obsolete laws within a time frame of three months.

He called for a focused and result-oriented exercise to systematically weed out archaic laws and rules. The Committee will also examine Acts and Rules which may have become obsolete within the last ten to fifteen years. The newly-constituted Committee will examine all Acts recommended to be repealed by the Committee on Review of Administrative Laws, which had been appointed by the Union Government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998.

BJP says SC decision on tainted minister according to idea propounded by PM Modi

Shahnawaz-HussainBangalore, Aug 27 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday appeared to pat itself over the Supreme Court's verdict that people against whom criminal and corruption charges have been framed be not inducted as ministers.

He said that the apex court was taking an idea put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Lalu Yadav undergoes heart surgery in Mumbai

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu PrasadMumbai, Aug. 27 - Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad is undergoing two major heart surgeries - one to replace an aortic valve and the other to repair the aorta, at a hospital in Mumbai today.

An Asian Heart Institute spokesman said that the former Bihar chief minister had been diagnosed with 'aortic stenosis' and that he was being operated upon since the morning.

Asian Heart Institute Medical Director Vijay D'Silva has said that the surgical procedure will take over five hours.

Jaitley reviews security situation with service chiefs

Arun-JaitleyNew Delhi, Aug 26 : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley met the three service chiefs on Tuesday to review the security situation across the country amid continued ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Arup Raha and Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan reportedly discussed the steps required to be taken by the armed forces to tackle the situation.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also had a meeting with heads of security and intelligence agencies on the issue on Monday.

Pak PM Sharif, army chief agree to resolve ongoing protests in national interest

nawaz-sharifIslamabad, Aug 26 : Pakistan Prime Minister met Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at his residence here on Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office stated, "There was a consensus on the need to resolve the ongoing issue expeditiously in the best national interest."

This move may pay dividends for Sharif, as it is less than a week since reports stated that the army was preparing to give the present government an ultimatum.

The army, in a statement released last week, had said that it would not interfere with the politics of the country.

Top U.S. general warns IS would soon pose danger to country

Martin-DempseyJohannesburg, Aug 26 : The United States military's top general said that Islamic State extremists would soon be a danger to the U. S. and Europe and that a global alliance would be required to fight it.

U. S. commanders are preparing to fight IS militants in Syria as well as Iraq, said the top general's spokesperson Martin Dempsey.

According to News24, U. S. defence secretary Chuck Hagel said that the IS militants pose a bigger threat than the al-Qaeda terror group.

Dempsey said that IS group is a regional threat which can soon grow bigger and pose a danger to U. S. and Europe.

President congratulates Turkish PM on his election as President

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, Aug 25 : President Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Republic of Turkey, on his election as the President of the Republic of Turkey.

"On behalf of the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend my greetings and good wishes on your election as the President of the Republic of Turkey," President Mukherjee said in his message to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey.

India responding adequately to Pak provocations: Jaitley

Arun JaitleyJangipur : Amid repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said there has been a series of "provocations" by Pakistani Army and the country's armed forces are "responding adequately".

"I have said yesterday and repeating it today that there has been a series of provocations from the Pakistani Army in the last few fays," he told reporters on the sidelines of inauguration of Murshidabad campus of Management Development Institute (MDI).

Romanian PM impersonates tennis star Simona Halep for 'Facebook popularity'

Victor-PontaLondon, Aug 23 : Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, recently pretend to be tennis star Simona Halep on Facebook to gain popularity, it has been reported.

Ponta posted a picture of the rank 2 champion in women's singles to his Facebook page and wrote; " Simona Halep has just launched her official Facebook page! I LIKE it, do you?" the Daily Star reported.

Although a picture of Halep was next to the "Like" button, the page actually shared in the sponsored post was Ponta's.

PM addresses IITs' Boards of Governors conference at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Aug 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of IITs at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he exhorted them to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by the common people in their day-to-day life.

At the conference named 'Science is Universal', PM Modi said that technology must be local.

Pak's Information Minister challenges Lahore court ruling against Sharif

Nawaz-SharifIslamabad, Aug 22 : A Lahore court's ruling ordering the registration of a murder case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and several other PML-N leaders over the Model Town incident has been challenged by the country's Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed.

According to the Dawn, Rasheed challenged the ruling in the Lahore High Court in a personal capacity, which the court has admitted for hearing.

Lahore High Court's Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa will be hearing the case today.

Hollande blames 'major powers' for rise of ISIS

Francois-HollandeLondon, Aug 22 : French President Francois Hollande has reportedly gone on record to say that if the "major powers" had reacted against the use of chemical weapons a year ago, the world would have been spared the horrible choice between a terrorist group and a dictator.

The statement is supposed to be aimed at the United Kingdom and the United States. He further said that if the global powers had acted two years ago to ensure a smooth transition of power, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS) would not have existed today, reported The Daily express.

Pakistan has reneged on the Simla Agreement: MEA

Syed-AkbaruddinNew Delhi, Aug 20 : The Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday that Pakistan has reneged on the Simla Agreement of July 1972.

MEA spokesman told media here, "After the signing of the Simla Agreement, there are only two stakeholders in the issue of Jammu and Kashmir - the Union of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This principle is the bedrock of our bilateral relations."

UN Rights chief says Ferguson racial violence reminiscent of apartheid

Navi-PillayJohannesburg, Aug 20 : UN Rights chief Navi Pillay said that the conflict in the US town of Ferguson is a stark reminder of the racial violence triggered by apartheid in her native South Africa.

According to News 24, Navi Pillay, who is due to step down at the end of the month after six years in the UN hotseat, urged US authorities to investigate allegations of brutality and examine the "root causes" of racial discrimination in America.

Pillay condemned the "excessive" use of force by the police and called for the right of protest to be respected in an interview in her office.

IB Ministry suspends CBFC CEO

Prakash-Javadekar_New Delhi, Aug 20  : The Ministry of information and Broadcasting has suspended the chief executive officer of the Central Board of Film Certification, Rakesh Kumar , who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe.

Speaking to ANI exclusively, Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting, said corruption will not be tolerated, and hence, Kumar has been suspended.

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