New Delhi, Nov 12 : India Tuesday expressed strong disapproval of the meeting between Pakistani prime minister's foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz with Hurriyat leaders, saying it would be "counter-productive" towards meaningful dialogue between the two countries.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told media persons here that India has "done a great deal" to build public opinion in favour of a dialogue with Pakistan, and such actions by Pakistan are not encouraging but counter-productive.
New Delhi, Nov 12 : A class 10 student from Pune was awarded here Tuesday for designing the doodle for Google India, which would go live on the Children's Day Thursday.
Doodles are the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and lives of famous artists and scientists.
The doodle titled "Sky's the limit for Indian women" has been designed by Gayatri Ketharaman for the fifth edition of Doodle4Google competition with the theme celebrating Indian women.
New Delhi, Nov 12 : The BJP Tuesday said the UPA government is trying to intimidate CBI investigations, and termed as "flawed" the stance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram that it was not proper for probe agencies to sit in judgement over policy decisions taken in good faith.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said the remarks of the prime minister and the finance minister were "disappointing, to say the least".
New Delhi, Nov 12 : Australian great Adam Gilchrist feels Sachin Tendulkar has not overstayed in international cricket and is happy to see the master blaster calling time on his phenomenal career at home.
Tendulkar retires after playing his 200th Test against the West Indies starting Thursday.
"What Sachin has been contributing to that Indian team is special. It is not just about the runs," said Gilchrist at a promotional event at the Australian High Commission here Tuesday.
New Delhi, Nov 12 : Actor Hrithik Roshan has thanked his fans for making his latest movie “Krrish 3” a hit and announced that the widely downloaded “Krrish 3” game is now the top free game in the country.
The sci-fi movie, which released Nov 1, has already raked in over Rs. 200 crore at the box office. The actor, who plays a superhero in the film directed by his father Rakesh Roshan, used the microblogging site to express his excitement.
New Delhi, Nov 12 : Japan Tuesday pledged to provide $150 million towards reconstruction efforts in Uttarakhand in the wake of devastating floods that hit the Himalayan state in June this year.
This was announced at a meeting between External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting.
New Delhi, Nov 11 : Global beverage giant PepsiCo Monday said it will invest Rs. 33,000 crore ($5.5 billion) in India by 2020 to expand its manufacturing and distribution capacity in Asia's third largest economy.
“India is a country with huge potential and it remains an attractive, high-priority market for PepsiCo,” PepsiCo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi told reporters here.
She said the investment will be made in expanding manufacturing capacity, agriculture, infrastructure and innovation.
New Delhi, Nov 11 : Steel Authority of India (SAIL), Monday reported a 117 percent rise in net profit to Rs. 1,180.39 crore (Rs. 11.8 billion) for the quarter ended September 30, due primarily to an exceptional gain of Rs. 1,056 crore for damages from foreign suppliers of coking coal.
The state-run steel maker had reported net profit of Rs. 543.11 crore (Rs. 5.43 billion) in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal 2012-13.
New Delhi, Nov 11 : Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has cancelled his official visit to India.
An external affairs ministry official told IANS Monday that Mahama called off the trip owing to "certain domestic preoccupations".
The visit was scheduled to take place Nov 10-13.
The president was to be accompanied by Ghana's ministers of foreign affairs, finance and economic planning, trade and industry and information and media relations besides senior government officials.
New Delhi, Nov 11: Prime Minister Manmoahn Singh Monday said it was not proper for probe agencies to sit in judgement over a policy decision taken in good faith even if it is found improper later when there was no mala fide intent or personal monetary gain.
"Errors of judgement are distinguished from criminal acts," the prime minister said at a conference here on curbing corruption and crime barely a month after fresh charges filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the coal allotment case rocked the top echelons of the executive.
New Delhi, Nov 11 : The government is investigating the source of foreign funding to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Monday.
“We have got complaints about foreign funding to AAP and are probing the matter... Investigations take time and we are looking for the source behind the funding,” said Shinde.
AAP's chief ministerial candidate Arvind Kejriwal, however, said the "funds of Congress and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) should also be probed".
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas challenged the government to prove them guilty.
New Delhi, Nov 11 : India's exports jumped by 13.47 percent to $27.27 billion in October, while imports dropped by 14.5 percent, government data showed Monday.
According to data released by the commerce and industry ministry here, the value of merchandise exports in October was $27.27 billion, as compared to $24.03 billion recorded in the same month last year, registering an year-on-year growth of 13.47 percent.
Imports fell by 14.50 percent to $37.82 billion during the month under review as compared to $44.24 billion recorded in the corresponding month of last year.
New Delhi, Nov 11 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday said government will look "promptly" in the legality issue of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raised by the Gauhati High Court.
"Some questions have come up recently about the legality of the CBI. Our government will look into this matter seriously and promptly," the prime minister said here at the conference of CBI and State Anti Corruption Bureau on Common Strategies to Combat Corruption and Crime.
"This is a matter that undoubtedly has to be considered also by the highest court in the land," he added.
New Delhi, Nov 10 : External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday admitted that emotive protests in Tamil Nadu did influence Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision to skip the CHOGM summit in Sri Lanka.
But he underlined that it would be wrong to "look at any one single dimension to this decision".
"There are lot of factors... The prime minister is campaigning and of course there are a lot of issues in Tamil Nadu," Khurshid told NDTV.
New Delhi, Nov 10 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the international conference on evolving common strategies to combat corruption and crime here Monday.
The three-day conference will be attended by senior officers of the central and state governments, vigilance commissioners, legal luminaries, technologists and senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers.
Issues like extent of corruption in natural resource management, developing protocols for investigation and prosecution of trans-national human trafficking offences, corporate regulation and fraud risk management will be discussed.
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New Delhi, Nov 9 : Singer-actress Monica Dogra will release her first solo music video on the pioneer episode of the new season of television music show "The Dewarists" Sunday.
Closely associated with the country's indie music scene, Dogra has been busy putting together her first ever solo music album and she found a unique way to make her first foray as an independent artist special.
While she was away in Manali, shooting for the latest season of "The Dewarists", she was also set on a mission to write, conceptualise and even shoot her first music video for the album.
New Delhi, Nov 9 : Flexible packaging firm Uflex said its revenue rose to Rs. 1,516 crore for the quarter ended September as compared to Rs. 1,250 crore recorded in the same period last year.
However, the company's net profit dropped to Rs. 46 crore for July-September quarter from Rs. 57 crore recorded in the same period last year.
The company had posted Rs. 43 crore profit in the first quarter of the current financial year.
New Delhi, Nov 9 : Poverty has declined much faster since the UPA government came to power, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said here Saturday.
Delivering the 49th Foundation Day address at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses(IDSA), Ahluwalia said the country needs inflow of energy, technology, investment and trade to grow at eight percent in the coming years.
He said the growth target of eight percent could be achieved only if difficult policy decisions are taken.
New Delhi, Nov 9 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday announced interim assistance of Rs. 1,000 crore each for Andhra Pradesh and Odisha for relief and rehabilitation after they were hit by cyclone Phailin last month.
"The total quantum of assistance to the states will be finalised after consideration of the on-the spot assessment report of the inter-ministerial central team," said a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.