New Delhi, Feb 6 : External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said India is keeping an eye on China's involvement in infrastructure projects in the immediate neighbourhood.
In a statement in the Lok Sabha yesterday, Khurshid said: "Government is aware that China is involved in the construction of or assistance to infrastructure projects in our neighborhood, including in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar; hydroelectric and IT projects in Nepal; IT and housing construction projects in Maldives; hydroelectric and nuclear projects, highways, motorways, export processing zones and economic corridors in Pakistan."
New Delhi, Feb 6 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the implementation of the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) during the 12th Plan period.
The extension of NMAET and its components will be expanded and up-scaled appropriately and implemented in a more coordinated and convergent manner.
The mission will have a total outlay of over 13,073 crore rupees, with the Centre's share of over 11,390 crore rupees and State share of over 1,682 crore rupees.
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New Delhi, Feb 6 : External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that India will take "necessary" action in the reports of alleged tax and visa violations by the American Embassy School here.
To a question on the media reports regarding alleged tax and visa violations by the American Embassy School in New Delhi, Khurshid, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday, said: "The Government has sought the relevant information from the School to examine compliance with relevant Indian laws by the School and its employees, and will take necessary action accordingly in this matter."
New Delhi, Feb 5 : In pursuit of its growth agenda, telecom service provider Bharti Airtel Wednesday announced a rejig of its top team at Airtel Africa.
V. G. Somasekhar has been appointed executive operations director of the strategic business unit (SBU) clustering Zambia, Congo B, Malawi, Burkina, Niger, Chad, Madagascar and Seychelles. Somasekhar has been managing director for Airtel Uganda since December 2010, a company statement here said.
Bharti Airtel is a telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
New Delhi, Feb 5 : Elevation of Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella as chief executive officer of technology giant Microsoft is a reflection of rising India's talent globally and it would inspire professionals across the world, business leaders and experts said.
“It's pretty inspiring. An Indian becoming CEO of Microsoft is an exceptional achievement. We are really proud of it,” said Sachin Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of India's largest e-commerce site Flipkart.
He said Nadella's elevation is a reflection of rising Indian professionals influence at the global business sphere.
New Delhi, Feb 4 : Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao will be conferred with the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function here today.
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket on November 16 last year, will be the first sportsman to receive the country's highest civilian honour.
Prof. Rao is an eminent scientist and a well-recognized international authority on solid state and materials chemistry. He has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who made his Bollywood debut with "Student of the Year" and is geared up for his second release "Hasee Toh Phasee", says that he has improved as an actor.
The 29-year-old says after the success of his first movie, he felt a lot of pressure doing "Hasee Toh Phasee".
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said he will talk to opposition leaders to ensure that important bills are passed in the upcoming parliament session.
"I shall talk to the opposition leaders and make them understand that both the government and the opposition will have to work together to pass the bills," Gandhi told reporters after meeting street vendors who are demanding passage of a bill aimed at protecting their livelihood rights.
"I met street vendors and assured them the street vendors bill will be passed," he said.(IANS)
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Actress Parineeti Chopra is eagerly waiting to watch her elder sister Priyanka Chopra's forthcoming movie "Gunday" that will hit theatres Feb 14.
The 25-year-old, whose rom-com "Hasee Toh Phasee" will hit theatres Friday, says there is no competition with Priyanka.
While, this time their films have a gap of a week, in 2013, Parineeti's "Shuddh Desi Romance" and Priyanka's "Zanjeer" released on the same date, Sep 6.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Ahead of the 12th Auto Expo, car manufacturer Ford Monday unveiled its compact sedan Ford Figo Concept which is designed for the Indian and other emerging markets.
"Consumers are more demanding than ever, wanting and expecting more from their cars, even if they are first-time buyers," said Nigel Harris, president, Ford India at the global unveiling of the car here.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Automobile manufacturer Tata Motors Monday unveiled two new passenger car vehciles -- Zest compact sedan and premium hatchback Bolt.
"These cars have been engineered for global markets, through global teams across India, UK and Korea to set new standards in their respective segments,"said Ranjit Yadav, president, passenger vehicles, Tata Motors.
The company said the new vehicles would be launched in 2014 in India and subsequently in other countries. Both the vehicles are based on the company's X1 platform on which Vista and Manza models are built.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Some believe cancer is incurable, quite a few think it is contagious and many others feel it can be caused by hair-dyes and anti-perspirants - myths like these expose our little knowledge about the much-feared disease which, if addressed timely, can be cured, doctors say.
According to health experts, many myths are associated with cancer, but adapting a healthy lifestyle can help people keep it at bay. India has more than three million cancer patients, and these figures paint a pale picture of our understanding of the disease.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : The government Monday sought the cooperation of the opposition parties in passing anti-corruption bills as well as the women's reservation bill in parliament. But the BJP and the CPI-M said the Congress should restrain its own members from causing disruptions.
Speaking to reporters after an all-party meeting ahead of the second half of the winter session beginning Feb 5, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said there was a need to rise above politics to get the anti-corruption bills and the women's reservation bill passed in this session of parliament.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that he choose to act in the slavery drama ' 12 Years a Slave' because he felt sorry for the fact that his ancestors were involved in the slave trade.
The 37-year-old actor also gave the same reason for taking up ' Amazing Grace ' a movie about the fight to eliminate the slave trade in UK, PVR Pictures reported.
In the highly-acclaimed drama, which bagged a Golden Globe and has earned nine Oscar nominations, Cumberbatch plays the role of plantation owner and slave owner.
New Delhi, Feb 2 : Small screen actress Asha Negi won the sixth season of "Nach Baliye" with actor-boyfriend Rithvik Dhanjani and says she was confident they will win the celebrity dance reality show.
The couple had performed consistently well from the beginning of "Nach Baliye 6" and won the finale Saturday.
"Both me and Rithvik, we were confident that we will win the show. There was never a moment when we lost the confidence or that we were over-confident. But, we did our best, gave my 100 percent and we knew it will pay off," Asha told IANS in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.
New Delhi, Feb 2 : President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of Harish Rawat, Minister of Water Resources, from the council of ministers.
The president, on the advice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accepted Rawat's resignation from the union council of ministers with immediate effect a Rashtrapati Bhavan press communique said.
"Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, the President has directed that Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister for Health and Family Welfare shall be given additional charge of the work of the Ministry of Water Resources," the communique said
New Delhi, Feb 1 : The Delhi Police Saturday said Nido Tania, the Arunachal student who died Thursday, was handed over to his guardian after he was picked up from the city's Lajpat Nagar I market following an altercation with two shopkeepers.
Nido Tania, 19, son of Arunachal Pradesh Congress legislator Nido Pavitra, was mercilessly beaten up by two shopkeepers Wednesday afternoon following a row over his appearance and clothing. He died Thursday.
New Delhi, Feb 1 : India's largest passenger car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki Saturday reported a 10.3 percent decline in total sales for January, which stood at 102,416 units due to a fall in exports.
The company had sold 114,205 units in January 2013.
There was a sharp drop in the company's exports. Maruti Suzuki exported just 5,847 units last month, which was 47.7 percent less than 11,179 units sold overseas during the corresponding month of 2013.
New Delhi, Feb 1 : Minister of Communication and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Saturday criticized Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for naming him in the list of corrupt leaders, and said Kejriwal should leave his position if he is making baseless allegations without proof.
"I am surprised that a person holding the CM's post is making such allegations against me. Till today, after holding many respectable positions, as a lawyer, or a teacher or in politics, no one has ever named me in any allegations. I am very surprised that he called me corrupt," he said.
New Delhi, Feb 1 : The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, will be paying an official visit to India from February 4 to February 9 at the invitation of President Pranab Mukherjee.
President Joachim Gauck will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers, members of Parliament and business leaders.
The visiting dignitary will arrive here on the evening of February 4. He will inspect a Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan the next day, after which he will visit Rajghat to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.