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PM Modi discloses efforts made by him for education of girls

Prime Minister Narendra ModiNew York, Sept 30 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said women's empowerment cannot be complete without the education of girls.

Prime Minister Modi, who was answering questions after his address at the Council on Foreign Relations, said that his government is focusing on the education of the girl child to empower women.

"As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I had taken the initiative to educate the girl child. The motto of our government is - 'Educate girls, save girls'," Prime Minister Modi said.


Small reforms will lead to big changes, says PM Modi

Small reforms will lead to big changes, says PM ModiNew York . Sept 30 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday declared that small reforms in the legislature of India would lead to big changes in the country.

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Prime Minister Modi said, "Moksha is achieved by making pilgrimages to holy sites, but some files in our ministry would not attain fruition even after travelling to several offices. That was not acceptable, so we made changes to fix that."

"Taala kitna bhi bada ho, khulti sirf choti chaabi se hi hai (No matter how big a lock is, it opens only with a small key). Small reforms will lead to big changes," he added.


PM Modi wants to develop Indian economy on pillars of agriculture, manufacturing, service sector

Prime Minister Narendra ModiNew York, Sept 30 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asserted that agriculture, manufacturing and service were the three pillars of the economy that can help build a new India.


Modi cautions US against hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Modi cautions US against hasty troop withdrawal from AfghanistanNew York : Hours ahead of his dinner with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cautioned the US against hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, citing the mistakes it has committed while pulling out from Iraq.

Modi told the Council on Foreign Relations here that India and the US together had played a big role in Afghanistan in recent years.

India, he said, had told the US that the process of withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan should be slow to stop the rise of Taliban.


No outside arbitration to resolve Sino-India border row: PM

No outside arbitration to resolve Sino-India border row: PMNew York - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday rejected any need for outside arbitration to resolve the vexed issue of India's boundary dispute with China, saying the two countries are competent to find a solution through talks.

"India and China are capable of resolving issues through talks. There is no need for any arbitration," Modi said at the Council on Foreign Relations here in response to a question.

Asked if India would accept outside arbitration or adjudication to resolve the Sino-India border issue, the Prime Minister said, "there was no need for it as the two countries are talking to each other directly."


Where you sit in restaurants weighs on your waistline

Where you sit in restaurants weighs on your waistlineNew York, Sept 29 - A new book has revealed that where one sits in a restaurant has a serious effect on their waistline.

According to Professor Brian Wansink, director of Cornell's Food and Brand Lab, people order healthier foods if they sit by a window or in a well-lit area, while people at uncomfortable high-top tables favor salads and buy fewer desserts, since it's harder to slouch or spread out, the New York Post reported.


PM Modi has filled leadership vacuum, says IACA Chairman

PM Modi has filled leadership vacuum, says IACA ChairmanNew York, Sept. 29 - Chairman of the Indian American Advisory Council (IAAC) to U. S Congress, Shalabh Kumar, said here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was filling in a vacuum in this world which is seeking leadership.

"He is filling in a vacuum in this world which is seeking leadership. We have not seen a leader since Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher who has such a clear vision, that our Prime Minister Modi has," Kumar told ANI.

However, he also exhorted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apply one of the principles of Ronald Regan - 'Trust but verify'.


Never seen such excitement for any Indian leader, says U.S Congresswomen

Never seen such excitement for any Indian leader, says U.S CongresswomenNew York, Sept 29 - Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit would boost relations between India and America, U. S Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney said here that she has never seen any Indian leader's visit to the United States generating so much excitement among the Indian American community.

"I have never seen so much excitement in the Indian American community for a leader in India. Everyone is very positive, his message is very positive; strengthen bonds between America and India. I see even stronger future for the world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy." Carolyn B. Maloney told ANI here.


PM Modi meets distinguished Indian Americans in New York

PM Modi meets distinguished Indian Americans in New YorkNew York, Sept 28 - A group of 10 distinguished Indian Americans called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York on Saturday.

The Prime Minister, who is currently on a bilateral tour of the United States, urged them to share their views on the development of India. The Indian-Americans mentioned the clarity of decision-making, ease of doing business, skill development and strong university-industry links as some of the important areas that needed to be focused on. They also praised the initiatives such as Digital India and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.


PM Modi meets Mayor of New York City

PM Modi meets Mayor of New York CityNew York, Sept 27 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met the Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio on the first day of his visit to the United States.

The Prime Minister, who arrived in New York earlier in the day, will begin his day tomorrow with paying tributes at the 9/11 memorial and museum, followed by meeting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Headquarters.

Prime Minister Modi will address the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) tomorrow.


Sharif urges UN Secretary General for peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute

Sharif urges UN Secretary General for peaceful settlement of Kashmir disputeNew York, Sept. 26 - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the issue of Kashmir in his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Sharif, who met with the UN Secretary General on September 25, apprised him of his government's current efforts to flush out terrorists and dismantle their networks.

"The ongoing military operation against terrorists had disrupted their command and control system. The Government had zero tolerance for terrorism and was determined to root out terrorist forces once and for all," he said.


India rejects 'untenable comments' by Sharif on J&K

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz SharifNew York - India Saturday strongly rejected the "untenable comments" made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Jammu and Kashmir in the UNGA, asserting that the people of the state have peacefully chosen their destiny in accordance with universally accepted democratic principles.

Exercising its Right of Reply on the floor of the General Assembly to the comments made by Sharif, India said that the Pakistan Prime Minister made "unwarranted references" in his address to the UN session earlier on Friday.


Modi meets NYC mayor, discusses city policing, urban space

Prime Minister Narendra ModiNew York - With an eye on his pet project of rejuvenation of urban spaces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a meeting with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio during which the issues related to large cities, especially common threats of terror, policing, public housing and crowd management in the events like "Kumbh mela" were discussed.

The meeting, which was Prime Minister's first official engagement after arriving here, was also aimed at understanding how the New York police metamorphosed after the 9/11 terror attacks in which over 3,000 people were killed and landmark twin towers of World Trade Center were destroyed.


IBSA to intensify cooperation to achieve UNSC reform

IBSA to intensify cooperation to achieve UNSC reformNew York - The IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) group said it will intensify cooperation to achieve a "decisive" conclusion of the reform of the UN Security Council by next year, including expansion in its permanent and non-permanent categories to better reflect present day realities and to make it more representative.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, her Brazilian counterpart Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado and South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane met here on September 25 on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.


Lawsuit against Modi will not have any impact on Indo-US talks

Lawsuit against Modi will not have any impact on Indo-US talksNew York - The lawsuit filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a human rights group here would have no impact on "his very important visit" to Washington to meet US President Barack Obama, the White House said Friday.

"I don't anticipate that it (lawsuit) is going to have any impact on his very important visit here to the US and to the White House," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.


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