Modi inaugurates Indian embassy in Brazil on sidelines of BRICS summit

Narendra-ModiBrasilia (Brazil), July 17 : During his visit to Brazil to attend the VIth BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated the Indian Embassy building in Brasilia with the aim of establishing the country as a new global business centre.

Modi left Brazil on Thursday after attending the five-nation BRICS summit in the coastal city of Fortaleza.

During his visit, Modi met and held bilateral talks with Chinese and Russian President, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.

Modi also met a group of South American leaders to foster cooperation between the two regions.

Football World Cup in Brazil united the world: PM Modi

Narendra ModiFortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Brazil for successfully hosting the Football World Cup, saying the "beautiful game" has brought the world together.

"I convey my profound gratitude to our gracious host, President Dilma Rousseff, the people, and the Government of Brazil," Modi said at the BRICS Summit in this Brazilian sea-side city.

"Madam, I congratulate you for successfully hosting the Football World Cup. Truly, the 'beautiful game' brings the world together," he told Rousseff.

Modi to press for equal shareholding in proposed BRICS bank

Modi to press for equal shareholding in proposed BRICS bankFortaleza (Brazil): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch his first multilateral engagement in this seaside city of Brazil, meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of Tuesday's BRICS Summit at which India will press for equal shareholding for its five member countries in the proposed USD 50 billion BRICS Development Bank so that no shareholder dominates.

Germany crowned FIFA World Cup champions

Germany crowned FIFA World Cup championsBrasilia (Brazil), July 14 - Germany were crowned world champions for the fourth time on Sunday, after Mario Gotze's extra-time winner beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.

Gotze demonstrated perfect technique and commendable calm to chest down Andre Schurrle's pass and sweep in a left-foot finish with the prospect of a penalty shootout only seven minutes away.

With this win, Germany claimed their first World Cup since they beat the same opponents in Rome 24 years ago.

Hero MotoCorp plans 6th plant, scouts for site in South India

Hero-MotoCorpSao Paulo: India's largest two-wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp, plans to set up a plant in South India, its sixth overall, to cater to the domestic market and take its overall annual capacity to 12 million units.

"We are looking to set up a plant in South India. It will be utilised to service the market there. We are scouting for land at the moment," Hero MotoCorp Manging Director and CEO Pawan Munjal said.

He, however, did not share the details regarding the timeline for the completion as well as the location of the plant.

Hero MotoCorp to ride into US market next year

Hero MotoCorpSao Paulo: Hero MotoCorp, India's largest two-wheeler maker, is looking to start selling bikes in the US next year, hoping to create a niche market for its products.

The company, which entered as many as 18 global markets in the past one-and-a-half years, is confident that its motorcycles will be accepted well in the US.

"For the developed western markets (US) currently, we are not that much focused on bigger motorcycles. Right now, what we are looking at is taking some of our current products and try creating a niche market," Hero MotoCorp Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Pawan Munjal said here.

Hero MotoCorp to enter Brazil's 2-wheeler mkt by 2016

Hero MotoCorpSao Paulo: India's largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp is planning to enter Brazil by 2016 as it looks to consolidate position in the fast growing South American market.

It also plans to begin work on its manufacturing facility in Columbia in the next two months, investing USD 70 million.

"We are looking to enter Brazilian market around the Olympics in 2016. We are developing some engines specifically for this market. Its an attractive market for us," Hero MotoCorp Managing Director and CEO Pawan Munjal.

Brazil, Portugal in Scolari tax fraud probe

Brazil, Portugal in Scolari tax fraud probeRio de Janeiro, May 15 - Brazilian authorities have agreed to cooperate with Portugal over a criminal case involving Brazil's football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Scolari is being investigated for tax fraud after allegedly failing to declare seven million euros of income.

The attorney general's office in Brazil (PGR) confirmed Wednesday it had agreed to cooperate with its Portuguese counterpart, reported Xinhua.

No further details were given by the PGR due to the "confidential" nature of the investigation.

Brazil name World Cup standby list

Brazil name World Cup standby listRio de Janeiro, May 14 - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has named Atletico Madrid defender Miranda among seven reserves for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The 29-year-old former Sao Paulo centre-half will be joined by his Atletico teammate Filipe Luis, who is on standby at left-back, reports Xinhua.

Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha was also named, as was Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas and Fluminense goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri.

Brazil's presidential poll may go for second round

dilma-rousseffRio de Janeiro, May 10 : Brazil's October presidential elections may feature a second round, as support for incumbent President Dilma Rousseff falters and her contenders gain strength, according to an opinion poll.

The latest Datafolha poll, the results of which were declared Friday, showed that support for Rousseff has slid to 37 percent from 38 percent in the previous poll, while Aecio Neves, candidate of the main opposition Brazilian Social Democracy Party, gained four percentage points to 20 percent.

Support for Brazilian Socialist Party candidate Eduardo Campos gained one point to 11 percent, Xinhua reported.

Alves gets support of Brazilian president

Dani-AlvesRio de Janeiro, April 29 : Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has lent her support to Dani Alves, saying the Barcelona defender was "brave and strong" for eating a banana thrown at him by a fan.

Rousseff said Sunday's incident reinforced the need to "champion the fight against racism in sport" during the World Cup, to be played in Brazil from June 12 to July 13, reports Xinhua.

"We are going to show that our strength in football, and in life, comes from our ethnic diversity and that we are proud of it," Rousseff wrote on her official Twitter account Monday.

No nation has right to rule internet: Brazil

Dilma RousseffSao Paulo, April 24 : Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at a gathering here Wednesday that no country can have "more weight than another" in governing cyberspace.

She made her remarks at the opening of the NETMundial international conference, where delegations from more than 85 countries will debate internet regulation issues and try to reach agreement on a new oversight model.

Sao Paulo express interest in Kaka

Sao Paulo express interest in KakaSao Paulo, April 23 - Kaka's former club Sao Paulo has expressed interest in signing the playmaker in the next transfer window.

"I would really like to have Kaka here," Xinhua quoted Sao Paulo's new president Carlos Miguel Aidar as saying Tuesday, although admitting the club where Kaka began his career in 2001 might not be able to afford the midfielder's wage demands.

Kaka has shown glimpses of his best form since returning to AC Milan last September after a turbulent four-year spell at Real Madrid.

Brazil promises secure World Cups

Dilma-RousseffRio de Janeiro, April 17 : The Brazilian government will ensure security in the FIFA World Cup which will take place in 12 Brazilian cities in June, President Dilma Rousseff said.

According to the president, the government has beefed up security for the World Cup and will not allow the tournament to be disturbed by violent episodes, reports Xinhua.

FIFA releases official World Cup song

World-Cup-2014-SongRio De Janeiro, April 9 : Cuban-American rapper Pitbull joins Jennifer Lopez and Brazil's Claudia Leitte in the official World Cup football song released by FIFA.

The track, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)", featuring an acoustic guitar and an upbeat rhythm with lyrics promoting peace and unity, was released Tuesday reports Xinhua.  A video-clip filmed in Florida is expected to debut later this month.

Pitbull, Lopez and Leitte will perform the song before the opening World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo June 12.

Brazil defender Uvini ready for Santos debut

Brazil defender Uvini ready for Santos debutRio de Janeiro, April 9 - Napoli defender Bruno Uvini has started training with Brazilian outfit Santos following his arrival on a nine-month loan.

The 22-year-old is expected to make his debut for the club in its Copa do Brasil fixture against Mixto next week, reported Xinhua.

Uvini has struggled for first-team opportunities since being signed by Napoli from Sao Paulo in 2012.

Santos secured him just before the close of Brazil's international transfer deadline April 1.

Borges named new Fluminense coach

Borges named new Fluminense coachRio de Janeiro, April 3 - Brazilian giants Fluminense have announced Cristovao Borges as their new coach, replacing former Brazil international winger Renato Gaucho.

Gaucho was dismissed Wednesday following the team's elimination from the Rio de Janeiro state championship by rivals Vasco da Gama, reported Xinhua.

Borges, 54, who last year coached Bahia, began his managerial career at Vasco da Gama in 2011.

He is a former player at Fluminense, and helped the club win the Rio championship in 1980.

Ronaldinho lacks 'dedication' for World Cup

Carlos Alberto ParreiraRio de Janeiro, March 23 - Brazil assistant coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Ronaldinho lacked the "dedication" needed for an international recall ahead of this year's World Cup.

Ronaldinho, 34, has not played for the Selecao since April 2013 and is struggling to recapture his best form for Atletico Mineiro this year, Xinhua reported citing a Brazilian newspaper Sunday.

"It isn't that he has lost his focus, he just hasn't been able to continue his career in the way that is needed to play with the Selecao with complete and total dedication," said Parreira.

Thuram: Players share blame for racism

Thuram: Players share blame for racismRio de Janeiro, March 13 - World Cup winner Lilian Thuram says players are partly responsible for continued racism in football.

Thuram was speaking at the the Programa Africa Hoje anti-racism campaign here and admitted he was dismayed by a spate of recent incidents in Brazil, reported Xinhua.

"When all players decide to walk off the pitch because of racist abuse, the situation might improve," the former France defender said.

Brazil midfielder Arouca slams racist fan abuse

Brazil midfielder Arouca slams racist fan abuseRio de Janeiro, March 8 - Santos and Brazil midfielder Arouca has described as "unacceptable" and "serious" the racist taunts directed at him during his team's 5-2 victory over Mogi Mirim in a Sao Paulo state championship match.

The fan's abuse, which came as Arouca walked off the pitch Thursday night, was captured by television microphones.

The 27-year-old urged Brazilian authorities to take swift and "severe" action against the fan, reported Xinhua.

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