NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to be extremely keen to be part of this year’s Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to Tibet, and could even take the new motorable route from the Nathu-La border point in Sikkim to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet, from where pilgrims can travel comfortably to Mansarovar and Kailash using the modern highway. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, search engine websites, from advertising or sponsoring any advertisement relating to sex determination of foetus which would violate the provisions of Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Tests Act. Continue reading
COMMENT: Occupational and geographic mobility across the region are bridging income and consumption-related disparities, says the World Bank report, ‘Addressing Inequality in South Asia’. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the National Cadet Corps to try and create a world record by doing yoga across the country at the same time on June 21, the “International Day of Yoga”, as declared by United Nations in December 2014. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to travel to China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping before he completes one year in office on May 26. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Always an eloquent and engaging speaker, United States President Barack Obama at his town hall speech in Siri Fort touched the right chords while addressing the 2,000 strong crowd.
SIMIKOT (NEPAL): For generations, traders and their colourful herds of mules and yaks were a lifeline for remote communities in the heart of Nepal’s formidable and often dangerous Himalayas. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: A behind-the-doors US agreement with India to provide technological assistance to the indigenous aircraft carrier may be putting flesh on the bones of this strategic coalition – “Joint Strategic Vision for Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region”. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Supporting India’s ambitious goal for solar energy, US President Barrack Obama said the US stands ready to speed this expansion with additional financing. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday promised an open business environment, predictable tax regime and to remove “remaining uncertainties” as President Barack Obama raised issues of trade barriers and intellectual property while seeking ease of doing business in India. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: India and the US failed to hammer out a comprehensive climate deal as Prime Minister Narendra Modi dismissed talk of pressure to ink a pact on climate change similar to a US-China agreement on emission cuts, but the two countries agreed to work together for a successful climate conference in Paris this year. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: China on Sunday said President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi would remain a symbolic exercise because of the superficial nature of US-India relations. Continue reading
JAIPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship ‘Make in India’ campaign to turn the country into a global manufacturing hub was doomed to fail unless Indians disciplined themselves, said industrialist NR Narayana Murthy at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Sunday. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: On Sunday, on his second visit to India after 2010, President Barack Obama kept date with his “real hero” – Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. Continue reading
PANAJI: Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said some people are born with disabilities due to the “mistake” and “negligence” committed by God. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday asked Russia to take part in the Centre’s ‘Make in India’ plan in a big way. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Wednesday was the last date for filing nominations for the Delhi Assembly elections and with many big names in the contest opting to submit their nomination, there was rush at most centres in the city. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: With US President Barack Obama scheduled to visit India on Jan 25, preparations for the high-profile visit are entering final stages. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who spearheaded the anti-corruption crusade by Anna Hazare some years ago, was named by the BJP as its chief ministerial candidate in Delhi. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Tiger population in the country is estimated to be around 2,226, a rise of over 30% since the last count in 2010, according to the latest census report released today. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: India on Sunday denied reports that the station chief of its external spy agency was asked to leave Colombo by the previous Rajapaksa regime in the run-up to the presidential polls for encouraging the opposition alliance that went on to win the election. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The income tax department may cap at Rs 10 lakh the amount of cash a person can keep at home or carry in transit in a likely budget proposal aimed at checking black money. Continue reading
BEIJING: China on Monday lodged protests with Tokyo after Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida was quoted as saying that Arunachal Pradesh was part of India during his visit to New Delhi over the weekend. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Two days after her induction in the BJP, Kiran Bedi still evokes mixed reaction in the party. While the workers are visibly happy to have a strong candidate leading them in the assembly elections, a few leaders still have reservations about her ability to take everyone in the party with her. Continue reading
JAIPUR: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that the BJP would have its chief ministers in at least 20 states before the 2019 general polls. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The BJP’s decision to field ex-IPS officer and anti-corruption crusader Kiran Bedi as a potential CM candidate for the New Delhi elections, has been widely hailed as a coup. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday pitched for more generation of jobs as he wanted the “New Age India” and the economy to swell from the current US$2 trillion to US$20 trillion. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: After four years of refraining from publishing The Red Sari in India – owing to legal threats by the Congress party – author Javier Moro and his publisher, Roli Books, have released the dramatized biography of Sonia Gandhi. Continue reading
MUMBAI: The recent announcement by a Foreign Investment Institution (FII) that production of solar energy can become a cheaper and affordable means of alternate energy holds ground as speakers in the recently concluded 102nd Indian Science Congress also threw light on a similar possibility. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Battered Congress, which was reduced to eight seats in the last Assembly elections in the national capital, has decided to field seven candidates who had contested against the party in the past elections. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Indian swimmer Bhakti Sharma has set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree temperature in the Antarctic Ocean. Continue reading
COMMENT: Our entire life is linked to two energies – that of the sun (surya) and of the moon (chandra). Continue reading
KASHMIR: National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said all the party candidates from the Valley for the recent Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections have endorsed its stand of not entering into an alliance with BJP for government formation. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Cracking the whip on those polluting Yamuna, the National Green Tribunal today passed a slew of directions including a fine of Rs. 5,000 on individuals spotted throwing waste or religious items in the river as it unveiled a plan for its restoration. Continue reading
COLOMBO: As a defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa slunk out of Sri Lanka’s presidential palace, the astrologer who counselled him to call a disastrous early election was gloomily packing his bags on the other side of town. Continue reading
KERALA: Art has no religion, gender or colour. And KM Abu, a dancer to get a doctorate on classical dance form Mohiniyattam from Kerala Kalamandalam, a deemed university dedicated to performing arts, tells it emphatically. Continue reading
GUJARAT: The World Bank on Sunday said India can grow at 6.4 percent in 2015 and accelerate further next year, but cautioned that an enduring “bias” on the basis of caste and other factors can impede prosperity. Continue reading
GUJARAT: Pledging a predictable and fair policy environment and a stable tax regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured the global community that India would be the “easiest” place to do business in.
“Since day one, my government is actively working to revive the economy.
“My government is committed to creating a policy environment that is predictable, transparent and fair,” he told a select audience that comprised US secretary of state John Kerry, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and top global and domestic CEOs.
Setting a positive tone for US President Barack Obama’s visit, secretary of state Kerry said it was the perfect time to tap the “incredible possibilities” between India and the United States, as he praised Modi, saying his initiatives like “Make-in-India” would be a win-win situation for the world.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, urged India to set an ambitious target to cut down carbon emissions, saying it was in a unique position to lead sustainability, energy efficiency and fight against climate change.
Modi, who took office as PM in May last year after the BJP stormed to power with a huge mandate, said the atmosphere of “despair and uncertainty” has disappeared in India within a very short span of seven months.
Speaking at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, conceived in 2003 by Modi as Gujarat CM, he told investors that his government will “hold your hands whenever needed… If you walk one step, we will walk two steps for you”.
The ease of doing business in India, he noted, “is a prime concern for you and for us.
“I assure you we are working very seriously on these issues. We want to make them not only easier than earlier; not only easier than the rest; but we want to make them the easiest”.
Seeking to address investors’ concerns, Modi said: “We are trying to complete the circle of economic reforms speedily.
“We are also keen to see that our policies are predictable. We are clear that our tax regime should be stable.
“In the last few months, we have taken several decisions in this direction.”
He also brushed aside the criticism that nothing was happening on the ground, and stressed: “We are not only making commitments and announcements. We are also backing them up with concrete action.”
One stop clearance
The government in the past seven months relaxed foreign direct investment norms in various sectors, including defence and insurance, launched the “Make-in-India” campaign and resorted to ordinances to pursue changes in land acquisition norms to promote investment.
Seeking to boost manufacturing to promote growth and boost job creation, Modi said a single-window clearance system for projects was being set up at both the Central and state levels.
“To upgrade manufacturing infrastructure, we are setting up world-class investment and industrial regions along with dedicated freight and industrial corridors,” he said.
India, he said, was on the “path of transformation”, adding that the government was trying to ensure policy-driven governance.
Stating the government had made commitments to its people for a great future for India in a very short time, he said: “We know that to do this, we need the enabling policy framework. We are working constantly to improve it further.”
The first two quarters of the current fiscal year beginning April 2014 had seen a growth rate that is one percent higher than the previous year, Modi said, adding the IMF had predicted that
India would be the second fastest-growing economy in coming years.
Spelling out his vision, he said institutions and systems of delivery had to be strengthened.
“You may be aware that our economic growth had slowed down during the last few years. Now my government is putting all efforts to ensure faster and yet inclusive growth. The initial results are very encouraging.”
The focus is on building infrastructure like roads, gas grids, electricity and water systems, farm irrigation and cleaning of rivers through public and private investments, he said.
“In order to execute the infrastructure plan, a fast-track PPP mechanism is being put in place,” he said.
Modi also urged all leaders to follow the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi.
“Mahatma Gandhi rightly talked about the last man. Gandhiji’s message can show us the way.
“To me, the best outcome of this event should be inclusiveness and the involvement of those communities which need care,” he said.
The PM said this Vibrant Gujarat Summit was an event for the inclusiveness of small with big, of poor with rich. – From the Asian Age
NEW DELHI: Smart Cities, the ambitious project of the Narendra Modi government, would introduce the concept of involving citizens in decision-making processes when it comes to civic issues within the habitation as the current governance structures do not focus on citizen participation. Continue reading
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new government on Sunday accused toppled strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa of having tried to stage a coup to cling to power after losing last week’s presidential election. Continue reading
KASHMIR: The political impasse in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday took a new turn with Omar Abdullah asking governor N N Vohra to relieve him as caretaker chief minister, saying the state needed a full-time administrator to deal with the situation along the border with Pakistan. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The entire ITC Maurya hotel has been booked for US President Barack Obama’s entourage, ahead of his visit to New Delhi on January 24. Continue reading
MUMBAI: While the entry of women in the labour force has brought about several positive changes in society as well as the economy, it has led to some serious problems as well – those related to their health. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Assuring a better future with scientific and technological facilities, Union minister of science and technology Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday asked its vast diaspora engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation to return and contribute for India’s progress. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has yet again stoked controversy by saying all Hindu women must produce four children to protect Hindu religion. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The advance team of the US Secret Service, which has already reached India, is working overtime to put in place a foolproof security mechanism for the visit of US President Barack Obama later in January. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: Many doctors often prescribe a particular brand of medicine for personal gains. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: A city in central India has elected the country’s first transgender mayor, nine months after a court ruled that transgender be recognized as a legal third gender, local media reported. Continue reading