According to diplomatic sources, these will include infrastructural investment for the government’s “smart cities” initiative, with Japan proposing project development agreements on high-speed railways, more industrial corridors, and road-links and rail-links through the north-eastern States to ASEAN countries as well. Continue reading
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has some tough calls to make. My main recommendation is to get their players to play county cricket,” Vaughan wrote in his column for ‘Daily Telegraph’ here. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: BJP’s Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, Tarun Vijay on Monday urged the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee to request the Centre to take immediate steps for declaring Tamil for use as a language of the Madras High Court for passing orders and judgments.
It might be recalled that Tamil Nadu government had passed a resolution that Tamil should be made court language in the High Court. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The National Judicial Appointments Commission brought in by the NDA government could be appointing 21 judges to the Supreme Court during Narendra Modi’s tenure. That makes up 68% of the total strength of 31 judges in the apex court.
Given the corresponding 759 possible vacancies that may arise in the 24 high courts across the country till May 2019, the new NJAC could be involved in selection of 80 per cent of those judges, including chief justices of almost all the high courts, over five years. Continue reading
He has, particularly in Gujarati and Hindi, the ability to use conversational and everyday language in formal speech. He is a better communicator than any leader we have had for a very long time in national politics. Continue reading
“Hindustan is a Hindu nation…Hindutva is the identity of our nation and it (Hinduism) can incorporate others (religions) in itself,” he said. Continue reading
NEW DELHI:As part of grand preparations for its centenary in 2025, the RSS is working on writing a version of Indian history based on the Puranas. The 10-year project has been dubbed ‘Puranantargat Itihaas’.
The Sangh is also planning to put together the history of each one of the over 670 districts in the country, as well as the history of the over 600 tribal communities in India. Continue reading
NEW DELHI:Building on his theme of giving India’s neighbourhood priority, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it was necessary for SAARC countries to tackle their “common enemy” of poverty together.
“India’s foreign policy has many facets,” said Modi. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his maiden Independence Day address from the ramparts of Red Fort to make out a strong case for a clean India with access to sanitation facilities for all. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday said he along with thousands of his supporters is ready for a “final match” against Nawaz Sharif who was involved in an “electoral match-fixing”, after cleric Tahirul Qadri issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the embattled Prime Minister to resign.
Khan, who led Pakistan to the World Cup victory in 1992, warned the PML-N government that his supporters could enter the high-security Red Zone in Islamabad if Sharif, who has been in power for over an year, refuses to quit. Continue reading
With lawmakers keen to get away from Washington ahead of the November Congressional elections, the Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner has sent a “welcome but” invitation to Modi. Continue reading
MUMBAI: Finding a way into India’s vast but vexing market has long frustrated foreign retailers. Now, overseas investors are pouring billions of dollars into e-commerce ventures that are circumventing the barriers holding back retail powers such as Wal-Mart and Ikea.
Some investors see India as the world’s next big e-commerce opportunity, with the upcoming mammoth public stock offering of Chinese online giant Alibaba hinting at the potential. Continue reading
The little Krishnas marched from Vinai Theertha Vinayagar temple in T S Krishna Nagar, Mogappair to Velammal School holding placards that read ‘Water is wealth, it is time to save’ and ‘Let’s save the earth and conserve water for we may have nothing tomorrow’. Continue reading
A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here on Wednesday also decided to make pilgrim-friendly arrangements for prasadam coupon distribution, Devaswom Minister V S Sivakumar said in a statement. Continue reading
The Supreme Court asked if plans to purify the 2,500 km long river is now in the “backburner”. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused it of indulging in a proxy war against India, Pakistan on Wednesday hit back by dubbing it as “baseless rhetoric” and said both countries should focus on resolving issues instead of engaging in blame game.
“The press reports of Indian accusations, at the highest political level, are most unfortunate, especially as the leadership of Pakistan wishes to establish good neighbourly relations with India,” Pakistan Foreign Office Spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said. Continue reading
Abdullah was the clear winner in the first round of Afghanistan’s presidential election in April, while a preliminary count showed Ghani won the run-off vote in June. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s civilian government failed on Tuesday to persuade opposition leader Imran Khan to ditch plans to march on the capital in protest against alleged ballot rigging in last year’s general election.
Khan, a cricketer-turned-reformist politician who wants the government to resign and new elections to be held, plans to lead the mass demonstration from the eastern city of Lahore to the capital Islamabad on Thursday. Continue reading
BIRMINGHAM:They are the quintessential small-town boys coming from humble households, whether India or elsewhere, but players participating in the ongoing Wave World Kabaddi League have gone on to become a globe-trotting bunch earning good money from their freelance assignments all over the world.
Flashing wide grins and bank balances which can rival big-time corporate earners, the kabaddi players (photo left) are a happy lot and don’t have any stories of struggle or hardship to talk about. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Indian National Congress suffered a historic defeat in the 2014 parliamentary election. For more than three quarters of a century it occupied a dominant position in Indian politics. But this has changed significantly; the Congress managed to win just 44 of 543 Lok Sabha seats.
It is now without a strong base anywhere, having been completely wiped out in Andhra Pradesh, weakened in Karnataka, defeated in Maharashtra, marginalised in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, and has drawn a near blank in most key States across the Hindi heartland. Continue reading
CHENNAI: More and more poor Dalit students are joining engineering courses. This trend has become highly perceptible in the last couple of years, particularly after the State government decided, through an order issued in January 2012, to relax norms under the post-matric scholarship scheme, which covers students admitted to any undergraduate or postgraduate course, both under free quota and management quota. Continue reading
CHENNAI: Heralding sweeping changes to the law on preventive detention, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday introduced a bill in the State Assembly that will allow the authorities to detain suspects in prison for a year even when only a single offence has been committed.
By other amendments, the government also aims to bring in all cyber-crimes and sexual offences within the ambit of the State’s stringent 1982 preventive detention law, called popularly as the Goondas Act. Continue reading
His insightful reply is in the video below, which incidentally left the audience awed. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi Government has decided to hold wider consultations on bringing Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) that proposes to scrap the collegium system of appointment of judges.
Sources stated that the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, was discussed on Wednesday at the meeting of the Union Cabinet which has given its “in-principle” approval to the measure. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Describing India as one of the most significant countries in the world, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the world’s largest democracy will help shape a “new world order” that is emerging in this century.
“When you look at the world today, and you’re all quite familiar with this, that India not only represents one of the most significant countries by any measurement in the world today, but will help shape a new world order that is emerging in this young century,” Hagel told reporters travelling with him to India. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: There are times when analysis is not needed; silence says it all. The air is still, as on a moisture-laden day. There is little expectation of rain, for it hasn’t rained even when the clouds have dutifully lined up.
Yes, it is the suffocating stillness after the noisy Lok Sabha election — in which Narendra Modi did all the talking, so much talking — which is the worry. Continue reading
KOLKATA: Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a proven track record, Tata Sons chairman emeritus Ratan Tata Wednesday said the new government should be given more time to turn around the country’s economy.
Participating at an interactive programme here, Tata said he was hopeful of Modi making the economy growth–oriented, despite it being a huge task. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: In June 2012, the government of India appointed a committee to take a new look at the methodology for measuring poverty. The committee submitted its report towards the end of June 2014.
The purpose of this article is to briefly explain the approach taken by this committee. Continue reading
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday introduced a bill in the State Assembly, seeking to remove restrictions imposed by recreation clubs, hotels, theatres, malls, halls, auditoriums and stadiums on men wearing dhoti. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: The intimacy and intensity of the relationship between the people of Nepal and India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested in his speech to the Constituent Assembly in Kathmandu, can’t be measured by “pieces of paper” signed by the governments of the two countries.
The PM’s reference to “pieces of paper” was not a rhetorical device. It referred to the 1950 “India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship” between the two governments, which is supposed to codify the special relationship between the two countries. Continue reading
Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Lok Sabha that while smuggling of narcotics has been taking place for a long time, government keeps taking steps to check the trend. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: India’s new government is betting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to replicate his relative success with regional infrastructure projects to ensure fewer public-private partnerships (PPP) stall for want of land.
The government wants private companies to contribute half of a US$1 trillion investment target over five years to 2017 to alleviate clogged-up roads and end electricity blackouts. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Parupalli Kashyap broke a 32-year jinx to claim the men’s singles badminton gold, while the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa as also the men’s hockey team clinched silvers to cap an creditable Indian showing at the 20th Commonwealth Games which closed om Sunday. Continue reading
Modi’s address (video below) was the first by a foreign head of state/government to Nepal’s parliament after 1990 and he “won millions of Nepali hearts with his speech that he began in Nepali and continued in Hindi later”. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Dinanath Batra seems to be a man with a mission: he is in a hurry to “Indianise” education.
The convenor of the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti has set up the Non-Governmental Education Commission as part of his programme, enlisting the support of educationists sympathetic to the Hindutva political project. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi told visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that food security concerns of the poorest of the poor had to move in tandem with trade reform measures.
Modi’s comments came after a US State Department official said, “Failure to sign the Trade Facilitation Agreement [in Geneva] sent a confusing signal and undermined the very image Prime Minister Modi is trying to send about India.” Continue reading
NEW DELHI: In India’s strongest statement on the issue yet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called the U.S. surveillance of Indian entities “unacceptable”, and said she had taken up the issue of “snooping” by the National Security Agency (NSA) with Secretary of State John Kerry during the India-US strategic dialogue here on Thursday.
“I did raise the snooping issue with Mr. Kerry,” Swaraj told presspersons at a joint press conference. Continue reading
CHENNAI: Reiterating that Australia was firm on not allowing illegal immigration, Australian High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling cautioned that South India should not be allowed to become a hub for “people smuggling.”
“If people smuggling gets entrenched in India, it will lead to other forms of crime relating to narcotics and terrorism. Australia and India have a shared interest in ensuring that this does not happen,” said Suckling, on Thursday. Continue reading
COMMENT: The latest incident should be viewed as part of a tragic pattern that has evolved over decades. Ironically, the intolerance that is now widely associated with Pakistan had little to do with its founder’s vision of a country where “in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”
The Ahmadis consider themselves Muslim but their beliefs are deemed by the orthodox as falling outside the tenets of Islam. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Hitting back at former Foreign Minister Natwar Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Thursday that she would write her own book which would reveal the “truth”.
“I will write my own book and then you will come to know everything. The only way truth will come out is if I write. I am serious about it and I will be writing,” Sonia told mediapersons at Parliament. Continue reading
PUNE: As the bright red band bearing the bronze disc settled around Chandrakant Mali’s neck in Glasgow, a 55-year-old man seated in his village thousands of miles away in Maharashtra felt the tug of vindication.
Pradeep Patil, owner of Hercules Gym in Kurundwad, had produced his third weightlifting medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Continue reading
For the past two decades, the world’s two largest democracies have described themselves as natural allies as they share similar concerns over China’s rise and Islamic extremism. Continue reading
Compared to the situation just three years ago when “politics” continued to centre on the 30-year-long bloody civil war that mercifully came to an end in May 2009, the sub-text of political discussions today is the presidential election, due some time in early-2015. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: Over the last fortnight, we have had a ground attack on Palestine killing over 1,000 people, a Malaysia airlines plane being shot down, in which more than 300 died, and ISIS declared Iraq’s dwindling Christian population to convert, pay tax, or die.
The numbers of the World Bank estimation of 1.5 billion people around the world living in conflict countries which means one out of seven people live in conflict just got escalated even more. Continue reading
“The objective of the campaign is to generate awareness about the investment opportunities and prospects of the country to promote India as a preferred investment destination in the source markets overseas and to increase Indias share of global FDI,” said a DIPP notice inviting request for qualification-cum-request for proposal. Continue reading
COMMENT NEW DELHI: Although India and Nepal have shared cordial and friendly ties without much tensions, there was a perception in Kathmandu that New Delhi no longer took the Himalayan country seriously.
According to many observers in Nepal, this was evident from the one-way, high-level political visits from the Nepalese side during the last decade, which mostly went unreciprocated from the Indian side. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI: A quirky anthropologist once exclaimed: “Biotechnology is sheer drama.” He explained his cryptic headline by saying all great contemporary philosophical and ethical debates intersect around it.
He added that the city might be the basis for the 21st century imagination but it is the fate of Indian agriculture that would trigger some of the great dilemmas of the century. Continue reading
In a tightly competitive market, Flipkart has been going aggressive on fund-raising, just having raised US$210 million as recently as May this year. Continue reading
COMMENT, NEW DELHI; One of the first declarations of the newly elected government in June was a proposal to ban unhealthy or junk food (defined as food high on fat, sugar and salt) in school canteens across the country.
This was followed up with an increase in the prices of soft drinks in the recent budget. Continue reading
CHENNAI: Service in government hospitals were affected as hundreds of postgraduate medical students and house-surgeons across the State launched an indefinite strike on Monday demanding a hike in their stipend.
The non-service postgraduate students and students on compulsory rotatory residential internship are striking under the banner Interns and Postgraduate Association of Tamil Nadu. Continue reading