India-Japan to establish security framework

japanKYOTO: India and Japan are likely to agree to launch a “two-plus-two” security consultative framework involving their foreign and defence ministers during crucial summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here on Monday.

Modi flew to Tokyo on Sunday evening after an overnight stay in the historic city of Kyoto, where he visited two ancient Buddhist temples, with Abe accompanying him in a significant gesture. Continue reading

Modi looks to turn Benares into ‘heritage city’ like Kyoto

tojiKYOTO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday received a presentation from Kyoto Mayor Daisaka Kadokawa on how the ancient tradition of Japan’s cultural capital has been preserved while building it into a modern city, a day India signed a pact to develop Varanasi on the pattern of Kyoto.

During the over 40-minute presentation, Mayor Kadokawa explained how Kyoto was cleaned up by its citizens. Continue reading

Australia eyes uranium deal with India

tony-abbottSYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will undertake his first visit to India next week to further strengthen the strategic partnership and promote trade and investment between the two countries, which are also likely to ink the much-awaited uranium deal.

“I will travel to India and Malaysia from September 4 to 6. On my first visit to India as Prime Minister, I will visit New Delhi and India’s financial capital, Mumbai, to strengthen the strategic partnership between our two countries,” he said. Continue reading

BJP’s ‘divisive’ politics in Jammu, Kashmir

Omar-AbdullahJAMMU: In his farewell speech in the Jammu&Kashmir Assembly, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said there is no option other than the talks with Pakistan and targeted the BJP for “fulfilling the objectives” of separatists in Kashmir.

“For god’s sake, what is the option other than talks (for resolution of issues),” the CM asked in his speech on the last day of J&K Assembly’s final session. Continue reading

‘Deeply grateful’ Modi seeks active ties with Japan

mod-abeKYOTO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the India-Japan relationship was below potential and the two sides would strive to achieve in five years the unrealised hopes of five decades.

In a statement before departing from Delhi, Modi said he was “deeply grateful” to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for joining him in Kyoto. Continue reading

Getting to the crux of post-colonial Muslim politics

babrimosqueCOMMENT, NEW DELHI: The term “Muslim politics” is used, discussed, analysed and even criticised in a number of ways. Popular demands such as the protection of Urdu or Muslim Personal Law, the programmes, policies and activities of Muslim organisations or pressure groups, sermons, speeches and statements of influential Muslim personalities and the Muslim voting pattern in elections are often studied as legitimate constituents of “Muslim politics” in postcolonial India. Continue reading

Formidable poet-lyricist Vairamuthu wins global award

vairamuthuCHENNAI: Three persons from the backward Theni district with varying backgrounds – music director Ilayaraja, director Bharathiraja and poet Vairamuthu — rose to become a formidable trio in Tamil cinema, which was looking to newer creative avenues in the late 1970s.

Call it sheer talent or quirk of fate, Vairamuthu’s song Ithu Our Pon Maalai Pozhuthu in Nizhalgal heralded the arrival of a new lyricist. Continue reading

Modi brings poor into ‘economic mainstream’, targets 7.5 crore new bank accounts

ModipoorNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched his government’s ambitious mega financial inclusion scheme, Jan Dhan Yojana, to bring the poor into the “economic mainstream” and to “eradicate financial untouchability”.

Some 1.5 crore bank accounts are expected to be opened on the first day itself, that will be a record of sorts. Continue reading