KYOTO: 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
KYOTO: 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
SYDNEY: 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
JAMMU: 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
KYOTO: 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
COMMENT, 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
NEW DELHI: Former Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam is to be the next Governor of Kerala following the resignation of Sheila Dikshit a few days ago.
Speaking to The Hindu from his Kadappanallur village near Erode in Tamil Nadu, Justice Sathasivam said the warrant of appointment by the President Pranab Mukherjee is expected on Saturday night. Continue reading
CHENNAI: 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
NEW 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
NEW DELHI: Indians across the country and the world celebrated Ganesha Chahurti yesterday. Lord Ganesh is said to be the deity closest to the physical world; he is the god of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity.
On Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, it is easiest to access the energy of Ganesh. Continue reading