Modi eyes Japanese investments in his ‘smart cities’ plan

Narendra_ModiNEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hoping to seal several bilateral agreements during his visit to Japan from August 31 to September 3.

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

Cash rich Indian Premier League hurting cricket quality

indiacricketLONDON: Former English skipper Michael Vaughan feels the young Indian players must come out of the cash-rich Indian Premier League’s (IPL) shadow and play county cricket.

“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

Allow use of Tamil in Madras High Court

tarunNEW 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

Sweeping changes in judiciary during Modi tenure

indiacourtNEW 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

India needs internal change, social reform not messiahs

modi2COMMENT, NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first Independence Day speech this week, and he showed again what a terrific orator he is.

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

Move to document 600 tribes, rewrite history based on Puranas

RSS-websiteNEW 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

Modi will not be addressing US Congress in Sept

modisWASHINGTON: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be addressing the US Congress when he comes calling September end for a summit with President Barack Obama.

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