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Omicron variant might spread among fully vaccinated people, says PM Johnson

London [UK]: As the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’ has caused worry among governments around the world, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday said that there are chances that the new strain could spread among people who are double vaccinated.“I must stress this, as always with a new variant, there are many things that we just can not know at this early stage. But our scientists are learning more hour by hour. And it does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are double vaccinated,” Johnson said during a press conference. PM’s remarks came after the United Kingdom reported the first two cases of the Omicron variant.UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Saturday that the two cases were discovered on Friday, one in Chelmsford and another in Nottingham. Both cases “are linked,” Javid added, stating that both…

South Asian Countries

Nepal govt refuses to comment on remarks made by former PM Oli on territorial issue with India

New Delhi [India]: The Embassy of Nepal in India on Saturday refused to comment on remarks made by former Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli over a territorial issue with India.Former Nepal Prime Minister Oli, who is also the Chairman of opposition party CPN-UML, vowed to “take back” Indian territories of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh if he returns to power. This statement was made during his address at the inaugural session of the General Convention of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist in Chitwan.In response to Oli’s remarks, Nepal Embassy said, “We don’t have any comment on recent (KP Sharma) Oli statement.”Oli, during his address, had said, “We have published a new map incorporating Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura which also is published in the constitution of the nation but we need to take those land back.”The Kathmandu sources told ANI said that Oli…

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PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Noida International Airport on Thursday

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday at 1 pm.The development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of over Rs 10,050 crore. The airport is spread over more than 1300 hectares of land, the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year and work on it is scheduled to be completed by 2024.Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister had said that the project will boost commerce, connectivity and tourism.“Tomorrow, 25th November is a major day for India’s and Uttar Pradesh’s strides in infra creation. At 1 PM, the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport will be laid. This project will significantly boost commerce, connectivity and tourism,”…

Europe International

Sweden gets its first female prime minister

Stockholm [Sweden] : Swedish parliament elected on Wednesday Magdalena Andersson as the country’s new Prime Minister, the first female PM in Swedish history.Andersson is scheduled to take office after a meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday, giving her less than 10 months to prepare for Sweden’s 2022 general elections.

Europe International

French PM tested positive for COVID-19

Paris [France] : French Prime Minister Jean Castex has tested positive for COVID-19, French media reported on Monday.Returning from Brussels Monday afternoon after meeting with his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo, Castex learnt that one of his daughters tested positive for COVID-19, Le Figaro reported. De Croo will be tested on Wednesday and will remain in quarantine until the result of his test, local media reported.Several senior members of the Belgian government will also go into quarantine to avoid any risks.French ministers in the delegation include minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, Interior minister Gerald Darmanin, minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti, and Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune.Castex “immediately got a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, which turned out to be positive,” the French newspaper cited the prime minister’s office as saying.The schedule of the French head of government is to…

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Israeli Prime Minister orders enhanced state of alert in Jerusalem after deadly shooting

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has ordered to boost the alert level in and around Jerusalem to prevent possible terrorist acts after Sunday shooting that resulted in one dead and several injured, the government said.Earlier on Sunday, Israel’s police reported on shooting in the Old City of Jerusalem, started by an unknown attacker, who was consequently “neutralized” by officers. “I have directed the security forces to prepare accordingly and be alert, also over concern for copycat attacks. We need to be on heightened alert and prevent future attacks,” Bennett said, as quoted by the government press service.Four people sustained injuries in the attack, and one of them, whose condition was deemed as critical, later died, according to Israel’s national emergency medical service Magen David Adom.

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PM Modi calls for constituting High-Power Police Technology Mission

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for constituting a High-Power Police Technology Mission, under the leadership of the Union Home Minister to adopt future technologies for grass root policing requirements.Addressing the valedictory session of the 56th DGsP/IGsP Conference in Lucknow, PM Modi called for an analysis of all police-related incidents and developing case studies to make it an institutionalised learning mechanism and also suggested the development of interoperable technologies which would benefit Police forces across the country. He also hailed the hybrid format of the Conference as it allowed a free flow of information between various ranks, according to a release by the Prime Minister’s Office.The Prime Minister also suggested the development of interoperable technologies to benefit Police forces across the country.Citing the importance of technology in the lives of the general public, the Prime Minister gave examples of CoWIN,…

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Reopening of Kartarpur corridor made possible with PM Modi, Pakistan PM’s efforts, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Pradesh Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday expressed his happiness over the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and said that this has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.Sidhu made these remarks at a press conference in Punjab’s Gurdaspur after returning from his visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Sidhu said, “The reopening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.“I request that if you want to change lives in Punjab, we should open the borders (for cross-border trade). Why should we go through Mundra Port, a total of 2,100 km? Why not from here, where it’s only 21 km (to Pakistan),” he added.His visit came after a fresh tussle erupted…

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Navjot Sidhu terms Imran Khan ‘elder brother’, BJP slams him

New Delhi [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday stirred controversy after he ostensibly referred to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is his “elder brother.”In a video shared by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Malviya, Sidhu is seen being welcomed by a Pakistan official on behalf of Imran Khan. “He (Imran Khan) is my elder brother,” Sidhu is heard as saying.Amit Malviya attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over Sidhu’s remarks.“Rahul Gandhi’s favourite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai”. Last time he had hugged Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Army’s Chief, heaped praises. Is it any surprise that the Gandhi siblings chose a Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” Malviya said in a tweet.Congress MP Manish Tewari expressed his strong reservations over Sidhu’s remarks and said Imran Khan is “cat’s paw of Pakistani deep state ISI-Military combine”…

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PM Modi lays foundation stone of UP Defence Corridor project worth Rs 400 cr in Jhansi

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor project worth Rs 400 crores in Jhansi.The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the much-awaited significant project on the concluding three-day ‘Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv’ event being organized by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with the government of Uttar Pradesh here in the city. The Centre has decided to set up two Defence Industrial Corridors in the country– one in Tamil Nadu and the other in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor has nodes at Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Lucknow and Kanpur.For the Jhansi node of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor, the state government has made nearly 1,034 hectares of land made available.Bharat Dynamics Ltd, a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU), is setting up a plant for the…

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PM Modi hits out at opposition, says keeping farmers entangled in problems has been basis of some political parties

Mahoba (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Hitting out at the opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that keeping farmers entangled in problems has been the basis of some political parties.Addressing a public meeting here, the Prime Minister said the government of parties run by families did not want to fulfil the requirements of farmers. He said while these parties practice “politics of problems” the BJP practices “politics of solutions”.“The governments run by parties of families wanted to keep farmers in problems. They used to make announcements in the name of farmers, but even a pie did not reach them. From PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, we have sent 1. 62 crore rupees directly to the bank accounts of farmers so far,” the Prime Minister said.“To always keep farmers entangled in problems has been the basis of some political parties. They do politics of problems…

Politics State's Latest

Victory for Farmers’ Movement, Farm Laws to be taken back

New Delhi [India]: In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.In his address to the nation, PM Modi said, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.” Farmers have been protesting the government’s three farm laws since had passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax…

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PM Modi pays tribute to Indira Gandhi on her 104th birth anniversary

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday paid tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 104th birth anniversary.“I pay my tributes to former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi Ji on her birth anniversary,” tweeted Prime Minister. Born on November 19, 1917, to India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Kamala Nehru, Indira Gandhi served as the first and only woman prime minister of the country from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984.

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PM Modi to address nation at 9 am today

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 9 am today.According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), later the Prime Minister will also inaugurate key schemes relating to irrigation in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. Later in the day, Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Jhansi for the “Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv”. During this event, he will formally hand over Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) suite for Naval ships to the Indian Navy.

National News Politics

PM to attend 56th DGP Conference

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 56th Conference of Director Generals of Police (DGP) and Inspector Generals of Police (IGP) at Police Headquarters, Lucknow on November 20-21, 2021.The two-day conference will be held in a hybrid format, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a release. DGP of states/UTs and heads of central armed police forces and central police organizations will attend the conference physically at the venue in Lucknow, while the remaining invitees will participate virtually from 37 different locations at IB/SIB Headquarters.According to the release, the conference will discuss a wide range of issues including cybercrime, data governance, counter-terrorism challenges, left-wing extremism, emerging trends in narcotics trafficking, prison reforms among others.“Since 2014, the Prime Minister has taken a keen interest in the DGP conference. Unlike the symbolic presence earlier, he makes it a point to attend all sessions of…

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Vietnamese PM to attend China-ASEAN special summit

Hanoi [Vietnam]: Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will attend the special summit commemorating the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday via video conference, a Vietnamese spokesperson said Thursday.Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the remarks at a regular press briefing in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. This is an opportunity for the leaders from both sides to assess China-ASEAN cooperation in the past 30 years and set out important directions in the time to come, Hang said.

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Australia-India relations will grow with time, says Australian PM Scott Morrison

Sydney [Australia]: Asserting that Australia and India share a deep friendship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said that both countries are making great progress in many areas including space, science, digital technology.“Australia-India shares deep friendship and our relations will grow even more with time. We are making great progress in so many areas including space, science, digital technology. It’s an honour for Australia that PM Modi is addressing Sydney dialogue,” he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address was preceded by introductory remarks by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.“It is a great honour for the people of India that you have invited me to deliver the keynote at the inaugural Sydney Dialogue. I see this as a recognition of India’s central role in the Indo Pacific region and in the emerging digital world,” PM Modi said.Underlining the impact of the Digital Age, PM…

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Sydney Dialogue: PM Modi lists 5 ‘digital transitions’ shaping India

New Delhi [India]: Noting that India’s digital revolution is rooted in its democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday listed out “Digital transitions shaping” the country, at the inaugural edition of The Sydney Dialogue.“As a democracy and digital leader, India is ready to work with partners for our shared prosperity and security. India’s digital revolution is rooted in our democracy, our demography and the scale of our economy. It’s powered by enterprise and innovation of our youth,” said PM Modi during his keynote address. Prime Minister said that India is “turning the challenges of the past into an opportunity to take a leap into the future. While speaking on the theme of “India’s technology evolution and revolution”, PM Modi noted that there are five important transitions taking place in India.“One, we are building the world’s most extensive public information infrastructure. Over 1.3 billion Indians…

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PM Modi to deliver keynote address at Sydney Dialogue tomorrow

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at The Sydney Dialogue on Thursday.He will speak on the theme of India’s technology evolution and revolution, with the address being preceded by introductory remarks by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. The Sydney Dialogue is being held from 17-19 November. It is an initiative of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.It will bring together political, business and government leaders to debate, generate new ideas, and work towards common understandings of the opportunities and challenges posed by emerging and critical technologies.The event will also witness a keynote address by the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

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We can do much with India on cyber security, tech, digital economy, says Australian PM Morrison

Sydney [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said that there is so much to do with India in the field of technology, adding that both the countries are already cooperating on cyber security, critical and emerging technologies, critical minerals, digital economy.Speaking at Sydney Dialogue for “Deepening technology Partnership among Quad countries”, Scott Morrison informed that he will be speaking at the Bengaluru Tech Summit, India’s biggest technology summit today and will expand on some of the complementary initiatives with India. “There is much we can do with India in this area – some of which I have already touched on today, including as part of our Quad partnership,” he said at the inaugural Sydney Dialogue on emerging, critical and cyber technologies.“As part of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with India, our two countries are already cooperating — on cyber security, critical and emerging…

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Johnson calls COP-26 deal game-changing but ‘tinged with disappointment’

Glasgow [UK]: Despite calling the deal reached at COP-26 a game-changing international pact, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson voiced some dismay over the result of the conference, reported The Hill.“My delight at this progress is tinged with disappointment,” Politico quoted Johnson as saying after his government hosted the COP-26 climate conference in Glasgow.“Those for whom climate change is already a matter of life and death, who can only stand by as their islands are submerged, their farmlands turn to desert, their homes battered by storms — they demanded a high level of ambition for this summit,” Johnson said.“While many of us were willing to go there, that was not true of everybody. Sadly that is the nature of diplomacy.”The high-profile COP-26 conference began here on October 31 and marked the participation of world leaders joining voices to prevent the world from climate change. The…

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PM Modi to inaugurate ‘Bhagwan Birsa Munda Smriti Udyan cum Freedom Fighters Museum’ on November 15

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Bhagwan Birsa Munda Smriti Udyan cum Freedom Fighters Museum in Ranchi via video conferencing on November 15, on the occasion of the iconic tribal leader Birsa Munda, who led a rebellion against the British.The birth anniversary of Birsa Munda will also be celebrated as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’. The building of the museum is in line with the Prime Minister’s aim to recognize the contribution of tribal communities during the Indian Freedom Movement, said a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).“Ministry of Tribal Affairs has so far sanctioned construction of ten tribal freedom fighter museums. These museums will cherish the memories of tribal freedom fighters from various States and regions,” the release added.The Museum has been built in association with the State Government of Jharkhand at the Old Central Jail in Ranchi, where…

Business Economy

PM Modi meets World Economic Forum president, highlights India’s economic reforms

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met the President of the World Economic Forum, Borge Brende and highlighted India’s efforts towards strengthening the fight against COVID-19 and the economic reforms undertaken in the country.“It was a delight to meet you @borgebrende and have an insightful interaction with you on several subjects. Highlighted India’s efforts towards strengthening the fight against COVID-19 and the economic reforms undertaken in the last few months,” PM Modi tweeted. The Prime Minister had quoted a tweet by Borge Brende that said, “Had an excellent and very substantial meeting with the Hon’ble PM @narendramodi. India is again the fastest growing of the large economies. Expecting two digit growth next year while India is celebrating its 75 years of Independence and prepares for its G20 Presidency.”Earlier, the President of the World Economic Forum met Union Minister for Housing &…

Bollywood

Sanjay Dutt Meets PM Of Tanzania Kassim Majaliwa

Actor Sanjay Dutt has recently met Prime Minister of Tanzania Kassim Majaliwa. On Thursday, Dutt took to Instagram and shared a glimpse of his meeting with Majaliwa. He uploaded a string of images in which he can be seen conversing with the PM. “It was truly an honour to have met the honorable Prime Minister @kassim_m_majaliwa! I’m glad to be able to support the Tanzanian film industry and also invest in the tourism of your beautiful country! Hoping to visit again soon,” Dutt wrote alongside the images. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) For the unversed, Sanjay has been appointed as the ambassador of Zanzibar, which is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania. A day ago, he expressed his happiness to be able to contribute to the “Investment, Health & Education sector” of Zanzibar. “It was a pleasure to…

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Imran Khan urges global community to fulfil ‘moral obligation’, save Afghans from hunger

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated his plea to the international community to intervene and save Afghans from hunger pointing out that it is their “moral obligation” to avert the humanitarian disaster confronting people in Afghanistan, reported local media.Imran Khan once again reiterated that Pakistan will continue to provide “all possible relief” to the Afghans in an attempt to avert a hovering humanitarian crisis in the country, reported The Express Tribune. Imran Khan shared a report by the BBC that quoted the executive director of the World Food Program (WFP) stating 23 million Afghan people heading towards mass starvation, reported The Express Tribune.Citing this report, the Prime Minister said that it was the “moral obligation” of the international community to “avert this humanitarian disaster confronting Afghan people”, reported the newspaper.With each passing day, the situation in Afghanistan is worsening under the…

International UK News

UK’s Johnson’s rating down to lowest since taking Office

London [UK]: The rating of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reached its lowest point since 2019 when the politician came to power, the UK Evening Standard newspaper reported on Monday, citing the poll by the Ipsos MORI market research company.The poll showed that 55% of adult UK citizens disagree that Johnson possesses the traits that are necessary for a good prime minister, however, 34% have the opposite opinion. The ratio makes a net score of -21, which is the lowest since June 2019, one month before Johnson became the prime minister. Additionally, 62% of Britons said they are dissatisfied with Johnson’s actions, and it is the worst score since October 2020. The rating of Johnson’s party, the Conservatives, has dropped by 4 points to 35% since September, while the Labor Party stayed at the same level with 36%.However, the Evening Standard suggests that the…

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PM Modi congratulates people of J-K over inclusion of Srinagar in UNESCO Creative Cities Network

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for Srinagar joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network with a special mention for its craft and folk art.He said it is fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar. “Delighted that beautiful Srinagar joins the @UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a special mention for its craft and folk art. It is a fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar. Congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said that the decision was ultimate recognition for artisans and weavers of Jammu and Kashmir.He extended congratulations to entire J-K team including Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu and Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation Athar Aamir Khan.“Srinagar included in @UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the crafts &folk…

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There is no room for American consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem, says Israeli PM Naftali Bennett

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday said that there is no room in Jerusalem for an American consulate for Palestinians.Asked by CNN at a press conference Saturday evening about US intentions, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his government had presented its opinion to the Americans “clearly and openly.” “There is no room for another American consulate in Jerusalem. We always present our position quietly without drama and we expect it to be understood. Jerusalem is the capital of one state and that’s the state of Israel,” Bennett said, standing alongside Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman. “I’m sure our American friends and us will continue to collaborate on a long list of big things.”Earlier in October, Secretary of State Antony Blinken had said that the Americans wanted to re-open their consulate in Jerusalem to serve Palestinians.“We’ll be…

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Shehbaz Sharif demands Pakistan PM’s resignation after Daska by-poll report

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan after findings of an inquiry report by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on irregularities in the Daska by-election.Citing a statement, Dawn reported that Shehbaz said attempts were being made to rob and snatch from the people their right to elect their own representatives. “Imran Khan Niazi must tell what is he waiting for after the ECP report disclosed everything?” he asked.The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly also asked the premier to submit himself for accountability in the wake of the ECP report. “It requires a big heart to become [ex-prime minister] Nawaz Sharif and face the law,” he added.A report released on Friday by the ECP on the February by-poll in Daska’s NA-75 constituency concluded that election officials, police and the local…

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New Zealand PM Ardern welcomes US greater presence in Indo-Pacific

Wellington [New Zealand]: Amid China’s assertiveness, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday welcomed signs of the US greater presence in the Indo-Pacific.In an interview with the US network NBC, Ardern said that New Zealand will not shy away from criticising China’s human rights record to protect its lucrative trade relationship with Beijing, reported Gulf Today. Ardern said that under President Joe Biden, the US has “an incredibly important role” to play in strategic defence, economy and trade ties in the region.“We welcome that physical presence, being part of important talks in our region,” she told the “Meet the Press” programme. “And we have seen, we have seen that greater … engagement in recent times.”She also said that her government has “mature” ties with China that allow for disagreement.Ardern’s government is accused of going easy on China’s much-questioned humanitarian record, prompting some commentators…

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Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi survives ‘assassination’ attempt

Baghdad [Iraq]: Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on early Sunday survived an ‘assassination’ attempt after a rocket attack at his house.Iraqi military said that Kadhimi was targeted in a “failed assassination attempt” after an explosive-laden drone struck his residence in Baghdad, reported Al Arabiya. Kadhimi was unharmed in the attack and is in good health, the military said, adding that it was taking the necessary measures in connection with the failed attempt.Kadhimi took to Twitter soon after the attack and said he was fine and called for calm and restraint from the public.“The rockets of treachery will not discourage the believers… The steadfastness and insistence of our heroic security forces will not falter as they work to preserve the security of the people, achieve justice and enforce the law,” he said.“I am fine, praise be to God, among my people, and I call for…

National News Politics

‘Ration for 6 more months’

New Delhi [India]: After the Delhi government extended the free ration scheme for another six months in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, requesting him to extend the Central government’s quota of free ration supply until May 2022.The Delhi chief minister’s request to the Prime Minister came a day after Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey had on Friday said that the Centre has no proposal to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). “Since the economy is in revival mode, as of now there is no proposal to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana,” Pandey had said while addressing a presser in Delhi on Friday.Sharing the letter on his official Twitter handle, Kejriwal in a tweet in Hindi said, “The Delhi government is extending the free ration scheme for poor to another six months.…

City News Delhi PMO

PM Modi greets nation on Bhai Dooj

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.“Best wishes to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj,” the Prime Minister tweeted. Bhai Dooj, the festival symbolising the love of brother-sister, is being celebrated all over the country today.On this day, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing the Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej and Bhathru Dwithiya. As per Hindu traditions, it is believed that Goddess Yamuna fed her brother Yamraj on Kartik Dwitiya at her own home. Since then this day is known as Yama Dwitiya.

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‘PM Modi remembers god when elections are near’

New Delhi [India] : Congress leader and former MP Rashid Alvi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his visit to Kedarnath temple ahead of Uttarakhand Assembly elections.“Whenever there is an election, the Prime Minister remembers gods and temples. Faith should not be used for politics and BJP uses it for political gain,” said Alvi. Earlier, Congress leader Harish Rawat said PM Modi’s visit to Kedarnath was for marketing BJP and making a political speech.Rawat, after offering prayers at the Tilbhandeshwar temple in Haridwar, said, “The PM has come here for giving a political speech. He has come for his party’s marketing. We see Jyotirling in our Shiva temples. We see God Kedar in our Shiva temples. We are going to pour water at Shiva temples. In the entire state, Congress workers are pouring water in Shiva temples. They are doing so in…

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Kedarnath Temple decked up ahead of PM Modi’s visit

Uttarakhand [India]: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath Temple was illuminated with colourful lighting on Thursday evening.The ‘Aarti’ also performed at Kedarnath Temple this evening.Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Dr S S Sandhu visited the Shri Kedar Nath Dham site to review preparations today. He took stock of the ongoing reconstruction works in the Dham and gave necessary directions to the subordinate officers to finalise the preparations.Earlier on Wednesday, the temple was decorated with eight quintals of flowers. PM Modi will visit Kedarnath Temple on Friday. He will offer prayers and inaugurate Shri Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi and unveil the statue.PM Modi will also inaugurate key infrastructure projects worth Rs 130 crores, including Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini. He is also scheduled to address a public rally…

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India must enhance military capabilities in line with changing world, says PM Modi

Nowshera (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, while addressing soldiers in the Nowshera district of Jammu and Kashmir, emphasised on expanding and transforming India’s military capabilities in line with the changing world.He also highlighted the need for ensuring an integrated military leadership, modern border infrastructure and changes in technology. “Indian military power needs to be expanded and transformed according to the changing needs. The fast-changing technology landscape has demanded new changes. That is why it is critical to ensure coordination in the integrated military leadership. The Chief of Defence Staff and the Department of Military Affairs are taking steps in that direction. Similarly, modern border infrastructure will enhance the country’s military muscle,” said PM Modi.“Connectivity in border areas from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, from Jaisalmer to Andaman Nicobar has been established with modern infrastructure, leading to unprecedented improvement in the…

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PM Modi greets nation on Diwali, hopes for prosperity, good fortune

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended greetings to people on the occasion of Diwali and wished for the festival to bring “happiness, prosperity and good fortune.”“Greetings to the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. I wish that this festival of lights brings happiness, prosperity and good fortune in your life. Wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali,” the Prime Minister tweeted. Diwali is observed on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar and it is believed that on this day Lord Rama (the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu) returned from a 14-year-long exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demon king Ravan.This year Diwali will be celebrated on Thursday, i.e November 4.People celebrate the festival by decorating their houses, exchanging gifts, and offering prayers in order to commemorate the “victory…

International World Updates

Australian PM extends Diwali greetings to India

Canberra [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday extended his wishes to India on the holy festival of Diwali.“On the darkest night of the month, we hold in our hearts the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It is the moment when we turn the corner and begin to see the lights ahead of us, guiding us forward. We have been through dark times in these last two years,” the Prime Minister said in a statement. “We celebrate Diwali as we draw ever closer to the light at the end of our COVID-19 tunnel. That means all the things we have had to forsake – welcoming, gathering, celebration and ceremony – will again be possible,” Morrison added.“We look forward with joy and hope to know that our Diwali celebrations will take place again. Over recent years, I…

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Japan PM, Biden agree to closely cooperate towards free, open Indo-Pacific

Glasgow [Scotland]: Japenese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden on Tuesday agreed to enhance the bilateral alliance and closely cooperate towards a free and open Indo-Pacific amid increasing Chinese activities in the region.The two held talks on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit. After arriving in the Scottish city of Glasgow earlier Tuesday, Kishida had a brief conversation with Biden, according to the Japanese Foreign MinistryThe two agreed to continue to jointly deal with climate change issues as well as regional issues, apparently mindful of the challenges and threats posed by China and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, Kyodo News reported.Kishida told reporters later in the day he agreed with Biden to meet again at the earliest date possible, which could be later this year, to have more “thorough” discussions.The Japanese leader already had phone talks with Biden after being…

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UK’s Johnson slams current target on sustainable aviation fuel

London [UK]: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday slammed current targets on aviation sustainable fuel as “pathetic” and claimed the sector can do better than that to reduce carbon emissions.“The target at the moment is to get to 10 p sustainable aviation fuel for the whole world by 2030. How pathetic is that! We can do better than that, folks,” Johnson told world leaders attending the high-level segment of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. In his address to an event aimed at rallying more action on green technology, the COP26 host urged participants, including US President Joe Biden, the Duke of Edinburgh and Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, that “we should be far, far more ambitious,” after admitting that aviation is a “tough nut to crack.”Johnson, who is facing criticism for returning to London by plane and…

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PM Modi invites Israeli counterpart Bennett to visit India on 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations

Glasgow [UK]: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shrigla has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett to visit India when both met here on the sidelines of COP26 on Tuesday.“Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relation between India and Israel and in this context, PM Modi invited Naftali Bennett to visit India,” said Shringla during a press conference here on Tuesday. “Prime Minister Bennett said that he had visited India about three times in the past in his capacity as a minister in the government of Israel but he will be delighted to visit India in the first quarter of 2022,” Shringla said.He said that it was the first meeting between PM Modi and Bennett. The two leaders had spoken earlier on the phone.Further, Shringla informed that Bennett had said that relations between India and Israel…

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PM Modi meets Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in Glasgow

Glasgow [UK]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the sidelines of the COP26 meet in Glasgow on Tuesday.Earlier in the day, PM Modi met Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Indian Prime Minister and his British counterpart Boris Johnson today launched the initiative Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS).PM Modi reached Glasgow on Sunday to participate in the COP26 summit.He is also likely to attend the side event by the United States of America – Build Back Better World. Further, PM Modi is scheduled to attend an event on “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Development”. The Prime Minister will emplane for Delhi by tonight.On Monday, PM Modi met Boris Johnson on the sidelines of COP26. He stated that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted PM Modi’s invitation to visit India saying that…

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Set goals complying with Paris climate deal, says Italian PM Draghi to G20 countries

Rome [Italy]: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Sunday said that the G20 countries should set long-term environmental goals which comply with the Paris climate deal and fasten the transition to clean energy sources, reported Sputnik.Notably, Italy is the host country of the ongoing G20 summit. “We need to set long-term goals that are consistent with the Paris agreement and make short-term changes to achieve them. We must accelerate the phasing out of coal and invest more in renewable energy,” Sputnik quoted Draghi as saying at the summit.PM Modi is in Rome to attend the G20 summit. He has held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit. On Saturday, he met French President Emmanuel Macron and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.Meanwhile, the G20 summit was kicked off on Saturday. The second day of the G20 started with a walk of the…

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PM Modi meets Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

Rome [Italy]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit in Rome.The second day of the G20 started with a walk of the Heads of Delegation in one of the symbolic places of the historic downtown: Trevi Fountain. Thereafter, PM Modi attended the session on Climate Change and Environment on Sunday. Afterwards, the G20 Heads of Delegation gathered at the Convention Center La Nuvola for a side event and two working sessions.Later today, Prime Minister is expected to hold a meeting with outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.The Convention Center La Nuvola in Rome will then host both the multilateral sessions and the bilateral meetings of the Leaders. Today’s engagement also includes a working session on Sustainable Development.The Summit will end with the traditional final press conference by Prime Minister…

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G20 leaders have reached historic agreement for effective international tax system, says Italian PM

Rome [Italy]: Leaders of G20 nations have reached an “historic agreement” for a fairer and more effective international tax system that would set a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax.“We reached a historic agreement for a fairer and more effective international tax system,” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said at the opening of the G20 summit on Saturday. The OECD had finalised a major reform of the international tax system earlier this month under which Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) will be subject to a minimum 15 per cent tax rate from 2023. The deal was agreed by 136 countries and jurisdictions representing more than 90 per cent of global GDP.The global minimum tax seeks to block corporations from moving jobs or profits overseas in order to avoid paying taxes.According to Hill, the agreement would set a 15 per cent global minimum corporate tax rate…

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UN chief condemns coup in Sudan, urges release of Prime Minister

New York [US]: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the military coup in Sudan and called for the immediate release of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.“I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamdok & all other officials must be released immediately. There must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition,” Guterres tweeted. Earlier today, the United Nations expressed concern over reports of a military coup in Sudan and called on the security forces of the North African country to “immediately” release those reported to have been detained.“I am very concerned about reports of an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine the political transition in Sudan. The prolonged detentions of the Prime Minister, government officials and politicians are reportedly unacceptable,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sudan, Volker Perthes.According to various media outlets,…

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Sudan PM detained along with 4 ministers

Khartoum [Sudan]: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been put under house arrest after an unidentified military force besieged his house early on Monday, reported various media outlets.Citing Arab News daily, Sputnik reported that four of Sudan’s cabinet ministers and one civilian representative of the Sovereign Council were also arrested in the early hours of Monday. Meanwhile, The Sydney Morning Herald said that so far no independent confirmation was immediately available.Pro-military protesters briefly blocked major roads and bridges in the capital Khartoum on Sunday, amid growing tensions between the generals and the pro-democracy movement that fuelled the uprising that led to the toppling of former president Omar al-Bashir.Police have deployed tear gas against demonstrators demanding a transfer of power from the military to the civilian government, as per Sputnik correspondent.On Thursday, several thousand demonstrators held protests in the cities of Khartoum, Omdurman, Nyala, Ed…

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Israeli PM departs for Sochi to meet Putin

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett flew on Friday to Russia to discuss Iran and other regional issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bennett’s office said.Bennett will pay a one-day visit to the seaside resort city of Sochi and has only one scheduled meeting, his office said in a statement. Before his departure, Bennett told reporters at the airport that “the ties between Russia and Israel are a significant element in the foreign policy of the State of Israel” due to Russia’s regional and international role, and to the Russian-speakers in Israel who constitute “a bridge between the two countries.”Earlier this week, Bennett’s office said that the prime minister and president will discuss political, security and economic issues involving both countries and regional matters, “primarily Iran’s nuclear program,” according to the statement.This is Bennett’s first official trip to Russia. His predecessor, Benjamin…

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New Zealand Prime Minister continues media interaction despite earthquake hitting at 5.9 on Richter scale

Wellington [New Zealand]: Tremors from a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in New Zealand failed to force Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to interrupt her press conference on Friday, while she instead refused to dismiss the event, describing the rumblings as a “slight distraction.”“Ah, sorry, a slight distraction – would you mind repeating that question?” Arden said and continued the briefing. The briefing was broadcast live and focused on the government’s goal to vaccinate up to 90% of the population against COVID-19 and introduce vaccination certificates.New Zealand’s seismic agency GeoNet said the magnitude 5.9 quake occurred in the central part of the North Island at a 210-kilometer depth (130 miles), with tremors reaching as far as the southern city of Christchurch.No damage or casualties have been reported.

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Bilawal Bhutto: Pakistan’s next Prime Minister?

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Pakistan emerged as an independent and democratic state on the world map in 1947.  But the democracy was not always in the power in Pakistan. Three times Pakistan faced Dictator presidents. The political structure of Pakistan is always in crisis due to internal and external interferences but from the last decade Pakistan is emerging as a democratic country and new political leaders are becoming popular, Imran Khan is the best example of it. His party won the 2018 general elections of Pakistan because he used to talk about young and enthusiastic leadership. But unfortunately, the present domestic and economic conditions of Pakistan don’t support Imran khan to hold the prime minister seat as the next PM of Pakistan. Currently, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has the potential of becoming Pakistan’s Prime Minister in the 2023 General elections. Bilawal…

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Israeli PM Naftali Bennett calls India a ‘huge friend’

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called India a “huge friend” during a meeting with India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday. “I speak on behalf of Israelis: We love India. We view India as a huge friend and we’re looking forward to expanding our relationship in all fields and all dimensions. I look forward to a very productive meeting,” Bennett told Jaishankar at the meeting.Bennett also thanked his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jaishankar for their personal commitment to the partnership between Israel and India, the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser said. During the meet both the leaders discussed strengthening of strategic alliance, expanding bilateral ties and deepening the warm friendship between Israel and India.Meanwhile, Jaishankar conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Israeli PM and said, “We are today at a very important stage of…

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PM Modi interacts with CEOs, experts of global oil and gas sector

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with chief executive officers (CEO) and experts of the global oil and gas sector on Wednesday through video conference.The interaction was attended by Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited, Dr Igor Sechin, Chairman and CEO, Rosneft, Russia and Amin Nasser, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco among others. The broad theme of the interaction is the promotion of clean growth and sustainability.This is the sixth such annual interaction which began in 2016 and marks the participation of global leaders in the oil and gas sector, who deliberate upon key issues of the sector and explore potential areas of collaboration and investment with India.The interaction focused on areas like encouraging exploration and production in the hydrocarbon sector in India, energy independence, gas-based economy, emission reduction through clean and energy-efficient solutions, green hydrogen economy, enhancement of…

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PM Hasina warns those involved in communal violence, says ‘attackers won’t be spared’

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Giving a stern warning to perpetrators of communal violence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that anyone involved in the attacks on Hindu temples and Durga Puja venues in Cumilla will not be spared irrespective of which religion they belong to.“The incidents in Cumilla are being thoroughly investigated. Nobody will be spared. It doesn’t matter which religion they belong to. They will be hunted down and punished,” she said on Thursday, reported Dhaka Tribune. The prime minister made the remarks while exchanging greetings with people of the Hindu community during an event at Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka on the occasion of Durga Puja. She joined the program from Ganabhaban through a video conference.Terming the incident of vandalizing temples in Cumilla “very unfortunate,” she said that those who are unable to earn the confidence and trust of the people and have no ideology…

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PM greets nation on Vijaya Dashami

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended his greetings to the nation on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami.“Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Vijaya Dashami,” tweeted PM Modi. The Prime Minister will dedicate the seven new defence companies to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami today.He will deliver a video address at an event organised by the Defence Ministry. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and representatives from the Defence industry associations will be present on the occasion.According to a release by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Government has decided to convert Ordnance Factory Board from a Government Department into seven 100 per cent government-owned corporate entities, as a measure to improve self-reliance in the defence preparedness of the country.This move will bring about enhanced functional autonomy, efficiency and will unleash new growth potential and innovation, it said…

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PM Narendra Modi to launch Indian Space Association today

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch the Indian Space Association (ISpA) at 11 am on Monday.He will also interact with representatives of the space industry on the occasion. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister on Sunday wrote, “At 11 AM tomorrow, 11th October, I will join the programme to launch the Indian Space Association. I am glad to be getting the opportunity to interact with leading stakeholders of the sector. Those interested in the world of space and innovation must-watch tomorrow’s programme.”A Prime Minister’s Office release said that the ISpA is the premier industry association of space and satellite companies, which aspires to be the collective voice of the Indian space industry.It will undertake policy advocacy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian space domain, including the government and its agencies.Echoing the Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, ISpA…

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Narendra Modi to virtually launch Indian Space Association tomorrow

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch the Indian Space Association (ISpA) on Monday at 11 am and also interact with representatives of the space industry on the occasion.Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister wrote, “At 11 AM tomorrow, 11th October, I will join the programme to launch the Indian Space Association. I am glad to be getting the opportunity to interact with leading stakeholders of the sector. Those interested in the world of space and innovation must-watch tomorrow’s programme.” A PMO release said that ISpA is the premier industry association of space and satellite companies, which aspires to be the collective voice of the Indian space industry.It will undertake policy advocacy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian space domain, including the government and its agencies.Echoing the Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, ISpA will help in making India…

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PM Modi receives visiting Danish counterpart Frederiksen at Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received visiting Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, where she was accorded a ceremonial welcome.Frederiksen arrived in New Delhi earlier today for her 3-day visit to India. Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi received Frederiksen, who is on her first state visit to India, at the Delhi airport.During her visit, Frederiksen will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will also interact with think tanks, students and members of civil society.India termed Mette Frederiksen’s visit very important as she is the first head of state visiting India since COVID-19 restrictions are in place since last March. External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar had visited Denmark earlier this year.India and Denmark have strong trade and investment ties. More than…

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Pandora Papers: Opposition calls Imran Khan’s investigation cell ‘hoax’

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s opposition parties on Monday termed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s move to establish a cell to investigate the Pakistani nationals whose names appeared in the Pandora Papers “a hoax” and called for an inquiry through a judicial commission or an independent commission like that of Panama Papers.Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) said that the investigation cell established by Khan was nothing but a “hoax” and a move to protect the ministers and other people associated with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and its allies, Dawn reported. Pandora Papers were released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on Sunday.The rejection from opposition comes after Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday announced that a high-level commission would be set up to investigate Pakistanis named in the Pandora Papers.“The high-level cell under the Prime Minister’s…

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Japanese government resigns, Fumio Kishida to take office as New Prime Minister

Tokyo [Japan]: The Japanese government has resigned and the parliament will vote on the candidacy of the Prime Minister on Monday, the Kyodo news agency reports, adding that former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will be elected premier.At the end of September, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato announced that the Japanese cabinet had scheduled an extraordinary parliamentary session for October 4 to elect a new prime minister. Incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced in early September his decision not to run for the head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which means his resignation as head of government as well.Kyodo reported on Monday morning that Kishida, 64, will be elected premier by parliament when it convenes for an extraordinary session in the afternoon. In the new cabinet, Toshimitsu Motegi is set to be retained as foreign minister while Shunichi Suzuki will be tapped as…

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PM Modi-led govt reached out to poorest of poor with facilities unheard of, unimagined in India: Piyush Goyal

Dubai [UAE]: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said that in the past seven and a half years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government has reached out to the poorest of the poor with facilities unheard of and unimagined in India.In an exclusive interview with ANI, Goyal lauded the initiatives of the PM Modi-led government and said, “PM Modi over the last 7.5 years, through a series of initiatives… reached out to the poorest of the poor, to the last man at the bottom of the pyramid [with] facilities which were unheard of, unimagined in India.” Goyal enlisted initiatives like Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and the JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) trinity as initiatives that helped the Indian government to take direct benefit and to transfer it to every household, eliminating middlemen and corruption.He further mentioned that the Indian healthcare programme is the largest…

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Punjab CM thanks PM Modi

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his personal intervention in the issue of paddy procurement and allowing the state to start the procurement from October 3 only.“On Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s request, Centre allows Punjab to start paddy procurement from October 3. Chief Minister thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his personal indulgence to resolve this issue expeditiously,” CMO Punjab tweeted. In a statement by Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Channi said that this decision would be now instrumental in ensuring smooth and hassle-free procurement of paddy to the satisfaction of the farmers.Channi on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and sought his personal intervention to advise the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to withdraw its letter regarding postponement of paddy procurement and allow the state to begin paddy…

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Australian PM Morrison announces reopening of international travel, easing border restrictions

Canberra [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced the reopening of international travel and easing of border restrictions.Morrison said that the international border will reopen next month for states that have reached 80 per cent vaccination rates, starting with New South Wales, reported ABC News. Fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents arriving in NSW will be able to home quarantine for a week, instead of paying thousands to quarantine at a hotel for a fortnight, pending the success of the state’s home quarantine trial.Commercial flights out of Australia will resume for vaccinated Australians.On March 20 last year Australia introduced some of the world’s toughest border restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Strict restrictions were imposed by Australia from travelling overseas without permission for 18-months.Morrison said the government would consider quarantine-free travel between some countries, such as New Zealand, “when it is…

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India going through remarkable transformation of its economy, says Australian PM

Canberra [Australia]: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said that India is going through a remarkable transformation of its economy while talking about the partnership between the two countries on new energy economy.While speaking during an online briefing with Indian media, he said, “The ability to take up technology at a scale that is commercial is the key to successfully transitioning to the new energy economy. And India understands that. And India is going through a remarkable transformation of its own economy and looking to actually transition its own energy economy into the future.” Recently, in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit, both Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Morrison agreed on a number of initiatives, including the agreement to go forward with a low emissions technology partnership.Australia’s approach to the new energy economy is transitioning to net zero over the next 30 years.…

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PM Modi chairs 38th PRAGATI meeting, reviews 8 projects

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the 38th PRAGATI meeting, the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) based multi-modal platform for pro-active governance and timely implementation, involving Centre and State governments.The official release by the Prime Minister’s office informed that in the meeting, eight projects were reviewed. “Four of these projects were from the Ministry of Railways, two from the Ministry of Power and one each from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Civil Aviation,” read the release by PMO.Having a cumulative cost of around Rs 50,000 crore, the projects pertain to seven states viz. Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana.In the previous 37 PRAGATI meetings, 297 projects having a total cost of Rs 14.39 lakh crore have been reviewed.Previously, on August 25, Prime Minister chaired the meeting of the 37th edition of PRAGATI.

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Japan to end COVID-19 emergency measures nationwide this week, says PM Suga

Tokyo [Japan]: The Japanese government will end this week the COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 prefectures as well as the quasi-state of emergency in other areas, as the number of infections declined steadily, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday.Japan’s coronavirus advisory panel has approved a government plan to end the state of emergency and quasi-measures on Thursday as scheduled. It would be the first time since April 4 that none of Japan’s 47 prefectures is under either a state of emergency or a quasi-state of emergency.“The number of new COVID-19 cases and patients with severe symptoms have dramatically declined,” Suga said at a committee meeting at the House of Representatives.He said, “We will enhance social response to the spread of infections through vaccinations and health care system enhancement among other steps and work on balancing antivirus measures and restoring normal…

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Jaishankar meets Belizean PM, FM, appreciates their warm words on Vaccine Maitri

Mexico City [Mexico]: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Belize’s Prime Minister Johnny Briceno and Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay at the celebrations of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of attaining Independence on Monday (local time). Jaishankar also appreciated their warm words on India’s Vaccine Maitri initiative.Taking on Twitter, Jaishankar said, “Pleased to meet PM @JohnBrind FM Eamon Courtenay of Belize. Appreciated their warm words on our #vaccinemaitri.” Vaccine Maitri is a humanitarian initiative undertaken by India to provide made-in-India COVID-19 vaccines to other countries around the world. The government had started providing vaccines to other countries since January 20, 2021.Last week, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya announced that in the fourth quarter this year, the Government of India will resume Vaccine Maitri, an initiative to provide Covid vaccines to countries around the world and also fulfil its responsibility under Covax.Jaishankar is on…

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PM Modi to partake in Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington today

Washington [US]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the first in-person Quad leaders meeting along with leaders of the US, Japan, and Australia in Washington on Friday (local time). The summit will be hosted by US President Joe Biden.In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said PM Modi along with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and their Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year, as part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on March 12, 2021, and discuss regional issues of shared interest.They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, climate change, and education.The Quad consists…

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PM Modi to visit Kedarnath

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Kedarnath in Uttarakhand before October 10, sources informed on Friday.The tentative date of the prime minister’s visit is believed to be October 6. “PM Modi will visit Kedarnath before October 10. He will also meet state leaders there,” a top source in BJP told ANI.This will be PM Modi’s second visit to the temple during his term; the last time he visited the Kedarnath temple in 2019.Kedarnath will close for devotees after Diwali for the next six months.Earlier on September 16, the Nainital High Court lifted a stay on Chardham Yatra and allowed only fully Covid vaccinated people with a mandatory COVID-19 negative report for the annual pilgrimage.Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri are collectively called the Char Dham and the shrines attract lakhs of pilgrims each year.Meanwhile, Uttarakhand is set for Assembly elections…

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TMC should focus on securing CM post for Mamata Banerjee rather than daydreaming about Prime ministerial post: Anupam Hazra

New Delhi [India]: Reacting to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s statement that he aims to throw BJP out of India in the next three years, BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra said that the former must focus on securing Mamata Banerjee’s Chief Ministerial post rather than dreaming about the Prime Minister’s post.“It is my goal to throw BJP out of India in the next three years,” Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had said while campaigning for the upcoming by-polls in two seats of Murshidabad. Speaking to ANI over the comment made by the TMC MP, Hazra said: “You can only laugh if a political party which do not have a single panchayat outside Bengal challenges country’s largest political party BJP.”“Abhishek must focus on securing her aunt’s post as the CM of West Bengal, then he should daydream about Prime Ministerial post for Mamata…

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Strong India-Japan friendship augurs well for entire planet: PM Modi after meeting Yoshihide Suga

Washington [US]: Terming Japan as one of India’s most valued partners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he had an excellent meeting with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga on a variety of subjects that would further boost cooperation between the two nations.PM Modi, who is on a three-day visit to the US, said a strong India-Japan friendship augurs well for the entire planet. “Japan is one of India’s most valued partners. I had an excellent meeting with PM Yoshihide Suga on a variety of subjects that would further boost cooperation between our nations. A strong India-Japan friendship augurs well for the entire planet,” PM Modi tweeted.PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga had a “fruitful” meeting in Washington wherein they discussed several issues including ways to give further impetus to trade and cultural ties.“Furthering friendship with Japan. Prime Ministers @narendramodi and…

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PM Modi lauds Ayushman Bharat PMJAY

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lauded Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, the world’s largest healthcare scheme on completion of three years.He said the government is committed to ensuring top quality affordable healthcare for India’s citizens and Ayushman PMJAY was key to realising the vision. In a reply to MyGovIndia, the Prime Minister said; “The importance of healthcare has been even more clearly understood in the year gone by.”“It is our commitment to ensure top quality and affordable healthcare for our citizens. Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY is key to realising this vision,” he added.

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Won’t let Centre make India like Taliban, says Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Terming BJP a ‘Jumla party’, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday targeted the Central government and said that she won’t let it “divide the country” and “make India like Taliban”.She further accused the BJP of lying that the TMC-led West Bengal government is not allowing Durga pooja and Laxmi pooja celebrations in the TMC-ruled state. While addressing a public rally in Bhabanipur, the TMC supremo said, “BJP is a ‘jumla’ party. They lie saying that we don’t allow Durga pooja, Laxmi pooja in the state. Narendra Modi Ji, Amit Shah Ji, we won’t let you make India like Taliban. India will remain united…Gandhi Ji, Netaji, Vivekananda, Sardar Valllabhai Patel, Guru Nanak Ji, Gautam Budhha, Jains…all will stay together in the country. We won’t let anyone divide India.”Speaking about the development work done by the West…

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Biden calls Australia most reliable ally of US

New York [US]: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local time) called Australia the most reliable ally of the United States and said that the partnership will advance on the vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.The United States has no closer or more reliable ally than Australia. Our nations have stood together for a long, long time. And you can — we can rely on one another, and that’s really a reassuring thing, said Biden before a bilateral meeting, read a White House release. Earlier, Biden met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.“We are grateful that our partnership has accomplished what we’ve accomplished together over 70 years,” added the statement.The United States and Australia are working in lockstep on the challenges that I laid out today in my speech to the…

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PM Modi congratulates Canadian PM Justin Trudeau for victory in polls

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau for his victory in the elections and said he is looking forward to further strengthen India-Canada relations.“Congratulations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on your victory in the elections! I look forward to continue working with you to further strengthen India-Canada relations, as well as our cooperation on global and multilateral issues,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi. Justin Trudeau is poised for a third term as Canada’s Prime Minister reported Canadian broadcasters who projected a win for his Liberal Party in Monday’s elections.Trudeau, who is in power since 2015 has now won three general elections in less than six years. Trudeau, 49, won Papineau, Quebec, according to state broadcaster CBC. The Conservatives, led by Erin O’Toole, are projected to be the main opposition party.The Liberal party leader Trudeau had called for a…

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Sudanese Prime Minister believes coup attempt reveals need for army reform

Khartoum [Sudan]: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok expressed the belief on Tuesday that the attempted military coup indicated the need for army and security agencies reform.“The [attempted] coup is a manifestation of a national crisis, it indicates the need for a reform of our security agencies and military institutions,” Hamdok said in an address, broadcast on Sudanese television. The prime minister described the thwarted coup as an attempt by supporters of ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted in 2019, to undermine the democratic transition.Hamdok pledged that all those involved in the coup will be held accountable.

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PM Modi, Joe Biden to hold bilateral meeting on September 24

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a bilateral meeting on September 24, the White House said on Monday.PM Modi will visit the US this week and take part in the first in-person Quad leaders meet and UN General Debate. “The President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India,” a White House statement said.President Biden will host the first-ever-in-person Quad Leaders Summit at the White House with Prime Minister Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.The White House statement said that Biden will also meet the Japan Prime Minister.The Ministry of External Affairs had said earlier that Quad meeting will focus on deepening “ties and advancing practical cooperation in areas such as combating COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace,…

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Pakistan started negotiations with Taliban, says Imran Khan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday informed that his government has started negotiations with the Taliban to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan.Khan’s remarks came following the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting held in Dushanbe, where SCO members thoroughly discussed issues associated with Afghanistan. “After long meetings in Dushanbe with leaders of Afghanistan’s neighbors, especially with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, I have begun negotiations with the Taliban for the inclusion of the Tajik, Hazara and Uzbek communities in the Afghan government for an inclusive government,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet.These developments came when Pakistan itself is being slammed by the international community for not safeguarding the interest of minorities in the country.Meanwhile, reports suggest that Islamabad had supported the Taliban in the siege Of Afghanistan.In August, the Taliban ousted the democratically elected government in the country and announced…

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India creates history by administering over 2.50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses on PM Modi’s birthday

New Delhi [India]: With over 2.50 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, India created a world record of the highest number of COVID jabs in a day on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday on Friday.As per data available on CoWIN at 11:55 pm, India had administered nearly 2.49 crore vaccine doses. Meanwhile, the country also clinched, “World’s Fastest Vaccine Drive” title by jabbing 466 doses per second today.The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya extended his greetings to the citizens of the country and termed the achievement as a “golden chapter” in history.“Congratulations India! India has created history on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. By administering more than 2.50 crore vaccine doses, a golden chapter has been written in the history of the country and the world. Today’s day was in the name of health workers,” tweeted the Minister in Hindi.The country…

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Bollywood Celebs Wishes Prime Minister Narendra Modi On His 71st Birthday

On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday, several Bollywood celebrities shared social media posts wishing him. Filmmaker Karan Johar took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Wishing our honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi a very happy birthday. Thank you for providing us the strongest hand to hold as a country, one which guides us to newer heights with each passing day!” Celebrity fashion designer Manish Malhotra wished PM Modi by tweeting, “Wishing our honorable Prime Minister @PMOIndia @narendramodi; a very happy birthday filled with good health and a great year.” Veteran actor and politician Hema Malini shared PM Modi’s picture on her Twitter handle and wrote, “It is the janam din of our Honourable PM Shri Narendra Modi ji who has led the country with courage of conviction even during difficult pandemic times. God give him the strength and energy to continue…

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PM Modi to hold bilateral talks with Biden, other Quad leaders during US visit: MEA

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral meetings with Quad leaders including US President Joe Biden and other foreign leaders during his US visit later this month besides attending the first-in person meeting of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.Prime Minister Modi is visiting the US next week. “PM (Modi) will participate in the first in-person Quad leaders’ summit in Washington on September 24. On September 25, he will address the general debate of the UN General Assembly at its 76th session. While the PM is in Washington, he will also have a bilateral meeting with President Biden,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said during a press briefing.“We also look forward to bilateral meetings with other Quad leaders as well as bilateral meetings with some other leaders while he is in New York on September 25,”…

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PM Modi to inaugurate Defence Offices Complexes

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue on Thursday at 11 AM.As per the official release by the Prime Minister’s Office, “Prime Minister will visit the Defence Office Complex at Africa Avenue and interact with Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilian Officers. This will be followed by his address to the gathering.” The new Defence Offices Complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy and Air Force. The buildings will provide modern, secure and functional working spaces.An Integrated Command and Control Centre has been established for managing building operations, while also catering to the end to end safety and surveillance of both the buildings.The new Defence Office Complexes are state-of-the-art and energy-efficient, with comprehensive security management measures. One of the…

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PM Modi to visit US to attend first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit, address UNGA high-level segment

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the US to attend the first-ever in-person Quad Leaders Summit to be hosted by President Joe Biden on September 24.Prime Minister is also scheduled to address the General Debate of the High-Level Segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25 in New York. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be participating in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington along with his US, Japanese and Australian counterparts on September 24, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations.As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, PM Modi…

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PM Modi to launch Sansad TV on Sept 15

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to launch the Sansad TV on September 15.According to sources, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will also take part in the event. Sansad TV is being launched after merging the Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV channels and it will showcase the democratic ethos and the functioning of democratic institutions of the country with an aim to target national and international audiences through its content.

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PM Modi to inaugurate ‘Shikshak Parv’ conclave today

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the inaugural conclave of Shikshak Parv on Tuesday at 10:30 am through video conferencing.The Prime Minister will also launch multiple key initiatives in the education sector during the event. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office, PM Modi will launch Indian Sign Language Dictionary (audio and text embedded sign language video for the hearing impaired, in conformity with Universal Design of Learning), Talking Books (audiobooks for the visually impaired), School Quality Assurance and Assessment Framework of CBSE, NISHTHA teachers’ training programme for NIPUN Bharat and Vidyanjali portal (for facilitating education volunteers/ donors/ CSR contributors for school development).The theme of ‘Shikshak Parv-2021’ is “Quality and Sustainable Schools: Learnings from Schools in India”. Its celebration will encourage innovative practices to ensure not only continuity of education at all levels but to improve quality, inclusive…

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Japan’s administrative reform Minister Taro Kono ‘most popular pick’ to lead govt after PM Suga

Tokyo [Japan] September 6 : After Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his intention to resign, Japan’s Administrative Reform Minister Taro Kono is the most popular pick to succeed the country’s top rank, Kyodo News reported citing a News poll released.The results came after a nationwide telephone survey was conducted with 1,071 randomly selected eligible voters in the country. “Kono gained 31.9 per cent of support from respondents in the nationwide telephone survey conducted with 1,071 randomly selected eligible voters on Saturday and Sunday, ahead of former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba with 26.6 per cent and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida with 18.8 per cent,” the News polls informed.Kono, who is also known as an outspoken lawmaker adept at social media is in charge of COVID-19 vaccinations in the country.Japan’s ruling party leaders have geared up to become the successor of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga…

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Japan’s administrative reform Minister Taro Kono ‘most popular pick’ to lead govt after PM Suga

Tokyo [Japan]: After Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his intention to resign, Japan’s Administrative Reform Minister Taro Kono is the most popular pick to succeed the country’s top rank, Kyodo News reported citing a News poll released.The results came after a nationwide telephone survey was conducted with 1,071 randomly selected eligible voters in the country. “Kono gained 31.9 per cent of support from respondents in the nationwide telephone survey conducted with 1,071 randomly selected eligible voters on Saturday and Sunday, ahead of former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba with 26.6 per cent and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida with 18.8 per cent,” the News polls informed.Kono, who is also known as an outspoken lawmaker adept at social media is in charge of COVID-19 vaccinations in the country.Japan’s ruling party leaders have geared up to become the successor of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga after the latter’s…

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Tamil Nadu CM Stalin urges PM Modi to reconsider National Monetization Pipeline

New Delhi [India]: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on National Monetization Pipeline (NMP) and urged him to reconsider the move of privatisation as it would transfer valuable state assets to the control of a few groups.In the letter to PM Modi Stalin wrote, “The Union Government could take privatization decisions only after consulting the State governments as well as those connected with the Public Sector Undertakings.” “Public Sector Undertaking is an asset of people and many of them play a key role in sustaining India as an industrialised and self-reliant country. Not only States, but people had also given lands for establishing these PSUs. So, they have rights over these PSUs,” he wrote further.“Whatever be the name given to the privatisation move by Union Government, this move would only make way for these invaluable public…

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Jaishankar meets Slovenian PM, discusses bilateral ties between countries

Ljubljana [Slovenia]: India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday met Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and discussed regarding strengthening bilateral ties between the countries.“Valued the discussion on enhancing our bilateral ties. Appreciated his insights and perspectives on major global issues including Europe’s challenges, Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan,” EAM said in a tweet. Jaishankar also inaugurated an India Studies Centre at the Nova University and interacted with the Indian student in Slovenia.“Pleased to have the opportunity of inaugurating an India Studies Centre at the Nova University. Confident that it would be an asset for India-Slovenia relations. Interaction with Indian students abroad always provides energy,” EAM informed in a tweet.Meanwhile, he also met the President of the National Assembly of the country.Jaishankar is on an official visit to Slovenia, Croatia and Denmark from September 2-5, as part of a tour to boost bilateral ties and…

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PM Modi lauds ISKCON

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded ISKCON for spreading the Indian culture across the globe and said that ISKCON has taught the world the real meaning of faith – zeal, enthusiasm, gaiety and keeping faith in humanity.PM Modi while releasing a special commemorative coin of Rs 125 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada said, “Today there are hundreds of ISKCON temples in different countries around the world and is spreading the Indian culture. ISKCON has told the world that for India, faith means zeal, enthusiasm, to be in high spirits and faith in humanity.” Recalling the role of ISKCON during natural disasters faced by the country, the Prime Minister said, “I remember when there was an earthquake in Kutch in 2001, how ISKCON had stepped forward to serve the people. Whenever the country…

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Pranab Mukherjee a true friend of Bangladesh, great political icon of sub-continent, says Bangladesh PM

New Delhi [India]: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday remembered former President Pranab Mukherjee on his first death anniversary and said that “his contribution to our great liberation war would never be forgotten.”Speaking at ‘First Pranab Mukherjee Memorial Lecture’ via video conferencing, Hasina said that Mukherjee is a true friend of Bangladesh and a great political icon of the sub-continent. “He was a true friend of Bangladesh & a great political icon of the sub-continent. I pay my deep homage to the memory of this towering personality on his death anniversary,” she said.“Pranab da had a deep love for Bangladesh. People of Bangladesh gratefully remember his support. Pranab Mukherjee had enormous respect and deep regards for our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” PM Hasina added.Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also said ‘Pranab Da’ always believed that “democracy is not…

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Empowering women with schemes

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday lauded the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching several women-centric schemes and giving women priority in several other schemes. Sitharaman also appreciated PM Modi’s move of introducing several women as ministers during the recent Union Cabinet expansion. She said there are presently 11 women ministers in the Union Cabinet. Speaking at the launch of UP’s Mission Shakti 3.0 programme, the Union Finance Minister recalled: “Before coming to Delhi as the Prime Minister in 2014, Modi ji auctioned all gifts he had received as Gujarat CM and donated money for the education of girl children.” “As a Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi ji took several steps for empowering the women in the state. He took several women-centric decisions during his tenure as the CM of Gujarat,” she said. “Whether it is Ujjwala…

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Chidambaram slams Centre for designating Aug 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day

New Delhi [India]: Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram slammed the Centre for designating Aug 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’. Chidambaram tweeted, “Horrors of Partition were not committed on one day alone. PM Modi has designated August 14 as ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’.” “What will India do if Pakistan designates August 15 as ‘Partition Horrors Condemnation Day’? Hostility apart, India and Pakistan are neighbours. We can change our friends but we cannot change our neighbours. India should behave as a mature and seasoned nation,” Chidambaram added. Earlier today, the Rajya Sabha MP called for a united front of Opposition parties. In a tweet, he wrote, “There is no greater duty than to protect and preserve the freedom of all Indians. There is no surer instrument to achieve that goal than a united front of Opposition parties.” The senior leader also…

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Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas will ensure creation of new India, says PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: As the country celebrates 75 years of Independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas will ensure the creation of a new India”.Addressing the nation on Independence Day from Red Fort in the national capital, the Prime Minister said “‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas’ is very important for the achievement of all our goals.” “There comes a time in the development journey of every country, when that country redefines itself, moves forward with new resolutions. Today that time has come in India’s development journey…Starting from here, the journey of the next 25 years is the ‘Amrit’ of the creation of a new India. The fulfillment of our resolves in this ‘Amrit Kaal’ will take us till 100 years of independence,” said the Prime Minister.“That is why we have…

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PM Modi extends greetings on 75th Independence Day

New Delhi [India]: Extending greetings on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ will infuse new energy and new consciousness among the countrymen.“Greetings to you all on Independence Day. May this year of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ infuse new energy and new consciousness among the countrymen. Jai Hind!” tweeted PM Modi. Prime Minister will lead the Independence Day celebrations from Red Fort on Sunday. He will hoist the national flag and deliver the customary address to the nation.The country is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th year of Independence, amid patriotic fervour. A series of events are being organised across the country to mark the occasion.

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Ujjwala 2.0 to be launched today

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – PMUY) by handing over LPG connections, at Mahoba Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday at 12:30 PM via video conferencing.During the event, the Prime Minister will interact with beneficiaries of the Ujjwala and will also address the nation, informed the official release from the Prime Minister’s Office. During Ujjwala 1.0 launched in 2016, a target was set to provide Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to five crore women members of below poverty line (BPL) households.Subsequently, the scheme was expanded in April 2018 to include women beneficiaries from seven more categories (SC/ST, PMAY, AAY, Most backward classes, tea garden, forest dwellers, Islands).Also, the target was revised to eight crore LPG connections. This target was achieved in August 2019, seven months ahead of the target date.In the Union budget for the financial…

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Kodagu locals send petition to PM

Kodagu (Karnataka) [India]: Locals from Karnataka’s Kodagu district have sent a petition to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Karnataka Chief Minister urging for the renaming of the Rajiv Gandhi National Park to General Cariappa National Park after Field Marshal KM Cariappa who hails from Kodagu. Naveen Mandappa and Vinay Kayapanda from Kodagu district of Karnataka have sent the petition, which they claim has been signed by over 6.000 people.The petition comes just days after the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award. Naveen Mandappa said, “Formerly known as Nagarahole National Reserve Forest was changed to Rajiv Gandhi National Park Nagarahole just to appease a particular family and its party. Why should it not be renamed to its past name or named after the first General of India who was from Kodagu. If it is renamed…

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Abdul Qayyum Niazi of PTI sworn in as PoK’s new ‘Prime Minister’

Islamabad [Pakistan] (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Abdul Qayyum Niazi was sworn in as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK’s) new prime minister on Wednesday.President of PoK Sardar Masood Khan administered the oath to him, after which he became the 13th prime minister of the region, taking over the reins from former premier Raja Farooq Haider, reported Geo News. He bagged 33 votes to get elected as PoK’s new prime minister, beating Chaudhry Lateef Akbar, the joint candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) who managed to garner 15 votes.Niazi — who won the recent PoK polls from the LA-18 constituency — was not among the leading candidates for the position initially.According to Dawn, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday and Saturday interviewed no less than seven candidates for the position of PoK prime minister. Khan had put various questions to them, relating to…

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Lurching under financial pressure, Pakistan puts up Prime Minister’s house on rent

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Reeling from a financial crunch, Pakistan Prime Minister’s official residence in Islamabad has been put on the market for rent.After the ruling Tehreek-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government announced in August 2019, its plan to convert the Prime Minster’s House into a university, PM Imran Khan had vacated the residence. The federal government has now dropped the plan and decided to instead rent out the property, Samaa TV reported. The federal cabinet, which had earlier announced a state-of-the-art federal educational institution at the Prime Minister House has, according to sources cited by local media now decided to allow people to hold cultural, fashion, educational, and other events at the premises located at the Red Zone, Islamabad.“Two committees have been formed for this purpose. They will be responsible for ensuring the discipline and decorum of the PM House are not violated during the events,” Saama…

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PM meets new Karnataka CM

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met new Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and assured him full support for the development of the state. Bommai called on the Prime Minister during his first visit to Delhi after taking over as Chief Minister. The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to Bommai for the state’s progress. “Met CM of Karnataka Shri @BSBommai ji today. Conveyed best wishes as he begins a new journey for Karnataka’s progress. Assured full support for the development of Karnataka,” PM Modi said in a tweet. Bommai also met BJP president JP Nadda at his residence in Delhi today. He will also meet union ministers during his visit to the national capital.Bommai took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on July 28, two days after the resignation of BS Yediyurappa.

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