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Security expert Qamar Agha calls Pakistan a 'failed state'   Nov 23, 9:53 am
New Delhi, Nov. 23 (ANI): Security expert Qamar Agha has called Pakistan a 'failed state' and said that it has got no bargaining power either with America or India on the issue of Kashmir.
German language row: Steiner hopeful about practical solution  Nov 22, 7:51 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Amidst controversy over the HRD Ministry's decision to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language in the Kendriya Vidyalayas, German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner on Saturday said he is confident that New Delhi would soon find a practical solution to the issue.
US watching Kashmir election process, no major complaints  Nov 22, 5:05 pm
Washington, Nov. 22 (ANI): American officials are keenly watching the political drama unfolding in Jammu and Kashmir, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party is running to claim the coveted prize of winning India's only Muslim-majority state. They are aware that if the BJP successfully completes its most ambitious and audacious project or comes close to the prize, the signal that it is the new national party would be unmistakable. US diplomats have learnt a quick lesson after the national elections where their analysis was a little behind the curve. But Kashmir also arouses worry in Washington -- it is seen as a "flash point" between India and Pakistan, an ever-simmering flame that can spark a confrontation. Pakistani visitors never fail to whip up exactly those sentiments among Americans with exaggerated accounts of alleged Indian army excesses and the desire among Kashmiris for "azadi." It so happens that Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's army chief, is currently on a six-day visit to the US, meeting officials at the Pentagon and the State Department. He has blamed India for the current spate of LOC firings, saying that his attention is being forcibly diverted from fighting terrorists on his eastern border. But blaming India for Pakistan's self-inflicted wounds doesn't sell as well in Washington as it used to. The constant misinformation campaign on Kashmir - best exemplified by the unmasking of ISI-fronted Kashmiri American Council and ISI-funded Ghulam Nabi Fai in 2011 - has taken a heavy toll on the credibility of Pakistani claims. US officials can see that the BJP is looming large on Kashmir this time with an effective strategy of making inroads over the past two years. But they are worried about BJP's stated desire to "debate," if not abolish Article 370, which gives the state a special status. Even though BJP leaders are trying hard to keep the 370 issue away from headlines this campaign season, the pot has been stirred. The first phase of voting for the 87-member State Assembly begins Nov. 25 and political dynamics are fluid to pin down. Only two things are sure: that the BJP won't join the Congress in a coalition and that the two main regional rivals, the National Conference and the PDP won't join each other. All other combinations are possible, especially with smaller parties, many of which were created recently, playing an important. They will be crucial in BJP's attempt to get the magic number of 44 since no matter how hard it tries; its appeal among Muslims in the valley is low. US analysts say that parties like the Kashmir Development Front, which has several former bureaucrats and academics, may be appealing to voters. KDF was created by Farooq Renzu Shah, who left the Congress Party saying he was disillusioned. Renzu, a bureaucrat who helped rebuild damaged shrines and big bridges when he was in government, is popular among the people. US officials say they see no major problems in the execution of the elections and the theme of development in Kashmir is just what the doctor ordered. They don't see the streets erupting if the BJP forms the government. The meeting between Modi and former separatist leader, Sajjad Lone, was seen as an especially interesting development. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir expert who is consulted widely by Washington opinion makers, said the mood in the valley and elsewhere has noticeably changed, mostly in favor of the BJP. He cited two factors - the apology by the Indian army for the shooting of a teenager and a young man on Nov. 3 and the sentencing by a military court of five soldiers, including two officers, to life imprisonment for the staged killing of three Kashmiri civilians in the Machil sector in 2010. The rare developments have been welcomed by Kashmiris whose wounds are deep and feelings raw. "It has helped greatly and the apology came after direct orders of the PMO not to fudge the issue. The people are happy that the army has been punished. People tell me that none of Modi's posters has been torn or defaced in the valley," says Sazawal, who regularly talks to people on the ground. He marveled at the strategic insights of BJP managers - Amit Shah and Ram Madhav - in making the right moves and saying the right things. He cited BJP's state unit vice-president, Ramesh Arora's declaration that Sufi Islam would prosper under BJP. This is clever messaging to those Muslims who are tired of terrorism and want the peaceful version of their religion to return home. The US government, struggling to contain the extreme strains of Islam as exemplified by ISIS, can hardly quarrel with promotion of Sufi Islam. Pakistan, the other player in the "dispute" doesn't raise confidence levels when it comes to dealing with or "managing" Wahabism, which it and Saudis have injected into India.
J-K residents expect PM Modi to address Indo-Pak relations issue  Nov 22, 12:51 pm
Kishtwar, (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 22 (ANI): Residents of Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir state said Saturday that they expected Prime Minister Modi to address certain burning issues like the relationship with Pakistan and unemployment in the region.
Kashmir issue would've been resolved had Manmohan Singh visited Islamabad, says former Pak FM  Nov 21, 8:46 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri on Friday said that New Delhi and Islamabad would have been able to resolve the Kashmir issue and achieve peace if former prime minister Manmohan Singh had visited the Asian neighbour in 2006.
Smriti Irani says controversy over German language 'deliberate'  Nov 21, 6:53 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Asserting that the government did not renew the MoU on German language as it would have been a violation of the Constitution, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said a deliberate controversy was being created over the issue.
India placed the issue of existence and repatriation of black money at G-20, says PM Modi  Nov 21, 2:19 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that India placed the issue of existence and repatriation of black money at the recently concluded G-20 Summit, expressing his satisfaction over the official communique of the summit reflecting the same.
Kim K's 'Big Boss' appearance cancelled due to visa issues  Nov 21, 12:14 pm
London, Nov 21 (ANI): Big Boss was this close to have Kim Kardashian as a guest star, however, the beauty has cancelled her India trip due to visa issues.
'Insecure' Sharif speaking language of Pak Army: Praful Bakshi  Nov 20, 7:33 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): Wing Commander (Retd.) Praful Bakshi on Thursday dubbed Nawaz Sharif's remark on the Kashmir issue as a 'weak stand of a helpless Prime Minister', adding that the latter is now speaking a language which his country's army wants to hear.
Govt. issues draft rules for e-auction of 74 coal blocks  Nov 20, 8:24 am
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): The NDA Government has issued draft guidelines for the e-auction of 74 coal blocks in the first phase out of 204 that had been cancelled by the Supreme Court.
Apple's Yosemite 10.10.1 update for Mac fails to fix Wi-Fi connectivity problems  Nov 19, 4:30 pm
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): Apple's update for Mac OS, Yosemite 10.10.1 has failed to fix Wi-Fi connectivity issues as the internet connections remain extremely slow, according to Mac owners.
Two ministers resign from governments in Sri Lanka  Nov 19, 1:22 pm
Colombo, Nov.19 (ANI): Objecting to the holding of the presidential election and the general election on the same day, besides other issues, Sri Lanka's coalition party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), has withdrawn two of its ministers from the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led government.
India offers cooperation in space, telemedicine to Pacific Island nations   Nov 19, 9:23 am
Suva, Nov. 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered India's cooperation to the leaders and representatives of Pacific Island nations on several issues including space, telemedicine and training of diplomats.
PM Modi: India and Fiji to work together to tackle climate change  Nov 19, 7:14 am
Suva, Nov. 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday observed that climate change posed as a common challenge before Fiji and India and pledged to tackle this issue by working together with the island nation in areas of clean energy such as solar and wind.
NHRC issues notice to TN Govt. on Manual Scavenging  Nov 18, 4:39 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 18 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report, published with a photograph, showing a labourer cleaning a manhole without protective gear on Santhom High Road in Tamil Nadu's Chennai city on October 25 after the city received heavy rainfall.
Punjab, Haryana HC issue fresh non-bailable warrant against Sant Rampal  Nov 18, 6:18 am
Chandigarh, Nov. 18 (ANI): Even as the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued a fresh non-bailable warrant against the murder-accused godman Sant Rampal for contempt, his supporters fortified his mission campus in Chandigarh demanding his release.
Meeting with New South Wales Premier was very good, says PM Modi  Nov 17, 8:57 pm
Canberra, Nov. 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that his meeting with the Australian state New South Wales Premier Mike Baird earlier in the day went well, adding that the two leaders discussed a range of issues.
Secret behind Kim K's nude photoshoot revealed   Nov 17, 4:50 pm
Melbourne, Nov 17 (ANI): The secret behind Kim Kardashian's latest Paper Magazine winter issue nude cover-shot, which has sent social media into meme frenzy, was recently revealed.
Sarah Sewall discusses Tibetan refugee issue with CTA officials in Dharamsala(Correction)  Nov 17, 12:46 pm
Dharamsala, Nov. 17 (ANI): U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues, Sarah Sewall, recently met officials of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala and reportedly discussed issues related to Tibetan refugees in India.
German envoy hopes for decision in interest of students in language row  Nov 17, 7:01 am
New Delhi, Nov. 17 (ANI): German envoy to India Michael Steiner hoped for a decision in the interest of students as the Chancellor Angela Merkel, raised the language row issue in schools with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Brisbane.
German language issue: Solution must be in interest of students, says envoy  Nov 16, 8:04 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 16 (ANI): Germany Ambassador to India Michael Steiner on Sunday said that he was confident that New Delhi and Berlin would be able to a find a solution to the recent issue over the teaching of the German language to school students here.
Australia talks of MH17, China during G-20 Summit  Nov 16, 7:13 pm
Brisbane, Nov. 16 (ANI): Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the issue of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 with Russia during the G-20 Summit held here. He also hailed the transformation of China
India's concerns on food security, climate change discussed at G-20: Prabhu  Nov 16, 2:56 pm
Brisbane, Nov. 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Sherpa' at the G-20 Summit, Suresh Prabhu, on Sunday said India's concerns on issues like climate change and food security were discussed at the event.
World leaders laud PM Modi for raising black money issue at G-20 Summit  Nov 16, 1:12 pm
Brisbane, (Australia), Nov. 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's step to raise the issue of black money has been taken on board the G-20 Summit Communique.
India emerging as leader that can handle diverse nations interests:BSE CEO  Nov 16, 11:56 am
Brisbane. Nov. 16 (ANI): The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Ashish Kumar Chauhan, on Sunday observed that India's stature in the global order is growing, with New Delhi emerging as a leader that can handle the interests of diverse nations on issues such as black money.
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