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Coastal security network must ensure zero tolerance to error: Parrikar   Nov 23, 4:44 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 23 (ANI): Terming the Indian Navy and Coast Guard's joint operations facility, the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) as 'a bold initiative', Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday called for zero tolerance to error in the coastal security network.
Renee Zellweger sells $4.45 m Hamptons pad for more than asking price  Nov 23, 4:44 pm
New York, Nov 23 (ANI): Renee Zellweger has sold her East Hampton beach mansion for well over its 4.45 million dollars asking price.
Hamilton claims Rosberg's mind games won't work on him ahead of F1 title showdown  Nov 23, 2:30 pm
London, Nov 23 (ANI): British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has told his Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg that his mind games would not work on him, ahead of their desert showdown in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Man holed up in Ebola quarantine continues to be symptom-free  Nov 22, 7:51 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): A 26-year-old man, who had undergone Ebola treatment in Liberia and is presently quarantined at Airport Health Organization Quarantine Centre here, continues to be symptom-free.
Britain keen to invite PM Modi, says British High Commissioner  Nov 22, 5:56 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): British High Commissioner Sir James Bevan on Saturday told senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Jolly that Britain is keen to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.
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.
Dame Shirley Bassey re-records `Goldfinger` to correct 2 `wrong notes`  Nov 22, 4:04 pm
London, Nov 22 (ANI): Dame Shirley Bassey has re-recorded 'James Bond' theme song 'Goldfinger' 50 years later to correct two "wrong notes."
Obama holds back flight to retrieve 'beloved' BlackBerry!  Nov 22, 1:31 pm
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): Barack Obama while on his way to Las Vegas on Marine One helicopter came back to retrieve his BlackBerry that he had left behind at the White House.
Islamic State 'selling girls within themselves', says 15 year-old who escaped IS captivity  Nov 22, 12:52 pm
Erbil, Nov 22 (ANI): A 15-year-old girl who escaped Islamic State (IS) captivity has shared her terrifying experience narrating how IS militants sell girls within themselves.
Austin Stowell to work with Steven Spielberg again in untitled cold war thriller   Nov 22, 12:07 pm
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): Austin Stowell has been roped in for Steven Spielberg's untitled cold war thriller, it has been revealed.
NZ shot put star Adams, France's pole vault ace Lavillenie bag World Athlete of the Year award   Nov 22, 12:07 pm
Wellington, Nov 22 (ANI): New Zealand's shot put star Valerie Adams became the first athlete from her country to win the World Athlete of the Year in Monaco on Saturday, and also shared the award with France's pole vault world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie.
Whoopi Goldberg breaks down on live show during 'emotional' Mike Nichols tribute  Nov 22, 10:20 am
Melbourne, Nov 22 (ANI): Whoopi Goldberg broke down during an episode of her daytime talk show 'The View' while she started to deliver a tribute to acclaimed director Mike Nichols, who died of a heart attack recently.
Dominant Stenson holds two-shot lead halfway through DP World Tour Championship  Nov 22, 10:20 am
Johannesburg, Nov 22 (ANI): Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson's 11th consecutive round in the 60s that gave him a two-shot lead halfway through the 8 million dollars DP World Tour Championship on Friday helped him continue his dominance at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Wills-Kat order press to be 'dressed up' for covering US visit  Nov 21, 5:07 pm
New York, Nov 21 (ANI): The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have told the reporters, who have applied to cover their visit, to follow a proper dress code.
Keep on running if you want to stay young  Nov 21, 2:28 pm
Washington, Nov 21 (ANI): A new study had claimed that if you want to stay young, running may be the best way to do it.
PCB writes to ICC seeking Amir's early return to domestic cricket  Nov 21, 12:00 pm
Johannesburg, Nov 21 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to the ICC requesting that 22-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Amir be allowed to play in domestic cricket before his five year ban ends next year in September.
China could shut down US power grid: NSA chief  Nov 21, 11:51 am
London, Nov 21 (ANI): United States National Security Agency head has reportedly told a Congressional panel that China and "probably one or two other" countries have the ability to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure via a cyber attack.
3D imaging reveals Chinese Terracotta Army likely modeled on real soldiers  Nov 21, 9:55 am
London, Nov 21 (ANI): Using the latest 3D imaging technology, a team of archaeologists have revealed that each of the figures in the famous terracotta army in China that is composed of 7,000 soldiers is modeled on an individual, real soldier.
9-year-old boy applies for job as Bolton's manager  Nov 21, 9:18 am
Bolton (England), Nov. 21 (ANI): With English club Bolton Wanderers currently languishing at the bottom half of the championship table, the club has had an offer tio manage the team from an unusual quarter - nine year old Thomas Fielding.
Males assume dominant hold over Republican Committees in US House of Representatives  Nov 20, 5:43 pm
New York, Nov 20 (ANI): The House Republicans have reportedly recommended a list of 21 committee chairs, which includes 20 men and only one woman.
Kashmiris grapple with cold weather conditions  Nov 20, 5:04 pm
Srinagar, Nov. 20 (ANI): People of Jammu and Kashmir grappled with dense fog and harsh weather conditions as temperatures in the region dipped as low as minus one degree Centigrade on Thursday morning.
Govt.to CPSEs: Construct 2500 toilet blocks under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by March  Nov 20, 11:57 am
New Delhi, Nov.20 (ANI): Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has told heads of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) reporting to his ministry that they must identify and construct 2500 toilet blocks under the government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by March 2015.
Three men attack 22-year-old Manipuri student in Bangalore   Nov 20, 11:19 am
Bangalore, Nov. 20 (ANI): A 22-year old student from Manipur suffered head injuries after being attacked by three men here last night.
Older women in bad marriages face more risk of heart disease  Nov 20, 9:52 am
Washington, Nov 20 (ANI): A new study has found that trouble in older couples' paradise may prove bad for their heart, particularly for women, than for the couples in good marriages.
Shoaib Iqbal to join Congress, says AAP responsible for defeat of 'Grand Old Party'  Nov 19, 5:08 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 19 (ANI): Former Janata Dal (United) MLA Shoaib Iqbal on Wednesday confirmed that he would be joining the Congress party, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took away Muslim votes from the grand old party, resulting in its defeat in the Delhi legislative
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