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New Delhi, Nov. 23 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Kathmandu for the 18th SAARC Summit will focus on enhancement of connectivity and people-to-people contact.
PM Modi to visit only Kathmandu during SAARC Summit Nov 23, 2:10 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit only Kathmandu during his three-day visit to attend the SAARC Summit in Nepal, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday.
Sonia targets BJP, promises development in Jharkhand Nov 23, 2:10 pm
Daltonganj, Nov. 23 (ANI): Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of encouraging communal elements and developing hatred within the people, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said that her party which has an ideology to taking everyone along will continue to work for development of Jharkhand.
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.
PM Modi appeals for end to dynastic politics in J-K Nov 22, 3:20 pm
Kishtwar (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov. 22 (ANI): Taking on both the ruling National Conference and the opposition People's Democratic Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to voters of Jammu and Kashmir to end dynastic politics in the state.
PM Modi promises to bring film industry back to Kashmir Valley Nov 22, 3:20 pm
Kishtwar, Nov. 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to bring the film industry back to the Kashmir Valley, which he said would help in solving the problem of unemployment in the state.
Sonawari, Nov. 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday avoided commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion that the state government was involved in corruption, saying massive support for his party was a proof of the fact that it has won the hearts of the people.
GVL Narasimha Rao praises PM Modi for emerging as global leader Nov 22, 1:03 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader G.V.L Narsimha Rao on Saturday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for emerging as a global leader, and taking Indo-U.S. relations to new heights.
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.
PM Modi's invitation to Obama is diplomatic breakthrough: BJP Nov 22, 12:46 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party said here on Saturday that the way Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited U.S. President Obama for the 26th January celebration is a diplomatic breakthrough as far the Indo- U.S. ties are concerned.
New Delhi, Nov.22 (ANI): Canada's Saskatchewan Province, whose exports to India stood at over a billion Canadian dollars in 2013, has said that it is very keen to be a part of and to contribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiatives.
Erbil (Iraq), Nov. 22 (ANI): Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has met the Prime Minister of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, and discussed plans to psychologically rehabilitate war-ravaged people.
PM Modi to address rally in J-K Nov 22, 9:53 am
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address an election rally on Saturday, in Kishtwar district of Jammu, with just three days left for the polling for the first phase of Assembly Elections.
PM Modi invites Obama as chief guest on Republic Day Nov 21, 8:28 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited U.S. President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations next year.
PM Modi urges Jharkhand voters to ensure clear majority for BJP Nov 21, 3:52 pm
Chandwa (Jharkhand), Nov. 21 (ANI): Promising to work for the development of Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his second election rally on Friday, asked voters of the poll-bound state to ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweeps to power in the state with a clear majority.
Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir), Nov 21 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday took on the BJP-led NDA government ahead of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, stating that the Centre had made big promises to the people after last month's floods but failed to live up to it.
Daltonganj, Nov. 21 (ANI): Launching a frontal attack on the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged the people to eliminate dynastic politics and vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to change the state's destiny.
PM Modi 'touched' by affection of expatriate Indian community Nov 21, 2:20 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he had been touched by the affection accorded to him by the expatriate Indian community during his recently concluded 10-day trip to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, adding that he will leave no stone unturned in creating the India of their dreams.
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.
No bond stronger than that between two democracies, says PM Modi Nov 21, 1:47 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that there is no bond that is stronger than that which is between two democracies, adding that the honour of his addressing the Parliaments of Australia and Fiji, a first for any Indian Prime Minister, was accorded to him to due to the respect that the nation has in the world.
The world is looking at India with renewed respect and immense enthusiasm, says PM Modi Nov 21, 1:47 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stated that during his recently concluded 10-day trip to Myanmar, Australia and Fiji, he noticed that the world is looking at India with renewed respect and immense enthusiasm.
PM Modi wishes Gujarat CM on her birthday Nov 21, 1:30 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished good health and a long life to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on her 73rd birthday.
Diets rich in vitamin B3 prevent liver cancer in mice Nov 21, 12:38 pm
London, Nov 21 (ANI): A new research has revealed that diets rich in nicotinamide riboside, a derivative of vitamin B3, prevent the development of liver tumors and induce tumor regression in mice.
FIFA to examine WC corruption full report Nov 21, 11:29 am
London, November 21 (ANI): In a latest development to the controversy revolving around World Cup bidding process, FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert and lawyer Michael Garcia have agreed to release full copies of probing reports into the WC bidding corruption to the organisation's compliance chief.
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