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No unauthorized entry of armies of neighbouring countries, says Parrikar  Nov 25, 5:26 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 25 (ANI): Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that there have been no incidents of unauthorized entry of the armies of India's neighbouring countries into Indian territory during the last three months.
Senior US diplomat to visit Delhi to firm up agenda for President Obama's January visit  Nov 23, 12:32 pm
Washington, Nov.23 (ANI): The State Department has announced that it will send a top diplomat to India next week to firm up the agenda for President Barack Obama's second visit in the last four years.
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.
Uranium sales key to taking Indo-Canada ties forward, says Saskatchewan Premier  Nov 22, 5:24 pm
New Delhi, Nov.22 (ANI): The sale of uranium from Canada to India can be the key to enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries, said the premier of Saskatchewan, one of Canada's provinces, during his visit to India this week.
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.
Obama's visit not the first one: Congress  Nov 22, 1:31 pm
Ludhiana, Nov. 22 (ANI): Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday said that US President Barack Obama's visit to India is not the leader's first visit to the country, and added leaders from different countries keep making such visits so there was nothing extraordinary about it.
Canadian province keen to contribute to PM Modi's' Make in India' initiatives  Nov 22, 12:46 pm
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.
Prez Obama's visit to India will bring more of feel good factor: Defence Expert  Nov 22, 12:46 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Defence expert K M Chenoy said on Saturday that U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to India in the thrird week of January would bring more of a feel good factor, rather than the taking of any major policy decisions.
African students adding new dimension to Indian university sports  Nov 22, 12:22 pm
New Delhi, Nov 22 (ANI): Although African students are very few in number on all Indian campuses, they are powering a silent change in Indian sport.
Kim K apologizes to Indian fans for canceling 'Bigg Boss' appearance   Nov 22, 10:47 am
London, Nov 22 (ANI): Kim Kardashian recently apologized to Indian fans for canceling her trip to India where she was to have made a guest appearance in the TV show 'Bigg Boss.'
German envoy meets Sanskrit teachers to resolve language row  Nov 20, 9:23 am
New Delhi, Nov.20 (ANI): Germany's Ambassador to India Michael Steiner
Bangladesh hands over list of 51 criminals to India's NIA  Nov 19, 11:37 am
Dhaka, Nov.19 (ANI): Bangladesh has handed over a list of 51 criminals -- 10 militants and 41 others-to a National Investigation Agency (NIA) from India.
Nehru was beacon not only to India but also to the world, says Rahul Gandhi  Nov 18, 5:07 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 18 (ANI): Emphasizing the role of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the development and protection of the democratic principles of India, Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that his great grandfather's ideas and politics occupy an important position even today, adding that he had been a beacon not only to Indians but also to the world.
Foreign terror outfits make inroads to India through North East  Nov 18, 1:18 pm
Chirang, Nov. 18 (ANI): Assam Police recently seized two vehicles carrying huge quantities of sophisticated arms and ammunitions and arrested four people near the state's Chirang District, close to the border with West Bengal.
U.S. Republican Governor meets Sushma Swaraj  Nov 18, 6:37 am
New Delhi, Nov. 18 (ANI): External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj met Governor of U.S. state of South Carolina Nikki Haley, who is on a 10-day visit to India, and embarked upon her tour from Chandigarh.
Peace is of mutual benefit to both New Delhi and Islamabad, says Pak envoy  Nov 17, 7:46 pm
Hyderabad, Nov. 17 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday said that peace is of mutual benefit to both New Delhi and Islamabad, adding that both sides realise that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved.
PM Modi promises to provide lifetime visa for PIO, OCI by Jan 2015  Nov 17, 4:04 pm
Sydney, Nov. 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reaffirmed the decision by his government that all persons of Indian origin (PIO) and overseas citizens of India (OCI) card holders will be given lifetime visas to India, promising to implement it by January 2015
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.
Nepal to India: Ease quarantine restrictions on 16 agricultural products  Nov 16, 9:11 am
Kathmandu, Nov.16 (ANI): Nepal has reportedly requested India to relax quarantine restrictions on 16 agricultural products to facilitate exports.
The Afghan Challenge  Nov 14, 11:55 am
Bangalore, Nov.14 (ANI): "The national unity government which hints at moving in the direction of a parliamentary system of governance presents new challenges and opportunities to India"
India is what it is today because of Jawaharlal Nehru, says President  Nov 13, 9:40 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 13 (ANI) President Pranab Mukherjee credited India's first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for laying the foundation stone of a modern India adding that Nehru's services to India are immeasurable.
Prime Minister Modi invites Indonesian companies to India  Nov 13, 6:55 pm
Nay Pyi Taw, Nov. 13 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the ongoing East Asia Summit here on Thursday, invited Indonesian companies to India.
India, Australia may announce further steps for enhancing strategic defence ties: Envoy  Nov 13, 12:34 pm
New Delhi, Nov.13 (ANI): Re-emphasizing that India and Australia already have significant strategic and defence ties, Australia's High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, has said he expects some key announcements to be made during the bilateral component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Australia.
Australia may be able to sell uranium, ink FTA with India by next year: Envoy  Nov 13, 11:52 am
New Delhi, Nov.13 (ANI): India can expect to have commercial access to uranium from Australia by the middle of 2015 after all parliamentary and other regulatory processes and clearances to firms wanting to sell the product are completed, said Australia's High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling.
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