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Lok Sabha Speaker calls all-party meet ahead of Winter Session   Nov 22, 7:51 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): An all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to ensure smooth functioning of the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament is presently underway in the national capital.
National Press Day observed in Manipur  Nov 22, 5:56 pm
Imphal, Nov. 22 (ANI): The National Press Day was observed at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal on Sunday.
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.
Prosecution files response to Dewani's discharge papers   Nov 22, 4:56 pm
Johannesburg, Nov 22 (ANI): The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has filed the responding papers after lawyers for British businessman Shrien Dewani filed heads of argument for his discharge on charges of conspiring to kill his wife Anni Hindocha.
British journalist Oborne says 'very important' to revive international cricket in Pak  Nov 22, 4:27 pm
Karachi, November 22 (ANI): British journalist Peter Oborne has stated that it is very essential that international cricket returns to Pakistan as the country is one of the exciting and challenging centres of cricket in the world.
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.
Good governance is not just maintaining law and order: President Mukherjee  Nov 22, 3:20 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that good governance is not only the maintenance of law and order and finance, but to use state instruments for the service of the people.
Omar downplays PM Modi's criticism, says NC has won hearts of people  Nov 22, 3:20 pm
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.
'Disgraced' Asif advises Ramiz not to criticise banned trio hoping to revive Pak careers  Nov 22, 2:38 pm
Karachi, Nov 22 (ANI): Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif has advised former captain Ramiz Raja not to criticise the banned trio that includes him as well as Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamir, who are hoping to revive their international careers.
Tendulkar congratulates Rohit Sharma for setting new ODI record  Nov 22, 12:06 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 22 (ANI): Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has congratulated fellow cricketer Rohit Sharma for scoring a record breaking 264 runs in a One- Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka on November 13.
Waugh takes U-turn on picking 'Brisbane Test Squad' deadline statement   Nov 21, 5:06 pm
Sydney, November 21(ANI): Former Australia cricketer and National selector Mark Waugh has withdrawn his statement that a deadline has been fixed for picking the first- Test squad against India for 'marketing purpose'.
OPCW accuses Syria of using chlorine gas despite promising to trash chemical stockpile  Nov 21, 4:45 pm
London, Nov 21 (ANI): An international monitoring group has accused the Assad government of using Chlorine gas "in a systematic manner" this year despite promising to destroy its chemical stockpile.
3 GNLA militants killed in Assam  Nov 21, 3:05 pm
Goalpara (Assam), Nov. 21 (ANI): Three militants belonging to the banned organisation Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were shot dead by security forces here on Thursday night in the Goalpara district of Assam.
Recollections of a Communicator:Robin Raphel played patron's role during Pakistan's proxy war against India  Nov 21, 2:28 pm
New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI) Twenty years ago this month, I spent a fortnight in the United States as a delegate to the United Nations trying to convince as many diplomats and media persons as possible that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was near normal, and the state would participate in the national and assembly elections.
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.
President Mukherjee to address convocation at NIT Arunachal Pradesh  Nov 21, 10:51 am
Itanagar, Nov. 21 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday is scheduled to address the convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Yupia in Arunanchal Pradesh. This will be the convocation of the first batch of engineering graduates at the elite technical institute, which was conferred to the state in 2010.
Poachers kill one-horn rhino in Kaziranga National Park  Nov 21, 9:47 am
Kohora, (Assam), Nov. 21 (ANI): An adult female one-horn rhino has been killed by the poachers in Assam's famed Kaziranga National Park.
Rajinikanth conferred with Film Personality of the year award at IFFI  Nov 20, 9:14 pm
Panaji, Nov.20 (ANI): Tamil superstar Rajinikanth was on Thursday honoured with the centenary award for Indian Film Personality of the year at the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.
Congress refuses to give credit to BJP, PM Modi on Colombo releasing five Indian fishermen  Nov 20, 4:05 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): The Congress on Thursday suggested that the release of five Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka happened because of the respect which India commands internationally, and therefore, refused to give credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Five member international jury to pick best films at 45th IFFI  Nov 20, 4:04 pm
Panaji (Goa), Nov.20 (ANI): The international jury of the 45th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) comprises celebrated film personalities from all over the world.
Amnesty releases software to track down spying programs used by governments  Nov 20, 2:39 pm
London, Nov 20 (ANI): Amnesty International has reportedly released a software program that can detect spying software used by governments to spy on their political opponents and monitor activists.
North Korea threatens more nuclear tests in response to UN human rights censure   Nov 20, 1:45 pm
Washington, Nov 20 (ANI): North Korea has reportedly threatened more nuclear tests in response to a United Nations draft resolution referring the country to the International Criminal Court for prosecution of crimes against humanity.
Rudy welcomes Lanka's move to release five Indian fishermen, lauds PM Modi  Nov 20, 1:12 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Thursday welcomed Colombo's move to release five Tamil Nadu fishermen who were sentenced to death on charges of drug trafficking, describing the decision as arising out of the great positioning of India internationally under the pioneering leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Meet Messi look-alike Pak leggie Yasir Shah who wants to be the next Warnie!  Nov 20, 12:22 pm
Karachi, Nov 20 (ANI): Pakistan's fresh spin-talent Yasir Shah looks a lot like Argentina talisman Lionel Messi and has just made his international debut after being introduced in the squad against Australia weeks ago.
Australian High Commission cautions Indian nationals on visa scam  Nov 20, 12:21 pm
New Delhi, Nov. 20 (ANI): The Australian High Commission is urging Indian nationals to be cautious of scams while applying for Australian visas, and to report any frauds to the authorities immediately.
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