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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

India

Centre notifies life-long visa for PIOs, to amend law by Dec-end

Narendra Modi

The Union home ministry notified changes to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) scheme late on Tuesday evening to make the PIO cards valid for the duration of the card holder’s lifetime — instead of the existing 15 days.

Two Indian varsities in world’s top 300

Panjab University
The Indian Institute of Science and Panjab University are the top universities in India, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15 released on Wednesday.

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BJP readies Modi blitz for Maharashtra, Haryana

BJP Delhi
After tasting success with the Narendra Modi wave during the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP is once again making the PM its face for the electoral campaign in the coming assembly elections.

India to talk HFCs under Montreal pact

global warming

The government agreed to discuss the phasing out of refrigerant coolants under the Montreal Protocol, marking a change in its stand from earlier this month when the environment minister had refused to discuss the issue under the same norms.

Modi returns home after hectic US visit

Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to the capital on Wednesday after a five-day visit to the US. Modi left Washington on Tuesday at the end of his visit and returned home on a Special Air India plane after a brief transit halt in Frankfurt.

Government to seek seers' nod for 'green cremations' on Ganga banks

Kaum de Heere
Days after the Centre constituted a committee to recommend technologies to unclog the river Ganga, union minister Uma Bharti said on Friday that religious sentiments would not be tinkered with while implementing eco-friendly cremations. Poll: Should electric cremations replace traditional pyres at Ganga's holy ghats?

Govt gears up for Swachh Bharat campaign

Sweeping classroom
Surprise visits, ministers out in their constituencies, bureaucrats on their toes, clearing up files, buying brooms – the government is abuzz with activity, preparing to join in as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Swachh Bharat campaign on Thursday.

Pak violates ceasefire, targets Indian posts in Poonch

A BSF soldier stands guard near international border at Suchet Garh in Ranbir Singh Pura, about 27 kms from Jammu

Pakistani troops on Wednesday violated ceasefire after over a month-long lull and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in three sub-sectors along Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian forces.

Modi push for UPA’s pet project

A cartoon of a government
The UPA may have conceived Aadhaar, but it is PM Modi who is giving the ambitious project to provide each Indian a biometric identification card its hardest push by setting a deadline for bringing everyone under its coverage.

No dirty business: there is profit in toilets

Prefab toilets
Swachh Bharat is a campaign in which commerce will be the backroom player as social and economic growth along with image take centre stage. With the government planning to build 20 million toilets by 2019, construction companies will see a major share of the action. Poll: What do you think of govt's Clean India campaign?

Kejriwal to wield broom in Modi's backyard

Aam Aadmi Party
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on Thursday, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal would be leading a clean-up drive by his party in the vicinity of the former's official residence on Race Course road.

Not against Muslims, but oppose injustice: Katju

Markandey Katju
A day after his controversial remarks terming Muslim personal law "unjust", Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju on Wednesday said he was not against any religion but was speaking up against injustice.
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