‘Beti bachao beti padhao’ tableau will lead parade
Even as United States president Barack Obama lands in India, the government has set the ball rolling for American cooperation in enhancing the levels of engineering education and research at IIT Gandhinagar.
Beggars, dogs swept under the rug to give clean view to Obama
Former Kashmiri militant Liyaqat Shah who the Delhi police claimed had returned to India from Pakistan to carry out terror strikes in the national capital, has been absolved of all charges by the federal anti-terror National Investigation Agency (NIA) after a two-year long probe.
R-Day parade to be broadcast live around the world for the first time
Karn Pratap Singh
India and US are likely to have an agreement on “enhanced strategic partnership” in clean energy and energy efficiency even through the Americans have expressed concern over the mandatory domestic content requirement for renewable sector.
Delhi police carry out mock drill, recheck security at Obama hotel
Prime Minister Narendra Modi may expand his council of ministers before April, said sources, where some new faces could be inducted, including a Shiv Sena nominee.
The Centre on Saturday night appointed K Durga Prasad, previously sacked as the director of the Special Protection Group, as the special director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The Punjab government goofed up while submitting the list of policemen for Police Commemoration Day - held to commemorate those purportedly killed in the line of duty during the September 1, 2013 to 31 August 2014 period.
For US President Barack Obama, the Republic Day parade where India will showcase its military might could well be like leafing through a forgotten album of sepia-tinted photographs from the annals of history, albeit with the odd contemporary colour snapshot popping up from time to time.
Obama-Modi talks: Clean energy of critical importance
After months of uncertainty, India has moved to intervene in the sale of a house in London where B R Ambedkar lived in 1921 as a student, with the Maharashtra government set to buy the property. The government plans to acquire and convert the house into a museum by April 14, Ambedkar Jayanti. The two-storey apartment in north-west London covers 2,050 square feet. At the entrance is a blue plaque which says Ambedkar stayed there while studying at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1921-22. Maharashtra government’s intervention came when the state’s education minister Vinod Tawde, who was on an official trip to London, visited the house and met representatives of the Indian high commission. He was accompanied by Santosh Dass, president of Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations, UK (FABOUK), who led efforts to acquire the house after it came on the market last year. Tawde spoke to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who have him the go-ahead to purchase the property. "The residence which will be converted into a museum will be open to public from April 14, which is Dr Ambedkar's birth anniversary," Tawde said. A statement issued by him in Marathi said the house will be bought for Rs 35 crore. Dass said she was delighted with the Maharashtra government’s decision. Indian representatives would soon begin negotiations with the estate agent and house owner to complete the sale. The house was put on the market for a minimum price of 3.1 million pounds last year. A private developer had placed a bid and completed initial formalities, but Dass alerted Maharashtra officials before the sale could be completed. “India intervened at the right time. We are delighted that we will soon have a fitting memorial for Ambedkar and an international mission base. It was in London that Ambedkar formulated his views on eradication of caste-based discrimination, and the rights of women,” Dass told HT. Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash, who leads the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, thanked the Fadnavis government.
Bill Clinton was invited for Republic Day parade on behalf of then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao in 1994 but he declined as he was not willing to change his state of the union address, former foreign secretary K Srinivasan said.