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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

India

Govt to push economic agenda in winter session

Winter session of Parliament beginning on Monday is expected to generate heat with government planning to push an ambitious economic agenda undeterred by resistance from a section of the Opposition.

Regional cooperation, development Modi's focus for SAARC meet

PM Modi will lay out his vision for regional cooperation in South Asia and India's approach to harnessing the developmental potential of the region as a whole during the upcoming 18th SAARC Summit in Nepal.

BJP a major factor as Kashmir readies to vote

Jammu and Kashmir will vote starting Tuesday in assembly elections that have for the first time made the BJP a major power, much to the chagrin of the state's established parties. A host of issues are hogging the campaign.

Air India says no to seat upgrade, more free baggage for MPs

Cash-strapped Air India hasexpressed inability to upgrade seats of MPs to business class or carry their extra baggage for free, especially in flights which have all upper class seats booked by paid passengers.

Filing online PF withdrawal claims to be a reality in December

Retirement fund body EPFO will launch the online facility for submitting provident fund withdrawal claims in December, which would quicken such settlements and benefit its over five crore subscribers.

US, Israel among 43 countries to get e-visa facility

Visitors from over 40 countries,including Germany, the US, Israel and Palestine, will soon be able to avail the much-awaited electronic visa facility which is set to be launched on November 27.

Irani rejects demand to make Sanskrit compulsory

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday dismissed allegations that education was being ‘saffronised’, even as she rejected demands that Sanskrit be made compulsory in the curriculum.

Indian Catholics rejoice as Chavara, Euphrasia conferred Sainthood by Pope Francis

Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia from India were on Sunday conferred Sainthood by Pope Francis in Vatican City at a special canonisation mass, in a moment of elation and spiritual fervour for the Christians in India.

Delhi govt bans purchase of new vehicles for officials

As part of an austerity measure,the Delhi government has imposed a ban on purchase of new vehicles for all officials, including those of civic bodies in the city, until the old ones complete their required life cycles.

Would you like to sin on a tiger skin: What is Hinduism?

Why should Hindus remain the only ones to float free to engage and disengage as they please? It's wonderful that Hindus held fast through the millennia. But now that nobody can tell a Hindu what to do, isn't it time someone did?

J-K polls: Parties yet to release manifestos

With just two days to the first phase of the assembly elections, the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir are yet to come out with their agenda for polls. The parties, including National Conference, Congress, People’s Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party, have not released their poll manifestos so far. The delay and selective leaks to the media are already giving rise to speculations.

PM Modi couldn’t break much ice with Muslims

In this communally-sensitive town, where the BJP had for the first time invested heavily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn’t break much ice with the Muslim community. Even though the PM talked about development and inclusive approach, the community still sees him with suspicion.

TMC's Derek says NSA is a known sympathiser of RSS

In a counter attack against union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP, Derek O’Brien on Sunday claimed that the NSA is a known RSS sympathiser.

North Korea warns UN rights ruling supporters

North Korea's top military body on Sunday warned of 'catastrophic consequences' for supporters of the latest United Nations censure on its human rights record, as state media reported leader Kim Jong Un presided over fresh military drills.

NC heavyweight faces Modi factor

In Vijaypur assembly constituency, it is primarily a direct contest between two-time former minister of National Conference and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, who is hoping to cash in on the Modi wave.
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