HindustanTimes Fri,28 Nov 2014


US Congressman condoles Murli Deora’s death in letter to Milind

The chairman of the powerful US Congressional Foreign Relations Committee, Ed Royce, has condoled the death of former Union minister Murli Deora, who passed away in Mumbai on November 24, and said he will be missed in India and as a friend to the United States.

Congress-led alliance falling apart in Jharkhand

The alliance between the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (United) in Jharkhand has fallen apart at the seams in the ongoing assembly elections, with all three parties fielding candidates against each other and fighting more seats than agreed under an informal pre-poll deal.

Saarc endeavours hampered by K-issue, can play a role: Mufti

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Thursday said the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) can realise its full potential only if pestering issues between India and Pakistan are settled amicably and stressed it can play a role in the resolution process.

‘Acche din’ begin for Ramdev: RSS to hold convention in yoga guru’s Haridwar ashram

The Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh  – the guiding light of the ruling BJP – will hold a three-day mega convention from Friday at Ramdev’s sprawling Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

It is for Saarc to decide observer role: US

At a time when there is a perceived push by some Saarc observers - particularly China - to upgrade its relationship with the regional grouping, US - another observer - has said that it is entirely upto the Saarc member states to determine their interface with observers.

PC Chacko made Cong in-charge for Delhi

Senior Congress leader PC Chacko was today made the in-charge of party affairs in poll-bound Delhi, replacing AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed. The move was necessitated after incumbent Ahmed requested for leave for a personal visit abroad for three months from December end, Congress sources said.

India launches e-visa facility for 43 countries

In a move which will give a major boost to the tourism sector, the government on Thursday launched the much-awaited electronic visa facility for visitors from 43 countries including US, Germany and Israel.

Ahead of Obama trip, US delegation to visit India

In the run-up to US President Barack Obama’s two day trip to the Capital in January, Washington is sending a nine-member delegation headed by Puneet Talwar, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs in December to finalise a set of “transformative defence technologies” for India under the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI).

France visa for Indians now in 48 hours

In a bid to increase the number of Indian tourists to France, the French government on Thursday made key announcements on visas and launched an app — ‘Chalo Paris’ for travellers.

Home min set to relax rules on intercepting calls

The Union home ministry has stepped in to restore powers of state law enforcement agencies to intercept or monitor calls and messages on phones registered and operating in other states for a period of seven days in emergency situations, sources told HT.

Badaun fallout: Families mull SC route, Akhilesh blames media

Families of two teenage girls found hanged from a tree in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district in May said on Thursday they would go to the Supreme Court and appeal to the Prime Minister after the CBI concluded the cousins had committed suicide and were not raped or murdered.

BJP releases 'vision document', chooses not to annoy separatists

The Bharatiya Janata Party's 'vision document' related to Jammu and Kashmir has skirted many contentious issues, particularly the fight against separatism in the Valley.

Indian govt wants friendly ties with Pakistan: BJP

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Thursday said its government at the Centre wants friendly relations with Pakistan, but there was no reciprocation to the peace overtures from the other side.

'Never talked about bringing black money in 100 days'

Government on Thursday insisted in Lok Sabha that it had never claimed that all the black money stashed abroad would be brought back within 100 days even as opposition continued to target it over the issue.

In pics: Modi, Sharif cold shoulders to handshakes at Saarc

Cold vibes gave way to rare warmth on Thursday as PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif shook hands twice during the course of the day at the 18th Saarc summit.
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