January, 2015


National Song to be recited on February 2

Bhopal: National Song Vande Mataram will be recited in chorus on Monday, February 2 at 11 am. National Song is recited on the first working day of every month at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Park here. Share +1 Tweet PinShares 0

Bangladesh cuts power supply to former PM Khaleda Zia’s house amid unrest

Dhaka: Bangladesh authorities on Saturday cut the power supply to opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s home after she called a 72-hour nationwide strike beginning tomorrow which coincides with the school exams of over 1.5 million students. Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) alleged that the state-run Dhaka Electric Supply Company disconnected the power lines to her upmarket Gulshan office early this morning in an apparent bid to force her to call off the scheduled strike. Witnesses and TV footages showed a huge number of grim faced school children accompanied by their guardiansRead More

Michelle Obama praises ‘American Sniper’

Washington: The United States First Lady Michelle Obama has praised “American Sniper” for its depiction of military families and “the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure”. Obama spoke to a gathering here on Friday organised by Got Your 6, a group that promotes accurate portrayals of veterans in entertainment. Bradley Cooper, who played Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” was one of the panellists at the event. “The number one movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family. WhileRead More

Building smart cities is challenging : Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday asked the states to be ready to make their cities and towns “smart” under the central government’s initiative of building 100 smart cities. “The resource challenge can be met if we make a success of Public-Private-People Partnership,” he said. Naidu said states and urban local bodies have to play the key role in building smart cities while the central government could do the hand-holding as an enabler besides providing some financial assistance.”The states and urban local bodies have to comeRead More

India test fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V

Balasore (Odisha): Giving an edge to the country’s strategic strike capability, India on Saturday successfully carried out the maiden canister-based trial of its most potent missile Agni-V, which has a strike range of over 5000 kms and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne, off Odisha coast. The missile was launched from a canister mounted on a road-mobile launcher at Wheeler’s Island . “The three stage, solid propellant missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at about 8.06Read More

CM left for America visit

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan left for United States of America late tonight. Shri Chouhan will launch official website of Friends of MP Forum in New York on February 1. He will address a convention of NRIs from Madhya Pradesh settled in America. During his America visit, Shri Chouhan will hold discussions with various industrial houses and companies interested in investing in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Chouhan will also meet representatives of organisations working towards strengthening cultural and commercial ties between America and India. He will return to IndiaRead More

Heads of offices of MP in Delhi should play active role in serving state’s interests

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged heads of various offices of the state at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi to play active and partnering role in serving state’s interest side by side discharge of their duties. It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh government has entrusted responsibility of advocating state’s interests to heads of state’s offices apart from discharging their duties. The Chief Minister asked them to keep in constant touch with a senior officer at Bhopal who is concerning Nodal Officer. Effective efforts should also be madeRead More

Attack against minorities in India increases

Washington: 38 incidents targeting the Christian community in India were reported in the last two months of 2014, a Republican lawmaker has claimed, alleging that there is rise in attack against the minorities. “Reports from NGOs have documented a rise in attacks by Hindu nationalists against minority Christian populations in the first 100 days of the new government. Continuing reports show a pattern of targeting religious minorities, including India’s notably moderate Muslim population,” he said. Citing data from the Evangelical Fellowship of India, Pitts alleged that more than 38 incidentsRead More

Taliban very dangerous, but not a terror group: US

Washington: US has said that the tactics adopted by the Taliban are akin to terrorism but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan unlike Al-Qaeda or ISIS which have worldwide network. Earnest’s remarks came a day after his deputy Eric Schultz said, “the Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) is a terrorist group.” US, Earnest said, has designated the Taliban in such a way so as to put in place some financial sanctions against the leaders of that organization, in a wayRead More

I informed Sujatha Singh about new Foreign Secretary appointment: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said she had personally communicated to Sujatha Singh the government’s decision to appoint S Jaishankar as the new Foreign Secretary. “I told her that the Government wanted to appoint Dr Jaishankar as Foreign Secretary,” Swaraj said in a tweet adding, “Then I spoke to Sujatha Singh personally.” Jaishankar, Ambassador to the US, was appointed last night as the new Foreign Secretary in a surprise decision by the Union Cabinet’s Appointment Committee, which is headed by the Prime Minister. The 1977-batch IFSRead More