New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Seeking to step up pressure on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting on Thursday to review the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status accorded to the neighbour, informed sources said here. The meeting follows India's decision on Monday to revisit the 56-year-old Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan, in the wake of the September 18 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri that killed 18 soldiers. India granted the MFN status to Pakistan in 1996 but the neighbouring country has so far not reciprocated.
Islamabad [Pakistan], Sept. 26 (ANI): With India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj advising Islamabad to abandon its dream of separating Kashmir from India during her address to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesperson Mohammed Nafees Zakaria sought to know from her "if Kashmir is an integral part of India, why is it on the Agenda of Security Council?" "Strange that Indian EAM is disowning the UNSC resolutions and that too at the UN. Can Indian EAM explain that if Kashmir is an integral part of India, why is it on the Agenda of Security Council," tweeted Zakaria within a few hours after the EAM concluded her speech.
New Delhi, Sept. 27 (ANI): Former bureaucrat BK Bansal, who was accused of corruption and arrested in connection with a graft case in July, allegedly committed suicide along with his 25-year-old son in their home in Madhu Vihar in East Delhi on Tuesday. Bansal was a Director General in the Corporate Affairs ministry when he was arrested on July 16 on charges of accepting Rs. nine lakhs as bribe from a pharmaceutical company that wanted to buy its way out of an investigation for illegal business practices. Two days after Mr Bansal's arrest, his wife Satyabala Bansal and daughter Neha were found hanging in separate rooms at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments in east Delhi's Madhu Vihar on July 19.
Mumbai [India], Sept.27 (ANI): Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who played his last Test match against England in 2014, has been recalled in the national squad for the remainder of the ongoing three-match series against New Zealand. Meanwhile, medium pacer Ishant Sharma has also been ruled out of the second Test after failing to recover fully from chikungunya that forced him to miss the country's 500th Test match.
London, Sep 26 (IANS) Pakistan-born actor Marc Anwar, who was sacked from British TV drama "Coronation Street" for his racist rant against Indians on social media, has issued an apology and termed his act as a "moment of madness". Anwar was axed from the ITV soap after "Coronation Street" makers were alerted to his Twitter comments. The 45-year-old had referred to Indians as 'b******s' and 'p*ss-drinking c**ts', and even abused Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
New Delhi, [India], Sept 27 (ANI): The murder of a Delhi government school teacher by two class 12 students has resulted in teachers strongly demanding stringent action against the murderers. The incident was reported at Government Boys Senior Secondary School in west Delhi's Nangloi. The whole society of teachers is very sad over this incident.
Lahore, Sep 26 (IANS) The Samjhauta Express train between India and Pakistan, via Attari in Punjab, left from here to New Delhi on Monday after authorities allowed its operation, the Pakistani media reported. According to The News International, the train on Monday morning carried 138 passengers who face custom and immigration clearance at Wagah border. The Indian Railways conveyed to Pakistani side that the service would not be operated on Monday as per its regular schedule, said The News International report.
Torrential downpour for the past few weeks in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has left many residents stranded in their houses. Amidst narratives of poor civil infrastructure and hardships faced by residents, many stories of hope and courage are also coming up from Hyderabad. Hundreds of good Samaritans chose to come out of their homes, risk their safety, and help stranded victims as much as possible. Source: Twitter Individuals and NGOs came together - Ashish Jain from the Jain Yuva Sangathan was one of the first among scores of citizens coming together to volunteer for the rescue operations. Since many people were not able to prepare food at their homes, he distributed 500 packets of food on the first day in areas like the slums in Mayuri Marg, Ambedkar Nagar Colony and Begumpet. And once his phone number went viral on social media, people from all walks of life offered to join in. He coordinated with them and was able to provide 5,000 packets of food on Saturday. Ashish also coordinated with volunteer groups such as Nava Sevak, which is providing flood relief items in various parts of Hyderabad. On Sunday, a total of 100 volunteers had distributed 1,500 packets of biryani, biscuits and water by the afternoon. Ashish later distributed food packets to patients in Niloufer Hospital too. An NGO called Help Hyderabad sent volunteers around the city to understand the needs of people in different areas. They identified 22 houses in Peerzadiguda and 500 houses in Sadat Nagar and Uppuguda that required urgent help. Relief material including medical aid and drinking water was sent to all these places. Other netizens like digital marketing professional Amar R Kanchawallah took to Twitter to extend support. https://twitter.com/IamAmmarr/status/779188425341607936 Journalist Purnima Sriram Iyer fed 40 litres of milk and 80 packets of biscuits to stray dogs who are often ignored in perilous times like these. Actors and celebrities joined in - Popular actor Rana Daggubati announced on Twitter that the Rama Naidu studios will remain open for all those seeking shelter. Together with various celebrities from the film fraternity, he distributed 4,300 food packets to those living in low-lying areas such as Secunderabad, Madhapur and Jawahar Nagar. https://twitter.com/RanaDaggubati/status/779589311658283008 Actor Navdeep also took to social media to request for volunteers and essential supplies. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKuGVMfjM_x/?taken-by=pnavdeep Rana and Navdeep requested film stars and fans alike to send across bed sheets, clothes, footwear and other relief material to victims. https://twitter.com/RanaDaggubati/status/779617420549828612 Indian Armed Forces and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to the rescue- In order to rescue residents of Hyderabad who were wading in knee-deep water and living in houses built alongside overflowing drains, the Indian Army deployed 480 personnel. After a meeting with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, the Army obtained radar maps to identify four critical areas. GHMC, Indian Army and Police force got together to rescue and rehabilitate 140 people across the city. https://twitter.com/adgpi/status/779721429537263616 They also saved the lives of 40 students who were stuck in a school bus in Alwyn colony. Additionally, GHMC organised 29 medical camps to treat around 3,901 people. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).
New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Rookie Siddhi Kapoor showed glimpses of her immense talent and carded an impressive two-under 70 to grab the lead in the first round of the 14th Leg of the Hero Womens Professional Golf Tour at the Delhi Golf Club here on Tuesday. Following Siddhi in joint second position were Gursimar Badwal and amateur Shreya Ghei at two-over 74. Kolkata's Siddhi had an indifferent start and carded a bogey on the very first hole.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 27 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to serve a notice to Uttar Pradesh minister Azam khan for his alleged statement and remark in the Bulandshahr rape case. The apex court asked the agency to send the notice to Khan for his personal appearance in the matter. The top court had earlier also asked Khan to appear before it for his alleged remarks in the case, but he did not appear before the court.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Monday hear an appeal filed by December 16 'Nirbhaya' gangrape convicts - Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh. The top court had on April 4 begun final hearing of the convicts' appeal almost two years after staying their execution. Two of the four death-row convicts had written to Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Deepak Misra, stating that they do not approve of the defence counsel appointed by the court to argue their case before the top court as they had given statements against them to the media in the past.
New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on Tuesday re-appointed Italian Massimo Costantini as the national team chief coach for a two-year period up to September 30, 2018. Max, as he is fondly known and called by players, was with the Indian team from early 2009 till the end of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, guiding India to five medals, including a men's doubles gold and a silver in the women's team event. Soon after leaving India, Max has had a long-tem stint with an United States club and guided some its players to glory.
Kanpur, India, Sept 26, 2016 (AFP) - Skipper Virat Kohli hailed Ravichandran Ashwin as "priceless" after he spun India to victory Monday over New Zealand, saying the off-spinner was one of cricket's ultimate match-winners and sharpest brains.
New Delhi [India], Sept.26 (ANI):A delegation of heads of eminent Khanqahs and Dargahs led by the Chief of the Ajmer Sharif have appealed to people in the Kashmir Valley to keep calm and peace there and help the government to return normalcy in the state. Calling on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here today, they assured him that they would go to Kashmir to request their brothers and sisters to work for the restoration of peace. Led by Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Saheb, Spiritual Head of the shrine and the Sajjadanashin of Dargah Khwaja Sahab, Ajmer Sharif, the delegation shared their concern on the situation in Kashmir and expressed confidence that the Union Home Minister would do everything possible to bring normalcy in Kashmir in order to remove pain and miseries of the people.
Onboard Air India One, Sept. 26 (ANI): Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari on Monday said that the repeated attacks of the Nigerian nationals in India were just "stray incidents" and were neither specific to citizens of any particular country nor racially motivated. Addressing the media onboard Air India Special Flight on way to a five-day visit to Nigeria and Mali, Vice President Ansari said that it was however important to note that the law enforcement agencies had quickly responded wherever and whenever such incidents had taken place. On reported attacks on Nigerian nationals in India, the Vice President said that these were stray incidents and were not specific to citizens of any particular country nor racially motivated.
New York, Sep 26 (IANS) India's much-awaited address at the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled later on Monday with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expected to focus on the recent terror attack at Uri in Kashmir, up the ante against Pakistan and seek global support to dub it a "terror state". The Indian Foreign Minister is expected to take matters forward from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first public speech after the September 18 Uri attack at Kozhikode in Kerala on Saturday, where he denounced Pakistan for supporting and exporting terror, besides warning that the neighbouring country will be isolated as a "terror state". "Rulers of Pakistan, listen.
New York (U.S.), Sept. 26 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the UN General Assembly in New York today, where she is expected to give a stinging response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's UNGA speech. Outlining India's focus for the UN General Assembly session, New Delhi's envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said terrorism is the primary concern for India as well as for nations across the world.
Lahore [Pakistan], Sept. 26 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry has hit out against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent statement in Kerala warning of action against the Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it violates all United Nations and international charters against non-interference in internal affairs of other countries. In an exclusive interview to Dawn, Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, stated that the Prime Minister's statement shows India's "nervousness" with the situation in Kashmir.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Expressing displeasure to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Monday said it is known fact that Pakistan is an exporter of terrorism, however, it remains unknown what will be Centre's action to change its neighbor's behaviour. Tewari further stated that merely reiterating rhetoric does not amount to action and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's capability to understand the nation's mood. "The world has known for the last 25 years now that Pak is a neat exporter of terror, what is unknown what the NDA government is going to do to change Pakistan's behaviour that is the unknown and that is what the country wants to know from the Prime Minister and his External Affairs Minister.
Mumbai [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): The Congress on Monday extended support to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's ahead of her address to the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) and expected the latter to give a befitting reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Sushma is a good orator she will give a befitting reply and will respond on statements made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and will describe how Pakistan has become a centre of terrorism from past 20-25 years," Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI. Congress leader P.L. Punia asserted that a suitable reply is must to counter unrestrained statements of Prime Minister Sharif on Kashmir and hoped Swaraj would reply well.
New Delhi, [India], Sept 27 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hailed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and said that the latter has exposed Pakistan globally. Dubbing Swaraj's speech as exceptional, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that Swaraj not only addressed India's concerns in the context of terrorism, but also said the global network of terror is hampering progress in destinations worldwide.
New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): Hailing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said the thrust of the message was "a good one and Indians can stand behind it". Speaking to ANI, Tharoor said, "Like all MEA-drafted speeches, I think it was a well-drafted and well-crafted speech. It began with all the global issues and India's role in them and then situated the Pakistan problem in the context of the global challenge of terrorism.