New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will next week visit the five Central Asian nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as Russia, where he will participate in the BRICS and SCO Summit. "India and Uzbekistan enjoy a close strategic partnership... I would be holding talks with President (Islam) Karimov and we would be inking key agreements to strengthen cooperation between our countries," Modi said in a post on his official Facebook page.
Asia News Headlines
- Modi to visit five Central Asian nations, … IANS - 23 minutes ago
- Confusion in BJP's Goa unit over … IANS - 31 minutes ago
Panaji, July 4 (IANS) The transfer of influential state BJP organising secretary Satish Dhond to Maharashtra appears to have created confusion in the rank and file of the BJP cadre as well as the top state leadership. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday said Dhond had been transferred to Thane in Maharashtra, while BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar, who has been peppered with 119 representations from state party leaders demanding a stay on the transfer, insisted that he has not been intimated by the party high command "about any transfer". "He (Dhond) has been transferred to Thane, but that will have no impact on Goa," Parsekar told reporters here, even as Tendulkar told IANS over phone that he has had "no intimation from the party high command about any transfer".
- Warming ties: Israel thanks India for … IANS - 47 minutes ago
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Israel on Saturday thanked India for not voting on an "anti-Israel bashing" UNHRC resolution, which sources said was a result of Tel Aviv's sustained talks with the Indian leadership over the past year. Israeli envoy to India Daniel Carmon tweeted his appreciation. "We appreciate votes by members of @UN_HRC, including #India, who did not support yet another anti Israel bashing resolution.
- PM Modi to visit five Central Asian … ANI - 51 minutes ago
New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will next week undertake a visit to five Central Asian nations and Russia, where he will participate in the BRICS and SCO Summit. "On 6th July I will begin my visit to five Central Asian nations and Russia, where I will participate in the BRICS and SCO Summit," said the Prime Minister. "My first visit will be to Uzbekistan, which is the most populous country in Central Asia.
- AI flight row: Mahesh Sharma says 'NOTAM' … ANI - 51 minutes ago
Varanasi, July 4 (ANI): Reacting to the allegations against Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Saturday said that the reason for the misunderstanding was a NOTAM (A Notice to Airmen) issued to the airport due to which the flight had to be rescheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. "We have made our stand very clear. It was a misunderstanding because the flight was pre-poned.
- Modi congratulates successful civil … IANS - 1 hour 3 minutes ago
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the successful civil services examination candidates on Saturday. "Congratulations to all those who successfully cleared the Civil Services exams and my best wishes as you begin the journey to serve the nation," the prime minister said. Women achieved the top four ranks in the civil services exam results declared by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) on Saturday.
- Real happiness will come by serving … ANI - 2 hours 34 minutes ago
New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Nidhi Gupta, who secured the third spot in the prestigious civil services exam, says real happiness for her would begin when she starts serving in the field. "I'm happy but real happiness will come when I'll be able to serve in the field. If you talk of bringing reforms to the system, then you have to be a part of the system," Gupta told ANI.
- Government efforts will continue to … ANI - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
New Delhi July 4, (ANI) In the context of agitation by the trainees of the Film and Television Institute of India, one should recall the report of the expenditure reforms commission, popularly known as the Geeta Krishnan Report, which recommended that both SRFTI and FTII be handed over to the film industry. According to sources, the Ministry, however, while not having implemented this recommendation, has been endeavouring to support these institutions to become centers of excellence and has even prepared a legislative framework towards this end. Sources said the proposal is at an advanced stage of consultation with the Ministry of HRD which has been mandated to examine proposals of all Ministries including that of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to include all three institutions under the Ministry namely FTII, SRFTI and IIMC as institutions of national importance under the existing schedule of the Central University Act, enabling them to have the requisite legislative backing for truly becoming centers of excellence.
- Eunuch leader shot dead in Ghaziaba … IANS - 1 hour 37 minutes ago
Ghaziabad, July 4 (IANS) An eunuch leader in Ghaziabad who had contested parliamentary, legislative and mayoral elections was on Saturday found murdered at her residence, police said. Daya Rani Kinnar was found on Saturday morning with a bullet hole in her head when one of her assistants went to serve her tea in her room in the house in Kaila Bhatta area. Police said Daya Rani Kinnar was the owner of extensive property, including a house, a car and jewellery, and the robbery aspect has not been ruled out.
- Lalit Modi alleges Rahul Gandhi was … IANS - 1 hour 41 minutes ago
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Former IPL chief Lalit Modi has alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra were beneficiaries during his tenure as IPL commissioner. Congress leader Ajay Maken said Lalit Modi was trying to help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
- Dawood's surrender offer was conditional, … IANS - 1 hour 57 minutes ago
Mumbai, July 4 (IANS) NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said lawyer Ram Jethmalani had contacted him over mafia don Dawood Ibrahim's readiness to surrender in the 1990s when Pawar was Maharashtra chief minister but the don had put forward conditions which were not acceptable. The conditions put forth for the surrender by the don were not acceptable to the state government and hence it was rejected, the Nationalist Congress Party president told media persons here. The incident took place when Pawar -- who then belonged to the Congress party -- was the chief minister.
- Sikkim opens crisis centre for suicide … IANS - 2 hours 1 minute ago
Gangtok, July 4 (IANS) In its bid to address the high suicide rates in the state, the Sikkim government on Saturday launched a 24X7 crisis centre-cum-suicide prevention helpline at STNM Hospital here. The facility is a collaborative effort of the departments of health, human services and family welfare under the District Mental Programme initiative. The helpline -18003453225 - was inaugurated by Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare Minister A.K. Ghatani.
- Salary hike row: 'AAP rightly abbreviated … ANI - 2 hours 2 minutes ago
New Delhi, July 4 (ANI): The Congress Party on Saturday alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has turned into Khaas Aadmi Party and have been rightly abbreviated as KHAP. "The Aam Aadmi Party has now got converted into Khaas Aadmi Party and rightly abbreviated as KHAP. This government which came and gave a signed affidavit on June 7, 2013, saying they would not accept security, would not use the houses of the state, would not use official cars, today its demands have increased," Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told ANI here.
- Syrian army, Hezbollah tighten siege … IANS - 2 hours 13 minutes ago
Damascus, July 4 (IANS) The Syrian army, backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah, tightened the siege on the rebels in the rebel-held city of Zabadani, close to the Lebanese border, the Syrian official TV said on Saturday. The military forces inflicted hefty losses on the rebels in Zabadani, where the Syrian forces and Hezbollah launched a major offensive earlier on Saturday to drive out the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and likeminded groups from that key city near the Lebanese borders. The wide-scale offensive on Zabadani, in the western part of the rugged Qalamoun region, came after the Syrian forces and allied fighters tightened the siege on the rebels there, the TV said.
- Debate on wording context of Iran n-deal … IANS - 2 hours 13 minutes ago
Tehran, July 4 (IANS) Negotiators of Iran, European Union (EU) and the US on Saturday ended a marathon debate on wording the context of a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme, a media report said.
- Ensure fair probe into St.Stephen's … IANS - 2 hours 13 minutes ago
New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) The HRD ministry on Saturday asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to look into the case of alleged sexual harassment of a research scholar by a St.Stephen's College lecturer. It also asked for an impartial inquiry by the institute's Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) "The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry decided to step in the wake of the girl expressing apprehensions about the action being taken by the institute's ICC," ministry official told IANS.
- Maharashtra: NCP lawmaker leads attack … IANS - 2 hours 15 minutes ago
Solapur (Maharashtra), July 4 (IANS) In a bizarre incident, a Maharashtra lawmaker and thousands of his supporters attacked a police station in Mohol town of Solapur district on Saturday afternoon. According to a police official M. N. Jadhav of Solapur Control, the local Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Ramesh Kadam, accompanied by more than 3,000 supporters, led a noisy procession, to 'surrender' at the Mohol police station. On his part, Kadam issued advertisements in the local media and circulated messages on social networking sites about his decision to 'surrender' which attracted hundreds of supporters joining the procession this afternoon.
- Calcutta University assault: Governor … IANS - 2 hours 19 minutes ago
Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) In the wake of Calcutta University (CU) vice chancellor Suranjan Das demanding action in the assault on university teachers, West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi on Saturday urged the stakeholders to resolve the issue through dialogue. Das, who along with a section of teaching and non-teaching staff were assaulted on Wednesday allegedly by the members of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), on Friday said it would be 'untenable' for him to continue, if the state government did not take action. "The vice-chancellor has expressed his opinion.
- Saudi-led coalition continues to pound … IANS - 2 hours 27 minutes ago
Sanaa, July 4 (IANS) The Saudi-led coalition forces continued airstrikes on military targets in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Saturday. Local residents said the airstrikes began midnight Friday and lasted till Saturday dawn, hitting several military sites and air defence bases in Sanaa, Xinhua news agency reported. The airstrikes hit an ammunition depot in Saref area in northern Sanaa, triggering a series of powerful explosions that shook residential neighbourhoods for more than two hours.
- BJP ally RLSP not invited to NDA meet … IANS - 2 hours 29 minutes ago
Patna, July 4 (IANS) Ahead of the Bihar assembly polls, BJP ally RLSP was on Saturday not invited to a meeting of the NDA in Patna, an RLSP spokesperson said. The Bharatiya Janata Party invited its other ally, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and its chief, union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, for the meeting.