GN Staff | September 23, 2015
Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that his party MLA Somnath Bharti is becoming an 'embarrassment' for the party and his family.
Asking Bharti to surrender, Kejriwal tweeted on Wednesday, "Somnath should surrender. Why is he running away? Why is he so scared of going to jail? Now he is becoming an embarrassment for party and his family. He should co-operate with police." The former law minister is accused in a case of attempt to murder and domestic violence lodged by his estranged wife, Lipika Mitra.
Modi kickstarts his week-long visit to Ireland, US
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday kickstarted his week long visit to Ireland and the United States amid his confidence that his visit will help further deepen ties with these two countries. Modi's day-long visit to Ireland will be the first by an Indian prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru visited Dublin in 1956. Modi will leave for New York in the evening where he will address a UN Sustainable Development Summit and participate in a Summit on peacekeeping being hosted by US President Barack Obama. The prime minister will also be meeting several world leaders and have interactions with leading investors and financial sector firms. There will be a working dinner where major Fortune-500 companies will be present to deliberate on investment opportunities in India.
23rd September: He will commence his week-day trip by landing in Ireland. The visit to the Ireland by an Indian prime minister has come after a gap of almost 60 years.
24th September: PM will leave for the United States. He is likely to meet students of Wharton University in New York the same evening.
24th September: Members of Patel community plan to take out a peaceful rally from Indian High Commission to the United Nations headquarters in New York.
25th September: PM will deliver the UN Climate change speech at 10:15pm (12:45pm local time).
26th September: PM will visit TESLA office in San Francisco.
Post 26th Saturday midnight: PM will meet eminent businessmen- Akash and Kritika in San Francisco.
27th September: At 10 pm IST (9:30am Local time), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to host Q&A with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
28th September: 6am IST(5:30pm local time): PM to hold Madison square-style event at the SAP Centre in San Jose where he will address the Indian Community .
28th September: PM will meet US President Barack Obama in New York.
Make in India interactive meeting in New York tomorrow
India is all set to launch version 2.0 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship 'Make in India' initiative to turn around the nation's manufacturing sector. While the first level focused on easing processes to help businesses, the next one is aimed at turning it into "a people's movement", on the lines of the Swadeshi movement. On the completion of one year of the 'Make in India' programme, Modi will be holding an interactive session with top global CEOs, including of Ford Motor, Lockheed Martin, IBM, PepsiCo, Du Pont, Merck & Co, Qualcomm and Abbott in New York on September 24. The idea behind the meeting is to understand and address the concerns of global companies on policy issues .
Want to strengthen, not break India, says Owaisi
Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said he doesn't want to break the country but wants to strengthen it, while fighting rights and development of his community. "I don't want to break the country, I want to strengthen it. I want to show Muslims are respected and first class citizens of the country," said Owaisi. Speaking after giving away educational kits to students of government-run Urdu medium schools at the party headquarters Darusalam, Owaisi said he was fighting for rights and justice. "I want to eradicate poverty among Muslims and for this I want to see the girls and boys are educated," he said.
Sensex and Nifty slip on weak global cues
The S&P BSE Sensex slipped over 200 points in trade on Wednesday following Asian markets which were trading lower after weak factory survey from China fuelled fears of an entrenched global economic slowdown. At 9.20 am the 30-share index traded at 25,452, down 201 points or 0.78 per cent. It touched a high of 25,526.53 and a low of 25,386.48 in morning trade. The 50-share Nifty index broke below its crucial psychological support level of 7,800, and was now trading around its crucial level of 7,750, weighed down by losses in Pharma, auto, capital goods, metal, realty, and power stocks.
Beef ban in J&K creates discord between PDP and BJP
The issue of beef ban in Jammu and Kashmir has created a divide between the ruling coalition partners. PDP said consumption of beef will continue to be allowed in the state notwithstanding the directive of the J&K high court for implementing a ban even as BJP said the sentiments of Hindus should be respected in the larger national interest without any provocation.
Hurriyat hawk Geelani's passport suspended ahead of US visit
The passport of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been suspended for four weeks to preempt him from flying to New York for an event where he was likely to have spoken against India. The government action came in the wake of reports that the hardline Hurriyat faction leader was planning to travel to New York to attend the annual meeting of Foreign Ministers of member states of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Kashmir Contact Group beginning September 27. He was recently issued a short-term passport.
Gujarat effect in Kerala: State Tamil Brahmins seek minority status
The Kerala Brahmana Sabha (KBS), which represents the sizeable Tamil Brahmin population in Kerala, is planning an agitation to press for minority status for the state’s Tamil Brahmins. The KBS is in consultations with Gujarat’s Patel quota stir leader Hardik Patel to firm up the agitation plan. A two-day State conference of the KBS in Palakkad from October 3 will formally endorse the demand for minority status.
Habeas corpus petition filed over Hardik Patel's 'disappearance'
A habeas corpus petition was filed in the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday, seeking the producing of Hardik Patel before the court. The Gujarat Police on Tuesday claimed that Hardik Patel “disappeared” from a meeting in north Gujarat. “The police claim that he escaped the police and disappeared but we are apprehending that the police have arrested him and is not disclosing,” said a key member of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), the outfit Hardik floated to launch agitation seeking reservation benefits for the dominant Patel community in Gujarat.
Telecom operators oppose penalty for call drops
Telecom operators have dismissed the government's call for penalising telcos for dropped calls and dismal mobile coverage, and have exhorted the sector regulator not to make such compensation to customers mandatory. "Compensation to the consumer for call drops is not the correct approach and will not solve the problem," the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), said on Tuesday, in a hardhitting response to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), which had earlier this month floated a consultation paper and sought industry views on compensating customers for dropped calls.
Modi directs ministers to create buzz around Swachh Bharat Mission on anniversary
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed his ministers to create a buzz around Swachh Bharat Mission as the project completes a year on October 2. Modi has formed a team of ministers to plan a 17-day anniversary celebration between September 25 and October 11. The first year anniversary of the cleanliness initiative would see a whirlwind of activity including an ad blitzkrieg, walkathons in states, awards to best performing cities and events with high profile ambassadors of Swachch Bharat Mission.
FTII students ready for talks with center today
Fresh round of talks between the Centre and striking FTII students may be held today with the protesters saying they were ready to meet Information and Broadcasting Ministry officials at the institute's campus on Wednesday. The ministry had asked the students' body to suggest a date for a dialogue with them to call off the strike, which entered the 104th day today, bringing academic activity on the campus to a standstill.
How much time do Indians spend talking on phone? It is on average 761 minutes per month, according to a new report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The telecom regulator released its report, titled ‘The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators: July-Septemb
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The committee of experts appointed by the supreme court to deliberate with the stakeholders on the new farm laws held its first meeting here Tuesday, with one of its members saying that all stakeholders, including individual farmers, will be heard. Hearing a petition on the farm laws enacted
The nationwide vaccination campaign launched Saturday, the largest such exercise in the world, has started setting new benchmarks, with vaccines administered to 2,24,301 beneficiaries in the first two days. “India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 v
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