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  • Air Force One: The plane that carries the US President and can launch a nuclear attack January 20, 2015

    United States President Barack Obama will visit India to attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest on January 26. The special aircraft, Air Force One of the 'The Flying White House' that carries the President the United States is a customized Boeing 747-200B Jumbo and has a bomb...
  • President cautions Centre against ordinance route January 19, 2015

    New Delhi: With the Modi government opting for ordinances eight times in as many months, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday cautioned against the "ordinance route" being taken for normal legislations. Ordinances are meant for specific purpose "to meet an extraordinary situation under extraordinary circumstances",...
  • Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo attended 'Selma' screening at the White House hosted by President Obama January 17, 2015

    Los Angeles: US President Barack Obama hosted a private screening of the historical drama film 'Selma' at the White House. It was attended by a string of celebrities. Guests at the Friday night screening included media mogul Oprah Winfrey, hip-hop artist Common, director Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo (who plays Martin Luther...
  • Bangladesh gets its first Hindu Chief Justice in SK Sinha January 12, 2015

    Dhaka: Justice SK Sinha was on Monday appointed Chief Justice of Bangladesh to become the first Hindu to hold the highest judicial post in the Muslim-majority country. President Mohammad Abdul Hamid appointed Sinha, the senior most judge of the apex court, as its Chief Justice who will have a term of...
  • Steps should be taken defend territorial integrity: President January 10, 2015

    New Delhi: India should take all steps to ensure internal and external security and territorial integrity, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday expressing serious concern over repeated ceasefire violations on LoC and recent incursions off the coastal line. He also said the scourge of Left-Wing extremism should be tackled through...
  • Maithripala Sirisena trounces Mahinda Rajapaksa, sworn in as Sri Lankan President January 9, 2015

    Colombo: In a stunning verdict, Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. Hours after the results were declared, 63-year-old Sirisena, who...
  • Governor's rule imposed in J&K as BJP, PDP fail to form government January 9, 2015

    Jammu/New Delhi: Governor's rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday with the PDP, which emerged as the single-largest party, and BJP failing to cobble up the required number to form the government, triggering a blame game among political parties. The decision came a day after Governor NN Vohra submitted...
  • Maithripala Sirisena to be sworn-in as Sri Lanka's new President on today January 9, 2015

    Colombo: Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan President-elect, will be sworn-in on Friday evening following his stunning victory in the tightest-ever presidential race that ended the 10-year-rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the swearing in ceremony will be held at 6 PM in the Independence Monument in Colombo. "The new...
  • Sri Lanka voting ends with high turn out; incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces tough test January 8, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankans on Thursday voted in large numbers in the bitterly contested presidential election in which incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa is seeking a record third term against his friend-turned-foe Maithripala Sirisena, with an unusually high voter turnout in Tamil and Muslim areas. Election officials estimated more than 65-70 per cent voting...
  • Kolkata: Presidency University student dies of suspected drug overdose January 4, 2015

    Kolkata: A Presidency College student was found dead in a mysterious condition on Sunday. The student and her room mate were found unconscious on Sunday morning after police opened the door of the room, they were staying as paying guests, under Muchipara police station in central part of the city,...
  • Fear and joy as Alabama town readies for screenings of film 'Selma' January 4, 2015

    Residents of Selma, Alabama, will next week be offered free screenings of 'Selma,' a Golden Globe-nominated film some locals welcome as the telling of an important civil rights-era story while others fear it could harm the downtrodden city's image. The film, which portrays events surrounding civil rights protests in the town...
  • President questioned government's urgency before signing Ordinance on Land Bill: Sources January 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Though the government cleared the ordinance on the Land Acquisition Bill with the approval of Pranab Mujherjee, sources say that the President questioned the Centre over the hurry in the matter. According to sources, the President even communicated to Unions ministers that it would have been better if the...
  • President wishes nation on New Year's eve December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday greeted the country on New Year's eve and urged people to dedicate 2015 to create an "inclusive society" and promote "tolerance and understanding" among all communities. "I extend warm greetings and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. Let 2015 be a...
  • West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee warns TMC leaders, workers against anti-party activity December 30, 2014

    Kharagpur: Beset with rising group rivalries and airing of individual opinions by some party leaders, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday issued a strong warning to the leaders against anti-party activities, reminding them that "no individual is above the party". "We will not accept...
  • President's Rule in Assam unacceptable: Congress December 28, 2014

    Guwahati: The Assam Congress on Sunday said the Opposition and some other organisations' demand for imposing President's Rule in the state following the recent NDFB killings is unacceptable. State Congress president Anjan Dutta told mediapersons that law and order situation in Assam was controlled only after the Congress came to power...
  • Bharat Ratna: The country's highest civilian award December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian award instituted in 1954, is given in recognition of exceptional service, performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for this award. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee undergoes angioplasty at Army hospital December 13, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday underwent a heart procedure as doctors at the Army's Research and Referral hospital installed a coronary stent in his artery to remove a blockage. Mukherjee, 79, was taken to the hospital in the morning after he complained of stomach problems and related ailments. Doctors...
  • Afghan president played key role in Modi-Sharif handshake: Nepalese Foreign Minister November 30, 2014

    Kathmandu: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other SAARC leaders played a key role in bringing together Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif for a handshake that ended their cold vibes at the recent SAARC summit, Nepal's foreign minister said on Sunday. "Nepal was making efforts not only...
  • Watch: Cyrus Broacha in an interview with HRD Minister Smriti Irani November 29, 2014

    HRD Minister recently met an astrologer who has predicted that Smriti Irani's fate leads her to Rashtapati Bhawan. ...
  • DRDO chief Avinash Chander to retire on November 30, to continue on contract November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: India's premier defence and research organisation DRDO's chief Dr Avinash Chander will retire on November 30 but will continue to occupy the position on a contractual basis till May, 2016. "The President is pleased to retire Dr Avinash Chander, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development (DOB: 06.11.1950), in...
  • Hockey India doesn't need Terry Walsh: Narinder Batra November 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) president Narinder Batra Tuesday clearly stated that they do not require the services of former men's team chief coach Terry Walsh and will start their search for a replacement "with approval of SAI". This move from Batra comes just as Walsh expressed his willingness to continue...
  • Turkish president rounds on feminists, says men and women not equal November 25, 2014

    Istanbul: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting on women's rights on Monday that gender equality was contrary to nature and said feminists did not recognize the value of motherhood. Erdogan, whose conservative, Islamist ideology frequently raises hackles in more liberal segments of Turkish society, said women's "delicate" nature meant it...
  • Smriti Irani fumes as media has a field day over her visit to astrologer November 24, 2014

    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani is upset after the media showcased her visit to an astrologer who predicted that she would be the next Indian President. ...
  • Hillary Clinton would be a great president: Obama November 23, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama today said Hillary Clinton would be a formidable Democratic candidate and a great president if she decided to run for the 2016 election. Clinton, the former Secretary of State and the former First Lady, is widely expected to run for the 2016 presidential election, but hasn't...
  • Vladimir Putin says he will not be Russia's president for life November 23, 2014

    Moscow: Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia's president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution. Putin did not rule out running for a fourth term in 2018, which would extend his time in office through 2024. He said staying beyond that, however, would be...
  • Mamata dares Centre to impose President's rule, arrest her November 22, 2014

    Kolkata: A day after the arrest of an MP of her party in connection with the Saradah scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday launched a blistering attack against the Modi government, accusing it of "selective vendetta" against her and the party and dared the Centre to impose...
  • FIFA lodges criminal complaint re 2018 and 2022 World Cups November 18, 2014

    Zurich: World soccer's governing body FIFA on Tuesday lodged a criminal complaint over the "possible misconduct of individual persons" in connection with the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Last Thursday FIFA said there were no grounds to reopen the controversial bidding processes, following a long-awaited...
  • MS Dhoni's stand on Gurunath Meiyappan contradicted by report November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stand that Gurunath Meiyappan was a "mere cricket enthusiast" supporting Chennai Super Kings has been contradicted by the Justice Mudgal IPL probe committee report. The report, which was partly made public on Monday, has said that investigations have confirmed that Meiyappan was a team...
  • Saradha scam accused Kunal Ghosh released from hospital, taken back to jail November 16, 2014

    Kolkata: Suspended Trinamool Congress MP and Saradha scam accused Kunal Ghosh, who allegedly tried to commit suicide in the Presidency Correctional Home and was admitted to state-run SSKM Hospital, was on Sunday discharged and taken back to the jail. Police sources said that the process of Ghosh's transfer back to the...
  • Hindi a symbol of social and cultural unity of India: President November 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Describing Hindi as the symbol of social and cultural unity of India, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the language has a significant role in connecting the government and the people. "In a vast country like India, where many languages are spoken, Hindi has its own special position. It...