China's first lady Peng Liyuan visits Tagore International School in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): The first lady of China, Peng Liyuan on Thursday visited Tagore International School, in Vasant Vihar area of Delhi and witnessed various cultural programmes performed by the school students. The Chinese President's wife was visibly delighted to witness the cultural acts performed by the students showcasing various dance and art forms, highlighting the cultural ethos of India. Later, she left her impression by scripting a message for students in Chinese calligraphy. Earlier today, she visited Rajghat along with her husband Xi Jinping where they both paid homage at the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Sep 18, 2014

SC asks reply from Government on transparency in CVC appointment

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): The Supreme Court has asked a reply from the Central Government regarding transparency in appointment of CVCs by the government. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that the Court sought an answer as to why appointments were being made by a limited number of people and opportunity not reaching the general population as a whole. He added that the next hearing will be held on October 14 and till then no appointments will be made. Sep 18, 2014

Politicos on Sushil Modi's remark on Yogi Adityanath

New Delhi, Sept 18 (ANI): Political leaders on Thursday reacted over senior Bihar BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi's remark on BJP leader Yogi Adityanath. Sushil Modi reiterated the party line on "love jihad" but nuanced it - distancing the state unit from the Yogi Adityanath-style of rhetoric and promising to give "a good number" of tickets to Muslims in next year's Assembly elections. He said that if Yogi Adityanath spoke in Bihar like he did in UP, they would have contradicted him. Sep 18, 2014

BJP slams Congress for publishing booklet on Modi Govt's 100 days

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): The BJP slammed the Congress for publishing a booklet on 100 days of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and calling the 100 days as a failure. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it would have been better if they would have published book on 10 years of Congress and if they are getting happiness by doing such things, they may continue to do so. BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that what BJP has done in 100 days, Congress failed to do in 10 years. Sep 18, 2014

Hema Malini says widows from other states should not crowd Mathura, faces flak

New Delhi, Sept 18 (ANI): BJP leader Hema Malini on Thursday faced criticism for her remark that widows from Bengal and Bihar should not crowd Vrindavan, the holy city in Uttar Pradesh and home to thousands of destitute women. On a visit to her parliamentary constituency Mathura, of which Vrindavan is a part, she said there are already 40,000 widows in Vrindavan and there was no room to accommodate more. Sep 18, 2014

Jinping arrives in Delhi post private dinner with PM Modi at riverfront

Ahmedabad, Sep 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a private dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad after which Jinping arrived in New Delhi. Modi, Xi and other dignitaries visited the riverfront, which was Modi's pet project when he was chief minister of Gujarat. The site was decked up with colourful lighting and fountains for the rare occasion and artistes performed traditional dance to entertain the dignitaries. The private dinner was attended by limited number of guests, probably five persons from each side, where traditional Gujarati food was served. After the dinner, Xi left for New Delhi to have meeting with Modi, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and other leaders. Sep 18, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping receives ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping was given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday. Jinping was received in a grand welcome ceremony followed by the Guard of Honour. He then met President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers including Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jinping arrived in New Delhi Wednesday night after a private dinner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat. Sep 18, 2014

Flood fury in Kashmir leaves migrants stranded

Srinagar/Kathua, Sep 18 (ANI): Migrants hailing from Gujarat cried out for help as widespread mayhem caused by floods in Jammu and Kashmir has left many stranded. Residents stranded for days by the floodwaters said that the army has selectively evacuated tourists and people according to a pre-set priority list, leaving locals to be rescued later by volunteers. Migrant workers and poor people say they are all still struggling for basic amenities like safe drinking water, food packets and blankets. A woman migrant, Geeta, living in a makeshift hut inside a camp set up by paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF), said they had nowhere to go since their houses submerged in flood waters. Deputy Inspector General of BSF, Vikas Chandra, said they are in the process of shifting migrants back to Gujarat. Sep 18, 2014

No control by China on LAC, Jinping's visit focused on economic ties: China Affairs Expert

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Expert on Chinese Affairs, Srikanth Kondapalli said on Thursday that the People's Liberation Army are sending signal to civilian leaders not to have any fruitful talks on border disputes between China and India. He further said that there is hardly any civilian control at Line of Actual Control areas. He added that Jinping's visit is mainly focused on economic ties between India and China. Sep 18, 2014

Xi Jinping pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping paid homage at the mausoleum of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on Thursday (September 18) followed by his wife Peng Liyuan. Xi Jinping was accompanied by HRD Minister Smriti Irani to the Rajghat where he laid a wreath at Gandhi's memorial. He then wrote a few words in the guest book at Rajghat and was presented with a few books on Mahatma Gandhi along with a model of 'charkha'. Jinping is on a three day visit to India which started with his arrival in Ahmedabad on September 17. China and India have signed three agreements to boost trade and set up an industrial park. Sep 18, 2014

Xi Jinping meets EAM Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi. Jinping held talks with Swaraj in the presence of a delegation of both Indian and Chinese leaders at the meeting. The Chinese President will soon be holding a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi followed by delegation level talks. Sep 18, 2014

Security experts on fresh Chinese incursions

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Security expert Alok Bansal commenting on the fresh Chinese incursions on Thursday said that both the countries have been patrolling in their line of actual control, hence there has been no overlap and such issues should not be brought up when cordial talks are going between the leaders of the two countries. However, another security expert Uday Bhaskar said that the border disputes between the two countries is a very serious issue and the two countries should try solving the issue objectively. Sep 18, 2014

Xi Jinping meets PM Narendra Modi delegation level talks underway

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Modi is expected to raise issues of China’s incursions into Ladakh. Both leaders are also expected to ink several agreements, including on infrastructure and railways. Jinping is on a three day visit to India which started with his arrival in Ahmedabad on September 17. Sep 18, 2014

Issues of substance already raised at highest level with China: MEA

New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Thursday said that issues of substance have already been raised at the highest level with Chinese leadership. He assured that all issues of concern including recent Chinese incursions will be raised today and the outcome will also be soon observed. Akbaruddin further said that the Foreign Ministry will work to pursue areas of cooperation between India and China. Sep 18, 2014

Arunachal's Solung Festival Celebrated With Pomp And Gaiety

Arunachal Pradesh,New Delhi, Sep 18 (ANI): A large number of people, including students and politicians from the Northeast residing in the capital came together at the Constitution Club to celebrate the harvest festival of the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh- Solung. Dressed in colorful attires, artists presented various traditional dances to mark the festival. Union Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and DoNER minister General (Rtd.) VK Singh, who attended the event along with other Members of Parliament, emphasized on the need to showcase the rich culture of the northeast in other parts. Sep 18, 2014