Japan PM hosts tea for Modi in traditional style

Tokyo, Sep 01 (ANI): Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on Monday hosted a traditional tea for his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in Tokyo ahead of summit-level talks. Modi and others sat on their knees in the typical Japanese manner while sipping the herbal tea at Akasaka Palace. Modi, on his first major foreign visit since a landslide election win in May, arrived on Saturday (August 30) for a five-day trip aimed at capitalizing on a personal affinity with Abe to bolster security and business ties in the face of an assertive China. India hopes to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during Modi’s visit, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country. Sep 1, 2014

Brangelina pay 120K pounds to locals to flee honeymooning Malta Island

New Delhi, September 01 (ANI): Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are reportedly planning to spend their honeymoon in Malta, recently paid 120K pounds to locals to leave Malta Island. The Hollywood duo want to spend some time alone as they shoot for their raunchy blockbuster in Malta, a leading daily reported. A source spilled the beans saying that a lot of people had agreed to leave the island so that the couple could have some privacy and 120,000 pounds was a very alluring offer. Business owners have agreed to leave the island of Gozo while Angelina and Brad enjoy their honeymoon and shoot for their new flick 'By The Sea'. Sep 1, 2014

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe joint press conference: Highlights Part 1

Tokyo, Sept 1 (ANI): On Day 3 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan, a press conference was held by Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the delegation level talks. In a big boost to India's focus on building infrastructure, Japan has promised to invest $33.58 billion in India. The investment will be directed primarily at finance, infrastructure projects and building of smart cities. Sep 1, 2014

Al Pacino claims 'depression is in all of us'

New Delhi, September 01 (ANI): Al Pacino has opened up about depression and has claimed that it's ominous and is in everyone. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he admitted that he is depressed sometimes, as certain things make him sad, but he doesn't know about it, and added that depression is ominous and everyone can relate to it. He added that people get into depression and its "terrifying", and even confessed that he has come close to it a few times, but feels lucky and spared that it wasn't so "deep". He further added that he took up the role in 'The Humbling' as he is familiar with depression and found similarities with the character. Sep 1, 2014

Issue of missing persons remains unresolved after long March

Quetta, Sep 01: Hoping to seek justice for disappeared persons in Balochistan, 72-year-old Mama Qadeer travelled more than 2,000 kms on foot along with a group of Baloch women and men from Quetta to Islamabad. He submitted a memorandum to the UN country office in Islamabad demanding an investigation of missing persons, target killings and involvement of agencies in heinous crimes in Balochistan. However, the Long March, supported by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, failed to bring any respite on incidents of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons continues to struggle for the safe release of over 18,000 Baloch activists who are currently being illegally detailed by Pakistani forces. Sep 1, 2014

Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war

Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care. Duration: 02:44 Sep 1, 2014

Politicos react as Modi govt completes 100 days' office

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday reacted as Narendra Modi-led BJP government completed its 100 days' office. Modi was sworn-in as prime minister of India on May 26 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said that the Modi-led government had disappointed the people of the nation. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that Modi's government has failed to deliver its promises to the people. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that BJP has a fixed goal to achieve after coming to power. Sep 1, 2014

Around 18 people arrested for gambling in Delhi's 5 star hotel

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Delhi Additional Commissioner of Police SBS Tyagi on Monday said that they have arrested around 18 people for gambling in a 5-star hotel, Le Meridian of Delhi. Tyagi said that 2 people had booked the suite and the rest 16 who were guests were not checked for their identity by the hotel authorities. He further said that this was a security lapse from the part of the hotel and that actions can be taken against them for the same. Tyagi further informed that all the people were from tran-jamuna area of the national capital and were not so high-profile. Sep 1, 2014

Fresh clashes in Islamabad intensifies pressure on PM Sharif to resign

Islamabad, Sep 01 (ANI): Pakistani protesters wielding sticks and throwing stones clashed with police in the centre of Islamabad on Monday after weeks of demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turned violent over the weekend. Despite heavy rain, crowds of protesters tried to break through police lines to push their way to the prime minister's residence. Police responded by firing teargas. Some also broke into the PTV national television's headquarters in Islamabad. A crowd of men stormed into the building after breaking through its gate. Protests led by politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri erupted last month and descended into deadly confrontation on Saturday (August 30), with at least three people killed in clashes with police. Sep 1, 2014

Situation in Pak indicates Imran Khan and Qadri only hungry for seat: Waiel Awwad

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Talking about the situation in Pakistan and political crisis in the country, Senior Journalist Dr. Waiel Awwad said that the situation only indicates that Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri are hungry for seats and that they want to bring down the civil government. Awwad also said that the situation has gone out of control and that Army needs to step in now. This came after the protesters stormed the PTV national television's headquarters, but later vacated the place when they were called back by the protest leaders. Sep 1, 2014

Gurutsav an essay competition, facts are being distorted: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday clarified the controversial renaming of Teachers' Day to Gurutsav. Irani said that Gurutsav is an essay competition being organized by the Education Ministry and added that the real facts are being distorted. She also said that the competition is about an appreciation by the present and past students to their teachers. Sep 1, 2014

Coal scam: SC should look into each block allotment case by case, says Majid Memon

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Ahead of the hearing on the coal scam in the Supreme Court, senior advocate Majid Memon on Monday said the apex court will have to undertake an exercise of finding out each block allotment case by case. The Supreme Court had earlier declared that all allocations made by the Screening Commission and the government between 1992 and 2009 as illegal and arbitrary. The Supreme Court had deemed more than 200 allocations to be illegal. The Supreme Court had scheduled a hearing on the first of September to decide on those allocations where the mining work has already begun. It may be mentioned that a CAG report on coal block allocation had stated that nearly 150 coalfields were allotted to private and state-run firms without transparency and objectivity between 2005 and 2009. Sep 1, 2014

Mixed reactions flow as Rajnath says no white flag for Pak if ceasefire continues

New Delhi, Sep 01 (ANI): Mixed political reactions flowed on Monday as Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a statement that India will not be ready for any friendly relations or talks until Pakistan stops violating the ceasefire along the Indo-Pak international border. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the government does not have a policy for Pakistan and the Home Minister should clarify as to what he means by his statement. SP leader Naresh Agarwal slammed the government for showing softness towards Pak by inviting Nawaz Sharif to PM Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. NCP leader Majid Memon welcomed the statement saying that Rajnath Singh has taken the correct decision and it will warn Pak. BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi said that Pakistan should understand that friendship and enmity cannot go hand in hand. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that Singh has sent the correct message to Pakistan and added that it should be strictly followed. Sep 1, 2014

Jaitley criticizes CBI for raking up old issues, politicos react

New Delhi, Sept 1 (ANI): Finance minister Arun Jaitley has criticized the CBI for resurrecting a disinvestment case that's more than a decade old, saying such actions could damage the country's overall investment climate. The first information report (FIR) in the case against former disinvestment secretary Pradip Baijal and others in the sale of Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel in Udaipur in 2002 has recently been filed. He further said that if 12 years later an FIR is registered, it hurts governance because it lowers the confidence of the civil servants to take decisions. Sep 1, 2014