Need to change image from Scam India to Skill India: PM

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Lok Sabha speech on Wednesday stressed on skill development in the nation. He said that India should be removed from its image of ‘Scam India’ to ‘Skill India’. He stated that we are a young nation as compared to our neighbouring country China. He also said that having a certificate is not enough unless we have skills. Jun 11, 2014

North-East must be promoted, soil health cards can be given to farmers: PM

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Lok Sabha speech on Wednesday stressed upon the promotion of north-eastern states, especially Sikkim, in terms of organic productivity. Modi stated that north-east can play an important role in world organic market by manufacturing organic products. He also added that just like soil health cards are given to farmers in Gujarat, they can be given to farmers all over the nation so that they know their soil well and do not make any extra expenses. Modi also said that technology should be implemented in agriculture and research should be done on pulses. Jun 11, 2014

One must follow Gandhis principles, development should become a movement: PM

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Lok Sabha speech on Wednesday praised Mahatma Gandhi for his spirit of fighting in the freedom struggle. Modi said that just like Gandhiji had turned the freedom struggle into a movement, we should also perceive development as a movement. He also said that we should start planning for the celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Jun 11, 2014

R R Patil's clarification on his controversial women safety remark

Mumbai, June 11 (ANI): Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Wednesday said that his remark on women safety was twisted. Earlier, Patil had said that even if the government provides one policeman for every house, crime against women can't be stopped. Jun 11, 2014

Amused by NSUI's protest against FYUP, says Smriti Irani

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that she is amused by National Students Union of India (NSUI) protesting for the removal of Four Year University Program (FYUP) from Delhi University (DU), as it was the Congress government that brought this particular program into force. The NSUI members had earlier today staged a protest regarding this issue in front of Irani's residence. Jun 11, 2014

RR Patil says even a cop in every house can't stop crimes against women, BJP reacts

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): When the nation is debating the issue of women's sa'ety, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil’s insensitive remark that even if the government provides one policeman for every house, crime against women can't be stopped sparked a new controversy. Patil made the statement in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, while replying to the opposition's charge that women are feeling unsafe in the current regime. He also said that the rise in rape cases are a result of downslide of moral values. Reacting over this, BJP slammed Patil for this bizarre comment. Jun 11, 2014

Arun Jaitley says Lt Gen Suhag's appointment as Army Chief is final

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag's appointment as next Army Chief to be final. His statement came when senior Congress leader Anand Sharma raised the issue of tweet messages against Army Chief-designate Suhag by Gen (Retd) VK Singh. Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha that the previous UPA government had made the appointment few weeks ago and it is a practice that some issues should be kept outside the "realm of inter-party politics". He said the matter should not be raised directly or indirectly. Jun 11, 2014

Sushma Swaraj flags off Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Wednesday flagged off the annual Hindu pilgrimage, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, to the holy Lake Mansarovar in Tibet, the water of which is believed to cleanse all sins according to Hindus. Mansarovar Lake and the flanking Mount Kailash, which is the highest mountain in Tibet at 22,022 feet, are revered by Hindus as the abode of their god Shiva. Annually, pilgrims come from all over the subcontinent to take ceremonial baths in the lake water. The pilgrimage-route is considered prone to earthquakes and landslides. Jun 11, 2014

Beaches of south offer respite from rising mercury

Visakhapatnam, June 11 (ANI): The blistering summer sun continues to sizzle life in south compelling families to rush to beaches to beat the heat and enjoy the coolness of the sea waves. The delay and the sluggish pace of the monsoons ensures no respite from the heat for most parts of the country for some time to come. As mercury points northwards in Andhra Pradesh, the intense heat leaves people sick and residents now flock towards the beach for a respite from the discomfort and to enjoy the cold waves splashing on the shore. A doctor, Sunita Sen, visiting the beach in Vishakhapatnam offered some sound advice to remain healthy this season. May and June are usually the hottest months of the year in India with temperatures often in the range of 42 to 47 degrees Celsius at many places. Jun 11, 2014

Indefinite strike hits India-Bangladesh trade

Agartala, June 11 (ANI): Trade between India and Bangladesh have come to a complete standstill due to an indefinite shutdown called by Indian Exporters-Importers Association of Tripura (EIAT), demanding development of infrastructure at the trade post in Tripura. The EIAT has demanded immediate construction of parking facilities as state authorities have stopped allowing vehicles to park at the Akhaura Integrated Check Post (ICP). Jun 11, 2014

Power crisis in Delhi triggers political blame game

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): The acute power crisis in New Delhi turned into a political blame game on Wednesday with BJP blaming previous government for the ordeal that long spell of power cuts have brought to the residents as temperature in the city touched 47 degrees Celsius. A BJP leader, Mahesh Giri, blamed the former government of Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) for the lack of a contingency power plan. Jun 11, 2014

Rahul meets women wing of Congress, pitches for empowerment

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday met members of women wing, All India Mahila Congress (AIMC), and discussed issues of women empowerment and their representation in the elections. The meeting is the first one after the mammoth general election. AIMC's President, Shobha Ojha, said Gandhi urged the members to work towards increase in women participation in decision making. Jun 11, 2014

Greenpeace Foundation rejects Intelligence Bureau's allegations

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): The Greenpeace Foundation on Wednesday refuted allegations of negatively impacting the economic growth of the country, leveled by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in its report submitted to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Bharti Sinha, Communications Director of Greenpeace Foundation, said that Greenpeace has been active in India for the past ten years. It has supported and fought for the people whose voices have been subdued. She further said that Greenpeace has never targeted any specific corporations and can explain this point if given a chance by the government. Jun 11, 2014

Sushma Swaraj lists out faults of UPA government in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday listed out ten faults of the UPA government in the Lok Sabha. She further said that people wanted change in the leadership and therefore they chose Narendra Modi as their Prime Minister. Jun 11, 2014

Shoe factory catches fire in Agra

Agra, June 11 (ANI): Firefighters struggled to control the raging fire which engulfed a shoe factory in Uttar Pradesh's Agra city. The third floor of a shoe factory, which caught fire in Agra, was brought under control by Wednesday morning. Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the blaze. Jun 11, 2014