Traders bank on business-friendly PM Modi for revival of diamond industry

Surat, June 05 (ANI): Traders in Gujarat pinned hopes on business-friendly Prime Minister Narendra Modi for revival of diamond industry. Diamond traders said that they were hopeful that their concerns of turnover taxes and relief packages for diamond workers will be addressed by the Modi-led government. Shortage of labour is affecting cutting and polishing jobs in Surat's diamond industry and the skyrocketing prices of raw diamonds is a key factor leading to thousands of workers moving away from the diamond industry to other businesses. Jun 5, 2014

Modi's decision to talk in Hindi language with foreign leaders gets welcoming reactions

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to talk in Hindi language with the foreign leaders got welcoming reactions on Thursday. Former Indian Ambassador to US Naresh Chandra said that this is a welcoming step. He said that this will make foreign nations understand that this is Modi's national language and he is proud of it. SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also praised Modi for the same. Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also welcomed the step and said that many leaders use their regional language for meetings and therefore there is nothing wrong in the same. Jun 5, 2014

Customers head towards jewellery shops in Jaipur as gold nears four-month low

Jaipur, June 05 (ANI): Prices of gold in India touched rupees 26, 639 per 10 grams on Thursday, the lowest since February, attracting a sizeable number of people who wanted to invest in the precious metal. People in Jaipur rushed to buy gold which is expected to fall even further to rupees 25, 000 rupees in the next few days. Traders and jewellers have seen a rise in the number of customers in the last few days as people flocked to take advantage of low prices. Though this trend of the slash in gold prices is global, the recent reduction in import duty by the Indian government has also aided the fall in prices of the commodity. Jun 5, 2014

Kiran Bedi slams UP govt for gang rape cases reported in state

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Former IPS officer and Social Activist Kiran Bedi on Thursday slammed UP government for the ongoing rape cases reported in the state and said that the state government is not even accepting their mistake. Bedi also said that SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav instead of being harsh on criminals is being soft on them and is saying that 'boys will be boys'. She also said that women rights are part of human rights for the safety of which UP government is non functional. Jun 5, 2014

BJD confirms BJP'S proposal of Sumitra Mahajan as next LS speaker

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): BJD leader Jay Panda on Thursday confirmed BJP'S proposal of Sumitra Mahajan to be the next Lok Sabha Speaker. Mahajan will be the second woman to hold the key position after the outgoing Speaker Meira Kumar. Panda said that the party will support the proposal and that the decision is unanimous. Jun 5, 2014

16th Lok Sabha Session: Ministers take oath as Members of Parliament - Part - 1

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): The second day of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Thursday with the oath taking ceremony of all Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to take oath as the member of Lok Sabha and asked to take his oath by the Lok Sabha's Pro-Tem Speaker, Kamla Nath. He was then followed by senior BJP leader L.K.Advani and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who also took their oath of allegiance in Hindi like Modi. Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh also took his oath and swore to abide by the Constitution. Some other ministers also took oath as the Members of Parliament including PA Sangma, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, HD Deve Gowda, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Harsimrat Kaur, Harsh Vardhan, and Gen (Retd) VK Singh. Jun 5, 2014

16th Lok Sabha Session: Ministers take oath as Members of Parliament - Part - 2

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): The second day of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Thursday with the oath taking ceremony of all Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to take oath as the member of Lok Sabha and asked to take his oath by the Lok Sabha's Pro-Tem Speaker, Kamla Nath. He was then followed by senior BJP leader L.K.Advani and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who also took their oath of allegiance in Hindi like Modi. Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh also took his oath and swore to abide by the Constitution. Some other ministers also took oath as the Members of Parliament including PA Sangma, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, HD Deve Gowda, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Harsimrat Kaur, Harsh Vardhan, and Gen (Retd) VK Singh. Jun 5, 2014

16th Lok Sabha Session: Ministers take oath as Members of Parliament - Part - 3

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): The second day of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Thursday with the oath taking ceremony of all Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to take oath as the member of Lok Sabha and asked to take his oath by the Lok Sabha's Pro-Tem Speaker, Kamla Nath. He was then followed by senior BJP leader L.K.Advani and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who also took their oath of allegiance in Hindi like Modi. Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh also took his oath and swore to abide by the Constitution. Some other ministers also took oath as the Members of Parliament including PA Sangma, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, HD Deve Gowda, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Harsimrat Kaur, Harsh Vardhan, and Gen (Retd) VK Singh. Jun 5, 2014

Reactions flow in as UN and US condemn Badaun gang-rape

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Reactions flow in after the United Nations (UN) condemned the gruesome gang-rape and murder of two teenage sisters in Badaun and made an appeal for justice for the victims. Former Indian Ambassador to US Naresh Chandra said that it is for the UP government to take it into consideration and look into the matter. Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh also condemned the incident and involvement of United Nations in the same, and said that the state government should work on the situation to make things right. Jun 5, 2014

Merkel blasts 'unacceptable' attacks on Britain over Juncker

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slammed as "unacceptable" arguments that Britain should leave the European Union if it refuses to back down in a dispute over the EU Commission's next president, a post she is backing Jean-Claude Juncker for. Jun 5, 2014

Shashi Tharoor praises Narendra Modi, BJP reacts

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): In high praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said that Modi has remodelled himself from a hate figure to an avatar of modernity and progress. He said that it would be “churlish” of the Congress to ignore his inclusive and accommodative outreach. He also added that the development-centric approach of PM Narendra Modi suggested that he had evolved into "Modi 2.0”. Reacting over this, BJP said that it is good that the Congress party which used to criticize Modi has changed its opinion regarding him. Jun 5, 2014

Modi to meet Obama in September, positive reactions flow

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the invitation of the US President Barack Obama and will meet him in September. This has invited positive reactions from various political and non political organizations. Former Indian Ambassador to US Naresh Chandra stated that the meeting of Indian PM with US President will strengthen relations between both countries. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor stated that it is natural to meet leaders of other nations for the Indian Prime Minister. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that US plays an important role in the matrix of Indian economy thus it is necessary to strengthen relations with it. Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel stated that as an alliance partner there is full faith in Modi’s leadership to build up ties between both Inida and US. Jun 5, 2014

Gadkari given additional charge of portfolios held by Gopinath Munde

New Delhi, June 04 (ANI): The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has been entrusted with additional charge of the ministries of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation. Gadkari has been asked to handle portfolios held by Gopinath Munde who had tragically died due to a car crash. Munde was cremated with full state honours in his ancestral village in Parli in Maharashtra’s Beed district. Jun 5, 2014

Modi's decision to meet Obama in Sept is a welcome move: Bharat Verma

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has confirmed to US President Barack Obama that he will have a bilateral meeting with him in Washington in the last week of September this year. Obama had invited Modi to the US when he called up the PM to congratulate him. Reacting to this, Defence Analyst Captain (Retd) Bharat Verma on Thursday said that it will be a welcome move if Modi meets President Obama in September. He added that it will be a step in national interest. Jun 5, 2014

Javadekar celebrates environment day, gifts plants to ministers

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday expressed his views about keeping the surroundings clean and saving the Mother Earth on World Environment Day celebrated on June 5 all over the world. Javadekar also stated that the ministry has decided to gain participation of all ministers and thus decided to gift a plant to each. He added that a plant will also be given to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jun 5, 2014