anand-sharma-wants-multinationals-to-follow-tescos-lead

Anand Sharma wants multinationals to follow TESCO's lead

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Trade minister Anand Sharma on Thursday said that he expects other multinational organizations to follow TESCO when it comes to investing in India. The UK-based retail major TESCO will get into a strategic alliance with Tata's Trent to open multi-brand retailing in the country. For the project, they have invested $110 million. Taking a note of different strategies that companies may adopt, Sharma said that it is the prerogative of the companies to initiate and firing up their business plans. When raised a query on what will be the Cabinet's stand on the FDI in the pharma sector, Sharma said that the government's stand is firm on the issue. Earlier in 2002, the government had allowed 100 per cent investment. Dec 19, 2013
there-is-only-one-victim-in-the-case-that-is-devyani-mea

There is only one victim in the case that is Devyani: MEA

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): India retaliated strongly to the US on Thursday, urging it to withdraw the visa fraud case against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York, suggesting US Secretary of State, John Kerry's expression of regret on the case was not enough. Earlier on Wednesday, the US attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara had defended the treatment meted out to Khobragade. Picking points from Bharara's statement, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that U.S. acted against the Vienna Convention in its treatment towards Khobragade. He also said that there was only one victim in the case and that was Devyani. He added that Barara's statement is a post facto-rationalisation for an action that should never have taken place in the first instance. Dec 19, 2013
arvinder-singh-lovely-appointed-new-pcc-chief-in-delhi

Arvinder Singh Lovely appointed new PCC chief in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday appointed Arvinder Singh Lovely as the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC). Lovely succeeds Jai Prakash Agarwal, who had stepped down after the Congress was routed in the December 4 elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly. Dec 19, 2013
pranab-mukherjee-delivers-annual-ib-centenary-endowment-lecture

Pranab Mukherjee delivers annual IB Centenary Endowment lecture

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday delivered the 26th Intelligence Bureau (IB) Centenary Endowment Lecture, 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The centenary lecture is presided by achievers, intellectuals, political leaders and thinkers so that the officers associated with the intelligence bureau get to know and adapt to various perspectives. Speaking about the education sector in particular, Mukherjee said that the need of the hour is to come at par with other western countries such as Germany and the United States. Taking a note of the issues plaguing India, the president also said that new and unforeseen challenges should be countered with the improvement in technology and advancement. Speaking about another major challenge that is faced by India, Mukherjee said challenges for the security agencies are increasing rapidly. Directing from where terrorism originates, he said that the nation has to collectively fight terrorism that is receiving support from outside the country by both state and non-state actors. Dec 19, 2013
centre-asks-lg-to-get-time-frame-from-aap-for-govt-formation-shinde

Centre asks LG to get time frame from AAP for govt formation: Shinde

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that the Centre has requested Delhi lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung to seek a specific time frame from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for their decision to form the government in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013
aap-not-answerable-to-shinde-on-delhi-govt-formation-sanjay-singh

AAP not answerable to Shinde on Delhi govt formation: Sanjay Singh

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Reacting over Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement, AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Thursday said that the party was not answerable to the Home Minister but the public on Delhi government formation. He also said that it will take a final decision on government formation on December 23, after seeking public opinion in the capital until the weekend. Earlier in the day, Shinde said that Centre has asked Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to get time frame from AAP for government formation in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013
sexual-assault-case-narayan-sai-sent-to-14-day-judicial-custody

Sexual assault case: Narayan Sai sent to 14-day judicial custody

Surat, Dec 19 (ANI): Self-styled godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai was on Thursday remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a local Surat court in a rape case filed against him. Two Surat-based sisters had accused Sai and his father Asaram of rape. The elder sister had levelled allegations against Asaram, while the younger sister had charged Narayan Sai of sexually assaulting her. Dec 19, 2013
aap-and-congress-responsible-for-political-uncertainty-in-delhi-bjp

AAP and Congress responsible for Political uncertainty in Delhi: BJP

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday said that both the Congress and AAP are responsible for the political uncertainty prevailing in the national capital. He further said that the parties should clarify their stand on government formation in Delhi. Dec 19, 2013
politicos-taunt-bjp-for-sidelining-advani-after-mohan-bhagwat-says-bjp-needs-advanis-guidance

Politicos taunt BJP for sidelining Advani, after Mohan Bhagwat says BJP needs Advanis guidance

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Political parties in India taunted the BJP for sidelining its senior leader LK Advani, after RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said that his experience was indispensable to the party’s success. The Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been crippled by infighting among leaders, with several, including Advani, harbouring ambitions to become India's next prime minister. Dec 19, 2013
indian-sailor-captain-sunil-james-released-from-togo-jail-mea

Indian sailor Captain Sunil James released from Togo jail: MEA

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Captain Sunil James along with another sailor Vijayan, who was arrested in Togo on July 31 for allegedly aiding pirates, has been released on Thursday, said the ministry of external affairs. The External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India is preparing for the sailor’s return. James’ wife Aditi and other relatives met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier this month to urge him to intervene so that James could be allowed to come home for the last rites of his 11-month old son Vivaan, who died on December 2. Dec 19, 2013
maoist-attack-kills-one-injures-two-others-in-jharkhand

Maoist attack kills one, injures two others in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, Dec 19 (ANI): A well orchestrated Maoist attack in Gumla district of Jharkhand left one woman dead and injured two others. The Maoists escaped after sighting a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. Meanwhile, approximately 160 kilometres away from Ranchi, the Maoists planted a bomb at a petrol pump, which could have caused loss to life and property on a greater magnitude but was diffused by the prompt action of the bomb disposal squad. It was a country-made crude bomb weighing not less than seven kilograms. Dec 19, 2013
congress-draws-flak-over-passing-bangladesh-land-demarcation-bill

Congress draws flak over passing Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill

New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Trinamool Congress party showed strong resentment against ruling Congress party for introducing Bangladesh Land Demarcation Bill in Rajya Sabha of the parliament through backdoor tactics. The agreement on the demarcation of land boundary between Bangladesh and India and related matters, signed in May 1974 is a unique document that epitomized the depth of the friendship, goodwill and mutual trust and above all, the vision of peace and harmony of two great statesmen- former Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his then Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi. Dec 19, 2013