President calls for improving quality of technical education

New Delhi Nov 7 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee, met the directors of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) in New Delhi on Thursday and also discussed various steps to improve the quality of technical education and faculty development in NITs to bring them at par with the top technical institutions of the world. Mukherjee is hosting a two- day Conference of Directors of National Institutes of Technology (NITs). Around 30 directors are participating in the conference which is being organised for the first time to upgrade the level of technical education in India. The delegates would also discuss steps for inter-linkages of NITs with the industry so that the best of the students’ capabilities can be harnessed and used by professionals as soon as they join the industry. Nov 7, 2013

Prince Charles, Camilla meet cadets at IMA in Dehradun

Dehradun, Nov 7 (ANI): British royals, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, met cadets at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) on Thursday in Dehradun as part of their nine-day India trip. The royal couple were received by a top Indian Army official at the IMA building also known as Chetwode Building. The official gave the British royals a tour of the historic academy based in the foothills of the Himalayas. Prince Charles and Camilla will spend eight days in India before travelling to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo. This is their third official visit to India. The trip is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between London and New Delhi. Prince Charles and Camilla will also visit New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Kochi to meet top political and business leaders. Nov 7, 2013

Congress leaders sacrificed their lives fighting against Naxalism: Sonia Gandhi

Kondagaon, Nov 07 (ANI): Addressing a rally in Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that many Congress leaders sacrificed their lives fighting against Naxalism. Gandhi further slammed the state government and said that they never keep up with their promises unlike UPA government. Gandhi also talked about various laws brought about by the party and government for the upliftment and development of the poor section of the society. Nov 7, 2013

Vote for development, not for caste or creed: Narendra Modi

Jagdalpur, Nov 07 (ANI): While addressing a rally in Jagdalpur region of Chhattisgarh, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi asked the people of the state to vote for development and not for caste or creed. He also congratulated people for not letting the state go in the hands of the Congress party. He further hailed Chief Minister Raman Singh under whose government the state received several achievements. Nov 7, 2013

Nation wants development but Congress gives only slogans: Narendra Modi

Jagdalpur, Nov 07 (ANI): While addressing a rally in Jagdalpur region of Chhattisgarh, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi mocked at the Congress party's slogan 'Congress ka haath aam aadmi ke saath'. He said that the nation wants development but the Congress party keeps giving slogans. He also hit out at the Congress led UPA government for high onion prices. Nov 7, 2013

Suresh Pachauri a cheap leader, does manipulative politics: Manak Agrawal after resigning

Bhopal, Nov 07 (ANI): After Congress ticket distribution in Madhya Pradesh ahead of Assembly Elections, Manak Agrawal who was party's Vice President in Madhya Pradesh resigned from the post blaming Congress leader Suresh Pachauri. He said that Pachauri is a cheap leader and does politics of manipulation. Further, he said that he bribed against him and scuttled with his chances of battling in the elections. Nov 7, 2013

BJP takes on 1994 ISRO spying case, blames Former Gujarat DGP

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI): Talking about the years old 1994 ISRO spying case, BJP Spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said on Thursday that Former Gujarat DGP RB Sreekumar was responsible for targeting the scientist Nandi Narayan and framing him in the false spying case. Lekhi also blamed the Former DGP for links with Teesta Setalvad and for involvement in many riots that took place in Gujarat. Nov 7, 2013

Sonia Gandhi, Narendra Modi to address rallies in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be in poll-bound Chhattisgarh today to address separate rallies . According to reports, Modi is scheduled to address two public meetings in Bastar-Jagdalpur and at Kanker, besides one at Rajnandgaon Dongargarh, while Sonia Gandhi would address the public at Kondagaon. Security has been heightened across the state, particularly in the Maoist-affected Bastar region. Taking a serious note of the Maoist threat, the Centre has sent an additional 400 companies (40,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to ensure peaceful polling. The BJP has already demanded PM-level security for Modi Nov 7, 2013

Joint military drill by India, China to combat terrorism

Beijing, Nov 7 (ANI): Indian and Chinese soldiers began an anti-terrorism exercise "Hand-in-Hand" in Chinese province with their eyes firmly on enhancing mutual trust and boosting cooperation between two of the largest and well-equipped armed forces in the world. The Indian contingent was led by Brigadier D.S. Shishodia along with the commanding officer Colonel Gaurav Srivastava. Shishodia said on Wednesday that the troops were mixed and organised in two companies in order to learn from each other. Exercise Hand-in-Hand formally begun at Miao Ergang which comes under Chengdu Military area. Miao is 150 km south of Chengdu. 150 Indian army contingents reached the Chengdu city on November 04, to take part in the anti-terrorism drills. Nov 7, 2013

Govt should provide security on threat perception, not on leaders' post: BJD

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI): Speaking on BJP's demand of SPG cover for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Biju Janata Dal leader Jay Panda said on Thursday that the government should take decision on beefing up security on threat perception and not on the post leaders are holding or will hold in future. Nov 7, 2013

PM should attend CHOGM in Colombo: NCP

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): NCP leader Tariq Anwar on Thursday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should attend the CHOGM in Colombo as it is a Commonwealth summit and not a bilateral talk between India and Sri Lanka. Nov 7, 2013

Feeling of unity does not come by making statues, but from heart: Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday took a dig at the BJP saying that the opposition parties are not talking about their vision to improve the situation in the country but are spending their time attacking others. He further added that the feeling of unity does not come just by making statues, it comes from the heart. Nov 7, 2013

Narendra Modi on terror radar, should be provided SPG cover: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 07 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday again demanded that all necessary arrangements be made for the security of its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Modi is on terror radar and he should be provided SPG cover. Nov 7, 2013

Modi has adequate security, no SPG cover required: Congress

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): Accusing the BJP for politicizing the issue of security to VIPs and particularly BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress leader Meem Afzal on Thursday said that Modi has been provided with adequate security and he doesn't require SPG cover. Nov 7, 2013

BJP on A Raja's letter to Meira Kumar

New Delhi, Nov 7 (ANI): A day after former Telecom Minister and main accused in the 2G scam A Raja protested to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for non-inclusion of his written statement in the final report by the JPC on the 2G spectrum allocation issue on October 29, the BJP said that it is a major attempt to cover up the mistakes committed by the Congress. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on Thursday questioned the validity of the report as it was made without calling the PM, the Finance Minister and the main accused A Raja. Nov 7, 2013