Supporters pay tribute to Bal Thackeray on his second death anniversary

Mumbai, Nov 17 (ANI): Leaders and supporters of Shiv Sena remembered firebrand Hindu nationalist Bal Thackeray on his second death anniversary in Mumbai on Monday. Bal Thackeray's son and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray paid floral tribute at his memorial in Mumbai. Senior leader of the party Manohar Joshi and others also paid respects. Joshi said best way to remember Bal Thackeray was by doing what he envisioned for Maharashtra. Nov 17, 2014

Pakistan is for fair resolution of Kashmir, says Abdul Basit

Hyderabad, Nov 17 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, said on Monday that Kashmir is a disputed territory and both countries need to realize that peace is in their mutual interest. Speaking to a mediaperson in Hyderabad, he said both India and Pakistan need to show perseverance in their efforts towards achieving peace. Talking about China, Basit said it is a global cosmopolitan world and all countries are trying to augment their living standards and so is Pakistan while seeking cooperation from China. Nov 17, 2014

PM Modi arrives in Canberra

Canberra, Nov 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in the Australian capital Canberra, where he is scheduled to address the nation's parliament. He was received by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and other dignitaries of that nation at the airport. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi addressed people at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, where he spoke to around 16,000 people of Indian origin. After addressing the Australian parliament, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to travel to Melbourne, before departing for Fiji for the third leg of his three-nation, 10 day trip. Nov 17, 2014

Pandit Nehru was all for secularism, says Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday credited India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with the foresight to see the importance of secularism for a country as diverse as India. Gandhi was speaking at the two-day international conference to commemorate 125th birth anniversary of Nehru in New Delhi. Gandhi further credited Nehru with laying the foundation for India's economic emergence and said he recognised the public sector as a potent symbol of change and modernisation. Congress president also said Nehru was a great unifying force in the critical years after independence. Nov 17, 2014

US Republican Governor meets Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj met Governor of US state of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, in New Delhi on Monday. Haley met Swaraj with a view to attract business and held talks on economic issues. Haley is on a 10-day visit to India and embarked upon her tour from Chandigarh. Haley interacted with politicians and industry leaders with an objective to seek strong business ties with India and attract investments in South Carolina and vice-versa in the field of aerospace, pharmaceuticals, tourism and agro-processing industries. Nov 17, 2014

Using Your Phone Too Much May Be Hurting Your Back

New Delhi, 17 Nov (ANI): A new study has revealed that slumping over the phone may be hurting your back. People spend an average of 2 to 4 hours each day with their neck bent at this unnatural angle while shooting off emails or texts and the success of social media has led to an epidemic of bad smart phone posture. According to the study bending your head at a 60 degree angle to get a better look at your selfies puts a lot of pressure on your cervical spine, the portion of the spine above the shoulders. When flexing the head forward at varying degrees and the loss of the natural curve of the cervical spine leads to incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine. These stresses may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration and possibly surgeries. Nov 17, 2014

BJP on Mamata-Advani meeting

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader Siddharth Nath Singh on Monday stated that the meeting between West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee and BJP senior leader LK Advani was a courtesy call. He also added the BJP would ensure that justice is done in the Sardha scam case. Nov 17, 2014

Fresh NB warrant against Rampal to be executed by Nov 21

Chandigarh, Nov 17 (ANI): Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued a fresh non-bailable warrant against self-styled Rampal in contempt case. Lawyer Anupam Gupta said that the court has directed that the warrant has to be executed by this Friday i.e. November 21. According to the reports, Rampal has been facing charges of murder, inciting mobs and contempt of court for interfering with the court proceedings. Nov 17, 2014

Mudgal report clears Srinivasan of match-fixing, politicos react

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): The Justice Mukul Mudgal panel, appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the IPL fixing scandal, has cleared BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan on charges of match fixing. Earlier this year, India_s top court temporarily relieved N. Srinivasan of his duties as the country_s cricket board president in the wake of his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, being indicted for illegal betting on the 2013 IPL tournament. Srinivasan stood down in June. Justice Mudgal, who probed fixing allegations in the IPL 2013, also states that the former BCCI boss was not involved in scuttling the probe, as it has been alleged in some sectors. Meanwhile politicos gave mixed reaction on the matter. Nov 17, 2014

Australia and China seal bumper trade deal

Australia and China seal a landmark trade deal hailed as a _game-changer_, abolishing tariffs in the lucrative resources and agricultural sectors as Canberra confronts a painful downturn in mining. Duration: 00:46 Nov 17, 2014

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be celebrated on the day Mahatama Gandhi returned to India: Modi

Sydney, Nov17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday while addressing the Indian diaspora in at Allphones arena in Sydney said that the _Pravasi Bharatiya Divas_ will be celebrated on the day Mahatama Gandhi returned to India. Modi even talked about relaxing various laws for NRIs. He said that due to the ongoing debate about OCI and PIO, the Modi-led government has taken the decision of merging them together. He added that the step of police verification for passport has also been removed by the government. Nov 17, 2014

Want to propagate the idea that cleaning isn't below dignity: PM at Sydney Allphones Arena

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the Indian diaspora at Allphones arena in Sydney. Modi while addressing the audience emphasized on the importance of cleanliness in the country. He invited people of Indian origin in Australia to help build toilets in their place of origin in the country. He further praised Australia and said that the idea of dignity of labor should be learned from Australia. He added that he wants to propagate the idea that cleaning isn't below dignity. Nov 17, 2014