Good governance is the starting point to change: PM Modi

Brisbane, Nov 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met businessmen during breakfast hosted by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in Brisbane. Modi asserted that good governance is the starting point of change and added that reforms launched by his government are aimed at boosting economic growth and improve quality of life. Nov 17, 2014

PM Modi invites Australian businessmen to invest in India

Brisbane, Nov 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met businessmen during breakfast hosted by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in Brisbane. Modi invited business leaders to participate and invest in Indian economy. Modi said that India and Australia share a comprehensive relation in terms of strategic partnership and international trade relations. Nov 17, 2014

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Sydney

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Sydney on the second leg of his four city tour of the country of Australia. Clad in a mellow pink shirt and a Nehru jacket, Modi stepped out of the plane to awaiting dignitaries of both Australian and Indian origin. Modi was received at the airport by major dignitaries from Sydney and is now heading to his Hotel in the city. After putting up a grand show in Brisbane and attending the G-20 Summit with the top world leaders, Modi reached Sydney and will be there on a whirlwind six-hour visit at the city before proceeding to Canberra on Monday night and later to Melbourne. The Indian diaspora in Australia are betting to recreate the 'Madison Square Garden magic' when they will host Prime Minister Modi in Sydney on Monday in the country's largest indoor 'Allphones Arena'. Nov 17, 2014

Sydney awaits Modi_s speech at _Allphones Arena_ with full excitement and vigour

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): An excited Sydney awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi_s speech at _Allphones Arena_ on Monday after he arrived in the city on the second leg of his four-city tour in Australia. Expat Indians said that Modi has brought a lot of enthusiasm in the youth and has changed how youth looks at politics. An Indian selling _custom Modi merchandise_ said that there is immense excitement among people. He said that he has already sold 700 t-shirts and the first lot of the custom dupattas are sold out and the next lot coming is expected to get sold out soon. Modi arrived in Sydney and later was welcomed by Australian artists who performed a traditional Aboriginal dance in his welcome. Nov 17, 2014

Murder for 'honour': the bloody tide sweeping Pakistan

So-called 'honour killings' are rife in Pakistan -- it's estimated at least one woman is killed every day in Sindh province alone, most deaths a way to consolidate local power and extort land from the weak. Duration: 03:08 Nov 17, 2014

Wealth issue was reworked after PM spoke at G20: MEA

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Monday that the G20 communique was reworked and unaccounted wealth issues were incorporated after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about it at the G20 summit. Akbaruddin said that PM's international engagements are a part of his multi-layered diplomacy. Nov 17, 2014

BSF jawan opens fire at J and K CM Omar Abdullah_s residence, arrested

Srinagar, Nov 17 (ANI): A BSF trooper, posted outside Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah_s residence on Monday accidentally opened fire from his automatic rifle, police said. According to reports, the BSF trooper was immediately detained and disarmed after being identified and is being questioned for further information. Tension spread in the high-security Gupkar road area as people believed that the attack had taken place at the chief minister_s residence. Meanwhile, Abdullah posted a tweet expressing full faith in his security force despite the incident. He tweeted saying, _Not withstanding today_s incident with the BSF jawan stationed at my residence in Srinagar today I have full confidence in my security team._ Nov 17, 2014

German envoy hopes for decision in interest of students in language row

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): German envoy to India, Michael Steiner, hoped for a decision in the interest of students as the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, raised the language row issue in schools with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in Brisbane. The Human Resource Development ministry decided to drop the German language in favour of Sanskrit for over 70,000 students across 500 Kendriya Vidyalayas from classes VI to VIII. The issue prompted German chancellor Angela Merkel to raise it with Modi who assured her of looking into it within the confines of the Indian education system. Nov 17, 2014

Australia to help create smart cities in India

Brisbane, Nov 17 (ANI): The Mayor of Brisbane, Lord Graham Quirk, offered to help Modi in the creation of his vision of smart cities in India, with smart water supply, sewage system and other aspects of important living standards. Quirk was speaking after a civic reception hosted by him and the Premier of Queensland, Campbell Newman, in honour of the Prime Minister of India. Quirk also said that the people of Brisbane rest hopes on Modi as he carries great responsibility. Expat Indians say they look forward to tie-ups between India and Australia. Prime Minister is on a three-country visit - Myanmar, Australia and Fiji - to participate in various summits and bilateral meetings. Nov 17, 2014

Expat Indians excited to listen to 'Rockstar PM Modi' as they leave for Sydney from Brisbane

Brisbane, Nov 17 (ANI): Expat Indians on Monday expressed excitement as they reached Brisbane airport to leave for Sydney to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi there. The 'Modi fans' also said that the excitement of meeting the prime minister is hard to fade away anytime soon. They also said that they are going to carry the Indian national flag all along in the plane and dubbed the flight as 'Modi Airlines' for the day. Excited Indians living in Australia reached the airport to board flight to Sydney and said that they can't wait more to listen and to meet their 'Rockstar PM'. Modi will reach Sydney on the second leg of his four-city tour of this country. He will be on a six-hour visit to Sydney before proceeding to Canberra tonight and later to Melbourne. More than 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora will pack Allphones Arena at Olympic Park to salute Modi at a community reception. About 5,000 more are expected to be watching the evening event on big screens outside. Meanwhile, more than 200 Modi fans left Melbourne bound for Allphones Arena tonight on a specially chartered train dubbed the "Modi Express." Nov 17, 2014

PM Modi departs for Sydney

Brisbane, Nov 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday departed from Brisbane for Sydney. Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi. He is expected to draw 16,000 people to his rally later in the day, while 270 people have booked on the "Modi Express" train for fans, which will run from Melbourne to Sydney. Modi is also expected to meet 200 prominent Indian businessmen and entrepreneurs and students in Sydney. Nov 17, 2014

Farmers in Assam benefit from utilizing drip irrigation method

Assam, Nov 17 (ANI): 35-year-old Prasanta Boruah ventured into citrus cultivation in 2006. In 2011, he attended a training program on drip irrigation at Assam Agriculture University and installed a mini drip in his 3 acre citrus farm with 50 per cent subsidy given by the government. Since then, his yield has increased and he earns handsomely now. Drip Irrigation is a method that delivers water to the crop by using a network of lines with emission points spaced along their length. It results in very high water application efficiency as the dripper supplies a controlled uniform application of water and other required growth substances. The Assam Agriculture University in Jorhat conducts training programmes for farmers and scientists of various Krishi Vigyan Kendras to give awareness about the advantages of drip irrigation. The government is also giving high subsidies to farmers for installing drip in their farms. Nov 17, 2014