PM Modi announces visa on arrival for Fijians

Fiji, Nov 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the Fiji Parliament on Wednesday, announced visa on arrival for Fijians. Modi said that India is prepared to work for a digital Fiji. Prime Minister announced a financial help of five million US dollars to Fiji for development of its villages. He also laid emphasis on the need to work in areas of climate and energy. Nov 19, 2014

PM Modi addresses Fiji's Parliament

Fiji, Nov 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, addressed the Fiji Parliament. Modi said that India and Fiji are quite similar in terms of representing women in politics but added that India can learn a lot from Fiji as their ratio for women parliamentarians was higher. He congratulated Fiji for a recent successful election highlighting its importance for democracy. He also said that Fiji has led the G-77 with great vision and statesmanship. Modi also said that trade relations between India and Fiji have been modest. Nov 19, 2014

Law and order has to be maintained in Hisar: BS Hooda on Sant Rampal

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): Speaking over the self-styled godman Sant Rampal row former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said that law and order has to be maintained in Hisar. He added that the government and Sant Rampal supporters need to solve the matter so that there is no further tension. The situation is still tense in Hisar as the controversial Sant Rampal continues to evade law and defy Haryana and Punjab High Court and police orders to surrender. The Haryana Police, which yesterday failed to arrest Rampal and produce him before the state high court after more than six hour of concerted action and violent clashes with the godman's supporters which left scores injured, will make another attempt today to arrest him. Sant Rampal's ashram in Hisar turned into a war zone on Tuesday when hundreds of policemen and Rampal's followers fought a pitched battle, as the police tried to enter the ashram to arrest the godman. The violence left over 200 injured, including some mediapersons. Nov 19, 2014

Massive employment drive for youth takes place in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 19 (ANI): A recruitment drive restarted in Jammu and Kashmir and corporate firms held workshops to provide employment to youth as the region was recovering from the worst floods in a century. The three-day drive was launched on Monday in Kashmir's capital, Srinagar, by a special initiative called Udaan or 'flight' under the public-private partnership, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) India. 'Udaan' has been working in the state for three years but had halted its efforts after floods struck the region in September. A coordinator of the NSDC, Bint Abass, said that they were renewing efforts to provide jobs to the affected youth in the state. Abass added that 18 corporate firms were participating in the drive to train and recruit youth in a wide range of sectors like banking, information technology, finance, hospitality and education. Nov 19, 2014

Traditional welcome ceremony held for PM Modi in Fiji

Fiji, Nov 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a traditional welcome at Albert Park in Fiji's capital Suva. Modi appreciated the scenic beauty and diversity of culture in the island nation saying that he could sense tradition as he stepped on Fijian land. Modi also said that India and Fiji share common aspirations and with his visit there will be a new beginning for relations between both the nations. Nov 19, 2014

Sitharaman meets delegates from Tatarstan, Japan to discuss free trade agreements

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): A Russian delegation led by Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov met Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi. The delegation which is in India will form a Joint Working Group (JWG) of the two countries to work on ways to strengthen trade in fertilisers, chemicals and pharmaceuticals between India and Tatarstan. Meanwhile, two delegations from Japan, including one headed by the Chief Executive Officer Of Mitsui and Co. Ltd. and Chairman of Japan-India Business Co-operation Committee, Masami Iijima and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) headed by Hiroyuki Ishige also met Sitharaman. The delegation is visiting India for the purpose of the free trade agreement being negotiated by the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which would help India boost its commerce and manufacturing. Nov 19, 2014

India quarantines man recovering from Ebola

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): India has quarantined a man who was cured of Ebola in Liberia but continued to show traces of the virus in samples of his semen after arriving in the country, Health Minister said. The ministry said in a statement that the Indian national had been shown to be negative for Ebola in tests conforming to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, but had been quarantined as a precautionary measure when he arrived at New Delhi airport on November 10. Later, tests of his semen detected traces of the virus. Union Health Minister, JP Nadda, said that body fluids were tested in National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Institute of Virology (NIV) where both have tested positive. The Indian man carried with him documents from Liberia that stated he had been cured. He will be kept in quarantine until the virus is no longer present in his body, and will undergo tests over the next 10 days or so, a senior Health Ministry official said. Health minister, JP Nadda, assured that things are well in control and there is no need to worry. Nov 19, 2014