India doubles scholarship to Bhutan students

Thimphu, Nov 09 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said the government had doubled the scholarship amount to Bhutanese students during his two-day visit. Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and other dignitaries were present at the event where Mukherjee unveiled a school project and a 546-km road project with India’s assistance. Addressing a convention in capital Thimphu, Mukherjee said there was a deep confidence and trust between the two countries and people. Three agreements were signed. One between the Royal University of Bhutan and the National Innovation Centre in India, another between the Royal University of Bhutan and the University of English and Foreign Languages in India and the third between the Royal Civil Service Commission and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi meets LK Advani on his birthday

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met senior BJP leader LK Advani at his residence on his 87th birthday. PM Modi arrived at Advani’s residence in New Delhi to seek the BJP veteran's blessings after he came back from Varanasi. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present among other BJP leaders. Meanwhile, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that Advani has always been a role model for the party. Advani had served as the BJP President for the longest period since its inception in 1980. Nov 8, 2014

Was confident of unanimous selection as CM: Laxmikant Parsekar

Panaji, Nov 08 (ANI): The newly elected Chief Minister of Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar said that the news of his selection as the Chief Minister did not come as a surprise to him as he was confident that he would be chosen unanimously as the leader. He further said that he would be having the same vision for Goa as the previous government had. Nov 8, 2014

PM Modi to visit Myanmar, Australia and Fiji next week

New Delhi, Nov 8 (ANI): The MEA on Saturday informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be visiting Myanmar to participate in the 12th ASEAN India Summit on 12th November followed by the 9th East Asia Summit on 13th November. He would also visit Australia and Fiji in the upcoming week. Nov 8, 2014

Laxmikant Parsekar sworn in as Goa Chief Minister

Panaji, Nov 09 (ANI): Former Goa Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has been sworn in as the state's next Chief Minister after Manohar Parrikar. Parsekar took oath as the chief minister of the state and pledged to work for the welfare of the state and abide by the norms and duties ensued on him. He was administered oath by state Governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhawan in Panaji. Parsekar was earlier chosen unanimously as the chief ministerial candidate after a legislature party meeting. Manohar Parrikar, who is expected to become the next Defence Minister of the country, earlier resigned as Goa Chief Minister. With Parrikar's resignation, the entire state cabinet comprising 12 ministers was dissolved and the fresh cabinet also took oath along with the new chief minister. Nov 8, 2014

Artist couple from Nepal displayed etching, an intricate art form, in India

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Uma Shankar Shah and Seema Shah, an artist couple from Nepal exhibited their various etchings and oil paintings in Delhi depicting the cultural mix of Nepal and India. Their work reflects the impressions of Indian Mythology, Ramayan and Buddhism which comes out so well that it becomes difficult to distinguish between the two cultures. While Seema Shah comes from the ancient Indian city of Varanasi, Umashankar Shah is from the plains of Mahottari in Nepal. The artwork of both artists is well appreciated by the visitors. The artist couple from Nepal is looking for better exposure and appreciation in India. The exhibition titled 'Sacred Spaces' will continue at Shridharani Gallery at Triveni Kala Sangam till November 14. Nov 8, 2014

BJP chooses Laxmikant Parsekar to be next CM of Goa

Panaji, Nov 8 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party has chosen Laxmikant Parsekar as the next Chief Minister for Goa after Manohar Parikkar resigned today. Parsekar would be taking oath shortly. Nov 8, 2014

Many BJP leaders wanting to join Congress in J and K, no Modi wave: Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday rubbished reports that any leader is joining BJP, instead said that many BJP leaders are wanting to join the Congress party ahead of Assembly polls in the state. Azad said that after the polls are done, the party will decide whom to ally with. He added that there is no Modi wave in Jammu and Kashmir. Nov 8, 2014

AAP protest in Chennai for release of fishermen

Chennai, Nov 08 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday went on a hunger strike demanding the Central Government to take necessary steps to bring back the five fishermen who are facing death sentences in Sri Lanka. About 75 AAP cadres took part in this hunger strike. They raised slogans demanding the central government to take necessary legal steps to release the fishermen. The Colombo High Court had earlier this month sentenced five Indian fishermen to death on charges of drug smuggling. They had been arrested on a boat in the seas off northern Jaffna's Delft islet. The fishermen claim that they have been falsely implicated in the case. Nov 8, 2014