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

India says no dialogue with Pakistan if ceasefire violations continue

New Delhi/Akhnoor, Nov 17 (ANI): Politicos and security expert on Monday said that dialogue with Pakistan cannot happen if unprovoked firing at cross borders continued as Pakistani Rangers yet again violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir.BJP Leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that despite repeated reminders Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire. Security expert Qamar Agha said that terror and talk cannot go hand in hand. Nov 17, 2014

Sonia Gandhi speaks as international conference celebrating Nehru's 125th birthday kicks off in Delh

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): The Congress party on Monday commenced a two day long international conference to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru amid much fanfare. While speaking at the event, party President Sonia Gandhi said that Nehru was a leader who gave all his life working for the nation and for the unity and prosperity of the nation. Gandhi said that Nehru always believed that secularism was the main crux of Indian Constitution and that he was always ready to fight against power that would pick up caste based issues in the nation. She also said that the former PM believed that secularism was not just an idea but a necessity for a diverse nation like India. The congress president also acknowledged Nehru's work in putting the path of modernization, industrialization and social reforms. The Congress party has barred the NDA leaders from the event and the invitation was sent to all non-BJP parties. TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa and JD (U) leader Nitish Kumar, RJD led by Lalu Prasad Yadav, RLD, JD(S) and leaders of the Samajwadi Party have been invited to the conference. Nov 17, 2014

Cultural programs enthrall audience awaiting PM Modi's speech at Allphones Arena

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): For the first time, Sydney is witnessing Indian patriotism to such a great height as Indianness came out in expat countrymen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city. Thousands of members of the Indian diaspora readied on Monday for a public address by Prime Minister Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi. Cultural programs has already begun at the Allphones Arena in Sydney even as Modi is to start his first ever speech in Australia's biggest city. About 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora are packing the arena excited and looking forward to see Modi speak and create the ‘Madison Square Garden magic’ once again. At least 5,000 more are expected to be watching the event on big screens outside. Some have travelled from as far as the United States, Singapore and New Zealand. With moments to go for the mega event, the Indian expatriate community seems to be truly in the grip of a Modi mania as they performed at the stage of the crowded Allphones Arena. Nov 17, 2014

Community in Sierra Leone rallies round Ebola survivors

Sillah, 14 years old, survived Ebola but lost his father and three siblings. Now he's alone with his mother and they're getting by with the help from their community in southern Sierra Leone. Duration: 01:16 Nov 17, 2014

No pressure on Pak PM: Congress after Sharif declines using any car supplied by India during SAARC

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Reacting over Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif___s refusal from using any car supplied by India during SAARC meet in Nepal, Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Monday said that there is no pressure on Pakistan PM to do so. Slamming Sharif, Alvi said that this shows Pakistan PM___s narrow-mindedness. He added that Pakistan PM can use any car he wants to. Nov 17, 2014

Celebrations begin before PM Modi_s arrival at Allphones Arena

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): Celebrations begin at Allphones Arena in Sydney on Monday prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi_s address to the Indian diaspora. Dancing and singing was going on outside the stadium and excitement filled the air. Modi arrived in Sydney earlier in the day and was given a warm welcome by artists with a traditional dance performance. Meanwhile, thousands of Indian diaspora members arrived in the city to hear Modi_s speech at the Allphones Arena, in a retake of the Madison Square Garden event in New York. A cancer stricken cartoonist, Ramesh Chandra, who longed to meet Modi showed some cartoons he made for him and praised his leadership. Expat Indians expressed their excitement to meet PM Modi. A flash mob also took place outside Allphones Arena in which dancers held Indian flags and danced on patriotic Indian music. Nov 17, 2014