Murli Manohar Joshi to 'adopt a village' in Kanpur

Kanpur, Nov 09 (ANI): BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday decided to adopt a village as a part of 'adopt-a-village' programme 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' (SAGY). Joshi will be adopting the Dehli-Sujanpur village in Kanpur as a part of this scheme. The village was visited by various members of the Kanpur unit of BJP including its chief Surendra Maithani and BJP legislator Raghunandan Singh Bhadauria who assessed the state of the village. Maithani said that it was shocking to see that a village located near a well developed city of Kanpur was so under-developed. Resident of Dehli-Sujanpur village, Suresh Kumar said that lack of toilets in the village was a matter of utmost concern. Meanwhile, another villager, Avinash Dixit said that he could see the newly elected BJP government working towards the betterment of rural India. Nov 9, 2014

Manohar Parrikar takes oath, speculations continue over his portfolio

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as Union Cabinet Minister on Sunday, however, speculations over his portfolio continued. Parrikar after taking the oath said that his portfolio will be officially declared in a couple of hours and no speculations should be made on the same. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said he is confident that Parrikar will get the defence portfolio and that he will perform as the nation's defence minister. Nov 9, 2014

Kashmir reconstructs its roads damaged after recent devastating floods

Ganderbal, Nov 09 (ANI): The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Sunday (November 09) expedited reconstruction of roads that were damaged after the worst flood in decades devastated Jammu and Kashmir. The BRO Ganderbal district, have initiated the construction of road surface with macadam and plan to complete it before the snowfall as harsh weather conditions damage the roads and cause difficulties for commuters. The site engineer of BRO, Chander Shekhar said that the road has a lot of pot holes, which can be dangerous for drivers and can cause accidents. Authorities said that the traffic flow on the road is increasing day by day as every year thousands of tourists visit the district and also pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra use this road to reach their destination. Nov 9, 2014

Ministers ready to take greater responsibilities in Modi's cabinet

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): The newly sworn in ministers in the Cabinet rejig said on Sunday that they were ready to play their role given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. JP Nadda who took oath as Cabinet Minister said that he will work for the government as well as the party with equal vigour. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who sworn in as minister of state said that once the portfolio will be given, he will start working for the same with full dedication. Giriraj Singh also assured to work for the nation with full dedication and honesty. Nov 9, 2014

PM Modi expands Union Cabinet, inducts 22 new ministers

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday finally expanded his Council of Ministers and reshuffled his Cabinet for the first time after taking over as the Prime Minister of India in May. The new ministers took the oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of the NDA ministers and the prime minister himself. President Pranab Mukherjee administered oath to the ministers as their names were being announced at the grand function. The first to take oath was Manohar Parrikar who is tipped to get the defence portfolio. Following him were Suresh Prabhu, JP Nadda and Ch Birender Singh who took oath as Cabinet Ministers. Bandaru Dattatreya, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Dr. Mahesh Sharma sworn-in as Minister of State, Independent charge. Nov 9, 2014

PM Modi pays respect to 'Perfectionist Eknath Ranade' on his birth centenary

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attended RSS leader Eknath Ranade's Birth Centenary celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan as chief guest. Praising Ranade, Modi said that he was a perfectionist and looked for the same in everything he did. He said it was an honour for him to get a chance to pay tribute to a great leader who has always been a source of inspiration. He further said that the RSS leader believed in 'One Life One Mission' and he lived on that principle and that he always believed in integrating things and people. The event is being celebrated to honour the contributions of Eknath Ranade towards resurrecting India's rich legacy. Nov 9, 2014

Having mixed feelings, says Manohar Parrikar's brother over his appraisal to union cabinet

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Manohar Parrikar's Brother Avdhut Parrikar on Sunday while commenting on Manohar Parrikar's appraisal to the union cabinet said that he is having mixed feelings. He added that his brother will be deprived of doing the work he was expected to do for the people of Goa. He further said he is confident that Manohar Parrikar will perform well as the country's defence minister. Nov 9, 2014

Naval accidents a matter of concern, can't afford to waste lives: Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): BJP leader and Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday that he will work in any portfolio given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On being asked about the increasing naval accidents, Parrikar said that such accidents are a matter of concern as the Defence cannot afford to waste any more lives of the officers due to accidents. Nov 9, 2014

NDA regime delayed decision over cabinet expansion: PC Chacko

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Congress leader PC Chacko on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's move to expand his Union Council of Ministers is a delayed decision and the NDA regime should have taken this much earlier. He added that the decision of cabinet expansion clearly indicates that the ruling government has just started to work. According to the reports, as many as 20 new faces are expected to be inducted into the Union Council of Ministers on Sunday. Nov 9, 2014

Best relations with neighbours priority of defence: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while speaking at the India Global Forum on Sunday said that the first priority of the defence ministry is to maintain best relations with the neighbours. He added that India needs peace across borders and hence meaningful dialogue with the neighbouring is essential. He further stated that violations of ceasefire agreement, however, hamper the environment for meaningful dialogues. Nov 9, 2014