PM Modi reaches White House, meets US President Obama

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the residence of US President Barack Obama- White House. Modi is meeting with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other key US officials at the White House for a private dinner, ahead of formal talks the next day. President Obama received Modi at the door of the White House, as US first lady gave a miss to the dinner. Washington hopes that the visit by PM Modi will turn a page in relations with New Delhi. Modi arrived in Washington with the aim of 'positive diplomacy'after a two day stay at New York where he had a jam packed schedule. Earlier on Monday, at a high-powered breakfast meeting with top CEOs in New York, Modi emphasised India's economic potential, stressing that the country is "open-minded" and "wants change that is not one-sided". Sep 30, 2014

Hong Kong protesters dig in

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters turn parts of Hong Kong into a massive street party, with the mood turning festive just a day after riot police fired tear gas in ugly clashes. Duration: 01:43 Sep 30, 2014

Pakistan arrests 25 Indian fishermen for violating its waters

Karachi, Sep 30 (ANI): Pakistan maritime authorities arrested 25 Indian fishermen and took into custody their four boats for illegal fishing in the country's territorial waters according to a police official. The arrest came after Pakistan detained 29 Indian fishermen on September 27, making a total number of detainees to 54 in two days. The arrested fishermen were handed over to police in the southern port city of Karachi for necessary legal action. Sep 30, 2014

Former US Diplomat says Modi gave a notion that India is open for business

New York, Sep 30 (ANI): Former US Diplomat to India Frank Wisner said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a notion through his various speeches that India is open for business. He also said that he was impressed with Modi's speeches as he represented a proud voice for India and putting across India's point of view before the world. He also added that he hoped US President Barack Obama and PM Modi put their minds together and develop a cordial relationship. Sep 30, 2014

Modi has made an enormous impact: Anand Mahindra

New York, Sep 30 (ANI): The chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made an enormous impact through his speeches at various events. He also said that PM Modi has showed that he can be an impactful leader worldwide in representing his country. He also expressed his hope that Modi will open doors of business overseas. Sep 30, 2014

Narendra Modi leaves for Washington DC

New York, Sep 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for Washington DC, the capital of the United States, after completing his engagements in New York. In Washington DC, Modi will be staying at the Blair House, the official guest house of the US President. Prime Minister Modi will be hosted by President Barack Obama for dinner on his arrival and the two leaders will hold bilateral talks later. Sep 30, 2014

Sachin Tendulkar launches anthem and jersey of his Indian Super League team

Kochi, Sep 30 (ANI): Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched the anthem and jersey of his co-owned soccer team, Kerala Blasters, for upcoming India Super League (ISL), which is slated to kick-off next month. While unveiling his team jersey in Kerala, Tendulkar said yellow represents faith, adding that the league will bring sporting culture in India, especially at the grass root level. A total of 49 foreign players were drafted during the session for the league, which is slated to run from October 12 to December 20. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams. Sep 30, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Washington DC

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the capital city of United States, Washington DC after completing his engagements in New York. Modi was received warmly by the American delegation at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC. He also met his supporters at the Air Force Base amidst chants of his name. Modi will soon be meeting US President Barack Obama over dinner hosted by the latter. Sep 30, 2014

Security beefed up at French school in Iraq_s Arbil

French expats in Arbil, Iraq, say they try to lead a normal life, despite threats against French citizens by the Islamic State. At the French school here, the walls have been enhanced and armed guards are stationed at the gates. Duration: 00:56 Sep 30, 2014

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan on Monday, and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war. Duration: 0:56 Sep 30, 2014

Focusing on bringing labour reform for development: Modi

New York, Sept 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said at the Council on Foreign Relation that his government is working towards bringing labour reform. He added that while in India, issues of Labour reform may not be politically compatible but with the majority his party got, they would go for reforms. Sep 30, 2014