PM Modi touts bilateral ties with US at State Department Luncheon

Washington DC, Oct 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a welcome reception at the US State Department where during his speech he promoted ties with the United States with symbolism and humor. Joined by US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Vice President Joe Biden, Modi made a statement to celebrate the growing ties between America and India. Modi also attended bilateral talks with the U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss issues ranging from manufacturing to sanitation to deepen ties. Speaking at the State Department, Modi underscored the two countries' increasingly overlapping paths. Modi said that the difference between the two was reduced in this trip. Emphasizing the similarities that the two countries have, Kerry said the new partnership between the two democracies was rooted in shared values and shared interest. Oct 1, 2014

Security forces kill militant in Kashmir

Lolab, Oct 01 (ANI): An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara district of Kashmir. Acting on a tip off about the presence of militants, security forces launched a search operation in Warnav village of Lolab area in Kupwara. One AK-47 rifle, five magazines, 60 rounds, two cell phones, one GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and one UBGL (Under Barrel Grenade Launcher) grenade were recovered from the site of the encounter. Oct 1, 2014

Collision between two passenger trains in UP

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): Two passenger trains collided head on near Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh in the intervening night of September 30 and October 01.The Chairman of Railway Board Arunendra Kumar said that the helpline has started for communication and relief operations have begun with the help of local teams. The injured have been moved to a local hospital. The cause of the accident is yet not known. Oct 1, 2014

PM Modi briefs about his meet with Obama, invites him to visit India Part - 2

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting US President Barack Obama briefed about the summit level talks held between them. Modi said that India is committed to the resolution of civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries. He also raised the issues of commitment towards Afghanistan and Ebola breakout in Africa. Modi also extended an invitation to Barack Obama to visit India along with his family. Oct 1, 2014

PM Modi briefs about his meet with Obama, invites him to visit India Part - 1

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi after meeting US President Barack Obama briefed about the summit level talks held between them. Modi said that India is committed to the resolution of civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries. He also raised the issues of commitment towards Afghanistan and Ebola breakout in Africa. Modi also extended an invitation to Barack Obama to visit India along with his family. Oct 1, 2014

PM Modi visits Martin Luther King memorial along with US President Obama

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama jointly visited the memorial of Martin Luther King in Washington DC. Both the leaders together paid homage to the statue of the leader of African-American Civil Rights Movement. Modi and Obama drove straight to the Memorial after their summit level talks at the White House. As per initial plan, Modi was to go alone to pay the homage but in last minute change American president also decided to join him. Both the leaders took a round of the memorial and Obama was seen explaining significance of the site to Modi. Oct 1, 2014

India-US joint military exercise concludes

Ranikhet, Sep 30 (ANI): The 14-day joint military exercise between India and the US, which is aimed at strengthening and broadening inter-operability and cooperation between the two armies, concluded in Uttarakhand on Tuesday (September 30). The 'Yudh Abhyas' focused on key elements of command post exercise, field training exercise and expert academic exchanges in hill town of Ranikhet. The event, which kicked off on September 17, brought together troops of a mountain brigade of the Indian Army and a company and brigade headquarters of the US Army. The troops of both the sides executed a series of combined strategic drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in the UN peace keeping operations. Oct 1, 2014

Petrol price cut by 65p from midnight

New Delhi, Sept 30 (ANI): Petrol price has been slashed by 65 paise a litre effective from midnight tonight. Petrol will now be sold at Rs. 67.86 per litre from midnight in New Delhi. "Petrol prices have continued to show a downward trend. The current levels of international oil prices and INR-USD exchange rate warrant a decrease in selling price of petrol in the domestic market," said Indian Oil in a statement. Diesel prices are also likely to be cut by about Rs.1 per litre, the first reduction in rates in over five years. However, the cut will wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's return from the US. Meanwhile, according to latest reports, the cost of cylinders without subsidy has also been slashed by Rs.21. Oct 1, 2014

Craftsmen see Modi's US visit fuelling demand for handicrafts

Moradabad, Sep 30 (ANI): The handicrafts industry in Moradabad is hoping to reap the benefits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit, expecting the trip's success to fuel a demand for 'Make in India' products in the country's biggest export market. Modi's 'Make in India' initiative is aimed at turning the country into a manufacturing hub for the world so that the development of 1.25 billion people would create a massive market for all their goods to be absorbed and the surplus to be exported to the outside world. With the change in visa laws, the industry is expected to attract more US buyers and investors and help the domestic market to grow, who earlier were unwilling to visit India. Oct 1, 2014

Politicos react on Obama-Modi joint editorial

New Delhi, Sept 30 (ANI): Politicos on Tuesday stated that they would wait for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain if there were any substantial agreement between the India and America after a joint editorial was issued by Barack Obama and Narendra Modi on Tuesday. The joint editorial by Modi and Obama spoke of a renewed Indo-US partnership in the 21st century. It also said that the true potential of the ties was yet to be fully realized and the new government in India was a natural opportunity to broaden and deepen the ties. Sep 30, 2014

Haryana CM slams BJP for not declaring CM candidate in upcoming polls

New Delhi, Sep 30 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday slammed BJP for not declaring the name of its CM candidate in the upcoming assembly elections in the state. He said that BJP doesn't have any candidate who is suitable for the post of Chief Minister and the party is misleading public by making false promises. Hooda added that every election is a challenge and that he is confident that Congress will win elections for the third time in Haryana. Reacting over Amit Shah's statement that he had made in an election rally in Haryana earlier in the day, Hooda said that Shah should first look into his past and then see where he has reached. Sep 30, 2014

SC's direction to enroll defence personnel as general voters implemented: VS Sampath

Mumbai, Sep 30 (ANI): Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on Monday said that the Supreme Court's direction to enroll defence personnel as general voters is going to be implemented in the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. VS Sampath also appealed to the voters to check their names in the electoral roll and turn up in large numbers at the polling stations, so as to make the democracy purposeful. Sep 30, 2014

'Honour To Design For Our National Hero Mr.Modi,' Says Manish Malhotra

Gurgaon, Sep 30 (ANI): A lot is being said and discussed in the fashion community about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's looks, style and fashion sense...And taking the lead is celebrity fashion designer Manish Malhotra...The ace couturier showed keen interest to dress the Indian premier. Speaking at an event in cyber city Gurgaon, the designer said he would be honoured if given a chance to dress Prime Minister Modi. Malhotra was in Gurgaon on the sidelines of the "Fever Voice for Change" event, a CSR campaign initiated by Fever 104 FM. Lauding the government's latest 'cleanliness drive', he said every Indian citizen needed to be more conscious about cleanliness. Sep 30, 2014