Afghanistan to sign US security agreement

Kabul, Sept 30 (ANI): Afghanistan will on Tuesday sign a crucial security agreement allowing the United States to leave a small contingent of troops in the country beyond this year, US officials said. Speaking in Kabul, White House counselor John Podesta said it was a positive move. The bilateral security agreement, or BSA, will allow nearly 10,000 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after the international combat mission ends on December 31. Sep 30, 2014

PM Modi and Obama shared commonalities in 90 minutes of meeting, Obama said Khem Cho: MEA

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): Briefing the media about Prime Minister Narendra Modis first ever meeting with US President Barack Obama, MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that PM and Obama both shared commonalities and challenges they both faced on assuming power. He said that Obama greeted Modi saying, Khem cho, Mr Prime Minister, which means How are you, Mr Prime Minister in Gujarati language; and Modi responded in English language, Thank you Mr. President. Akbaruddin said Modi laid out his hopes and aspirations for India and his developmental vision in a meeting which lasted 90 minutes. He also said that both the dynamic leaders agreed hat US- Indo relation is most important and it was incumbent for both to strengthen it. Further, he also talked about Modis gifts to President Obama which included a special edition of Bhagavad Gita by Mahatma Gandhi. Sep 30, 2014

PM Modi discussed Ganga issue and shared his vision with CEOs and Clintons: MEA

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): While addressing mediapersons, MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had early morning meetings with CEOs of some ‘fortunate companies' of New York. He said that Modi played out his vision for economic development in India and asserted that India is open minded and that want change. Further, talking about prime minister's meeting with Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Akbaruddin said that Modi had warm and cordial meeting with the Clintons. Modi also discussed about his vision to clean River Ganga. Sep 30, 2014

Modi Obama meeting will benefit India: Experts

New Delhi, Sept 30 (ANI): Indian experts said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with US President Barack Obama would be significant and both the leaders would come out with concrete results in national interest. Indian expert Alok Bansal said Modi's meeting with Obama would be beneficial for his campaign'Make in India'as India seeks investment in defence and technology. Meanwhile, former Indian ambassador Surendra Kumar expected some concrete results from the meeting. Another expert Uday Bhaskar said US made an exception for Modi. Sep 30, 2014

Goa CM launches four-lane highway project from Old Goa to Panaji

Goa, Sep 30 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar launched a four-lane highway project from Old Goa to Panaji, which will be numbered as 'Highway 17B'. Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said that the highway will have a separate lane for bikes as Goa tourists as well as residents use more bikes than other vehicles. He said that the project is envisaged as model corridor for future development of national highways in the state. Dhavalikar who had last week spoken of a nearly 11 km flyover, said that there will be a flyover/bridge across Chimbel creek. It will be 200m long and will have six lanes with a footpath. Parrikar has said that the Four-laning of the nearly 10-km stretch of NH 4A will be completed by May 30, 2015. Sep 30, 2014

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