Merkel blasts 'unacceptable' attacks on Britain over Juncker

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has slammed as "unacceptable" arguments that Britain should leave the European Union if it refuses to back down in a dispute over the EU Commission's next president, a post she is backing Jean-Claude Juncker for. Jun 5, 2014

Reactions flow in as UN and US condemn Badaun gang-rape

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Reactions flow in after the United Nations (UN) condemned the gruesome gang-rape and murder of two teenage sisters in Badaun and made an appeal for justice for the victims. Former Indian Ambassador to US Naresh Chandra said that it is for the UP government to take it into consideration and look into the matter. Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh also condemned the incident and involvement of United Nations in the same, and said that the state government should work on the situation to make things right. Jun 5, 2014

16th Lok Sabha Session: Ministers take oath as Members of Parliament - Part - 3

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): The second day of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Thursday with the oath taking ceremony of all Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to take oath as the member of Lok Sabha and asked to take his oath by the Lok Sabha's Pro-Tem Speaker, Kamla Nath. He was then followed by senior BJP leader L.K.Advani and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who also took their oath of allegiance in Hindi like Modi. Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh also took his oath and swore to abide by the Constitution. Some other ministers also took oath as the Members of Parliament including PA Sangma, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, HD Deve Gowda, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Harsimrat Kaur, Harsh Vardhan, and Gen (Retd) VK Singh. Jun 5, 2014

16th Lok Sabha Session: Ministers take oath as Members of Parliament - Part - 2

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): The second day of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Thursday with the oath taking ceremony of all Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to take oath as the member of Lok Sabha and asked to take his oath by the Lok Sabha's Pro-Tem Speaker, Kamla Nath. He was then followed by senior BJP leader L.K.Advani and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who also took their oath of allegiance in Hindi like Modi. Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh also took his oath and swore to abide by the Constitution. Some other ministers also took oath as the Members of Parliament including PA Sangma, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, HD Deve Gowda, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Harsimrat Kaur, Harsh Vardhan, and Gen (Retd) VK Singh. Jun 5, 2014

16th Lok Sabha Session: Ministers take oath as Members of Parliament - Part - 1

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): The second day of the 16th Lok Sabha began on Thursday with the oath taking ceremony of all Members of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to take oath as the member of Lok Sabha and asked to take his oath by the Lok Sabha's Pro-Tem Speaker, Kamla Nath. He was then followed by senior BJP leader L.K.Advani and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who also took their oath of allegiance in Hindi like Modi. Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh also took his oath and swore to abide by the Constitution. Some other ministers also took oath as the Members of Parliament including PA Sangma, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, HD Deve Gowda, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Harsimrat Kaur, Harsh Vardhan, and Gen (Retd) VK Singh. Jun 5, 2014

Modi to meet Obama in September, positive reactions flow

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the invitation of the US President Barack Obama and will meet him in September. This has invited positive reactions from various political and non political organizations. Former Indian Ambassador to US Naresh Chandra stated that the meeting of Indian PM with US President will strengthen relations between both countries. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor stated that it is natural to meet leaders of other nations for the Indian Prime Minister. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that US plays an important role in the matrix of Indian economy thus it is necessary to strengthen relations with it. Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel stated that as an alliance partner there is full faith in Modi’s leadership to build up ties between both Inida and US. Jun 5, 2014

Shashi Tharoor praises Narendra Modi, BJP reacts

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): In high praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said that Modi has remodelled himself from a hate figure to an avatar of modernity and progress. He said that it would be “churlish” of the Congress to ignore his inclusive and accommodative outreach. He also added that the development-centric approach of PM Narendra Modi suggested that he had evolved into "Modi 2.0”. Reacting over this, BJP said that it is good that the Congress party which used to criticize Modi has changed its opinion regarding him. Jun 5, 2014

Javadekar celebrates environment day, gifts plants to ministers

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday expressed his views about keeping the surroundings clean and saving the Mother Earth on World Environment Day celebrated on June 5 all over the world. Javadekar also stated that the ministry has decided to gain participation of all ministers and thus decided to gift a plant to each. He added that a plant will also be given to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jun 5, 2014

Modi's decision to meet Obama in Sept is a welcome move: Bharat Verma

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has confirmed to US President Barack Obama that he will have a bilateral meeting with him in Washington in the last week of September this year. Obama had invited Modi to the US when he called up the PM to congratulate him. Reacting to this, Defence Analyst Captain (Retd) Bharat Verma on Thursday said that it will be a welcome move if Modi meets President Obama in September. He added that it will be a step in national interest. Jun 5, 2014