UPA tries to woo central employees: 7th Pay Commission announced

Pune, Sep 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission, which is likely to impact at least 85 lakh central government employees and pensioners, in a way trying to woo all central employees ahead of 2014 polls. Sep 25, 2013

India, Bangladesh security forces vow to resolve border issues

Siliguri, Sept 25 (ANI): The security forces of India and Bangladesh vowed to resolve issues of infiltration, trafficking and smuggling by criminals alongside the border with an aim to enhance bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries. Bangladesh and Indian border guards attended the annual Director General (DG) level meeting which was organised from September 14 to September 19 and discussed issues like cattle smuggling and fake currency. The Inspector General of the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) north-Bengal frontier, S K Sood, said that they had received a positive response from the Bangladesh officials in order to resolve border issues. Sood also said that soldiers of India and Bangladesh remain on high alert alongside the border to avert any untoward incident. Sep 25, 2013

India sees US as long-term partner in fostering global environment conducive to to growth: PM

New Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said India sees the United States as a long-term partner in its development efforts, and also in fostering a global environment conducive to growth. In a departure statement released before embarking on a five-day visit to the United States, Dr. Singh said: "For India, the U.S. remains a key source of technology, investment, innovation and resources, and one of the most important destinations for our goods and services. We have productive and deepening partnerships in trade and investment, defence, counter-terrorism, intelligence, internal security, cyber security, civil nuclear energy, environment, health, higher education, space, science and technology and culture. Sep 25, 2013

Death toll from Pakistan quake rises to 208

Awaran, Sept 25 (ANI): The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Pakistan rose to at least 208 on Wednesday after hundreds of mud houses collapsed on people in a remote area near the Iranian border. The earthquake struck Pakistan's thinly populated province of Baluchistan on September 24 and was felt across South Asia. It destroyed houses and cut communications with the worst affected district of Awaran, and was so powerful that it caused a small island to emerge from the sea just off the coastline in the Arabian Sea. At least 373 people were injured. Sep 25, 2013

Nuclear liability bill draws flak from opposition parties

New Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): Opposition leaders slammed the government over the contentious Nuclear Liability Clause after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) gave its clearance, paving way for signing of an agreement between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and America's Westinghouse. India is making a last-minute push to close a nuclear deal in time for a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has made atomic energy cooperation with Washington a hallmark of his tenure. Under the proposed deal, India would contract Toshiba's U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse for preliminary works, including information sharing, a senior Indian official said. The aim is to build nuclear plants in the state of Gujarat. The clearance has been criticized by Indian opposition parties, who accused the government of trying to bypass due process and water down the liability law. Sep 25, 2013

Ajmer Blast accused's allegation: Cong says BJP, RSS behind the controversy

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): Even as one of the men accused in Ajmer Dargah bomb blast in 2007, has accused several union ministers and senior Congress leaders, besides National Investigation Agency officers of pressuring him to implicate RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar in the attack, senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it's a baseless letter and it is clear that BJP or RSS leaders are behind it. Sep 25, 2013

Ghulam Nabi Azad on dengue outbreak in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday said that a meeting is soon going to be held with the Health ministry, corporations and hospitals to discuss the alarming spread of dengue in New Delhi. More than 1,000 dengue cases were reported in the past three weeks. By contrast, there were 66 dengue cases in the whole of last year and 245 in 2011. Sep 25, 2013

BJP will not accept ordinance on convicted lawmakers

New Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday opposed an ordinance that reverses a Supreme Court order disqualifying MPs and MLAs if convicted in a criminal case. The Government opted for the ordinance route on Tuesday, after a bill for the same could not be passed in the monsoon session of parliament. Speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the party will not accept the ordinance on convicted lawmakers. Sep 25, 2013

India-Pak must trust each other; engage in dialogue when there is opportunity-D Raja

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh officially confirmed bilateral meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meet in New York, CPI Leader D Raja on Wednesday said that both the countries must trust each other and engage in dialogue when ever there is an opportunity Sep 25, 2013

Mustafa Kamal welcomes Indo-Pak PM meet

Srinagar, Sep 25 (ANI): Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif over the recent incursions on the Indo-Pak border at the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, senior National Conference (NC) leader Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday welcomed the recent development and said that Both the countries should take the talk to a logical conclusion. Sep 25, 2013

Terrorism and talks cannot go together: BJP on Indo-Pak PM meet in US

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): After Prime Minister Manmohan Singh officially confirmed bilateral meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meet in New York, BJP stated that the decision will only encourage Pakistan to continue with their attacks on India. Sinha also reiterated his party's stand that terrorism and talks cannot go together. Sep 25, 2013

Ordinance to protect lawmakers absolutely fair: Samajwadi Party

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): After the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, negating a Supreme Court ruling, cleared an ordinance that will protect convicted MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification, Samajwadi Party said that it totally supports the move. The ordinance will protect convicted MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification, provided their appeal against the conviction and sentence is admitted by a higher court within 90 days, and both the conviction and the sentence are stayed. Sep 25, 2013

Govt's priority to save criminals till end: RSS on Ordinance to protect convicted leaders

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): After the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, negating a Supreme Court ruling, cleared an ordinance that will protect convicted MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification, RSS spokesman Ram Madhav said all political parties want criminal out of politics but Governments priority is to save criminals till the end. The union cabinet approved the ordinance which will negate an order of the Supreme Court that disqualified convicted MPs and MLAs immediately even if their appeal is pending in a higher court. The ordinance is set to be signed into law by the President within a couple of days. Sep 25, 2013

Ordinance to protect lawmakers is unconstitutional: BJP

New Delhi, Sep 25 (ANI): BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Wednesday said that the ordinance aimed at protecting convicted MPs and MLAs from facing immediate disqualification is unconstitutional. The union cabinet approved the ordinance which will negate an order of the Supreme Court that disqualified convicted MPs and MLAs immediately even if their appeal is pending in a higher court. The ordinance is set to be signed into law by the President within a couple of days. She also said that the President is bound to act at the aid and advice of the ministers under the constitution for constitutional purposes and not unconstitutional purposes. Sep 25, 2013

Nuclear deal with us will benefit both countries: Salman Khurshid

New York, Sep 25 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has stated that the flagship nuclear deal with the United States would be beneficial for both the nations. Meanwhile talking about the straining relations between India and Pakistan, Khurshid said that talks with Pakistan could take place only when the environment is conducive for it. Sep 25, 2013