Bhutan friendly & important neighbour, says Naqvi

Thimphu, Nov 08 (ANI): BJP Spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who has accompanied President Pranab Mukherjee to his Bhutan visit, said on Saturday that Bhutan is an essential neighbour which has always been friendly and supportive to India. He also said that Bhutan also becomes essential in the context that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Bhutan for his first international visit. Nov 8, 2014

Sonia & Rahul Gandhi congratulates Manmohan Singh on being bestowed with Japan's highest civilian ho

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday congratulated former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on being conferred with Japan’s highest civilian honour ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers’. Senior party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad were also present. Singh was offered with flowers and shawl in respect by the Congress leaders. The Japanese government headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday announced that it had conferred a rare civilian honour on Singh for enhancing ties between Asia’s second and third largest economies. Singh is the first Indian to be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers, which is a ‘high level National Order’, a statement from the Japanese embassy said. Nov 8, 2014

Power to be restored in Kashmir after days of restoration work

Poonch, Nov 08 (ANI): The power department of Jammu and Kashmir has started working on restoration work of power supply after the valley was destroyed in the recent floods. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of villages were devastated by the worst flooding in decades in the Kashmir valley in September. Meanwhile, an executive engineer of Electricity Division in Poonch district, Mohammad Maqbool Nayak, said that one of the transformers in the area was damaged, which led to power crisis in the area. He further said they had borrowed power from Rajouri district and are working on installing another transformer to meet the requirements. He also added that the power supply in Poonch will be restored to 95 percent in another 10 to 15 days. Nov 8, 2014

Politicos react after P Chidambaram blames Manmohan Singh for 2G scam

New Delhi/Chennai, Nov 08 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Saturday after Former finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should have cancelled the 2G licenses. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that in a way congress has accepted there mistake regarding 2G scam. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the cabinet should have taken the 2G spectrum allocation within its purview. However, DMK leader TKS Elangovan said that since there had been no loss in the 2G spectrum allocation, hence, there was no reason of cancelling the licenses. Nov 8, 2014

Cooperation with India wholesome and extensive, says Bhutan PM

Thimphu, Nov 08 (ANI): Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said his country’s development cooperation with India is unique as the two nations already share a close bond. Tobgay was addressing mediapersons after holding bilateral talks with President Pranab Mukherjee, who is on two-day official visit to Bhutan to further expand and strengthen bilateral and regional issues. Tobgay added three more MoUs would be signed between the two nations. Tobgay also expressed happiness at Indian President Mukherjee’s visit. Nov 8, 2014

BJP Parliamentary board meet ends, decisions on Goa CM & UP polls to be announced by 4:00 PM

New Delhi, Nov 08 (ANI): The BJP Parliamentary board meeting on Saturday took place in party’s headquarters in the national capital to discuss the induction of 10 new faces in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Union Cabinet including Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, about Goa legislative party’s leader and Rajya Sabha candidates from UP. After the meeting, party General Secretary JP Nadda said that the decision on the same will be taken by today evening and will be announced by 4:00 PM. Nov 8, 2014

Comet orbiter landing team gears up to touch-down

More than a decade after the Rosetta Space Mission was launched, the comet orbiter will attempt to make history by launching a robotic lander called Philae onto a comet on November 12. Duration:00:55 Nov 8, 2014

J&K state authorities set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel ahead of assembly polls

Leh, Nov 08 (ANI): State authorities in Jammu and Kashmir set up voter awareness camps for Army personnel in order to reduce the number of invalid votes. The first of its kind initiative named ‘Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Plan (SVEEP)’, starting prior to the assembly polls in the state, will help Army personnel get informed about the procedure of postal ballot. Speaking to mediapersons, District Magistrate of Leh, Simrandeep Singh Gill said that similar camps have previously been organised for civilians during elections, but it is for the first time for Army personnel. Nov 8, 2014

Pranab Mukherjee meets Bhutan PM to strengthen bilateral ties between two nations

Thimpu, Nov 08 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee met Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in a bid to strengthen the friendly relations between the two nations. Mukherjee is on a two-day official visit to Bhutan in order to discuss bilateral and regional issues. Foreign secretary, Sujatha Singh said that India attaches great importance to Bhutan. President Mukherjee was accompanied by other delegates who also attended the hydel power presentation. Reportedly, New Delhi and Thimphu agreed to develop 10,000 MW of hydropower 2020 for which India will be the biggest buyer. Nov 8, 2014

Kerala Bar Hotels Association President firm on bribery charges against state finance minister

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 08 (ANI): The working President of Bar Hotels Association of Kerala, Biju Ramesh said that he stands by his allegations of bribery against the state Finance Minister KM Mani. Ramesh had accused Mani of seeking a bribe of rupees 50 million from him, of which an amount of rupees 10 million has already been paid. Kerela Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, however, had dismissed graft allegations against Mani and called the accusations baseless. The tropical state of Kerala, which has the country's highest alcohol consumption per capita, is moving to become alcohol-free within 10 years. Nov 8, 2014