Fiji National University will improve quality of life: PM Modi

Suva, Nov 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the newly established Fiji National University (FNU) would help improve the quality of life of people by introducing new ideas and addressing problems of the island country. While addressing a gathering at FNU in Suva on Wednesday Modi said the world had turned into an open area for knowledge seekers and new researches and applications are bringing positive changes in people's lives. He added that journey towards acquiring knowledge should not be confined within inculcating traditional values. Nov 19, 2014

Muzaffarnagar Khap Panchayat bans mobile for girls, Women activists condemn

New Delhi/ Muzaffarnagar, Nov 19 (ANI): In a recent event, Muzaffarnagar Khap panchayats on Wednesday have banned the use of mobile phones for young girls. MPSS President N Pundir said that use of mobile phones is like following the western culture which is wrong and parents should keep a check on their daughters. Vice President of AIDWA's Delhi unit, Maimoona Mollah said that such declarations made by the Khap panchayats are highly condemnable and it spoils the mentality of people. NCW Member Shamina Shafiq said that the government should deal strictly with the Khaps who spoil the lives of women living in their respective area. Nov 19, 2014

Students' union demands implementation of 29-year-old memorandum in Assam

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): All Assam Students Union (AASU) demanded the implementation of Assam Accord, a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed back in 1985, to stop illegal immigrants into the state and faciliate governance. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya on Wednesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to discuss the matter and laid down demands for the sealing of the India-Bangladesh border and detection of illegal immigrants among other things. He added Singh was aware that a proceeding regarding the Accord was on in the Supreme Court and they would require a month to fix a time frame for its implemention. Singh also said he would visit the Bangladesh-India border after December 25, added Bhattacharya. Nov 19, 2014

Mamata says will quit CM's post if links to Saradha scam are proved, BJP reacts

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she would quit the CM's chair if it was proved that she had any links to the Saradha scam. She also said that she doesn't know BJP chief Amit Shah. Reacting over this, BJP on Wednesday said that the way names of TMC leaders are coming in the scam, very soon Mamata will have to quit the post. Nov 19, 2014

BJP pulls up Lalu for calling PM Modi 'NRI'

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday hit back at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a Non Resident Indian, saying there is no need to take any advice from a person who is outside jail at the moment and challenging his conviction. Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Modi's ongoing three-nation visit, Lalu had earlier on Tuesday quipped that the former had become a Non Resident Indian. He also lashed out at the BJP-led government's promise to bring back black money stashed in safe havens abroad within 100 days of coming to power. The former Bihar chief minister had also condemned the 'Swacch Bharat Abhiyan' and dubbed it as an excuse for a photo opportunity. Nov 19, 2014

Sonia, Rahul pay tribute to Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday offered floral tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 97th birth anniversary. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh also offered floral tributes to India's first woman Prime Minister at her memorial in Shakti Sthal. Nov 19, 2014

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd Director's car attacked in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Nov 19 (ANI): An unidentified man open fired on the car of Director and Vice- Chairman of Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., K Nityananda Reddy in Hyderabad on Wednesday morning. The senior cop informed that the assailant, however, managed to escape leaving the weapon behind. Nov 19, 2014

PM Modi announces visa on arrival for Fijians

Fiji, Nov 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the Fiji Parliament on Wednesday, announced visa on arrival for Fijians. Modi said that India is prepared to work for a digital Fiji. Prime Minister announced a financial help of five million US dollars to Fiji for development of its villages. He also laid emphasis on the need to work in areas of climate and energy. Nov 19, 2014