PM Modi thanks Brisbane for 'wonderful reception' pitches for stronger ties between two nations

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): While speaking at Civic Reception in Brisbane, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the city has shown the world what a great city and host it is. Modi said that Queensland has supported partnership in education and skills and that the two nation's joint research will help our farmers. Modi also said that he was grateful for the reception and warmth and hospitality of the state and hoped for better relations in years to come. Nov 16, 2014

Brisbane Lord Mayor and Queensland Premier welcomes PM Modi at civic reception

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Welcoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the civic reception in Brisbane, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said that it was an honour to have Modi at the event. Graham Quirk said that the Indian people see him as a man to rest their hopes on and that this is a great responsibility that the Indian prime minister carries. Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman also greeted Modi and said that he has a great fan following in the city. The civic reception also had cultural programmes organized in welcome for PM Modi. Nov 16, 2014

Politicos react after Kejriwal woos youth, promises jobs and WiFi across Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal wooed the youths, promised jobs to the people and declared to make Delhi a WiFi city. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that there is no truth in the promises made by Kejriwal. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that people of Delhi gave Kejriwal one chance but won't be fooled again by his false promises. Congress leader Shobha Oza also expressed similar sentiments. Nov 16, 2014

Bus collides with truck in Uttar Pradesh, killing 12

Moradabad, Nov 16 (ANI): Twelve people died and four others were injured when a bus carrying 16 passengers collided head on with a truck in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital. City superintendent of police Pradeep Gupta said that around 16 passengers were traveling in the bus and they were about to attend a religious event. Road and rail accidents are common in India, where rickety infrastructure and weak law enforcement struggle to cope with a surge in traffic and floods of unlicensed drivers. Nov 16, 2014

Politicos react after Salman Khurshid slams PM Modi for taking people along abroad to increase crowd

New Delhi, Nov 16 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Sunday after Congress leader Salman Khurshid slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that Modi takes people along with him to increase the crowd. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the statement of Salman Khurshid shows his frustration. CPI leader D Raja said that it is possible that Modi takes people along with him abroad. He added that such reports had appeared in the newspaper when Modi was on his US visit. Nov 16, 2014

PM Modi unveils Mahatma Gandhi statue in Brisbane

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday unveiled the statue of iconic freedon fighter Mahatma Gandhi in Brisbane Australia. Modi unveiled the statue even as supporters cheered him and shouted slogans at the Brisbane's Roma Street Parkland. Modi also offered flowers and paid his respect to Gandhi. Former honorary Indian consul in Brisbane Parsram Punj also participated in unveiling of the Gandhi statue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city. PM Modi is in the Australian city for the 9th G20 summit. The Prime Minister has planned extra events in Brisbane during his four-day visit including the unveiling of the statue, talks with Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, among other events. PM Modi's visit to Australia will hopefully strengthen ties with the near 300,000-strong Indian diaspora in the country, with a friendly tax regime for non-residents and options for dual citizenship on the wish list. Nov 16, 2014

Roadshow promotes tourism between India, Bangladesh

Agartala, Nov 16 (ANI): A four-day road show, 'Maitri Tourism 2014', kicked off in Agartala to promote tourism between India and Bangladesh. The event is being organised by Bangladesh Foundation for Tourism Development and Bangladesh Inbound Tour Operators Association in collaboration with Tripura Tourism Development Forum and Tripura Tourism Development Corporation. A seminar took place to discuss the sub-regional tourism circuit linking India's northeast, Bangladesh and Myanmar, and the land routes linking the capital cities of Dhaka and Agartala. A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Secretary Subhas Das said tourism is among the most flourishing sectors in the world and plays a significant role in generating employment. The seminar also covered issues of tourism tax and easing the visa process to further boost the tourism industry. Nov 16, 2014

Non violence was an article of faith for Mahatma Gandhi: Modi

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi before unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane on Sunday said that non violence was an article of faith for Gandhi. Speaking at the function, he said Mahatma Gandhi's teachings relevant in addressing the challenges of global warming and terrorism. Nov 16, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi is as relevant today as he was in his lifetime: Modi

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi before unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane on Sunday said that Gandhi is as relevant today as he was in his lifetime. Speaking at the function, he said that On October 2 (1869), a person was not born in Porbandar but an era was born. He added that Mahatma Gandhi's teachings relevant in addressing the challenges of global warming and terrorism. Nov 16, 2014

Students in Kashmir demand bridge construction as they have to cross river on boat to reach school

Rajouri, Nov 16 (ANI): School children in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir risk their lives to go to a school by crossing a river as there is no bridge over it. Students in Nadpur Dhallian village cross River Manawar on a boat everyday to get to their schools while locals also have to go by same mode to get to the other side. People complain that even after repeated complaints, the administration did not construct a bridge. A school teacher, Isher Singh said that if a bridge is built, more children would come from nearby villages to attend school. Singh also said that many parents feared sending their children to school as there were several incidents of children and villagers getting swept away or drowning in the river water. Meanwhile, the assembly polls in the state are scheduled to take place from November 25 and the five-phased elections will conclude on December 20. Counting of votes will take place on December 23. Nov 16, 2014

Followers of Rampal stand guard outside his ashram

Hissar, Nov 16 (ANI): The followers of self styled godman Rampal stood outside his ashram in Hissar district of Haryana. His brother Purshottam Das said that Rampal's supporters will not move until they are given justice adding that the followers have been taught lessons of life by their preacher. Rampal has been summoned by the Court regarding hearing of a case, which he frequently missed saying that he is not medically fit. Nov 16, 2014

PM most sought after leader of G20: Suresh Prabhu

Brisbane, Nov 16 (ANI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday while addressing a press conference said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most sought after leader at the G-20 summit. He added that employment was the central issue of discussion at the summit. He further stated that PM Modi strongly pitched for Black Money at the summit and even indicated a need for Global Centre for renewable energy. MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Brazil and South Africa spoke in favor of PM Modi on the Black Money issue. Nov 16, 2014

People raise water, electricity woes ahead of Kashmir polls

Poonch, Nov 16 (ANI): People in poll-bound Jammu and Kashmir complained about lack of basic facilities on Sunday (November 16). The assembly polls in the state will be held in five phases, which will begin on November 25 and conclude on December 20. Counting of votes will take place on December 23. People of Tharati village in Poonch district say they have been facing water scarcity issue since a very long time and will vote for a person who pays heed to their issues. Meanwhile, to voters recovering from the worst floods in a century, those plans are a far cry from reality. Nov 16, 2014