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Make in India brings labour reforms back on agenda


After nearly a decade, labour law reforms once again gathered steam in 2014 in sync with the government’s focus on promoting Make in India and improving the ease of doing business. ....more »

RSS claims it’s registered rapid growth in recent years


The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has registered a rapid growth in the country in the last three years, according to Manmohan Vaidya, Prachar Pramukh of the organisation who was in Kolkata on Monday. ....more »

After Phil Hughes, Australia wakes up to another nightmare


It was supposed to be the announcement of Australia’s newest and third-youngest Test captain. The start of a new bright era for a country trying its best to get over a dreadful bereavement. ....more »

SAARC leaders to push Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to sign 3 key pacts


Disappointed with Pakistan holding out the three agreements on rail, motor vehicles and power grid connectivity, SAARC leaders are expected to take up the matter with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday. ....more »

PMO asks tax dept to find more ways to bring back black money


Aiming to intensify government’s drive on black money, the PMO has asked the revenue department to look for ways other than bilateral tax treaties to bring back funds stashed abroad. ....more »

G20 summit: PM Narendra Modi gives a strong push to govt agenda on black money, tax avoidance


Driven by a strong domestic political agenda of getting black money back home, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday managed to get the Group of 20 include a certain clause in the final Leaders’ Communiqué that will make it difficult for tax havens to give complete tax exemption to companies. ....more »

It is an article of faith for me, will bring back every penny of black money, says PM Narendra Modi


Calling the issue of black money an “article of faith” for him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that as per his understanding and the information available to him, the government was on the “right track” in the matter. ....more »

Modi’s message to NDA MPs: Take ownership of our key schemes


Amid the continuing suspense over the contours of a BJP alliance in Maharashtra, the spotlight was on the Shiv Sena MPs. ....more »

After BJP wins Maharashtra and Haryana, the big question: Is Delhi next?


With the BJP claiming 47 out of 90 Assembly seats in neighbouring Haryana and emerging as the single largest party in Maharashtra with 122 out of 288 seats, the party’s Delhi unit is hoping to ride that wave to power in the national capital. ....more »

Cyclone Hudhud: Vizag back on its feet, throngs beach


Visakhapatnam found its feet and spirit back after spending two days without water and fuel in the aftermath of cyclone Hudhud that hit the eastern coast of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening. ....more »

Treat ‘Hudhud’ as national calamity: Naidu tells PM


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday asked the Centre to declare the very severe cyclone storm ‘Hudhud’ that hit the state’s coast as a national calamity and also sought an ad hoc relief package of Rs 2,000 crore. ....more »

Five persons killed in heavy shelling by Pak troops


Five villagers were killed and 29 injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistani troops targeting hamlets and outposts along the International Border in Jammu district today in one of the worst ceasefire violations. ....more »

There will be feasting, feting, but Modi will be fasting on US trip


Elaborate menus for a private dinner at the White House and a reception by the Indian Ambassador to the US are ready. ....more »

India not blocking rule-based global trade: Narendra Modi


Weeks after India was accused of blocking WTO talks over food subsidy issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the country does not stand in the way of rule-based global trade but the interests of its poor and farmers cannot be sacrificed. ....more »

Modi visits school, seeks help in Japanese language teaching


Keen to upgrade the educational standards in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited a 136-year-old school here as a "student" to understand the academic system of Japan which could be replicated back home. ....more »

Need 5 DRDO labs for scientists under 35: Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made a strong pitch for promoting young talent in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), asking it to earmark five laboratories for scientists “below 35 years”. ....more »

Flood, landslides in Arunachal Pradesh


Incessant rains in the past couple of days have triggered floods and landslides in several districts of Arunachal Pradesh, disrupting road communication and throwing normal life out of gear. ....more »

‘Ladakh demands opening of new Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route’


Opening of Kailash Mansarovar yatra route from Ladakh, royalty in hydro power projects and a multi-purpose tunnel through Khardongla were some of the demands put forth by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council before Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today. ....more »

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises closer ties, links India, Nepal to common future


Signalling his government’s resolve to work with India’s neighbours towards a common future for the benefit of each, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced a slew of measures to help Nepal realise its potential and “scale heights greater than the Himalayas”. ....more »

PM Modi keeps tight grip on his Cabinet


Cabinet meetings in the two-month-old NDA government are turning out to be a tutorial for many ministers in the art of governance. ....more »

UNDP Report: India’s rural employment, education schemes move in right direction


India may have little to feel proud about in the findings of UNDP’s Human Development Report for 2014, but the good news is that with ongoing rural employment and school education programmes and some serious discussions on universal healthcare over the last couple of years, it is moving in the right direction. ....more »

Key Congressional committee to hold hearing on India


Ahead of the India-US Strategic Dialogue, a key Congressional committee will hold a hearing on India to review bilateral ties and prospects for expanding cooperation with the new Indian government. ....more »

For Narendra Modi, first BRICS trip a success


Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his first major multilateral visit to a foreign country on Wednesday, having separately met China President Xi Jinping, Russia President Vladimir Putin, Brazil President Dilma Rousseff and South African President Jacob Zuma over the last two days in Fortaleza and Brasilia. ....more »

Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of BRICS Summit; ‘when we meet the world watches us’


In a significant development, China today invited India to attend a summit of Asia and Pacific (APEC) leaders as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Xi Jin Ping and discussed various issues including the need to resolve the boundary question in an amicable manner. ....more »

FIFA World Cup: Germany lift title after 24 years

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A world class Mario Goetze volley in extra time fired Germany to a fourth World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday, leaving the South Americans and their captain Lionel Messi heartbroken. ....more »

Jaitley Journey-I: Sticks to his 3 goals, boost growth, cut inflation, fix fisc


Presenting the first budget of the NDA government on Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stuck to the three goals he had defined for himself. ....more »

A lifeline for Adhaar, DBT: PM Narendra Modi to retain, push UPA schemes


Putting to rest speculation about the fate of the UPA government’s flagship Aadhaar project and the Direct Benefits Transfer scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought a 100-crore enrolment target under Aadhaar at the “earliest”, also asking officials to look into linking passports with its data. ....more »

Hope NSA surveillance on BJP has no impact on bilateral ties, says US as India lodges strong protest


The United States has hoped its National Security Agency surveillance on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), revelation of which has highly been objected by New Delhi, would not have an adverse impact on the bilateral relationship between the two countries. ....more »

PM Narendra Modi scored triple century on debut, made my dream come true: L K Advani


Senior BJP leader L K Advani Sunday heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “triple-century” debut — leading the NDA to 300-plus seats — in national politics as he exhorted his party’s first-time MPs to ensure the BJP’s return to power in 2019. ....more »

Amit Shah moves closer to taking charge as BJP president


Amit Shah, the controversial but dynamic general secretary of the BJP, is set to take over as president of the party in place of the incumbent Rajnath Singh who is now Home Minister in the Modi Cabinet. ....more »