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After Lahore, PM Narendra Modi​ likely to meet Nawaz Sharif next in Washington

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise stopover in Lahore on December 25, he may next meet Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in US capital Washington in 2016. As per a report in The Hindu, President Barack Obama has invited both the PMs for the Nuclear Security Summit to be held on March 31 and April 1, 2016. However, no formal announcement has been made so far regarding the same, the report said that both Modi

Boxing great Muhammad Ali hits out at Donald Trump over Muslim ban

Muhammad Ali rebuked Donald Trump over his call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, news reports said Wednesday, as the boxing icon became just the latest high-profile name to lay into the presidential hopeful. Ali, a Muslim, did not mention the Republican frontrunner by name, but a statement by the former heavyweight champ — reported by NBC and ABC — appeared directed squarely at Trump. “Speaking as someone

PM Narendra Modi may take Shinzo Abe to banks of Ganga in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has his own way of striking personal chords with foreign leaders. If it was a stroll along the Sabarmati waterfront in Ahmedabad that gave a special touch to the visit of Chinese President Xi Jingping last year, it is likely to be aarti on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi that will reflect a similar moment when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in the country next month.

Bobby Jindal drops out of US presidential race

Saying “This is not my time,” Louisiana’s Indian-American Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has abruptly dropped out o the 2016 US presidential race. Announcing his decision on Fox News Tuesday evening, Louisiana-born son of Indian immigrant parents from Punjab, Jindal, 44, said: “They raised me to believe Americans can do anything, and they were right, we can.” “I don’t think in a million years they would have ever imagined that I’d

PM Narendra Modi 9th most powerful person in the world: Forbes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s ninth most powerful person by Forbes magazine in a 2015 list which is topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi was placed 14th in the 2014 Forbes list of world’s powerful people. Forbes while releasing the list today at the same time said governing 1.2 billion people in India requires more than “shaking hands” and that Modi must pass his party BJP’s reform agenda and keep “fractious opposition”

Barack Obama calls for reform of 'unfair' US criminal justice system

President Barack Obama on Saturday called for a meaningful reform of the criminal justice system in the US which “remains unfair” while citing that there are currently 2.2 million people behind bars in America compared to the 500,000 thirty years ago. “Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America. Today, there are 2.2 million. The United States is home to 5 per cent of the world’s population,

US President Barack Obama poised to unveil major climate change plan

With one eye on his legacy, US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the “biggest, most important step we`ve ever taken” in the fight against climate change. The White House will release the final version of America`s Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on pollution from the nation`s power plants, setting limits on power-plant carbon emissions for the first

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley have frightened BJP workers: Arun Shourie

Arun Shourie has fired a volley of shots across Narendra Modi’s bows days before the government’s first anniversary. Shourie, who was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s blue-eyed boy as a disinvestment minister in his government, alleged that Modi’s economic policy was “directionless”, investments had not picked up and the “Make in India” concept would not take off unless labour reforms were ushered in, and debunked as “hyperbole” the claim of a projected

BJP is an American party, says Lalu Prasad

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav doesn’t let go of any opportunity to take a dig at the BJP. Close on the heels of US President Barack Obama’s recently concluded three-day visit, Lalu took a swipe at the saffron party and said that the BJP was an American party. He said that he had been saying this for years now and with the way the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the

Arvind Kejriwal not invited for Republic Day parade

Former Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal has apparently not been invited for the Republic Day parade, where US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest. AAP, however, feels that the government is breaking the protocol by not inviting ex-chief minister. Kejriwal, who was keen to attend the parade, is unhappy with Modi government’s move. Kejriwal, who terms this as politically motivated move said

Islamic State beheads British hostage in latest video

The Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group on Friday claimed responsibility of beheading British aid worker Alan Henning in an online video. In the one-minute video clip titled “Another Message to America and its Allies”, roughly the same as those released after three previous murders, a masked IS militant also introduced another hostage it identified as a US aid worker Peter Kassig, Xinhua reported. The video was found online by

Barack Obama nominates Richard Verma as new US envoy to India

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Indian-American, Richard Rahul Verma, as the next US Ambassador to India, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington later this month. If confirmed by the US Senate, Verma, who earlier served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs and is now in the private sector, would be the first Indian-American to serve as the top US diplomatic position in New Delhi. Obama announced his