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Linking CPEC with BCIM will benefit people: China

Linking CPEC with BCIM will benefit people: ChinaBeijing, June 26 (IANS) Brushing aside India's concerns, China on Monday stressed the need to link the controversial CPEC with the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Corridor. Beijing also said it was willing to wait for New Delhi to join the Belt and Road initiative about which a section in India was unnecessarily "quivering". "These two economic corridors are both important cooperation projects under the framework of Belt and Road," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.


India presents abundant opportunities for US investors: Modi

India presents abundant opportunities for US investors: ModiNew Delhi, June 26 (IANS) India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the partnership between the businesses of the two countries can bear enormous fruits, worth many billions of dollars over the next decade, and generate new employment opportunities across both societies. The rollout of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1 will, in a single stroke, convert India into a unified, continent-sized market of 1.3 billion people," Modi said in an Op-ed article published in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, coinciding with his US visit. "These plans also showcase the enormous fruits of our relationships with enterprising U.S. partners -- worth many billions of dollars over the next decade alone -- together with concomitant new employment opportunities across both societies," he added.


Lupin founder Gupta passes away in Mumbai

Lupin founder Gupta passes away in MumbaiMumbai, June 26 (IANS) Drug maker Lupin's founder and Chairman Desh Bandhu Gupta passed away here on Monday. "We are deeply saddened with the demise of our father (Gupta) on early Monday. What he had put in motion 50 years ago in helping to create, innovate and lead in the pharmaceutical space is an unparalleled legacy," said Lupin Chief Executive Nilesh Gupta in a statement here.


Eid Mubarak! BSF jawans exchange sweets at Indo-Bangladesh border

Eid Mubarak! BSF jawans exchange sweets at Indo-Bangladesh borderOn the special occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, Border Security Force (BSF) of India and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) were seen exchanging sweets at the Indo-Bangladesh Border. It has been a tradition between both the forces to exchange sweets on festivals and special occasions. The event is also considered to improve the brotherhood between the forces of both the nations who share the same duty of fighting for their country.


Para-cyclist starts talent search programme in Bengaluru

Para-cyclist starts talent search programme in BengaluruBengaluru, June 26 (IANS) Asian Championship medallist para-cyclist Aditya Mehta has started his ambitious national training camp to scout promising para-athletes at the Border Security Force (BSF) Subsidiary Training Centre (STC) here. Run by the Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF), the camp which will see around 150 upcoming para-athletes comprising brave soldiers from the central armed police forces who have sustained serious injuries in the line of duty.


Want to educate women about menstrual hygiene: Miss India World 2017

Want to educate women about menstrual hygiene: Miss India World 2017New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) She comes from Haryana, is all of 20, is studying medicine and has just won the Miss India World 2017 crown. Manushi Chhillar is focused on winning the Miss World title for India, but her life's mission, she says, is also to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene through her intiative Project Shakti. "The poor menstrual management in our country and across the world has always bothered me as a person...That's one cause that I will take forward with me," Manushi told IANS over phone from Mumbai, while talking about the social responsibility that comes with the Miss India crown.


rnIndia vs West Indies: Superstitious Yuvraj Singh and his Theory

rnIndia vs West Indies: Superstitious Yuvraj Singh and his TheoryIndia isn’t called incredible for no reason. It actually is an incredible country with an abundance of diverse cultures, traditions and the very famous, ‘Superstitions’.


Haryana's Manushi Chhillar wins Miss India 2017 crown

Haryana's Manushi Chhillar wins Miss India 2017 crownFrom wearing a crown to walking the ramp, winning Miss India title is every girl’s dream. And this year the dream came true for Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar.


Toronto holds biggest-ever yoga event in North America

Toronto holds biggest-ever yoga event in North AmericaToronto, June 26 (IANS) Toronto set a record of holding the biggest-ever yoga event in North America as yoga guru Baba Ramdev led thousands of people through yoga asanas at the International Centre here on Sunday. The day-long mega event was organised by the non-profit International Day of Yoga Canada (IYDC) in collaboration with the Indian consulate here. Top leaders, including Canada's Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, Ontario state's Indo-Canadian Minister Dipika Damerla, Ontario Opposition Leader Patrick Brown, mayors, and members of Parliament joined the event as Baba Ramdev put them through over two hours of yogic asanas in the morning session.


'Inside Edge' will amplify Indian showbiz's global presence: Makers

'Inside Edge' will amplify Indian showbiz's global presence: MakersMumbai, June 26 (IANS) With "Inside Edge" -- a forthcoming web series on the politics behind the game of cricket -- the makers are hoping to make Indian entertainment's presence felt the world over. Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, with their banner Excel Media and Entertainment Private Limited, are the latest addition to the list. Talking about the potential of digital content in the global entertainment world, Sidhwani told IANS here: "I think that is the next step -- to reach out to the global audience with our original stories, like we are also enjoying entertainment from across the globe.


GM India commences shipment of sedan version of Beat

GM India commences shipment of sedan version of BeatPune, June 26 (IANS) Automobile manufacturer General Motors India on Monday said that it has begun regular shipment of the sedan version of Chevrolet Beat from its Talegaon export hub to the Latin America markets. According to the company, a consignment of 1,200 Chevrolet Beat sedans was on Monday loaded for shipment to Latin America, following the start of production on June 5, 2017. "Our Talegaon facility is a key export manufacturing hub for GM," said Asif Khatri, Vice President-Manufacturing, GM India.


USIBC launches India task force on civil aviation

USIBC launches India task force on civil aviationNew Delhi, June 26 (IANS) The US-India Business Council (USIBC) on Monday launched a task force on civil aviation that will focus on identifying opportunities for implementation based on India's National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). According to the business advocacy organisation, its "India Task Force" aims to promote bilateral dialogue "by being the voice of industry", partnering with governments to organise trade missions and advocating for regulatory changes on behalf of its members.


rnRahane, Kuldeep shines in India’s massive win over West Indies

rnRahane, Kuldeep shines in India’s massive win over West IndiesIndia showcased a strong all-round performance to beat Windies by 105 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Queen's Park Oval Stadium at Port of Spain on Sunday.


Modi invites US business, says GST will ease way

Modi invites US business, says GST will ease wayWashington, June 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his most compelling invitation to American business to invest in India, telling them that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will come into effect from July 1 could be a subject of study in US business schools. Modi, on a two-day visit to the US capital, held a roundtable here on Sunday with 20 top executives of American companies. Among those who attended were Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Mastercard President Ajay Banga.


India should aim to get 40% electricity from n-power by 2050: Former AEC chief

India should aim to get 40% electricity from n-power by 2050: Former AEC chiefMoscow, June 26 (IANS) Indigenous manufacturing of major components and ensuring a strong participation from the domestic industry are the major challenges before the Indian nuclear power programme now, says former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chief M R Srinivasan. "For a large nuclear power capacity to be built in a country like India, it is very important to have major components made within the country.


'Indian animation industry needs home grown heroes'

'Indian animation industry needs home grown heroes'Hyderabad, June 26 (IANS) Mythological characters like Ram and Ravana have been favourites of animation content providers in India. Chilaka believes there's a need for character-based stories with universal appeal. "We have to go beyond Ram and Ravana.


Yay or Nay: Bipasha Basu in emerald green draped gown

Yay or Nay: Bipasha Basu in emerald green draped gownBong beauty Bipasha Basu is a pro in carrying herself with panache. rnShe proved it once again on the red carpet of Miss India finale, held in Mumbai


China mum over stopping Indian pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar

China mum over stopping Indian pilgrims to Kailash MansarovarBeijing, June 26 (IANS) China on Monday refused to tell why it had stopped a group of Indian pilgrims from travelling to Kailash Mansarovar, saying the foreign ministries of both countries are in touch over the issue. "According to my information, the foreign ministries of the two countries are maintaining communication on the issue," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said when asked about the reason for the move. Last week, the first batch of 47 Indian pilgrims was stopped by Chinese authorities at the international border.


Sridevi CONFIRMS 'Mr. India' 2 is happening!

Sridevi CONFIRMS 'Mr. India' 2 is happening!Not long ago we informed you that Mr. India sequel might be happening. Well, now Sridevi, has confirmed that Mr. India 2 is very much happening.


Logic of Indo-US strategic ties 'incontrovertible', says Modi

Logic of Indo-US strategic ties 'incontrovertible', says ModiNew Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Saying both India and the US are determined to defeat the "scourge" of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that "the logic of our strategic relationship is incontrovertible". Modi, ahead of his meeting with President Donald Trump, also said in comments published in The Wall Street Journal that he expected bilateral ties in the next few decades to be "an even more remarkable story of ambitious horizons, convergent action and shared growth". Modi recalled how he told the US Congress in June 2016 that the bilateral relationship had overcome the "hesitations of history".


Kit Harington to be honoured at Giffoni film fest

Kit Harington to be honoured at Giffoni film festLondon, June 26 (IANS) "Game of Thrones" actor Kit Harington will be honoured at Giffoni International Film Festival, one of the largest film events dedicated entirely to children and teenagers. In addition to playing Jon Snow on the upcoming seventh season of "Game of Thrones", the London-born actor will next appear in Xavier Dolan's drama "The Life and Death of John F. Donovan" and on the BBC drama "Gunpowder".


India has showed its strength by conducting the surgical strikes: PM Modi

India has showed its strength by conducting the surgical strikes: PM ModiWhile addressing Indian community in US, PM Modi said that surgical strikes has shown India’s strength. He said that no country has questioned India’s surgical strikes. He addressed a gathering of around 700 members of the Indian diaspora at a hotel in McLean.


Not a single blot of corruption against my government, says Modi

Not a single blot of corruption against my government, says ModiWashington, June 26 (IANS) Projecting his government's success in the areas of fighting terror and graft, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there has not been a single blot of corruption against his regime and no country has questioned the surgical strikes conducted across the border. Addressing the Indian diaspora here, he also promised a supportive environment for developing the country matching the progress in the US. Calling corruption as the root cause for which previous governments were changed in India, Modi said his government has emerged corruption-free in the past three years.


'India-Afghanistan air corridor reflects New Delhi's stubborn thinking'

'India-Afghanistan air corridor reflects New Delhi's stubborn thinking'Beijing, June 26 (IANS) Bypassing Pakistan in a direct air corridor with Afghanistan reflects India's "stubborn geopolitical thinking" and its opposition to Beijing's connectivity project, a Chinese daily has said. The Global Times in a commentary advised India "to develop economic and trade relations" with China's "all-weather ally" Pakistan where Beijing is building a multi-billion dollar economic corridor.


North-West India, Delhi NCR to receive monsoon showers within 48-hours

North-West India, Delhi NCR to receive monsoon showers within 48-hoursDuring the last 24 hours, heavy to very heavy rains were witnessed in parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Good showers also lashed several areas along the West Coast and Northeast India.


Donald Trump is a total mess, says Ansel Elgort

Donald Trump is a total mess, says Ansel ElgortLos Angeles, June 26 (IANS) Actor Ansel Elgort has slammed US President Donald Trump, saying he is a "total mess". The actor, who has starred in "The Fault in Our Stars" and the "Divergent" series, is not happy with Trump's presidency.


"Its result of what we do on field": Virat Kohli on becoming 2nd most followed Indian on Facebook

"Its result of what we do on field": Virat Kohli on becoming 2nd most followed Indian on FacebookReacting upon holding crown of 2nd most followed Indian on Facebook just after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Captain of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli, credited it to the hard work of his team. The cricketer said that this is the result of what they do on the fields, adding that they automatically feel good upon receiving this kind of response from the masses. Skipper Kohli's Facebook page has been flooded with 42.2 million followers.Virat Kohli, however, is one of the most popular Indian celebrity on Facebook, surpassing Bollywood superstar Salman Khan by more than 6,00,000 followers. Sharing his views on cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian skipper said the duo's century partnership for the opening wicket drove India to an astounding win over West Indies.


Everyone's a great actor at poker table: Minissha Lamba

Everyone's a great actor at poker table: Minissha LambaNew Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Minissha Lamba, who has been appointed Celebrity Pro by an online poker platform, says being an actor doesn't help her much when she's playing because every player at the game's table masters the poker face. "You may think you know the game, but the moment you think that, the game comes back and gives you a slap, saying, 'You know what, stay humble, don't think that you know me'." What about women taking to poker -- are there many in India who are doing it?


'Society has started accepting women as chefs'

'Society has started accepting women as chefs'New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Traditionally, chefs have been men. Masterchef Pankaj Bhadouria says the society's mindset has transformed over the years, leading to acceptance of women in different professions.


13 satellites being used by Indian Military to keep eye on enemy

13 satellites being used by Indian Military to keep eye on enemyIndia has launched 13 satellites to be used for military purpose including the successful launch of "eye in the sky" Cartosat-2 satellite with surveillance capabilities last Friday. Placing these satellites at the sun-synchronous polar orbit helps in better scanning of the earth. Satellites have, therefore, emerged as strategic assets playing a critical role in the outcome of war, making the spatial technological abilities not just important but a game changer. These satellites, which can be used for surveillance and mapping border areas, are primarily used for keeping an eye on enemies both on land and sea.


India thump West Indies in 2nd ODI

India thump West Indies in 2nd ODIPort of Spain, June 26 (IANS) India produced a strong all-round performance to thrash West Indies by 105 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Queen's Park Oval Stadium here on Sunday. Asked to bat first, a century by opener Ajinkya Rahane and half-centuries by skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan helped India post a challenging total of 310/5. India now lead the five-match series 1-0.


Dream of developed India will be fulfilled: Modi tells Indian diaspora

Dream of developed India will be fulfilled: Modi tells Indian diasporaWashington, June 26 (IANS) Addressing the Indian diaspora here as the "members of family", Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised of a developed India in their lifetime. Interacting with the Indian diaspora here on Sunday, Modi said their success is due to the supportive environment in the US, and his government is working to provide the same environment back home. "Your heart always asks when would our country become like this (the US)... I assure you that this will happen in your lifetime," Modi said.


MEA has emerged as strong humanitarian force for Indians globally: PM Modi

MEA has emerged as strong humanitarian force for Indians globally: PM ModiStressing the importance of social media in today's time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Ministry of External Affairs in India is the perfect example of how social media has empowered a ministry and has touched new heights from the point of humanity. While praising the efforts of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, PM Modi said that it is because of her that MEA has now emerged as a strong humanitarian force for Indians globally, adding that 80,000 Indians in distress were rescued from different parts of the world in last three years. The prime minister further said that anyone in trouble tweets to Sushma Swaraj and she promptly replies and the Government of India takes prompt action to save the life.


PM Modi expresses gratitude to Indian Diaspora, says 'you fill me with new energy'

PM Modi expresses gratitude to Indian Diaspora, says 'you fill me with new energy'Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed gratitude to the Indian Diaspora at a community reception in Virginia, USA. While addressing the community, PM Modi said that that he has travelled across USA before he became a Chief Minister or Prime Minister but after taking over as PM, the warmth the Indian community gave is memorable. PM Modi further said when he meets them he experiences the same joy one feels when someone meets his family. PM Modi also assured them that he will work towards achieving the India of your dreams.


No country questioned India's surgical strike: Modi

No country questioned India's surgical strike: ModiWashington, June 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said no country has questioned India's surgical strike against terrorist launchpads in Pakistan and "India has succeeded in telling the world about the need to uproot the menace of terrorism". "The entire world could have raised many questions and pointed fingers at us for the surgical strike.


India succeeded in explaining the 'menace of terrorism' to world: PM Modi

India succeeded in explaining the 'menace of terrorism' to world: PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the countries to unite against the menace of terrorism and stated that when India raised the issue of terrorism, many nations called it a law and order problem but now they are themselves a victim of it. While addressing the members of Indian Diaspora, PM said that with time India has succeeded in explaining the 'menace of terrorism' to the world and this is the reason why no country raised an objection to the surgical strikes conducted by New Delhi. PM Modi also stated that when India did surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restrain but can show power when needed.


GST isn't a tax reform, it's a new way of doing business: Walmart India CEO

GST isn't a tax reform, it's a new way of doing business: Walmart India CEOThe Chief Executive Officer of Walmart India, Krish Iyer praised the roll out of the Goods and Service Tax and believed that GST is a game changing reform. Iyer stressed said GST is not just a tax reform its a new way of doing business. He further added its implementation will remove barriers and will eventually help in bringing down prices of essential commodities.


Modi lauds Sushma Swaraj in US

Modi lauds Sushma Swaraj in USWashington, June 26 (IANS) Speaking of change in the functioning of the Indian embassy everywhere, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her pro-active actions to help "Indians anywhere". Speaking of a technology-driven change in the governance, Prime Minister Modi said on Sunday that Sushma Swaraj and her Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) helped many Indians in trouble abroad, after they approached her on social media. "The way Sushma Swaraj has worked and helped every Indian abroad is commendable.


'Excited to invest in India', says Google CEO Sundar Pichai after meeting PM Modi

'Excited to invest in India', says Google CEO Sundar Pichai after meeting PM ModiAfter the CEOs round table with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google, Sundar Pichai said that everyone is excited to invest in India and so is he. Pichai said that the meeting with PM Modi was a discussion across many industries and he was looking for insights into how India can attract more foreign investment. Speaking on the roll out of Goods and Service Tax, Pichai said he is looking forward to it as it it has been a very difficult thing to do but he was excited to see what will happen.


India post challenging total against West Indies

India post challenging total against West IndiesPort of Spain, June 26 (IANS) India rode on a strong batting performance from the top-order to post 310/5 in their second One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies here on Sunday. Opener Ajinkya Rahane spearheaded the Indian innings with 103 runs off 104 balls. India skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan also scored breezy half-centuries to lay a strong foundation for the innings.


India post challenging total against West Indies

India post challenging total against West IndiesPort of Spain, June 25 (IANS) India rode on a strong batting performance from the top-order to post 310/5 in their second One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies here on Sunday.


PM Modi interacts with top business leaders in Washington D.C.

PM Modi interacts with top business leaders in Washington D.C.Prime Minister Narendra Modi's engagements in the US began on Sunday with a meeting with America's leading CEOs in Washington DC. Prime Minister Modi, who arrived this morning in the United States for the second leg of his three-nation tour, also attended a round table conference for the 'Make in India' initiative. During the conference, PM Modi said that the world is looking at India after the government announced 7000 reforms for the ease of doing business in the country. However, this is PM Modi's first visit to the US after the Trump administration came to power.


GST could be studied in US B-schools: Modi

GST could be studied in US B-schools: ModiWashington, June 25 (IANS) The landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will come into effect in India from July 1 could be a subject of study in US business schools, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday "The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools," Modi said while addressing American CEOs at a meeting here, according to a tweet by Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay. "The whole world is looking at India. Seven thousand reforms alone have been done by the government for ease of business," Modi said, as per another tweet by Baglay.


Bank credit rose to Rs 69 lakh crore by 2014-15

Bank credit rose to Rs 69 lakh crore by 2014-15Mumbai, June 25 (IANS) Bank credit in India has grown exponentially in the past 25 years with total outstanding credit rising to Rs 68,78,500 crore from Rs 1,04,300 crore between 1990 and 2015, according to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) latest state-wise credit data. The country's western and southern regions accounted for 60.6 per cent -- that is Rs 41,70,600 crore -- of the total credit at the end of fiscal 2014-15, as per the second edition of RBI's "Handbook of Statistics on States 2016". The highest credit concentration was in the western region, with over a third of the total outstanding credit at Rs 23,39,900 crore at the end of March 2015, RBI said.


West Indies opt to field against India in second ODI

West Indies opt to field against India in second ODIPort of Spain, June 25 (IANS) The West Indies won the toss and elected to field against India in their second One-Day International (ODI) cricket match here on Sunday.


Congratulations pour in for shuttler Srikanth

Congratulations pour in for shuttler SrikanthNew Delhi, June 25 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the well-wishers, congratulations poured in for star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on his title triumph at the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament on Sunday.


Iftar Party celebrated in Birgunj

Iftar Party celebrated in BirgunjThe Consulate General of India in Birgunj, Nepal organized a grand Iftar party to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan after the Muslim community broke their fast. The event was held in Hotel Vishuwa. The guests broke their fast and were treated with good food, many big names from the field of politics and medicine and many other diplomats were too present in the event.


Captain can run cricket team properly: Ian Chappell

Captain can run cricket team properly: Ian ChappellAdelaide, June 25 (IANS) Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell on Sunday said a captain is best advised by senior teammates on the field and assisted by managers off it, hinting at Virat Kohli's spat with coach Anil Kumble, which led to the latter tendering his resignation. "The captain is the only person who can run an international cricket team properly, because so much of the job involves on-field decision-making," Chappell said in his column published by cricinfo. Kohli and a few other senior members of the team felt that Kumble was too overbearing and Kumble described his relationship with the captain as "untenable" in his resignation letter.


Malayalam filmmaker K.R. Mohanan dead

Malayalam filmmaker K.R. Mohanan deadThiruvananthapuram, June 25 (IANS) Noted filmmaker K.R. Mohanan died here on Sunday, his family said. He was 69.


India settle for sixth place in HWL Semis

India settle for sixth place in HWL SemisLondon, June 25 (IANS) India had to settle for the sixth place after going down to Canada 2-3 in a fifth-sixth place match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final here on Sunday. For India, Harmanpreet Singh struck a brace, scoring in the seventh and 22nd minutes. For Canada, Gordon Johnston (third and 44th minute) and Keegan Pereira (40th) found the back of the net.


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