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Will Didi flex muscles against Modi?

PASCHIMBANGA Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi, is very fond of flexing muscles. She first demonstrated her muscle power by opposing the Teesta water sharing agreement with Bangladesh in 2012. Manmohan, then heading a coalition government, returned to Delhi without signing the highly publicized Teesta agreement. Didi triumphed. During the last general election, Didi challenged the Election Commission (EC) for ordering the transfer of four IPS and three IAS officers in Paschimbanga without consulting her. She publicly declared,...

BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

Riding on the popularity wave of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today appeared set to emerge as the single largest party in the key western state of Maharashtra. The BJP was also on course to capture power in northern state of Haryana unseating Congress in both the states as...

India holds crucial state elections

India holds crucial state elections

Voting has begun in crucial state elections in India in what is seen as PM Narendra Modi's first major test of popularity five months after he led his BJP to a landslide win. The BJP is hoping to win in Maharashtra and Haryana, which have been ruled by Congress along with its allies. In September,...

Why didn't Modi visit Bangladesh?

NARENDRA Modi showed his diplomatic acumen by inviting the leaders of the Saarc countries to his oath-taking ceremony as Indian prime minister on May 26, 2014. In five less than months, he visited Bhutan, Nepal, Japan and the United States. Modi is likely to visit Sri Lanka early next year but his plan to visit Bangladesh remains uncertain. This has given rise to many speculations. Is he undermining the importance of a strong and friendly relationship with Bangladesh? The two...

Media spotlight on Zuckerberg's India visit

Media spotlight on Zuckerberg's India visit

Media are highlighting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's pledge to provide more Indians internet access. He is on a visit to India and addressed a conference on connectivity in Delhi on Thursday. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document,...

Modi the statesman speaks

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian Diaspora at the Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. There were twenty thousand Indians listening to him live at the venue while millions watched on television screens around the world. The 'Modi-fied' speech was a classic delivery by all standards. The aura with which Modi entered the venue was truly statesman-like. With the slow but steady walk towards the stage there was a small smirk on his face that...

Modi aims to shake up sanitation with Clean India drive

Modi aims to shake up sanitation with Clean India drive

His hands protected by torn orange gloves, Dalbira Singh has a grim job scraping waste from train toilets from the tracks at New Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin station, a few minutes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office. Like an estimated 1 million other Indians, Singh does the work because he was born into a low...

Obama, Modi talk infrastructure connectivity, terrorism

Obama, Modi talk infrastructure connectivity, terrorism

Infrastructure connectivity and terrorism in South Asia figured high when US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time in Washington yesterday. Both Obama and Modi emphasised the need to accelerate infrastructure connectivity and economic development corridors for regional economic integration linking South, Southeast, and Central Asia, a...

Obama, Modi vow to boost ties, create world model

Obama, Modi vow to boost ties, create world model

US President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world. In a joint "vision statement" issued after their first meeting at a White House dinner, the two leaders said they would...

Transit, Connectivity

Delhi may help Dhaka improve infrastructure

India would be willing to help Bangladesh improve its infrastructure, if required for transit and connectivity purposes, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. He said this to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when the two leaders met for the first time in New York on Saturday. Hasina stressed the need for infrastructure development if India needed to transport food grains to its north-eastern region via Bangladesh on a regular basis, according to the transcript of the media briefing by Syed Akbaruddin,...

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