""In this period of uncertainty and angst, India needs a reliable partner on the world stage. "It is indeed time to double down on a democratic partner that is still rising - and rising responsibly - for the next 100 years," he said. "But above all, the world - and the Indo-Pacific in particular - needs the US and India to have a strong partnership. "India and the US must foster greater prosperity and security with the aim of a free and open Indo-Pacific. The US and India - with our shared goals of peace, security, freedom of navigation, and a free and open architecture - must serve as the eastern and western beacons of the Indo-Pacific," he said.
October 18, 2017 15:23 UTC
Delhi Fire Services personnel are gearing up for a busy Diwali with officials expecting to attend more than 250 emergency calls tomorrow. A senior fire services officer said that the department has also cancelled the leaves of fire personnel to tackle any situation. "Despite there being a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers, we think it would be a busy Diwali tomorrow. We are expecting to handle more than 250 calls tomorrow," said the official. The services has also increased the number of phone lines to the control room in view of the increased number of calls on Diwali.
October 18, 2017 15:22 UTC
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with artistes dressed up as Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya on Wednesday. Now they are saying that the Ayodhya programme is to divert the attention of people. Attacking opposition parties, the UP chief minister said his government did not discriminate on the basis of caste or religion unlike what happened earlier. The chief minister said he found it below dignity to even to react to “insulting and dirty” allegations levelled by the opposition. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with artistes dressed up as Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman during Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
October 18, 2017 15:22 UTC
An artiste dressed up as Lord Ram arrives by a chopper for the U.P. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomes artistes dressed up as Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman during the Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya on October 18, 2017. Artistes dressed up as Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman arrive by a chopper for the U.P. Mr. Adityanath said that a Ramayan mela will be associated with this programme next year onwards. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that “those opposed to Lord Ram cannot stop us from developing Ayodhya”.
October 18, 2017 15:22 UTC
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said silos are a "big bottleneck" in the functioning of the union government and asked bureaucrats to adopt innovative ways to break these to speed up various processes of governance.He has asked the bureaucrats to work with dedication towards creation of New India by 2022.He conveyed the message during interactions with around 380 Directors and Deputy Secretaries working in various departments and ministries in the government of India, the PMO said in a statement here today.The interactions were held in four groups, it added.Subjects such as governance, corruption, public enterprises, government e-marketplace (GeM), health, education, skill development, agriculture, transportation, national integration, water resources, swachh bharat, culture, communication and tourism came up for discussion during the interactions, the statement said.The prime minister exhorted the officers to work with full dedication towards creation of New India by 2022, it said. "He said that silos are a big bottleneck in the functioning of the union government," the statement said. "He urged the officers to adopt innovative ways to break silos, which will result in the speeding up of various processes of governance," it added.In the same vein, the prime minister said officers at the level of Director and Deputy Secretary must create teams, to achieve better results.Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh and senior officers from PMO and Cabinet Secretariat were present during the interactions held over various days, the last one being yesterday.
October 18, 2017 15:15 UTC
The MPC had voted 5-1 in favour of leaving the repo rate unchanged at 6%more-inMost of the members of the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee (MPC) has noted rise in inflation risks while keeping the policy rate unchanged at 6% during its meeting held on 3-4 October. The MPC had voted 5-1 in favour of leaving the repo rate unchanged at 6% with Ravindra Dholakia the sole dissenter who voted for a 25bps rate cut. “For keeping headline inflation close to 4% on a durable basis, it is important to recognise near and medium-term risks to the inflation outlook,” Mr. Patel said. I, therefore, vote for keeping the policy repo rate on hold, while maintaining the stance as neutral,” he added. “It is time to be in readiness to raise the policy rate to quell the underlying drivers of inflation if they strengthen further,” Mr Patra said.
October 18, 2017 15:11 UTC
Jose Mourinho expects to match former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and continue his career until he is 70, although he insists he will not be at Old Trafford that long. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, 67, is the current longest serving manager in English football having taken over the north London club in 1996. "I told people, and it is true, that I am not going to end my career at United. If my career was ending in three, four or five years then yes, I would end my career at United. United have won both their games but Mourinho says Benfica are in a false position.
October 18, 2017 15:07 UTC
Highlights 1 US Secretary of State said unlike China, India operates within a framework that protects other nations sovereignty. 3 Rex Tillerson also said the Indo-Pacific in particular needs the US and India to have a strong partnership. The US is India's "reliable partner" at the world stage in this period of uncertainty and angst, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today, sending a strong signal to side with India amidst Chinas "provocative actions" in the region. "In this period of uncertainty and angst, India needs a reliable partner on the world stage. "But above all, the world and the Indo-Pacific in particular needs the US and India to have a strong partnership.
October 18, 2017 15:02 UTC
(Adds new comments, details, updates prices)By Polina Ivanova and Jemima KellyLONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Sterling dipped to a six-day low on Wednesday after data showed British wage growth was still lagging well behind inflation, feeding doubts over the Bank of England's interest rate outlook. The pound had already slipped half a percent on Tuesday after comments from BoE policymakers were interpreted as broadly dovish by markets. It added to those losses on Wednesday, falling as much as 0.4 percent after the data to a low of $1.3140 before recovering a little. Policymakers also told parliament that upward pressure on inflation from sterling weakness would start to wane in the coming months. Data on Tuesday showed Britain's inflation rate hit a 5-1/2-year high of 3 percent, above the central bank's 2 percent target though in line with expectations.
October 18, 2017 15:00 UTC
more-inAadhaar-issuing body UIDAI on October 18 said the family of the 11-year-old Jharkhand girl who allegedly died of starvation had Aadhaar and stringent action should be taken against those who denied her government benefits. He asserted that this was not a case of denial of benefits because of Aadhaar, as the family had the 12-digit identifier since 2013. Also Read Probe ordered into starvation death of Jharkhand girl“The Jharkhand government has ordered a probe in the matter to find out the facts behind the unfortunate incident. He further said that the Aadhaar Act was “absolutely clear” that no one would be denied benefits for lack of Aadhaar. “...Section 7 specifies that till Aadhaar number is prescribed, the benefits should be given through alternate means of identification,” he said.
October 18, 2017 15:00 UTC
(Source: File Photo/Instagram)Part of the festivities during Diwali is the dressing up in finery, incorporating the latest trends with ethnic wear. Chopra’s make-up make-up Arti Nayar did a brilliant work by giving her a neutral make-up and smokey eyes look. (Source: File Photo) Deepika Padukone looks royal at the book launch of Hema Malini. (Source: File Photo)Alia BhattAlia Bhatt’s Diwali look is on point as she kept her make-up minimal with kohl-ed eyes and glossy lips. With a hint of blush, she went for a nude make-up look.
October 18, 2017 14:57 UTC
And after a lot of hard work, now, I am at Manchester United so I must have done the job well." A win at Benfica would put them on the verge of reaching the knockout stages. Matic said Benfica, winners of a record 36 Portuguese league titles and successive European Cups in 1961 and 1962, were still very close to his heart. "It's a special club, a club that I love," he said. "At Benfica I learnt a lot about football and the pressure of playing for a big club, because they are one of the best clubs in Europe.
October 18, 2017 14:56 UTC
The speech came days before Tillerson is to visit South Asia, including Pakistan and India. Noting that more than 600 US companies were operating in India, Tillerson said US foreign direct investment in India had jumped by 500% in the past two years alone. Tillerson said that in the current era of uncertainties in the world, “India needs a reliable partner on the world stage. On terrorism, a major concern for India, Tillerson called on Pakistan “to take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders that threaten its own people and the broader region”. But I think India has to really make up its mind on adding real strategic long-term content to the relationship...
October 18, 2017 14:51 UTC
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday delivered his major policy speech on India, two days after FM Jaitley ended his week-long America visit. Secretary Tillerson at @CSIS: The United States and #India stand shoulder to shoulder against terrorism. Speaking about the war on terror, he said: "US and India stand shoulder to shoulder against terrorism. In July, Tillerson said, he signed the designation of Hizbul Mujhaideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation because the US and India stand shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Trump had also sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
October 18, 2017 14:49 UTC
HDFC Capital, a unit of Housing Development Finance Corp. Ltd, will invest through its HDFC Capital Affordable Real Estate Fund-1. Bengaluru: Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd, the real estate arm of Mahindra Group, has partnered with HDFC Capital Advisors Ltd to jointly invest Rs500 crore over the next three years to develop affordable housing projects across cities. HDFC Capital, a unit of Housing Development Finance Corp. Ltd, will invest through its HDFC Capital Affordable Real Estate Fund-1. The projects will be undertaken through a new entity called Mahindra Happinest Developers Ltd (MHDL), with a 51:49 equity shareholding between Mahindra Lifespace and HDFC Capital. “The objective of this platform is to invest in residential affordable housing projects by providing long-term equity.
October 18, 2017 14:48 UTC