Putin visit to take India-Russia ties to newer heights: PM Modi

Putin visit to take India-Russia ties to newer heights: PM Modi

Putin visit to take India-Russia ties to newer heights: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrived in India to hold summit talks, saying the talks would take Indo-Russian relation to the next level.

“Delighted to welcome President Putin to India. Looking forward to a productive visit that will take India, Russia ties to newer heights,” Modi tweeted in Russian ahead of his talks with Putin tomorrow on close strategic ties particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence.

“Times have changed, our friendship has not. now we want to take this relation to the next level and this visit is a step in that direction,” he said in a post on the micro-blogging site.

Russia was awaiting India’s decision to allot a site for construction of a new Russian-designed nuclear power plant and the issue may figure in the talks.

To improve two-way trade, Putin and Modi are expected to jointly interact with CEOs of major companies from both the countries.

The volume of bilateral trade was USD 10 billion in 2013 and both sides feel there was “huge opportunity” to improve it significantly. India has been working to have a trade pact with “Eurasian space” for improved trade and commerce which will also improve trade with Russia.

India’s exports, particularly food items, to Russia have gone up since sanctions were imposed against that country by Western nations for its interventions in the crisis in Ukraine.

India has been maintaining that it cannot be party to any economic sanctions against Russia.

Both the leaders are likely to discuss improving supply of rough diamonds by Russia to India. Russia is the world’s top producer of rough diamonds and India is one of its largest importers.

Putin will also inaugurate World Diamond Conference on Thursday.

In the defence sector, Putin may push for larger procurement of military hardware from Russia by India. Russia has been a major defence supplier to India and its share has been 60-70 per cent in the country’s import of military hardware.

Sources said specific discussions are likely to take place on various key projects including the envisaged gas pipeline linking Russia with India and the ambitious Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme.

Listing the joint strategic projects, Putin said these included construction of new units for Indian nuclear power plants, promotion of Russian Sukhoi superjet-100 and MS-21 passenger aircraft to Indian market besides manufacturing of helicopters and creating a “smart city” on the basis of Russian technology.

TDP to use IVRS to allow party workers to choose candidates

TDP to use IVRS to allow party workers to choose candidates

TDP to use IVRS to allow party workers to choose candidates

Hyderabad: Tech-savvy Telugu Desam Party, which initiated many pioneering information technology-driven activities in the party, is set to launch another novel exercise to select candidates for contesting the ensuing elections to state Assembly and Lok Sabha.

For the first time in the country, the TDP is introducing an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) to enable party workers and also general voters to select a candidate of their choice to contest from a particular constituency.

The choice has to be made from among three names that will be listed by the party.

Interestingly, the TDP would also give a none of the above (NOTA) option to its party workers and general voters.

“This is akin to the primaries system followed in the USA.

We are the first party in the country to introduce IVRS to select contesting candidates,” TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu announced on Tuesday night.

The candidate who secures a majority of votes would be fielded by the party during the election. The system would be used even in Kuppam which happens to be Chandrababu Naidu’s Assembly constituency. ”

This is basically to get the pulse of the people and party workers about whom they wish to elect as their representative and bring the TDP back to power both in Telangana and Seemandhra regions,” Naidu said.

He said the TDP would soon launch its activities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where there are a sizeable number of Telugu people.

Currently, the party has a unit in the islands.

 

Mulayam opposes formation of Telangana

Mulayam opposes formation of Telangana

Mulayam opposes formation of Telangana

The Samajwadi Party on Monday voiced its opposition to the formation of a Telangana State. Its president Mulayam Singh Yadav said the party was opposed to division of States, as smaller units were prone to problems.

“We are against formation of small States. This creates new problems. The Naxal problem is because of this,” he said at a press conference here.

The SP has traditionally been opposed to reorganisation of States even as its major rival, the Bahujan Samaj Party, not only favoured the idea, but during its rule had passed a resolution in the Assembly for “trifurcation” of the State into Bundelkhand, Pashchim Pradesh and Purvanchal. At a recent Cabinet meeting, Union Minister Ajit Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal revived his demand for a Harit Pradesh to be carved out of western Uttar Pradesh, which is his area of influence.

Mr. Yadav, however, declined to comment on whether he would talk to Telugu Desam Party leader Chandrababu Naidu, who is now protesting the formation of Telangana. He was in touch with Mr. Naidu for forging a post-poll alliance for a third front, but he had no plans to speak to the TDP chief on the Telangana issue, he added.

‘August Crisis’ Staring At Chandra Babu Naidu?

'August Crisis' Staring At Chandra Babu Naidu

‘August Crisis’ Staring At Chandra Babu Naidu

In a big setback to the Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, his brother-in-law and the party MP Nandamuri Harikrishna has decided to quit the Rajya Sabha membership and take a plunge into the movement for Samaikyandhra.

The maverick MP will submit his resignation on Thursday and soon after embark on Praja Chaitanya Yatra in Seemandhra to express solidarity with the ongoing agitation to keep the state united.

The development comes in the backdrop of widening gulf between the Nara and Namdamuri families over the succession issue in the party.

Harikrishna’s open revolt and his espousing the cause of Samaikyandhra is seen as a sure sign of the growing friction between the two leaders.

While Naidu has made it clear that his party would abide by the pro-Telangana stand, Harikrishna is identifying himself with the united AP cause and openly coming in conflict with the party’s official stand.

With Harikrishna’s decision to quit, the TDP leaders are worried that August crisis could hit the party as Naidu and his brother-in-law are all set for a showdown. If Junior NTR joins his father’s Praja Chaitanya Yatra, then it will lead to a full-blown crisis in the party. Already, there are allegations that Naidu has been systematically sidelining the leaders who are seen as close NTR.

Harikrishna had last week writen an open letter, pledging his commitment to the cause of united AP. His letter bomb has set off ripples in political circles, reflecting a widening gulf between him and the party leadership.

“Though as a party member, I respect the party’s  decisions but I cannot keep quiet when the ruling Congress is trying to create a wedge between the Telugu people and tearing the Telugu society apart. I am responding to the call of conscience and lending my full support to the agitation to keep the state united,” he said.

On his part, Naidu has resigned to the inevitability of the state’s division and is now positioning himself as a pro-development leader with a clean administrative track record who can develop the new state with a development agenda.

Bollywood Celebs at funeral of filmmaker Yash Chopra

Bollywood Celebs at funeral of filmmaker Yash Chopra

 

 

Barrie M Osborne keep to work with Kamal

Barrie M Osborne keep to work with Kamal

Barrie M Osborne keep to work with Kamal

Hollywood producer Barrie M. Osborne, known for producing Face Off and the Lord of the Rings series, is keen to work with southern actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan.Mr Osborne was impressed with Kamal Haasan after watching his work in the forthcoming Tamil action-thriller Vishwaroopam. He said after I saw his soon-to-be-released film, I was so fascinated with his work that I immediately decided to work with him. I decided by joining forces with Kamal, I can not only make films, but prove to the world that there’s harmony in working together and making movies,” Barrie told reporters here Tuesday at the opening day of Media and Entertainment Business Conclave (MEBC), a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) initiative.However Kamal Haasan hasn’t made up his mind about working with Osborne yet and said that talks are on and things will be finalised very soon.

Bharath Bandh is partial throughout India

Bharath Bandh is partial throughout India

Bharath Bandh is partial throughout India

A bandh called by Opposition parties including NDA, Left parties and the SP to protest against diesel price hike, FDI in multi-brand retail and cap on subsidised LPG on Thursday evoked mixed response as protestors disrupted road and rail traffic in parts of UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha but it had little impact in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai cities.In Delhi, most of the markets remained closed but vehicular movement was normal though protesters blocked traffic at some places. Auto rickshaws plied in the city and buses of state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) were on the roads in large numbers. At New Delhi railway station, auto drivers staged a protest and refused to carry passengers.

In Andhra Pradesh shops and offices chose to remain shut and only essential commodities like milk and medical services are available. All schools and colleges were closed. The Secretariat of Karnataka, wore a deserted look. However Andhra Pradesh High Court and lower courts are functioning. The RTC buses are running as usual there is no disturbances even Auto’s also running.

Shinde says India has enough evidence

Shinde says India has enough evidence

Shinde says India has enough evidence

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde  said there is enough evidence on elements using social media networking sites to whip up communal sentiments and create scare among people of northeastern region living across India.Speaking to media persons outside the parliament Shinde, refused to comment in detail on the issue, saying the whole process is on an investigation mode.We are working on it. Nobody knows from where we have got the evidence and we will not disclose it to anybody. We have got sufficient evidence. The whole process is on an investigation mode. Pakistan had earlier rejected India’s assertions that rumours were generated from that country through cellular services, and asked New Delhi to provide evidence in this regard.

US to settle dispute with India through WTO

US to settle dispute with India through WTO

US to settle dispute with India through WTO

The US has approached the World Trade Organisation, seeking a dispute settlement panel to decide American claims that Indian restrictions on imports of various US agricultural products, including poultry meat and chicken eggs, were discriminatory.The US has approached WTO after its talks with India failed to resolve the dispute between the two countries. “It is essential that US farmers obtain the reliable market access that India agreed to,” US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, said.

“The United States holds its agriculture industry to the highest standards of safety and is confident the WTO will agree that there is no justification for India’s restrictions on US exports,” Kirk said.

US India relations are very strong says Hillary Clinton

US India relations are very strong says Hillary Clinton

US India relations are very strong says Hillary Clinton

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton today said that the relations between US and India is very strong and in coming days both the countries will improve business and investments. Hillary Clinton who was on three day visit to India would meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee in Culcatta and discuss about FDI policies which has become very important topic in the country. She also urged India to cut off Iranian oil because it could be devastating for the entire world if Iran develops a nuclear bomb.