India clears Japan’s bid for first bullet train ahead of Abe trip

India clears Japan’s bid for first bullet train ahead of Abe trip

NEW DELHI, December 10 (Reuters) – India’s cabinet has cleared a $14.7 billion Japanese proposal to build its first bullet train line, an Indian government minister and official said on Thursday, one of India’s biggest foreign investments in its infrastructure sector.   The decision ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit beginning on Friday […]

Siddhivinayak temple set to give government’s gold scheme a boost

Siddhivinayak temple set to give government’s gold scheme a boost

MUMBAI | By Rajendra Jadhav One of the most popular temples in India may soon make the first substantial contribution to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to recycle tonnes of idle bullion to reduce imports and the country’s current account deficit.   Mumbai’s two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple, devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha, is […]

Declare floods national calamity: Jayalalithaa to Modi

Declare floods national calamity: Jayalalithaa to Modi

Chennai, December 9 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare as a national calamity the floods that has hit many districts, and also suggested schemes for the central government to formulate to assist the affected families.   In a letter to Modi, the text of which […]

Not proved Salman was drunk or driving: Bombay HC

Not proved Salman was drunk or driving: Bombay HC

Mumbai, December 9 (IANS) The Bombay High Court on Wednesday observed the prosecution has not been able “to prove beyond reasonable doubt” that Bollywood actor Salman Khan was driving the ill-fated vehicle or was under the influence of alcohol on September 28, 2002, when it met with an accident.   Justice A.R. Joshi also said […]

Political vendetta coming out of PMO, says Rahul

Political vendetta coming out of PMO, says Rahul

New Delhi, December 9 (IANS) Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the National Herald case row, saying “political vendetta” against his party was coming out of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).   Talking to reporters here, Gandhi said he has full faith in the judicial system and truth will […]

Sushma Swaraj says high level talks with Pakistan to resume

Sushma Swaraj says high level talks with Pakistan to resume

ISLAMABAD, December 9 (Reuters) – India will resume high-level talks with rival Pakistan, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday, raising hopes that relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours may be thawing slightly.   “India and Pakistan have decided to resume dialogue,” Swaraj told a news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.   The […]

India fourth biggest exporter of illicit capital: Report

Washington, Dec 9 (IANS) With an average annual outflow of $51.03 billion, India is the fourth biggest exporter of illicit capital over a decade with such financial flows surging to $1.1 trillion in 2013, according to a new report.   China, with $139.23 billion average annually ($1.39 trillion cumulative), was the biggest exporter of illicit […]

Obama telephones Modi to clinch climate deal

Obama telephones Modi to clinch climate deal

Washington/New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) In a bid to clinch a deal at the ongoing Paris climate conference, President Barack Obama is busy calling up various world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.     He called up Modi on Tuesday “to discuss the ongoing Paris climate conference”, according to a White House readout of […]

Modi to visit Pakistan next year

Modi to visit Pakistan next year

Islamabad, December 9 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here on Wednesday.   Modi will participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, Swaraj told the media.   This will be the first prime ministerial visit from India to Pakistan […]