On his way out after the speech, he halted and broke from the security cordon to enter an enclosure where children welcomed him with loud cheers. The crowd soon swelled to a huge mass of children who hankered to shake hands with him, prompting Modi's special security team to step in.
«People make senseless criticism against me. But whatever may be said, I want to publicly acknowledge that I am restless because several countries have marched ahead and I want to take the country ahead of them. I am impatient because children are still suffering from malnutrition. I am eager to provide quality of life and ease of living to countrymen. I am impatient to provide health coverage to each of the poor so that they can fight against diseases. I am eager because we have to lead knowledge-based fourth industrial revolution,» he said.
«I take this opportunity to raise my hand in salute to our fearless officers and men and pay respectful homage to the brave hearts of the state police, Central Armed Police Forces and the Army who made the supreme sacrifice to preserve the territorial integrity of our country,» Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra said.
Sexual, mental and physical abuse of inmates apart, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) audit report has also found several shortcomings in the overall operations of shelter homes in Bihar.
An aggressive Chouhan attacked Scindia in Guna, saying the latter wore garlands of lemons and chillies but would not know how chillies are grown in the fields. He took on Digvijaya in Raghogarh, saying the constituency needed “independence” from the Congress.
Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Hyderabad, his first after becoming the party President, addressed a tele-conference with the party's booth-committee presidents in the state, Congress sources said.
Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi Sohail Mahmood made the remarks during an event held at the country's chancery to mark the country's 72nd Independence Day. During the celebrations, the envoy hoisted his country's flag to the tune of the Pakistan national anthem. Students of the Pakistan High Commission School presented a medley of songs on the occasion as people greeted each other.
Delhi and its immediate neighbourhood of Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad fare poorly on “ease of living” rankings released by the Centre which has Pune topping the list followed by two other Maharashtra cities, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai.
Somanth Chatterjee, who passed away in Kolkata on Monday morning, was known for his strict conduct of proceedings as the Lok Sabha Speaker, a role that had earned him the sobriquet of 'headmaster'. His admonitions for unruly members came to be widely quoted and became part of public debate.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released a video «Rafale deal for dummies» to take a dig at Congress charges on the Rafale deal. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been persistent in his attack over the Rafale deal and the secrecy maintained over the same by the BJP government. The video attempts to explain the Rafale deal and in the process mock at the charges levelled against the pact.
A top party leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they are exploring the possibility of deferring assembly elections of some states by a few months and advancing some others to ensure they are held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.
Over 60,000 people have been displaced and rendered homeless with the death toll rising to 39. Some respite appeared on the horizon for the worst-hit Idduki hill district where the water in the dam receded to 2,397.58 ft, alleviating concerns about floods in fresh downstream areas, particularly in Ernakulam district. The current level does not warrant issuing any warning, they said.
Condoling the demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee, a section of CPM leaders in West Bengal today «expressed regret» for not being able to re-induct him into the party. A 10-time Lok Sabha MP, Somnath Chatterjee was a member of the CPM from 1968 to 2008.
The BJP on Monday slammed Rahul Gandhi for speaking «blatant lies» on the Rafale deal and launched a counter attack accusing the Congress president of tax evasion. BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the allegations levelled by Rahul Gandhi are «reckless and baseless». The BJP offensive came hours after Congress president Rahul Gandhi once again attacked the government over the Rafale deal.
Himachal Pradesh has been experiencing incessant rains since Sunday evening. According to the information received at the state headquarters, eight persons were killed in Solan district followed by four in Mandi, two each in Hamirpur and Kangra districts and one each in Bilaspur and Una.
Signalling resumption of the family feud over DMK stalwart M Karunanidhi's legacy days after his death, his estranged son MK Alagiri claimed on Monday that all loyal party workers were with him and that the DMK will «dig its own grave» if it does not take him back. «The DMK will dig its own grave if it does not take me back,» he said, adding nobody from the Karunanidhi family was interested in talking to him to facilitate a reunion.
According to the ranking of 111 major cities on livability index released by the urban affairs ministry, Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai are the most livable cities. While three cities from Maharashtra have made it to the top 10 list, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, which have high number of big cities could not make it to the first 10.
The US has designated 13 LeT individuals this year alone, taking the overall tally to 40, over and above the banning of frontal organisations, including the political front of LeT, Milli Muslim League, ahead of the Pakistan elections.
Fernanda Espinosa Garces, an Ecuadorian national, is fourth woman president to assume this position. India's Vijayalakshmi Pandit was the first-ever woman president of the UNGA. The UN General Assembly in June had overwhelmingly elected Garces as its next president.