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Remebering Mahatma Gandhi: Modi’s ‘Swatch Bharath’ Should Translate into ‘Swatch Governance’

While India takes on its should the cleanliness campaign “Swacha Bharath” on Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary, here are some anecdotes or incidents to recollect. In the mid-80s, When Gandhi’s statue was to be placed at India Gate when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister, the British media found it amusing as to what kind of a message it would send ...

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Narendra Modi set to reinvent Gandhi Jayanti celebrations with ‘Make India Clean’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to celebrate 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The Cabinet Secretary has asked all ministries and departments to carry out a cleanliness drive in government buildings till October 2. All government servants will have to take a pledge, the Swachta Shapath, which is circulated by the Urban Development Ministry, on October 2. The oath ...

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PM’s US Visit: “Thank You America,” Says Modi Before Leaving US

After the five-day “successful and satisfactory trip” in the US, Modi thanked America before leaving the country. While concluding Modi’s last official engagement at an event was organised by the US Indian Business Council (USIBC) on Tuesday, he expressed his gratitude, saying, “Thank You America.” Modi declared, “My visit has been very successful. From here I am going to airport ...

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12 Killed, 45 Injured in Train Collision near Gorakhpur

Twelve people confirmed killed and more than 45 injured when two speeding trains collided near Gorakhpur in Lucknow on Tuesday night. According to reports, Chief Public Relation Officer of North-Eastern Railway Alok Kumar Singh said that the Maduadeeh-Lucknow Krishak Express hit Barauni-bound express train from Lucknow from the side while it was on the loop line at Nandanagar railway crossing, about ...

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Modi-Obama Meet: India, US to Fight Terrorism Together

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have agreed to make “joint and concerted efforts” to dismantle safe havens for terror and criminal networks like LeT, JeM, D-company, al Qaeda and Haqqani network, on Tuesday. The duos have also agreed that the two countries will take steps to disrupt financial and tactical support to these terror outfits during ...

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Helpline Numbers Opened for info on Trains Collision in Gorakhpur; 13 Killed

In another gory late night train accident, the Krishak Express collided with the Lucknow-Barauni Express at the Nand Nagar railway crossing in Cantonment area of Gorakhpur district in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday killing at least 13 passengers and injuring more than 100. With many passengers still trapped inside three crushed coaches, rescue operations are underway and reports quoting witnesses said ...

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Over 200 held for Vadodara riots, Situation Remains Tense

Over 200 people have been arrested in Vadodara town in Gujarat after days of communal clashes on Tuesday. Though there has been no fresh incident reported, the situation in the city remained tense amid huge deployment of police personnel. Vadodara police chief E Radhakrishnan said, “The situation is under control and peaceful.” He said that 13 companies of state reserve ...

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Karnataka High Court adjourns Jayalalithaa’s plea for bail to October 6

Karnataka high court on Tuesday adjourned the former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha’s bail plea till October 6, Monday. A special court in Karnataka has convicted and sentenced Jayalalitha for four-year imprisonment on Saturday in the Rs 66-crore disproportionate asset case during 1991-96 when she was chief minister for the first time. Regarding the case, Jayalalitha had filed a ...

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‘India to join US-led anti-ISIS war,’ claims BJP Leader Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed to US President Obama that India would join the United States of America-led international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State (IS), on Tuesday. Swamy tweeted on the micro-blogging site Twitter, “Happy that Modi committed to Obama that India would ...

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PM’s US Visit: Modi Holds ‘wonderful’ Meet with US President

The most awaited schedule of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, the meeting with US President Barack Obama has took place, on Monday at the White House. On Monday, Obama had hosted a private dinner for Modi. During the meet, Obama greeted Modi in his language Gujarati, asking "Kem Chho Mr Prime Minister? (How are you?)," where Modi replied ...

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Telugu ‘i’ Audio Release Next Week: Jackie Chan, Chiranjeevi, KCR to Attend

The audio release in Telugu for director Shanker’s ‘I’ film featuring Vikram and Amy Jackson that had Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger fly down to Chennai early this month will see Jackie Chan rubbing shoulders with Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, while Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will attend the function. Confirming the news, N.V.Prasad, who has bought the Telugu rights for ...

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Sayonara Orkut! Google to Shut Down 10-yr-old Feature Sept. 30, 2014; Save Your Data Today

September 30, 2014 will bring down curtains on Orkut as Google has decided to shut down the 10-year-old social media networking site, that was the opening website for those Internet starters of the last decade. In fact, Orkut got more than expected attention during its initial days, as the Internet world began to shift from the traditional e-mails into online ...

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Finance Minister O Panneerselvam to be sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

After a day J Jayalalitha has been sentenced to four years imprisonment, O Panneerselvam, who was the Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu, is set to sworn-in as Chief Minister on Monday. All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) legislators have unanimously decided and declared Panneerselvam’s name as the new CM of the state to succeed Jayalalitha, who has been sent ...

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Japan Mount Ontake Volcano Erupts Suddenly, 31 Weekend Hikers Killed; Rescue Still On

More than 30 hikers were feared dead on Saturday when the Mount Ontake, a hikers’ spot in Nagano, 200 miles from Tokyo, saw volcano eruption on Saturday night and continued spewing ash and rocks endangering the weekend visitors. Reports of sulfur smell briefly disrupted rescue efforts, said official NHK television of Japan. So far the rescue teams have recovered 31 ...

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Weekend Box Office Fails to Pick up; 3 A.M., Desi Kattey top with measly collections

For box office lovers, the figures this week were disheartening indeed with Desi Kattey collecting Rs.60 lakhs on its opening day, followed by 3 A.M. at Rs.30 lakhs. In fact, Ali Saif Khan’s ‘Chaarfutiya Chhokare’ is still struggling to rake in money despite positive reviews of the film at Rs.5 lakhs, far behind ‘Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaye’ in terms ...

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