External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid says
there is no stand off between India
and United States
over the issue of Devyani Khobragade.
regrets expulsion of American diplomat from India
after Khobragade was asked leave the US.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal says next
public hearing will be held at bigger venue with better arrangements after
chaos at today's meet.
Congress urges Election Commission to ensure
effective regulation of social media to make polls smooth and fair.
National Investigation Agency attaches property
of Indian Mujahideen fugitive Tehseen Akhtar in connection with Bodh Gaya
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has
plays New Zealand
in a must win match in the Hockey World League finals.
Rohan Bopanna and his partner Aisam-Ul-Haq
Qureshi finish runners up in Sydney International Tennis tournament.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today
said, New Delhi will remain in conversation with
over Devyani Khobragade issue. Mr Khurshid said, there are certain issues of
domestic laws and India's
understanding of the Vienna Convention on consular rights will remain. Talking
to reporters in New Delhi, Mr Khurshid added
there is no stand off between India
and the United States
over the issue.
We will remain in conversation if we do
all our friends and then there are issues still need to be worried on, we will
work on the issues but there is no reason now, to feel any immediate concern
about any outcomes that might be adverse of particularly of any disturbing
nature. So now is normal course and due course, we will take up issues one be
one and sought them out.
Meanwhile, The United States has regretted that India felt it
necessary to expel an American diplomat after senior diplomat Devyani
Khobragade was asked to leave the country following her indictment in a visa
fraud case. The State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in Washington yesterday that this has clearly
been a challenging time in the US-India relationship. She said Washington hopes that this will now come to closure and
the India will now take
significant steps with the US
to improve our relationship and return it to a more constructive phase.
Earlier in the day yesterday, India expelled a senior American diplomat within
hours of Devyani being asked to leave the US.
Khobragade, who was indicted for visa fraud and
making false statements by a grand jury in the US
returned New Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal has
rejected criticism of his 'janta durbar'. Addressing a press conference
Kejriwal said though today's exercise had turned chaotic due to
"mismanagement", they have learnt their lesson and the next public
hearing will be at a bigger venue with better arrangements.
The Chief Minister had to leave the venue of the
public hearing midway as hundreds jostled with each other to register their
grievances. Mr. Kejriwal said that he had left the venue to avoid a
A large number of people wanted to meet
me, and to avoid a stampede like situation, I had to leave the venue. There is
a need to improve the arrangements. I appeal everyone to come in a proper
The Chief Minister said that 90 per cent of the
crowd at today's hearing comprised contractual workers. The Chief Minister said
he would be writing to every department asking them why contractual workers
could not be made permanent.
Congress has termed the holding of janta darbar
by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal outside the Secretariat as an
impractical move. Talking to reporters in New
Delhi, party spokesperson Meem Afzal said that
Kejriwal should engage his party workers to collect the grievances of the
people and then send same to the Chief Minister. He said that Delhi government should make proper
arrangements before the programme.
We should think and analyse before
starting anything. We should also understand the practicalities of it to see if
it is possible or not.
Meanwhile, BJP has criticized the idea to hold
public meeting outside the Secretariat. Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel, said,
the AAP is seeking attention of public but are not concerned about solving
their problems. He also alleged that Janata Darbar was called with an eye on
the next election, not for people's welfare.
The existing system needs to be upgraded
and has to be made corruption free. Otherwise the public will continue to face
problems in the same manner they faced in today's Janta Durbar.
Former Police officer and team Anna Member Kiran
Bedi also criticized Delhi
government for holding a Janata Darbar. On the social networking site twitter, Bedi
said secretariats are not run from rooftops.
Congress Vice President Rahul
Gandhi held consultations with young achievers, intellectuals and opinion
leaders in Bangalore today as part of his efforts to gether inputs for
preparation of party manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Briefing media
persons later, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tiwari informed
that the interaction in Bangalore
was 3rd of its kind by Rahul Gandhi. He said Congress is the only party that
has embarked upon ambitious exercise of preparing manifesto based on the
aspirations and priorities of people. He added that in the last 10 years UPA
government has given people the right to information, right to employment,
right to education, right to identity and food security.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, while
describing NCP chief Sharad Pawar as his political guru, has said he would be
happy to see him become the Prime minister. Interacting with editors of Marathi
newspapers at Sholapur
today, Shinde said he entered politics because of Pawar.
Congress has urged Election
Commission to ensure effective regulation of social media. The party said that
several individuals and groups misuse the Internet to malign their political
opponents and such acts interfered in the fair and smooth conduct of polls.
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner V
S Sampath, AICC's Legal Department Secretary K C Mittal, requested that
guidelines should be issued to regulate objectionable content on social media.
He said these contents are not permissible under law and violate the Model Code
Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan today
met Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi
to discuss the issue of alliance in Bihar for
the next General elections. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Paswan said
Congress is his natural ally and he has requested the party to take the lead in
firming up a secular alliance in the state. Our correspondent reports that both
LJP and RJD are aiming to ally with the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
The property of fugitive Indian Mujahideen
operative Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu was attached today after the deadline for
his surrender lapsed on January nine. Maniyarpur police station in-charge Asgar
Imam said that a joint team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Bihar police reached Tehseen’s house in Maniyarpur
village in Samastipur district and attached the property in the presence of
fugitive's father Wasim Akhtar and other family members. Tahseen is accused in Patna and Bodhya Gaya
serial blasts. The NIA also announced a reward of rupees 10 Lakhs on him.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered
two cases against the then officials of the Indian
and Rashtriya Indian Military
College, Dehradun for
alleged cheating, corruption and irregularities in the recruitment process.
These officers have been accused of issuing fake experience certificates to
candidates in recruitment of 59 Group 'C' and 227 Group 'D' category employees
President Pranab Mukherjee has stressed the need
for developing tourism in Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Addressing the civic reception hosted by the Port Blair Municipal Council this
afternoon, the President said the islands have the potential to be a spring
board for India's engagement
with South East Asia and the Pacific region.
He emphasised that the islands' rich tourism potential needs to be harnessed in
eco-friendly manner to preserve their extraordinary beauty.
The principal of unity in diversity, its
unique and cohesive multicultural, multilinguistics society sets an example to
the rest of the country. Immense beauty and splendour of these islands. Its
rich forest and marine wealth, coastal flora and fauna alongwith the beaches of
extraordinary beauty are a great natural marvel.
The President visited the national memorial
cellular jail and placed wreath at the Martyrs’ column.
Earlier today, Mr. Mukherjee presented the Sunil
Gangopadhyay Memorial Award (2012 and 2013) to two eminent Bengali poets
Nirendranath Chakraborty and Sankha Ghosh at a function at Raj Bhawan in
Kolkata. Speaking on the occasion the President said the historical awareness
coupled with minutest historical detail make Sunil Gangopadhyay’s innumerable
Road Transport and Highways Ministry is observing
National Road Safety Week across the country from today to create awareness
among the people. The theme of this year’s Road Safety week is "When on
road, always say Pehle Aap". The Ministry has also planned a Road Safety
Walk at India Gate in the national capital tomorrow to raise awareness about
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has
died at the age of 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.
He was being treated at the Sheba
outside Tel Aviv. Sharon was revered by many in
his country for his contributions in all the major wars since Israel's independence but courted
controversy throughout his long career.
is playing against New Zealand
their must win second Group-A match of the Men's Hockey World League Final at
the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New
Zealand were leading by three goals when
reports last came in. India
had earlier lost their opener to England, 0-2 yesterday.
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani team-mate
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi today ended as runners up in the Sydney International
Tennis tournament. In the finals, the third seeded Indo-Pak pair lost to the
Canadian-Serbian combination of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 6-7, 6-7. The
Indo-Pak pair were chasing their fifth team title.