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PM Modi asks officers to adopt innovative ways for governance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the officers to adopt innovative ways to break silos for speeding up various processes of governance.

Interacting with Directors and Deputy Secretaries working in various departments and Ministries, the Prime Minister said silos are a big bottleneck in the functioning of the Central Government.

He also asked them to create teams to achieve better results.The Prime Minister exhorted them to work with full dedication towards creation of New India by 2022.

Mr Modi interacted with these officials in four separate groups on various days this month and discussed several issues including governance, corruption, health , education, Swachh Bharat, culture communication and tourism.The last of these interactions was held yesterday.

Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh and senior officers from PMO and Cabinet Secretariat were present during the interactions.

Himachal Polls: BJP fields Sukhram’s son from Mandi, Dhumal from Sujanpur

New Delhi

BJP logoThe list of candidates released by BJP on Wednesday included the names of senior leaders like former Chief Minister P K Dhumal, who will be contesting from Sujanpur, while Sukhram’s son Anil Sharma has been named as party candidate for Mandi.

The party would be also fielding state unit chief Satpal Singh Satti from Una even as name of a key Chief Ministerial aspirant and Union Health Minister J P Nadda does not figure in the list.

The saffron party has so far avoided naming any chief ministerial candidate.

The two-time Chief Minister Dhumal will contest from Sujanpur instead of Hamirpur, which he represents in the outgoing assembly.
Obviously for his seniority and experience, Mr Dhumal will be a key contender for the post of chief minister if the BJP comes back to power in the Congress-ruled state

Smriti Irani asks Cong to come clean on Bofors

AMN / New Delhi

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The BJP on Wednesday stepped up attack against Congress party on Bofors controversy with the party leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti wanting to know why former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi chose to silence his own Minister VP Singh.

“Who were offering bribe? Why did a Congress leader (Rajiv Gandhi) chose to silence his own minister (VP Singh)? For too long the Congress has kept conveniently quiet,” Ms Irani told reporters here.

She said it is time that the Congress party answers as to what was the role of Congress leaders “then and now”.

The observation from Ms Irani, often seen as chief bete-noire for Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi parliamentary constituency comes close on the heels of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) announcing that it would look into the “facts and circumstances” of the Bofors scam mentioned by private detective Michael Hershman.

The detective has in a recent interview alleged that the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government in 1980s had sabotaged his investigation on Bofors gun deal.

China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

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Trump and XiChina’s biggest political event, the Communist Party Congress, began in Beijing this morning. At the opening of the Congress President Xi Jinping said China will deepen economic and financial reforms and further open its markets to foreign investors. He said china will look to move from high-speed to high-quality growth.

Xi further said Beijing will push ahead with market-oriented reforms of its foreign exchange rate as well as its financial system, and let the market play a decisive role in the allocation of resources.

While pledging to further open China’s services sector to foreign investors Xi said the government will clean up rules and practices that hinder a unified market and fair competition. He also expressed support for development of private firms and stimulating vitality of all types of market entities. However, while expressing support for market reform and private firms, Xi also called for stronger, bigger state firms.

Communist Party Congress in China takes place once every five years and determines who rules the country and its direction for the next five years. President Xi , who became China’s leader in 2012, is widely expected to remain as the Chief of the ruling Party.

The Congress will close next Tuesday. Shortly after the Congress ends, the party is expected to unveil the new members of the country’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, which will steer the country.

Bofors: CBI to study claims made by Michael Hershman

BOFORS

AMN / New Delhi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said it will consider the facts and circumstances of the Bofors scam, as per the claims of private detective Michael Hershman.

In an interview to private news channel, Michael Hershman of the private investigation group Fairfax Group had alleged that the government led by the late Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi created obstruction in his investigation.

The CBI has learnt of the matter pertaining to Bofors aired on a certain TV Channel containing interview of Mr Michael Hershman, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said in a statement.

‘Facts and circumstances as mentioned in the interview will be looked into as per due process by the CBI,’ Mr Dayal said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Michael Hershman in a sensational interview to Republic TV said that there are powerful politicians in India who risk being identified in Bofors.

Smriti Irani asks Cong to come clean on Bofors

rakes up ‘VP Singh bogey’

New Delhi

The BJP on Wednesday stepped up attack against Congress party on Bofors controversy with the party leader and Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti wanting to know why former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi chose to silence his own Minister VP Singh.

“Who were offering bribe? Why did a Congress leader (Rajiv Gandhi) chose to silence his own minister (VP Singh)? For too long the Congress has kept conveniently quiet,” Ms Irani told reporters here.

She said it is time that the Congress party answers as to what was the role of Congress leaders “then and now”.

The observation from Ms Irani, often seen as chief bete-noire for Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi parliamentary constituency comes close on the heels of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) announcing that it would look into the “facts and circumstances” of the Bofors scam mentioned by private detective Michael Hershman.

The detective has in a recent interview alleged that the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress government in 1980s had sabotaged his investigation on Bofors gun deal.

7 policemen killed, 22 hurt in explosion in Pakistan

AMN

At least seven policemen were killed and 22 others injured in an explosion in the Sariab Mill area on the Quetta-Sibbi Road today morning.

According to DawnNews, security sources claimed a roadside bomb exploded just as a police vehicle carrying 35 police personnel passed the area.

However, the nature of the blast is yet to be ascertained. Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti while condemning the attack confirmed the deaths in the attack. The injured have been shifted to Quetta’s Civil Hospital where an emergency has been imposed. Security forces reached the location and cordoned off the area and a security sweep was underway.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for today’s attack.

US author George Saunders wins Man Booker Prize

 

US author George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. He became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”. The prize was announced at a ceremony in London.

Judges for the prestigious English-language literary award praised the book as utterly original that chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators.This year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist pitted three US and three British writers against one another.

India signs pact to send interns to Japan for training

AMN

India has signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) with Japan to send youngsters there as technical interns for on-the-job training for a period of three to five years. The MoC on Technical Intern Training Programme was signed by Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare with Katsunobu Kato in Tokyo yesterday.

India is the third country with which Japan has signed the MoC. As per the Japan’s official data for 2016-end, approximately 2.3 lakh technical intern trainees from multiple countries are on training in the island nation.

10 injured in mortar shelling by Pak forces along LoC in J&K

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AMN

At least ten persons were injured as Pakistani forces again resorted to heavy mortar shelling along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

Defence sources told media in Jammu that the forces from across the Line of Control started unprovoked firing and shelling targeting Indian positions and civilian areas in Balakote sector around 7am.

Later the Pakistan’s forces also extended the shelling to adjoining Manjakote sector of Rajouri district. The troops guarding the borderline retaliated and gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani shelling. The intermittent exchange of fire was continuing when the last reports came in.

The injured which also include two minors have been hospitalized. The condition of two of them is said to be critical. Some cattle also have been perished in the shelling and vehicles, houses and other buildings have suffered damages.

India can help US keep an eye on Pakistan: Nikki Haley

AMN /NEW DELHI

Nikki Haley TIA

 

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said India can help the US to keep an eye on Pakistan as President Donald Trump has taken tougher approach to Islamabad harbouring terrorists. Noting that Trump recently announced a new strategy for combating terrorism in Afghanistan and South Asia, Haley said one of the pillars of that strategy is the development of America’s strategic partnership with India.

She said America’s overriding interest in Afghanistan and throughout South Asia are to eliminate terrorist safe havens that threaten the US. And to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists, the US will use all the elements of its national power economic diplomatic and military to pursue these goals. Critically America will look to its economic and security partnerships with India, she added.

In her address to an event organised by US India Friendship Council, Haley said Trump has taken a tougher approach to Pakistan harboring terrorists. She said the US cannot tolerate Pakistan or any other government giving safe haven to terrorists who target Americans. The US, she said, is looking at India to help US more in Afghanistan particularly in economic and development assistance.