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Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the Indian press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate.Modi said he wanted to strengthen ties with journalists and thanked them for reporting on a 'Clean India' campaign he launched recently by taking a broom to a rubbish-strewn street in New Delhi."The prime minister cannot pick up the broom alone," Modi told invited journalists in New Delhi. "You have turned your pen into a broom, and I think this is a huge service."The 64-year-old premier has made extensive use of campaign speeches, glitzy policy launches and social media to propagate his message - he has 7.3 million followers on Twitter.But his government has been criticised by commentators for being unwilling to face challenging questions. Five months after Modi took power, ...

India court jails five for life for gang-rape NEW DELHI: An Indian court Monday jailed five men for life for gang-raping a call centre worker in a case that occurred two years before a fatal sex attack on a student sparked global outrage. The men abducted the 30-year-old woman at gunpoint in 2010 as she was walking home with a colleague after a late shift in southwest New Delhi, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.They took turns raping the woman, ...
Death toll in India from cyclone Hudhud climbs to 41 BHUBANESWAR: The death toll from a cyclone that hit India's east coast last week has risen to 41, as authorities struggle to restore power, transport and communication links and shelter 150,000 people forced to abandon their homes.Cyclone Hudhud slammed into the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states, tearing down tens of thousands of mud-and-thatch homes, and flattening rice, banana and sugarcane plantations."Electricity has been restored in about 60 percent of the affected area. In ...
speed rail designer gets suspended death sentence in bribe case SHANGHAI: The rail engineer credited with designing China's high-speed rail network received a suspended death sentence after a Beijing court found him guilty of taking 47.6 million yuan ($7.8 million) in bribes, Chinese state media reported on Friday.Zhang Shuguang, former deputy chief engineer and transportation bureau head of China's now-defunct Ministry of Railways, was charged in September of last year for accepting bribes mostly from private Chinese firms vying to win contracts over an 11-year ...
Kerry, Zarif, Ashton start talks on Iran's nuclear programme VIENNA: Talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Iranian counterpart and the EU foreign policy chief towards advancing troubled negotiations on Iran's nuclear drive started on Wednesday, an AFP reporter said.The discussions in Vienna between Kerry, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Catherine Ashton come six weeks before a November 24 deadline to strike a deal aimed at easing concerns about Iran's atomic programme.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Relief effort begins after deadly cyclone hits India HYDERABAD: A major relief operation was under way Monday after a cyclone pounded India's eastern coast, killing at least six people and leaving a trail of destruction, but officials said mass evacuations helped avert a larger tragedy.Most of the deaths were caused by falling trees and collapsed buildings in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was worst hit by Cyclone Hudhud. A one-year-old child from the port city of Visakhapatnam was among the dead.The ...
Sri Lanka resumes trains to war-battered Jaffna JAFFNA: Sri Lanka's president on Monday launched train services to the battle-scarred city of Jaffna nearly 25 years after a bloody ethnic conflict destroyed the region's entire railway network.President Mahinda Rajapakse boarded a special train from the town of Palai on the southern end of the Jaffna peninsula and travelled to the cultural capital of Sri Lanka's ethnic minority Tamils.His train stopped at three stations rebuilt as part of the reconstruction of 250-kilometres (157 miles) ...

 



 
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