Flood in Jammu & Kashmir
Massive rescue and relief operations were underway in Jammu and Kashmir to rescue millions of people trapped in flood-ravaged areas, with IAF choppers and transport aircraft undertaking non-stop sorties to carry men and relief material to submerged parts.
London's first Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas dates disclosed
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs recently announced that London will be the next destination for the upcoming Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (RPBD). Asian Voice, from its trusted sources, has learnt that the dates are now expected to be 16-18 October, with a possibility of the Minister for External Affairs of India, Mrs Sushma Swaraj visiting.
India on alert after al-Qaeda announces local wing
Several Indian states, especially Gujarat, Kashmir and Assam, were on alert after al -Qaeda announced the formation of a wing of the militant group in India and its neighborhood, a senior government official said.
Modi Woos Japanese Investors
Tokyo: Holding that the environment of "disappointment" was over, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invited Japanese businesses to join India's developmental efforts with a promise of non-discriminatory and speedy clearances and announced setting up of a special management team under PMO to facilitate business from Japan.
Addressing top business leaders of Japan and India here, Modi flagged the recent decisions to liberalize FDI policy in the railways, defence and insurance and said rules and laws are being changed in India which would show results in the near future.
Andhra capital to be around Vijayawada
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that the state's new capital would be in and around Vijayawada. A report on the capital city, formed by the Sivaramakrishnan Committee, was tabled before the state legislative assembly.
Naidu, who is credited with turning Hyderabad into 'Indian Silicon Valley', said he will model the new capital on the lines of Singapore.
Hooda declares Haryana drought-affected
Chandigarh: Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda declared the entire state as drought-affected for Kharif 2014 and sought Central assistance of Rs 48.29 billion to compensate farmers. Hooda said a special girdawri has been ordered to assess the loss caused due to continued dry spell. He said in case of more than 50 per cent damage to paddy and cotton crops, a compensation of Rs 4,000 per acre will be given. It will be Rs 3,500 per acre for other crops.
Telangana CM meets Modi, discusses household survey
New Delhi: Amid reports of friction between the Centre and the Telangana Government, a delegation led by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the controversial household survey conducted in the state among other issues.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government had conducted a massive household survey across the state last month to ascertain comprehensive information on citizens, an exercise which attracted criticism from certain quarters.
Badal giving jitters to BJP in Haryana
Chandigarh: The decision of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) to make Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal its star campaigner for the forthcoming Haryana assembly elections has set long-time political allies, the Akali Dal and the BJP, on a collision course. The BJP, which is eyeing a big victory in the state, is wary of the impact of Badal’s campaign on its prospects. He is a tall leader in the region and he has an impressive following in Haryana despite being politically confined to Punjab.
Dalit boy's wrists cut off for wearing watch to school
Madurai (Tamil Nadu): A dalit boy was allegedly attacked and his wrists were cut by his non-dalit seniors in a village in Tamil Nadu as he wore a watch to school. Police said Ramesh (16), son of Paramjothi of Thiruvalluvar colony in Virudhunagar district, was a plus one student at the government school in Thiruthangal.
India, Australia seal nuclear deal, Abbott meets Modi
India and Australia sealed the long-awaited nuclear energy deal last week even as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he wanted first-rank relations with India.
Abbott met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and finalized the deal to allow the export of uranium to India.
Jaya files defamation case against Subramanian Swamy
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday filed a defamation case against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in a city court over his remarks related to the issue of state fishermen being detained by Sri Lanka.
HSGMC to support Congress
Chandigarh: The Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) asked the ruling Congress to give suitable representation to Sikhs in party tickets in the forthcoming State Assembly elections.
Three arrests over migrant’s tragic death
The police have recently made three arrests in connection to Meet Singh Kapoor’s tragic death, pictured, that happened three weeks ago. Stephen McLaughlin, 34, and Timothy Murphy, 33, two lorry drivers from Londonderry and a third man from Dungannon, Northern Ireland were taken into custody. The former two were charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK and the latter was arrested on the suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the UK. Statistics have revealed that the numbers of people being smuggled into Britain is on the rise, with 566 potential victims of trafficking picked up by police in the first three months of this year, compared with 407 for the period last year.
Imminent arrests of 'Jihadi John' and his UK network
Counter-terror police officers acting on US intelligence claimed to have identified up to a dozen alleged Midland members of Jihadi John's terror network in the UK on 6th September. Jihadi John, an Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) militant, is believed to have beheaded two American journalists – John Foley and Steven Sotloff – and has threatened to kill David Haines, a British aid worker.
'Relief from Hajj fraud for British Muslims', says Birmingham City Council
British Muslims who are under the threat of a Hajj pilgrimage fraud have finally some reason to be relieved, courtesy Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards team. The authority has become the national lead in combating what is traditionally seen as an under-reported crime. By October, tens of thousands of British Muslims will have booked trips to Saudi Arabia for Hajj.
Blind Mastermind of Drug Dealing Jailed
Described as the 'mastermind' of two drugs-conspiracy plots, visually impaired Rizwan Arshad, 33, has been jailed for 21 years along with six others.
Using a BMW that he got through the Motability scheme for disabled people, he devised a plot to flood UK streets with more than £300,000 worth of Class A drugs.
Shrien ready for alleged murder trial
Cape Town will witness the Dewani honeymoon murder trial starting 6th October. 28-year-old Anni Dewani was shot in Cape Town in 2010 when she, along with her husband, had been to the city for their honeymoon. Her husband, the 34-year-old Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani is one of the murder suspects and is set to be tried on 6th October at the Western Cape High Court.
Second Royal Baby on its way!
The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child, as announced by the Kensington Palace. They also stated that The Queen and members of both the Duke and Duchess's families are delighted with the news. The Duchess is receiving regular check-ups by Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, the Royal Household surgeon-gynaecologist at Kensington Palace, which released the news just 48 hours after the Queen and the Middleton family had been informed.
'Imams out of touch with Islam, can't halt terrorism', says advisor
Religious texts, which have always been a subject of debate with its various interpretations around the world, have become the core of yet another alarming phenomenon in the UK. Mehmood Naqshbandi, an Islam expert, who has advised the Metropolitan police on Muslims in Britain, stated, “Most imams know nothing much about the ISIS and would probably struggle to find Syria on a map”.
Justice Minister Vara interacts with Indian MPs in Gujarati
Justice Minister, Shailesh Vara MP’s three day visit to India has reportedly made the relationship between the Indian and British government strong. He has sought to promote the Global Law Summit, a major conference to be held in London in February 2015, to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta which will attract some of the world’s best lawyers to the UK.
England clinch 3-run victory in T20
England skipper Eoin Morgan found his form at the right time to lead his country to a three-run victory over India in a one-off T20 international at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Morgan, who had scored only 198 runs in 10 one-day international innings since returning from injury in March, smashed 71 off 31 balls including seven sixes and three fours, as England posted a daunting 180 for seven wickets in their 20 overs.
Cilic wins US Open for 1st Grand Slam title
The 14th seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia has won the US Open title by beating 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 by using 17 aces and the rebuilt game and confidence instilled by Ivanisevic. "This is a second chance he got," Ivanisevic said, referring to Cilic's four-month ban in 2013 for doping.
Cilic earned a $3 million winner's check and will rise to No. 9 from his pre-US Open ranking of No. 16, which made him the first man from outside the top 10 to win a Grand Slam title in a decade. "This," Cilic said, "is (from) all the hard work in these last several years - and especially this last year." He prevented Nishikori from becoming the first man from Asia to win a major singles championship.
India to see some former football greats in action
Some former football stars such as Freddie Ljungberg, David James and Alessandro del Piero will be seen in action in Indian Super League which is scheduled to start next month.
“We’re going to put Indian football on steroids,” says Praful Patel, president of the All India Football Federation. “We hope this will bring the crowds to the stadiums and invigorate the sport.” The 10-week league hopes to harness growing interest in the game in India, considered by many as one of the world’s last great untapped football markets. The first match will kick off on October 12.
Pak cricketer Ajmal suspended over bowling action
Top Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been suspended from international cricket after tests found his bowling action illegal, the International Cricket Council said. Ajmal, the world's number one bowler in one-day internationals, was suspended "with immediate effect" following an assessment in Brisbane last month. The 36-year-old was reported for a suspect action after last month's first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. He can apply for a re-assessment once he has modified his action.
Carlsen agrees to rematch against Anand
World No 1 and defending champion Magnus Carlsen has agreed to play the World Championship rematch against Viswanathan Anand in November. Following some anxious weeks of anticipation, the Nordic prodigy inked his consent and took to the social media to announce his decision: "It has been a pleasure signing autographs for the fans in St Louis. After the tournament I found the time for 1 more," Carlsen tweeted, confirming his participation.
Last week, Fide extended the deadline for Carlsen till September 7.
P V Sindhu re-enters top 10 in BWF rankings
Owing to her bronze medal finish at the recently-concluded World Championships, India's top shuttler P V Sindhu has re-entered the top-10 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. While 19-year-old Sindhu has climbed up two places to be at number 10 position in the women's singles list while Saina Nehwal remained the top-ranked Indian player at No 7. In men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth has moved up a place to be the highest ranked men's singles Indian shuttler at number 22 position.
IPL not good for cricket: Ian Botham
Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham has called for scrapping of the Indian Premier League saying the tournament was bad for the game. While delivering this year’s MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, England's greatest ever all-round cricketer said the tournament was ripe for betting and consequently, match-fixing.
Turn Muslim to go to heaven, Pak cricketer tells Dilshan
The Pakistan Cricket Board has ordered an investigation into the religious comments made by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international recently.
While the players were walking back to the dressing room in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan, “If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.“
Lottery to decide who will attend Modi's public reception in US
Washington: A lottery system would decide the participants who would get to attend the public reception of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 28 at the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City, organisers of the event have said.
Indian-American Community Foundation, set up recently for the purpose, had received some 20,000 applications from people across the country, from as far as remote parts of Alaska and Hawaii.
Father of 3 pays $ 80,000 to kiss Elizabeth Hurley
London: Julian Bharti, 27, the son of a billionaire banker Stan Bharti, has paid £50,000 on a passionate kiss with model and actress Elizabeth Hurley. He successfully bid for a kiss with the 49-year-old British actress at Elton John's annual ball near Windsor. The married father of three took to his task with gusto, clasping Hurley close to him and kissing her full on the mouth to the cheers of the watching celebrity crowd.
Anthology of ‘Diaspora Literature’ released
London: The lovers of ‘Gujarati literature’ through their spellbind genres don’t leg behind to enlivening its glory even in foreign lands. As part of a series of ‘Diaspora Literature’ about a dozen of literature works such as poems, essays and stories of local authors were released in Batley. This function was attended by many contemporary Gujarati poets, writers and critics that include Dr Adam Tankarvi, Gul Ahmed, Pankaj Vora, Dr Mahek Tankarvi and well-known editor Dr Balvant Jani was also present on this occasion.
2 Britons held for investigating conditions of migrant labour in Qatar
Doha: Qatar has arrested two British researchers who had been investigating the conditions of migrants workers who are building facilities for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar argued that these researchers "violated" the emirate's laws. Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev, who work for the Norway-based Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), were arrested in Doha on August 31. The Qatari foreign ministry said that the pair were "being interrogated for having violated provisions of the law" in Qatar, but it did not elaborate. "All of the actions that have been taken against the two Britons are consistent with principles of human rights enshrined in the constitution", said the statement.
Obama is afraid of me, claims Robert Mugabe
Harare: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe claimed that American President Barack Obama was afraid of him as he has the ability to expel the white people from his country. According to him that is the reason why he was not been invited to attend the summits attended by western leaders. Mugabe was not invited to attend a US-Africa summit in Washington last month. America joined Britain and the European Union in imposing a travel ban and asset freeze on him 12 years ago. But Mugabe, widely condemned for human rights abuses and rigged elections, said that fear lay behind these decisions.
ISIS trying to expand in Pakistan
Islamabad: The dreaded Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is trying to expand its influence in Pakistan, with pamphlets being distributed in Peshawar and border provinces of Afghanistan, seeking support for jihad.
A booklet titled 'Fatah' (victory) in Pashto and Dari languages was distributed in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as well as in Afghan refugee camps on the outskirts of the city, the Express Tribune reported.
The logo of the pamphlet has the Kalma, the historical stamp of Prophet Muhammad and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. Some copies were also mysteriously sent to Afghan journalists working in Peshawar, the paper said.
Pakistan protest groups upbeat on talks
Islamabad: The lingering political crisis in Pakistan seemed to be headed towards a resolution after weeks of turmoil with efforts to seal a negotiated settlement between the government and protesters gaining momentum.
Talks between the two warring sides - the government and - the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) - were held last week.