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It is a heartwarming story of overcoming adversity and rising above religion. A 29-year-old Muslim man hailing from the once riot-stricken Indian city of Ahmedabad, now has an idol crafted by him installed inside a Hindu temple, The Times of India reports . SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' manages to hurt religious sentiments in India even before official launch Mohsin Shaikh, who was 14 when communal strife engulfed Ahmedabad in the summer of 2002, grew up crafting chalk and graphite idols of Hindu deities. One of his idols of Lord Shiva, a popular Hindu God, has been set up in a city temple. Some of his other works that include a statue of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who hails from Ahmedabad coincidentally) are also displayed around the city. Read more... More about Culture , Artist , India , Temple , and Religion
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That’s bad news for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party is battling a crucial state election in Uttar Pradesh that began on Feb. 11. The election is just one of five state polls taking place across India. Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur are voting as well, with results for all states announced on March 11. In the 2014 general election, Modi swept this poor state of 200 million people by promising development. But for farmers like Singh, who voted the BJP into national office, it is not Modi but Yadav’s administration that’s delivered on its promises. The success of the expressway and other projects has allowed the Samajwadi government to hijack Modi’s mantra of development. Now it’s possible the BJP could lose India’s most important state election, endangering further economic reforms and sapping Modi’s momentum ahead of the 2019 national elections.
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That’s bad news for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party is battling a crucial state election in Uttar Pradesh that began on Feb. 11. The election is just one of five state polls taking place across India. Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur are voting as well, with results for all states announced on March 11. In the 2014 general election, Modi swept this poor state of 200 million people by promising development. But for farmers like Singh, who voted the BJP into national office, it is not Modi but Yadav’s administration that’s delivered on its promises. The success of the expressway and other projects has allowed the Samajwadi government to hijack Modi’s mantra of development. Now it’s possible the BJP could lose India’s most important state election, endangering further economic reforms and sapping Modi’s momentum ahead of the 2019 national elections.
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NEW DELHI: India plans to auction some oil exploration blocks by June and will allow bidders to carve out areas where they want to drill in order to attract greater interest, a government official told Reuters on Wednesday. The move is part of a drive by New Delhi to quickly generate income from its oil and gas reserves. India overhauled its exploration licensing last year with a shift to a revenue sharing model, while also allowing pricing and marketing freedom to the operators. The planned auction will be India's first major exploration licensing round since 2010, although the energy-starved nation recently awarded 31 small fields to mainly local firms. The world's third-biggest oil and gas consumer imports nearly three-quarters of its energy requirements, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of cutting its fuel import dependency to two-thirds by 2022 and to half by 2030.
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Narendra Modi not fit to be PM: Lalu PrasadNarendra Modi is not fit to be the prime minister of the country... he has (only) been misleading the youth, Lalu said at an election meeting
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the United States to have a “balanced and farsightedperspective on visas that enable thousands of skilled Indian professionals to work in the United States and sustain India’s booming $150 billion software industry. The Indian leader made his call for an open mind on work visas at a meeting with a 26-member bipartisan delegation of the U.S. Congress, which is on a weeklong visit to India. There have been growing fears in New Delhi that the Trump administration will revamp the H1-B visa program to protect jobs for American workers. Indian technology workers are the largest recipients of these visas, which allow foreign professionals to work in the United States. After meeting the U.S. delegation on Tuesday, Modi's office said in a statement that the prime minister wanted the two countries to work together on facilitating people-to-people linkages and “referred to the role of skilled Indian talent in enriching the American economy and society.
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NEW DELHI: The government today granted its approval to the signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Greece which allows the airlines of the two countries to fly in each other's territory. It also gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Australia for promotion and development of cooperation in civil aviation security. The decisions were made by the Union Cabinet at its meeting held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, an official release said. India had signed an 'open skies' agreement with Greece in September 2016, after putting in place the new civil aviation policy in June the same year. At present there is no direct air connectivity between India and the Southeastern European nation. According to the civil aviation policy, the government can enter into an 'open sky' air services agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC nations as well as countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5,000 km radius from New Delhi.
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If you are skeptical, y ou may want to jump over those sections in italics in a first round, to not be unduly influenced in your interpretation of the quotes from the main actors and their documents. If the cooperation of Gates Foundation and RBI had been ongoing already for three years in early December 2015, this implies a start in late 2012 or early 2013. This would be more than a year before Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India. It would also have been almost two years, before Modi visited Barack Obama, told him about his plans to do something for financial inclusion and receive the happy message that the US was willing to help. It would have started three years before the partnership of USAID and the Indian Finance Ministry on financial inclusion was officially announced at that same forum and five years before the RBI and Narendra Modi performed the great and brutal experiment of starving the whole of India of cash for months.
The Economic Times
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NEW DELHI: Amid the Trump Administration's move to curb H1B visas that will impact India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pressed the US to have a "balanced and farsighted perspective" on the movement of skilled professionals. He made the comment while receiving a 26-member bi- partisan US Congressional delegation here. Welcoming the Congressional Representatives to India, he said their visit augurs a good start to bilateral exchanges following the change in the US Administration and Congress. He recalled his positive conversation with President Donald Trump and the shared commitment to further strengthen ties that have grown deeper in the last two and a half years. In this regard, he recognized Congress' strong bipartisan support for the India-US partnership, a PMO statement said. Modi shared his perspective on areas where both countries can work even more closely, including in facilitating greater people-to-people linkages that have over the years helped contribute to each other's prosperity.
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By Michael Schuman Across Asia, the world has supposedly been witnessing the return of the strongman. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been grasping more and more control in his own hands since claiming power in 2012. Two years later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India and President Joko Widodo (known as “Jokowi”) in Indonesia won office by selling themselves as forceful economic and political reformers. All three were heralded as the firm hands these giant developing nations needed to rejuvenate their promising but troubled economies. Yet here we are, at the start of 2017, still waiting. Jokowi’s lackluster reform program has produced equally lackluster growth. Xi’s much-hyped pro-market manifesto, approved in 2013, has gone almost nowhere, leaving China to limp along on ever-greater infusions of debt. While India is the best performing of the bunch, Modi has remained reluctant to press ahead on key changes that could lift growth even higher.
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He has initiated talks with Sakal Media’s Delivering Change Foundation, a not-for-profit that aspires to make positive changes in the communities. Israeli government too is keen on boosting bilateral cooperation. In the 1990s, the two governments signed their first agreement but nothing much happened. Israel has set up a $40 million India-Israel fund to invest in Indian companies but it has made little progress. “There has been a lot of bureaucracy (in India),” says Hasson. In a year when India and Israel are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic ties and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Israel, the mood is one of hope and optimism. “We (India and Israel) have a very special relationship. There is a growing meeting of minds. The strategic relationship between the two nations has never been better,” says deputy director-general Mark Sofer, head of Asia Pacific in the ministry of foreign affairs, Israel.
The Economic Times
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UP will elect its daughter, not adopted son: MayawatiThe people of Uttar Pradesh have made up their minds not to elect the adopted son (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) but their own daughter (Mayawati) in this election, said Mayawati.
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The commission does seem to feel the need for change. Since its longterm patrons in Congress dont seem likely to return to power soon, it has sought to adapt by featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its latest calendar. But he needs to consider how long this wasteful enterprise should continue, especially when, as in its use of the Khadi Mark, KVIC seems to be undermining real khadi initiatives. Unshackled by any heritage links to khadi, the PM can perhaps look at ways to rein in KVIC, even if its reign isnt brought to a full stop.
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It is part of an initiative by the world's biggest arms importer to link its defense purchases, which could top $200 billion over a decade, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" pitch. Lockheed Martin last year offered to set up a manufacturing base for F-16s in India provided it is awarded a contract for the fighter jets that India wants to buy - a proposal supported by the former Obama administration. In fact, the company had proposed to make India the sole producer of the single-engine combat aircraft, which is being phased out in the United States, but for which it is seeking markets in other countries. Amid uncertainty about the new U.S. government's policy, Lockheed Martin has said in Washington that the Trump administration will want to take a "fresh look at some of these programs" and that it is "prepared to support that effort to ensure that any deal of this importance is properly aligned with U.
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RBI governor Urjit Patel's reticence after the November 8 note ban drew sharp criticism, with many seeing his low profile as a foil for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-visibility administration. In an exclusive interview to CNBC TV 18, Patel played it down as part and parcel of the job, saying that it (criticism) has only helped the central bank improve itself. Here's what he said on his role, the central bank's future, Donald Trump and growth. On criticism over demonetisation I think that it is important that one grows a thick skin fast in this business, and I think we have done that. Valid criticism is something that we are open for and we take it in the spirit in which it is given and try to improve ourselves. But everyone also agrees that not only the RBI, but the wider banking system has done a Herculean job over the last few months and over this period when there were many challenges.
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The peak oil and gas output envisaged is about 2 per cent of India's current oil and gas production. "It has been estimated that the indicative gross revenue over economic life would be approximately Rs 46,400 crore of which royalty collection and government's revenue share is expected to be around Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 9,300 crore, respectively," it said. Development of these small oil and gas fields is crucial in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi's target of reducing oil imports by 10 per cent by 2022. Akhil Teja Natural Resources Ltd, which was incorporated just three days prior to close of the bidding, had bid for the most number of 17 fields. But it drew a blank with the CCEA not even accepting its solo bid for three onland blocks, according to analysis of list of awardees approved by CCEA. Bharat PetroResources Ltd, a unit of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), won the most number of 5 fields.