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India faces no pressure to curb carbon emission: Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the US-China climate deal imposed no pressure on India to roll back its carbon emission, but described climate change as a "bigger pressure" that warranted action from all.

"It's my feeling that the agreement, that has just been concluded between the United States and China does not impose any pressure on us," Modi said in response to a question at a joint media meet with US President Barack Obama following their summit-level talks.


Carnatic singer Sudha Raghunathan gets Padma Bhushan

Chennai : Popular Carnatic composer and vocalist Sudha Raghunathan was Sunday named for the Padma Bhushan on the eve of the 66th Republic Day.

Raghunathan will get the award for her contribution to art and music over the last three decades.

Born in a Tamil Brahmin family in Bangalore in 1977, she was initially trained in Carnatic music by her mother, a music teacher, from the age of three.

Later, she trained under B.V Lakshman and M.L Vasantha Kumari (MLV), whose student she remained for 13 years.

Advani, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh conferred Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi : BJP leader L.K. Advani, spiritual leader and philanthropist Aga Khan, actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal are among the nine named for India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, Sunday.

The awards, declared on the eve of Republic Day, are the first Padma honours announced by the Narendra Modi government which assumed office last May. It had last month conferred the nation's highest honour - the Bharat Ratna - on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and educationist Madan Mohan Malaviya.

'US companies need to make own risk assessment on n-deal'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : US officials Sunday called the understanding on the stalled India-US nuclear deal a "breakthrough", but said it was up to the companies to do their own risk assessment before entering into commercial contracts.

The two sides have come to "an understanding of the liability" issue, and that it will operate "through a memorandum of law within the Indian system", US Ambassador to India Richard Verma told US reporters accompanying President Barack Obama.


Obama visit: Officials too face security heat

New Delhi : Common citizens were not the only ones who faced problems due to the unprecedented security net cast around Hyderabad House and areas near India Gate in the national capital before the India-US summit level talks.


Talks on bilateral investment treaty to resume, say Modi, Obama

New Delhi: India and US will resume dialogue on a bilateral investment treaty as the economic growth in both countries is becoming stronger and their economic partnership had strengthening, announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Sunday.

"President Obama and I have agreed that a strong and growing economic relationship is vital for the success of our strategic partnership. Economic growth in our two countries is becoming stronger," Modi said at a joint press meeting with Obama after their talks.


Andhra, USTDA sign MoU to develop Vizag as smart city

New Delhi/Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government and US Trade Development Agency Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of Visakhapatnam as smart city.

The MoU was signed in the national capital on the first day of US President Barack Obama's three-day visit to India.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krisha Rao and US Trade Development Agency (USTDA) director Leocadia I. Zac signed the MoU in presence of Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and various officials of the US and Indian governments.


Five Bodo militants nabbed in Assam

Guwahati: A joint team of Assam Police and the army Sunday arrested five Bodo militants from a forest area in Kokrajhar district, officials said.

The cadres of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were nabbed from the Ripu reserved forest, according to a statement issued by Guwahati-based defence spokesperson Lt. Col. Suneet Newton.

The arrested cadres include Daneshwar Basumatary alias B. Dapung alias Ustad, a senior leader of the outfit, the statement added.


Timeline: India-US civil nuclear agreement

New Delhi: Following is the chronology of events in the India-US civil nuclear agreement since it was conceived by then Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and then US president George W Bush in July 2005.July 18, 2005: Bush and Singh first announce their intention to enter into a civil nuclear agreement in Washington.

March 1, 2006: Bush visits India for the first time.

March 3, 2006: Bush and Singh issue a joint statement on their growing strategic partnership, emphasising their agreement on civil nuclear cooperation.


967 security personnel awarded police medals

New Delhi: A total of 967 personnel, the maximum from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), were Sunday awarded police medals on the eve of India's 66th Republic Day.

Of the 967 personnel, 25 were awarded the President's Police Medal for Gallantry, 132 the Police Medal for Gallantry, 98 the President's Police Medals for Distinguished Service and 712 were awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.