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Modi returns after successful US visit

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to the capital Wednesday after his "hugely successful" visit to the US.

During the visit, the Indian-American community gave him an unparalleled rock star-like reception.

In a special gesture, US president Barack Obama joined Modi on an unscheduled trip to the memorial of African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.


Modi to launch 'Swachh Bharat' mission Thursday

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Swachh Bharat mission Thursday aimed at creating a 'Clean India' in the next five years.

Modi would symbolically wield a broom Oct 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and reach out to all Indians to make cleanliness a mass movement.

Preparations are being made in government offices and also by the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Delhi for large participation in "cleanliness oath" to be taken Thursday.


1,350 in fray for Haryana polls, record women candidates

Chandigarh : With a record 109 women in the fray, 1,350 candidates will contest the Oct 15 assembly elections for 90 seats in Haryana, election department officials said Wednesday.

With 168 withdrawals Wednesday, 1,350 candidates finally remain in the fray for the assembly polls. These include 1,241 male and 109 female candidates. Wednesday was the last day for withdrawal of nominations.


Kejriwal to join safai karamcharis near PM's house

New Delhi : AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will join the conservancy staff in cleanliness drive Thursday at a slum - a stone's throw from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence in the heart of the capital.

"The former chief minister will reach BR Camp at 7 a.m. (Thursday) and join the safai karamcharis," AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said Wednesday.

BR Camp is situated across the Race Course Road where Modi's official residence is located.


NCP to support independent candidate against Chavan

Satara (Maharashtra) : The Nationalist Congress Party Wednesday decided to support an independent candidate against former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in the Karad (South) during the assembly elections later this month.

The development followed Rajendra Yadav, the NCP's official candidate in the constituency, announcing his support to Chavan in his home district.

Unfazed by the turn of events, NCP directed Yadav to withdraw his candidature and decided to support an independent candidate Vilaskaka Undalkar.


Dalit settlement in focus of Modi's Clean India mission

New Delhi: Dozens of municipal workers were busy Wednesday sprucing up Valmiki Colony, a settlement of poor, once-outcast Dalits where Mahatma Gandhi once dwelt, and now home to 300 families, mostly sweepers and those involved in menial cleaning jobs.

The workers painted signages where none existed, as also electric poles that had a few lights, and planted fresh flowers like chrysanthemum and marigold to prepare the otherwise neglected area for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit Thursday before he launches a nationwide Clean India mission.

Defying Modi manifesto, Goa BJP allows mining lease renewal

Panaji: The BJP government in Goa Wednesday approved the "Goa grant of mining leases policy, 2014", thereby ruling out the auction method for grant of mining leases.

Announcing this at a press conference Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the "renewals" will be done in accordance with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, "in the interest of mineral development in the state".

The state government's decision goes against the promise made by Narendra Modi in his 2014 Lok Sabha poll manifesto.


National Herald case: HC to hear plea of Sonia, Rahul Nov 3

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday posted the plea of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders in a case relating to the acquisition of the National Herald daily for final hearing Nov 3.

Justice V.P. Vaish said he will begin the hearing of the case on day-to-day basis Nov 3.

Apart from the Gandhis, Congress treasurer Moti Lal Vohra, family friend Suman Dubey, and Oscar Fernandes had moved the high court and sought to quash the summons issued to them by a trial court on a complaint by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.


Uddhav frowns at proposed Modi poll rallies in Maharashtra

Mumbai : Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Wednesday wondered why has former ally BJP felt the need for holding "so many" election rallies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Maharashtra.

"They say that there is a 'Modi wave' in the state. This is not Gujarat. If there is indeed such a wave, then why the BJP has planned so many rallies by the prime minister for the state elections?" Thackeray said talking to reporters here.


Modi reaches Frankfurt en route to Delhi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday reached Frankfurt on his way to the national capital after a five-day official visit to the US.

"On the way home. PM in Frankfurt on transit en route to New Delhi from Washington DC," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted along with a picture of the prime minister.

Modi arrived in New York Sep 26 and then flew down to Washington for summit with President Barack Obama.