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Modi's 100 days: Has the 'acche din' hype boomeranged?

(100 days of Modi government)

By Amulya Ganguli,

A month after assuming office, Narendra Modi had rued the absence in his case of the customary honeymoon period for a new prime minister. Now, the by-election setbacks and signs of dissonance at the top have cast a further shadow on his first 100 days as prime minister.

Start talks with Pakistan: Mehbooba Mufti to centre

Jammu : Mehbooba Mufti, president of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir, Friday appealed the central government to start defence minister level talks with Pakistan.

Addressing a media conference here, Mufti said: "The union government should start mature, meaningful defence minister level talks with Pakistan to carry forward the agenda of peace and progress between the two neighbouring counties."

Modi enjoys twice the security cover of his predecessor

(100 days of Modi government)

By Alok Singh,

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys double the security cover of his predecessor Manmohan Singh in terms of commandos of the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) and vehicles in his cavalcade.

The reason: "No other prime minister except Rajiv Gandhi was under such a threat as Modi from militant groups," a Delhi Police officer told IANS, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Modi tones up governance, lays out policy roadmap

(100 days of Modi government)

By Prashant Sood,

New Delhi : Narendra Modi has sought to mark his first term as prime minister with some distinct initiatives in terms of both policy and governance style - direct communication with the people, faster decision-making, a disciplined bureaucracy, thrust on innovation and technology, cleanliness, rural transformation and kindling a can-do spirit in the people. In the three months in office, Modi has already laid down contours of his government's priorities.

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CPI-M displeased over cardinal meeting Modi

Thiruvananthapuram : The CPI-M Friday expressed its displeasure over a meeting between Cardinal Moran Mar Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, head of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church here, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Aug 18.

In an article titled 'About a meeting' in party mouthpiece 'Deshabimani', party state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said a statement by the cardinal, who is also the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), made after his meeting with Modi in New Delhi, deeply saddened all those who believe in secularism.

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J&K assembly adjourned amid din

Srinagar : Pandemonium over the alleged involvement of Sartaj Madni, a seinor leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in land grabbing forced the speaker to adjourn the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Friday.

Speaker Mubarak Gul adjourned the session amid allegations and counter-allegations between the ruling National Conference (NC) and the PDP over the alleged land grab in Anantnag district's Marhama area, involving over 500 acres of state land.

The NC members alleged a document pertaining to the land grab scandal carried Madni's signatures.

Close to 100 days, assertive Modi stands tall as PM

By M.R. Narayan Swamy,

New Delhi : As he completes 100 days in office Sep 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity is still running high as he unleashes a new style of governance and is surprising everyone with his grasp of foreign policy expertise few thought he had it in him.

Barring his most bitter critics, the widespread view seems to be that Modi, who turns 64 Sep 17, is proving to be a prime minister the country has lacked in recent decades - strong, decisive and pro-active. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) certainly thinks so.

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'Some media houses spreading malicious lies against Trinamool'

Kolkata: Accusing some media houses of spreading "malicious lies" about her recent Singapore visit, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said a large number of investors have evinced interest in pumping money in the state.

Banerjee said the industrialists, who accompanied her to Singapore, were surprised at the "extent of malicious lies" peddled against the state.

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Mamata tears into 'arrogant, divisive' BJP

Kolkata : Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday asked it to shed "arrogance" and accused the party of trying to divide Hindus and Muslims in the state.

"Some people think they can win over India with money power. BJP got only 29 percent votes. It was not a mandate. My advice to BJP is to shed its arrogance," Banerjee said at a rally of the Trinamool Congress Chhattra Parishad here.

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Jan Dhan Yojana: 15 mn bank accounts opened

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, a flagship project of the union government. Around 15 million bank accounts were opened in a day. Here are some of the highlights of the scheme:

- About 15 million accident insurance policies done on a single day and same number of bank accounts opened.

- Programme held at around 77,000 locations with the participation of chief ministers, union ministers and bank officials.

- Target to cover 7.5 crore households with at least one account will be achieved by Jan 26, 2015.

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