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Modi tops 10 Indians in Foreign Policy's '100 Leading Global Thinkers'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and five other Indians figure among Foreign Policy magazine's sixth annual list of "100 Leading Global Thinkers".

Also among the honourees divided into 10 categories in the issue "recognising a year of tumult, protest, inspiration, and new beginnings" released Monday are three Indian Americans.

"Each year, our list of leading Global Thinkers spotlights those who have translated their ideas into actions, impacting millions worldwide," said David Rothkopf, editor and CEO of The FP Group.


BJP only party protecting communal harmony: Jitendra Singh

Jammu : Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jitendra Singh Monday said that the BJP is the only political party committed to protecting communal harmony and ensuring development without discrimination.

Singh, who hails from Jammu region, appealed to residents of Kishtwar to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election rally in Kishtwar town in large numbers Nov 22.

Jitendra Singh Monday held a series of public meetings in far-flung areas of Marwah, Warwan, Nagsani and Duchhan.

Approvals to new industries in Maharashtra in 30 days

Mumbai : Taking a leaf from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to 'Make in India', Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Monday urged top industrialists to 'Make in Maharashtra' to boost industrial development and employment in the state.

Accordingly, Fadnavis has decided to set up an Empowered Group of Secretaries of various key departments to give all the approvals required for new industries within 30 days.


Five Haryana MPs miss orientation programme on SAGY

Gurgaon : All three Congress MPs from Haryana, and two from BJP remained absent from the state level orientation programme organized here for Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY).

Congress MP Dipender Singh Hooda, Kumari Selja (Rajya Sabha) and Shadi Lal Batra (Rajya Sabha) remained absent from the programme.

The BJP MP from Karnal Ashwini Kumar Chopra was also absent. These MPs did not disclose the reason behind their absence.

Gurgaon MP and Union Minister Rao Inderjeet Singh was also not present as he was abroad.


Nehru messed up Kashmir issue: Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy Monday accused India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of being "short-sighted" and "contributing immensely" to the Kashmir issue.

"There is no record whatsoever in our parliamentary history that Nehru consulted his cabinet before going to the United Nations with the issue," Swamy said at a book release function here.

Foreign leaders fondly recall Nehru's legacy

New Delhi : Foreign leaders Monday fondly recalled their countries' links with India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai saying that Nehru was a household name in his country.

Karzai was speaking at the inaugural function of an international conference on Nehru's worldview and his legacy - Democracy, Inclusion and Empowerment - organised by the Congress to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Nehru.

Congress calls Tripura strike over police baton charge

Agartala : The Congress in Tripura Monday called a 12-hour shutdown in the Left-ruled state Nov 20 to protest a police baton charge on party workers and to demand a CBI probe into alleged corruption in many blocks.

"At least 25 Congress workers were injured when police resorted to baton charge to disperse party workers in Agartala. The Congress workers Monday organised a civil disobedience movement demanding an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the alleged financial irregularities in some blocks," a police official said.

Tame Sidhu, Akalis tell BJP

Chandigarh : Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Monday lodged a protest with state BJP President Kamal Sharma over the utterances of former BJP MP and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu against the Punjab government.

Akali Dal secretary and Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema called up Sharma and lodged a protest over the "derogatory remarks" by Sidhu at a religious function in Ludhiana Sunday. The Akali leader also asked the BJP to "tame Sidhu".


Truce announced in LDF

Thiruvananthapuram : Amid a vocal battle between the CPI-M and the CPI, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) announced a truce Monday.

CPI state secretary Paniyan Ravindran told the media earlier in the day that every party in the LDF had a right to express its opinion.

"Just because two parties have openly expressed their views, there is no need to worry about the unity of the LDF," said Ravindran.

Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had Sunday gone hammer and tongs against the Communist Party of India.


BJP will lose if regional parties unite: Mamata

New Delhi : The BJP will lose future elections if regional parties come together, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday.

"The Congress committed mistakes because of which they were voted out of power. The BJP is ruling India with only 29 percent votes. They won because regional parties didn't fight unitedly. If regional forces come together, the BJP will lose," she said.

Banerjee also alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party was "trying to incite communal violence".