Maldives president unharmed, wife injured in speedboat blast

Male: The president of the Maldives was unhurt but his wife and two others were injured in an explosion on board their speedboat on Monday as it was about to dock at a jetty in capital Male, the media reported.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim were travelling to Male from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), which is located on the nearby island of Hulhule. They were returning home from visit to Saudi Arabia after performing the Haj pilgrimage, Haveeru online reported.

Magic of Indian techies fingers has changed India's image: Modi

San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted Indian techies for changing the image and perception of India with the magic of their fingers at the computers.

"Today there is a new image of India, a new perception of India in the world," he said addressing a mammoth crowd of Indian diaspora at San Jose's SAP Centre on Sunday night.

"People are moved to change their perception of the old India," he said. "This is the magic of your fingers at the computers."

Ahimsa greatest religion: Modi's message at Facebook wall

Menlo Park (California): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left a special message on the Facebook headquarters wall -- "Ahimsa is the greatest Dharma. Satyameva Jayate".

Modi, who had come to the Facebook headquarters for a townhall meeting, scrawled the message in Gujarati -- "Ahimsa paramo dharma, Satyameva jayatey" -- non-violence is the greatest religion, truth will remain victorious.

Pakistan to facilitate Afghan-Taliban peace talks

Islamabad: Afghanistan's peace and prosperity were essential for Pakistan's own security, Adviser to prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said.

While attending an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, he reiterated Pakistan's solidarity with Afghanistan and expressed hope that the Afghan peace process would be resumed soon, Dawn online reported on Sunday.

He said Pakistan was ready to facilitate peace talks, if the Afghan government desired so.

Kerala government website hacked by Pakistani hackers

Thiruvananthapuram: Suspected Pakistani hackers have hacked the official website of the Kerala government,

With the cyber wing of the state police launching a probe into the hacking that occurred late Saturday night, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters at his hometown Kottayam on Sunday that the hacking was a "grave issue".

The site is now being repaired by the state-owned Centre for Development of Imaging Technology which said the website server had not been hacked.

Modi interacts with Indian community in Silicon Valley

San Jose (California): Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his tour of Silicon valley with an interaction with the Indian-American community as he arrived here to give a strong push to his drive for technological innovation in India.

Singer Kailash Kher shared the stage with Modi at the community reception hosted by the Indian diaspora at the Imperial Ballroom of Hotel Fairmont here.

A woman tied a rakhi to him during the interaction. Members of the Sikh and Gujarati community also met him.

Modi logs in to Silicon Valley, tech leaders endorse 'Digital India'

San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn't have secured a better endorsement for his "Digital India" initiative, as chief executives of some of the top global tech firms like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced significant plans for India.

This was during the prime minister's meetings with Apple chief executive Tim Cook, MicroSoft's Satya Nadella, Google's Sundar Pichai, Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs, Cisco's John Chambers, Adobe's Shantanu Narayen and TiE's Venk Shukla. They also joined him later for "Digital India" dinner.

Haj stampede: Indian toll rises to 22

New Delhi: Eight more deaths of Indian Haj pilgrims were announced by the government on Saturday, taking the toll to 22 in Thursday's tragedy near Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

The number of deaths going up was not ruled out with more bodies yet to be identified.

In the latest announcement, made on Saturday evening, two Haj pilgrims from Kerala, and one each from Jharkhand and Karnataka were reported killed in the crush on Thursday in Mina, that has left at least 767 people dead.

Thirteen Indians were among the over 800 injured.

Modi meets Bhutan PM, Sri Lanka president

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his round of neighborhood diplomacy meeting Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena and Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay Friday and discussing economic cooperation.

On Thursday he met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but he won't be meeting two others. There were no plans to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has canceled his visit to New York because of violent protests at home against a new constitution.

Up to 10 million people in Iraq require aid: UN

United Nations: Up to 10 million people in Iraq, including vulnerable people in areas currently controlled by the Islamic State (IS), will require some form of humanitarian assistance by the end of 2015, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here on Friday.

Some 3.2 million people in Iraq have fled their homes in multiple waves of internal displacement since January 2014 and up to now, an estimated 8.6 million people need humanitarian support, Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.