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India, US to intensify cooperation on anti-terror fight: Modi

Washington: India and the US will work together on disrupting financial and tactical support for terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that both sides have "agreed on joint and concerted efforts, including dismantling of safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks".

"India-US to work together on disrupting financial & tactical support for LeT, JeM, D-company and Haqqani network," his tweet said.

India, US to intensify cooperation on anti-terror fight: Modi

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Tuesday discussed the issue of terrorism, including in West Asia, and agreed to cooperate in counter-terrorism measures and in intelligence sharing.

Modi, addressing a joint press conference with Obama after their summit-level talks here, said that they had also discussed climate change and agreed to cooperate in that field and on Afghanistan and the Ebola virus disease crisis.

Sought access for Indian companies to American markets: Modi

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that he has urged US President Barack Obama to take steps that would help Indian service companies get access to the US economy.

“I told Obama to open means of access for Indian companies in US markets,” he said at a joint press interaction after their summit-level talks here.

Both sides had had an “open discussion on the WTO issue”, he said.

Modi said he had conveyed that while India supported trade facilitation, a solution needed to be found that would take care of India’s food security issues.

Petrol cheaper by 65 paise a litre

New Delhi : With international crude oil prices going below $95 a barrel, petrol prices were cut by 65 paise a litre with effect from midnight.

Since the three rate cuts in August, petrol prices have continued to show a downward trend.

"Thus a downward revision in selling price of petrol is being effected w.e.f midnight of 30th Sep/Oct 1, 2014," state-run oil marketer Indian Oil said in a statement here.

With this price revision, petrol will cost at Rs.67.86 a litre in Delhi, Rs.75.73 in Mumbai, Rs.75.46 in Kolkata and Rs.70.87 in Chennai.

Terrorism, Ebola figure in Chuck Hagel-Modi talks

Washington : US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel called on visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi here Tuesday ahead of the summit meeting with President Barack Obama and both sides discussed the Ebola viru disease outbreak in Western Africa and terrorism.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that the "issues of the day -- Ebola and terror - were among the subjects discussed" when Hagel called on Modi. The joint op-ed piece penned by Modi and Obama in The Washington Post contains reference to the two subjects.

Modi, Obama vow to 'chalein saath saath'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Tuesday vowed to "chalein saath saath - together we go forward" with a new agenda to realise the full potential of a renewed US-India partnership for the 21st century.

"As nations, we've partnered over the decades to deliver progress to our people... Still, the true potential of our relationship has yet to be fully realised," they said in a joint op-ed piece published on the Washington Post website.

Art exhibition generates Rs.60,000 for Kashmir flood victims

New Delhi : A painting exhibition here has generated Rs.60,000 for Jammu and Kashmir flood victims and the money would be sent to the prime minister's relief fund, organisers said Tuesday.

A total of 50 children from different parts of the capital participated in "Colour for Cause" to generate money from the sales of their paintings, depicting their desires and dreams as well as scenes of flood-affected areas, to contribute to the relief fund.

Border stand-off ends; Indian, Chinese working mechanism to meet

New Delhi : The border stand-off between India and China has ended with withdrawal of troops to their previous positions and the two sides deciding to hold a meeting of their joint working mechanism on border affairs Oct 16-17.

An external affairs ministry release said that border commanders of India and China had met Tuesday to confirm that the stand-off between the border troops of two countries in Chumar and Demchok areas of Ladakh had been "successfully terminated".

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CBI withheld documents in coal block case against Vikas Metals and Power: Court

New Delhi : A court here Tuesday observed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had withheld material documents and statement of witnesses in a closure report in coal block allocation case against Kolkata based company Vikash Metals and Power Ltd.

The court ordered CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and all deputy inspectors general (DIGs) concerned to look into the matter.

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Government diluting importance of Oct 2: Justice Sachar

New Delhi : Retired Justice Rajinder Sachar Tuesday said the government is diluting Oct 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by linking it to just a cleanliness drive.

A statement issued by Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), Delhi, quoting Sachar, said: "Any tinkering with grandeur and sobriety of 2nd October is sacrilege. But this is what Modi government is doing by emphasizing the day as a day of cleanliness.

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