Indian Americans mark Republic Day with pledge to safeguard India’s Constitution

Letter to President Obama’s draws attention to deteriorating situation with respect to religious freedom situation in India

By TCN News,

Florida (USA): The Indian American Muslim Council ( IAMC ), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has marked India’s Republic Day with celebrations in four US cities, while pledging to safeguard India’s secular and pluralist Constitution from attacks by divisive forces.

Indian gifts for Nepal on Republic Day

Kathmandu : On the occasion of the 66th Republic Day of India, the Indian embassy in Kathmandu Monday gifted 20 ambulances and four buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in 19 districts of Nepal.

In addition to this, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae also presented books to 75 libraries, educational and training institutions located in different parts of Nepal. He also distributed cheques and blankets to the widows/dependents of ex-servicemen and disabled ex-servicemen who served in the Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army.

US planes escorted to airport after bomb scare

Washington: Two planes were escorted by fighter jets to a safe landing at an airport in Atlanta following a "credible" bomb scare, a media report said.

According to Xinhua, the two aircraft - a Delta Air Lines flight from Portland (Oregon) and a Southwest Airlines flight from Milwaukee (Wisconsin) were escorted to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Saturday, after it was learnt that there were bombs on board.


Obama in India, received with hug by Modi

New Delhi: US President Barack Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, arrived here Sunday morning on a three-day India visit - his second in four years - during which he will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade Jan 26. Breaking with protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received him at the VVIP terminal of the Indira Gandhi International Airport where both leaders greeted each other with a spontaneous hug .

Japanese hostage executed by IS, PM says 'unforgivable act'

Tokyo: A video released by the Islamic State (IS) militant group Saturday claimed one of the two Japanese hostages held by it was beheaded, according to media reports. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the possible execution, and called it "an unforgivable act of violence".

The government said it was verifying the video, which claimed that Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa was executed by the IS, according to a BBC report.


Fighter jets escort two US planes after bomb threat

Washington: Fighter jets escorted two US domestic airliners to land at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after receiving "credible" threats of bombs on board, local media reported.

The affected airliners were the Delta flight 1156 from Portland, Oregon and the Southwest flight 2492 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reported the WSB-TV Channel 2 in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, Xinhua reported.


Maharashtra to buy Ambedkar home in London

Mumbai : The Maharashtra government has decided to buy the home in London where B.R. Ambedkar lived in the 1920s, and convert it into a memorial-cum-museum, an official said here Saturday.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde, currently in London for a global academic conference, finalized the deal and made the announcement there Saturday.

According to an official in Mumbai, the deal for the 2050 sq. feet home, which was up for sale for the past few months, is expected to cost around Rs.40 crore.

Documentary on Bill Clinton stalled

Los Angeles : Filmmaker Martin Scorsese's documentary of former US President Bill Clinton has been stalled due to reported arguments between the two.

Considering the strong possibility that Hillary Clinton is planning her own presidential run in 2016, her husband also reportedly wants the documentary's final cut to ensure nothing that can harm her it is aired. Scorsese, for his part, is reluctant to give up the reins of the editing room, reports


Obama and Modi can change global climate of inaction

By Rajendra Shende,

It was early morning. I was listening to US President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in my farm up in the hills in India when I was distracted by a raucous verbal spat. A farmer's wife was exchanging rough and wild words with other women who had come from down in the valley to collect the cow-dung droppings scattered along the slopes.

Democrats rally around Obama amid furore over Netanyahu Congress visit

Washington : The White House is growing more confident it can withstand efforts to frustrate its policy of nuclear talks with Iran, as a furore over the intervention of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, appears to be encouraging wavering Democrats to rally around their president.