Live: Modi seeks Singapore's help in housing sector

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 02, 2014 16:10 hrs

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Sunanda Pushkar autopsy report: AIIMS denies allegations levelled by Dr Sudhir Gupta

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Modi seeks Singapore's help in housing sector

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday sought Singapore's assistance for construction of low-cost and affordable housing in India.

During a meeting with K. Shanmugam, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law, Modi said his government plans a major thrust in low-cost and affordable housing and sought Singapore's assistance in construction technology for this purpose.

It was also planned at the meeting that a year-long series of events will be held to mark the completion of 50 years of diplomatic relations between India and Singapore.

Both countries were keen the occasion should be celebrated in a way that further expands their canvas of relationship.

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Explain bikini ban, Goa CM tells minister

Goa Chief Minister Manahor Parrikar has pulled up his Public Works Minister Sudin Dhavalikar and asked him to explain his remarks on ban of mini-skirts in pubs and bikinis in public beaches.

Dhavalikar had raised a storm on Tuesday when he said that girls going to the pub should not wear short skirts and that bikinis in public beaches should be banned.

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Not personal matter: Preity clarifies on Ness Wadia case

In a detailed clarification, Bollywood actress-businesswoman Preity Zinta has publicly opened up about her reason to file a police complaint against businessman and her former beau Ness Wadia on her Facebbook page answering every question and doubts in people's mind.

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Sensex hits life-time peak of 25,788; Nifty at 7,711

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty hit their life-time peaks of 25,788.40 and 7,711.25 in morning trade on widespread buying on the back of sustained foreign capital inflows coupled with higher global cues.

The Sensex resumed higher at 25,660.57 and rose further to an all-time peak of 25,788.40, showing a sharp gain of 272.05 points, or 1.06 per cent, surpassing previous record of 25,725.12 reached on June 11.

The NSE 50-share Nifty also rose by 76.55 points, or 1 per cent to hit an all-time high of 7,711.25, surpassing previous record of 7,700.05.

In the global market, the S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed to all-time highs yesterday as manufacturing activity picked up in the US and Asia in June and increased optimism about the global economy's health.

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UP police receives intelligence alert for Ayodhya, Mathura, Varanasi

Uttar Pradesh Police has tightened security arrangements in temple towns of Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi for the upcoming holy month of Shravan after intelligence inputs of possible disturbances.

Inspector General of Police (law and order) Amrendra Sengar told reporters that the state police has received an alert from intelligence agencies for Mathura, Kashi (Varanasi) and Ayodhya during the month when fairs drawing large crowds are organised.

The Hindi month of Shravan starts on July 13.

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HC comes to rescue of Alagiri college; directs affiliation

Recording its displeasure over the attitude of Anna University in the prolonged legal battle over affiliation to an engineering college run by a trust of DMK leader M K Alagiri, the Madras High Court today directed it to grant provisional affiliation for 2014-15 academic year to enable admission of students.

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NC headquarters is the people of the state: Omar

Asserting that rivals will not be able to erase the historic role played by National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said his party is the people of the state.

"NC is not the creation of any 'Agency' and its dictation, its command and its strength is the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Omar said addressing party workers' conventions at Neel, Kastigarh, Razgarh and Ukral in Banihal and Ramban Assembly constituencies this evening.

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Sinha uses unparliamentary word at public function

In an apparent slip of tongue, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha Tuesday used an expletive word that raised eyebrows.

"Media people come and put their mike, asking who would become the chief minister. How does it matter which **** becomes CM," said Sinha.

Sinha, whose word spoken in Hindi is taken as unparliamentary in Hindi-speaking states, was speaking at a seminar organised by the Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Shah Rukh conferred with top French award

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was Tuesday conferred with top French civilian award -- 'Knight of the Legion of Honor'.

Visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented the prestigious award to the 48-year-old actor at a function here for his outstanding contribution to cultural diversity across the world.

"I feel very humbled and grateful for this prestigious honour. Today is my mother's birthday and if she had been alive she would have been happy that I got this prestigious honour. I accept this award not as an individual but on behalf of hundreds of filmmakers," Shah Rukh said.

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Telangana Council meets to elect new Chairman

The Telangana Legislative Council is meeting today to elect its new Chairman in the backdrop of defection of MLCs from the Congress and the TDP to the ruling party.

TRS leader in the Council Swami Goud filed his nomination for the Chairman's post but the Congress too fielded its member Farooq Hussain to counter the ruling party.

Of the Council strength of 40, the Congress's tally fell to 12 after five of its legislators moved to the TRS.

With two TDP and two teachers' union MLCs also defecting to its side, the TRS' number rose to 15.

The TDP now has four members in the Council while the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has two. The Progressive Democratic Front and the Telangana Rashtriya Lok Dal have one member each.

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