1.12 things Natwar Singh's book says about Sonia Gandhi: Natwar Singh's autobiography “One Life Is Not Enough” comprises of 22 Chapters. Chapter number 20 is dedicated to the Congress President, simply titled "Sonia Gandhi". It gives intriguing glimpse to different facets of Sonia Gandhi's life and personality which was not really known to the common public. Read More
2. Narendra Modi refers to challenges of poverty to justify India's stand in WTO: Against the backdrop of the US blaming India for the failure of WTO talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said developed countries should "understand" the challenges of poverty in developing nations and their governments' responsibilities to address them. Modi conveyed the message to US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker when they called on him here.
"Prime Minister emphasized the need for developed countries to understand the challenges of poverty in developing countries and their governments' responsibilities in addressing them when discussions take place in international forums," a PMO statement said. The meeting took place against the backdrop of India taking a tough stance on the issue of foodgrain holding and food subsidy at the WTO talks in Geneva last night after which the US blamed it for failure of the negotiations. Read More
3. India ready to re-engage with WTO members in September: With its stand on food security leading to a stalemate at the WTO talks in Geneva, India today said it is committed to the global trade deal and will re-engage with members when talks resume a month from now. "WTO will open in September. We are prepared to engage on day one with a clear understanding that our position with regard to food security and our commitment to Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is 100 per cent firm," said a highly placed source in the government.
India, the source said, wants TFA and food security issues pass the muster together and "we will work towards that". The World Trade Organization (WTO) will resume work from September 1. "We look forward to receive support from our other member friends in the WTO and we will start the negotiation process again," the source said, adding that the refusal of the developed world to accept Bali's proposal as a package led to the failure of talks at the General Council meeting in Geneva yesterday. Read More
4. Commonwealth games update: Indian medal aspirants PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap notched up straight-game wins in the women's and men's singles event to storm into the semifinals of the badminton competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.
World No. 11 Sindhu didn't break any sweat as she brushed aside New Zealand's Anna Rankin 21-10 21-9 in a 24-minute match while Kashyap, ranked 22, thrashed Daren Liew 21-13 21-14 in a match that lasted 38 minutes. Read More
5. Sri Lanka apologises after India registers strong protest over objectionable article on Jayalalithaa: A controversial article which appeared in the Sri Lankan defence website created friction between India and the island country. The article titled “How meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Narendra Modi” accompanied with graphic pictures created a furore in India with all parties cutting across political divides condemning it.
Finally after intervention from Ministry of External Affairs, the article was removed from the website. Read More
6. India Tour of England: James Anderson, Ravindra Jadeja found not guilty by Judicial Commissioner: The Judicial Commissioner, probing the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja altercation today found both the players not guilty after a marathon six-hour hearing, clearing the decks for their participation in the remainder of the Test series.
The Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via video-conference and put an end to the suspense surrounding the fate of the two players.
"His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, has found both England's James Anderson and Ravidra Jadeja of India not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct," ICC said in a statement. Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels. Read More
7. National Herald case: Political motive behind the case, says Congress: Congress on Friday alleged "political motives" behind the case of alleged misappropriation of funds and cheating in acquiring ownership of the now-defunct daily National Herald.
"I think we are still of the view that there is no wrong that has been done and there is definitely a political motivation behind the prosecution," party spokesperson Shashi Tharoor said.
Tharoor said this while responding to questions about reports that the Enforcement Directorate started a preliminary investigation into allegations of cheating and criminal breach of trust relating to the acquisition of National Herald.
In another develpment, the Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on a batch of petitions filed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and others in the case.
The Congress leaders have challenged the lower court's orders summoning them on a complaint by Swamy alleging cheating and misappropriation of funds in the acquisition of the daily by Young Indian (YI). Read More