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7 must reads: Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking forward to his Nepal visit; 17 year old girl raped in Delhi

Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 11:16pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking forward to his official trip to Nepal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated that he hopes to take relationship with Nepal to an entirely new level in his pre-departure statement on the eve of his trip to Nepal. "I am visiting Nepal from 3 to 4 August 2014 at the invitation of the Government of Nepal. I am excited about my visit and pleased that I am able to go there within weeks of assuming office as Prime Minister," he said.

"My visit reflects our shared heritage of nature, history, culture, spiritualism and religion. It highlights the high priority that my Government attaches to our relations with Nepal and our determination to take our relationship to an entirely new level. My visit will be the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Nepal in 17 years," he added. Read More

2. Nepal-origin boy being educated by PM Modi looking forward to latter's visit to Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be undertaking a two-day official visit of Nepal from Sunday (August 3), and there is one person who is eagerly looking forward to that event, and wishing him all success for the trip – his Nepal-origin ward -- Jeet Bahadur. Speaking to ANI in an exclusive interview ahead of the visit, Jeet Bahadur, for whom Prime Minister Modi has acted as a guardian for nearly two decades, and sponsored his education in India, said he had come into contact with Modi when he was small, and had ever since looked up to him as an "elder brother". Read More

3. Delhi: 17-year-old girl raped in moving vehicle, accused arrested: A 17-year-old girl was raped allegedly by property dealer in moving car while his friends were also involved in the crime in Bhalaswa Dairy area of northwest Delhi, police said on Saturday.
The incident took place last night when accused Satish, who known to victim, took her in his car for a ride. As Satish was known to victim, she agreed to sit in his SUV. On the way, friends of Satish, Sanjay and Jeetu also sat in the car, a senior police official said. "The victim told police that she was raped by Satish in moving car. Read More 

4. WTO decision was the easy part, selling it in India will be the challenge for Narendra Modi: Narendra Modi is known for his plain speak. Thus when he bluntly told US Secretary of State John Kerry that first responsibility of government is towards the poor, one can anticipate the contours of policy his government is likely to take in the near future. NDA government which was hailed by the champion of free economy as  market friendly has upset all by thwarting the deal in WTO which was given green signal by UPA in Bali. Read more 

5. All you need to know about the Ebola Outbreak: The Ebola virus outbreak has resulted in an international alert. Here is what you need to know about the situation: Ebola virus disease, (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a serious and fatal illness with up to 60% to 90% mortality rate. The current outbreak is said to be the worst so far. This has been the longest outbreak ever that has spread in major proportions in three West African countries- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The outbreak has occurred in major cities with dense and fluid population but fewer and poorer infrastructure and preparedness to deal with this situation. According to reports, the tendency of the locals to believe in superstition and turn to witch doctors creates more hurdles for healthcare workers to do their work.  Read More

6. Taslima Nasreen claims Rajnath Singh has assured her of one-year visa:  Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and later she said he has assured her of one-year visa. "The honourable Home Minister assured me that my long-term residential permit would be granted as soon as possible. I am grateful to him for his gesture, I really appreciate it", Taslima told TV channels. The 51-year-old writer was earlier given permission to stay in India for two more months beginning from August 1. Read More 

7. Mani Shankar Aiyar slams Natwar Singh over latter's claim about Rajiv Gandhi : Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar on Saturday slammed former union minister K Natwar Singh over his claim that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi decided to send the Indian Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka without taking his cabinet colleagues into confidence.
Giving the allegory of a blind man touching different parts of an elephant's body and thinking that the elephant is just like that, Aiyar said "this is what has happened with Natwar". He said Natwar was only a Minister of State (MoS) at that time suggesting that he may not be aware of lot things happening in the government's decision-making at the top at that time. Read More



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