NEW DELHI: Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) on Monday entered into a tripartite agreement with French National Railways (SNCF) and French Development Agency (AFD), under which a grant of up to 7 lakh euros will be provided to boost capacity building for railway station development program in India. The agreement was signed in the presence of Suresh Angadi, Minister of State of Railways, and Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France in India and other senior officers of French Embassy and Indian Railways. "Under this agreement, AFD, has agreed to provide in-kind grant financing up to 7,00,000 Euros, through SNCF-Hubs and Connexions as a Technical Partner to IRSDC to support capacity building for the Railway Station Development Program in India," said a statement released by the Indian Railways. This will impose no financial liability on IRSDC or Indian Railways, the statement said. … [Read more...] about France to provide up to 7 lakh euros for railway station development in India
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Virat Kohli gifted his ODI jersey to Shahid Afridi with a special message on it. © AFP At a time when cricketing relations between India and Pakistan are strained, to say the least, Virat Kohli-led Team India made a brilliant gesture for the now-retired Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi. The gesture sent a big message -- that even at a time of strife, sporstmanship and camaraderie between opposing players exist. The Indian cricket team led by Kohli presented Shahid Afridi, who retired earlier this year, with a Kohli ODI jersey with signatures of Team India members on the back of it.Pakistani journalist, Faizan Lakhani, uploaded the picture of the signed shirt and tweeted it with a caption: "Virat Kohli's shirt, signed by Indian team, for Shahid Afridi, with a message 'always a pleasure playing against you'." Virat Kohli's shirt, signed by Indian team, for Shahid Afridi, with a message "always a pleasure playing against you." pic.twitter.com/KexlCjTNeZ — Faizan Lakhani … [Read more...] about Virat Kohli, Team India Give Shahid Afridi Special Farewell Gift
New DelhiIndia and Germany, which are working closely on multilateral issues, are both ideal candidates for permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council that reflects the realities of today’s world, German ambassador Walter Lindner has said.Following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India last month, the two countries are now focusing on implementing more than 20 existing MoUs and cooperation in key areas such as smart cities, green mobility and climate change, Lindner said in an interview.The envoy also reiterated Merkel’s position that the security lockdown and communications blackout in Kashmir is “not sustainable”, saying Germany, like other members of the European Union (U), wants all restrictions to be lifted “as soon as possible”.Lindner said all countries stand to lose if the UN isn’t reformed as people won’t rely on the world body “because they will say it is not reflecting the reality”. The … [Read more...] about Unacceptable that India isnot in UNSC: German envoy
Pune, October 10: Mayank Agarwal made his second hundred in as many Tests against South Africa to guide India to a position of strength in the second Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium here on Thursday (October 10). Agarwal got out for a well-composed 108 in the first innings at Pune while he had made a double hundred in the first innings at Visakhapatnam last week. Along with his impressive set of skills, it's his supreme fitness that helps Mayank sustain the high quality batsmanship and here's a closer look. 1. The long distance running "Long distance running has helped me. When I was training before that season, we made sure we bat five six hours. We would make sure that we would have two-and-half-hour session take a little break and then bat again. So, it is just preparing in that manner, preparing that for long hours combined with long distance running has helped me," said Mayank after his double hundred at Vizag in the first Test. Mayank also practices … [Read more...] about Mayank Agarwal gets second successive Test hundred: Find how long distance running helped India opener
Narendra Damodar Das Modi strides to the lectern. Thousands are still crossing the open space around the site of the rally. Tens of thousands more are crowding the long road from the fields where hundreds of buses have been haphazardly parked. Then there are the long lines of packed minivans stuck on the highway, only a mile or so from their destination. There is no more space in the vast bamboo pens in front of the stage set up on this wasteland outside the northern Indian city of Meerut, and police and officials from Modi's Bharatiya Janata (Indian People's) party are turning away latecomers. But only those at the front of the crush know this and those behind quicken their step when they hear the voice of the man they have come to see. Unlike most Indian politicians, Modi is punctual. His rallies start and finish with a minimum of delay. "As I flew over in the helicopter, it was as if a sea of saffron was beneath me," Modi tells the crowd. Saffron is the colour of the Bharatiya … [Read more...] about Narendra Modi: India’s saviour or its worst nightmare?