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  • Banning Ghulam Ali is our tribute to … ANI - 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    New Delhi, Oct. 9 (ANI): Shiv Sena, through their mouthpiece Saamna, on Friday defended their move of banning Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali from performing in Mumbai, saying that this was a tribute to all the Indian soldiers, who had died in the recent ceasefire violations, and added that boycotting Pakistan in all forms was the only way to fight back. This is a tribute to all our martyrs, who died at the hands of Pakistan's cowardly hands. The Sena mouthpiece asserted that Ghulam Ali may be a great singer but he still was a Pakistani and also warned the hostile neighbour that until it fixed its ways, India would not welcome them in any way, including cricket matches.

  • 15 people killed in mortar barrage, … IANS - 9 hours ago

    Baghdad, Oct 9 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and 30 others wounded on Thursday in a mortar barrage in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala and a gunmen attack in the northern city of Kirkuk, security sources said. In Diyala, many mortar rounds landed on four districts in the provincial capital city Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, leaving 13 people killed and some 30 others wounded, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Diyala province, which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the eastern border, has long been a volatile area since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, despite repeated military operations against militant groups.

  • Pakistan says works on key route of … IANS - 2 hours 55 minutes ago

    Islamabad, Oct 9 (IANS) A Pakistani parliamentary committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was informed on Thursday that work on a key route of the multi-billion-US dollar project has already begun. The Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal, who was also the focal person on the CPEC from the Pakistani side, said the construction of a 650-km road linking the port city of Gwadar in Balochistan to Sorab, a main town in the province, would be completed by December 2016. This road will link Gwadar with Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan.

  • Israel, Russia seek mechanism to coordinate … IANS - 2 hours 51 minutes ago

    Jerusalem, Oct 9 (IANS) Israeli and Russian military officials have met in Tel Aviv to sort out a mechanism that would prevent accidents between their forces as Russia continues its operations in Syria, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has said. During the past week, meetings were held between Russian and Israeli delegations, headed by the deputies of chief of staffs of both countries, the IDF said in a statement released on Thursday night, Xinhua reported. "The meetings dealt with establishing a mechanism of safety between both militaries in the region," IDF said, with a follow-up meeting scheduled to take place in Moscow in the upcoming weeks.

  • 'Bovine carcasses in Chenani town … IANS - 3 hours ago

    Jammu, Oct 9 (IANS) Authorities on Friday asked people to maintain calm in Udhampur district of Jammu region asserting that three bovine carcasses found on Thursday most likely were result of poisoning and not slaughter. District magistrate Udhampur, Shahid Choudhary and senior superintendent of police (SSP), Suleman Choudhary who visited the tension ridden Chenani town on Thursday have confirmed that three bovine carcasses were found in Chenani were no cuts on the carcasses to indicate slaughter.

  • Football: India go down 1-2 against … IANS - 10 hours ago

    Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Oct 8 (IANS) India lost their fourth consecutive 2018 World Cup qualifying match, going down 1-2 to Turkmenistan here on Thursday. India are at the bottom of of Group D without a point after four matches while Turkmenistan have four points from as many places to be placed just above India in the five team pool. Jeje Lalpekhlua had brought India back in the match in the 28th minute.

  • Consider Pakistan's proliferation … IANS - 10 hours ago

    New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) India on Thursday expressed its apprehensions over media reports about the US exploring a civilian nuclear deal with Pakistan on the lines of its agreement with India and said Islamabad's track record on proliferation should be taken into account in any such decision. Answering queries on the issue, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India has seen such reports and these have not appeared for the first time. "All I would say is whosoever is examining that particular dossier should be well aware of Pakistan's track record in the area of proliferation," Swarup said.

  • Means of transport to be switched to … IANS - 11 hours ago

    New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) In a bid to cut oil import bill and mitigate pollution, the government is working on an ambitious project to switch diesel and petrol-run vehicles across the country to electric mode in two years, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. "Our scientists have made cost-effective, made-in-India lithium-ion battery (rechargeable) which will be extensively used to convert all means of transport to electric mode," the minister said here at a function organized by the Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC). The conversion of vehicles from conventional fuel to electric energy would be completed in two years' time, he said.

  • Asian refiners face lower margins, price … IANS - 11 hours ago

    Singapore, Oct 8 (IANS) Fitch Ratings said on Thursday that Asian oil refiners will see refining margins narrow from the strong levels seen in the first half of the year, despite generally strong petrol and diesel demand in the region. The ratings agency also said in their latest report that it expects crude oil prices to remain highly volatile in the short term, exposing refiners to changes in inventory valuations. "Fitch expects refiners to post large inventory losses in the third quarter of 2015 as crude oil prices have fallen more than 20 percent from the second quarter of 2015," it said.

  • Five arrested over Meghalaya policeman's … IANS - 11 hours ago

    Shillong, Oct 8 (IANS) Five people, including a government officer, have been arrested by the police SIT probing the death of a Meghalaya police officer, an official said on Thursday. "Granville Hardy Passah, a block development officer of Jirang in Ri-Bhoi district, and four others were arrested on Wednesday for abetting the suicide of Sub-Inspector Pearlystone Joshua Marbaniang, who was then officer-in-charge of Patharkhmah police outpost, in his official quarters in January," Inspector General of Police H. Nongpluh told IANS.

  • Navy welcomes reduction of piracy risk … IANS - 10 hours ago

    New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) The Indian Navy on Thursday welcomed the reduction in limits of piracy High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean by European Union Chair of the Contact Group of Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS). "The unanimous agreement by the shipping industry 'roundtable' to now redraw the eastern limit of the HRA is a welcome move which is likely to address some of India's maritime security concerns, which have been highlighted by the government of India in various forums since 2012," a navy statement said.

  • SC constitution bench to hear Aadhaar … IANS - 11 hours ago

    New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday said a constitution bench will hear on October 14 a batch of applications, including one by the central government seeking "clarification/modification" of its August 11 order to permit the use of Aadhaar card for availing benefits under social welfare schemes including as an identity proof. The apex court in a brief notice issued on Thursday evening said the constitution bench will take up the petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar card scheme on the grounds that it violated the right to privacy. The notice issued by the apex court said: "Take notice that the matter above mentioned (Justice K.S. Puttaswamy (retd) and others) will be listed on 14.10.2015 at 2 p.m. before the constitution bench." Earlier in the day, the central government urged the apex court to constitute a constitution bench to hear its plea to allow the use of Aadhaar card for the disbursal of benefits under various social welfare schemes and also in banking and financial transactions.

  • India concerned over instability in … IANS - 11 hours ago

    New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) Describing terrorism as the "biggest threat", President Pranab Mukherjee has said India is concerned about the effects of instability in the Middle East, leading to rising terrorist activities around the globe. "We are concerned about the spillover effects of instability in the region resulting in increased terrorist activities across the world, including in South Asia," Mukherjee said in an interview to The Jordan Times published on Thursday ahead of his visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel from October 10 to 15. Noting India has faced terrorism for almost four decades, largely sponsored from across the border, he said the country has sought to challenge and repudiate the terrorist narrative that global counter-terrorism efforts were directed against any particular religion or ethnic group.

  • Odisha panchayats to get 40 percent … IANS - 10 hours ago

    Bhubaneswar, Oct 9 (IANS) The Odisha government on Thursday decided that the Regulated Market Committees (RMCs) would share 40 percent of their income from paddy collection with panchayants and municipalities in the state. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed that the RMCs would give 40 percent from their two percent income to the panchayats and municipalities coming under the area of respective RMCs, said a release of the chief minister's office. It said the government expects that the panchayats and municipalities participating in paddy collection would receive about Rs.50 crore annually following the decision.

  • Sharif to raise Indian ceasefire violations … IANS - 9 hours ago

    Islamabad, Oct 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will take up the matter of Indian alleged ceasefire violations alongside the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary with US leadership in his upcoming trip to US on October 17, said a statement issued on Thursday. The meeting focused on deliberations regarding the issues of mutual interest between Pakistan and US, said a statement. The prime minister expressed hope that the visit will also provide Pakistan with an opportunity to highlight the matchless sacrifices and huge losses during the war on terror.

  • Modi set for rallies' record in … IANS - 11 hours ago

    Patna, Oct 8 (IANS) Acknowledged as a master orator by followers and political adversaries alike, Narendra Modi is poised to set a record ahead of the Bihar assembly elections: addressing around 40 rallies as the star campaigner of the BJP-led NDA - the most by any recent prime minister. No prime minister before Modi has ever visited Bihar more than two-three times during assembly elections in the past. Then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressed a few rallies in the 2000 Bihar assembly polls while his successor Manmohan Singh addressed two or three rallies in the 2005 assembly elections, and a similar amount in the 2010 polls.

  • Sharif's UN proposal an opportunity … ANI - 13 hours ago

    Islamabad, (Pakistan), Oct.8 (ANI): Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Khalilullah Qazi on Thursday said that the proposals given by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) will provide an opportunity for reducing tension and resolving outstanding issues between India and Pakistan. "As the Prime Minister said that these proposals are on the table, hopefully sooner or later India would realise the wisdom in these proposals.

  • Kolkata will make arrangements for Ghulam … ANI - 13 hours ago

    Kolkata, Oct.8 (ANI): Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Derek O'Brien on Thursday invited Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to perform here, a day after his concert in Mumbai was called off following threats from the Shiv Sena. "We want Ghulam Ali ji to come to Kolkata. The state government will make all the arrangements with open arms.

  • President Mukherjee extends good wishes … ANI - 11 hours ago

    New Delhi, Oct. 8 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his good wishes to the Government and the people of Uganda on the occasion of their 53rd anniversary of Independence. In his message to Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President Mukherjee said, "India and Uganda have traditionally shared warm and friendly relations, deeply rooted in our historical linkages and strong bilateral ties.

  • India-China Joint military exercise … ANI - 11 hours ago

    New Delhi, Oct.8 (ANI): The India-China combined military training exercise HAND-IN-HAND 2015 will be conducted from October 12 to 23 at Kunming Military Academy, Yunnan, China. The exercise will bring together troops of an Infantry sub-unit and formation headquarters of the Indian Army and similar participation from the Chinese Army for the joint training. This will be the fifth exercise in the Hand-in-Hand series, which started in 2007.



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