Don’t look at army as a job provider says army chief

PUNE: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said on Thursday, that Indian Army should not be looked upon as a job provider organisation and warned personnel who feign illness or disability in order to avoid duty or get benefits. However he assured all help to former and serving soldiers who have actually suffered disability in the line of duty. “It is […]

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Hockey World Cup: India lose 1-2 to the Netherlands in Quarterfinal

BHBANESWAR: History once again repeated itself as Netherlands defeated India 1-2 in the quarter-finals and were knocked out of the Men’s Hockey World Cup. Now India will fight for a fith-place play-off.  Indians took the lead through Akashdeep Singh in the 12th minute but the Dutch managed to equalise through Thierry Brinkman with the last play of the first […]

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Ten from Kerala’s Kannur district suspected to have joined IS

KERALA: After the mysterious disappearance of 21 people from north Kerala two years ago, Kerala police on Thursday confirmed that 10 people from the state joined the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. Police suspect the ten, including two women and four children,  reached UAE and went missing from there. They have been identified as K Sajjid, his wife Shaheena […]

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Ayyappa devotee who set himself on fire at BJP’s protest venue dies

KERALA: A 50-year-old man who tried to suicide by setting fire on himself has succumbed to injuries.  An Ayappa devotee Venugopalan Nair poured kerosene on his clothes, set them on fire and ran into the protest venue in front of the state Secretariat.  However, the party activists and the police, who were present near the venue, doused the […]

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BJP has become a party of the dead says Yashwant Sinha

NEW DELHI: Stating that ‘Modi magic’ was on the wane, former Union Minister and ex-BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the Bharatiya Janata Party was now a “party of the dead. Mr. Sinha, one of the bitter critics of the Narendra Modi regime, was speaking at the JS Karandikar Memorial Lecture organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists. Commenting […]

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Pakistan is illegally occupying Indian territory in J&K says Sushma Swaraj

NEW DELHI: The government of India on Wednesday said that Pakistan has been in illegal occupation of approximately 78,000 sq km of Indian territory and has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India’s “consistent and principled” position is […]

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Two suspected militants killed in encounter in Sopore

SRINAGAR: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday killed two suspected militants in Sopore, Jammu And Kashmir. The gunfight broke out on Wednesday night in the Baratkalan-Gund Mohalla area, an Army official said.  After the Sopore encounter got over, a joint team of the Army’s 22 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a ‘cordon and search’ operation in the area. On Tuesday, […]

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SC asks ex-judge about report on Charges Over Fake Gujarat encounters

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Wednesday sought “clarity” from retired Justice HS Bedi, to “communicate his views as expeditiously as possible” on the allegation of 24 alleged fake encounters during the tenure of Narendra Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat.  Former apex court judge Justice H S Bedi was appointed chairman of the monitoring committee probing 24 encounter cases […]

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Supreme Court extends NRC deadline to December 31

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the last date to file claims and objections on inclusion of names in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC)  to December 31, 2018. Earlier, the last date for submission was December 15.  The draft NRC was published on July 30 in which names of 2.89 crore of the 3.29 […]

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Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking immediate execution of death row convicts in December 16 gangrape case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking directions for the immediate execution of the four men convicted in December 16 gangrape.  A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked the petitioner, “What kind of prayer are you making?” It further said, “You are making the court a joke.” The PIL filed […]

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