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Final journey: Abdul Kalam's mortal remains reach Rameswaram

APJ Abdul Kalam, 83, died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. His body was flown from New Delhi to Tamil Nadu on Wednesday morning.

Rajiv Gandhi killers will not be hanged, confirms SC

The Supreme Court dismissed on Wednesday the centre’s curative petition against its 2014 judgment commuting the death sentence of three convicts to life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Mullah Omar 'died two years ago', Taliban remain mum

The Afghan Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has died, Afghan officials were quoted as saying by the media on Wednesday though there was no word from the militant group.

Anshu Gupta, Sanjiv Chaturvedi among 5 Magsaysay recipients

Whistle-blower Sanjiv Chaturvedi and activist Anshu Gupta are the two Indians among the five people honoured on Wednesday with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015.

Windows 10 review: 5 ways it is better than Windows 8

The good thing about Microsoft's new Windows 10 is that it takes you much less time to get used to than its predecessor Windows 8. There is another great thing about it: This update is free.

8 senior Air India Dreamliner pilots resign, more may follow

In a huge setback for national carrier Air India (AI), eight senior Boeing 787 Dreamliner pilots, on whom the airline had spent about Rs 40 lakh each on training, have resigned.

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 operating system in 190 countries

The new OS follows Windows 8, which launched in 2012 to severe criticism from pundits and users. The previous OS introduced the concept of “live tiles” in an effort to make it touch-friendly, but it lost out on desktop usability in the process.

Gurdaspur attack: Recovered GPS systems reveal trail of terrorists

The three men who struck terror in Punjab’s Gurdaspur on Monday may have sneaked into India from Pakistan on Sunday night after crossing the Ravi river and had two more targets marked, data from their GPS devices has revealed.

Thane building collapse: 9 found dead after 13 hrs of rescue ops

After 13 hours of rescue operations in the rain by the of National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF), Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) and Mumbai fire department, nine bodies were pulled out of the debris after a three-storey building collapsed at Thakurli, near Dombivli, on Tuesday night. Out of the 15 people rescued, 10 are severely injured

3-judge SC bench hearing Yakub's plea for stay on hanging

Supreme Court on Wednesday will take up afresh the plea of Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict, seeking stay of his execution scheduled for July 30.

Talks set to go ahead, but Pakistan terror on India hitlist

India has embarked on a two-pronged Pakistan policy aimed at engaging the Nawaz Sharif government through dialogue while retaining the option of retaliation against those resorting to cross-border firing (Pakistan Army) and terrorism (jihadi groups).

Ex-prez Kalam's body taken to Rameswaram for last rites

Dr Kalam will be given a state funeral and the last rites would be held at 11am on Thursday, according to the home ministry.

When Kalam became a boy again in a Sukhoi cockpit

APJ Abdul Kalam grew up in Rameswaram chasing dreams of becoming a fighter pilot but failed. That childhood dream was brought to life for about 40 minutes in June 2006 when he strapped himself into the co-pilot’s seat in the cockpit of a Sukhoi-30 warplane at the Lohegaon airbase outside Pune.

Network doesn't follow everywhere you go, thanks to call drop

Are you there? If you are travelling in a car and hope to have a seamless cellphone conversation, good luck to you, especially if you are going over a flyover.

Delhi: AAP govt removes posters, hoardings critical of PM Modi

The AAP government in Delhi on Tuesday removed from several areas posters and hoardings in which it had taken a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to allow it to work.

How are you operating in Delhi despite ban, HC asks Ola Cabs

Delhi High Court on Tuesday questioned how app-based taxi service, Ola, was operating in the national capital when the government's order banning them has not been stayed and warned that it would shut the company down if it thought it was above law.

He was a scientist, poet: Chinese university remembers Kalam

China’s elite Peking University (PKU) on Tuesday remembered former president APJ Abdul Kalam with the warmth and respect of a peer.

Gurdaspur attack: CCTV footage shows terrorists in army fatigues

Just before they attacked the Dinanagar police station in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Monday morning, the three terrorists were caught on a security camera just outside the town.

Gurdaspur attack: Terrorists from Pakistan crossed Ravi river

GPS devices found on three militants killed during a terror siege at a Punjab police station suggest they came from Pakistan across Ravi river, security officials said Tuesday, a finding that could ratchet up India-Pakistan diplomatic tensions amid renewed peace efforts.

Law of probability is Vyapam’s formula to expel students

There are hundreds of MBBS students who were expelled although they claim to have had no connection with the Vyapam scam which helped candidates buy seats in medical colleges and government jobs in Madhya Pradesh.

India, China face exodus of high net worth citizens: Report

India and China are facing an exodus of their wealthiest citizens with tens of thousands of "high-net-worth individuals" (HNWIs) having left to seek greener pastures, according to a new report.

Kalam's aide on what was worrying former Prez in his final hours

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam worried about the terror attack in Gurdaspur and the repeated disruptions of Parliament in his final hours before he collapsed during a speech at the IIM-Shillong and died.

Minors’ killing in Nagaland reopens 1960 conflict wound

Encounters with the armed forces and ambushes have returned to haunt the Northeast after the NSCN-K junked a 14-year-old ceasefire in March. The group has since then killed about 30 security personnel across Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Gurdaspur attack: 'GPS sets found on terrorists suggest Pak link'

The Global Positioning System (GPS) sets found on the three terrorists killed after they stormed a police station in Punjab’s Gursdapur district have hinted at a Pakistan link to the terror attack, security sources said on Tuesday.

Youth icon: Why Kalam clicked among India's youngsters

The Missile Man touched the lives of millions of Indian youth and inspired them to dream big. Kalam's books, speeches, and interactive sessions with children across the country went a long way in propelling the youth to work hard to turn those dreams into a reality.

Chase your dreams: The slum boy to whom Kalam gave wings

Ever since the news broke about the demise of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, Mayar Harsh has been busy giving interviews about the person who had changed his life.

Farewell Kalam! Pranab, Modi lead nation in paying homage

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s body will be kept at his official residence in New Delhi after being carried in a special flight from Guwahati so that people can pay homage to the “Missile Man”.

Saluting Kalam, a man who valued persistence, determination

In the passing of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, India has lost not just one of its most beloved elder statesmen, but a scientist who led from the front to help the country shake off its doubts and emerge stronger on the world stage. Prakash Chandra, former science writer with Hindustan Times, pays tribute to the former President.

APJ Abdul Kalam congratulated cop shortly before he collapsed

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam congratulated a policeman for remaining vigilant through the 100-km drive from Guwahati to Shillong shortly before he collapsed at the IIM in the Megahalaya capital and died.

What future could hold for 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon

Legal experts said Memon is unlikely to be executed on July 30 even if his petitions before the Supreme Court and the Maharashtra governor are dismissed. So, what are the probable scenarios for the lone convict sentenced to death for the 1993 Mumbai blasts?

Split SC bench to hear Yakub Memon's plea one last time today

The Supreme Court bench of Justice AR Dave and Justice Kurien Joseph had divergent views, with the latter questioning the SC’s July 21 order rejecting Yakub Memon’s curative petition.

APJ Abdul Kalam: Great scientist, extraordinary human being

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was a great scientist, an inspiring leader and above all a truly extraordinary human being. He touched the lives of everyone who worked with him. I recall the time we were preparing to test the Agni technology demonstrator in 1989.

Gurdaspur attack casts shadow on Indo-Pak peace efforts

The terror attack in Punjab on Monday could deepen the mistrust in Indo-Pakistan relations, which saw signs of reconciliation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in the Russian city of Ufa this month.

'Missile Man': Ex-president APJ Abdul Kalam passes away

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday. Kalam (83) collapsed during a speech at the IIM Shillong and was rushed to the nearby Bethany Hospital where doctors said he died of cardiac arrest.

Failed to become pilot, Abdul Kalam became rocket scientist

For former president APJ Abdul Kalam, becoming a fighter pilot was a "dearest dream" but he failed to realise it by a whisker as he bagged the ninth position when only eight slots were available in the IAF.

APJ Abdul Kalam: The man who opposed death penalty

A defence scientist and a Bharat Ratna before he was elevated as President, India’s bachelor president APJ Abdul Kalam had spoken out against death penalty on at least on three occasions while in office and sent back nearly 50 cases of capital sentences back for reconsideration.

Pak army releases pics to 'prove' Indian drone claim

New Delhi has denied Islamabad's claim that the drone was launched from the Indian side of the Line of Control and said such a UAV was not in the inventory of the Indian military.

Gurdaspur attack: India, Pakistan citizens battle online

Indian and Pakistani netizens slugged it out in the virtual world as tempers flared over Monday's terrorist strike in Gurdaspur by gunmen suspected to have sneaked in from across the border in an attack that is likely to cast a cloud on resumption of talks between the South Asian rivals.

Gurdaspur attack ends after 11-hour gunfight, 3 militants among 10 killed

Suspected Pakistani terrorists stormed a police station in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Monday, killing seven people and wounding 10 others in an attack that is likely to cast a cloud on resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan.

APJ Abdul Kalam: A scientist who led from the front

With the passing away of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, India has lost not just one of its most beloved elder statesmen, but a scientist who led from the front to help the country shake off its doubts and emerge stronger on the world stage.

Gurdaspur attackers heard shouting Islamic slogans during siege

Punjab Police personnel said on Monday they heard terrorists shout 'Allah hu Akbar' - Arabic for 'God is great' - as a gunfight between the attackers and security forces in Gurdaspur entered its 10th hour, indicating the assault was a suicide attack.

Robert Vadra asked to explain Facebook post against BJP MPs

Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was on Monday asked by the Lok Sabha secretariat to explain his Facebook comments against ruling BJP MPs.

Gurdaspur hero: Bus driver who saved many lives

The alertness and bravery of a bus driver saved several lives as terrorists launched an attack here in Punjab on Monday.

Sensex falls 551 points on P-Note concerns, at over 5-week low

Market again took a beating on Monday, with the benchmark BSE Sensex crashing over 551 points to 27,561.38, its weakest closing in over five weeks, on concerns that stricter norms for participatory notes may hit foreign investments and a major slump in Chinese stocks.

Gurdaspur attack: Cricket and terror can't go hand in hand, says BCCI

The attack on a police station in Punjab on Monday by terrorists believed to be from across the border has thrown a big question mark over the India-Pakistan cricket series planned to be played in December this year.
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