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Javadekar in a cleft stick over GM crop future

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar has been in a bind over the future of genetically modified food crops as the PMO wants field trials — an important step before commercial release — of GM crops to be fast-tracked while the RSS is opposing this move.

Saharanpur main accused lives off land disputes

A former town councillor arrested on charges of instigating violence between Sikh and Muslim groups in Saharanpur that left three people dead is a muscle-man who made money off land disputes and extortions, HT has learnt. 

Heavy rains approaching northern states: Met dept

Heavy monsoon showers are approaching some northern, western and central parts of the country, a Met forecast said, as key cereal, oilseeds, soybean and cotton growing areas will continue to receive rains, easing concerns of a drought.

John Kerry offers to partner in Modi’s vision, Sushma says US spying on India 'unacceptable'

US secretary of state John Kerry on Thursday signalled a new energy and direction in India-US ties by offering to partner in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 'historic mandate for change' and vision of economic development. Vote: Do you thing the US will address India's concerns about snooping?

RSS, BJP adopt new method for coordination

The BJP and its ideological parent, the RSS, have set up a new two-way method of communication to iron out any face-offs on some key issues and to ensure they are on the same page on policy matters.

Ebola-hit W Africa launches emergency battle plan

West Africa's Ebola-hit nations imposed stringent new rules to tackle the world's worst ever outbreak of the tropical virus ahead of a special regional summit on Friday to launch an emergency response plan.

Landslide tragedy: Did Maharashtra ignore ecological warnings on Malin?

Malin, the village flattened by a landslide on Wednesday morning, was a high-risk village in the region marked out as 'Ecologically Sensitive Areas' by the Kasturirangan Committee report on Western Ghats. Toll reaches 41, worst feared for Malin village

Eye on polls, Kejriwal returns to loyal support base

In the run-up to the Delhi assembly polls last year, auto rickshaw drivers had played a crucial role in the success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

New army chief to focus on LAC trouble spots

Incursion-prone pockets along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) -- the de facto border between India and China -- seem to be on the new army chief’s radar. General Dalbir Singh, who replaced General Bikram Singh as army chief on Thursday, is preparing to embark on a tour of trouble spots along the disputed LAC in the sensitive Ladakh sector.

Ebola outbreak fears grow; Europe, Asia on alert

Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.

US, UN announce deal on Gaza ceasefire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.

Pune landslide tragedy: Toll reaches 41, worst feared for Malin village

Rescuers dug through mud and rocks on Thursday in a desperate search for about 120 people buried in the debris of shattered homes after a massive landslide in Maharashtra flattened an entire village and killed 41 people.

Facebook posts trigger tension in three states

Inflammatory Facebook posts have become the trigger for several recent incidents of communal violence in various parts of the country in the backdrop of a series of bloody religious clashes.

Israel calls up reserves to boost Gaza operations

Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists on Thursday to bolster its forces waging military operations in the Gaza Strip that left more than 100 Palestinians dead in a day.

Quake strikes Andaman; no Tsunami warning

Earthquakes of magnitude 6.2 and 6.1 struck Myanmar and Andaman islands on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.
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