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Pak envoy defends talks with Kashmiri separatists

Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in the dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.

PM Modi asks DRDO to speed up projects

Against the backdrop of delays in several of its major projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told DRDO to speed up and take initiatives to help ease out the lives of armed forces personnel.

Cong will pressurise govt to pass women's bill: Sonia

Making a strong pitch for women's reservation in Parliament and state Assemblies, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said her party will put 'full pressure' on the NDA government to pass the bill on the issue as soon as possible.

IM planned to send poisoned letters: Delhi Police

Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives had planned to send letters soaked with poison to kill its targets, says a Delhi Police chargesheet filed in a case relating to an illegal arms factory operated by the terror group.

Centre refutes Gogoi's claim on CRPF inaction

The Centre deemed Assam chief minister (CM) Tarun Gogoi's allegation of the CRPF not intervening in the Assam-Nagaland border dispute as "baseless" on Wednesday, saying the central forces are at the state's disposal.

With nine surgeries, Delhi woman fights rare disease

Life could not have been more cruel to Payel Bhattacharya, a patient of Von Hippel-Lindau, a rare autosomal genetic condition. Bhattacharya has undergone nine surgeries and is still suffering as tumours continue to spread in her body.

2G: Raja, Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi's wife get bail

Former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and seven others, chargesheeted by the ED in a 2G scam-related money laundering case, were on Wednesday granted bail by a special CBI court.

Mumbai judge suspended for harassing co-worker

The Bombay high court has suspended a sessions court judge on charges of sexually harassing a female staff worker. MT Gaikwad was suspended last week after a preliminary inquiry found substance in the complaint by the staff member about his "inappropriate behaviour".

Cong leader KV Thomas new PAC chief

Senior Congress leader KV Thomas was made the new head of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), a prestigious panel which examines CAG reports after they are tabled in Parliament, on Wednesday.

Mob violence in Assam against police action

A police man was injured and a police vehicle and three trucks were set ablaze in Assam's violence-hit Golaghat district by a mob that blockaded NH 37 protesting against the police action at Rangajan.

English marks excluded from CSAT II: Centre

Marks obtained for questions on English language comprehension skills, asked in second paper of the civil services (preliminary) examination, will not be included for grading, according to a notification issued by the Centre.

Suspension of Indo-Pak talks have repercussions for Kashmir

Since the Indo-Pak talks have been suspended, and it is difficult to see how they can be resumed in the absence thus far of any back channel diplomacy, over a meeting between Basit and separatist leader Shabir Shah, there are consequences for Kashmir.

Tapas Pal suffers brain stroke, admitted to hospital

Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal on Tuesday was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic after he suffered a mild cerebral attack. He is currently under observation.

Pak failed to walk the talk with India

Despite early indications of Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif walking the talk on improving ties with India, there was hardly any forward movement in that direction, sources said on Tuesday.

Centre to develop infrastructure along country’s northern border

In the backdrop of China’s People’s Liberation Army’s frequent transgressions across the 4,088 km Line of Actual Control, the Narendra Modi-led government has decided to speed up infrastructure development on northern borders.
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