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Why India stonewalled rich nations in WTO trade talks, and what happens next

India withstood mounting pressure to ratify a trade pact from the developed countries, which blamed India's hard bargain strategy for the eventual collapse of the talks. India's refusal to sign pact sends wrong signal: Kerry

Sheila spent Rs. 3,000 crore, but did little for illegal colonies in Delhi: CAG

The Sheila Dikshit government spent Rs. 3,029.21 crore on regularisation of illegal colonies in Delhi but failed to provide the most basic of amenities, such as sewer and water lines, roads and drainage, the CAG has said.

Israel looks for missing soldier; Hamas says he may have been killed

The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush.

West Africa seeks to seal off Ebola-hit regions

West Africa's Ebola-hit nations have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world's worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control.

Pune landslide: Death toll hits 70, hopes fade

The death toll from a landslide that engulfed the entire Malin village in Pune district rose to 51 as heavy rains on Friday hampered efforts by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris. Were eco warnings on Malin ignored?

Factory blast in east China kills at least 65

A factory blast in China's eastern industrial province of Jiangsu has killed at least 65 people and injured more than 100 others, Chinese state media said on Saturday, citing government sources.

Insurance Act: Modi govt’s first acid test in RS

The Narendra Modi government will face its first acid test on Rajya Sabha floor management on Monday when the insurance Act amendment bill comes up in the House.

Lanka offers apology over Modi, Jayalalithaa article

Sri Lanka tendered an unqualified apology to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday after an article posted on its defence ministry website triggered a furore in India.

Delhi: Tomatoes to stay pricey till month-end

From Rs. 10 per kilogram two months ago tomatoes have been selling at Rs. 80 a kilo and above in the past few days, despite Delhi government insisting on July 20 that there’s no shortage and supply is better than last year. Traders say that the vegetable may become affordable again only after a month.

ICC lets Anderson off, Jadeja fine also revoked

England's James Anderson and India's Ravindra Jadeja were both found not guilty on Friday of breaching the ICC's code of conduct, the global governing body announced in a statement.

PM Modi begins two-day Nepal visit on Sunday

Continuing with its neighbours-first foreign policy approach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal on Sunday for a two-day visit with a strong political message of friendship.

Apex court tells govt to fast-track criminal cases

The Supreme Court Friday asked the government to fast-track the criminal justice system in India for ensuring good governance and gave it four weeks time to come out with a comprehensive framework on how the task could be achieved.

Tension in Kashmir over Kausar Nag yatra

Kashmir remained tense on Friday following separatists’ call for post-Friday prayers protests against the Kausar Yatra, which the state government halted on Thursday from the Aharbal route in the valley.

Jailed Subrata Roy gets office to negotiate hotel deal

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Sahara chief Subrata Roy to use Tihar jail’s conference room for 10 working days for talks with potential buyers of his three luxury hotels in New York and London.

CSAT row: Examination may be held as scheduled

The CSAT row may continue as Arvind Varma committee report is learnt to have backed UPSC's contention that it is too late now to postpone the examination scheduled for August 24.

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