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Record polling, Valley votes for azadi from separatists

Defying separatists’ calls for a boycott, Jammu and Kashmir came out in record numbers to vote in the first phase of assembly elections on a bitterly cold Tuesday. Jharkhand defied a similar boycott threat by Maoists to log a 62% turnout.

Pakistan joins chorus for bigger China role in Saarc, India says no

The move comes amid growing pressure from Beijing and some Saarc countries, seeking the role of dialogue partner or full membership to play a more influential role in the eight-nation association. Modi returns to Nepal riding on 'engine of trust'

Obama to stay two days, hold summit-level talks with Modi

US President Barack Obama’s state visit to India in January to attend the Republic Day Parade will be spread over two days and include summit-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delight and despair as 25k flats won in DDA's mega housing scheme draw

Vikas Sadan, the headquarter of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was witness to both delight and despair as hundreds of applicants of the land development agency’s housing scheme 2014 thronged the office to see if they get lucky in the capital’s biggest gamble. DDA draw list declared, check results online

Govt mulls ban on sale of loose cigarettes

Sale of loose cigarettes is likely to be banned in India with the Centre accepting the recommendations of on expert panel on tobacco use and abuse, Union health minister JP Nadda told Parliament on Tuesday.

7 naval officers found guilty in Sindhuratna mishap

Disciplinary action against these officers has been initiated at the Western Naval Command headquarters, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Coalgate: CBI rapped for not quizzing ex-PM

A special court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday why it did not examine former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also the coal minister at the time, in connection with the coal block allocation scam.

Visa on arrival for 43 nationalities from Nov 27

Visa-on-Arrival and Electronic Travel Authorisation for  43 countries, including  United States, Australia, Fiji and Pacific Island countries is expected to be in place on November 27.

Four Indian youth who joined IS want to return home

Four youths from Kalyan near Mumbai, who are believed to have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS formerly known as ISIS) want to come back, Union home ministry sources have said.

Phil Hughes critical after emergency surgery

Australian batsman Phil Hughes was in critical condition following emergency surgery on Tuesday after he was knocked out by a bouncer in a freak incident which shocked cricket.

Disgruntled AAP, Cong leaders make beeline for BJP

A number of disgruntled leaders from various political outfits have switched allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party over the past few days, boosting the party’s morale and increasing its chances of claiming a majority in the upcoming polls.

SPG gets a new chief, old one in the lurch

In a curious move, the government on Tuesday appointed Special Protection Group (SPG) director K Durga Prasad’s successor without telling Prasad his next assignment.

Ferguson erupts in violence after grand jury verdict

Violence erupted Monday night in Ferguson, with protests elsewhere in the country, after a grand jury declined to indict a police officer for fatally shooting an African American teenager.

'Defaulting large borrowers are like freeloaders'

The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday warned of an uneven sharing of risks and returns in large Indian companies where promoters retain the upside in good times and have limited accountability in times of crisis.

Ball in India's court for resumption of talks: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan on Tuesday sought to put the ball in India's court for talks between the Prime Ministers of the two countries amidst strong indications of an interaction on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit.

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