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Rajnath rejects Qureshi's claim of being asked to step down

The government denied on Friday claims made by Uttrakhand governor Aziz Qureshi that he had been asked to quit and said an 'appropriate response' will be filed before the Supreme Court soon.

Noted Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy dies at 81

Jnanpith awardee and renowned Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy, who was on multi-support system, died at a hospital in Bangalore on Friday. He was 81 years old.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, dealing a blow to government efforts to regain territory seized by jihadist-led militants.

Why no Leader of Opposition, Supreme Court asks Modi govt

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Modi government why the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha remained vacant. The LoP 'conveys the voice different from the government' in the House, a bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said.

Irom Sharmila re-arrested for attempted suicide

Anti-Afspa activist Irom Sharmila was re-arrested in Imphal on Friday on charges of attempt to commit suicide. She was released from judicial custody following a court order on Wednesday evening.

Sierra Leone's Ebola deaths traced back to healer

The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma.

Drunk passenger tied up mid-air for creating ruckus

A drunk Indian passenger, who was tied up on board an Air India flight from Melbourne to Delhi after he created a mid-air ruckus, was arrested by police after the plane landed.

Modi govt's 'clean-up' drive: no dust in offices

The cabinet secretary has asked all secretaries to improve the overall ambience of offices and ensure punctuality of officials especially in departments with major public interaction.

JD(U) MLA who proposed 'right to bribe' suspended

Rajiv Ranjan’s suspension comes exactly five days after he had told HT that corruption had pervaded public life in Bihar to such an extent that it would be best to legalise it.

Gaza mortar fire kills child in southern Israel

An Israeli child was killed by mortar fire from Gaza on Friday, the army said, bringing the number of civilians killed in Israel during the 46-day conflict with Hamas to four.

Syria war toll tops 191,000: United Nations

The death toll from the war in Syria has topped 191,000, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said on Friday, criticising 'international paralysis' on the conflict where jihadists have established a foothold.

NIA charges 10 for blasts in Modi's Patna rally

NIA on Friday charged 10 alleged SIMI operatives for trying to physically harm Narendra Modi when he was touring the country as the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee and later carrying out serial blasts during his Hunkar rally in Patna on October 27 last year.

Shah seeks overhaul of parliamentary board

Confusion about the role of veterans in BJP’s parliamentary board is holding up reconstitution of the party’s highest decision-making body. The party’s parliamentary board consists of the BJP president and 10 other members, one of whom shall be the leader of the party in Parliament.

Govt puts on hold new CIC's appointment in absence of LoP

The government put on hold the appointment of new chief of CIC on Friday  due to the absence of the Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the selection committee leaving the transparency watchdog headless for the first time since its inception in 2005.

ISIS is the most dangerous group: US

Pentagon chiefs said the jihadist group could be eradicated if local Sunni communities reject it and regional powers unite to fight it, but only if the battle is taken into Syria and not just Iraq.
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