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Diplomat Devyani Khobragade stripped of her duties, placed on 'compulsory wait'

Taking a serious view of the statements made by diplomat Devyani Khobragade in the media, the ministry of external affairs has stripped her of her duties as director in the development partnership division.

Peshawar attack mastermind is Umar Mansoor, father of 3

The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed 'Slim'. His real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taliban say he masterminded this week's massacre at a school in Peshawar. Pak executes 2 militants after lifting ban on death penalty

J-K, Jharkhand vote in final phase of assembly polls amid high security

Over 5.5 million voters from Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir will pick their representatives in the final phase of assembly elections on Saturday, with the BJP - once a fringe player in both states - eyeing big gains, high on a wave of victories this year.

India vs Australia Live: Ishant strikes twice as Aussies chase 128

Setting Australia a target of 128 to win, India were all out for 224 in their second innings of the second Test in Brisbane on Saturday. Mitchell Johnson ran through the Indian top order with his pace and bounce.

BJP no match for us politically: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that she did not consider the BJP a political threat in her state, saying the party was using the CBI against her because it posed no challenge to the Trinamool Congress.

Obama slams Sony for cancelling The Interview

President Barack Obama on Friday blasted Sony pictures for capitulating to hackers and chided the North Korean dictator for getting upset over a satirical Seth Rogen film.

Govt wants higher walls, armed guards in schools

High perimeter walls with barbed wire, armed guards with walkie-talkies posted round-the-clock, surveillance cameras, adequate lights and regular drills are some steps the Union home ministry wants schools to take following the Peshawar massacre.

BJP washes hands off conversion controversy

The BJP on Friday distanced itself from the conversion controversy saying the party has not been involved with the 'homecoming' of non-Hindus and has not contributed to such activities.

India protests, Pak keeps Lakhvi in jail for 3 months

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the condemnation when members across parties criticised Pakistan for showing a “double face” on terrorism at a time it was mourning the massacre of 148 people, mostly children, in Peshawar. Lakhvi detained for 3 more months 

5.5% growth, no rate cuts till March: Mid-year review

India’s economy is likely to grow at 5.5% this year though private investments haven’t shown real signs of picking up yet, a finance ministry report said on Friday, even as it hinted that the Reserve Bank of India was unlikely to cut interest rates before March.

8 kids dead in Australia in reported mass stabbing

Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in Cairns on Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing that comes just days after a deadly siege in Sydney.

Bodh Gaya case: Charges against 3 SIMI activists

The NIA special court here on Friday framed charges against three accused in the Bodh Gaya serial blasts case.

FBI accuses North Korea of Sony hacking

North Korea was responsible for a "destructive" cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday, warning it would hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.

BJP suspends MLA for threat to ‘skin alive’ official

BJP on Friday suspended its Rajasthan MLA Prahalad Gunjal, who was allegedly caught on tape threatening and abusing a health official over the transfer of a male nurse.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren booked

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren was booked by police on Friday after a BJP candidate for the ongoing assembly polls accused him of leading an attack on a BJP office near Dumka - one of the two seats the CM is contesting.
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