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Revenge attacks after rebel bloodbath in Assam villages

Retaliatory attacks ringed villages in Assam on Thursday at a time military helicopters scoured remote areas in line with the Centre’s promise of zero-tolerance to Bodo militants who triggered a ghastly sectarian bloodshed that left over 75 dead.

In Varanasi, Modi names Ganguly, Kiran Bedi for Swachh Bharat

Visiting Varanasi for the second time after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi thanked all who contributed in taking forward his government's cleanliness drive at the historic Assi Ghat.

Munda pulls out of race, Raghubar set to be named Jharkhand CM

Powerful tribal leader Arjun Munda pulled out of the race for chief minister on Thursday, paving the way for the possible installation of his bete noir and five-time MLA Raghubar Das to head a BJP-led government in Jharkhand.

All political parties should agree to anti-conversion law: Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in Bhopal on Thursday if an anti-conversion law was enacted at the Centre, Ghar Wapsi-like programmes would automatically stop.

Reliance Cap ropes in Sumitomo Mitsui bank as strategic partner

 Firming up its plans to set up a bank, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital on Thursday roped in Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (SMTB) as a strategic partner and minority investor to collaborate on various businesses, including its proposed banking venture.

'Others' hold key to govt formation in divided J-K

Two independent MLAs and the lone Leftist legislator in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday pledged to support a 'secular government', giving fresh impetus to a possible Congress-backed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dispensation in the state.

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release

The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, reminding militants that his son shared the same faith as the ultraconservative group.

8-year-old girl raped by unidentified man in Jaipur

 An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified man in Jaipur’s Sanganer area, police said on Thursday.

Biting cold, dense fog claim 12 lives in north India

Twelve people - 9 in Uttar Pradesh and 3 in Punjab - died due to intense cold wave coupled with dense fog sweeping aross north India on Thursday.

Arrests in protest over police shooting of black teen

Between six and eight protesters were arrested in Berkeley, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white officer, US news reports said.

Delhi acid attack: Police detain four accused

Two days after a doctor was injured in an acid attack in Rajouri Garden, the Delhi Police detained on Thursday all four accused in connection with the case.

China to test its Ebola vaccine on humans

China on Thursday said it has developed a vaccine to combat the spread of deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 7,000 people in three West African countries, and the test of the drug on humans would begin this month.

Pak: Extremist held for 2 more weeks for murder

The leader of a banned Pakistani sectarian militant group who was set to walk free from jail is being held for two more weeks in a murder case, officials said Thursday.

Oldest litigant in Babri Masjid case M Farooq dies

The oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid case, Mohammad Farooq, died at the age of 100 in Ayodhya, officials said on Thursday.

Congress appoints Punjab MLA Raja Warring as youth wing president

The Congress on Thursday appointed Gidderbaha MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring as the president of the Indian Youth Congress in place of Maharashtra MP Rajiv Satav, setting off the process of organisational revamp.
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