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Pune hill comes crashing; 17 killed, 150 under rubble

Rescue workers struggled because of heavy rain. At least 30 ambulances and heavy machinery were sent to the affected village, but only three earthmovers could get there by late evening.

Natwar Singh drops book bomb, says Rahul made Sonia refuse PM job

Congress president Sonia Gandhi refused her party's offer to be the prime minister in May 2004 because her son Rahul 'put his foot down', former foreign minister K Natwar Singh has said. Poll: Do you trust Natwar Singh's allegations?

Israeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area as toll reaches 1,300

The bloodshed came on the heels of an escalation by both sides fighting in the embattled coastal territory, further dimming prospects for a sustainable ceasefire despite international diplomatic efforts.

Bangalore: Priest rapes minor at her home, held

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a temple priest in Bangalore on Tuesday, less than a month after a seven-year-old was raped in a city school, sparking widespread protests in the southern city.

Flexi hours for women, other work reforms soon

The Narendra Modi-led cabinet cleared on Wednesday two major bills for labour reforms — the apprenticeship act and the factories act amendment bills — that will make the labour sector more responsive to industry demands.

Main accused in Saharanpur riots arrested

The Saharanpur police on Wednesday arrested the main accused in the recent riots, Moharram Ali alias Pappu, on Wednesday evening.

Gujarat riot convict Maya Kodnani granted bail

The Gujarat high court on Wednesday gave bail to Maya Kodnani, a former Gujarat minister who is serving a life sentence for her role in Naroda Patiya riots in which 97 people were killed during the 2002 communal clashes in the state.

Kumbakonam case: Principal gets 10 years in jail

A trial court in Tamil Nadu sentenced on Wednesday the founder and the headmistress of a private school in Kumbakonam to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment after it found them guilty of a blaze that killed 94 children.

SC orders Supertech to refund Noida flat buyers

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked realty company Supertech to refund within 30 days the principal amount paid by the 53 allottees of the Emarald Court Twin Tower project in Noida, who had applied for their money by April 30.

New chief to take over army reins today

General Dalbir Singh will inherit on Thursday the leadership of the army from General Bikram Singh when the force is in the midst of a costly transformation to fill critical gaps in capabilities.

Kerry arrives in New Delhi to boost India-US relations

For some observers, Kerry's three-day trip is in itself a sign of India's importance. He has focused much of his tenure on crises in the Middle East, and returned just Sunday from a gruelling, unsuccessful mission to end the Gaza conflict. Kerry's visit is a chance for India, US to address differences

UPSC protesters set ablaze police chowki, buses

The ongoing protests by civil service aspirants once again took an ugly turn on Wednesday evening. The protesters allegedly torched a police check post in north Delhi's Nehru Vihar and vandalized two buses in Mukherjee Nagar.

Russia counts cost of new US, EU sanctions

Russia was counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors on Wednesday, with the central bank promising to support lenders hit with penalties.

Downpour blocks road, rail transport in Gujarat

Heavy downpour for two days in Gujarat disrupted normal life and traffic movement on the Mumbai-Delhi highway and Mumbai-Ahmedabad train route and left more than 10,000 trucks stranded on the national highway due to water logging.

JD(U), RJD and Cong unite in Bihar to fight BJP in bypolls

Seeking to buck the trend of recent parliamentary elections in which the BJP decimated them, the JD(U), RJD and the Congress announced on Wednesday an alliance among the three for bypoll in 10 assembly seats in Bihar, considered as semi-final before the crucial state poll next year.
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