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Saarc: Modi, Sharif maintain distance as India says no plans for 'structured meeting'

India said Wednesday it had no plans for a 'structured meeting' between PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, amid speculation over whether the two will hold talks at Saarc summit.

Won't take BJP support, they are divisive: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti

In an interview to HT, Mufti ruled out Wednesday an alliance with the BJP to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the party was trying to divide the state along communal and ethnic lines.

Fiery protests hit US; more troops in Ferguson to prevent fresh riots

Protests spread across the US and more than 2,000 National Guard troops were deployed in St. Louis to prevent  fresh rioting after a grand jury declined to indict a white cop in the fatal shooting of a black teen.

Meet Surender Singh, the 26/11 hero-turned-AAP MLA

As the AAP held out its reachout election campaign, its MLA Surender Singh’s heart was somewhere else. The former NSG commando who fought terrorists at the Taj Hotel exactly six years ago quietly took a flight to Mumbai on Wednesday.

School student sets himself on fire in Faridabad

A Class 8 student of a private school set himself on fire in the school premises Wednesday in Faridabad, police said.

Black money debate: Oppn slams govt in House

The Congress said the government has forgotten to honour its poll promise of bringing black money back within 100 days of taking charge. The BJP said it was the UPA which did nothing during its 10 years in office.

LS: Bill to amend CBI chief appointment law passed

A bill to amend a law on appointment of CBI chief was passed in the Lok Sabha Wednesday amid stiff resistance, with the Congress alleging that it was aimed at keeping the largest opposition party out of the selection process, a charge denied by the government.

Vasan introduces party flag after break-up with Cong

Two days ahead of the formal launch of his party at Tiruchirapalli, former Union Minister G K Vasan, who broke away from Congress on Wednesday introduced flag of the party in Chennai.

DDA housing scheme: 1,200 on waiting list

For the unsuccessful aspirants of the DDA housing scheme, there is still a ray of hope. Apart from the 25,034 applicants who got lucky, the housing agency also carried out a draw to create a ‘waiting list’ of applicants.

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.

Disgruntled AAP, Cong leaders cosy up to 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.

China: 24 killed, 52 injured in coal mine fire

At least 24 workers were killed and 52 others injured on Wednesday when a fire broke out in a coal mine in China's northeastern Liaoning province soon after a mild earthquake jolted the region.

Egypt: 19 killed, 8 injured in building collapse

At least 19 people have been killed and eight others injured when an eight-story building collapsed in Egypt's Matariya district.

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.

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.

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