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Pakistan anti-govt protesters blockade parliament; Pak SC summons Imran Khan, Qadri

Protesters demanding the fall of the Pakistani government blockaded parliament and key ministries today in the latest round of a week-long political drama that has shaken the restive nuclear-armed nation.

2G case: Delhi court gives bail to Raja, Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi's wife

Former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and seven others, chargesheeted by the ED in a 2G scam-related money laundering case, were on Wednesday granted bail by a special CBI court.

ISIS video shows American's beheading; Obama's statement likely

A grisly video shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, American officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent US airstrikes in Iraq.

English marks excluded from CSAT II: Centre

Marks obtained for questions on English language comprehension skills, asked in second paper of the civil services (preliminary) examination, will not be included for grading, according to a notification issued by the Centre.

Centre sets 3-year target to rejuvenate Ganga River

With the Narendra Modi government according top priority to cleaning River Ganga, the Centre has set a target of three years to rejuvenate the polluted holy river.

Pak envoy defends talks with Kashmiri separatists

Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in the dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.

PM Modi asks DRDO to speed up projects

Against the backdrop of delays in several of its major projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told DRDO to speed up and take initiatives to help ease out the lives of armed forces personnel.

Mob violence in Assam against police action

A police man was injured and a police vehicle and three trucks were set ablaze in Assam's violence-hit Golaghat district by a mob that blockaded NH 37 protesting against the police action at Rangajan.

Cong will pressurise govt to pass women's bill: Sonia

Making a strong pitch for women's reservation in Parliament and state Assemblies, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said her party will put 'full pressure' on the NDA government to pass the bill on the issue as soon as possible.

Manmohan immune from claims of '84 riots: court

Inderjit Singh, an Indian Sikh, claimed in the 2013 suit that as finance minister from 1991 to 1996, Manmohan Singh funded cash rewards for members of the military who murdered Sikhs in 1984.

Mumbai judge suspended for harassing co-worker

The Bombay high court has suspended a sessions court judge on charges of sexually harassing a female staff worker. MT Gaikwad was suspended last week after a preliminary inquiry found substance in the complaint by the staff member about his "inappropriate behaviour".

IM planned to send poisoned letters: Delhi Police

Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives had planned to send letters soaked with poison to kill its targets, says a Delhi Police chargesheet filed in a case relating to an illegal arms factory operated by the terror group.

Cong leader KV Thomas new PAC chief

Senior Congress leader KV Thomas was made the new head of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), a prestigious panel which examines CAG reports after they are tabled in Parliament, on Wednesday.

Britain could end Assange row today: Ecuador prez

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said on Tuesday that Britain had the power to resolve the Julian Assange standoff "tomorrow," after the WikiLeaks founder voiced hope he would soon leave Ecuador's embassy in London.

Gang-rape in Oberoi hotel: charges in 20 days

The accused, identified as Neeraj and Rajan, were arrested from the hotel after the nurse of Tibetan descent filed an FIR with the Hazrat Nizamuddin police station on Monday morning.
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