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  • EU backs bilateral solution between India, Pakistan
    Brussels, August 8 (IANS) The European Union on Thursday expressed support to a bilateral political solution between India and Pakistan over Kashmir saying this "remains the only way to solve a long-lasting dispute that causes instability and insecurity in the region." A High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, released a statement after speaking on phone with Minister of External Affairs of India S. Jaishankar and Minist
  • 'Several positives' in Kashmir move, says Karan Singh
    New Delhi, August 8 (PTI): Taking a stand different from his party's, veteran Congress leader Karan Singh on Thursday said he does not agree with a blanket condemnation of the government's decision on Jammu and Kashmir and pointed out what he called were its several positives.   In a statement the "positive points" Singh counted included the Union Territory status for Ladakh, scrapping of Article 35A, future delimitation of J&K as a result of the state's bifurcation into
  • Kartarpur corridor project to continue: Pakistan
    Islamabad, August 8 (IANS) The cross-border Kartarpur Corridor project will continue as scheduled, Pakistan said on Thursday, a day after it expelled the Indian envoy and announced other retaliatory measures after India revoked Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in his briefing: "The Kartarpur Corridor project will continue. Pakistan respects all religions and it will go ahead with the project." "Ind
  • Kartarpur corridor project to continue: Pakistan
    Islamabad, August 8 (IANS) The cross-border Kartarpur Corridor project will continue as scheduled, Pakistan said on Thursday, a day after it expelled the Indian envoy and announced other retaliatory measures after India revoked Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in his briefing: "The Kartarpur Corridor project will continue. Pakistan respects all religions and it will go ahead with the project." "Ind
  • India raps Pakistan on J&K, asks it to review retaliatory steps
    New Delhi, August 8 (IANS) In its first response to Pakistan expelling its envoy, India on Thursday said that revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir is "entirely an internal matter" and Islamabads actions were aimed at presenting "an alarming picture to the world". A day after Pakistan expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and announced suspension of trade, in retaliation after India revoked Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, India said that it
  • India raps Pakistan on J&K, asks it to review retaliatory steps
    New Delhi, August 8 (IANS) In its first response to Pakistan expelling its envoy, India on Thursday said that revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir is "entirely an internal matter" and Islamabads actions were aimed at presenting "an alarming picture to the world". A day after Pakistan expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and announced suspension of trade, in retaliation after India revoked Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, India said that it
  • Indian High Commissioner to leave Pakistan via Wagah
    Islamabad, August 8 (IANS) With Pakistan issuing orders expelling him, Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria is likely to leave Islamabad via the Wagah border, in the aftermath of escalating tensions after India ended the special status for Jammu and Kashmir. According to details, Bisaria has fulfilled his duties in Pakistan for one year, seven months and 25 days. The development came as the Foreign Office asked India to withdraw its High Commissioner - hours after the National S
  • Pakistan 'permanently discontinues' Samjhauta Express
    A passenger from India gestures to her relatives as she leaves by Samjhauta Express train at the railway station in Lahore, Pakistan March 4, 2019. (REUTERS)   Islamabad, August 8 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday announced that it is permanently discontinuing the Samjhauta Express train service with India following New Delhi's revocation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The decision was announced by Pakistan's Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at a press conference.
  • Floods in India kill 33, displace thousands
    Houses and temples are seen submerged in the waters of overflowing river Godavari after heavy rainfall in Nashik, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas   MUMBAI/BENGALURU, August 8 (Reuters) - Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 33 people and forced the evacuation of 180,000 from their homes, officials said on Thursday.   Seasonal monsoon rains from June to Septembe
  • Unnao rape survivor still critical, lawyer unconscious
    New Delhi, August 7 (IANS): The Unnao rape survivor, who is undergoing treatment at AIIMS trauma centre, continues to be critical and on advanced life support systems, a hospital official said on Wednesday. "Her lawyer continues to be critical, unconscious and on advanced life support system. The patients are undergoing treatment under a multidisciplinary team of doctors from critical care, orthopaedics, trauma surgery and pulmonary medicine," said Dr (Prof) Aarti Vij, Chairperson, Med
  • 9 states didn't follow procedure in rejecting claims of tribals: SC
    New Delhi, August  7 (PTI): The Supreme Court observed Tuesday that nine states have not followed the procedure in rejecting the claims of tribals over forest land and said the matter related to eviction of around 11.8 lakh alleged illegal forest dwellers is "important". A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, M R Shah and B R Gavai asked several states, which have not yet filed affidavits giving details about the procedure adopted in rejecting the claims, to file their responses
  • IMA defers strike against NMC Bill
    New Delhi, August 7 (PTI): The IMA on Wednesday said it has deferred its August 8 strike against the National Medical Commission Bill to a later date after receiving "certain clarifications and assurances" from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.,The India Medical Association said in a statement the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, heavy floods in the northeast, Karnataka, Maharashtra and other parts as well as the death of former Union minister Sushma Swaraj was taken into considerati
  • Sushma Swaraj: extraordinary leader with many firsts
    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi paying his last respects to the former Union Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, at the funeral ceremony, in New Delhi on August 7. (PIB Photo)   New Delhi, August 7 (PTI): The last rites for Sushma Swaraj, the former foreign minister and a BJP stalwart, were conducted Wednesday to the sounds of ceremonial bugle and Vedic mantras, the widely different tunes emblematic of the woman herself who harmonised many different chords in her persona.&n
  • Sushma Swaraj cremated with full state honours
    New Delhi, August 7 (IANS):  The last rites of former External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj were held at the Dayanand crematiorum on Lodhi Road here with full state honours. The 67-year-old veteran BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night following a cardiac arrest. Her body was kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in the heart of the capital for public to pay homage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP stalwart L.K.
  • RBI booster dose: Key rates slashed
    Mumbai, August  7 (IANS): To shore up slackening growth, the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday broke with convention by reducing its key lending rates by 35 basis points which is expected to make home and auto loans cheaper and rev up the economy by unleashing consumption-led demand. The RBI's monetary policy committee (MPC) in its third policy review of the current fiscal reduced the repo, or short-term lending rate for commercial banks, by 35 basis points to 5.40% from 5.7
  • Lockdown continues for third day in Kashmir
    People draw and write messages on a road during a protest against the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the government, in New Delhi on August 7. (REUTERS Photo)   ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, August 7 (Reuters: Thousands of Indian security forces kept a lid on protests in Kashmir on Wednesday, helped by the continued suspension of telephone and internet services after the Himalayan region's special status was scrapped this week.   Streets in th
  • JD-U's U-turn on Article 370, says now supports it
    Patna, August  7 (IANS):  In a U-turn, the Janata Dal (United), a key ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), on Wednesday announced its support to the Centre's move to revoke Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.   After opposing scrapping of Article 370, senior JD-U leader R.C.P. Singh said that when any law come into force, it becomes a law of the country and all should accept it.   "We are with the government on scrapping of Article 370,"
  • Has any court heard a case on origin of gods, asks SC
    New Delhi, August 7 (IANS): Has the question on origin or birth of religious figures or gods been raised in any court in the world? The Supreme Court posed this to the counsel of Ram Lalla Virajman during the second day of hearing in the Ayodhya dispute on Wednesday.   While the hearing traversed through the various aspects of the Hindu faith and philosophy, K. Parasaran, counsel representing Ram Lalla, proclaimed: "Faith itself is evidence". Worshipers believed in Lord
  • 'Marry fair Kashmiri women now’: BJP MLA after Article 370 repeal
    Residents cross a street during restrictions in Srinagar, August 5, 2019. (REUTERS/Danish Ismail Photo)   In a video clip that has gone viral on the social media, the lawmaker from Khatauli was seen speaking at a function organized on Tuesday to celebrate the revoking of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.   Muzaffarnagar, August 7 (IANS):  In a shocking incident, BJP MLA Vikram Saini from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district has stated that party wo
  • Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away
    File Photo: Sushma Swaraj poses inside her office in New Delhi on May 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer/Files)   NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 (IANS/AGENCIES):  Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj died at the AIIMS here on Tuesday night following cardiac arrest, hospital sources said. She was 67.   The veteran BJP leader was brought to AIIMS in a critical condition but soon passed away, the sources said.   Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, P