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Unfazed Pakistani envoy stokes fire

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | Vineeta Pandey | New Delhi

Abdul Basit meets separatists; protest outside Pakistan High Commission Pushing India-Pakistan relations into a deeper crisis, Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit went on to meet more Kashimiri separatist leaders on Tuesday. This comes a day after India called off the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan expressing displeasure over Pakistan engaging the…

T comes to a standstill for historic survey

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | Omer Farooq/pns | Hyderabad/New Delhi

Millions of households surveyed in one day; CM says needed correct data to ensure benefits of welfare schemes reach deserving people History of sorts was created in Telangana on Tuesday with the Government conducting the biggest-ever intensive household survey on a single day and collecting data of each and every household…

Bollywood bigwigs paid for Censor clearance

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | Pioneer News Service | New Delhi

CBI probing bribes offered to CEO Rakesh Kumar even for Shah Rukh, Vidya Balan and Rohit Shetty’s films The CBI is probing allegations that arrested Chief Executive Officer of Censor Board Rakesh Kumar allegedly milked a host of top film producers and stars before giving clearance to some recently released films.…

Sharif batting on sticky wicket as Imran, Qadri march to Parliament

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | PTI | Islamabad

Army called in to protect ‘Red Zone’ Pakistan Opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri late on Thursday night marched with thousands of their supporters into the heavily fortified ‘Red Zone’, the capital’s diplomatic and political enclave, as minor clashes took place between anti-Government protesters and security personnel. “Promise me, if…

Soldier’s body found in Siachen Glacier after 18 yrs!

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | Rahul Datta | New Delhi

Havaldar Gaya Prasad’s family will receive his body with mixed feelings on Wednesday. The soldier was declared “missing dead” 18 years ago while serving in Siachen Glacier and an Army patrol found his body just three days ago in a crevasse there. His son is now in Chandigarh to receive…

Release Irom Sharmila, orders Imphal court

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | Anup Sharma | Guwahati

‘Charge of attempt to commit suicide was wrongly framed against the petitioner’ Manipur’s human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu is likely to walk free soon. This after an Imphal Court on Tuesday issued release orders of Sharmila, who has been on an indefinite fast for about last 14 years to protest…

No talks, take a walk

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | PNS | New Delhi

Aug 25 Secy-level talks called off; New Delhi raps Pak for interfering in India’s internal affairs after Basit meets Shabir Shah Irked by the meeting between Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in New Delhi on Monday, India called off the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan.…

Political parties hail decision

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | PNS | New Delhi

The cancellation of Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan has got support from all quarters. While the BJP welcomed the move, the Congress said that the NDA Government must ensure that its peaceful posture should not be taken as a weakness by the neighbouring country. “Unfortunately, the out-of-way bonhomie extended…

Modi 1st PM in 36 yrs to address SL Parliament

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | PNS | New Delhi/ COLOMBO

Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister in 35 years to address the Sri Lankan Parliament. According to top Government officials attending the Defence Seminar 2014, organised by the Sri Lanka Army at Colombo, Modi is expected to address Sri Lankan Parliament in January 2015. Late Morarji Desai…

Rajiv Gandhi rural power scheme a total hoax

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | Animesh Singh | New Delhi

The UPA Government’s ambitious flagship scheme for electrifying all villages and rural households across the country under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) has turned out to be a damp squib. Not only did the annual target achievement rate of the RGGVY dip sharply over the last three financial years,…

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The think tank challenge

17 Aug 2014 | Uttam Kumar Sinha / Rajiv Nayan

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STATE EDITIONS

26 IAS, 37 PCS officers get new postings

20 Aug 2014 | Uttam Kumar Sinha / Rajiv Nayan

In another major bureaucratic reshuffle, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav shifted 26 Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and 37 Provincial Civil Services (PCS) officers on Tuesday. Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Devashish Panda has been relieved of the additional charge of Principal Secretary, Land Development, which has now been handed over to Principal Secretary, Irrigation, Deepak Singhal...

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SOUND BITES

In these cases (in Iraq), where there is an unjust aggression, it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underscore the verb ‘stop'. I'm not saying “bomb”.

Catholic Church head —Pope Francis

I come to the US Open with great confidence. I know my game is where I want it to be. It's about keeping that level.

Tennis legend —Roger Federer

The RSS chief may have expressed his personal opinion that Indian is a Hindu nation. You cannot attribute it as a motive of the Union Government.

Goa BJP leader —Michael Lobo
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