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Latest NewsVeteran Kannada writer is no more
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Veteran Kannada
writer is no more
Bangalore, August 23 - Jnanpith awardee and renowned Kannada writer UR Ananthamurthy, 82, died of multiple health complications here today. He had been hospitalised 10 days ago for infection and fever, and was critical.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah condoled Murthy's death. The Karnataka Government has declared holiday tomorrow in all government institutions, including schools and colleges, and state mourning for  [ ... ]

Latest NewsJaitley regrets ‘one small rape’ remark
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Jaitley regrets
‘one small rape’ remark
New Delhi, August 23 - Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today expressed regret over his “one small incident of rape” comment, which escalated into a major political row, bringing agitated Congress women workers to the BJP headquarters on the Ashoka Road.
Talking about how an incident like the Nirbhaya gang-rape cost the country millions of dollars, Jaitley had told a conference: “One small incident of rape in  [ ... ]

Latest News3 Jammu villagers hurt in Pak shelling
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3 Jammu villagers hurt
in Pak shelling
Jammu, August 23 - Intense shelling by the Pakistani forces on International Border in Jammu today left three civilians injured and four houses damaged. This has compelled the state government to come up with a contingency plan to shift nearly 4,000 villagers from six forward villages in RS Pura Sector of Jammu district to safer areas.
Fireworks by Pakistani forces on 198-km long International Border and 224.5 km long LoC south of Pir Panjal range i [ ... ]

Latest NewsPTI lawmakers quit National Assembly
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PTI lawmakers quit
National Assembly
Islamabad, August 23 - Political crisis in Pakistan dramatically escalated today with lawmakers of opposition leader Imran Khan's party resigning en masse from the National Assembly mounting more pressure on the embattled government.
As protesters continued their siege of Parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Arif Alvi submitted to the National Assembly Speaker's offi [ ... ]

Latest NewsHamas executes 18 informers for Israel as fighting continues
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Hamas executes 18 informers
for Israel as fighting continues
Jerusalem, August 23 - In renewed hostilities between Hamas and Israel, the militant group today publicly executed 18 suspected spies for collaborating with the Jewish state, even as a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed in Palestinian mortar fire on the 46th day of the conflict.
Hamas gunmen executed 11 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel at an abandoned police station in Gaza earlier in the day, Hamas securit [ ... ]

Latest NewsCong, BJP spar over booing of Oppn CMs
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Cong, BJP spar over booing
of Oppn CMs
* After Hooda, jeers for Jharkhand CM Soren at PM function
* Prithviraj Chavan skips Modi event in Nagpur

New Delhi, August 22 - The BJP and Congress were at daggers drawn today as Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan skipped Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s function at Nagpur and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren was booed at PM’s event in Ranchi.
While the Congress slammed the BJP-RSS combine for ‘orchestrating hooliganism’ [ ... ]

Latest NewsClashes mar bypoll in Talwandi Sabo
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Clashes mar bypoll in
Talwandi Sabo
Bathinda, August 22 - Byelection to Talwandi Sabo constituency witnessed an incident of firing in the afternoon followed by a clash between Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) supporters at Rama Mandi polling booth (IV) in Talwandi Sabo constituency in Bathinda district.
The police detained a Congress sarpanch at Dunewala village for more than two hours following an altercation with Akali workers over booth capturing.
Official sources confirmed 68  [ ... ]

Latest NewsThai junta leader appointed PM
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Thai junta leader
appointed PM
Bangkok, August 22 - Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed Prime Minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics.
The army seized power on May 22 in a bloodless coup following six months of sometimes deadly street protests that contributed to the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose populist gover [ ... ]

Latest News3 Hamas commanders killed in Gaza
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3 Hamas commanders killed in Gaza
Intense Israel-Gaza conflict resumes after collapse of ceasefire

Gaza/Jerusalem, August 22 - An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a clear sign of its intention to hit the group's armed leadership days after a ceasefire failed.
Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, the three highest-ranking casualties it has announced since Israel started i [ ... ]

Latest NewsUS forces tried to rescue scribe Foley, other hostages but failed
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US forces tried to rescue scribe
Foley, other hostages but failed
Washington, August 22 - US forces tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.
The mission, authorised by President Barack Obama based on US intelligence, took place earlier this summer, the officials said. The details were disclosed a day aft [ ... ]

Latest NewsSpeed up projects, deliver ahead of time: Modi to DRDO scientists
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Speed up projects, deliver ahead of
time: Modi to DRDO scientists
New Delhi, August 21 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to speed up projects and be ready to deliver ahead of schedule in a fast-changing world.
“The world is changing very fast and so are the parameters of war and defence. Technology is becoming a key driving force. The big challenge is how we complete our work before time. If the world will fin [ ... ]

Latest NewsPak Parliament under siege
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Pak Parliament under siege
Imran rules out negotiations as govt team meets cleric Qadri to break deadlock

Islamabad, August 21 - As hundreds of protesters laid siege to Pakistan Parliament, Opposition leader Imran Khan today ruled out talks with the government until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped down. Cleric Tahirul Qadri, who leads the other group of protesters, however, held talks with government representatives.
The apparent difference in the approach of the two leaders came after  [ ... ]

Latest NewsClashes in Ukraine leave 43 dead
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Clashes in Ukraine
leave 43 dead Kiev, August 21 - At least 43 people, including 34 civilians, were killed in fresh clashes in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours, authorities said on Wednesday.
Nine government troopers were killed and 12 others wounded in fights with independence-seeking insurgents during an operation to encircle the rebel strongholds in Lugansk and Donetsk regions, said Andrei Lysenko, spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).
Most of the casual [ ... ]

Latest NewsGaza war rages as 10-day ceasefire collapses
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Gaza war rages as 10-day
ceasefire collapses
Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

Gaza/Jerusalem, August 21 - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.
Palestinians launched more than 130 rockets, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the military said. No casualties were reporte [ ... ]

Latest NewsMissouri sends National Guard to protesting suburb
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Missouri sends National
Guard to protesting suburb
Ferguson, August 19 - Missouri's Governor today ordered the National Guard to a St Louis suburbDemonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer try to stand their ground despite being overcome by tear gas on in Ferguson, Missouri. convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a  [ ... ]

Latest NewsAfghan Sikhs look for clues over stowaways in shipping container
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Afghan Sikhs look for clues
over stowaways in shipping container
Kabul, August 19 - A Sikh leader in Afghanistan said on Monday that he was trying to contact families over reports that 35 stowaways found in a shipping container in the UK were from the tiny, persecuted community.
Staff at Tilbury Docks near London discovered one dead man in his 40s, and 34 other people alive, after hearing banging and screaming from inside the container on Sunday.
British police said the survivors, inclu [ ... ]

Latest NewsIndia-headed Nigerian dies showing Ebola symptoms
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India-headed Nigerian dies
showing Ebola symptoms
People who came in contact with victim isolated

Abu Dhabi, August 19 - A 35-year-old Nigerian woman, who was travelling to India for treatment of cancer, died in Abu Dhabi on Monday while in transit after showing symptoms similar to those of the Ebola virus, United Arab Emirates (UAE) health officials said.
“During the transit phase at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the patient’s health deteriorated and despite medical assi [ ... ]

Latest NewsImran's party lawmakers to quit Parliament
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Imran's party lawmakers
to quit Parliament
Islamabad, 19 August - Opposition leader Imran Khan's political party today decided to withdraw its lawmakers from the National Assembly and all provincial assemblies except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, piling pressure on beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit, even as efforts by the ruling PML-N to reach out to anti-government protesters failed.
"We are resigning from National Assembly, Punjab Assembly, Sindh Assembly, and Balochistan Asse [ ... ]

Latest NewsSharif’s foes serve 48-hr ultimatum
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Sharif’s foes serve
48-hr ultimatum
Imran, Qadri firm on PM’s resignation
Protesters enter Red Zone housing Parliament

Thousands of supporters of Pakistan’s Opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday forced their way into the high-security Red Zone after the cricketer-turned-politician and cleric Tahir-ul Qadri set a 48-hour deadline for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.
Undeterred by inclement weather and low turnouts, supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PT [ ... ]

Latest NewsOne shot, 7 arrested in riot-shaken US town
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One shot, 7 arrested in
riot-shaken US town
Ferguson, August 18 - One person was shot and seven persons were arrested as the police battled to impose a curfew in the riot-hit US town of Ferguson today, one week after the racially-charged shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
The police in the strife-torn Missouri community said the shooting victim was in critical condition after being shot by an unidentified attacker.
The incident came as police used smoke bombs and tear gar to disper [ ... ]

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