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Aim to build forward-looking vision, says PM Modi ahead of US visit

23 Jun

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight said the aim of his upcoming visit to the US was building of a “forward-looking vision” for the bilateral partnership and further consolidate the robust and wide- ranging ties. Modi, who will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington, said he looked forward […]

License not required for serving liquor in private functions: Kerala High Court

23 Jun

KOCHI: Kerala High Court today held that license is not required for serving liquor in private functions organised in houses. The Court delivered the order while considering a plea by one Alex V Chacko apprehending harassment by police and excise department authorities in a baptism function in which he is planning to serve liquor for […]

AAP, Akali Dal legislators walk out of Punjab assembly

23 Jun

CHANDIGARH: Upset over the treatment meted out to legislators by assembly staff on Thursday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal members on Friday walked out of the Punjab assembly on the last day of the budget session. The AAP and Akali Dal legislators sought an apology from assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh for […]

Nitish Kumar: Tightrope artist attempts another balancing act

23 Jun

NEW DELHI: As opposition leaders sat to discuss the presidential poll, one man’s absence told its own tale. The man was Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his message was clear. The JD(U) president was nobody’s man but his own — and his party’s. Opposition leaders yesterday devoted some time to Nitish, whose decision to […]

India slams Pakistan over ‘confessional video’ of Jadhav

23 Jun

NEW DELHI: India tonight dismissed as “farcical” Pakistan releasing a fresh “confessional video” of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and said “manufactured facts” cannot alter the reality in the case. In a strong reaction, the External Affairs Ministry said India expects Pakistan to desist from attempting to influence the proceedings at the International Court of Justice […]

India slams Pakistan over ‘confessional video’ of Jadhav

22 Jun

NEW DELHI: India tonight dismissed as “farcical” Pakistan releasing a fresh “confessional video” of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and said “manufactured facts” cannot alter the reality in the case. In a strong reaction, the External Affairs Ministry said India expects Pakistan to desist from attempting to influence the proceedings at the International Court of Justice […]

Law panel preparing report on whether sedition law should be scrapped or not

22 Jun

NEW DELHI: The Law Commission is reviewing sedition law and preparing a report on whether it should be scrapped or not. Besides holding consultations with stakeholders, seeking opinions of legal luminaries and conducting debates, the commission is examining a private member’s bill moved by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. The Parliament had approved introduction of a […]

Kulbhushan Jadhav files mercy plea with Pakistan army chief

22 Jun

Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court, has filed a mercy petition to Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Army said here today. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, claimed that in his plea, Jadhav has “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in […]

PM Narendra Modi, US president Donald Trump to discuss terrorism, economic cooperation

22 Jun

NEW DELHI: During his visit to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss issues ranging from terrorism and regional security to economic cooperation with US President Donald Trump, it was announced on Thursday. Modi would meet Trump on June 26 afternoon during which the focus would be on “further pushing and developing economic and […]

BJP in catch-22 on Gorkhaland issue

22 Jun

DARJEELING: With the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha spearheading an agitation for Gorkhaland, its alliance partner BJP was in a catch-22 as it could neither come out openly in support of a separate state nor afford to oppose it. The BJP, which had twice won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in 2009 and 2014 with GJM’s help […]