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Terrorism, Narcotics Serious Challenges: India-Afghanistan Joint Statement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the inauguration of the Afghan Parliament which has been built by India, in Kabul on Friday, December 25, 2015. (Press Trust of India photo) KABUL:  Afghanistan needs to eliminate terrorism perpetrated from “sanctuaries and safe havens” for peace, India and Afghanistan said today identifying terrorism, narcotics and extremism as “serious ... Read More »

PM Modi’s Lahore Visit ‘Spontaneous’, Say Government Sources

NEWS FLASH India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary level talks to be held on January 15 in Pakistan, reports news agency ANI This was PM Modi’s first visit to Pakistan since taking office last year. (PTI) NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lahore today was decided this morning, a “spontaneous” move that happened when he called up Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz ... Read More »

‘Hello, Is This Planet Earth?’ Astronaut Dials Wrong Number On Christmas Call From Space

Astronaut Tim Peake dialed a wrong number from space. (AFP File Photo) LONDON:  Tim Peake, the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, dialled a wrong number after trying to phone home for Christmas, asking a woman “Is this planet Earth?” “I’d like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’ ... Read More »

Arvind Kejriwal Attacks Lt Governor, Says He Is ‘Saving His Political Bosses’

Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi Assembly special session to appoint an Inquiry commission into the allegations against DDCA. NEW DELHI:  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at Lieutenant Governer Najeeb Jung on Friday, reacting sharply to reports that Mr Jung has questioned the validity of the Inquiry Commission notified by the AAP government to probe financial irregularities in the ... Read More »

Holistic Or Horrifying? Not Everyone Loves Weight Watchers’ New Program

Weight watchers new programme is not liked by everyone. (Representational Image) Healthier, happier, holistic: This is how Weight Watchers brightly describes its recently revamped weight loss and fitness program. To which a vocal group of dieting devotees responds: “Hooey” and “horrifying” is more like it. Not to mention “humbug.” Just in time for December’s onslaught of decadent holiday parties, festive ... Read More »

‘Shocked’ By PM Modi’s Surprise Visit To Lahore, Says JD(U)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore. NEW DELHI:  As Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Lahore on a surprise visit, Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) said it was “stunned” by the decision, especially in the wake of violations by the neighbouring country on the border, including the beheading of an Indian soldier. The party ... Read More »

PM Narendra Modi’s Surprise Visit To Lahore A ‘Welcome Move’, Says CPI

PM Narendra Modi will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore. NEW DELHI:  CPI today welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit Lahore to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, saying it would help take forward the India-Pak dialogue process. “There have been many strains in our relationship. The ice was finally broken by the NSA-level talks and ... Read More »

Maharashtra Governor, Andhra Pradesh Speaker Attend KCR’s ‘Maha Yagam’

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasheker Rao participates in Ayutha Chandi Maha Yagam at Medak on Thursday, December 24, 2015. (Press Trust of India photo) HYDERABAD:  Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker K Siva Prasad Rao today attended the five-day ‘Ayutha Maha Chandi Yagam’ being performed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at his farm house ... Read More »

Biting Cold In Rajasthan, Churu Freezes At 0.4 Degree Celsius

The night temperatures dipped by 2-4 notches in the state, a Met department official said JAIPUR:  Mercury plummeted in parts of Rajasthan where Churu remained the coldest place with a minimum temperature of 0.4 degree Celsius, near freezing point. The night temperatures dipped by 2-4 notches in the state, a Met department official said. Mount Abu, Sikar, Pilani, Sriganganagar, Jaipur ... Read More »

Australians Flee Bushfires As Homes Burn On Christmas Day

Smoke rises from a fast-moving bushfire near the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia on December 25, 2015. (Reuters photo) MELBOURNE:  Fire crews battled into the night on Friday after raging bushfires reduced at least 53 homes to ashes in a famous Australian beauty spot on Christmas Day, sending hundreds of residents fleeing for their lives. Water bombing aircraft made ... Read More »