Devendra Fadnavis praises Bal Thackeray amid worsening of ties with Sena

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday praised Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and called him a source of inspiration. Fadnavis’ words of praise come amid worsening of ties between allies Sena and BJP after they were unable to agree to a power-sharing deal to form a government.Fadvavis...

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Birds cause Navy’s MiG 29K to crash in Goa, probe ordered

A flock of bird caused a MiG 29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy, which was on a training mission, to flameout and crash shortly after taking off in Goa on Saturday, officials said.The pilots—Captain M Sheokhand and Lieutenant Commander Deepak Yadav—ejected and landed in a residential area in Verna...

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Imran Khan’s posturing aside, terror training camps still active in Pakistan

External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s statement this week that Pakistan has developed a terrorist industry comes in the backdrop of reports that trained Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) suicide attackers have infiltrated Jammu and Kashmir in October and that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leadership is in constant...

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Former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan dies at 86

Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan died in Chennai on Sunday following a cardiac arrest. He was 86.TN Seshan ruthlessly enforced the model code of conduct and led game-changing electoral reforms in the 1990s when he served as the 10th CEC from December...

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Baby found buried alive highlights India’s battle to protect girls

A baby girl found buried alive in India was a suspected case of female infanticide, police said yesterday, the latest to highlight the preference for sons in a country where the number of girls has been declining. A couple, who went to bury their newborn at a grave after she died in hospital, discovered...

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Karnataka’s captured tiger healthy, under observation

The captured man-eating tiger from Karnataka's Bandipur reserve forest is healthy and under observation at the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in Mysuru, a wildlife official said on Monday.   "The middle-aged tiger is in a healthy condition and under observation at the Chamundi wildlife...

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Transport strike in Delhi today ; schools shut, offices declare holiday

Commuters could face problems on Thursday as transport association in Delhi and Noida have called for a strike as a protest against the penalties imposed under the amended Motor Vehicles Act.Several private schools across the city will be closed. Cluster, private buses, auto-rickshaws, a section of app-based...

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‘First of all, I am an Indian’: ISRO chief Sivan wins hearts with his reply

“First of all, I am an Indian.” With this reply, the chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organisation Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan won millions of hearts. The interviewer from Sun TV had asked him as a Tamilian, having attained such a big position, what he had to say to people from Tamil Nadu.“I...

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The Modi government must allow politics to return to Kashmir, writes Barkha Dutt

One month after Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was withdrawn, and restrictions were imposed in the Valley, it is time to ask: What is the government’s blueprint for its future? In the initial aftermath of a decision as disruptive as the abrogation of Article 370, the administration and the security...

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In just 12 days of August, 1,000 extreme rain events

There were 1,000 “extreme rain events” in the first 12 days of August, according to data collated by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) from the India Meteorological Department. IMD describes “extremely heavy rain events” to be more than 20cm rain in a day and “very heavy rainfall events”...

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