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Indian court eases firecracker ban even as pollution soars

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India´s top court on Tuesday eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching danger levels.The Supreme Court, which last year banned firecrackers for the Diwali festival, rejected a new call for a ban …

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Indian troops martyr eight youth in held Kashmir

SRINAGAR (Web Desk) Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism killed eight youth in Laroo area of Kulgam district in occupied Kashmir on Tuesday.Three youth were killed during a cordon and search operation jointly launched by Indian Army’s 9 Rashtriya Rifle, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation …

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Russia’s sale of S-400 missiles to India may destabilise region: FO

MOSCOW (Web Desk) The Foreign Office on Friday warned that the sale of Russian S-400 missile system to India could destabilise the region but at the same time downplayed its efficacy, noting that Pakistan had developed capabilities that could defeat India’s planned Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System.The Indian purchase of …

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Indian govt changes Allahabad city name to ‘Prayagraj’

UTTER PRADESH (Web Desk) In what is being seen as an attack to historical and cultural values of the subcontinent, the government of UP has renamed the historic city of Allahabad to Prayagraj after the Cabinet approved proposal in this regard.The Uttar Pradesh cabinet earlier approved a proposal to rename …

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India train disaster toll rises amid anger over safety

AMRITSAR (Web Desk) Around 60 people are now known to have died when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers watching a firework display in India, officials said Saturday.Dozens more were hurt in the accident, some of them seriously, and overwhelmed local hospitals ran out of space for the …

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Afghan attack won’t change Kandahar security situation: Mattis

SINGAPORE (Web Desk) US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday the killing of a top Afghan official would not fundamentally change the security situation in Kandahar province.The Taliban have claimed responsibility for Thursday’s shooting in the restive southern province that killed anti-Taliban strongman and police chief, General Abdul Raziq.At least …

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Indian troops martyr four youth in IoK’s Baramulla district

SRINAGAR (Web Desk) Indian forces in a fresh act of state terrorism, martyred four more Kashmiri youth in Baramulla district of occupied Kashmir on Friday.According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth were killed during a siege and search operation in Boniyar area of the district.There is a complete shutdown of …

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Defamation suits aimed at #MeToo complainants could stall movement

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Defamation lawsuits filed by two Indian public figures accused of sexual harassment have sparked warnings from women’s rights activists and legal experts that prolonged court battles could put the brakes on the country’s nascent #MeToo movement.The movement, that began in the United States just over a …

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India’s trade deficit hits 5-month low of $13.98 bln in Sept

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s trade deficit narrowed to $13.98 billion in September from $17.4 billion in August, the trade ministry said on Monday, the lowest figure in five months.Solid growth in manufacturing exports,which rose 12.54 percent in the first six months in dollar terms year-on-year, cancelled out a rising …

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Kashmiri students threaten to quit varsity over sedition charge

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Kashmiris studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on Oct 17, if the sedition charges against three of them are not dropped, The Hin­dustan Times reported on Sunday.In a letter to AMU vice chancellor, AMU student union former vice president …

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