Anger, grief as UP loses 12 of its jawans

Anger and grief ruled Uttar Pradesh which lost 12 CRPF jawans in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir. Tempers ran high as the families of soldiers sought a befitting reply to Pakistan to avenge the attack. The Uttar Pradesh government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each to the families of 12 CRPF jawans from the state killed in the terror attack in Pulwama. UP parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna said, “One of their family members will also get government job and the link road connecting…

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Concern in Valley over ”threats” to Kashmiri students, traders outside State

Concern prevailed on Saturday among the parents and relatives in Kashmir of the Kashmiri students and traders living in Dehradun and Haryana following alleged threats to them by mobs in the wake of the killing of 40 CRPF jawans in a terror attack on a convoy in Pulwama on Thursday. A Kashmiri student studying in Dehradun reportedly told his relatives in Bandipora that landlords were asking them (Kashmiri students) to vacate. Some Kashmiri students and traders in Haryana reportedly called up their parents and relatives in Shopian and Kupwara, saying they were harassed. A police spokesman in Srinagar said…

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Saudi crown prince postpones Pakistan visit amid protests

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan has been postponed amid widespread protests against him as well as heightened tensions in the region. According to the reports, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said that a two-day visit by the crown prince to Islamabad that was scheduled for Saturday had been postponed. The ministry said bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday, but had no further explanation over the postponement. Protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers in Rawalpindi, northern Pakistan, calling on the government not to allow the Saudi…

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Car bomb attack on Indian military convoy kills dozens in Kashmir

At least 44 Indian paramilitary personnel have been killed and dozens more wounded after a bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a military convoy in restive Kashmir. According to Press TV, the casualties were caused after the van ripped through buses in a convoy of 78 vehicles carrying some 2,500 members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along a key highway in the disputed valley. Senior police officer Muneer Ahmed Khan said the attack occurred as the convoy reached southern Lethpora town on the outskirts of the main city…

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‘Will fight with all our might,’ says Priyanka as Congress ties up with Mahan Dal

The Congress has found its first ally to fight the general elections in Uttar Pradesh with the grand old party announcing on Wednesday that it will tie up with the little-known Mahan Dal. The Mahan Dal is an OBC outfit with some influence in few western UP districts. The Mahan Dal had secured 0.11 per cent votes 2017 assembly polls. “I welcome Mahan Dal, Rahulji wants us to take all communities together. We will fight the 2019 polls with all our might,” Congress general secretary in charge of eastern U.P.…

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Silver-haired septuagenarian scientist’s silver screen stint

At 70, when most people kick up their heels, veteran actor Dr Anil Rastogi headed to Mumbai to pursue his hobby, now his profession: acting. Riding the crest of success of ‘Ishaqzaade’, he lived there for four years and did multiple films, TV serials and ad films. The scientist did his first play at the age of 20, first film and TV serial at 44 and became a household name at 69. Interestingly, the same year he celebrated the golden jubilee of his marriage. Running 76, he has 32 films,…

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Bangladesh stops Rohingya refugees en route to Malaysia

Bangladeshi security forces have stopped nearly two dozen Muslim Rohingya refugees from heading to the more prosperous and Muslim-majority Malaysia. Lieutenant Colonel Asadud Zaman Chowdhury, an officer with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said on Monday that BGB forces had found 11 Rohingya women, 10 children, and a man at a village on the Bay of Bengal coast, near the border with Myanmar, on Sunday. Chowdhury, who is BGB chief for the Bangladeshi border town of Teknaf, said the 22 Rohingya had paid traffickers up to 1,200 dollars each to…

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Imran Khan to meet IMF chief for talks on Pakistan bailout

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to meet the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to discuss issues that have interrupted bailout negotiations, an official says. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that Khan would meet IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of a summit in Dubai on Sunday. “This will give us a chance to understand the IMF views and we will be able to give our version to (Lagarde),” Chaudhry said. The minister, who will accompany Khan to Dubai along with Finance Minister Asad Umar, said Pakistan wants any agreed bailout package to be its…

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Mumbai-Chabahar-Bandar Abbas shipping line launched

Provincial Director-General of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran (PMOI) in Sistan-e Balouchestan Province, Behrouz Aqaei announced that a shipping line has launched work between Mumbai Port in India and Chabahar and Bandar Abbas ports in Southern Iran amid the US sanctions. “The Mumbai-Mundra-Kandla-Chabahar-Bandar Abbas shipping line officially kicked off work after the TEU 3700 container ship berthed at Shahid Beheshti Port of Chabahar city (today),” Aqaei told FNA on Sunday. He added that the shipping line will witness regular traffic of cargo ships every two weeks. Chabahar is…

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PM Modi fires Sabarimala, triple talaq salvo at Left govt, UDF

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Communist government in Kerala. Addressing a public meeting at Thrissur in Kerala, Modi, in his direct attack on the CPI-M claimed that the cultural ethos of the state was under attack and that the attack was being led by the party that is governing the state. Raking up the Sabarimala Temple controversy, he said that the issue has caught the attention of the nation. “The people of India are seeing the manner in which the Communist government of…

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