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India is not behind rift between Kabul and Islamabad: Afghan envoy in Pak
The Afghanistan envoy in Pakistan Dr Abdul Waheed Poyan Dr Abdul Waheed Poyan rejecting Islamabad's perception said India is not responsible for the deteriorating relations between Kabul and Islamabad. Speaking during a gathering in the city, Dr Poyan said such perceptions by Islamabad that India is harboring terrorist groups to destabilise Pakistan, are not true, the Khaama Press reported. He also mentioned that Afghanistan would respect Pakistan's advice on the foreign relations not the directions.
Explosion in Mali kills three U.N. soldiers from Bangladesh
Three United Nations soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African country's peacekeeping mission and Bangladesh's military said. Another five UN troops were seriously wounded in Sunday's explosion, which occurred at around 7 a.m. on the main road between the towns of Anefis and Gao, MINUSMA said in a statement. We pledge our complete support to them during this painful ordeal, the head of MINUSMA, Koen Davidse, said.
Three militants killed, 2016-type attack foiled
The encounter took place after the Army and police started searches in Kalgai area this morning following inputs about movement of terrorists. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the security forces. Three militants have been killed in the operation while one soldier has sustained injures, the official said, adding three civilians were also injured in the gunbattle.
Congress leaders Raj Babbar, Punia detained on way to violence-hit BHU
Congress leaders Raj Babbar and P L Punia, along with scores of party activists, were detained on Sunday when they tried to visit Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where students were lathicharged by police following overnight violence. Police also detained 16 students who refused to end their dharna against the police action. Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and former parliamentarian Punia were stopped near Gilat Bazar by police when they were on their way to meet the protesting BHU students, a police officer said.
Ban commuters from carrying matchboxes, lighters: Delhi government to DMRC
The Delhi government has issued a strict compliance notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), asking it to prohibit passengers from carrying matchboxes and lighters in metro trains and on station premises as it promotes smoking. The DMRC had in January taken lighters and matchboxes off the list of restricted items. A commuter is now allowed to carry one matchbox and one lighter in metro trains and on station premises.
Maoist leader held by Gujarat ATS from Hyderabad
A Maoist leader allegedly involved in spreading naxal activities in south Gujarat was arrested by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Hyderabad in Telangana, said officials. Based on a specific tip off, a team of Gujarat ATS nabbed Srinivas from Hyderabad on Saturday and brought him to Ahmedabad on Sunday. He will be handed over to Surat-Rural police for further action, said the release. Srinivas was released from jail in exchange of the release of an abducted district collector from Odisha in 2011.
After Police Beat Girls At BHU, Probe Ordered, Colleges Closed: 10 Points
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today ordered an investigation into last night's violence at the campus of Banaras Hindu University or BHU, in which a woman protester was beaten up by policemen. A video of the assault, showing two policemen thrashing the woman with batons, was widely circulated. In the evening, the police detained more than a dozen protesters who were trying to hold a march near the university premises.
Grave Of 28 Hindus Killed By Rohingya Militants Found, Says Myanmar Army
Myanmar's army said Sunday that a mass grave of 28 Hindus had been discovered in violence-wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants. Security members found and dug up 28 dead bodies of Hindus who were cruelly violently and killed by ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists in Rakhine State, a statement posted on the army chief's website said. Some 30,000 Hindus and Buddhists based in the area have also been displaced, with some saying were terrorised by Rohingya militants.
Make in India: Govt now wants manufacture of telecom equipment
After mobile handsets, the government has set its sights on the manufacturing of telecom equipment in India. The government says such manufacture is important from the point of view of its 'Make in India' project but also due to security concerns. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has issued a consultation paper on promoting local manufacturing of equipment. Between 2012 and 2016, it says, import of telecom equipment rose 16.3 per cent annually, while export declined at nearly 18 per cent a year.
Mayawati flags ABVP setback in varsity polls
BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday termed the poor showing of the BJP in the recently held student union elections as a good omen for political transformation. She added that the people of the country were now making up their minds to show the saffron party bure din. The BJP leaders have shown achhe din to the people of this country by misleading them.
PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' a 'one-sided' communication: Congress
The Congress on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' was a one-sided communication in which he did not speak on important issues such as the police action on BHU students, unemployment and high fuel prices. Over the last three years, we have continuously seen that 'Mann Ki Baat' is (a) one-sided communication exercise of the prime minister. He only does one-sided communication, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar told reporters here.
Varanasi tense after BHU violence, educational institutes closed
Tension prevailed in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of prime minister Narendra Modi after large-scale violence at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus that left dozens, including girls, injured prompting the administration to order the closure of all educational institutes in the city. Violence erupted after cops used force to disperse hundreds of girls from near the vice-chancellor's residence protesting against increasing incidents of eve-teasing on the campus.
After PM's praise, Kashmiri rag-picker boy's joy sees no bounds
No, Dar since the age of twelve has been engaged in the cleanliness of Asia's largest lake Wullar near Srinagar, Modi said in the programme. Dar's father Mohammad Ramzan Dar, a ragpicker on the Wular himself, died of cancer in 2003. If Prime Minister of the country has taken notice of my work, there can't be more satisfaction than that. He tells people the story of his life, his work in Wullar and his commitment to environmental causes, he told DH.
Writer Arun Sadhu hospitalised, in critical condition
Writer Arun Sadhu was admitted in Sion hospital Sunday morning in a critical condition. According to hospital doctors, he was rushed to the Sion hospital at 10 am on Sunday. His heart is not responding and the condition is currently critical, said Dr Jayshree Mondkar, dean in charge at the hospital. Sadhu, 76, has written in rise of Shiv Sena, Vietnam war and Chinese revolution. The journalist has won several awards such as Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, NC Kelkar and Acharya Atre award.
Ruler of Sharjah in Kerala on five-day visit
Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, on Sunday arrived in Kerala on a five-day visit. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who had invited Al-Qasimi to the state during his visit to the emirate last year, received him at the airport at Thiruvananthapuram. Welcoming the ruler of Sharjah to Kerala and expressing happiness over Al-Qasimi accepting his invitation, Vijayan, in a Facebook post, said the visit would strengthen the relations between Kerala and Sharjah.
Trump cranks up N.Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer! Trump and Kim have traded increasingly threatening and personal insults as Pyongyang races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States - something Trump has vowed to prevent. North Korea's state-run television KRT aired a video on Sunday showing tens of thousands of people attending an anti-US rally at Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang.
Gujjar scholars demand inclusion of Gojri in Eighth Schedule, seek research centres for development of language
Scholars and writers from the community discussed the issues the language faces in its development at a meeting in Jammu organised by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation. The foundation said a Gojri research centre should be opened at the University of Jammu and a Gojri department at the University of Kashmir to promote the language. Gujjar scholar Javaid Rahi said the participants at the meeting called for introducing Gojri language in schools, its recognition by the Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi.
I-T raids against ex-Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji's kin, friends conclude
The Income Tax raids against friends and family of former Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji in connection with a fraud case concluded on Sunday. The Chennai Central Crime branch police are investigating the complaints filed by the duped aspirants in the case. Sources added that tax evasion to the tune of Rs 100 crore had come to the notice of the officials during the raids.
Baby girl gets Aadhaar number in 6 minutes of birth
Bhavna Santosh Jadhav is just a few minutes old, but she already has in place her vital identity proof - the Aadhaar number. The girl's parents enrolled for her Aadhaar number which they received in just six minutes after her birth on Sunday, in one of the rare cases of getting the vital identity proof within minutes of being born.
Syria conflict: Russian air strikes kill 45 rebels in Idlib province, says human rights monitor
Russian air strikes have killed 45 members of a rebel group in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Sunday. Our participation in Astana does not in any way mean that Russia is a friendly or neutral country, Idriss al-Raed told AFP. The Russian bombing is not surprising, since its policy since its intervention in Syria is based on criminality and killing, he added.

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