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Modi lauds Durban’s diversity, Indian-origin people’s achievements

Durban, July 9 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, the second and concluding day of his visit to South Africa, lauded the diversity of the city of Durban and praised the achievements of its people of Indian origin. One of the hallmarks of this beautiful nation is its vibrant diversity., Modi said at a […]

Ten killed, nearly 200 injured in Kashmir protests over Wani’s killing

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Srinagar, July 9 – Ten people were killed and nearly 200, including 96 security personnel, injured in violent clashes between mobs protesting the death of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed deep grief and agony over the death of youths […]

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A limited right to free speech is not enough

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Percy Bysshe Shelley famously called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world”. Christopher Hitchens—part of the cohort of writer provocateurs that emerged from England in the 1970s (Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and James Fenton were some of the others)—would echo Shelley almost two centuries later in Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere, arguing in […]

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Serena Williams wins Wimbledon final for 22nd Slam title

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London: Serena Williams insisted she was not focused on No. 22. Said she wouldn’t discuss it. Kept coming close without quite getting it. Now she finally has it. And so she can flaunt it. Williams lifted both arms overhead and raised two fingers on each hand right there on Centre Court to show off the […]

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NATO to maintain 12,000 troops in Afghanistan

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Warsaw, July 9 – The leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) agreed on Saturday to formally maintain 12,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2017. The troops are part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, Efe news reported. We will maintain a military presence and continue […]

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Two killed as boulder falls on car in Bengal

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Siliguri (West Bengal)Two people were killed on Saturday after a boulder fell on their car and crushed it in West Bengal’s Siliguri district, police said. The victims were a manager of a plantation in Mungpoo and his driver. The incident happened on National Highway 10 near Swetijhora when the duo was headed towards Siliguri in […]

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Modi government ‘strangulating’ honest voices against corruption: Kapil Mishra

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New Delhi, July 9 – Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of saving corrupt Congress leaders and strangulating the voices of honesty that stand against corruption. Mishra’s reaction came after reports that Delhi’s former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit wrote to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung […]

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Two dozen PAC personnel injured in UP road accident

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Lucknow, July 9 – More than two dozen troopers of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were injured on Saturday when the bus they were travelling in collided with a parked truck in Faizabad district, police said. The condition of the bus driver and two other PAC personnel is critical and they are being shifted […]

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Zakir Naik’s Peace TV has no permission to downlink: I&B Ministry

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New Delhi, July 9 – Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV channel is not permitted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to downlink and warned the cable operators that action will be taken for transmitting the channel, the ministry said on Saturday. In view of reports that the channel’s content aimed at inciting communal […]

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Congress protests Bangladesh terror attacks

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Kolkata, July 9 – The Congress on Saturday held a protest rally here to condemn the twin terror attacks in Bangladesh. Led by West Bengal unit president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress activists and supporters called on the people at large to combat terrorism. We cannot sit quietly and watch our neighbouring country, Bangladesh, being blood […]

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