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India Announces $10 Billion Concessional Credit to Africa

New Delhi: India on Thursday announced a concessional credit of $10 billion to Africa in the next five years – a doubling of its existing commitment – and grant assistance of $600 million as Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the continent’s leaders to speak in “one voice” with it in pushing for […]

SC Strikes Down NJAC Act, Says Collegium System will Continue

New Delhi: In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court today declared as unconstitutional the law brought by the NDA government to replace the over two-decade- old collegium system of judges appointing judges in the higher judiciary. The apex court, which quashed the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act […]

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Credit: FCO/Flickr

Ankara Blasts Kill 86

Ankara: At least 86 people were killed today when two explosions ripped through groups of leftist and pro-Kurdish activists gathering for an anti-government peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara. The attack, near Ankara’s main train station, was the deadliest in the city’s history and has ratcheted up […]

Cow Slaughter Rumours Trigger Tension, Violence in Mainpuri

Mainpuri (UP): After Dadri, tension now prevails in this district where rumours of cow slaughter triggered violence with protesters targeting police vehicles and setting afire shops, leaving seven policemen injured. Twenty-one people have been arrested for yesterday’s violence, even as the circle officer has been suspended for alleged laxity. […]

Pakistan’s Punjab Home Minister Assassinated in Suicide Attack

Lahore: Pakistan’s Punjab province Home Minister Shuja Khanzada was today assassinated along with eight others when a suicide bomber blew himself up at his house in Shadi Khal village in Attock district. “Eight persons have been killed and several others injured after the bomber hit the minister’s house,” […]

Telephone Connections in India Cross 100 Crore Mark

New Delhi: The total number of telephone connections in the country crossed the record one billion mark in May, bolstered by growth in number of mobile users. At the end of May, the total number of telephone connections stood at 1,002.05 million, of which 975.78 million connections were wireless […]

Kalam Wants Abolition of Death Penalty

New Delhi: A P J Abdul Kalam has supported abolition of the death penalty, saying that when he was President of India, he felt pain in deciding on such cases as most of them had a “social and economic bias”. Kalam was responding to a Law Commission consultation paper […]