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Centre announces 8-point initiative for Kashmir

New Delhi - Announcing a eight-point Kashmir formula, the Centre today said a Group of Interlocutors led by an eminent persons will hold ''sustained dialogue'' with all sections of Jammu and Kashmir and also review deployment of security forces in the Valley, especially in Srinagar.Unveiling a packa

7 elephants die after train hits herd

KOLKATA - Seven elephants of a herd died after being hit by a goods train in the Banarhat area of Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday night.While four were killed on the spot, the rest died on Thursday. The dead include a sub-adult and two juvenile elephants, Divisional Forest Officer (Wild Life II) Su

Indian mosque verdict postponed

India's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower court in northern India to delay a verdict on whether Hindus or Muslims own land around a demolished mosque in northern India.The postponement of Friday's verdict to September 29 came after a man appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay on the judgme

Two-day holiday for schools, colleges

BANGALORE: The State Government on Wednesday declared a two-day holiday for all educational institutions in the State on September 24 and 25 in view of the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit on Friday.Addressing presspersons here, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurap

Sonia Gandhi Rejects Siddaramaiah's Resignation

Bangalore - Congress president Sonia Gandhi has rejected the resignation of Siddaramaiah as the leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly, Union Minister Gulam Nabi Azad said here on Wednesday. "Gandhi has asked Siddaramaiah to continue in the post," Azad, who is in-charge of Congress affairs in Ka

India set for visits by Obama, Sarkozy, Medvedev

New Delhi - It promises to be a diplomatic marathon for External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna as he gears up to meet foreign minsters of the US, France and Russia this week to firm up the agenda for the visits by their leaders to India this year.Besides participating in the 65th session of the UN G

Ayodhya verdict: Muslim clerics appeal for calm

Lucknow - As the nation braced itself for upcoming judicial verdict on contentious Ayodhya title suits, Muslim clerics today appealed to all communities to exercise restraint irrespective of which way the judgement goes.Every religion preaches peace and harmony and these should be maintained at all

Bulk SMS, MMS banned ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Mobile telecom services providers asked to ban all bulk SMS and MMS service till SaturdayThe Centre on Wednesday banned all bulk SMS and MMS across India for next 72 hours with immediate effect in view of the impending verdict on Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits by the Special Lucknow Bench o

Chidambaram appeals for peace, harmony

Ahead of the judgment of the Allahabad High Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits on Friday, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday appealed for maintaining peace, order and harmony. It would be inappropriate to reach any hasty conclusion that one side has "won" or that the

BSY shows he is boss with portfolio distribution

Ashok replaces Acharya in Home, Shobha Karandlaje gets PowerBANGALORE - After successfully conducting the first ever major surgery of his 28-month-old Cabinet, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday confidently shuffled portfolios of ministers, sending a strong signal to his detractors that he

India races against time to save Games

NEW DELHI: India scrambled against the clock to save the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday after a ceiling collapsed in the weightlifting arena and the chairman of England's athletics team said the entire squad's participation was "on a knife-edge."Sir Andrew Foster, the chairman of Commonwealth Games

City's young leader at global forum

A young Bangalorean will be rubbing shoulders with world leaders on a global forum soon. Viren Pradeep (11), a student of Akshara Montessori House of Children in Yelahanka, has been chosen by the U.S.-based World Leadership Forum to participate this year. So far, around 45 children from India have b

Yeddyurappa sacks three Ministers

Ahead of a Cabinet reshuffle and expansion of the 32-month-old BJP government on Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa sacked three Ministers, including Gulihatti D. Shekar, who had threatened to commit suicide if dismissed.The Ministers who have been dropped are Shivana Gouda Naik (Adu

Bridge collapse adds to Commonwealth Games woes

NEW DELHI - A footbridge being built for the Commonwealth Games in India collapsed on Tuesday, injuring 23 people and highlighting the raft of problems that have so far blighted the event, meant to showcase the emerging global power.Preparations for next month's Commonwealth Games, intended to be th

Firing at Jama Masjid injures two Taiwanese tourists

New Delhi - Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened random fire at one of the entrances to the Jama Masjid here Sunday, leaving two Taiwanese tourists wounded and sparking panic, police and shrine officials said. The attackers fired at least 10 rounds from an automatic weapon at a group of tourists alight

President confers national award on IIS Dammam principal

ALKHOBAR - The Indian government has honored International Indian School-Dammam Principal Dr. E.K. Mohammed Shaffe by conferring a national award on him.Shaffe received the award from Indian President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi last week. The annual award, which is given away every year, is meant t

BJP Karnataka ministry in for a shake-up

Bangalore - The two-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministry in Karnataka will soon see a major overhaul to improve its image and functioning. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and senior party leaders begin discussions on Saturday to decide who to include and who to drop.''A meeting of party lea

Chidambaram to lead all-party team to J&K

NEW DELHI - The all-party delegation, visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Monday to assess the ground situation in the State which has been in the grip of violence since June, will be led by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.Almost all parties have nominated their parliamentary party leaders or senior le