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Hold SAARC summit elsewhere, says Congress

Updated: Sep 28, 2016 18:39 IST      
Hold SAARC summit elsewhere, says Congress

New Delhi [India], Sept. 28 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday said that instead of scrapping the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit meeting which is scheduled to be held in Pakistan in November, India should explore the possibility of holding the summit elsewhere.

"Is scrapping the SAARC Summit the answer? There appears to be randomness to these summits. Instead of boycotting the SAARC Summit, India should adopt diplomatic policy to organise the summit anywhere in South Asia without the presence of Pakistan," said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.

Tewari also questioned the move of withdrawing the Most Favored Nations status ( MFN) given to Pakistan by India.

"From the past 50 years, Pakistan has not reciprocated the MFN. What effect will removing the MFN status have on the deep state of Pakistan? If the intent is to change the behaviour of Pakistan, would scrapping of ' MFN' be enough?"

He also said that neither the policy nor the intention of the centre is clear about Pakistan, and as a result, the security forces are getting affected by it on a regular basis.

After India said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be going to Islamabad to attend the 19th SAARC Summit, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh have also pulled out.

The SAARC summit cannot take place if even one of the eight members withdraws.

India yesterday announced that it would not attend the summit, conveying this message to current SAARC Chair Nepal. (ANI)

Nalanda: Eight killed in Nalanda bus accident

Updated: May 25, 2017 21:34 IST     

Nalanda (Bihar) [India] May 25 (ANI): Eight people were killed when a bus caught fire in Harnaut region in Nalanda on Thursday evening.

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Mani Shankar Aiyar led-delegation meets J-K CM Mehbooba Mufti

Updated: May 25, 2017 21:07 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 25 (ANI): After meeting the Hurriyat Leaders in an effort to resume dialogue with the stakeholders in Kashmir, five-member delegation led by veteran Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Thursday met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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Guwahati (Assam) [India] May 25 (ANI): After the rescue operations for Indian Air Force's (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft and its two pilots were resumed earlier in the day, C-130 aircraft with electro-optical payload Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) helicopters are being utilized for the rescue mission.

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INS Ganga retiring on May 28

Updated: May 25, 2017 20:30 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 25 (ANI): Indian Navy frigate INS Ganga will be placed in non-operational category from May 28, followed by decommissioning, after 32 years of service.

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Memorial service held for former PIO Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao

Updated: May 25, 2017 20:20 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): People from all walks of life, including politicians, former bureaucrats, members of the media, friends and family, gathered in the auditorium of the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre here this evening for solemn condolence-cum-memorial service for former Principal Information Officer to the Government of India Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao, who passed away on May 13.

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Hurriyat keen to resolve issues between India, Pak

Updated: May 25, 2017 19:54 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), May 25 (ANI): The Hurriyat on Thursday said that it wants to resolve issues between India and Pakistan.

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CBI court jails two for role in CWG scam

Updated: May 25, 2017 19:34 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 25 (ANI): A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday sentenced the chairman and a director of Raja Aederi Consultants Private Ltd to two-and-a-half-year jail terms for irregularities committed during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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Sanjay Mitra appointed new Defence Secretary

Updated: May 25, 2017 19:28 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 25 (ANI): Sanjay Mitra has taken over as Defence Secretary from G. Mohan Kumar.

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Mamata blames BJP, CPM for Kolkata violence

Updated: May 25, 2017 19:28 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], May 25 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the violence taking place in Kolkata.

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"India's daughter" Uzma says Pakistan a "death well"

Updated: May 25, 2017 19:09 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Indian national Uzma, who was forced to marry a Pakistan man at gunpoint, on Thursday thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad for facilitating her safe return home.

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New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Public Works Department (PWD) minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday chaired a meeting of different agencies to take stock of the monsoon preparedness in Delhi.

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UP Govt. transfers 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates

Updated: May 25, 2017 18:39 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 25 (ANI): In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh Government on Thursday transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates.

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Assam Rifles repatriates 338 Myanmar refugees back home

Updated: May 25, 2017 18:39 IST     

Saiha (Mizoram) [India], May 25 (ANI): A major refugee crisis which could have lingered and prolonged in Mizoram was successfully averted by Assam Rifles and Civil Administration in Mizoram's Saiha.

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Don't want Air India to become history: Gajapathi Raju

Updated: May 25, 2017 18:39 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday asserted that there are no plans to privatise national carrier Air India at this point in time, and added that the goal for his ministry is to ensure its survival.

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Mayawati denies connection with Saharanpur clash

Updated: May 25, 2017 18:09 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 25 (ANI): Following the worrisome Saharanpur clashes, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Thursday has denied any connection with the unfortunate incident, claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to "defame" them in order to "cover up their own misdeeds."

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Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh)[India], May 25 (ANI): At least 11 people were killed while 12 others sustained serious injury after a tractor-trolley carrying pilgrims overturned in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh.

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Govt. to set up state cancer institutes costing Rs. 100 crore

Updated: May 25, 2017 17:26 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel on Thursday said the government has recently approved a scheme for enhancing Tertiary Care Cancer facilities in the country under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) initiative to grant financial assistance to 20 State Cancer Institute's and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centers in different parts of the country.

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Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth to visit India starting May 26

Updated: May 25, 2017 17:07 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth will pay a two-day visit to India from May 26 to hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

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New Delhi [India], May 25(ANI): The Congress on Thursday launched a scathing attack at the Uttar Pradesh Government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, while saying that 'Uttam Pradesh' is turning into 'crime Pradesh.'

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BJP protests against WB Govt., police resorts to baton charge

Updated: May 25, 2017 16:22 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal), May 25 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Thursday took to the streets in Kolkata to protest over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

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