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We hope to have physical jurisdiction one day over PoK, says Jaishankar
“Separatism helped cross-border terrorism from Pakistan,” said the External Affairs Minister.
Market slips on oil spills: Sensex crashes 642 points, Nifty below 11,000-level
On the Sensex chart, losses were mainly driven by Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, Maruti and SBI — falling as much as 6.19%. Adding to woes, foreign investors continued with their equity selling spree in the Indian market. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold equities worth ₹808.29 crore on September 17, exchange data showed.
Pakistan unleashes unprecedented firing along border in Jammu: BSF
The BSF guards the India-Pakistan International Border from Jammu to Gujarat, including the states of Punjab and Haryana.
Modi meets mother Heeraben on his 69th birthday
TV visuals showed the PM paying obeisance with folded hands to his mother, who was seen blessing her son.
8.65% interest to be credited in EPFO accounts before festival season, says Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar
The Central Board of Trustees — the apex decision-making body of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation — had approved 8.65% interest rate for the last fiscal on February 21. The proposal was sent for the concurrence of the Finance Ministry. Once approved by the Finance Ministry, the EPFO would credit the interest amount at 8.65% rate in subscriber accounts and settle claims on this rate.
India successfully test-fires air-to-air missile Astra
A defence official said as part of the trial, the live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of the first indigenous air-to-air missile.
Data: Just 26% of Indians speak Hindi as mother tongue
Only about 26% of Indians speak Hindi as mother tongue under the broader Hindi language grouping (according to Census 2011). Close to 40% of the Hindi language speakers speak mother tongues other than Hindi.
Kashmiris are dying a slow death, says CPI(M) leader Tarigami
Mr. Tarigami is the first Kashmiri politician among those detained who could reach Delhi. He met reporters at the party headquarters in the national capital. Mr. Tarigami said that the BJP claims that not a single bullet has been fired and no one has been killed but “truth is that the Kashmiris are dying a slow death. Hum bhi jeena chate hai, ek Kashmiri, ek Hindustani bol raha hai yahan. Yeh meri appeal hai, hamari bhi sune (we also want to live, a Kashmiri, a Hindustani is saying this. This is my appeal, please listen to us too),” Mr. Tarigami said with tears in his eyes.
Mamata on upcoming meeting with Modi: “It’s a constitutional obligation”
The meeting comes at a time when the CBI is caught in a legal tussle with senior IPS officer and Additional Director General of West Bengal Police (CID) Rajeev Kumar, which has triggered speculation in political and social circles.
U.K. Parliament case opens at Supreme Court as Brexit nears
Protesters with signs reading “reopen Parliament” and “defend our democracy” stood silently outside the courthouse across from the Houses of Parliament before the case opened.
Blast kills 24 at Afghan election rally, President Ghani unhurt
An explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people and injured 31 others, a health official said, but Mr. Ghani was unhurt according to an aide.
NADA defends itself after The Hindu Briefcase note on NDTL suspension
Reacting to a note in The Hindu’s Briefcase app on September 11 on the suspension of the New Delhi-based National Doping Test Laboratory (NDTL) by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA) said on Twitter that NDTL is a lab “under the sports department entirely distinct from the autonomous organisation NADA,” and that the “dope testing by NADA of Indian players of international standards continues.”
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