Communal clashes in West Bengal, Bihar: Politics, blame game and police action; all that has happened

Several parts of West Bengal and Bihar have witnessed communal clashes over the past one week following violence during the Ram Navami processions last Sunday. While three people have lost their lives in the clashes in West Bengal, dozens sustained injuries in both the states. In Bihar, communal clashes erupted in several districts like Bhagalpur and Aurangabad where many people were reported to have sustained injuries. In Samastipur district, trouble had erupted on Tuesday when some miscreants hurled footwear at a procession carrying the idol of Goddess Durga for immersion…

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Harassment of diplomats: India, Pakistan have agreed to resolve matters as per 1992 Code of Conduct, says MEA

Harassment of diplomats

In a major breakthrough in the diplomat harassment row, India and Pakistan on Friday mutually agreed to resolve matters pertaining to the treatment of diplomats by both sides. As per a release by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the two countries would resolve the matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises, in line with the 1992 “Code of Conduct for the treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan. According to the code of conduct, the two countries will ensure “smooth and unhindered functioning of their…

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CBSE re-exam: Class 12 Economics paper to be held on April 25, Class 10 Maths paper only for Delhi and Haryana students

CBSE re-exam

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct re-examination of the Class XII Economics paper on April 25, the government announced Friday in the wake of growing outrage over leak of question papers. The Class X Mathematics paper may be held in July, but only in Delhi NCR and Haryana. Speaking to reporters, School Education Secretary Anil Swarup clarified that the Class XII re-examination was only meant for students in the country and not those studying in CBSE-affiliated schools abroad. The government, he said, was confident that the latter…

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This Indian-Origin American Idol Contestant Is Now Katy Perry’s ‘Hero’

This Indian-Origin American Idol Contestant Is Now Katy Perry's 'Hero'

NEW DELHI:Katy Perry was super impressed with one of the American Idol contestants, Alyssa Raghunandan, an Indian-origin singer from Orlando, Florida. The Roar singer even tweeted words of praise for Alyssa, whose father Dennis Raghunandan is a single parent. She wrote, “You’re my hero,” and also tagged Ms Raghunandan on Twitter. For the auditions, Alyssa Raghunandan performed a rendition of Ariana Grande’s famous track – Almost Is Never Enough. Her performance captivated all the three judges on the show – Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Alyssa was given…

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FIR Lodged 4 Days After Journo ‘Molested’ by Cops at JNU Protest, Accused Column Left Blank

FIR Lodged 4 Days After Journo 'Molested' by Cops at JNU Protest, Accused Column Left Blank

New Delhi: Four days after a woman journalist was allegedly molested by a police officer during a protest by JNU students, the Delhi Police has finally registered an FIR in the matter. Yet, the police has refrained from naming the accused despite the complainant identifying the officer. The concerned Station House Officer (SHO) has been sent to the district lines. Delhi Police, which often talks about free registration of FIRs, took four days to register an FIR in this case. The woman had filed a complaint at the Sarojini Nagar…

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Unhappy Teammates Want David Warner Removed From Team Hotel

Unhappy Teammates Want David Warner Removed From Team Hotel

Australian players want teammate David Warner to be removed from the team hotel to avoid a scuffle after the Australian opener was reportedly partying with friends as the team continue to face the fallout effect of the ball tampering scandal. According to a report on foxsports.au, several of Warner’s already furious teammates have asked cricket bosses to have the disgraced batsman ‘removed’ from the team hotel, warning there could be an ‘incident’ between Warner and angry players if he remains. Warner has also removed himself from a WhatsApp group comprising…

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Sonu Sood Replaces R Madhavan In Ranveer Singh-Starrer Simmba

Sonu Sood Replaces R Madhavan In Ranveer Singh-Starrer Simmba

Actor Sonu Sood has come on board for Rohit Shetty’s upcoming entertainer Simmba. He says the “challenging” role will make him do a lot of homework. The announcement about Sonu’s entry into the Simmba cast comes after R. Madhavan made it clear that he can’t be a part of the movie due to his shoulder injury. Sonu will join Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan in the movie. Sonu told IANS: “I can’t reveal much about the character, but all I can say is that it is one of the…

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Kim Jong-un Met With Xi Jinping in Secret Beijing Visit

Kim Jong-un Met With Xi Jinping in Secret Beijing Visit

BEIJING: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un made his first-ever foreign trip as leader to meet China’s president in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said Wednesday, ahead of proposed summits with Seoul and Washington that could unsettle nuclear-armed Pyongyang’s sole ally. During the visit from Sunday to Wednesday which came at the invitation of Xi Jinping, Kim held talks with the Chinese president who hosted a banquet to welcome the North Korean leader and his wife Ri Sol Ju, Xinhua said. “I have had successful talks with General Secretary Xi…

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Russian Airline Sends American Flyers Back to India Because of ‘Skin Colour’

Russian Airline Sends American Flyers Back to India

Aeroflot, Russia’s flag carrier, forced five Asian-American passengers to fly to Delhi instead of New York because of their skin colour, according to a racial discrimination complaint. Aeroflot staff warned the US citizens, all of south Asian descent, they would be “deported” to India if they refused to deplane, reported The Independent. The Americans were travelling from Delhi to the US on 7 January but were stranded during a stopover in Moscow when their connecting flight to JFK International Airport was cancelled due to heavy snow in New York. The…

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Cricket Australia Sends Smith, Warner and Bancroft Home, ‘Significant Sanctions’ Expected

Cricket Australia Sends Smith, Warner and Bancroft Home

Even though Cricket Australia’s investigation into the ball-tampering saga from the third Test against South Africa is not complete, James Sutherland has announced that the troika of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will be sent back home on Wednesday. The sanction against the trio was announced based on preliminary investigations. Sutherland, who had flown into Johannesburg just hours earlier to get to the bottom of the scandal, said at a packed news conference. “Prior knowledge of the plan in question was with Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron…

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