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China’s Indian Ocean plans are decidedly anti-India

NEW DELHI: The Beijing state media has reported that China has begun constructing one of its advanced warships for export to Pakistan. One of China’s most advanced guided missile frigates, the ship will be equipped with anti-ship, anti-submarine and air-defence capabilities. The China Daily report goes on to say that the ship will not just strengthen Pakistan Navy’s capabilities but also help in maintaining the “balance of power” in the Indian Ocean region.

​UP to levy cow welfare cess for setting up temporary shelters for stray cattle

LUCKNOW: The UP cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to levy cow welfare cess on toll tax and excise, increase ‘mandi’ fee cess by 1% and earmark 0.5% of profits made by PSUs to mobilise funds for setting up temporary shelters for cattle (cow family) in the state.

In Kashmir, stability and peace are distant dreams

SRINAGAR: For Kashmir, 2018 presented some of the direst numbers seen in recent times. Terror-related incidents, at 587, were at the highest since 2012. The deaths of 240 militants and 86 securitymen made it the bloodiest year in six years. Civilian deaths jumped 167% from two years ago. By December 29, forces killed at least 240 militants, including 12 top commanders of various militant groups. Most of the violence was centred in south Kashmir’s four districts – Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam.

‘Want the war to stop’: 8-year-old’s tragic story makes her symbol of Yemen unrest

SANA: Buthaina Mansur al-Rimi’s life has changed drastically since last year -- orphaned in Sanaa, the little girl controversially ended up in Saudi Arabia for medical care and has just returned to Yemen’s capital.

'Iconoclast' filmmaker Mrinal Sen dead

KOLKATA:  Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen famed for his ability to put searching questions before the society -- especially the middle class, died at his south Kolkata residence on Sunday following old age complications, family sources said.

What Indian foodies ordered online in 2018

NEW DELHI:  Indias love affair with food continued to blossom this year, as foodies got experimental with international cuisines, health conscious and gave a boost to online orders.

Festivals, Kerala floods connected most Indians on Facebook in 2018

NEW DELHI: Festivals, the Kerala floods and cricket connected most users on Facebook in India during 2018, the social media giant said on Friday.

Fusion of Columbian and Punjabi Folklore at International Festival

AMRITSAR: The dance troupe from Columbia today rocked the stage with their mesmerizing performances at Khalsa College of Education (KCE) during the 6th Khalsa International Folk Festival. The glimpses of the fusion of Columbian and Punjabi folklore was writ large as the dancers from the South American country and college students took stage by storm as the audience witnessed a rare and magical performances.

The time for jihad has come’: What 26/11 attacker Ajmal Kasab said in his testimony

NEW DELHI: “I studied up to fourth standard at a Government Primary School. After leaving school in 2000, I went to Lahore and stayed with my brother Afzal. I did menial jobs at different places till 2005. During that period, I used to visit my native place. In 2005, I had a quarrel with my father and left home.

It was a holiday: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Mehbooba Mufti’s fax charge

SRINAGAR: No one was sitting next to the fax machine when Mehbooba Mufti sent her letter staking claim to form the government as it was a holiday, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Thursday after the PDP leader’s charge that her message wasn’t received.

Goa's MGP petitions High Court, says Parrikar, two other BJP MLAs terminally ill

PANAJI:  The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, a part of the BJP-led ruling alliance in Goa, has filed a petition before the High Court saying that three BJP legislators including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar were terminally ill and in no position to attend the assembly session if convened for a floor test.

Sukhbir's political end certain due to grave anti Panthic acts, says Sunil Jakhar

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and Member Parliament Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday lambasted Akalis for thrusting Gobind Singh Longowal as SGPC head adding that in the wake of the public anger amidst resignation by many senior Akalis leaders Longowal would be the last one to be handpicked by Badals.

Sukhbir's political end certain due to grave anti Panthic acts, says Sunil Jakhar

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and Member Parliament Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday lambasted Akalis for thrusting Gobind Singh Longowal as SGPC head adding that in the wake of the public anger amidst resignation by many senior Akalis leaders Longowal would be the last one to be handpicked by Badals.

‘My family migrated from India for its love for Pakistan’: Nawaz Sharif tells court

ISLAMABAD: Deposed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday told a court here that he is not a traitor as his family migrated from India for its love for Pakistan.

Rae Bareli posters call Priyanka 'emotional blackmailer'

RAE BAREL: Hundreds of posters terming Priyanka Gandhi Vadra an "emotional blackmailer" were seen on Monday in Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

'Experimental cocktail culture giving bartending a boom in India'

NEW DELHI: For Emily Thompson and Ernest Reid, leading bartenders from Australia and Europe respectively, the entire bartending community has now tangibly evolved along with a booming cocktail culture in India. With the cocktail culture skyrocketing in other parts of the world and with well-travelled Indians experiencing this, the demand has now reached all the way to Indias non-metros, they say.

'Experimental cocktail culture giving bartending a boom in India'

 NEW DELHI:  For Emily Thompson and Ernest Reid, leading bartenders from Australia and Europe respectively, the entire bartending community has now tangibly evolved along with a booming cocktail culture in India. With the cocktail culture skyrocketing in other parts of the world and with well-travelled Indians experiencing this, the demand has now reached all the way to Indias non-metros, they say.

Punjab CM pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

SAS Nagar (Mohali): Paying glowing tributes to the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 149th birth anniversary, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday exhorted the people to follow the philosophy of peace and non-violence as propounded by Gandhi ji to carve out an egalitarian society.

Qureshi mounts multi-pronged attack on India at UN

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan mounted a multi-pronged attack on India at the UN General Assembly, bringing up Kashmir, alleging Indian links to the Pakistani Taliban, opposing Security Council reform and criticizing the US and others who provide defence equipment to New Delhi.

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