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To avoid ‘miscalculation’ take action against militant groups: US Congressman to Pakistan

WASHINGTON A powerful US lawmaker on Thursday urged Pakistan to take demonstrable action against militant groups including Jaish-e-Mohammed to avoid the kind of “miscalculation” that the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan rightly fears. Prime Minister Khan cautioned India Wednesday against any “miscalculation” in case of an escalation between the two nuclear-armed countries and …

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Video | IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan shot down Pak F-16 before his MiG-21 Bison was hit

NEW DELHI Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman downed a F-16 fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force by firing an R-73 air-to-air missile before his MiG-21 Bison was hit during a fierce dogfight on Wednesday, official sources said Thursday. Wing Commander Varthaman, son of a decorated IAF veteran, was captured by Pakistan after his jet went down following a strike by an enemy missile. Pakistan Prime Minister …

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Cabinet clears order for 10 pc reservation for general category poor in JK

NEW DELHI The Centre on Thursday approved an order for giving reservation benefits to economically weaker sections and for promotion in government jobs to SCs and STs in Jammu and Kashmir. The decision has been taken by a meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said at a …

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IAF pilot Varthaman likely to return via Wagah-Attari on Friday, Amarinder offers to receive

CHANDIGARH Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman is likely to be released by Pakistani authorities on Friday and brought back home through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post. Official sources said that the Border Security Force (BSF) has not been communicated the exact time and sequence regarding the release of the …

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Karnataka Congress, BJP wage a Twitter ‘war’ over IAF strike

BENGALURU A war of tweets broke out between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka on Thursday over India’s strike on militant camps in Pakistan on Tuesday. Congress state unit President Dinesh Gundu Rao targeted BJP state chief B.S. Yeddyurappa for his tweet in which he wrote on Wednesday, “situation favourable for the BJP” …

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Photo voter slip shall no longer be used as standalone ID document during polls: EC

NEW DELHI The Election Commission on Thursday said a photo voter slip shall no longer be used as a standalone identification document during elections, and a voter will have to carry any of the twelve approved identity cards to the polling station. The EC order said the decision has been taken after …

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Tri-service media briefing postponed after IAF pilot’s release announced

NEW DELHI The joint services press conference scheduled for Thursday has been postponed as following Pakistan’s decision to release captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. The conference, scheduled for 5 p.m., will now take place at 7 p.m. The Ministry of Defence had announced the first tri-service media briefing where operational details …

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Mirwaiz welcomes Imran’s decision to release IAF pilot

SRINAGAR Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday welcomed the decision of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to release Indian pilot who was captured after his plane was downed by Pakistan Air Force yesterday on Wednesday. “Welcome decision by Pakistan PM @ImranKhanPTI to release the captive Indian pilot as a …

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Imran Khan ready to talk peace with Modi: Pakistan Foreign Minister

ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is ready to talk to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi over telephone “to extend an invitation of peace”, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday. Qureshi also said that Pakistan was willing to consider returning an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot it is holding since Wednesday if it leads to de-escalation of tensions between the two countries. The …

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