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BJP govt has taken over all premier institutions: Mamata Banerjee

KOLKATA In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of DRDO’s recent space achievement, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee Sunday said the BJP government has taken over all premier institutions in the country. On March 27, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex, …

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Priyanka insulted Hindus by not visiting Ayodhya temple site: Adityanath

GAUTAM BUDDHA NAGAR (UP) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday accused Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi of insulting Hindus by not going to the makeshift Ram Temple during her visit to Ayodhya. Addressing a rally at the Bisadah village in Dadri area, he said: “Priyanka Gandhi Vadra insulted Hindus by saying that she did not visit Ram Janmabhoomi as the matter …

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Union minister Arjun Meghwal to face cousin for Bikaner LS seat

JAIPUR The contest for the Bikaner Lok Sabha seat is a fight within the family as BJP candidate and Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and Congress’ Madan Gopal Meghwal are cousins. While Congress candidate is in the fray for the first time, the BJP candidate Arjun Ram Meghwal will be contesting to retain the seat, which has been the saffron party’s stronghold …

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Owners of Mosul ferry arrested after deadly disaster: Iraq judiciary

BAGHDAD (IRAQ) The owners of a ferry that capsized in Mosul killing 100 people have been arrested along with engineers who had allegedly certified the vessel, Iraq’s judiciary said Sunday. “The committee set up to investigate the sinking of the ferry announced the arrest of the boat’s owners” along with …

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UN chief says resolution of Syrian conflict must guarantee country’s territorial integrity

TUNIS U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday that any resolution to the Syrian conflict must guarantee the territorial integrity of Syria including the occupied Golan Heights. Addressing an Arab League summit in Tunis, Guterres said two-state solution for Israel and Palestine was an “imperative”. He also welcomed efforts towards …

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In Syria’s Aleppo, restored Armenian church hosts first mass

ALEPPO (SYRIA) Armenians in Syria’s war-torn Aleppo packed their Forty Martyrs Cathedral Saturday for the first mass in the centuries-old church since its restoration began more than a year ago. Established in the 14th century, it is among the oldest active Armenian churches in Aleppo, a northern Syrian city battered …

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Syria’s Al-Hol camp emerging as new jihadist powder keg after fall of Islamic State “caliphate”

AL-HOL CAMP (SYRIA) Clashes with guards, violent factional quarrels and a new strain of ultra-extremism — the Islamic State group’s territorial “caliphate” may be defeated, but a camp in eastern Syria is emerging as a fresh jihadist powder keg. Dislodged in a final offensive by a Kurdish-led ground force and …

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Arab leaders, grappling regional rifts, unanimously condemn US decision on Golan

TUNIS Arab leaders, long divided by regional rivalries, condemned on Sunday a U.S. decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and said Middle East stability depended on creating an Palestinian state. Arab leaders, gathering at summit in Tunis, have been under popular pressure to reject Washington’s action, while …

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High Commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood appointed as Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary

ISLAMABAD Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood has been named as the country’s new Foreign Secretary, reported Geo News on Sunday. Speaking to the media in Multan, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that Mahmood will replace Tehmina Janjua, who is retiring on April 16 after serving in the position for two years. “Sohail Mahmood has been appointed …

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