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Press Trust of India (PTI) is India’s premier news agency, having a reach as vast as the Indian Railways. It employs more than 400 journalists and 500 stringers to cover almost every district and small town in India. Collectively, they put out more than 2,000 stories and 200 photographs a day to feed the expansive appetite of the diverse subscribers, who include the mainstream media, the specialised presses, research groups, companies, and government and non-governmental organisations.

PM Modi attacks Congress for ‘criminal negligence’ on defence production

JODHPUR Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday accused successive Congress governments of “not letting” the country become self-reliant in defence production after Independence, and termed it a “criminal negligence”. At an election rally here, Modi said when India got Independence, the country had a 150-year experience in defence production and had 18 operational ordnance factories. “On the …

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Students fall ill after being administered polio drops in Pakistan, parents ransack health centre

ISLAMABAD Several school students in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province reportedly fell ill and were taken to hospital after being administered anti-polio drops during a nation-wide campaign on Monday, sparking violent protests by the parents and relatives who ransacked a local health facility, according to a media report. Pakistan is one of the three countries, along …

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Congress, NC and PDP slam PM Modi for India’s ‘nuke arsenal not for Diwali’ remark

NEW DELHI Leaders of the Congress and regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark that India’s nuclear arsenal is not for Diwali fireworks, calling it “boastful” and “irresponsible”. Modi made the remark at an election rally in Barmer in Rajasthan on Sunday while asserting that India is no more afraid of Pakistan’s …

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Sitharaman hits out Chidambaram over statement on Indo-Pak ties, asks Congress to clear stand

NEW DELHI Slamming former Union minister P Chidambaram’s statement that India must change its behaviour towards Pakistan, Defence minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday asked the Congress to clear its stand on the issue. She questioned if the Congress wants the Government of India “to stop taking action against terrorists”, “compromise” country’s territory and accept that Jammu and Kashmir is a “disputed” territory”. After his party’s …

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Stage set for largest phase of LS election covering 14 states, UTs; Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi in fray

NEW DELHI Polling will be held on Tuesday for the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha election in 116 seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray. The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as they …

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India, China should be sensitive to each other’s concerns, Gokhale tells Chinese foreign minister

BEIJING Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Monday held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here and reviewed the progress of bilateral ties post Wuhan summit, emphasising that both countries should be sensitive to each other’s concerns. Gokhale’s visit for bilateral consultations is taking place amid renewed optimism that the vexed issue of listing of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as …

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NC, PDP leaders playing emotional card to seek votes: BJP

JAMMU BJP leader Kavinder Gupta Monday accused the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party of playing emotional card to seek votes instead of focussing on development and maintaining peace in Jammu and Kashmir. The former chief minister also alleged the two regional parties are “targeting” security forces to please Hurriyat and Pakistan. “Unfortunately, the ongoing Lok Sabha election is …

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Police probe truck fire after claims that it carried cash for poll-bound Anantnag

SRINAGAR Police on Monday launched an investigation into an incident of fire in a truck carrying scrap material in the Qazigund area of south Kashmir, following reports claiming that a large amount of cash was being transported in the vehicle to the poll-bound Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. Police said some burnt notes were found …

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SC seeks replies from Centre, state over Kashmir highway ban

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court Monday sought responses from the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir on a plea seeking quashing of an order which restricts civilian traffic two days a week on the national highway (NH) stretch from Udhampur to Baramulla for movement of security forces. The state government issued an order on April 3 in which it said …

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