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A third front is taking shape before Rajasthan assembly elections but will it s...

The Left parties have already forged an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Janata Dal (Secular). The alliance is open to more parties joining it.

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Assam government suspends official for allegedly abusing CJI Ranjan Gogoi

The Assam government suspended additional deputy commissioner Pulak Mahanta posted in Kamrup (metropolitan) on Monday after local television channels showed a video clip where he is seen referring to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a disrespectful way.

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Ind vs WI: Be it MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma, they have all backed youngsters...

Having played under three different captains now — MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma — Chahal feels that they have all ensured that youngsters feel at home in the dressing room.

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Priest who testified in Kerala nun rape case against Bishop Franco found dead

Relatives say the priest was being threatened and allege foul play

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Defence, connectivity key in PM Narendra Modi's Japan visit

PM Narendra Modi to scheduled to visit Japan on October 28-29 for an annual summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

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Shivpal Yadav, UP's newest political upstart, set to 'reclaim honour' in assembly...

A ‘sleeper SP organisation’, Shri Krishna Vahini, has been activated to further Shivpal Yadav’s political ambitions.

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After Supreme Court order, confusion over telecom service providers deleting Aadhaar...

The confusion over the deletion is about whether a minority judgment can be seen as an extension of the majority judgment when the bench concurs on a particular aspect, and whether quashing of mobile linkage with Aadhaar automatically means deleting all Aadhaar data collected for this.

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Let law take its own course, PM Narendra Modi told CBI boss on case against dep...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told CBI chief Alok Verma to “let law take its own course” when the latter briefed him on the allegations against agency special director Rakesh Asthana, an official said.

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Can't fight next war like last one, says army chief Gen Bipin Rawat

Modern armies are doing away with large-sized formations as future wars will be fought differently, army chief General Bipin Rawat said.

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Congress worker murdered in Mumbai over Facebook post

A 45-year-old former secretary of the Mumbai Youth Congress was allegedly murdered by two men who stabbed and slashed him with a sword and a knife in Ghatkopar on early Monday morning.

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CBI special director Asthana likely to be sent back to Gujarat: Official

The agency had filed a corruption case against Asthana on a complaint from Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish Babu last week and CBI chief Alok Verma had Sunday briefed prime minister Narendra Modi on the allegations against him

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Sabarimala closes doors, stares at November challenge

On Monday, two women, including a Dalit activist, tried to enter the temple but had to go back due to protests.

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Books by Bihar politicians to hit the stands ahead of election season

Chief minister Nitish Kumar is set to have a compilation—‘Sansad Mein Vikas Ki Batein’, RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav has decided to pen ‘Nitish-Modi Leela’ in response to the book ‘Lalu Leela’ authored by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

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High court for CBI probe into Jharkhand 'fake encounter'

It was alleged that 12 innocent people were killed in a ‘fake encounter’ between Maoists and security forces at Bakoria in Palamu district on June 8, 2015.

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DMK activates poll machine for 2019 Lok Sabha election, party conclave on Oct 25

With brainstorming sessions with senior functionaries and office-bearers to take stock of the situation on the ground and to galvanize its organizational network, the party has switched into election mode.

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Supreme Court asks Centre to frame rules to handle child pornographycases

This order comes on a PIL filed by Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Prajwala seeking the top court’s intervention in stopping circulation of child pornography and sexual assault videos.

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Assam faces shutdown over bid to amend citizenship law

The bill proposes to grant citizenship to religious minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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UP politician's wife confesses to killing son, retracts later

Appearing before chief judicial magistrate Anand Prakash Singh, Meera d Yadav denied any involvement in her son’s murder. The court sent her to 14 days judicial custody.

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Amritsar train accident: Will adopt children affected by tragedy, says Sidhu

Punjab minister and Amritsar East MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said he will adopt child victims of Friday’s train accident and take responsibility for the affected families

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'Absurd, unacceptable', says Congress leader on campaign to rename Shimla

A campaign has been launched by some right-wing Hindu groups demanding that the capital of Himachal Pradesh be renamed.

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India responds to Imran Khan's tweet on Kashmir with a stinging takedown

Imran Khan’s tweet was a reference to the death of six civilians in a blast at a house in south Kashmir on Sunday.

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For 'missing Priyanka' posters in Rae Bareli, Congress blames turncoats

The headline of the posters read “Madam Priyanka Vadra is missing,” with “emotional blackmailer” written below her picture.

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Supreme Court to deliver verdict on all-India ban on firecrackers tomorrow

The court had asked Centre to suggest measures to be taken for curbing pollution and what will be the effect of firecrackers on the public at large.

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Coastal areas of AP, Maharashtra, Odisha to get $ 43 million to boost climate r...

India’s coastline is expected to be among the regions most affected by climate change globally, the UNDP said in a statement.

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SC dismisses PIL for lowering marriageable age of male, imposes fine on petitio...

The Supreme Court bench said such a plea cannot be a matter of “public interest” and an affected person can come to the court.

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Nearly 50,000 deaths in 2015-2017 from being hit by trains: Railway data

Most of the deaths were reported from the Northern Railway zone at 7,908, followed by 6,149 deaths from the Southern Railway zone and 5,670 deaths from the Eastern Railway zone.

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Congress to field Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece against CM Raman Singh

The seat is among the 18 seats where voting will be held in the first phase of state assembly elections November 12.

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People's trust in CBI should continue: BJP

The central government will be putting forth its views on the matter, a BJP spokesperson said, adding that the party will speak on such a serious matter later.

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Confession forced, says wife of UP legislative council chairman arrested for son's...

After coming out of the court, Meera claimed that she had earlier given a confession statement under pressure from the police. “There is a big conspiracy in Abhijit’s murder,” she alleged.

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Won't protect anybody: Congress refuses to back Oomen Chandy, KC Venugopal on sexual...

Congress spokesperson and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev said an FIR has been filed and the women have every right to file it and the police has every right to investigate.

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Security tightened at Sabarimala temple amid reports of entry of women

Six women were prevented from entering the Sabarimala temple Sunday by a large number of devotees.

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MeToo: Supreme Court declines urgent hearing of PIL seeking FIRs based on alleg...

Besides FIRs, the petition also seeks a direction to the National Commission for Women (NCW) to give security and assistance to women who have come out in the open with their allegations.

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Hearing and speech impaired engineer quits job to contest elections in Madhya P...

Sudeep Shukla, who was earning Rs 1 lakh per month, quit his job and decided to jump into politics to fulfil his desire of uplifting the poor and disabled people of society.

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Kerala nun rape case: Priest who spoke against Bishop Franco Mulakkal found dead...

Father Kuriakose Kattuthara had claimed that there were attempts by the church to hush up the sexual assault complaint of the nun against bishop Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese.

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India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma sometimes bat like they are playing...

While Kohli was the aggressor, Rohit preferred to play second fiddle as India chased down the target of 323 with 47 balls to spare.

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Rohit Sharma betters Sachin Tendulkar, David Warner to create world record

The languid drives, the nonchalant pulls and the authoritative slogs, all made an appearance as Rohit galloped away to his 20th century.

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Sourav Ganguly speaks about MS Dhoni's position leading into the World Cup

Starting with the five-match ODI series against West Indies here, India have 18-odd matches left for the World Cup.

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CBI arrests its official in case against special director Rakesh Asthana

The CBI said Devender Kumar was arrested on charges of falsification of records in an ongoing investigation.

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Name missing from Assam NRC draft, retired teacher allegedly commits suicide

The agitated family and local people has refused to allow police to take Nirod Kumar Das’ body for post-mortem examination Sunday demanding that action be taken against the NRC processing centre for marking him a ‘foreigner’.

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Maharashtra CM's wife crosses safety range to click selfie on board Angriya

ANI reported that Amruta Fadnavis was seen sitting across Angriya’s safety range on Saturday, in a 30-second video of the incident, during the ship’s journey from Mumbai to Goa for the first time.

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Only one lakh out of 40 lakh left out of Assam draft NRC list have filed claims...

The complete NRC draft list, which was published on July 30, excluded 40,07,707 persons, who risk becoming illegal immigrants unless their claims for inclusion pass rounds of verification, which are likely to start once the process of submitting claims finishes on November 28.

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Indian army asks Pakistan to take bodies of two intruders killed in Jammu's Sunderbani...

Official sources said the Pakistan Army has been informed through established communication channels to take the bodies of its nationals killed on Sunday.

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Separatist-sponsored strike disrupts normal life in Kashmir

Separatists Sunday called for a strike on Monday over the death of civilians in a blast at an encounter site in Laroo area of Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

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Low intensity quake rocks Himachal's Kinnaur, no loss of life reported so far

The epicentre of the quake was at a depth of five kilometres in the northeast of Kinnaur, he said, adding mild tremors were also felt in the adjoining areas.

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5 killed as bus rams into truck on Pune-Ahmednagar highway

Officials said the bus had started from Aurangabad was heading towards Pune when the accident took place at Wadegavhan village in Parner taluk of Ahmednagar district.

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CBI case against its top official Rakesh Asthana rests on 9 calls, many WhatsApp...

The CBI claims to have analysed nine phone calls immediately after middleman Manoj Prasad was held in the alleged bribery case against its special director Rakesh Asthana to allege that there was panic after the middleman’s brother got “wind” of the arrest, officials said on Sunday.

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India, world's fastest growing economy, has the world's most toxic air

India has long struggled to pull together the type of coordinated national approach that’s helped China reduce pollution.

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St Edward's School in Shimla is the beacon of knowledge

The 93-year-old school has produced alumni that have made a name for themselves; boys were taught to be gentlemen in true sense.

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India vs West Indies: Team India Report Card - How Virat Kohli and Co. fared at...

The captain and vice-captain took control of the chase after Shikhar Dhawan’s early dismissal and posted a stand of 246 runs for the second wicket against a hapless Windies attack.

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Stubble burning in Punjab down by 72% in October

Farmers had earlier opposed using farm equipment for crop residue management citing cost factors.

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Salt March, Jallianwala Bagh massacre and more: Rashtrapati Bhavan museum opens...

The museum recreates moments from India’s independence struggle such as Mahatma Gandhi’s landmark protest march against the salt tax in 1930 and the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre of civilians by troops under British command.

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Zika alert sounded in Uttar Pradesh, airports asked to stay alert

The Airport Authority of India has been directed to take preventive measures at Lucknow airport and other airports in the state as India deals with a Zika virus outbreak that started in Rajasthan.

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400 petrol pumps in Delhi shut down in protest, CM Arvind Kejriwal says BJP behind...

The Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, one of the major auto-taxi unions in Delhi also called for a one-day strike to protest against the Delhi government’s policies on cab aggregators Uber and Ola, and the Centre’s rule on speed governors.

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Move afoot to oust special director Rakesh Asthana: CBI official

For the first time, CBI has booked its own special director; the CBI’s official statement says that the allegation that the agency chief was not aware of a lookout circular (LoC) issued against Sana Satish Babu was incorrect.

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Mayawati plans campaign blitz in poll-bound states

In Chhattisgarh, Bahujan Samaj Party has decided to field candidates on 33 seats, JCC on 55 while CPI will field candidates on two seats.

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MP happiness index may come only after 2019 elections

People at large are still not clear about what happiness department is really doing, according to department officials

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PM Narendra Modi unveils National Police Memorial in New Delhi

The National Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 to pay homage to the 10 policemen who were killed in an ambush by Chinese troops in 1959 in Ladakh’s Hot Spring area.

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Fund crunch stalls road projects as new model faces old problems

According to data reviewed by Hindustan Times, 64 projects out of total 115 projects awarded under the hybrid annuity model (HAM) have failed to take off because they have not received financial closure.

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Amritsar train accident: No action yet against organiser of Dussehra function

CCTV footage of Saurabh Madan leaving his house in an SUV surfaced on the social media on Sunday. His house has been locked ever since the accident.

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Police commando, photojournalist injured during clashes in Amritsar

Earlier in the day, Punjab Police removed protesters staging a sit-in on the tracks, demanding action against the driver and resignation of local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

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SAD seeks Navjot Sidhu's sacking, FIR against his wife, Dussehra event organisers...

The SAD’s core committee demanded a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court into the incident of a train mowing down more than 60 people who were on the tracks watching a Dussehra celebration on Friday night.

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BJP may deny ticket to a third of its 165 MLAs in Madhya Pradesh

BJP leaders familiar with the ticket selection process said the party’s surveys over the last six months suggest that there is “strong” anti-incumbency against 35 to 40% of the lawmakers.

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7 civilians die in explosion after J&K encounter in Kulgam, 3 Jaish militants d...

The three militants were killed in a house after the gunfight broke out early on Sunday. Police said once the firing stopped, local residents went too close to the encounter site before security forces could sanitise the area.

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HRD ministry seeks EWS data for entry level classes at private schools

Admission for entry level classes for the academic session 2019-2020 will begin in the next two months.

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Tigress Sundari 'kills' woman, injures journalist in Odisha

Locals alleged that tigress Sundari mauled a 65-year-old on the reserve outskirts when he was on his way to fish at a local pond. Hours later, she allegedly attacked local a TV journalist who had gone to cover the scene of the attack.

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One tourist killed, 9 injured as SUV plunges into gorge near Manali

The deceased has been identified as Vishwajeet Dass, who was among 11 occupants in the vehicle hailing from Kolkata on a trip to Rohtang Pass.

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CBI chief, joint director sent officers to Gujarat to frame me, special director...

Asthana in a letter to CVC, states that Alok Verma and Arun Kumar Sharma have asked that he be framed in a Sterling Biotech case.

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At Bose event, Modi takes veiled digs at Jawaharlal Nehru, Congress

At an event commemorating the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’ Azad Hind government, PM Modi said “the architects of Indian systems saw India through the prisms of England” which has caused a problem in our approach to many aspects in India.

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Centre's Ayushman Bharat crosses 1 lakh subscribers in 30 days

Two lakh beneficiary cards have so far been distributed through the Narendra Modi government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat health insureance scheme, which was launched on September 23 this year.

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UP Legislative Council chief's son strangled to death: Police

The family initially claimed that the youth Abhijit Yadav, 22, died of ill-health but post-mortem has confirmed “asphyxia caused by strangulation” as the cause of death.

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MeToo allegations against two Catholic clerics in Meghalaya, church body orders...

An art manager and communication consultant narrated in detail, on her Facebook page, her alleged seven-year-long ordeal at the hands of the two Catholic clergymen.

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Took drugs home in good faith, wanted to nab kingpin, says Nagaland cop

IGP Richard Yimto had taken home 6.9 kg of suspected brown sugar seized from two persons at the Khuzama inter-state border with Manipur on August 3.

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Amritsar train tragedy due to negligence, will fix accountability: Punjab Police

Punjab DGP said ADGP Sahota would also conduct an inquiry to ensure that those responsible for the accident are nailed.

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India vs West Indies: Statistical highlights of West Indies innings, Hetmyer beats...

It was an assured innings by the Shimron Hetmyer who brought up his century in 74 balls with the help of six boundaries and six hits over the fence.

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3 soldiers killed during encounter with Pakistani intruders near Line of Control...

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Opposition alliance must be for removing BJP, not containing Congress: Salman K...

Allies should also be ready to make sacrifices and adjustments for defeating the BJP in the 2019 general elections, Salman Khurshid said.

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Will contest Chhattisgarh, MP polls with Samajwadi Party; tie-up with Congress unlikely:...

The Gondwana Gantantra Party holds significant influence over several tribal-dominated constituencies in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

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School teacher in UP booked after student allegedly beaten by him dies

Arbaj was allegedly beaten by his teacher Jairaj in Sadimadanput village on Tuesday, police said.

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Indian Railways suffers as private players fail to meet wagon delivery targets

Till October 1, Indian Railways has received only 2,717 of the 12,311 wagons that had been ordered from 10 major players in April, the Railways said. Thus, the manufacturers are expected to produce 9,594 wagons in the next five months, which seems to be a tall order.

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Protesters block tracks at accident site in Amritsar, over 2 dozen trains cance...

Apart from cancelling 27 trains, the railways also diverted many others to Tarn Taran and Beas to continue their onward journeys while others were short terminated at Jalandhar.

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India vs West Indies, live cricket score updates, 1st ODI in Guwahati: Kohli and...

India vs West Indies Live Cricket Score Updates: Catch all the action between India and West Indies from the 1st ODI in Guwahati with our LIVE blog.

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Three militants killed in encounter in J&K's Kulgam

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Kulgam town’s Larnoo after receiving information about the presence of militants in the area.

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'Cast a magic spell': BJP's new strategy to win voters in Madhya Pradesh

The BJP would be roping in magicians to highlight the work done by it in the last 15 years and compare it with that of the previous Congress government, Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said.

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PM Modi hails men in khaki on Police Commemoration Day

A 30-feet-tall and 238-tonne heavy black granite central sculpture honouring the slain troopers, a museum and a wall of valour bearing the names of over 34,800 martyred personnel were unveiled during the event held to mark the National Police Commemoration Day.

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Amritsar train accident: LED screen facing tracks drew many to death, suspect e...

A speeding passenger train mowed down at least 61 people in Amritsar and left many injured when the crowd was watching the Ravan’s effigy going up in flames.

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India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli leads Team India's flying squad

Under the watchful eyes of fielding coach R Sreedhar, the Indian players were pictured doing fielding drills at the stadium on the eve of the first ODI.

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Locals continue sit-in protest at Amritsar train accident site

Locals had started protesting on Saturday, raising slogans against the state government and demanding action against the train’s driver, a day after the accident in Amritsar. Police said locals are sitting on railway tracks and do not want to leave.

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'Suicide' note details Faridabad family's final wish, siblings's trauma

The note, which is dated October 18, was signed by the siblings and contains detailed instructions of tasks that needed to be done — like selling personal belongings to fund their funerals and paying back friends who had helped them after the death of their parents — after their deaths.

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4 siblings found hanging in Faridabad home, suicide note recovered

Police have ruled out any foul play in the incident and are probing the contents of the suicide note. In their note, the siblings have requested that their belongings be sold to fund their funeral.

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Injured robbed of belongings, even the dead weren't spared after Amritsar train...

According to relatives and survivors of the horrific Amritsar train tragedy, while they got their kin’s bodies back, they did not find the ornaments, mobile phones or wallets belonging to them.

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Brazil's experience a red flag for WhatsApp in Indian polls, say experts

Data shows that the share of active WhatsApp users in rural India has doubled since 2017, according to a survey by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

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NSG turns to home ministry for deployment in Kashmir

NSG director general flew down to Srinagar and met the governor Malik well as state DGPapparently to remind them that the decision to deploy house intervention teams of NSG was taken by the home ministry and under the explicit directive of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

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A wait that knows no end: The plight of missing Alzheimer's patients' kin

A look at the endless wait for the hundreds of families, whose relatives with memory loss left home to never return again.

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Amritsar train accident triggers political slugfest

Both SAD-BJP and Sidhu loyalists posted videos making claims and counter-claims over what happened.

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Death toll in cyclone Titli mounts to 62 in Odisha

Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi who reviewed the relief and rehabilitation works in affected districts of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada said that of the 62 deaths, 43 were from Gajapati district, the worst-affected among the three.

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Shock, grief over Amritsar tragedy give way to blame game

Minister of state for railways, Manoj Sinha, on Saturday ruled out any punitive action against the driver of the train that mowed down Dussehra revellers in Amritsar, saying there was no negligence on the part of the national transporter.

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Amritsar train accident: Within minutes, festival turned into tragedy

Police admit to giving permission for the event; Centre says Railways not informed about the festivities near the tracks

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Arunachal Pradesh on alert even as Siang river recedes

The water level in Siang fell by more than 8 metres by 7 am in Tuting even as it rose in Pasighat.

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Jaish terrorist, key accused in Nagrota army camp attack, arrested while trying...

Seven soldiers were killed in the Nagrota army attack in 2016. The arrested terrorist, Mohammed Ashraf Khandey, was a co-conspirator in the attack.

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MSPs still elude farmers despite govt's policy push

The government has been trying to alleviate prolonged rural distress resulting from a slump in the price of farm commodities and patchy monsoon rainfall ahead of elections in five states in November and December, to be followed by Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

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High alert after alleged Lashkar letter threatens of attacks in Madhya Pradesh,...

The handwritten threat letter allegedly from Maulvi Abu Sheikh, area commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi, was received on September 29 at the office of railway station manager, Jaipur.

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Four Himalayan peaks named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The four peaks are located on the right flank of the Gangotri glacier and have been named Atal 1, Atal 2, Atal 3 and Atal 4.

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BJP denies tickets to 14 MLAs, including a minister, in Chhattisgarh

Among the 77 candidates announced out of a total of 90 assembly segments in Chattisgarh, 14 are women candidates and 14 sitting MLAs have been replaced with new names, Union health minister J P Nadda said.

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1 killed, 5 injured in clashes over Durga Puja procession in Palamu

An altercation broke out after members of two groups objected to the advancement of the procession for Durga immersion in Jharkhand’s Palamu district.

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BJP makes gains in Valley as Congress sweeps Leh in Jammu and Kashmir local pol...

For the first, saffron party makes inroads in the restive region .

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Noted Urdu poet attacked after confronting youth for harassing girl

Hashim Firozabadi said the father of the girl complained to him about some boys harassing his daughter while on her way to coaching class. When Firozabadi went to spoke them, they allegedly attacked him.

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Vasundhara Raje's photo on insurance letter a poll code violation, says opposit...

The Rajasthan government is sending such letters to voters in Kota, on which Raje’s photograph is on the top, an AAP spokesperson said.

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BJP announces first list of candidates for Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Telangana pol...

The BJP also released a list of 38 candidates for the Telangana Assembly polls. There are a total of 119 Assembly candidates in the state.

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Kin missing, bodies unidentifiable: Horror tales from train accident site

The Amritsar train tragedy has left many shocked and heartbroken at the deaths of their dear ones, and several others inconsolable at not being able to find the bodies or remains of their kindred.

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After Allahabad, Shimla could be renamed; Himachal govt wants to call it Shyama...

The move to consider changing Shimla’s name comes days after the Uttar Pradesh government renamed Allahabad city to Prayagraj

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3 sisters, brother found hanging in rented house; suicide pact suspected

A suicide note recovered from the spot mentions financial trouble as the reason for the deaths.

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No one should interfere in temple traditions: Rajinikanth on Sabarimala row

Kerala has been witnessing protests against the entry of girls and women of menstrual age into Sabarimala temple since the government had said it would abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court court.

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Rayudu's consistency at No. 4 slot will solve our middle-order conundrum: Kohli

Kohli said the challenge was only to find someone for the No. 4 slot and with Rayudu stepping up for that position in recent times, the batting order was more or less settled.

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61 killed in Amritsar train accident, inquiry report within four weeks: Punjab ...

The Punjab chief minister said 61 people were killed in the Amritsar train accident Friday when they were crushed by a speeding train.Visiting the injured in various hospitals, along with his ministers and senior officials, he announced a magisterial inquiry by the police commissioner.

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Woman stopped outside Sabarimala by protesters, let in after proving she is 52