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Indian-American new White House LGBT liasion

Indian-American Aditi Hardikar has been appointed to a key White House position to liaison with the LGBT as well as the Asian American and Pacific Islanders communities, an official said. Hardikar, who till recently was director of the LGBT Leadership Council at Democratic National Committee, replaces another Indian-American Gautam Raghavan at the White House, who has now joined the Gill ...

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It does not accept any conditionality in dialogue: Pak

Pakistan on Thursday reacted sharply to defence minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks that it should decide whether to talk to India or to separatist Kashmiri leaders, saying it does not accept “any conditionality” in the dialogue process. “As we have been stating the dialogue between Pakistan and India is not a favour that one country does to the other. Dialogue between ...

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Rajnath Singh in Israel to bolster bilateral ties

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and held discussions to strengthen India’s “very warm” relations with the Jewish state. Welcoming Mr. Singh, Mr. Netanyahu said, “Indians and Israelis share the combination of ingenuity and continuity.” The Home Minister, who is here for his first bilateral visit, earlier tweeted, “India and Israel share very warm ...

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Rajapaksa seeks court opinion for third term in office

The Sri Lankan President is expected to announce his intention to hold the election a year before the schedule in January next year. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought Supreme Court’s opinion on his eligibility to contest for a record third term in office by holding a snap presidential election. Mr Rajapaksa, in a letter, has asked the apex ...

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Social media being used to instigate communal riots: Rajnath

Seeking global cooperation in combating cyber-crime, India has said social media is increasingly being used to instigate communal riots and women and children are equally vulnerable in cyberspace as in the real world. Addressing the 83rd General Assembly of Interpol here yesterday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said rise of social networks has increased the diffusion of private data users that ...

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US court to hear 1984 Sikh rights violation case

A US appeals court will hear next month the 1984 Sikh rights violation case filed by a rights group against the Congress party. The court will hear the case on December 2, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) said, adding that its appeal is based on grounds that the victims’ claim against the Congress is not barred under US Supreme Court since ...

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Pak forces kill five militants

At least five militants were killed and eight others injured today when the security forces pounded their hideouts in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal Khyber region. The target of the bombing was the remote Tirah Valley, considered as the hotbed of Lashkar-e-Islam militants who are an ally of Taliban and al-Qaeda. A security official said that heavy artillery fire was used ...

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Pak using militants as proxies to counter army

In a blunt assessment of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, the Pentagon has told the US Congress that the country is using militant groups as proxies to counter the superior Indian military. “Afghan – and India – focused militants continue to operate from Pakistan territory to the detriment of Afghan and regional stability. Pakistan uses these proxy forces to hedge ...

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India calls for intl action to strengthen nuclear security

Recognising the threat of nuclear terrorism, India has called for effective international cooperation and responsible action by governments to strengthen nuclear security and prevent non-state actors from acquiring vulnerable atomic material. There is widespread recognition that the threat of nuclear terrorism is one of the pressing challenges facing the international community. Responsible national action and effective international cooperation are therefore ...

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Swaraj hails India, Mauritius friendship

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday recalled the historical linkages between India and Mauritius as she hailed the democratic values shared by the two countries saying that India will always be a “steadfast friend and partner” of the Indian Ocean nation. “It is a great honour and privilege for me to be present at the Apravasi Ghat on this ...

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