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Kulbhushan Yadav case: Sushma Swaraj terms ICJ verdict ‘a victory for India’

Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was among the first to welcome the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav in favour of India and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for pursuing the case. She also thanked Harish Salve for presenting India’s case at the ICJ effectively and successfully and said that it was a great victory for India. The ICJ Wednesday asked Pakistan to review the...

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Two-third cold storages nonfunctional in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Despite tall promises by Odisha government to encourage vegetable farming in the state by building adequate infrastructure for storing and marketing the produces, the reality is something else as experienced from sky-rocketing prices at times and distress sales of crops at others. The root cause of the wild swing in price, however, boils down to dependence on other states since most of the vegetables produced here go on distress sales...

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Air India suffers Rs 430 crore loss due to Pakistan air space closure

New Delhi: Air India suffered a loss of Rs 430 crore in the four-month period when air space was restricted by Pakistan after the Balakot air strikes, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed the Rajya Sabha, Wednesday. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, the minister said the government was committed to privatisation of the national carrier, but is working on a turnaround plan for making it profit-making before it is...

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Pakistan government increases land allotment for Gurdwara Darbar Sahib from 3 acres to 42 acres

Lahore: Pakistan will allot 42 acres of land for the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur according to an announcement of the Punjab Governor, the media reported here Wednesday. He also indicated that 80 per cent of the work on the landmark Kartarpur Corridor has been completed. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa free movement of Indian Sikh...

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Junior Shooting World Cup: Anish Bhanwala wins gold

New Delhi: Anish Bhanwala Wednesday claimed the gold medal in 25m rapid fire pistol competition to continue India’s dominance in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. Bhanwala topped the qualification with 584 and shot 29 in the final to finish on top of the podium. There were two other Indians in the final — Adarsh...

BJD praises Centre for promoting sports

New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Wednesday praised the Narendra Modi led Union government for initiating schemes to promote sports in the country. Speaking on behalf of the party during the discussion on the demands for grants under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for 2019-20 in the Lower House, BJD MP from Kandhamal Achyuta...

38 farmers committed suicide in three years

Bhubaneswar: At least 38 farmers have committed suicide in different parts of the state between 2016-17 and 2018-19, Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo told the Odisha Assembly Wednesday. However, he dismissed allegations of crop loss and debt burden as the reasons behind the issue. Replying to a written question of Congress MLA Suresh Routray, Sahoo said that not...

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh wants to take sacrilege cases to logical conclusion

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Wednesday said his government would take to its logical conclusion the CBI’s failure to further investigate the Bargari sacrilege cases against three followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda. Reacting to the Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) decision to challenge the CBI closure in the Bargari cases, the Chief Minister lashed out at...

Vinyl stickers on 218 train coaches to remember Kargil heroes

New Delhi: As a mark of tribute to the brave soldiers who participated in the 1999 Kargil war, the Indian Railways has decided to display special stickers commemorating the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas in over 218 train coaches. A senior Railway Ministry official told IANS: “To commemorate the 20th year of the Kargil war, vinyl...

Youth attempts suicide outside Naveen Niwas

Bhubaneswar: A youth here attempted to commit suicide in front of the Chief Minister’s residence (Naveen Niwas) Wednesday. Police rescued the youth on time and detained him for interrogation. The youth, whose whereabouts are not yet known, had reportedly appeared for Plus-II examinations in the year 2008. However, neither his results have been published nor has he...

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