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Russia stated on Monday it had built new barracks for troops on a disputed chain of islands near Japan and would build more facilities for armored vehicles, prompting a diplomatic protest from Tokyo. Russia’s Ministry of Defence said it planned to shift troops next week into four housing complexes on two of the four disputed …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held wide-ranging talks with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih with an aim to commence a new chapter in bilateral ties which came under strain under the previous regime in Male. Mr. Solihcame on Sunday on a three-day state visit, his first foreign trip after assuming charge of the top …

Taking a veiled dig at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said people have started showing their gotra and sacred thread to become vital in the country’s politics. Pointing a gathering in the district Saturday he said, the people who had described themselves as accidentally Hindus were now realizing that …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is still the most prominent leader in the country, JD(U) leader Prashant Kishor said Friday, emphasizing he does not see any reason for caution in the BJP after the BJP suffered setbacks in three Hindi heartland states. Mr. Kishor, who played a vital role in shaping the BJP campaign during 2014 …

To facilitate pilgrims arriving in big numbers during the Kumbh Mela in 2019, the railways has proposed running 800 special trains from various stations of Allahabad district, an official has said. These trains would be an add-on to the regular trains run by the North Central Railway (NCR). PRO NCR Amit Malviya said, “Six special …

On a day when the Supreme Court dismissed petitions challenging the Rafale deal, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said the BJP should also wait for the top court’s verdict on the Babri Masjid matter. In a relief to the Modi government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the pleas challenging the deal among India and France …

BJP’s Bihar ally JD(U) has stated that if the party brings an ordinance on temple construction in Ayodhya, it will not support it. While JD(U)’s organizational general secretary RCP Singh said his party would not help any ordinance on a temple, JD(U) national vice-president Prashant Kishor said BJP would win elections without “raising temple issue” …

After its critical election losses since coming to power in 2014, the ruling BJP has got a sharp message from one of its oldest allies. Naresh Gujral, a leader of the Akali Dal, has stated that the BJP has to “quickly settle” with allies or it will be in big trouble in the 2019 general …

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday stated that there was ‘definitely’ a perception of regime change at the center in view of what he called “incredible disillusionment’ against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not delivering on his promises. Shashi Tharoor was in Bengaluru to read out some excerpts from his book – ‘The Paradoxical Prime …

The Pakistan High Commission today said it has published visas to 139 Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj Dham, a lord Shiva temple, in the country’s Punjab province. Under the area of a bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines, Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year. Pakistani pilgrims also visit India …

Exit polls for five states in elections anticipate a worrying outcome for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. An aggregate of exit polls reveals the BJP’s winning streak is set to end in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, both heading for the hung verdict. The Congress is tipped to win a transparent majority in …

In a setback for the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala, the Supreme Court Friday denied a sudde hearing of its petition challenging the Kerala High Court’s decision to establish a three-member monitoring committee for “overall supervision” at Sabarimala temple where the annual pilgrim season is underway. A bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan …