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Three Indians were killed in the serial bombings in Sri Lanka on Sunday, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter. But a woman from Kasargod district in north Kerala who was killed in one of the blasts was not among the three Swaraj named. At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured …

The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back. Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set …

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India missed a “golden opportunity” to resolve Kashmir dispute during 1971 war when “under global pressure” it released hundreds of Pakistani troops who were in the custody of Indian army. Speaking at an election rally here, Modi said then Congress government signed Shimla agreement (in 1972) “under global …

Two Indian battleships, including the biggest indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, have arrived at the port city of Qingdao to take part in the Chinese Navy’s fleet review while the Pakistan naval ships will be conspicuous by their absence at the event. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is celebrating its 70th founding anniversary …

The IAF has recommended Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for a top wartime gallantry award, while also transferring him out of the Srinagar to another base on the western front till he is found medically fit to fly again. Defense sources said Varthaman, who shot down an F-16 before his MiG-21 was also downed during the aerial skirmish …

Blasts hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, including in the capital Colombo, as worshippers attended Easter services, police stated. The blasts occurred at around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Blasts hit two churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, including in the …

Sushma Swaraj says won’t contest in 2019, final decision with BJP

After multiple explosions rocked high-end hotels and two churches during Easter Mass in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, killing at least 42 people and injuring another 280, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj showed concern about the situation in the island nation. “I am in constant touch with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are …

A string of blasts hit high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 52 and injuring hundreds of people as worshippers attended Easter services. The first explosions were reported at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St Sebastian’s in the town of Negombo just outside the capital. At least 160 people …

China on Wednesday said the festering issue of blacklisting Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar at the UN was moving towards a “settlement” and demanded the US not to push through its own resolution to list him. China’s foreign ministry rejected reports that stated the US, the UK, and France had requested China to lift the “technical …

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Monday accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of manufacturing Supreme Court order on Rafale deal for political propaganda and said ‘right to free speech’ is not ‘right to falsehood’. The minister was commenting on the Supreme Court order which said that the remarks made by Gandhi on its April 10 Rafale case …

Manohar Parrikar’s son on Monday delivered a sharp rejoinder to Nationalist Congress Party boss Sharad Pawar over claims that the former defence minister had quit the union cabinet over the Rafale deal. “This is yet another unfortunate and insensitive attempt to invoke my father’s name to push blatant falsehoods for political gains,” Utpal Parrikar, a …

India’s military brass is once again pushing for “timely development” of all-weather connectivity along the long unresolved borders with China through a network of roads, tunnels and underground shelters to ensure faster troop mobility and logistics as well as storage of ammunition, missiles, and other weapon systems. Sources said one of the major thrust areas …