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Ayyappa devotee immolates himself, BJP calls for shutdown

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 13 (IANS) A 50-year-old man early on Thursday set himself on fire at a BJP protest venue here and died at the state-run Medical College Hospital in the evening, police said. Venugopalan Nair poured kerosene on his clothes, set them on fire and ran into the protest venue[Read More…]

KCR rewards Mahmood Ali for loyalty

Hyderabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrashekhar Rao has rewarded Mohammad Mahmood Ali once again for his loyalty by inducting him into his cabinet. Ali, a member of the Telangana Legislative Council, was the only Minister to take oath along with Rao[Read More…]

Nepal, China agree to boost bilateral ties

Beijing, Dec 13 (IANS) Nepal’s Foreign Secretary met China’s Foreign Minister here on Thursday to boost bilateral cooperation and discuss issues of mutual interest, officials said. Shanker Das Bairagi met Wang Yi at the Diaoyutai Guest House in Beijing ahead of the 12th meeting of Nepal-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism that[Read More…]

BJP announces series of party meetings before 2019 polls

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Two days after it suffered defeat in three Hindi heartland states, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday announced a number of party meetings, including its national executive, in the run-up to the 2019 general elections. Addressing a press conference here, BJP national General Secretary[Read More…]

Yemen government, Houthis agree to truce in Hodeida: UN chief

Copenhagen, Dec 13 (IANS) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday said Yemeni government representatives and Houthi insurgents had agreed to a ceasefire in the embattled city of Hodeida. Guterres said it marked an important step in the ongoing peace negotiations between the warring parties currently taking place in[Read More…]

3rd person dies after France Christmas market shooting

Paris, Dec 13 (IANS) A person who was injured during a shooting at a Christmas market in French city of Strasbourg has died, raising the death toll to three, authorities said on Thursday. Thirteen people remained injured following the Tuesday evening attack, five of them seriously including a man described[Read More…]

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