US Secretary of State John Kerry with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
The Hindu US Secretary of State John Kerry with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Sushma confronts Kerry with snooping

‘Since we are friendly nations, it is not acceptable to us’ »
Flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak in the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Gas explosions kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

The fires were believed caused by a leak of propene, a petrochemical material not intended for public use »
Policemen stand guard outside the Saket district courts complex which houses the fast-track court set up to hear the Delhi gang-rape case. File photo Insight

Rape cases: Scripted FIRs fail court test

In cases of alleged elopement, The Hindu found, the complainant was almost always named as being 14 years old in the FIR. »


World Bank denies safeguards compromised

The World Bank hit back at a wide coalition of NGOs on Wednesday saying that it was in fact broadening environmental and community safeguards. »
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Deputy NSA puts in his papers

Mr. Sandhu, a former Intelligence Bureau Director, joined the NSA’s office in March 2013 on a three-year contract. He put in his papers more than 20 months ahead of time. »


Kannada organisations taking out a protest rally from Town Hall to Freedom Park during the Bangalore bandh on Thursday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Bandh hits life in Bangalore city

Thursday’s bandh called by Kannada organisations and some others against the recent sexual assaults on women and children evoked mixed response, but affected life in the city. The bandh was peacef... »
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