Afzal Guru not hanged for ‘political reasons’: Shinde


"Supreme Court had given the decision. The case had gone against him (Afzal) in the apex court. Mercy petition was also rejected," he added.

New Ministers led by O. Panneerselvam taking oath as a batch on Saturday. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Many more promises to keep

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The focus will now shift to governance that has taken a back seat for the past seven months and the by-poll at R.K. Nagar.

HIGH SPIRITS: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Governor K. Rosaiah at the swearing-in in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Sworn in as Chief Minister for the fifth time.

Posters welcoming AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa to contest in R.K. Nagar constituency.— Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Focus now shifts to R.K. Nagar

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It is one of the smallest constituencies and has been well nurtured by the previous party MLAs, including P.K. Sekar Babu, elected twice.

'Amma' Subramanian covered his body with mud he brought from his hometown in Pudukottai district to attend the swearing-in. -Photo.M. Moorthy

Hawkers were hopeful of a multi-fold increase in sales, but traffic restrictions spoilt their plans.

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“While Mr. Modi’s invitation to Mr. Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony had been hailed as a ‘masterstroke’, the strokes played since have puzzled many in both Islamabad and in New Delhi, including the government’s supporters.” Picture shows Mr. Modi and Mr. Nawaz Sharif at the opening session of the SAARC summit in Kathmandu in 2014.

Mr. Modi has been proactive and successful in foreign relations but has stalled in Pakistan. It is time he scripted a new narrative.

“Mr. Modi has been exceptionally clear in articulating India’s interests and trying to leverage the relationship with the U.S. and China.” Picture shows the Prime Minister at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, in 2014.

Narendra Modi’s foreign policy has been continuous with that of his predecessors but he has also sought to push the boundaries of certain engagements

Students who cleared the JEE main exam are eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. File Photo: K. Murali Kumar.

JEE (Advanced): Students find some sections lengthy

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JEE Advanced: Physics and Mathematics papers tricky, while Chemistry was relatively simpler.

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Students who cleared the JEE main exam are eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced exam. File Photo: K. Murali Kumar.
Koyambedu wholesale market has been witnessing a significant reduction in arrival of shoppers. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
B.Ramakrishnan (centre), assistant professor of wildlife biology, Government Arts College, Udhagamandalam, with volunteers at the vulture survey in Mudumalai.
Thunderstorms or dust storms have been forecast for Sunday, which may bring some relief for Delhiities.— Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
Actor Kamal Haasan at the announcement of 'Cheekati Raajyam', his straight film in Telugu after a gap of 20 years, after unveiling the first look, in Hyderabad on Sunday. Directed by debutant Rajesh M. Selva, the cast includes Trisha, Prakash Raj and Kishore. Photo: Nagara Gopal
THE MARCH BEGINS: Horsley's 1878 painting depicting Indian troops going to the war in Afghanistan will be displayed for the first time at Victorial Memorial Hall in Kolkata.
verdant lands:The scenic tourism spots in Kakkayam in Kozhikode district are likely to draw more sightseers with the special development plans drawn up for the 2015-16 fiscal by the Tourism Department. —Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
A signature campaign held at Anna bus stand on Saturday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
Sunil nesarikar, chief fire officer of Mumbai Fire Brigade.
Close inspection:French Ambassador Francois Richier surveying the Puducherry coast on Saturday.— Photo: T. Singaravelou
Former Vice Chancellor of Kerala UniversityB. Ekbal inaugurating a seminar on ‘Kerala Health Model — Challenges and Possibilities’ organised by the AKG Centre for Study and Research in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.— Photo: S. Gopakumar
Members of AIADMK break into a song and dance at Srirangam after the party supreme J. Jayalalithaa took oath in Chennai on Saturday.— PHOTO: B. Velankanni Raj
Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana addressing students at CVR Municipal High School where foundation course for competitive exams is being conducted in Vijayawada on Saturday.Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

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