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India, Pakistan foreign ministers to meet on UNGA sidelines in New York

India has accepted an offer of talks on the sidelines of the coming United Nations General Assembly meeting made by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“We have decided that the meeting will be held [between Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi]”, said a spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal temporarily relieved of his pastoral responsibilities by Vatican

The interrogation of Catholic bishop of the Syrian Malabar Church Franco Mulakkal for allegedly raping a nun in Kerala began for the second day on Thursday at the Crime Branch (CB) office in Tripunithura.

The Hindu @ 140: 140 years and counting

From its modest beginnings in 1878, The Hindu has come a long way — and is poised to advance in the face of new challenges, its chief asset being its integrity combined with the public trust earned over the decades.

Supreme Court reserves verdict on five activists’ arrests

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to hand over the entire case diary to learn how the investigation into riots in Bhima-Koregaon village expanded into the discovery of a “Maoist plot on the life of a sovereign head”, leading to the crackdown and arrests of rights activists across the country.

Passengers suffer nose, ear bleeds on Jet Airways flight

Over 30 passengers of a Jet Airways flight suffered bleeding from their nose and ears, after the cabin crew failed to maintain cabin pressure. The plane had to turn back to the Mumbai airport.

Some passengers even suffered from severe headache. They are being treated by airport doctors.

CBI arrests four in Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case

The CBI has arrested four persons, including assistant director of the Bihar Social Welfare Department from 2015-2017 Rosy Rani, in connection with the alleged sexual assault of 34 girl inmates of a Muzaffarpur shelter home.

Economy will double to $5 trillion by 2022, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the size of Indian economy would double to $5 trillion by 2022, with manufacturing and agriculture contributing $1 trillion each.

Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of India International Convention and Expo Centre in New Delhi, he cited this week’s announcement of the proposed merger of Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank and Bank of Baroda to create the country’s third largest lender to say that the government would not shy away from taking tough decisions in the national interest.

One of two minor rape victims in Pune dies

A 12-year-old, who was raped along with another minor by two youths in Pune’s Kasarsai area on Sunday afternoon, died on Wednesday night, sources at the Sassoon General Hospital said. A 12-year-old, who was raped along with another minor by two youths in Pune’s Kasarsai area on Sunday afternoon, died on Wednesday night, sources at the Sassoon General Hospital said.

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe wins party vote

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution.

Mr. Abe, who surged back to power in 2012 promising to reboot the economy and strengthen defence, defeated former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba in the election for Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief, winning 553 votes to Ishiba's 254. Of the 810 votes up for grabs, 807 were valid.

SC issues contempt notice to ‘defiant’ Delhi BJP chief

The Supreme Court initiated contempt action against Delhi BJP chief and Member of Parliament Manoj Tiwari, who had allegedly broken the seal of a premises which was being run in violation of the Delhi Master Plan. A Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur directed Mr. Tiwari to appear before it on September 25.

Finally, CSIR to issue JRF/LS exam certificate, release fellowship

After several months of delay, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has finally decided to issue certificates and release fellowship to students who have cleared the CSIR-UGC JRF/LS qualifying exam held in June and December 2017.

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