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India, Maldives reverse visa stand-off

Relief for expatriates, students and medical patients after 2018 freeze India and Maldives on Tuesday exchanged an agreement to facilitate visas for travel between the two countries in a number of categories, easing a bilateral stand off which had resulted in thousands of Indian job seekers being denied work permits …

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EC to conduct random audit of electoral rolls in State

Terms recent hacking claim of EVMs in London a ‘circus’ Amidst Opposition parties often raising doubts over the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Tuesday said “most parties” had reposed their faith in them but some sections made it a part of …

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SC holds Rao guilty of contempt

Former CBI interim Director and agency’s legal counsel fined and punished The Supreme Court on Tuesday held the former interim Director of the CBI, M. Nageswara Rao, guilty of contempt for disobeying its order not to transfer Joint Director A.K. Sharma, who was probing the Bihar shelter home cases, from …

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Deciphering the bellwether city of Britain

Sunderland, a city near the prosperous northern English city of Newcastle, had for many years been the place that won the race to first declare general election results, though its results rarely surprised, it being a firm Labour stronghold. However, when it came to the June 2016 referendum, the city …

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The American capital’s quest for Statehood

States in the U.S. have the practice of emblazoning their vehicle license plates with their mottos. New York plates have ‘Empire State’ on them, California’s have ‘Golden State’ on them and New Jersey’s, ‘Garden State’. And then there is the rather incongruous ‘Taxation without Representation’ license plate from Washington DC. …

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Afghan govt. left out of Taliban talks

Earlier this month, the Taliban met with a group of Afghan politicians in Moscow. While the government was not included in the talks, prominent Afghan leaders like ex-President Hamid Karzai, former National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, Deputy-Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, and Opposition leader Atta Mohammad Noor were among those present. …

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Thai party to obey royal command

King had expressed displeasure at his sister’s bid to contest general election Thai Princess Ubolratana’s unprecedented attempt to become the country’s next Prime Minister was abruptly nixed on Saturday after her party agreed to comply with a command from the King opposing the plan. The party’s announcement, effectively blocking Ubolratana’s …

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