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Islamic State after Baghdadi

His death is a blow to IS, but insurgency is likely to continue The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder leader of the Islamic State (IS), is a signal moment in the fight against terrorism. Baghdadi blew himself up in an underground tunnel in a Syrian village where he …

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House to vote on impeachment probe

In a change in strategy, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced that the House will hold a formal vote on the impeachment inquiry. The vote, which is planned for Thursday, comes some five weeks after House Democrats launched an inquiry into whether President Donald Trump …

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Justice Bobde appointed next CJI

The most senior judge of the Supreme Court will take charge on November 18 from Ranjan Gogoi Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was appointed the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Tuesday after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the warrant of his appointment. The 63-year-old judge will take oath as …

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Questions grow over NGO’s invite to MEPs

NGO inviting MEPs claimed PM wanted to meet them, promised “VIP” visit The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) visiting India were promised a “prestigious VIP meeting” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the NGO that organised the visit claimed that he wanted to meet them as “influential decision-makers from the …

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European lawmakers begin J&K visit

As many as 23 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) arrived in Kashmir on a two-day visit on Tuesday to assess the ground situation after scrapping of J&K’s special status and recorded the feedback from the Army, local officials and 15 delegations, as the Valley observed a complete shutdown and …

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AIUDF chief Ajmal rejects Assam two-child policy

Lok Sabha member and president of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Badruddin Ajmal said the Assam government’s two-child policy for job eligibility will not stop Muslims from producing children. The State’s junior Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Pijush Hazarika, termed his view “provocative” and “insensitive” to the …

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Rajnath meets Service chiefs, discusses Kashmir

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met the three Service chiefs on Monday and reviewed the situation in Kashmir and the operational preparedness along the Line of Control (LoC) in the backdrop of recent escalation in Cease Fire Violations (CFV), defence sources said. “The Minister reviewed the situation along the LoC. The …

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Countdown begins for J&K’s transition

Process of formation of two Union Territories will begin with the swearing-in of Lieutenant-Governors The State of Jammu and Kashmir will transition into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on October 31, and the process will begin with the swearing-in of the two newly appointed Lieutenant-Governors in Srinagar and …

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