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Modi, Lankan PM discuss bilateral issues
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday discussed a range of bilateral issues and matters of mutual concern with visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here. Following the talks, an agreement on cooperation in economic projects between India and Sri Lanka was signed. “Held comprehensive talks with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on ways to strengthen India-Sri Lanka ties for the benefit of our citizens,”
 
 
Trainer plane crash kills pilot, trainee
Mumbai: A four-seater trainer aircraft crashed in the Vainganga river on the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border on Wednesday killing the pilot and a female trainee after it got entangled in wires above the water line, a top official said here. Gondia Superintendent of Police (Dr) Dilip Patil-Bhujbal said the victims were a retired Indian Air Force pilot, Capt. Ranjan Gupta, and a trainee, Himani Kalyani, hailing from Mumbai.
   
Nabha jailbreak gangster held in Punjab
Chandigarh: A wanted gangster involved in the sensational Nabha jailbreak in November 2016 has been arrested, a senior Punjab Police official said on Wednesday. Gangster Sukhchain Singh was arrested after the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU) intercepted a car on the Nabha-Sangrur road following intelligence inputs, Assistant Inspector General of Police Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said. A countrymade pistol and a licensed.
 
 
Social media platforms banned in J-K
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday banned all social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for one month in the Valley in order to prevent “anti-national and anti-social elements” from spreading “inflammatory messages”. Mobile Internet services have remained suspended in the Valley since April 19 following widespread students’ unrest. The Home Department order in this regard read: “On careful
   
3 dead, 13 missing in Hooghly river as jetty collapses
Kolkata: At least three persons died and 13 others were still missing after a temporary jetty on the Hooghly river collapsed in Hooghly district of west Bengal on Wednesday, the police said. “Three people died by drowning after a temporary jetty at Telinipara Ghat in Hooghly district’s Bhadreswar was wrecked by the high tide and collapsed into the river. Thirteen people are still missing,” Hooghly Superintendent of Police Sukesh
 
 
BJP sweeps Delhi civic polls
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday retained the three municipal corporations in Delhi, keeping its firm grip on all civic bodies and foiling a bid by the union territory’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to capture them. While AAP trailed a distant second, the national opposition Congress party declined to a third place, but was seen taking away a good share of AAP votes. BJP chief Amit Shah credited the victor
   
ADMK pulls down pictures of Sasikala
CHENNAI: The dull and drab face of “Chinnamma” will not look down on Anna DMK workers and leaders anymore. Banners with the photos of ousted general secretary Sasikala were thrown out of the headquarters of the party in the Tamil Nadu capital on Wednesday. That was one precondition set by the faction of former chief minister O. Panneerselvam (OPS) as the group readied for talks with the one led by Chief Minister Edappadi
 
 
10 Maoists surrender in Jharkhand
Ranchi: Ten Maoist guerrillas, including three of their commanders and three women, surrendered before the police in Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district on Wednesday. According to the police, the Maoists surrendered before Ranchi range Deputy Inspector General of Police AB Homkar. Of the ten Maoists, one is a sub-zonal commander and two are area commanders. Two of the Maoists — Ramdhin Kherwar and Kaleshwar Kherwar — were carrying
   
CIFT offers app, paper strip to check fish quality
KOCHI: The prayers of fish lovers worried over excessive chemical contamination in raw fish have at last been heard by the premier institution in the country, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT). CIFT, which began its week-long diamond jubilee celebrations on Monday, is developing two affordable and easy-to-use techniques that will help people detect the presence of chemicals in fish at the time of purchase from
 
 
Srishti Kaur wins Miss Teen Universe pageant
Managua: Srishti Kaur from India on Tuesday was crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017, beating out 25 other contestants from around the world in the annual beauty pageant. Samantha Pierre from Canada and Ary Trava from Mexico were the runners-up in the event held at the Ruben Dario National Theater in Nicaragua’s capital Managua. best Costume Kaur also won the prize for best national costume. Xirelle Agustin from the Philippines won
   
Hyderabad’s Nizam was a visionary, says President
Hyderabad: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday described the last Nizam of Hyderabad State Mir Osman Ali Khan as a visionary, who founded Osmania University 100 years ago. Inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the university, the President said the Nizam had a dream of establishing a world standard institution of higher learning in Hyderabad. “Hundred years ago on this day, a visionary Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam
 
 
Family of Sukma martyr refuses compensation
Patna: The family of CRPF trooper Abhay Kumar, who was killed in an ambush by Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, on Wednesday refused to accept Rs5 lakh as compensation announced by the Bihar government. Abhay Kumar was one of the six CRPF troopers from Bihar who were killed in the Maoist attack on Monday. All of them were cremated in their villages with state honours on Wednesday, a day after their bodies arrived here.
   
Opposition stalls Kerala Assembly for second day
TRIVANDRUM: Kerala’s Congress-led opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has stepped up pressure, both inside the legislative assembly and outside, on controversial power minister MM Mani to resign. The UDF members stalled the proceedings of the House for a second straight day on Wednesday while former chief minister Oommen Chandy addressed a rally in support of the women plantation workers on a hunger strike in Munnar.
 
 
Congress leader Gurudas Kamat quits party posts
Mumbai: In a surprise move, senior Congress leader and AICC General Secretary Gurudas Kamat has quit all posts in the party, according to a statement here on Wednesday. “I had met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi last week on Wednesday and discussed to be relieved off all responsibilities,” he said in a terse statement, hinting at retirement from active politics. Kamat said he had requested Gandhi to relieve him from all
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