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Morning Wrap: Indian ISIS Jihadist From Bhatkal, Four Children Charged With 'Rape'

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: MS Dhoni of India celebrates with his teammates after running out AB de Villiers of South Africa during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 22, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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Even as Indian and U.S. officials try to smooth out the India-US civilian nuclear deal, they have run into opposition from Japan, who doesn't seem to trust India's commitment to no-first-use and tracking of nuclear equipment.

Women lawyers on Thursday petitioned the Supreme Court to block the entry of the two defence lawyers in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case for their derogatory remarks against women in the controversial BBC documentary, India's Daughter.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Thursday expressed his displeasure at a few decisions that went against his side in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal match with India.

The Indian Express has learnt that the Indian jihadist killed while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) earlier this month has been identified as Sultan Abdul Kadir Armar, 39, from Bhatkal town in Karnataka.

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Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya and his wife were robbed on board the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Express train near Mathura on Thursday.

In Bihar, parents and friends of class X students went to bizarre and extreme lengths to help them cheat in exams. Here's how.

India-born Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has been confirmed as president elect of Britain's prestigious Royal Society. This is an office once held by Sir Issac Newton.

Radhika Mittal says that the outcome of former IPCC chief Rajender Pachauri's trial may or may not damage the reputation of an individual, but the surrounding brouhaha must be managed responsibly to avoid sidelining the persistent realities of climate change.

Here are 42 spiritual quotes from India's greatest philosophers.

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Though smoking rates have marginally gone down among Indian men, there has been an almost proportionate increase in the number of women smokers, according to a global survey.

The proposed 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP), to be the largest power generating station in the world on completion and also a stage for tumultuous anti-nuclear protests, has spawned an unprecedented number of court battles, pitting family members against one another for a larger share of land-related compensation.

Four siblings, one of them a girl and none older than 7, were booked for "attempt to rape and assault" in Kaimur district in West Bengal. It took the highest officers of the district administration to free them.

In a suspected security lapse that set off alarm bells in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's entourage, a Sri Lankan youth broke the security cordon in Jaffna and walked up to within arms-distance of the PM as he was about to board his car following a public event.

Raju, Mangal, Pawan, Manu and their friends -- all langurs -- have been hired at a package of almost Rs 1.5 lakh per annum each by the Railways to get rid of monkeys from four major railway stations of Agra division. With a tidy two-year-contract under their tail, six of these traditional monkey-scarers are set to earn a cumulative Rs 9 lakh per annum for their effort, much more than many agricultural labourers in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fastidious attention to his public image is well known. The entire Photo Division of the government now has to work overtime--ensuring that pictures of him and his ministers are better shot and available in a wider range of options. Several of them are set to be trained by Bollywood cinematographers.


MK Narayanan cautions in The Hindu that the acrimonious political coalition in Jammu Kashmir notwithstanding, India must stick to its stand that it favours a resolution of the Kashmir dispute by not seeking to redraw borders, but "enable easier commerce, communication and contact between the Kashmiri people on both sides of the LoC."

Raj Patel and Amit Srivastava say in The Times of India that rather than impose legal food restrictions, India must do more to educate consumers about the risks of blindly consuming ultra-processed foods.

M Balakrishnan, says in The Indian Express that MOOC--or massive online courses--could change technical education in India but needs support from state universities as well as more remunerative pay packages for the best faculty.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, in The Indian Express, points out that the Supreme Court's recent move to deny reservation to certain communities is the right way to go and is true to the spirit of reservation as historically envisaged.

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