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Spiritual pinnacle: Mount Arafat beckons pilgrims as Haj journey peaks

Makkah, Aug 10: Haj pilgrims began flocking to Arafat in a peaceful manner on Saturday morning, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, and Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region, and Chairman...

After trains, Pakistan suspends Lahore-Delhi bus service

Islamabad, Aug 10: After the permanent suspension of the Samjhauta Express in retaliation to India's decision to revoke Article 370 of its Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has now suspended the Lahore-Delhi 'Dosti' bus service, the media reported.

The announcement of the latest suspension was made by Federal Minister for Postal Services and Communications...

Prohibitory orders lifted in five Jammu and Kashmir districts; schools, colleges reopen

Jammu, Aug 10: Prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 were lifted in five districts and curfew was relaxed in Doda and Kishtwar districts, paving the way for resumption of normal activities that were badly hit after special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated, officials said on Saturday.

All schools and colleges reopened in five districts of the Jammu...

Ayodhya case: Muslim party objects hearing on all days of week, says it can’t be ‘rushed through’

New Delhi, Aug 8: A Muslim party on Friday objected in the Supreme Court five-days-a-week hearing of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya, saying it will "not be able to assist" the court if the hearing is "rushed through".

The submission was made by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is appearing for a Muslim...

Rain fury: MET issues red alert in 9 districts in Kerala

Kozhikode, Aug 9: Even as the furious downpour continued in Kerala and caused landslides and widespread flooding since Thursday, Meteorological Department issued a red alert in nine districts of the state on Friday.

Red alert has been issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod.

The alert for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Alapuzha is Orange....

Trump identifies India as major illicit drug producer

Washington, Aug 9: US President Donald Trump has designated India among the over 20 major drug transit or illicit drug-producing countries.

In a memorandum to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, Trump said that a country's presence on the list is not necessarily a reflection of its government's counter-narcotics efforts or level of cooperation with the...

Thanks to Modi govt, online rail tickets to get costlier

New Delhi, Aug 9: E-tickets bought through IRCTC will get more costly as the Indian Railways has decided to restore service fee charges, almost three years after they were withdrawn to promote digital payments, a pet project of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

The Railway Board has given its approval to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)...

Many J&K citizens not impressed with PM's speech

New Delhi, Aug 9: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday strongly defended his government's decision to revoke provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution for Jammu and Kashmir, a section of state residents alleged the way it was done was "extremely undemocratic".

Some even claimed that the Centre just wanted to win lands and "not hearts...

No policy change on Kashmir; India, Pakistan must maintain calm, says US

Washington, Aug 9: The United States on Friday said that there is no change in its policy on Kashmir and called on India and Pakistan to maintain calm and restraint.

"No", replied State department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus when asked by reporters if there has been any change in America's policy on Kashmir.

The US policy has been that...

Kejriwal announces 2.80L CCTVs, 11,000 WiFi hotspots in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 8: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that 2.80 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the national capital, along with 11,000 free WiFi hotspots. Speaking to reporters here, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said in the first phase of the initiative, 15 GB data per month will be given to users for free....