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Modi meets Medvedev, attends East Asia Summit (Lead)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and called for greater cooperation between their states and regions.

Chilly Thursday morning in Delhi

It was a chilly Thursday morning here with a minimum temperature of 11.7 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

Pakistan court orders arrest of two opposition leaders

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan Wednesday issued arrest warrants against two opposition leaders over attacks on the state television and the parliament house.

13 killed in two attacks in Baghdad

At least 13 Iraqis, mostly policemen and soldiers, were killed in two suicide car bomb attacks in and around Baghdad.

Ukraine redeploys troops to counter insurgent offensive

Ukraine is mobilising troops and weapons in the country’s east in preparation for a possible offensive by independence-seeking insurgents.

South Korea looks to boost ties with India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met South Korean President Park Geun-hye here Wednesday on the sidelines of the 12th ASEAN-India Summit

Punjab, Haryana procure over 150 lakh tonnes paddy

Food grain states Punjab and Haryana have procured over 150 lakh tonnes of paddy this season, food and supplies officials in both states said Wednesday.

OPEC daily basket price closes over a dollar lower

The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $77.27 a barrel Tuesday compared to $78.98 Monday, the OPEC Secretariat said.

Banking services hit in Northeast

Banking services were badly affected in the northeastern region of the country Wednesday as most of the major banks remained closed in the wake of a nation-wide strike by employees.

Do socially responsible firms sell unhealthy food

Contrary to popular perception, companies that engage in socially responsible activities may not always produce healthy food products, says a study.

Minister Sharma lays ambitious plans for tourism, culture

Culture and Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma, who took charge Wednesday, said that the government would introduce secured taxi services and integrate India’s natural beauty and rich cultural history into the sector to reap benefits.

Mosque burned in West Bank, synagogue attacked in Israel

A mosque in the West Bank and an ancient synagogue in Israel were the target of separate attacks early Wednesday, allegedly by extremists from both sides, amid growing tension in the region.

Reports on Attapadi tribals exaggerated: Minister

Reports about the death of infants in the Attapadi tribal settlements in Palakkad district are exaggerated and far from the truth, Rural Development Minister K.C. Joseph told reporters here Wednesday.

Syrian troops kill 40 rebel fighters

Syrian troops killed 40 fighters of the Al Qaida-linked Nusra Front in the countryside of the central province of Hama.

Television viewing to help detect eye diseases

Mapping how your eyes respond to watching television can lead to early detection of diseases.

Groundwater warming up due to climate change

Groundwater has not escaped global warming, says a study, suggesting that the warming stages observed in the atmosphere are replicated down below as well.

Goa CM’s son gives Congress leader ’last warning’

Goa’s new Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar may have barely completed a day in office, but his son Rishi created ripples on Facebook by issuing a "last warning" to a Congress leader.

Modi debuts on Instagram, gets thousands of followers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday made his Instagram debut with a picture of the venue of the 25th ASEAN Summit here -- and notched up followers at a blistering pace.

Court gets tough on violations on Shimla’s sealed roads

The Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the government to file a status report on a list of permit holders who are authorised to drive vehicles on roads sealed to traffic here.

Why people cry even when they are happy

People overcome strong positive emotions with tears of joy, says a study, adding that crying actually helps them recover from the situation.

BJP’s Bagde elected unopposed as Maharashtra speaker

Haribhau K. Bagde, BJP leader and senior legislator from Phulambri in Aurangabad, was declared elected unopposed as the new speaker of the Maharashtra assembly Wednesday.

Over 500 million people on Facebook Messenger now

The new messaging service from Facebook has crossed 500 million users worldwide.

Modi hopes for stronger India, Thailand ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha and expressed hope that ties between the two countries will become stronger.

India must lead in global war against black money

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here for the G20 Summit, a leading global coalition against corruption has said India must take the lead in addressing black money

UN expresses concern over Rajasthan incident

A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban KiMoon said Tuesday the incident in which a woman was stripped and paraded on a donkey in a Rajasthan village was a matter of concern and hoped it would be investigated.

Sushma Swaraj says welfare of expatriates is priority

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Tuesday here said welfare of the Indian nationals residing abroad, particularly in the Gulf countries, is one of the top most priorities of her government.

Make in India, Modi tells Malaysia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday invited Malaysian companies to come to India as part of his "Make in India" initiative during talks with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak.

NC neither outside sponsors’ creation nor any agency’s baby: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Tuesday his party National Conference is neither the creation of an outside sponsor nor the baby of any agency as it owes its strength to the people of the state.

Rosetta spacecraft set for comet touch down Wednesday

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is all set to help land a robotic probe on a comet Wednesday.

2G case: Court order on CBI plea for more witnesses Nov 18

A court here Tuesday fixed Nov 18 for delivering its order on the CBI plea seeking permission to examine some more people as prosecution witnesses in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

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