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Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage


WASHINGTON: The Dalai Lama has thrown his moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying he was not bothered by consensual sex among people from other traditions. In an interview released during his latest trip to the United States, ...

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US signals change, says Modi will get visa if he becomes PM


NEW DELHI: Washington will drop a travel ban on Narendra Modi if he becomes the Prime Minister. US assistant secretary of state Nisha Desai Biswal finally buried the controversy over Modi’s visa as she told a TV channel that the US would welcome the ...

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Junior doctors call off strike after HC intervention


LUCKNOW: Indian Medical Association (IMA) called off doctors’ strike on Thursday after Allahabad High Court promised judicial inquiry in arrest of doctors after a scuffle with an SP MLA in Kanpur. The doctors were on strike since February 28. Around 33 patients ...

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NDA may win 2/3rd seats in UP, Bihar


NEW DELHI: BJP seems well-placed in the key battleground states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where it looks set to outscore rivals by a wide margin with 41-49 seats projected in UP while the Bihar tally is seen in the 22-30 range. ...

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Resolve Devyani Khobragade issue to revive ties, India tells US


NEW DELHI: Foreign secretary Sujatha Singhon Wednesday asked visiting US assistant secretary of state for South Asia Nisha Biswal to address the issue of diplomat Devyani Khobragade to help bring the strategic relations back on track. As TOI reported earlier, US energy secretary Ernest Moniz is ...

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Kejriwal’s detention in Gujarat sparks AAP-BJP clashes across cities


AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI: Gujarat policedetained Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwalon Wednesday for all of half-an-hour in Radhanpur town, halting his four-day tour of the state to expose BJP’s PM nominee Narendra Modi’s claim of model state. It triggered massiveAAP protests outside BJP offices and violent ...

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BJP likely to field Rajnath from Lucknow


NEW DELHI: BJP chief Rajnath Singh is likely to contest from the prestigious Lucknow seat in Uttar Pradesh in the coming Lok Sabha elections, shifting out of Ghaziabad which he now represents in Parliament. The announcement is expected after the party’s central election committee ...

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UP doctors on strike, 8 more die


LUCKNOW/KANPUR/ VARANASI/ALLAHABAD: Eight more patientsdied in medical colleges across UP in the past 24 hours as residents of super-specialty medical institution like Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences joined the junior doctors’ strike which entered its fourth day on Tuesday. At least 30 patients have reportedly ...

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After Penguin, another publisher recalls Wendy Doniger’s book


BANGALORE: Within weeks of Penguin controversially recalling Wendy Doniger’s book, ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’, another publisher, Aleph, pulled out the American author’s previous work, ‘On Hinduism’, on Tuesday. Bookshops across Bangalore received calls from representatives of Aleph Book Company, ...

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New Delhi vs Washington: India hardens stance against US protectionism


NEW DELHI: Trade minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday accused the United States of excessive trade protectionism, launching a broadside that coincided with the visit of a top US official to patch up a stormy bilateral friendship. Trade friction between the ...

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