It is for India, Pakistan to talk Kashmir: US

By Arun Kumar

Washington: Amid reports that Pakistani Army chief Raheel Sharif had raised the Kashmir issue with Secretary of State John Kerry, the US said it was for India and Pakistan to work out issues between them.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Thursday that he was not aware whether Kashmir or the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks by Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba had come up during Wednesday meeting between Sharif and Kerry.

Policing My Plate? Such A Dadri!

By Dr.Asma Anjum Khan

He Died, but Hope Hasn’t

I am a Muslim and I don’t eat mutton chicken beef. Not because someone tells me not to but because I don’t want to. With that finishes the possibility of me being lynched to death by some ‘excited boys’ who may get carried away and make a beef kebab of me.

Oh little mercies of life!

Sonia, Rahul tear into Modi government

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the government as well as the BJP and RSS, as she accused the Modi government of pursuing "communal and divisive politics".

Both were addressing a convention of the Indian Youth Congress here to mark the 98th birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Nitish to take oath amid virtual Who's Who of Indian politics

Patna : Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar will take oath on Friday as Bihar's chief minister again, watched by a galaxy of national leaders ranged against the BJP. He will head the first JD-U-RJD-Congress coalition to rule Bihar.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi declining to attend the event, he and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which badly lost the assembly polls, would be represented by party leaders and central ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Three killed in Himachal's hydroelectric plant accident

Shimla : Three people were killed and four others reported missing at a private hydroelectric plant in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district when an inlet valve -- controlling water supply to the turbine -- burst, officials said on Thursday.

The accident occurred on Wednesday night at the 100-MW Sorang power project, owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and around 200 km from the state capital.

Sri Lanka to increase women's involvement in local politics

Colombo : Sri Lanka's new cabinet on Thursday vowed to amend laws to increase the number of women in local politics and state institutions.

Addressing a weekly briefing in the capital, Media Minister and co-cabinet spokesperson Gayantha Karunathilaka said that following a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the cabinet had agreed to amend the Local Authorities Act in view of having more involvement of women in local politics, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rajnath promises Jayalalithaa 'all possible help'

Chennai/New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday assured Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa "all possible help" as she sought funds to battle the massive floods in the state that have left an estimated 100 people dead and caused widespread destruction.

Jayalalithaa got the assurance from Singh when she apprised him of the flood damage in the state, particularly in capital Chennai and the neighbouring districts of Kanchipuram and Cuddalore.

Left helped BJP win 10 seats in Bihar: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram : By fielding over 220 candidates in Bihar, the Left helped the BJP to win 10 more seats which it would have otherwise lost, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Thursday.

Taking a potshot at the Left parties for independently fighting the Bihar assembly polls, Chandy said the Left would soon describe its decision as another "historic blunder".

The reference was to late CPI-M leader Jyoti Basu's description of his party's decision not to make him the prime minister of a United Front government in 1996 as a "historic blunder".

Agra activists demand more public toilets

Agra: The Taj Mahal city of Agra needs modern public toilets every kilometre so that defecation in the open comes to an end in India's top tourist destination.

The demand was made by speakers at a World Toilet Day function here on Thursday. The toilets must come up especially around historical monuments, they said.

With more than a dozen such monuments spread all over the city, Agra badly needed a string of modern toilets, said Surendra Sharma, president of the Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society.

Fast food vendor held after 100 kids fall ill in Bihar

Patna: A fast food vendor was arrested on Thursday in Bihar's Bhagalpur district after nearly 100 children fell ill after eating contaminated chow mein, police said.

Samples of the fast food have been collected by police for forensic examination.

Police arrested chow mein vendor Dhananjay Kumar.

"Soon after the children ate chow mein at a village fair in Bade and Khushalpur villages, they first complained of uneasiness followed by vomiting. Some of them fainted," Harishankar Prasad Singh, a district official said.