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Time not right for repatriating Tamil refugees: Panneerselvam

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Wednesday said discussions on voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees should be deferred as it is premature to deliberate the matter now.


Pakistan wants good ties with India, peace: Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said that he wanted relations with India based on equality and mutual respect, values which are vital for peace in the region, a media report said.

In a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit here, Sharif said that Pakistan longed for good relations with all countries including India and desired to achieve peace in the region, The News International reported.

The meeting was held to brief the prime minister on the status of India-Pakistan bilateral relations.

At India Art Fair, a reminder of Kashmir floods

New Delhi : The audience at the upcoming India Art Fair will visit a traditional Kashmiri house with wooden panes and intricate design and walk through

it. The difference would be that this instillation of a "fallen house" would be a reminder of the destruction in last year's floods in the Valley.


SpiceJet offers discount on 500,000 seats

New Delhi : Days after the aviation regulator allowed it to open fresh bookings, cash-strapped budget passenger carrier SpiceJet Wednesday launched its discount scheme starting at Rs.1,499 for one way advance booking on all direct flights.

The airline is offering 500,000 seats through the new discount scheme. Bookings have to be made from Jan 28 to Jan 30, and are valid for travel between Feb 15 and June 30, 2015.

The scheme is valid on all direct flights on SpiceJet's domestic network.


Korma, kheer and kismet, a gastronomic memoir of a food-obsessed journalist

By Somrita Ghosh,

New Delhi : When Scottish journalist Pamela Timms came to India in 2005 with her husband and her three children it was meant to be a short trip for her. But they settled down in Delhi, where her husband is now the South Asia editor of London's Telegraph newspaper.

Desperately seeking a way out from boredom and tedious routine, she started wandering around Delhi and ended up falling in love with the city's old quarters, which later became her regular escape from the hullabaloo of her surroundings.


Kalyan Singh takes additional charge as Himachal governor

Shimla : Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh Wednesday was sworn-in as the Himachal Pradesh governor. He will be holding additional charge and succeeds Urmila Singh who retired Jan 26 on completing her five-year term.

"Kalyan Singh was administered oath of office and secrecy by High Court Chief Justice Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir," a Raj Bhavan official told IANS.

He arrived here Tuesday evening.


Women aren't weak, says Indian Navy contingent leader

New Delhi : For Lieutenant Commander Priya Jayakumar, leading the Indian Navy contingent at the 66th Republic Day parade Monday was about proving that women are not the weaker sex.

"In India, the perception is that women are the weaker sex. But when we marched on Rajpath, we broke the convention," Lt. Cdr. Jayakumar told IANS.


Pakistan expresses concern over US-India n-deal

Islamabad : Pakistan has expressed serious concern over the finalisation of a nuclear deal between the US and India, saying it would have destabilising impact on regional stability.

"The operationalisation of India-US nuclear deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia," Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said late Tuesday.

"Pakistan reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests," Xinhua quoted him as saying in a statement.

Indian Army honours martyrs of Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar : The army held a wreath laying ceremony here Wednesday to honour Colonel M.N. Rai who was martyred in a gunfight with the guerrillas in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha, GOC of the army's 15 Corps, led the ceremony at the Badami Bagh cantonment headquarters here.

Head Constable Sanjeevan Singh of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was also martyred in Tuesday's gunfight in which two local guerrillas of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit were killed.

The army also honoured the martyred policeman at the ceremony.


HC notice to centre on offloading Greenpeace activist

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the centre on a plea filed by Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai challenging her offloading Jan 11 at the airport here.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued notice to the home ministry, Bureau of Immigration and the IB and asked them to file their responses by Feb 6.

Approaching the court, Pillai said her offloading was "illegal and arbitrary" and she had a valid business visa for six months to visit London where she was scheduled to address British parliamentarians Jan 14.