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Top Pakistani official urges India to resume talks

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged India to start the foreign secretary-level talks for resolving various issues, media reported on Sunday.

Aziz, at a seminar titled Muslim-Sikh Dosti Di Tarjman - Baisakhi here, said on Saturday that the Pakistani foreign ministry wondered why India cancelled the talks on its own without consulting Pakistan, Dawn online reported.

Nasim Zaidi takes over as new CEC

New Delhi: Nasim Zaidi has assumed charge as the 20th Chief Election Commissioner succeeding H.S. Bramha, an official statement said here on Sunday.

H.S. Brahma retired on Saturday after completing his term.

After assuming charge Zaidi said "I feel privileged and honoured that I have been given this responsibility to lead one of the finest institutions that the Indian Constitution has provided. I am conscious of the onerous task in hand."


Government must not be a tax terrorist: Experts

By Venkatachari Jagannathan,

Chennai: Even as the central government has decided to review the new norms to file income tax returns barely three days after it was notified, due to widespread angst, experts termed the original proposal nothing but "tax terrorism" unleashed on honest tax payers.

Mediapersons come under attack in Kolkata civil polls

Kolkata: The media was at the receiving end of abuse and violence all through Saturday during the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, as those resorting to unethical electoral practices targeted members of the fourth estate to keep their crimes under wraps.

Trinamool Congress councillor Ranjit Seal, who is seeking re-election from a ward in Khidirpore, was heard threatening electronic media personnel if they did not ship out from near a booth.

"So long I have spoken to you politely. But now go away. Otherwise consequences will not be good," he said.


Assam's six lakh tribal kids to be screened for anaemia

Guwahati:The union tribal affairs ministry will cover at least six lakh tribal children in Assam under its sickle cell anaemia screening programme within this year.

Sickle cell anaemia is a hereditary blood disorder that results in abnormality in haemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the body parts.

'Operation Rahat' ends, Indian ships return home from Yemen

Mumbai/Kochi: INS Tarkash that participated in Operation Rahat, returned to a hero's welcome at Mumbai harbor here on Saturday, while two passenger ships with the last batch of Indians evacuated from Yemen reached Kochi, an official said.

It was preceded by the return of another ship, INS Mumbai, which returned here last Friday, with the two ships helping evacuate 1,783 Indians and 1,291 foreign nationals from 30 countries from the strife-torn Yemen over the past three weeks.


NDFB cadre involved in 2014 Assam massacre held

Guwahati: A joint team of army and Assam Police on Saturday arrested a National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militant who was allegedly involved in the 2014 massacre of adivasis.

The militant was identified as Samar Basumatary alias Sona, a self-styled platoon commander of NDFB in Chirang district, the army said in a statement. He was arrested during an operation at in Kokrajhar district.

"One 7.65 mm pistol, three live rounds, one hand grenade were among others recovered during the operation," it said.


Not arrested, only detained for 10-15 minutes: Agnivesh

Srinagar: Activist Swami Agnivesh on Saturday said he and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik were not arrested but detained for marching towards the village where a teenager died in security forces' firing in the morning.

"Me and Malik were not arrested... infact we were only detained by the police for 10-15 minutes for marching towards the village where a teenager was killed in firing by the police," Agnivesh told IANS from Srinagar.


Pakistan arrests 48 Indian fishermen

Islamabad: Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 48 Indian fishermen and captured eight boats for illegal entry in Pakistani waters, media reported on Saturday.

The fishermen were arrested from Kajjar Creek while fishing beyond the permissible limit. India and Pakistan routinely arrest fishermen on charges of illegally entering their territorial waters as the maritime boundaries between the two countries are poorly defined, ARY news reported.

Civil servants should be impartial: Himachal CM

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday said the civil servants should be impartial and capable of implementing the policies of the government, irrespective of its political complexion.

Presiding over the 17th national conference of chairpersons of state public service commissions here, he said the society at large needs honest and efficient services from the public functionaries.

He said the services have to be result-oriented, incorruptible and easily accessible.