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Indian toll in Haj stampede rises to 81

New Delhi : The toll of Indian pilgrims killed in the stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia during Haj has risen to 81, the government said on Tuesday.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters that seven more Indians have been identified among the dead.

"Unfortunately, seven more Indian pilgrims have been identified as among the deceased, taking the toll of Indian pilgrims in the tragedy to 81," he said.

The earlier toll was 74.

Ghulam Ali imbroglio: Pakistani censor chief wants South Block to step in

New Delhi : Amidst the controversy surrounding the cancellation of renowned Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai, the country's censor board chief has expressed his disappointment and hoped that "the Indian government will act responsibly".

“It is extremely sad and disappointing that art, music and sports are being subjected to politics of intolerance, hate and one upmanship in the 21st century," Fakhr-e-Alam, chairman of Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC), told IANS.

Most Russian airstrikes in Syria not against militants: US

Washington: Over 90 percent of airstrikes by Russia in Syria since the last one week have not been targeted at the Islamic State, or IS, or groups with links to the Al Qaeda, the US said.

"Greater than 90 percent of the strikes that we've seen them take to date have not been against IS or Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists," said state department spokesman John Kirby on Wednesday.

"They've been largely against opposition groups that want a better future for Syria and don't want to see the Assad regime stay in power," Kirby added.

Airstrike kills 26 at Yemen wedding

Sanaa: At least 26 people, including seven children, were killed and scores wounded when warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding celebration taking place in a Yemen town, a media report said on Thursday.

The airstrike on Wednesday night hit the house of a tribal leader who allegedly supports the Shiite Houthi group in Sanaban village in Dhamar province, about 100 km from here.

Twenty six people were killed at the wedding ceremony and more than 40 injured, including 15 children and 17 women, Xinhua reported, citing medics and rescuers.

AMU connection to Nobel winner in Physics: Prof Sajjad Athar is a collaborator of Takaaki Kajita

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Aligarh: Prestigious Aligarh Muslim University has a unique connection to this year’s Nobel winner in Physics. Professor Mohammad Sajjad Athar, a Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physicist of the Department of Physics of the University, is a collaborator of Japanese Physicist Takaaki Kajita, one of the winners.

Indian toll in Haj stampede rises to 74

New Delhi/Lucknow: The toll of Indian pilgrims killed in the stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia during Haj has risen to 74, the government said on Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "Haj stampede - Saudi Arabia has released a further list. The Indian toll is now 74."

The Haj Mission at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah posted on its Facebook page an updated list of Indians who died in the stampede.

The Indian toll till Sunday was 58. Over 700 people were killed in the September 24 stampede near Makkah.

Israel threatens 'harsh response' amid violent attacks

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday to deliver a harsh response on "Palestinian terrorism" amid a wave of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Netanyahu met with Israeli security officials to discuss the escalating situation, after four Israelis died and three wounded in Palestinian attacks in the past several days, Xinhua news agency reported.

India will talk only if BJP goes: Pakistani daily

Islamabad: India-Pakistan peace talks will be possible only when the BJP is voted out in India, a Pakistani newspaper said on Saturday.

The Nation said in an editorial that despite Islamabad's attempts, New Delhi was not ready for reconciliation.

"The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) might hopefully lose power soon, and maybe we can start (peace talks) again with a more level-headed government," it said.

Palestine blames Israel for deadlock in peace talks

Ramallah: Israel brought the peace talks to a deadlock by not halting settlements cosntruction, a Palestinian official has said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address at the UN General Assembly did not bring anything new, Nemer Hammad, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Thursday.

"There will be no resumption of peace talks before the complete halt of Israeli settlement and without the release of the prisoners," Xinhua news agency quoted Hammad as saying.

India, Pakistan clash at UN over Kashmir

New York/New Delhi: India and Pakistan clashed at the UN General Assembly after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up Kashmir in his address, terming the issue "the most persistent failure" of the UN. India hit back, saying Kashmir was unresolved because Pakistan has continuously chosen to disregard its commitments, including the most recent one at Ufa in Russia.

India also gave a rebuttal to Sharif's proposal to de-militarise Kashmir, asking that Pakistan needs to first "de-terrorise" the state.