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Ahead of Eid, communal clash breaks out in Mandvi village

Rajkot: Barely a day before Bakri Eid festivities, groups of two communities clashed in a village of Mandvi taluka in Kutch on Monday night, leaving five persons injured. The violence erupted over rendering of azaan (the call for namaz) at the mosque in Kathda village. According to a complaint lodged by a member of Gadhvi family, use of loud speaker […]

Minor raped in Botad village

Minor raped in Botad village

Rajkot: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped in a car on the outskirts of her village Refada in Barwala taluka of Botad district on Monday. Police has booked two persons in this regard and initiated probe. Police booked Haresh Bharwad of Chachariya village for raping the minor and his friend Chetan for aiding the crime. According to the police complaint, […]

Roads unlit for months, Quepem residents angry

QUEPEM: Lack of street lights in Quepem and talukas, especially in remote areas, has irked locals as more than 1,000 have been lying defunct since a long time. “Street lights have not been replaced or repaired for several months in , Sanguem and Quepem towns and the situation is worse in remote areas,” a resident said. The state government had […]

Asha Thakor elected chairman of Dudhsagar Dairy

Palanpur: Asha Thakor has been elected as chairman while Monghji Chaudhary the vice-chairman of Mehsana’s Dudhsagar Dairy. The elections for the two top posts at the Mehsana District Milk Producers‘ Co-operative Union Limited (MDCMPUL), popularly known as Dudhsagar Dairy, were held on Tuesday after a gap of two-and-a-half years. Thakor was so far serving as vice-chairman of the milk union […]

Rajapaksa hopes to return as Lanka president for third term

COLOMBO: ‘s two-time former president hopes to return as the head of the state despite a constitutional provision that bars a person from contesting the presidential election for a third term. “There is an opinion that I could contest again,” the former president told reporters yesterday at Piliyandala, a suburb. The former Sri Lankan strongman‘s nearly a decade-long rule was […]

Afghan officials: Taliban take at least 100 people hostage

KABUL: Afghan officials say the have taken more than 100 people, including women and children, hostage in an ambush in the country‘s north. This comes despite President Ashraf Ghani‘s call for a cease-fire with the Taliban during the Muslim holiday of . Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council in , says the insurgents stopped three buses on […]

Afghanistan awaits Taliban response to truce offer

Afghanistan awaits Taliban response to truce offer

KABUL: Afghanistan was Monday awaiting the ‘s response to President ‘s proposal for a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after nearly 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the offer during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying police and troops would observe the truce from this week — but only if the militants reciprocated. […]