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Regional

Ex-Mizoram chief minister Brig T Sailo passes away

Aizawl: Former Mizoram chief minister Brig T Sailo died following heart failure at New Life Hospital here. He was 93. Brig Sailo is survived by wife Thansiami, two sons, a daughter and grandchildren. Family sources said Sailo breathed his last at 11:50am. Sailo had been admitted the hospital’s ICU on December 27 last year. [Full Article...]

National

President confers Bharat Ratna on Vajpayee at his home

New Delhi: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was on Friday conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a brief ceremony at his home here attended by the country’s leadership. The president, in a break from protocol, arrived at Vajpayee’s 6, Krishna Menon Marg residence here to [Full Article...]

International

Stampede kills 10 Hindu pilgrims in Bangladesh

Dhaka: At least 10 Hindu pilgrims, including seven women, were killed and 50 others injured on Friday in a stampede when hundreds of thousands converged for the annual ‘Ashtami Snan’ on the banks of the Old Brahmaputra River outside the Bangladeshi capital. Devotees thronged the venue of the ‘Ashtami Snan’ in Bandar upazila of [Full Article...]

Sports

‘Underarm incident’ resonates before final

MELBOURNE: New Zealand’s cricketing Gallipoli came on February 1, 1981 when Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground along the ground. New Zealand, with an All Black at the crease in the form of Brian McKechnie, needed six to [Full Article...]

Editorial

  • The gay issue

    THE United Nations had decided to confer the same benefits on same-sex spouses of its employees as on spouses of heterosexual marriages. Russia brought a resolution opposing it. India supported the Russian resolution and joined a club of illiberal countries led by Saudi Arabia. 80 member countries of the UN went against the Russian resolution. India’s stand has caused disappointment in many quarters. However, the country has seen some progressive changes internally. The NDA and other political parties are expected to push for repeal of Section 377 of the [Full Article...]