Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot celebrates the party’s victory in the bypolls in Jaipur on Tuesday. — PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves after party workers meeting at Tri mandir at Ahmedabad- Gandinagar highway in Gujarat -PTI

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, right, shares a lighter moment with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting AP

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Rural Development and Drinking Water & Sanitation, Nitin Gadkari -PTI

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Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray during a interactive session ahead of the Maharashtra state assembly elections- PTI

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A scientist talks about the Mars probe at Isro’s Mission Control Centre in Bengaluru on Monday. — ASIAN AGE

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Oil companies defer cut in diesel price

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China envoy hopeful on border problems

Newly-appointed Chinese ambassador to India Le Yucheng on Tuesday told a news agency, “As countries with a long history of civilisation, China and India have inherited some problems from history, but

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Big Indian artwork auction in New York today

Paintings by one of India’s most important modern artists go under the hammer in New York on Wednesday, highlighting the booming market for Asian art featured this week.

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The move to put traffic offenders squarely on the mat, and hit them hard in the purse, comes not a moment too soon. Indians are rated among the world’s worst road users, whether as impatient motorists ignoring traffic lights, two-wheeler riders being reckless unmindful of their own and others’ safety, desperate pedestrians getting in the way of vehicles and three-wheeler drivers trying to hog most of the road for themselves.

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