Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan as President Xi Jinping looks on. Photo: PTI

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan kisses a student at Tagore International School in New Delhi on Thursday. — PTI

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Policemen lathicharge RLD supporters at Muradnagar in Ghaziabad on Thursday. — PTI

Prashant Bhushan not to give name of informant to Supreme Court bench

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is offered sweets by his mother as he meets her on the occasion of his 64th Birthday. Photo: PTI

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Nepal clears GMR’s $1.4billion hydro plant

Nepal’s centre-left cabinet on Thursday cleared the way for Indian firm GMR to build a $1.4 billion hydroelectric plant in the northwest of the country, a cabinet minister said, the Himalayan republic


Congress team meets Xi Jinping

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that “peace and tranquillity” at the border is imperative and that all issues as agreed earlier should be resolved.


Tihar inmate found dead, relative claim murder

An undertrial was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside jail number 1 in the Tihar prison complex on Friday. This is the fifth death of an inmate within a fortnight at the prison. 


Banana skin study wins Ig Nobel

Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year


Clash of two non-IPL teams as Dolphins take on Perth Scorchers

Australia's Perth Scorchers, boasting many a proven performer in their ranks, will start as favorites when they take on South African team Dolphins in a clash of two non-IPL teams in the Champion Leag


Soft diplomacy won’t solve vital issues

The decades-old unresolved boundary issue has been the monkey on the back in India-China relations, and it is impossible to know whether we are any closer to fixing the problem than we were before the special representative-level dialogue commenced years ago between the two countries to sort out the matter.


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