A general view shows the damaged road after the gas explosions in southern Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Friday. -AP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) during a meeting in New Delhi on Friday. -PTI

Palestinian children wounded in Israeli shelling are treated in a hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday -AP

Babita Kumari of India celebrates after winning the gold medal after defeating Brittanee Laverdure of Canada -AP

US secretary of state John Kerry shakes hands with national security adviser Ajit Doval after their meeting at South Block. PTI

Vikas Shive Gowda of India celebrates after winning the men's discus final at Hampden Park Stadium (Photo: AP)

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Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, on Thursday.


Rate cut likely to pull rupee down

An interest rate cut could trigger a rupee de-preciation, affecting 53 per cent of the BSE 500 companies that are tot-ally import dependent.


‘Pakistan used US military funds to fight India’

Most of the American military aid to Islamabad for counter-insurgency has gone into buying equipment to fight India, a former US diplomat has told legislators as he described Pakistan as a country whi


CAG: De-silting not done on time

The CAG has heavily criticised the city administration for not making adequate arrangements for monsoon to check water-logging of roads and other related problems in the national capital.


Tidal forces caused the moon to take bulging shape

Tidal forces acting billions of years ago gave moon the shape it holds now, according to new research.


India showed zero resistance: Sunil Gavaskar

Severely critical of the Indian cricket team’s poor show against England in the third Test, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the old habit of getting complacent after a big win seems to have affecte


US, India need to readjust positions

The visit of US secretary of state John Kerry to New Delhi on Thursday for the fifth annual India-US Strategic Dialogue with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj can essentially be seen as an effort to erect the right platform for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coming visit to the United States in September — in effect, to try regain the zone of comfort that has been absent in bilateral ties for the past two years as relations began to sag after a marked upswing following the signing of the India-US civil nuclear agreement.

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