US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures upon his arrival at AFS Palam in New Delhi on Wednesday. -PTI

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. -PTI

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda greeting the state's new Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at Raj Bhawan -PTI

India's wrestling medalists Sushil Kumar, Vinesh, Amit Kumar and Rajiv Tomar with medals

India's Bronze medalist Lajja Gauswami after the medal ceremony of the 50m Rifle 3 Positions women

Bronze medalist Chandrakant Dadu Mali of India, right, during the medal ceremony for the men's 94kg weightlifting competition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 86th ICAR Foundation Day function in New Delhi Tuesday. — PTI

Blow to Congress as Haryana minister quits

International

UN outrage leads to 4-hour lull

Israel was on Wednesday observing a four-hour lull in Gaza several hours after a deadly strike on a school killed 16, drawing a furious response from a UN refugee agency.

India

Arup Raha takes over as CoSC

IAF chief Arup Raha on Wednesday took over as the chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee from incumbent Gen. Bikram Singh who is retiring on Thursday.

Metros

Arvind Kejriwal vacates official residence

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal vacated the official accommodation provided to him on his appointment as the chief minister of Delhi and shifted back to his former residence at Kaushambi in Ghaz

Newsmakers

New simple blood test for all cancers

British researchers have developed a simple blood test that may be used to diagnose all types of cancer and can eliminate the need for costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as biopsies.

Sports

Zaheer Khan launches fitness center

Zaheer Khan, one of India’s most successful pace bowlers launched his dream project, ‘ProSport’, a fitness and strength training center in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Editorial

Indians stranded in Libya: A new crisis

After war-torn Iraq, Indian nationals are stuck once again in another country in the Arab world — Libya — whose political order was undermined by the marauding Americans in the name of promoting democracy three years ago, giving jihadi fighters a chance to roam freely and threaten the scratchy government put in place after Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster.

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