Narendra Modi interacts with a girl during an event to honor Indian poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar in New Delhi. (Photo: AP)

J. Jayalalithaa pays floral tribute at former CM and party founder MGR’s statue in Chennai on Friday. (PTI)

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with deputy CM Manish Sisodia in New Delhi on Friday. ---Asian Age

RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in New Delhi on Friday. (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during an event to honor Indian poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar in New Delhi. (Photo: AP)

Police investigating the spot where unknown persons opened fire at Raju Shinde, in Goregaon Filmcity in Mumbai. --Asian Age

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar interacts with Army soldiers at the Siachen base camp in Ladakh on Friday. Asian Age

Gujjars agitate to demand reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for their community. (Photo: PTI)

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Ireland votes on gay marriage

Polls opened in Ireland on Friday for a historic referendum on allowing same-sex marriage that is backed by all the main political parties but opposed by the Catholic Church.

India

PM Modi warns against caste politics

Asking people of poll-bound Bihar to rise above caste considerations and support the most virtuous, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he is committed to take forward his vision of progress a

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Congress slams AAP for making differences public

The Congress on Friday criticised the AAP government for bringing its differences with the lieutenant-governor in the public domain, and said that it should rather devote its time in solving problems

Newsmakers

Eiffel shut as staff walks out over pickpockets

Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower was shut to tourists on Friday as staff walked off the job to protest a surge in gangs of pickpockets roaming around the monument.

Sports

Afridi’s men bring victory, smiles

Pakistan celebrated international cricket’s return after six years with a five-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 international at a packed Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

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Defence minister must retract remarks

Since ministers have been kept on a tight leash in the Modi government — with the Prime Minister being pretty much the sole centre of attention through a plethora of calibrated and much-publicised off

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