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)

Sonia Gandhi: I’ll write my own book

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

Moeen Ali scalped six Indian wickets to power England to a series leveling win at Southampton. Photo: AP

National Disaster Rescue Force officials carry out rescue at Malin hamlet. Bodies recovered from the mud slush. —Rajesh Jadhav

India's Sakshi Malik with silver medal after medal ceremony of the women's Freestyle Wrestling 56kg final

International

Gaza conflict bloodier than 2008-09 as deaths hit 1,442

The toll of Palestinian dead in Israel's 24-day-old Gaza offensive reached 1,442 on Thursday, surpassing the previous record reached during a three-week campaign over New Year in 2009.

Metros

Pub brawl: Liquor baron’s grandson denied bail

A city court on Thursday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Parth Wadia, liquor baron Kishanlal Wadia’s grandson, accused of trying to force his way into a club by assaulting their staff along wi

Newsmakers

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.

Sports

Pujara, Kohli drop in ICC Test rankings

Cheteshwar Pujara slipped a couple of rungs to 10th but remained the best-placed Indian batsman, while the off-colour Virat Kohli dropped one spot to 15th in the latest ICC Test rankings issued today.

Editorial

Natwar’s grudge report is just that

The genre of writing by persons once close to centres of power, but subsequently estranged, is hardly new. Looking back in time, we may think of illustrious Persian poet Firdousi and his Shah-e-Nama in which he tried to get even with his master, Mahmud of Ghazni. In less recent times, in India, we had M.O. Mathai. More recently, we had Sanjaya Baru. And now there is K. Natwar Singh.

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