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)

Mamata Banerjee interacts with media after an administrative meeting with officials in North 24 pargana district. (Photo: PTI)

Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia (L) talks with Haryana Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu at a meeting in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Hindustani Awam Morcha (HUM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi addresses a press conference in Patna. (Photo: PTI)

Mirage 2000 fighter jet test-lands on Yamuna Expressway near Delhi as part of trials. (Photo: PTI)

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Acharya Balkrishna of Patanjali, along with Baba Ramdev, performs a yagna in quake-hit Nepal.

International

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

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

Blind Cricket: Indian team set to tour England

When the members of the Indian blind cricket team entered a tiny room filled with a handful of journalists and cameramen, they were greeted with warm applause.

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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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