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India and Pakistan have exchanged fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region

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India and Pakistan have exchanged fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan said Indian troops had raided a military post in the Haji Pir sector of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, killing a soldier and injuring another. An Indian army spokesman said Pakistan had “initiated unprovoked firing” at Indian military posts. Kashmir is claimed by both nations in...

India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded

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...wo soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded. Pakistan has rejected accusations that it killed any Indian soldiers or fired across the Line of Control (LoC) which divides Kashmir. India called the attack “barbaric” and summoned Pakistan’s top envoy in Delhi over the incident. Claimed by both countries, K...

At least five Indian soldiers have been killed by gunmen who threw grenades near a school in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir

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...y forces, killing five of them. They also opened fire,” the official said. Indian-administered Kashmir has been tense since the execution in February of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man convicted for plotting to attack India’s parliament in 2001. Attacks in Srinagar have become rare – last October one person was killed by gunmen who opened fire in a hotel on the outskirts of Srinagar....

The death toll of Kashmir avalanche has risen to 135

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...f troops, plus sniffer dogs and helicopters are involved in the rescue operation. The death toll of Kashmir avalanche has risen to 135 In a statement, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani expressed shock at the disaster, but said it “in no way would undermine the high morale of soldiers and officers.” The camp, located 15,000 ft (4,572 m) above sea level in Kashmir’s Gaya...

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More than 100 Pakistani soldiers have been buried by an avalanche in the disputed Kashmir region, officials say. Local TV stations say that the incident happened near the Siachen glacier in the eastern Karakoram mountain range. 130 troops were buried when a battalion headquarters in the Gayari district was engulfed, says the AP news agency, quoting a security official. The area is in the northern...

Mohammad Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack India's parliament, has been hanged after his final clemency plea was rejected

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...police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in towns and cities across Indian-administered Kashmir to try to contain any unrest sparked by the execution. Claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, Kashmir has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years and two wars have been fought over it. Mohammad Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack In...

India is voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP

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India is voting in the biggest day of the general election pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. Polling takes place in 121 seats in 12 states, including the key states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal. The nine-phase vote began on April 7 and will conclude on May 12. Votes will be counted on May 16. More than 814 million Indi...

Sunanda Pushkar was a sales manager in the Dubai-based TECOM Investments and co-owner of the India-based Rendezvous Sports World

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...wner of the India-based Rendezvous Sports World. Sunanda Pushkar was born on January 1st, 1962, in a Kashmiri family of landlords and Indian Army officers native to Bomai. She was the only daughter of Lt. Col. Poshkar Nath Dass and Jaya Dass. Her father PN Dass retired from the army in 1983. A born rebel, Sunanda Pushkar broke the age-old tradition of Kashmiri Pandits when she attained the first n...

This year’s Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on January 26.

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This year’s Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on January 26. See full list of nominees: GENERAL Album Of The Year “The Blessed Unrest” — Sara Bareilles “Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” — Kendrick Lamar “The Heist” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Red” — Taylor Swift Record Of The Year “Get Lucky...

India’s Election Commission has announced the country's general election will take place in nine phases in April and May

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India’s Election Commission has announced the country’s general election will take place in nine phases in April and May. Polling to elect a new Lok Sabha, or lower house, will be held from April 7 to May 12. Votes will be counted on May 16. With some 814 million eligible voters, India’s election will be the largest the world has seen. The ruling Congress party and the main opposition...

Queen Elizabeth II gave her Christmas Message to the nation as her Diamond Jubilee year draws to a close

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Queen Elizabeth II gave her Christmas Message to the nation as her Diamond Jubilee year draws to a close. Since her first message in 1952, The Queen has ruled through enormous historic events and periods of change. 1950s Queen Elizabeth II gave her first Christmas message in 1952 which was broadcast in sound only on television in the UK. However, her message five years later was perhaps more sign...

President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in India for the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years

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President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in India for the first visit there by a Pakistani head of state for seven years. Asif Ali Zardari was met at Delhi’s Palam air force base by India’s parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. Pakistani president is having lunch with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, before travelling to an important Muslim shrine in Rajasthan. It is h...

McDonald's is bowing to local demand and is opening a meat-free restaurant in India

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McDonald’s is bowing to local demand and is opening a meat-free restaurant in India. The global chain, whose best-known product is the Big Mac burger in a bun, says it will be its first vegetarian outlet. McDonald’s, the world’s second biggest food outlet after Subway, increasingly adapts its range to local demand. Both India’s Hindu majority and Muslims can eat the same m...

At least one protester was killed in violent protests in Pakistan over anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims

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Fresh protests are taking place around the Muslim world over amateur anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims, which was produced in the US. At least one protester was killed in violent protests in Pakistan and thousands attended an angry rally in the Philippines city of Marawi. Weapons were fired and police cars torched in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah has said...

Barack Obama honored seven of the US most influential artists, including Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy, David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Markarova, and surviving members of rock band Led Zeppelin

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in fine form during Sunday night’s Kennedy Center Honors, laughing and holding hands at the event, which recognize the nation’s most culturally influential artists, performers, actors, and musicians. Wearing a stunning Michael Kors gold lamé dress embellished at the neckline, Michelle Obama dazzled as she entered the East Room of the White...

NASA has admitted it mistook a mountain in India for Mount Everest when it posted online a picture taken from space

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NASA has admitted it mistook a mountain in India for Mount Everest when it posted online a picture taken from space. NASA initially said the photo – by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko – showed the world’s tallest summit. The image was quickly picked up by a number of media outlets, but NASA removed it after a Nepalese expert spotted the error. Everest, which is 8,848 m (29,02...