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Top terrorist Tunda arrested
Dawood aide caught near Nepal border; Involved in Mumbai, Delhi blasts
New Delhi, August 17
Abdul Karim Tunda at Delhi Police special cellOne of India’s most wanted terrorists and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s close associate Abdul Karim Tunda has been arrested after being on the run for 19 years. The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) bomb expert had allegedly been coordinating terror strikes in India from Pakistan. He was wanted in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts and the 1997-1998 Delhi blasts.
Abdul Karim Tunda at Delhi Police special cell. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

To ease LoC tension, Pak to free 367 Indian prisoners
Islamabad, August 17
Pakistan will release 367 Indian prisoners next week to send a positive message to its neighbour amid high tension arising out of firing along the Line of Control (LoC), sources said today. The two sides are trying to ease pressure along the LoC after around two weeks of ceasefire violations that started after five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops early this month.

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Pak troops continue to target Drass, Kaksar in Kargil
Jammu, August 17
Pakistani troops opened fire last night on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Drass and Kaksar areas of the Kargil sector in Ladakh region even as there has been no let up in heavy exchange of fire in Hamirpur and Mendhar areas along the de-facto border in Poonch district.

No repeat of 1991-like economic crisis, says PM
New Delhi, August 17
PM Manmohan Singh releases the fourth volume of book "RBI History - Looking Back and Looking Ahead" in New Delhi on Saturday. RBI Governor D Subbarao is also seen in the picturePrime Minister Manmohan Singh today dismissed the possibility of a throwback to the 1991 balance of payments crisis situation in the economy.
PM Manmohan Singh releases the fourth volume of book "RBI History - Looking Back and Looking Ahead" in New Delhi on Saturday. RBI Governor D Subbarao is also seen in the picture. PTI

Keep spectrum auction base price low or face higher call charges: Telecom operators
New Delhi, August 17
The next round of spectrum auction approaching fast, telecom operators have again started clamouring for keeping the base price for the auction low which would allow them to participate and also provide some revenue to the national exchequer.


PUNJAB: Red alert sounded as Ravi in spate

HARYANA: Congress leaders for quick call on state leadership issue

J&KMarkets remain shut on Geelani’s bandh call

HIMACHAL: NSUI dominates HPU polls

CHANDIGARH: MC splurges on study tours

LUDHIANA: A brother’s gift to sister — bone marrow

DELHI: Congress tells block, district committees to work in tandem
Business: Commodities’ regulator okays NSEL settlement plan
OPINION: Inviting foreign investors at cost of own

NATION: Antony reviews Sindhurakshak salvage operation

SPORTS: Lightning strikes twice
WORLD: Forces storm protesters-held mosque in Cairo

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Durga claims innocence
Lucknow, August 17
Suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has reportedly pleaded not guilty to charges of “poor administrative acumen and lack of foresight” into the demolition of the wall of a mosque at Kadalpur village in Gautam Buddha Nagar. In her reply to the chargesheet served by the Uttar Pradesh Government, she said she had carried out her duty to the best of her ability and sought her suspension order revoked.

Trivedi is new CRPF chief
New Delhi, August 17
Dilip Trivedi, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1978 batch of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has taken over as the new Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Trivedi was accorded the ceremonial guard of honour at the CRPF Directorate in Delhi today.

Yes, Makhan pipped Milkha in 21st national games: Govt
Question raised in Parliament on Hoshiarpur sprinter, who died unsung in penury in 2002
New Delhi, August 17
Call it pure providence or just the way Indian system functions but Makhan Singh, an athlete who won a 400-meter race by defeating legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, died unsung in penury in 2002, leaving behind a family who is struggling to survive more than 10 years down the line. While Milkha Singh’s life was celebrated by the Bollywood in the film “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna, who raised a question on financial assistance to family of Makhan Singh in Parliament last week, wonders whether the story of the bright track and field athlete from the Hoshiarpur district in Punjab, would inspire the government to ensure some permanent measure to pull his family out of despair.


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