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Islamic State fighters kill 18 Afghan soldiers in attack on outpost

KABUL, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters attacked an Afghan army post in the eastern border province of Nangarhar, near Pakistan, late on Thursday and killed at least 18 soldiers, a local official said.
Ahmad Ali Hazrat, head of the provincial council, said the attack took place in the Deh Bala district of Nangarhar and killed about 18 soldiers manning an outpost. A security official, who declined to be named, confirmed the account.
Attahullah Khoqyani, spokesman for Nangarhar's governor, said operations by Afghan troops backed by international forces, had killed about 25 Islamic State militants in two districts of the province in the past 24 hours.
Over the past two years, militants loyal to Islamic State have established a stronghold in eastern Afghanistan where they fight both Afghan security forces and the Taliban.
U.S. and Afghan officials believe Islamic State has several hundred fighters but say the movement has been weakened by repeated drone strikes and special forces operations.
However the group has claimed a number of high profile attacks outside its eastern stronghold, notably against Shi'ite targets in the capital Kabul.
The Nangarhar attack came on the same day that Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing on a Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan, that killed at least 83 people.
Khoqyani said Pakistani artillery had shelled Lal Pur district on the Pakistan border, forcing hundreds of families to flee their homes
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PM greets Bangladesh on its Independence Day, pays tribute to Mujibur Rahman

PM greets Bangladesh on its Independence Day, pays tribute to Mujibur Rahman

New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to Banga Bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and greeted the people of Bangladesh on their Independence Day.

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26 Mar 2017 | 11:50 AM
Rajnath briefed on security situation in Assam

Rajnath briefed on security situation in Assam

New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) The security situation in Assam was today reviewed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

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26 Mar 2017 | 6:38 PM
Govt has not learnt lessons from Pathankot attack, says Parliamentary panel

Govt has not learnt lessons from Pathankot attack, says Parliamentary panel

New Delhi, Mar 26 (UNI) The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has said that the central government has "not learnt any lesson from the Pathankot attack" and recommended that there remains an urgent need to further strengthen the Security network in the country.

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26 Mar 2017 | 11:17 AM
RBI to merge 5 banks into SBI

RBI to merge 5 banks into SBI

Nanded, Mar 26 (UNI) Despite the strong opposition rendered by various banks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to merge five banks from April 1 into the State Bank of India (SBI).

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26 Mar 2017 | 8:12 PM
No compromise on territorial integrity : CM

No compromise on territorial integrity : CM

Imphal, Mar 26 (UNI) Chief Minister N Biren Singh today said the territorial integrity of Manipur will be protected at all cost.

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26 Mar 2017 | 8:29 PM
Gunfire in crowded Ohio nightclub kills one, wounds 15

Gunfire in crowded Ohio nightclub kills one, wounds 15

 CINCINNATI, Mar 26 (Reuters) Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early today morning, killing one person and injuring 15 others, as an apparent argument that may have started earlier in the day turned violent, authorities said.

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26 Mar 2017 | 10:34 PM
Togadia demands subsidies for Hindus at par with Muslims

Togadia demands subsidies for Hindus at par with Muslims

Ahmedabad, Mar 26 (UNI) Vishwa Hindu Parishad President Pravin Togadia today demanded the government to allocate to Hindus all subsidies and grants it gives to Muslims from money of Hindu tax payers or else stop all relief to the minorities.

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26 Mar 2017 | 8:58 PM
CM orders major statewide crackdown on over-speeding, violation of traffic rules

CM orders major statewide crackdown on over-speeding, violation of traffic rules

26 Mar 2017 | 11:58 PM

Chandigarh, Mar 26 (UNI) Taking a serious note over the death of eight people in two major road accidents in less than 24 hours, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has directed states traffic enforcement authorities to crack down on over-speeding and violation of traffic rules by vehicles, especially buses, and asked the Transport department to examine the feasibility of installing speed governors in public transport.

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