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19th Saarc summit in Islamabad postponed

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New Delhi : The 19th Saarc Summit to be held in Pakistan in November has been postponed.

With India’s decision to pull out from the summit on Tuesday followed by Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan, the November 9-10 summit automatically stands postponed or cancelled.
The formal announcement of the postponement will be made later by the Kathmandu-based Saarc Secretariat, in accordance with and suggestions from Nepal, the current chair of the regional grouping.

Nepal, as current chair of Saarc, has received letters from India, Bhutan and Bangladesh where they have categorically expressed their inability to participate in the summit due to tension in a part of the region.

Diplomatic sources told IANS that another member, Afghanistan, has also expressed its inability to attend the summit but Nepal has not received a formal letter in this respect yet.

“We will make our position public soon,” said a senior Nepal foreign ministry official, adding that as the Foreign Minister is travelling to the US to attend the UNGA, it will take some days for Nepal to come up with its position.

After India decided not to attend the summit in Pakistan, it is now Sri Lanka that is likely to host the summit.

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Man held for making hoax bomb call for Taj Mahal

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Agra, 4 March : The Agra police have arrested the man who made a hoax call on Thursday morning claiming that there was a bomb in the Taj Mahal.

The man identified as Vimal Kumar Singh, is a resident of Nakhi in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad. Inspector General (IG) Satish Ganesh said that Singh was being interrogated.

“It seems he is of unsound mind and is being treated for the disorder. We are also trying to locate his location at the time when he made the call,” the IG said. He said that further investigations were underway.

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SKM announces 5-hr blockade at KMP expressway on 100th day of protest

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New Delhi, 3 March: The Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) expressway will be blocked for five hours on March 6 as the farmers’ protest against the three Central farm laws complete 100 days, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced on Tuesday after a meeting held on the 96th day of the protest to prepare future strategy.

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People in Delhi rejected BJP for corruption: AAP

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New Delhi, March 4 : After winning four out of five municipal seats in Delhi’s civic bodies’ bypolls on Wednesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) attacked MCD ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which failed to secure even a single seat. The AAP slammed the BJP saying that the people of Delhi were fed up with rampant corruption in civic agencies in the city under its 15 years rule.

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