The India-Pakistan dialogue process still looked fragile at the end of the two-day foreign secretary-level talks on Thursday. For, both sides followed the familiar "step-by-step approach" as there was no progress on the core issues.
Despite India pressing hard with 26/11 attack related stories handler Abu Jundal's revelations, Pakistan foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani denied the role of state actors in the carnage and again proposed a joint investigation.
New Delhi turned down the proposal and foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai later told a joint press meet: "The home minister (P Chidambaram) has addressed this question in some detail."
Chidambaram said on Wednesday: "It is no longer possible to deny that though the incident happened in Mumbai, there was a control room in Pakistan before and during the incident. Without state support, the control room could not have been established."
Both secretaries agreed, instead, on measures to promote, trade, people-to-people contact and sporting ties. Jilani called for the resumption of cricket ties, which Mathai endorsed, saying the two boards would have to take a final call on the issue.
A joint statement after the talks said, "Both sides recognised the need to strengthen existing cross-LoC CBMs (confidence-building measures) for streamlining arrangements to facilitate travel and trade across the LoC."
One Junior Commanding Officer was killed and another jawan injured after a major infiltration bid by a group of six terrorists was foiled by the Army along LoC in Machil in Kupwara district of North Kashmir.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to travel to Washington in a few months at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of 28 Ministers.
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official, who is also the Chief Investigating Officer probing the coal block allocation scam, was caught taking a bribe of Rs 15 lakh on Friday.
Farmers in Coimbatore region on Friday threatened that they would resort to mass suicides if government went ahead with its plan to increase power tariff.
DMK leader MK Stalin on Friday surrendered his illegally-imported Hummer to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Chennai.
A month after an explosion took place opposite the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Malleshwaram in Bangalore, police are yet to zero in on the person who had planted the bomb.