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US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Congress to end a partial government shutdown and assured the international community that the budget impasse will be resolved shortly. Kerry on Saturday said it was regrettable that a small group in Congress - Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives - was preventing US President Barack Obama from meeting with his Chinese and Russian counterparts at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia. The secretary of state was standing in at that gathering for Obama, who cancelled his trip due to the budget standoff. "All of our friends and foes watching around the world should not mistake this momentary episode in American politics as anything more than that," Kerry said. The partial suspension of federal government operations, which began at midnight Monday, was spurred by the unwillingness of some House Republicans to vote to fund the government unless Obama and the Democrats agreed to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Act, also known as Obamacare, is the administration's flagship domestic initiative and the President refused to consider any changes or delays. The two-day APEC forum, which will get under way Monday, is a gathering attended by representatives of 21 pacific rim countries - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, the US and Vietnam.

Private corporates owe IAF over Rs 26 lakh: Jaitley

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Private corporates owe IAF over Rs 26 lakh: Jaitley

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has to recover dues amounting to over Rs 26 lakh from private sector corporates for offering its flights to them for various purposes, Lok Sabha was informed today.&quo...


Closely monitoring price situation, taking steps controlling inflation: Sitharaman

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Closely monitoring price situation, taking steps controlling inflation: Sitharaman

New Delhi: Government today said it is "closely monitoring" the prevailing price situation in the country and taking steps to bring down inflation. Food inflation, Minister of State for Fina...

Pune landslide: Death toll rises to 63, Maha CM announces aid of Rs 5 lakh

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Pune landslide: Death toll rises to 63, Maha CM announces aid of Rs 5 lakh

Pune: The death toll in the Malin village landslide on Friday climbed to 63 even as NDRF personnel braved hostile weather and difficult terrain for the third day to look for signs of life under the hu...

Modi's WTO stand is a far cry from UPA's weak multilateral trade policies

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Modi's WTO stand is a far cry from UPA's weak multilateral trade policies

Narendra Modi governments continued stand at the WTO that Indias food security is as important as the Western nations desperate desire to get the Trade Facilitation Protocol passed is an emphatic depa...

Lessons need to be learnt from Pune landslide for corrective action: Rajnath

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Lessons need to be learnt from Pune landslide for corrective action: Rajnath

New Delhi: Promising all help for rescue and relief work at the landslide-hit Pune village, the Centre on Friday said lessons need to be drawn from the calamity for corrective action.A scientific stud...

Delhi as India's rape capital: Why the data doesn't tell the whole story

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Delhi as India's rape capital: Why the data doesn't tell the whole story

Even as reports of sexual assault in Delhi continue to shock, the latest being a teenager raped by three men including a CRPF constable, a deep-dive analysis of complaints of sexual assault in the cap...

No plan to change management of rural credit funds: Jaitley

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No plan to change management of rural credit funds: Jaitley

New Delhi: Government has no plan to make any change in management of National Rural Credit (NRC) funds provided by the NABARD for undertaking agricultural activities and to rural non-farm sector.Fina...