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Quint Exclusive: I’m Not an Anti-national, Says SP Salwinder Singh

In an exclusive conversation with The Quint, Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh said that he has faith in the system, and has not been involved in any anti-national activity. Singh was questioned by the NIA for the fourth consecutive day in Delhi.

ISIS Behind Jakarta Attack, Says Police Chief

Jakarta Police chief has said that the Islamic State or ISIS is behind the terror attack on the city.

Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says police have raised security alert to the highest level following the deadly attack in Jakarta.

He says security has been increased at public places such as shopping malls and tourists spots, “while extra precautionary actions will be implemented in border areas to prevent possible infiltration by terrorist elements.”

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MEA: Indo-Pak Foreign Secy Talks to Be Rescheduled in Near Future

The Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, Vikas Swarup said on Thursday that India and Pakistan have agreed to reschedule the Foreign Secretary level meet through a mutual agreement in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The meet, scheduled for 15-16 January, was questioned after the terrorist attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot on 2 January.

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Mirza-Hingis Break Longest Women’s Doubles Win Streak Since 1994

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinched their 29th consecutive victory in women’s doubles after winning the semi-finals of the Sydney International tennis tournament on Thursday.

Mirza-Hingis is the first women’s doubles pair to win 29 consecutive matches since Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva, who won 28 consecutive matches in 1994.

The Quint takes a look at the glorious Mirza-Hingis run since September 2015.

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Maharashtra’s Bitter-Sweet Makar Sankranti History & Don’t Kill Birds When You Fly Kites

Now that Bajirao Mastani has introduced you to Maratha history, let me tell you why Makar Sankranti is a bitter-sweet festival for Maharashtrians, writes Kirti Phadtare Pandey.

Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says police have raised security alert to the highest level following the deadly attack in Jakarta.

He says security has been increased at public places such as shopping malls and tourists spots, “while extra precautionary actions will be implemented in border areas to prevent possible infiltration by terrorist elements.”

Makar Sankranti is also the time and the season for kite-flying revelry in west Indian states.

Friends of animals and conservationists in Nashik are appealing to people across Maharashtra and Gujarat to not use nylon threads (maanjas) as a part of their kite-flying apparatus as there have been numerous accidents (some fatal) where thousands of birds have got entangled in the threads.

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On Heels of Masood Azhar Arrest, IC-814 Hostage Recounts Horror

Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar has been detained by Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot Attack. Lest we forget, Masood was the price India paid to release the 175 passengers on-board the IC-814 flight, hijacked in Kandahar in 1999.

Arun Naithani and his wife Alka Naithani were aboard the fateful flight.

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I’m Glad to Be the First Male Bollywood Actor to Go South: Akshay

Akshay Kumar never fails to surprise us. From absolute masala films like Rowdy Rathore and Housefull to more serious stuff like Baby and Airlift, the star is equally at ease when it comes to experimenting with his choices. He talks to The Quint about his upcoming film and more.

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WWE Live in India, The Quint Meets Diva Champion Charlotte

The countdown to WWE live India event has begun. While, that happens, The Quint brings to you a candid interaction with the Divas Champion, Charlotte.

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