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Khuntia appointed Karnataka Chief Secretary

Karnataka government today announced the appointment of senior IAS officer Subhash Chandra Khuntia as the state’s Chief Secretary, effective from October 1.

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Karnataka defers decision on Cauvery water release till Thursday

Awaiting the outcome of a meeting convened by the Centre, Karnataka Cabinet today decided to defer till tomorrow a decision on release of 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court direction.

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Cauvery row: Karnataka Congress MPs protest in Parliament, ask PM Modi to intervene

Congress MPs from Karnataka sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on Tuesday in the Cauvery issue, urging him to convene a meeting of chief ministers of two states for an amicable settlement. About 11 Congress MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha staged a protest at the Gandhi statue in Parliament premises on Tuesday against the Supreme Court order on Cauvery water.

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After India-led pull-out, Islamabad admits that SAARC will have to be postponed

Pakistan hinted that the next SAARC Summit in November could be postponed if India has refused to attend the regional gathering. "As per SAARC rules the Summit will not be held if any member-country refused to attend," Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said.

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Baghdad: 17 killed in bombings in shopping areas

Bombings targeting shopping areas in Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital today killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50, security and medical officials said. The Islamic State jihadist group claimed an attack in the Baghdad Jadida neighbourhood in the east of the city, saying it was carried out by a man wearing an explosive vest. Officials said at least eight people were killed and at least 29 wounded in Baghdad Jadida, although some said the area was hit by a roadside bomb as well as a suicide bomber.

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Sania Mirza continues to dominate doubles ranking

India's Sania Mirza maintained her numero uno position in the latestWTA women's doubles ranking following her recent victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, partnering Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.