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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 14, 2018, 09.02 AM(IST)

File photo of MJ Akbar. Photograph:( ANI )

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MJ Akbar returns, party sources say Modi to take final call on his continuance as minister

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar returned to India Sunday morning. 

There has been a growing clamour for his sacking after at least eight women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment from when he was a newspaper editor. 

PTI quoted party sources as saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take the final call on Akbar's continuance as junior foreign minister. 

Launch surgical strike and we will retaliate with 10, Pakistan warns India

Pakistan on Saturday warned of "10 surgical strikes" against India in response to a single such attack, in the latest war of words between the two estranged nuclear-armed neighbours.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the military's Inter-Services Public Relations, issued the warning while talking to the media in London, where he is accompanying Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on a visit.

"If India dares to launch a surgical strike inside Pakistan, it will face 10 surgical strikes in response," Ghafoor was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.

Gurgaon: Judge's wife shot by security guard dies, son out of danger

The wife of the Gurgaon judge shot by his personal security officer (PSO) has died. 

The PSO shot the judge's wife and 18-year-old son in a crowded market area in Gurgaon Sector 49 on Saturday afternoon. News reports said Mahipal first shot the wife and then the son.

In video footage of the incident recorded by a witness, the guard Mahipal is seen trying to push the judge's son Dhruv into the car they were in. Mahipal leaves after he fails to do so.

The judge's wife and son were rushed to hospital. While the wife died from her injuries, Dhruv is said to be out of danger. 

Want people to come to US legally, on merit: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that he wants people with merit, who can help, to enter the country and not sneak inside the border illegally.

"I'm very tough at the borders. We've been very tough at the borders. People have to come into our country legally, not illegally. Legally. And I want them to come in on merit," Trump told reporters at the White House on Saturday.

Responding to a series of question on illegal immigration, the president reiterated that he wants people based on merit, a move that can help technology professionals from countries such as India.

Messi 'is not a leader', says Maradona

Lionel Messi "is not a leader", said Diego Maradona of the current Argentina talisman in an interview in Mexico.

"It's useless to try and make a leader out of someone who goes to the bathroom 20 times before a game," Maradona said on Fox Sports.

"Before speaking to the coach and players he will be on the PlayStation. Then, on the field, he wants to be the leader," Maradona said as he answered questions in a stumbling voice, sometimes seeming to contradict himself.