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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 18, 2018, 06.55 PM(IST)

File photo: Mahinda Rajapaksa. Photograph:( Getty )

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Hamid Nihal Ansari, in jail in Pakistan for 6 years, returns to India

Indian national Hamid Nihal Ansari, who has been in jail in Pakistan for the last six years, crossed back over into India Tuesday evening a little before 6 pm. 

Govt did not ask for Urjit Patel's resignation as RBI governor: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday said Tuesday that the government never sought the resignation of Urjit Patel as governor of the Reserve Bank of India over differences in handling liquidity stress in certain sectors.

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho with immediate effect

Manchester United on Tuesday sacked Jose Mourinho as the club's manager with immediate effect, following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool. 

Kremlin says Russia did not target black US voters

The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected Washington's accusations that Russia tried to disrupt the 2016 presidential vote and sought to demoralise African-Americans, calling the charges incomprehensible.

Former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes Sri Lanka's main opposition leader

Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday became Sri Lanka's main opposition leader in Parliament, days after he resigned as prime minister after clinging on to power for nearly two months, amidst the unprecedented political turmoil in the country.