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News in Brief: August 18
New Delhi, Aug 18: From international to national news, check out all the latest news updates here.

9.30 pm: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit agrees to resign as Kerala Governor

9.00 pm: Kashmiri separatist leaders say they would go on to meet the Pakistan high commissioner despite India calling off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the contentious issue of the invitation to them.

8.45 pm: AAP slams RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for calling India a Hindu nation, saying such remark is a "dangerous indication of things to come".

8.30 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi calls on President Pranab Mukherjee.

8.15 pm: Congress comes down heavily on the Centre, accusing it of following an "opaque and incoherent" foreign policy vis-a-vis Pakistan and sending "confused signals" to the countrymen.

8.00 pm: Congress reminds the Narendra Modi government that there are "no short-cuts to diplomatic processes" as India today called off the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan next week.

7.45 pm: BJP welcomes the government's decision to call off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan and said India will not tolerate any interference in its internal affairs by the neighbouring country.

7.15 pm: Questioning the efficacy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Singapore visit to hunt for investors, the BJP Monday sought to know who has funded the tour.

7.00 pm: Sonia, Rahul to take up women's reservation bill in big way, Mahila Congress members say.

6.45 pm: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asserts that Indian armed forces are fully prepared to respond to any ceasefire violation by it.

6.30 pm: A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits the province of Ilam in western Iran, injuring at least 250 people and causing extensive damage to buildings.

6.15 pm: Congress launches a scathing attack on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calling him "Hitler" over his remarks that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity.

6.07 pm: India calls off foreign-secy level talks with Pakistan which was scheduled for August 25 after the Pak envoy meets Kashmiri separatist. Pakistani defence analyst says it will only harm India's interests.

5:55 pm: Separatist leader Shabir Shah says there is a need for trilateral talks with representatives of India, Pakistan and Kashmir.

5:40 pm: Will cooperate with the probe: Aparna Sen told ED in Saradha chit fund case. "I also want that the culprits are brought to the law," she said.

5:25 pm: Nigeria schools shut down till further notice due to Ebola

4.25 pm: Nurse hired by five-star hotel in Delhi allegedly raped, two have been accused arrested.

4.17 pm: There's nothing wrong in Mohan Bhagwat's statement, people who are protesting don't understand Hindutva: MG Vaidya, RSS.

4.02 pm: Hindu Sena holds protest outside Pakistan High Commission as Pak envoy meets Kashmiri Separatists.

3.52 pm: Kashmiri Separatist Leader Shabir Shah en route to Pakistan High Commission

3.45 pm: Sensex rises 288 pts to end at new record high of 26,390.96.

3.27 pm: TMC activists allegedly gangraped and murdered a 32-year-woman in West Bengal's east Midnapore.

3.20 pm: Varun Gandhi and his wife Yamini Roy Chowdhury blessed with a girl.

3.00 pm: Separatist leader Yasin Malik defends meeting with Pak envoy Abdul Basit, says "no rationale behind opposition to the meet."

2.50 pm: West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee questioned by Enforcement Directorate in Kolkata in Saradha scam case.

2.18 pm: Julian Assange to leave Ecuadorian Embassy soon.

2.04 pm: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange addresses news conference in Central London, reports suggest that Assange could surrender.

1.32 pm: Assam CM Tarun Gogoi's convoy targetted in Golaghat along Assam-Nagaland border.

1.22 pm: 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Iran, injuring 40.

1.20 pm: National Stock Exchange index Nifty hits new life-time high of 7,843.30 (PTI).

1.15 pm: Assam CM Tarun Gogoi's convoy attacked.

1.11 pm: Ram Mandir has been in our agenda for 30 years and we'll continue the movement for its construction: VHP leader Pravin Togadia.

12.55 pm: SP government on the defensive as the situation remains volatile in Ghaziabad, minister Naresh Aggarwal says,"Akhilesh govt is doing all it can".

12.45 pm: AP Legislative Assembly adjourned for the day after YSR Cong members stall proceedings, demand debate on alleged poor law and order situation.

12.35 pm: Sonia Gandhi meets President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

12.20 pm: 60-year-old man arrested on charge of molesting nine-year-old neighbour in Ghaziabad.

12.00 pm: Gunmen attack Saudi prince's convoy outside Paris, rob €250,000, say French police.

11.53 am: Clashes erupt in Ghaziabad after a minor was allegedly sexually assaulted. Residents clash with police, security heightened.

11.20 am: Enforcement Directorate summons Bengali filmmaker Aparna Sen in connection with Saradha chit-fund scam probe.

11.10 am: Dahi Handi festival being celebrated in Thane

10.45 am: Curfew reimposed in US' Ferguson after black teen's death; police fire smoke canisters at protestors, media (read more)

10.15 am: Jayalalithaa writes to PM Modi questioning proposed amendment to GST legislation.

9.30 am: RSS is way out of line if they think India has a monolithic identity: Manish Tewari on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's Hindutva comments.

8:53 am: United Nations mission condemns clashes in Tripoli

8:30 am: US destroys armed vehicles of militants in Iraq

8:15 am: Nigerian Headed to India Dies After Showing Ebola Symptoms

8:00 am: Pakistani Troops Target Nearly 20 BSF Posts in Third Ceasefire Violation in 24 Hours

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