Hardliner Narendra Modi, the main opposition BJP’s frontman for next year’s Indian elections, held fence-mending talks with the party’s elder statesman LK Advani yesterday after a fallout with his former mentor.
A source close to Advani told the Press Trust of India they had a “good meeting”, debating strategy.
Advani quit the party last week hours after Modi was picked to head the party’s election committee. He was later persuaded to rescind his resignation.
12 killed in Nepal landslides
At least 12 people have been killed in landslides triggered by three days of heavy monsoon rain in remote parts of Nepal, officials said yesterday.
Seven members of the same family, including five children, were killed Monday after a landslide buried their house in a village in northwestern Nepal, a local police officer told AFP. In Baitadi district in the country’s west, five people were killed yesterday, a local police officer said.
Mali to sign deal with Tuaregs
Bamako was to sign a deal with Tuareg rebels occupying a key northern city that is expected to pave the way for nationwide polls next month, a Mali government envoy told AFP.
“The accord is ready to be signed. I am able to tell you the interim accord will be initialled this morning and signed this afternoon,” said Tiebile Drame, head of the Malian delegation to peace talks in Burkina Faso, where the deal will be inked.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is facing a storm of controversy over the sex of his unborn child.
India’s Health Ministry has launched an investigation into media reports that the actor Khan and his wife are expecting a boy through a surrogate mother.
Sex determination tests are banned in India, and elsewhere in Asia, due to a traditional preference for sons.