PM Modi votes in general election, calls for national security


NEW DELHI Millions of Indians are voting in the third and largest phase of a staggered general election on Tuesday, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who cast his ballot in his home state of Gujarat and again underlined the need to combat "terrorism".

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Myanmar's top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists 3:20pm IST

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India cenbank sets high cut-off at forex swap auction, forward rates jump 6:47pm IST

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Grieving relatives bury dead in Sri Lanka amid new security fears 3:54pm IST

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Democratic presidential candidates divided over impeaching Trump 12:57pm IST

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