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Maoists warn of ‘extreme steps’ over Italian captive

BHUBANESWAR:  As the deadline set by the abductors of the BJD MLA, Mr Jhina Hikaka and the Italian tour guide, Mr Paolo Bosusco ends on Tuesday, the chances of an early solution to the twin hostage crises in Odisha appeared to have receded with both the Maoist groups placing new conditions for the duo's release from captivity.

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India presses Pak for action against Saeed

NEW DELHI:  Linking the progress in bilateral ties to Pakistan taking action against Hafiz Saeed and others responsible for Mumbai terror attacks, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh on Sunday plainly told the President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari that this was important for normalisation of relations between the two neighbours.

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