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Tech Mahindra partners Qualcomm Technologies for smart city solutions

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IT company Tech Mahindra on Friday announced collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc to offer solutions for smart cities across the globe. Under the partnership Tech Mahindra will integrate solutions from members of Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program. "We are excited to partner with Qualcomm Technologies as part of their 'Smart City Accelerator Program' to ensure the development and deployment of cutting edge smart cities solutions globally," Tech Mahindra President Communications Business Manish Vyas said in a statement. The Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program members represent a breadth of hardware and software providers, cloud solution providers, system integrators, design and manufacturing companies, as well as companies offering end-to-end solutions with smart cities in mind, the statement said. "The Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program provides a central hub for smart cities solutions across regions and verticals, and we are pleased to see Tech Mahindra ....
                 

Engineer drowns as car falls into river

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Suspected Lashkar infiltration in TN; alert sounded in Kerala

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: In view of the intelligence input thatmembers of the Lashkar-e-Taiba had infiltrated into neighbouring Tamil Nadu, an alert has been sounded in Kerala with police officials being directed to intensify vigil and searches. State DGP Loknath Behera on Friday directed district police chiefs to keep utmost vigil across the state, an official release said. Special vigil should be kept at bus stands, railway stations and airports and the places where people gather in huge numbers, it said. The DGP also asked the public to inform the police if they come across any suspicious objects or circumstance, the release added. Security has been tightened across Tamil Nadu following intelligence inputs that members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba had infiltrated into the state, police said on Friday. The reports suggested six members of the terror outfit infiltrated into the state by sea from Sri Lanka and moved to different cities, including Coimbatore, according to the police. Though the .....
                 

Proud to have led India to success in maiden stint as captain: Harmanpreet

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Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh is a proud man after having led India to success in his maiden stint as captain of the national team in the just-concluded Olympic Test event in Tokyo. World no. 5 India rested some senior players and fielded a relatively young team for the Olympic Test event but still managed to lift the crown, defeating New Zealand 5-0 in the final on Wednesday. "It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved in the team to showcase what they can do. With some experienced players rested for the tournament, we had a fairly younger squad, but it was a great chance for the youngsters to do well and I am really pleased with the way everyone stepped up. "The team performed well against teams like Japan, Malaysia and New Zealand, and it was an immensely proud moment for me to have led the Indian men's hockey team for the very first time," said the 23-year-old Harmanpreet, who captained India in the absence of Manpreet Singh. India had a great start to the Olympic Test ...
                 

India, US review strategic cooperation at a high-level meet

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Indian and US officials carried out a comprehensive review of defence, security and key foreign policy issues under the framework of 'two-plus-two' dialogue between the two strategic partners. In the meeting held in Monterey, California, the two sides also discussed regional developments, and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open, inclusive and peaceful Indo-Pacific, the external affairs ministry said here. The inter-sessional meeting mechanism was set up pursuant to the 'two-plus-two' ministerial talks last year. Under the new framework, the US secretary of state, US defence secretary, India's external affairs minister and the defence minister held extensive deliberations September 2018 to further enhance strategic ties. "The two sides reviewed the progress and development of bilateral relations in cross-cutting defence, security, and foreign policy areas since the inaugural 2+2 ministerial meeting," the MEA said. It said the two sides explored further possibilities of .....
                 

Coast Guards of India, US take part in joint exercise off

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Coast Guards of India and the United States took part in a joint exercise off the Chennai coast on Friday to promote coordination between the two maritime forces. Coast Guard ships and aircraft of the two countries took part in the exercise around five nautical miles off the city coast in the Bay of Bengal. From the Indian side, ICG Shaurya and ICG Abheek ships and Chetak helicopter took part in the exercise that focused on anti-piracy, search and rescue, and fire fighting operations, a Coast Guard official told PTI. The US cutter ship 'Stratton' and an aircraft associated with the vessel were part of the operation, the official added. Post the four-hour-long exercise that started at 7 am Friday, 'Stratton' made its maiden visit to India at the Chennai port. "The sea exercise has concluded Friday and the USCG ship will leave India on August 27 after taking part in a host of activities, that include interaction between US and Indian officials," the official said...
                 

Book to tell Flipkart's story

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A new book will recount the story of how the Bansals built Flipkart and how internet entrepreneurship was made a desirable occupation. Written by Mihir Dalal, "Big Billion Startup: The Untold Flipkart Story" is also a story of big money, power and hubris, as both business and interpersonal complexities weakened the founders' control over their creation and forced them to sell out to a retailer whose dominance they had once dreamt of emulating, publisher Pan Macmillan India said. IIT graduates Sachin and Binny Bansal founded the company out of a Bengaluru apartment which went on to become India's biggest e-commerce startup. Established in October 2007, Flipkart began as an online bookstore. Subsequently, the startup's reputation grew, so did its value, with venture capitalists in India and abroad investing. The book was acquired at auction from Anish Chandy at Labyrinth Literary Agency and its screen adaptation rights have been acquired by a leading producer, Pan Macmillan .....
                 

JK: Army establishes communication centre to help locals in Budgam

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Army here have established 'Awaam Communication Centre' for the residents in order to help them communicate with their family and friends via telephone facilities.Due to the prevailing situation, all communication facilities like mobile phone and landline phone services have been blocked by the authorities here. Although some landline phone facilities were restored in some parts of Srinagar, the majority of the facilities still remain blocked."People are coming here in order to communicate with their loved ones. Many people might not even know about this new initiative by the Army so they should be made aware of this facility for their own benefit. The Army here is very cooperative," said Mubashir Malik, a resident while speaking to ANI.Locals here hailed the communication services operated by the Army personnel, which is indeed helping the residents in many ways."This initiative is of great help to all the locals here. I have been utilizing this facility for two-three days now. I am ...
                 

ED searches Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal's premises in Delhi, Mumbai

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The Enforcement Directorate conducted searches on Friday at the premises of Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal in connection with a case of alleged contravention of the foreign exchange law, officials said. They said the searches are being carried out under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and are aimed at gathering additional evidence. Premises in Mumbai and Delhi are being searched, they said. A full-service carrier, Jet Airways shuttered operations on April 17 after running out of cash. A Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) inspection report had found large-scale irregularities, including diversion of funds, at the airline, sources had said in July. In March, Goyal stepped down as chairman of the airline. Currently, Jet Airways is undergoing resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code...
                 

FATF Asia-Pacific Group puts Pakistan in terror 'blacklist': Officials

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The Asia Pacific Group of the FATF, a global watchdog for terror financing and money laundering, has put Pakistan in a terror 'blacklist' for its failure to curb funnelling of funds to groups responsible for scores of attacks in India, officials here said on Friday. While putting Pakistan in an 'Enhanced Expedited Follow Up List', the Financial Action Task Force's Asia Pacific Group also found that the country was non-compliant on 32 of 40 compliance parameters related to terror financing and money laundering, they said. The FATF APG meeting was held in Canberra, Australia, and the discussions, which ended Friday, lasted more than seven hours over two days. India is a member of both the APG and the FATF consultations and was represented by a team of officials from the ministries of Home, External Affairs and Finance. Pakistan's multi-ministerial team at the APG meeting was led by the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. "The APG has placed Pakistan in the Enhanced Expedited Follow ...
                 

Janmashtmi celebrations held at cultural centre in Vijayawada

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Grand celebrations were held at the cultural center of Vijaywada and Amravati (CCVA), Tridhara - The Art Land and Young Indians (YI- Amaravati) to honor Lord Krishna ahead of Janmashtmi here on Thursday.People turned up in huge number to witness the cultural programs and young boys and girls dressed like Lord Krishna were seen performing programs that portrayed the activities of baby Krishna.Emani Sivanagi Reddy, CEO, CCVA said, "As part of reviving the traditions and customs of ancient India, today the cultural centre has organised an event called 'Janmashtmi celebrations' and also an exhibition of baby Krishna has been displayed in both aspects of art and sculpture."Janmashtmi will be celebrated on Saturday by Krishna devotees all around the world. Lord Krishna is regarded to be the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu...
                 

Johnson & Johnson pays Rs 25 lakh each to three victims of faulty hip implants

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Maruti recalls 40,618 units of WagonR to rectify fuel hose system

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MP: Mob ties up mentally challenged man taking him for a child-lifter

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Residents of the Chachariya village here tied up a mentally challenged man after accusing him of being a child-lifter. The man was later rescued from the mob of angry villagers by the police, said Police Station Incharge (SI), Sendhwa, Vishwajit Parihar on Friday."The man was tied up by the locals on the suspicion of being a child-lifter, thankfully they did not beat him. The police arrived on the spot and took him to a hospital. It is due to Whatsapp forwards that rumours are spread about child-lifters being active in the area which makes locals grow suspicious and they end up nabbing mentally challenged persons," Parihar told ANI here.The mob had allegedly kept the victim tied up for a few hours before the police reached the spot and rescued him.The incident which took place on Thursday night is not the first one from Madhya Pradesh when villagers have taken the law in their own hands after accusing a person of being a child-lifter.The official added that they are trying to educate ...
                 

Gold futures slump on profit booking

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INX Media case: SC to hear Chidambaram's bail plea in CBI case on Aug 26

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The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear the appeal filed by former union minister P Chidambaram against the Delhi High Court's order rejecting his anticipatory bail plea in the INX media case being probed by the CBI on August 26.During the hearing, when the apex court asked litigant's advocate Kapil Sibal if he wants to argue, he said, "Yes, I want to argue."Citing the notice posted by the probe agency on Tuesday outside Chidambaram's residence asking him to present himself within two hours of the receipt of the summon, Sibal said his client moved the Supreme Court soon after the development and also intimidated the CBI. Sibal added that his client's right under Article 21 cannot be denied."Chidambaram is in five days of police remand by the CBI. I challenge that order," Sibal said in the court.Thereafter, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who argued for central probe agency said, "Chidambaram's plea doesn't survive since he is in CBI's custody".After hearing the arguments from .....
                 

Tamil Nadu: Fishermen's Union to hold strike on August 28

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The fishermen's union has decided to hold a rail picket strike on August 28 to address the Sri Lankan navy issue to free the fishermen and boats caught in Sri Lanka and prevent the nationalization of boats.Sri Lankan Navy on August 20 apprehended four Indian fishermen on charges of trespassing into their waters.The four men were fishing in the Balkbay sea near Delft island on Tuesday morning when the Lankan navy personnel, who were on a routine patrol in the area, arrested them and seized their fishing trawler, said CR Senthilvel, State Secretary of Tamil Nadu Fishermen Federation.This came exactly a week after the Sri Lankan Navy detained three fishermen on similar charges.Straying of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen into each others' waters is a recurrent problem as territories on the sea are not clearly demarcated...
                 

UP girl, set ablaze by stalker, dies at Lucknow hospital: Official

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The girl who was set on fire allegedly by her stalker in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur district has succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Lucknow, officials said Friday. The girl died while undergoing treatment with 70 per cent burn injuries at the City Hospital in the state capital on Thursday night, said Yogendra Singh, Circle Officer (City). The girl, from Hajipur village, was set ablaze on Wednesday by Golu who has been stalking her for quite some time, police has said. Golu has been arrested and a case registered against him, Singh said. Golu had tried to misbehave with the girl a few days back as well and her family alleged that they had wanted to file a complaint against him, but the local police station refused to accept it. Action has been initiated and three police personnel have been sent to the police lines, the circle officer said. Picket in-charges Shah Maholi and Rajesh Yadav, and woman help desk constable Shashi have been attached to the police lines. On Wednesday evening, ...
                 

Centre acting against Chidambaram to divert attention from crumbling economy: Ashok Gehlot

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday defended former Union Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case by stating that the Centre is taking such actions only to divert public attention from the "crumbling" economy of the country."The actions against P Chidambaram are being done to divert attention of people from the "crumbling" economy. Leave alone the question of creating new jobs, it is now getting difficult for the people who are employed to keep their jobs intact," Gehlot told reporters here.A special anti-corruption court on Thursday sent Chidambaram to CBI custody till August 26 in the INX Media corruption case.The Congress leader was taken to the court on Thursday afternoon after he was arrested by the CBI from his residence in New Delhi late on Wednesday."This is the first time the people from the corporate world are speaking up against the Centre. The CCD guy committed suicide, the L & T chairman spoke on the condition of the economy in the country. The .....
                 

Rahul Gandhi to pay three-day visit to Wayanad on August 26

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will pay a three-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency, Wayanad from August 26, to meet the locals and leaders of the party.Earlier this month, Rahul went on a two-day visit to Kerala which was affected by torrential rains, floods, and landslides.He took stock of the flood-affected areas across his parliamentary constituency and interacted with the local authorities as well.He visited Mepaddi and Puthumala and met the respective authorities to discuss the situations arising out of floods and landslides, which had adversely affected the normal life over there.He addressed the residents over there and assured the affected people that the government will provide all the possible aid during their bad time.After leaving from Wayanad, Rahul expressed his pleasure and honor to the people of Wayanad for displaying "bravery and dignity" when Kerala was facing the wrath of nature...
                 

National dope testing lab loses WADA accreditation, barred from conducting tests

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Failing to match the International Standards for Laboratories (ISL), National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in New Delhi has lost its accreditation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for six months barring it from carrying out any doping test."WADA has suspended the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in New Delhi for a period of up to six months," said an official statement on Thursday.According to WADA, the suspension has been imposed due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) as identified during a site visit."This is in order to ensure continued high-quality sample analysis, which also helps preserve athletes' confidence in this process and the wider anti-doping system," said the statement.The suspension took effect from August 20, 2019, prohibiting NDTL from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples. Any samples in the facility that have not been analyzed are .....
                 

Rakbar Khan lynching: 4th accused arrested

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The fourth accused has been arrested in connection with the lynching of Rakbar Khan on the suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan's Alwar district last year, police said. Vijay Kumar was caught in Murtikala colony of Jaipur on Thursday and taken to Alwar. The fifth accused, Naval Kishore, is still absconding, police said. The police have already arrested Dharmendra Yadav, Paramjeet Singh and Naresh in connection with the case and filed a charge sheet against them. Rakbar alias Akbar was beaten severely by a group of people on suspicion of cow smuggling in Alwar's Ramgarh area in July last year. On the night of July 20, Khan and his friend, Aslam, had allegedly purchased the cows from Ladpura village and were taking them to their village in Haryana through a forested area near Lalawandi in Alwar when the accused attacked them. Aslam managed to flee, but an injured Akbar died at a hospital in Alwar...
                 

Triple Talaq:SC agrees to examine validity of new law; issues notice to Centre

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to examine the validity of a newly enacted law which makes the practice of instant divorce through triple talaq among Muslims a punishable offence entailing imprisonment of up to three years. A bench of justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi issued notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions which has sought to declare The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019 as "unconstitutional" on grounds that it allegedly violates the provisions of the Constitution. "We will examine this," the bench told senior advocate Salman Khurshid, who was appearing for one of the petitioners. Khurshid told the bench that there were many dimensions, including making the practice a punishable offence and jail term of up to three years, which were required to be examined by the top court. Khurshid told the bench that the petitioners were concerned about making the practice of triple talaq among Muslims an offence as the apex court had already declared it to ...
                 

Hyderabad: Two Bangladesh nationals arrested for human trafficking, minor rescued

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Hyderabad police has busted an international human trafficking racket and arrested a couple along with one other person while rescuing a minor, found to be native of Bangladesh.Police have registered a case under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA), Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) and section-14 of Foreigners Act-1946.Sharing details of the arrests, Mahesh Bhagwat Indian Police Service (IPS) said, "In connection with the trafficking of a minor girl from Bangladesh to Hyderabad, a Special Operation Team (SOT) was formed which conducted a raid at a place near ECIL based on inputs.""During the raid, police arrested Md Sohail Hussain (29) along with his wife Visti Hossan (25) along with a customer, Hari Chowdary were found. Police has taken them in judicial remand for running human trafficking business," said Bhagwat.According to the police, they busted this racket and apprehended the duo when they had brought the ...
                 

CCI needs to ensure Indian cos are not subject to abuse from overseas entities: Nirmala

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Always said demonising PM Modi is wrong: Singhvi reiterates Jairam Ramesh's remark

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I always said demonising Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wrong, senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted on Friday, reiterating what his party colleague Jairam Ramesh had said a few days ago."Always said demonising #Modi wrong. No only is he #PM of nation, a one way opposition actually helps him. Acts are always good, bad & indifferent--they must be judged issue wise and nt person wise. Certainly, #ujjawala scheme is only one amongst other good deeds. #Jairamramesh," Singhvi said in a tweet.His statement comes days after media reports quoted former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh as saying that demonizing Prime Minister Modi all the time won't help."If you are going to demonise him (PM Modi) all the time, you are not going to be able to confront him," Ramesh had said."He talks in a language that connects him with the people. Unless we recognise that he is doing things which people recognise and which have not been done in the past, we are not going to be able to .....
                 

God gave brains to senior Cong leaders: Shekhawat on advise to not 'demonise' Modi

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After Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Abhishek Manu Singhvi advised opposition parties to not "demonise" Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday took a jibe and said that the statements came as "God has given some brains to them".Speaking to ANI, Shekhawat said: "I want to thank Jairam Ramesh and I am glad that God has given some brains to senior Congress leaders when they say that governance of PM Modi should be studied."Hitting out at the Gandhi family, he said Congress should rise above "family politics"."Had this been a case earlier, the country would not have been through tough times. We have pledged to make lives of common people better. Congress should rise above its family politics. We saw in Kashmir what three families have done to the region. We will work for the betterment of the people," he said.His response comes after Ramesh and Singhvi said that demonising Prime Minister Modi all the time will not help. "If you are going to .....
                 

'Marjaavaan' release postponed to November 22

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The box office clash between Yash Raj's action feature "War" and "Marjaavaan" has been averted as the makers of Sidharth Malhotra-starrer have decided to postpone the film. Earlier, the two films were both scheduled to release on October 2. However, "Marjaavaan", directed by Milap Milan Zaveri, will now the hit the theatres on November 22, the film's makers said in a statement. Produced by Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Nikkhil Advani's Emmay Entertainment, the film also features Riteish Deshmukh, Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet besides Sidharth. "The film needs VFX especially with Riteish (Deshmukh) playing a dwarf. We want to offer the audiences the best. The team is on edit table working day and night to achieve the deadline. After several discussions, we have decided to release on a later date and give a powerful film to our audiences," Bhushan said. Nikkhil said it was important for the team to find a suitable release date for "Marjaavaan". Milap said, "It is a powerful mass action .....
                 

Babri demolition: SC asks UP govt to pass orders in 2 weeks on extension of special judge's tenure

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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to pass orders within two weeks on extension of tenure of the special judge conducting trial in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti, in Lucknow. A bench of justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant said a fresh letter has been written by the special judge on July 27 in which he had made five requests including providing him security. The bench asked senior advocate Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the state, to consider all the five requests within two weeks time saying these requests appears to be reasonable. The apex court had on July 19 extended the special judge's tenure till the completion of trial and delivery of verdict in the case. However, the state government was yet to pass the order. He was also asked by the top court to deliver the verdict within nine months. Besides Advani, Joshi and Bharti, the accused against whom conspiracy charge was invoked in the .....
                 

Chhattisgarh: Health workers set up camp in remote villages of Kawardha

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Officials of the Health Department are organising camps in remote villages in the forest areas of Kawardha to save lives of tribals fighting monsoon related illnesses.District Collector Awanish Sharan said that access to these regions is extremely difficult due to lack of roads."Villages in Daldali PHC are based in such a terrain that villagers have no access to health services. Several people are suffering from diarrhoea after the rains. So a health camp was set up there by officials of the Health Department to lend medical aid," Sharan said.One patient, with a weak radial pulse, was carried by health workers on a 'charpai' to the nearest road from where he was rushed to a health centre on a bike ambulance."We have received information that one child has died. A team has been dispatched to the village to investigate the cause of the death. Around 33 others are also ill in the area but their condition is stable," Sharan said."Many of these villages have 10-15 houses. They are located ...
                 

No trailer launch event for Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff's 'War'

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The makers of Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff's upcoming action tentpole "War" have decided not to hold a trailer launch event for the film as they have realised that it will not be able to live up to the movie's scale. Directed by Siddharth Anand, the Yash Raj Films project is being touted as an action-packed feature. It also stars Vaani Kapoor as female lead. The movie has been shot in seven countries and 15 cities across the world. The makers had roped in four leading Hollywood action directors to choreograph the stunt sequences. In a statement, Anand said his team tried to create a "visual spectacle" for the trailer launch but it soon dawned upon them that the event will not be able to "match the film's scale". "An event for a film like this needs to be at par with what we are promising to audiences and it's impossible to create this spectacle from an event logistics point of view. "So, we have decided to scrap the idea of the launch and want to leave audiences with only the .....
                 

Glenmark gets USFDA nod for generic breast cancer injection

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Drug firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Friday said its US arm has received the final approval from the US health regulator for its Fulvestrant injection used for the treatment of advanced breast cancer. The product is a generic version of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP's Faslodex Injection in the same strength, the company said in a statement. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc USA has been granted final approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Fulvestrant injection in the strength of 250 mg/5 mL (50 mg/mL), it said. According to IQVIA sales data for the 12-month period ending June 2019, the Faslodex injection, 250 mg/5 mL (50 mg/mL) brand and and all available therapeutic equivalents achieved annual sales of approximately USD 549.9 million, Glenmark said. The company's current portfolio consists of 159 products authorised for distribution in the US marketplace and 56 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDA's) pending approval with the USFDA, it added. Shares ...
                 

IT sector in Kashmir to get a boost, generate more jobs

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The local administration in Srinagar has come to the rescue of a business process outsourcing (BPO) located on the outskirts of the city.Launched in 2010, the Srinagar centre of Aegis has about 70 employees, which was about to shut due to absence of clientsThe district administration has told the BPO to retain all its employees and also offered itself as a client against the commitment of raising facility of 2,000 jobs in the next 18 months.Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar who visited the facility said, "We are working to boost this (IT) sector in the state. It will take some time. We have visited Aegis and we have asked them for a roadmap to increase their strength from 70 employees to up to 2,000 employees. The financial backup will be given by the government."He added, "There is immense potential and a lot of opportunities are available. We only need to tap it properly. We are committed to that."Due to a slowdown in the telecom sector, operations of Aegis .....
                 

Woman accuses husband of giving triple-talaq over property dispute

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A woman from Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district has accused her husband of giving her triple talaq over a property dispute.Victim Kulsum Jahan has alleged that her husband Ziya Ul Rehman, who was previously married to another woman had been continuously pressurising her for transferring her property in his name and later gave her a triple-talaq after she refused to do so."My husband forcefully tried to take away the property which is in my name. He frequently used to abuse me physically. He used to say that he doesn't want any kind of relationship with me. But I took my stand and told him that I will not leave the house following which he gave me Triple Talaq," said Jahan.She also alleged that her husband has given her death threats for surrendering the property to her.According to Jahan, Rehman is a well-off man with over ten properties in the city and children of his first wife are also instigating him to throw her out of the house."I am his second wife. He has six children with her ....
                 

Economy in ICU, govt issues 'look out notice' for those defending civil liberties: Sibal

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Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday took a swipe at the government, saying the "economy is in ICU" andthe Modi dispensation has issued a look out notice" for all those defending civil liberties. His jibe of government issuing look out notice was an obvious reference to probe agencies issuing such a notice for party colleague P Chidambaram and arresting him. The special CBI court on Thursday sent former finance minister Chidambaram to CBI custody for four days till August 26 in the INX Media corruption case. "The events of the last few weeks haveshown that both, the economy and the cause of liberty, need a stimulus package," said Sibal, who also represented Chidambaram in court. "The economy is in ICU and government has issued a 'look out notice' for all those defending civil liberties," he said in a tweet...
                 

UP: FIR registered against BJP MLA, aides for beating up govt officer in Sitapur

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A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against Biswan MLA Mahendra Singh and his associates for allegedly assaulting the secretary and members of a sugar mill co-operative in Sitapur district on Wednesday.The whole incident was captured on the CCTV camera installed in the co-operative society office."Nagendra Yadav along with his 10 to 15 associates came to my office and dragged me to the Chairman's office. Later, when I met the MLA he also slapped me," said Ram Pratap, secretary of the co-operative.His co-workers on Thursday took out a large scale protest demanding strict action against the accused."The sugar mill workers have gathered in large numbers to launch a protest. They are demanding immediate arrest of the accused and speedy justice to the victim," said Prem Prakash Upadhaya, City Magistrate.However, in a telephonic conversation with ANI, the BJP MLA rubbished all the allegations levelled against him and said that an inquiry was on against Ram Pratap on corruption ....
                 

Delhi-NCR to witness light rain during the weekend

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said that Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) are expected to witness light rain for next three days.However, as per weather predictions, these light showers will not have much impact on the overall temperature of the region as they would be short-lived.The capital city of Uttar Pradesh- Lucknow is also witnessing on and off rains for quite some time now. According to Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, the region witnessed 66 mm of rains. However, as of now, the rain showers have reduced in the region due to the formation of a low-pressure area and are now moving southwards towards Northeast Madhya Pradesh."Strong easterlies have been blowing over the region and with an abundance of moisture rainfall activity will be seen during the next three to four days. However, these rainfall activities are expected to be light in nature only with isolated moderate showers during this time period," predicted Skymet.Apart from .....
                 

Chhattisgarh HC advocate files affidavit in SC, claims to be Lord Ram's descendant

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Chhattisgarh High Court advocate Hanuman Prasad Aggarwal has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming himself to be a descendant of Lord Ram.Speaking to media reporters here, Aggarwal said that he filed the affidavit as the apex court recently asked if there were any descendants of Lord Ram."Recently the Supreme Court asked if there are any descendants of Lord Ram? So I filed an affidavit after collecting evidence from the internet," he said.Citing Agar Bhagwat, the advocate said Agarwals who are sons and grandsons of Maharaj Agrasen are Lord Ram's descendants."It is written in Agar Bhagwat that Maharaja Agrasen, who is the ancestor of the Agrawal community, is the 34th generation of Kush, son of Lord Ram. All Agarwals, who are sons and grandsons of Maharaj Agrasen, are Lord Ram's descendants," he said.A week ago, BJP MP and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari and another erstwhile Mewar-Udaipur royal family made similar claims.According to the genealogical..
                 

WADA suspends India's National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL)

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for six months in what could be a massive blow to anti-doping movement in the country with less than a year left for Tokyo Olympics. It is understood that National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) can still carry on with sample collection (blood and urine) but will have to get it tested by a different WADA accredited laboratory outside India during the suspension period of NDTL. "This suspension has been imposed due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL) as identified during a WADA site visit," WADA stated in a media release on its website. The WADA also stated that it's Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) initiated a disciplinary proceedings with regards to status of WADA accredited laboratories. "In May 2019, disciplinary proceedings were initiated by WADA's Laboratory Expert Group (LabEG) and subsequently carried out by an independent .....
                 

Andhra Pradesh: Three women flee with jewellery from shop, act caught on CCTV

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Courts will take legal action: K Laxman on P Chidambaram

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BJP state president K Laxman has said that courts will take legal action against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case.A special anti-corruption court had on Thursday sent Chidambaram to CBI custody till August 26 in the case."The law will take its own action (on) whatever the misdeeds or corruption have been done. The case is under prejudice. Definitely, courts are going to take proper and legal action," Laxman told ANI here on Thursday.In a 10-page order, Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar conceded CBI's plea for custodial interrogation of Chidambaram, observing that considering all facts and circumstances of the case, police remand is justified.The court, however, allowed family members and lawyers to meet the Congress leader for 30 minutes every day and that a medical examination should be done every 48 hours.Meanwhile, talking about the BJP's membership drive, Laxman said, "Amit Shah himself launched the membership campaign from Telangana on July 6 and we .....
                 

IIT Hyderabad researchers develop oral tablets for treating leishmaniasis, fungal infections

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With an aim to treat fungal infections and leishmaniasis (kala-azar and black fever) prevalent in the country, researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad have developed a method to produce controlled-release oral tablets.The tablets were found to release the drug Amphotericin B in a sustained and controlled manner over a period of 10 days, read a statement from the institution."Amphotericin B (AmB) is the drug of choice for progressive and potentially life-threatening fungal infections of the abdomen and heart valves, fungal pneumonia, and leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease. It is used to treat Kala Azar or black fever, a dangerous and often fatal form of Leishmaniasis, common among the economically underprivileged sections in states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh," the statement read.It added that the development of oral, controlled-release tablets for fatal fungal infections and leishmaniasis, could help in better management of .....
                 

Trump ready to assist India, Pak over Kashmir if asked by both: WH official

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US President Donald Trump is "ready to assist" India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue if both sides ask for it, the White House said on Thursday, even as Washington was "very closely" monitoring the situation. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories on August 5. "The United States is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely. We are continuing to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric," a senior administration official said ahead of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G7 Summit in France over the weekend. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. According to the official, Trump is..
                 

Denied loan by govt banks, UP farmer puts up kidney for sale

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Distressed over mounting debt, a 30-year-old farmer has put up posters here seeking buyers for one of his kidneys after government banks allegedly turned down his loan requests. Ramkumar, a resident of Chattar Sali village here, claims to have completed a dairy farming course under the Centre's Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). However, he said no government bank gave him a loan despite him having shown them the PMKVY certificate. He told PTI Bhasha on Thursday that he borrowed money from his relatives to buy cattle and build a shed for the animals. Now his relatives are pressuring him to return their money with interest, Ramkumar said. He said he was left with no option but to sell his kidney to pay them back. So he decided to put up the posters seeking buyers. Asked about it, Saharanpur Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said he had no knowledge of the matter. "I have just learnt about it," he told PTI-Bhasha. He said he will ensure a proper inquiry into the matter and ...
                 

Faulty hip implants: J&J pays Rs 25 lakh each to three victims in UP

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Former BJP MLA's son booked for killing wife

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Former BJP legislator Ajay Kumar Poeia's elder son has been booked for allegedly killing his wife, police said on Thursday. The case against the former MLA's son has been registered at Kotwali police station in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh by his in-laws. Police said they will take action after conducting initial inquiry. Poeia had been an MLA from Govardhan (reserved) seat. According to police, Poeia's daughter-in-law Seema was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room on Tuesday evening, but the door was open from outside. At the time of the incident, Poeia and his wife Chandravati were not at home as they are recuperating at a private hospital after being injured in an accident. Other family members were at the residence when Seema is believed to have died, police said. The family members are calling her death a suicide. But Seema's mother and sisters have alleged she was killed. Kotwali police station in-charge Avdhesh Pratap Singh said, "A murder case has been registered based ....
                 

Don't panic if name excluded from final NRC: Sonowal to Assam residents

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday appealed to the people in the state to not panic if their names do not appear in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be published on August 31. He said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had already made clear the steps to be taken and procedures to be followed in case of exclusion of names from the final NRC. Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of a meeting, Sonowal said the state government and the Centre were making every effort to ensure publication of an error-free NRC. "We have been extending cooperation in the whole process with due respect to the Supreme Court," he said. The apex court has been monitoring the NRC updation exercise since 2013. Sonowal said he hoped that the people of the state will continue to extend cooperation after publication of the final NRC as they did when the draft was published. He also appealed to the people to not panic in case their names are excluded from the final NRC. Assam ...
                 

Weinstein to be rearraigned as DA seeks actress's testimony

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Man arrested for killing two in Jyoti Nagar

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A 28-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing two persons, including a gym trainer, in northeast Delhi's Jyoti Nagar area in May, police said on Thursday. The accused has been identified as Avnish, a resident of Meet Nagar, they said. "Police received information that Avnish would come in the area of Mandoli to meet his friend, following which a trap was laid and Avnish was arrested on Wednesday," said Rajesh Deo, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime). Avnish and his associate Anil had a previous enmity with Govinda Bhati, the deceased, and they wanted to maintain their dominance in the area of Meet Nagar, the DCP said. Bhati had beaten Anil some time ago. To take revenge, Avnish and Anil, along with their other associates, killed Bhati on May 29 while he was coming to his house along with his two other friends from gym, Deo said. Bhati's friends fled from the spot. During this incident, Bhati and one passerby, who sustained gunshot injuries, succumbed to their injuries. The .....
                 

1st Test: Gutsy Rahane scores half-century as India reach 134/4 at tea

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Ajinkya Rahane battled his way through a shaky start to score a fighting half-century taking India to 134 for 4 at tea on the opening day of their inaugural World Test Championship encounter against the West Indies. The Indian vie-captain scored the 18th half-century of his career and was unbeaten on 50 off 122 balls in company of Hanuma Vihari (18 batting). The duo added 41 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket stand before umpires called for an early tea due after heavens opened up. The other significant contribution came from opener KL Rahul (44, 97 balls), who did all the hardwork before frittering it away after the post lunch session. Rahul, who looked solid despite a top-order collapse was out for 44 in the post-lunch session after wicketkeeper Shai Hope took a smart catch down leg-side off Roston Chase's bowling. This was after Rahul along with an initially circumspect Rahane added 68 runs for the fourth wicket. Rahane, who has been in poor form for the past two years, was in his ...
                 

Odisha govt orders probe into ragging incident in VSSUT

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The Odisha government on Thursday ordered an inquiry into alleged incident of ragging of junior students by their seniors at the prestigious Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Sambalpur. The government action came after the alleged incident of ragging, involving about 50 junior engineering students, came to the fore after a video went viral on social media recently. The video purportedly shows that the junior students were made to dance by holding their ears. They were also beaten up by the senior students. It also shows a junior student's shirt being ripped off by a senior student. The ragging took place at a function that was organised to welcome the junior students. "The registrar of the VVSUT has been asked to conduct a probe into the alleged incident and action will be taken after receiving the report," Skill Development & Technical Education Minister Premanand Nayak told reporters. The vice-chancellor of VSSUT, Atal Choudhury, denied having ....
                 

Cong should not worry if PC is innocent: Pralhad Joshi

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Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday said the Congress should not worry about the arrest of P Chidambaram if he had committed no wrong and asserted that the law will take its own course. The CBI on Wednesday night arrested Chidambaram, senior Congress leader and former Union finance minister, in connection with alleged corruption in granting foreign investment clearances to INX Media during his tenure. Top Congress leaders defended Chidambaram and accused the Union government of political vendetta. "The matter is sub-judice. Why is the Congress afraid? If he has committed no wrong, there is nothing to worry about. Law will take its own course," Joshi told reporters here. Joshi, who is also the coal minister, expressed concern over illegal coal mining in the state, as both the state and central government are losing revenues due to it. "There are issues over illegal coal mining and it needs to be addressed. We would write to the chief minister to..
                 

Anil Agarwal's Twin Star Tech not to bid for RCom assets

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Billionaire metal tycoon Anil Agarwal-promoted Twin Star Technologies is learnt to have pulled out as a bidder for telecom assets of debt-ridden Reliance Communications due to unknown reason, a source privy to the development said on Thursday. Twin Star Technologies, a holding company under Agarwal's Volcan Investments Ltd, had earlier shown interest in buying assets of Anil Ambani-led RCom which is going through insolvency proceedings. "Twin Star Technologies will not bid for RCom assets. The company is likely to make a formal announcement in the regard shortly," the source said. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Airtel, and TPG Asia, among others, have also expressed interest in buying assets of RCom. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in May superseded RCom board and appointed a resolution to run the company and also allowed the SBI-led consortium of 31 banks to form a committee of creditors. RCom lenders have claimed dues of around Rs 49,000 .....
                 

HC stops Guj police from probing bigamy case against IAS officer

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In a relief for IAS officer Gaurav Dahiya, the Gujarat High Court held on Thursday that the Gandhinagar Police cannot probe the allegations of bigamy and cheating levelled against him by a Delhi-based woman. Dahiya, a Gujarat-cadre officer, had moved the court seeking to stop the Gandhinagar Police from probing the case. Allowing the petition, Justice S H Vora said the Gandhinagar Police can not conduct investigations as the case was already being handled by the Delhi Police. The Delhi Police had sent the woman's application to their Gandhinagar counterparts only for reference and not to seek a parallel inquiry, the judge noted. Dahiya, a 2010-batch IAS officer, was suspended by the Gujarat government on August 14 for "moral turpitude". Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had set up an inquiry committee last month to probe the woman's allegation. Based on the findings of the committee, Dahiya was put under suspension by the state government. The woman has alleged that he married her in .....
                 

Solar case against US: India appeals against certain parts of rulings by WTO dispute panel

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India is challenging certain parts of rulings given by the WTO's dispute settlement panel on a solar case against the US, according to a communication by the World Trade Organization. Though India has won this case against the US as most of the ruling is in favour of India, New Delhi has challenged certain issues of law and legal interpretation covered in the panel's report or ruling. "India hereby notifies the dispute settlement body (DSB) of its decision to appeal to the appellate body certain issues of law and legal interpretation covered in the panel report entitled US Certain Measures Relating to the Renewable Energy Sector which was circulated on 27 June 2019," the communication by India to WTO said. India has stated that it appeals and requests the appellate body to reverse the findings and conclusions of the panel with respect to the errors of law and legal interpretations contained in the report related to certain areas. "The panel erred in holding that India did not make a ...
                 

3 arrested in MP in "terror funding" case linked to Pakistan

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The Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested three persons in connection with an alleged terror funding racket operated from Satna that had links with Pakistan, an official said on Thursday. The arrested persons were in contact with Pakistani handlers with whom they use to share "strategic information" and details of bank accounts of some people, he said. The racket was spread across several states in the country, the official said, adding the police have also detained two of their associates for interrogation. The accused made several calls to foreign countries and executed a number of suspicious transactions using different bank accounts, Satna Superintendent of Police Riyaz Iqbal told PTI. "Three persons - Balram Singh, Sunil Singh and Shubham Mishra - were arrested and two of their associates detained on Wednesday night in this connection," he said. The official did not reveal the names of those detained. All five have been handed over to the state's Anti- Terrorism Squad ...
                 

Land desertification big challenge, youth must come join this cause: Javadekar

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Desertification of land is a big challenge, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday while urging youths to come forward and participate in the movement to prevent it. In an audio-visual message posted on Twitter ahead of the upcoming COP-14 on Desertification of Land, he said a pledge must be taken to make the country beautiful, attractive and clean. "Fertile land becomes deserted due to a lot of reasons like soil erosion, wind erosion, deforestation, excessive watering of plants and grazing. Desertification of land is a big challenge in front of us and we must pledge to stop it. All countries must come together to prevent it," he said. Javadekar said he had full faith that the young generation, which has the awareness and enthusiasm towards environment, will participate in the movement to stop desertification. "I request the countries, coming to India for conference for 12-13 days to prevent desertification of land and how to make it more fertile, to discuss this .....
                 

Azam Khan moves HC for quashing of 27 FIRs against him

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Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday moved the Allahabad High Court for quashing of a spate of FIRs registered against him in a single week in a Rampur police station for allegedly grabbing farmers' lands to build a university there. As the matter came up for hearing, a bench of justices Pritinkar Diwakar and Justice Raj Beer Singh adjourned the hearing on the petition for August 29 on the request of Khan's counsel R K Jain. As soon as the court began the hearing, advocate Vijay Gautam, appearing for farmers on whose complaints a total of the 27 FIRs have been registered against Khan in Rampur's Azeem Nagar police station, objected to the "maintainability" of the petition. Gautam argued that the petition is not worth hearing and need to be dismissed at the outset as it is not maintainable for the petitioner has sought quashing of all 27 FIRs in a single petition. He should have filed one petition each for quashing of each of the FIRs, he contended, prompting Khan's .....
                 

Man scales Mumbai airport wall and walks up to plane, arrested by CISF

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A man was arrested by the CISF after he scaled a wall of the Mumbai airport on Thursday and walked up to a SpiceJet plane on the runway that was readying for take off, a senior official of the aviation regulator DGCA said. "The pilots of the SpiceJet plane showed presence of mind and immediately shut down the engines to avert any accident when they saw the man walking up the plane that was standing on runway 27," said the official. At the time of the incident, the SpiceJet plane SG634 was readying to take off for Bengaluru. He added that at around 1.30 pm, the 26-year-old man from Sion jumped the wall from south side of runway 27 and crossed the perimeter intrusion identification system. "The man, who seems to be of unsound mind, has been arrested by the CISF," the official added. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will further probe the incident, he said. The CISF has also ordered an inquiry into it, officials said...
                 

SBI MF, Aditya Birla Sun Life buy Alkem Lab's shares worth Rs 538 crore

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SBI Mutual Fund and Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund on Thursday bought shares of drug firm Alkem Laboratories Ltd worth around Rs 538 crore through open market transactions. According to data available with the National Stock Exchange (NSE), SBI Mutual Fund bought 24 lakh shares and Aditya Birla Sun Life MF purchased 7.5 lakh shares of the pharmaceutical company for Rs 1,708.45 apiece. While SBI MF bought the shares for Rs 410.02 crore, Aditya Birla acquired scrips for Rs 128.13 crore. In a separate transaction, Prasid Uno Family Trust sold 36 lakh shares of Alkem for Rs 1,708.45 per scrip. According to the shareholding pattern available on the NSE, Prasid Uno held over 41 lakh shares or 3.43 per cent stake in Alkem at the end of the June 2019 quarter. Shares of Alkem Laboratories ended at Rs 1,742 on the NSE, down 0.19 per cent from the previous close...
                 

Sasikala moves HC to set aside questions posed by lower court

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Former AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, who is serving a sentence in a disproportionate assets case at a Bengaluru prison, on Thursday moved the Madras High Court to set aside questions put to her by a lower court through video conference on the J J TV Private Limited issue. Justice Anand Venkatesh before whom the plea came up adjourned the matter to September 3 after counsel for Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a counter. The case by the ED relates to hiring transponders by the firm from outside India. The payment made abroad by the firm was without RBI permission and was in violation of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, it had submitted. Sasikala submitted that she was not responsible for day to day affairs of the company and cannot be questioned about its affairs. In its counter, counsel for the ED contended that Sasikala was well aware of the firm's activities and therefore she can answer charges made against the company put forth by the Additional Chief Metropolitan..
                 

SAD accuses Punjab govt of ignoring flood protection work

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The opposition SAD on Thursday accused the Punjab government of ignoring flood protection work and failing to check illegal mining in the state that is ravaged by floods. SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was here to take stock of the situation, said, "The Congress government is directly responsible for the misery wrought on Punjabis due to devastating floods because it did not conduct required flood protection work and failed to check illegal mining which eroded river embankments." The Ferozepur MP alleged that the Congress government ignored flood protection work and did not get the same done three months ago as required. "Even then money was not released to deputy commissioners to complete flood protection work," he alleged. Badal further accused the state government of having failed in checking illegal mining, "patronized" by Congress leaders. "This has also been a major contributor to the unprecedented flooding experienced in this belt," he added. He said the Congress .....
                 

Rajiv never used power to destroy freedom of people: Sonia Gandhi

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Attacking the Modi government a day after party leader P. Chidambaram was arrested by CBI in the INX Media case, Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi never used his powers to create "an atmosphere of fear or to destroy the freedom and liberty of the people in the country"."Rajiv Gandhi came to power in 1984 but he never used power to create an atmosphere of fear or to destroy the freedom and liberty of the people. He never used his power to put the principles of democracy in danger," she said at an event to mark the 75th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister.Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have strongly backed Chidambaram and accused the BJP-led government of pursuing "vendetta politics".Gandhi did not take any names but made several veiled attacks on the government."There are those who are busy in inventing a new past for us. Rajiv Gandhi was inventing a new future. To him, past had..
                 

ISRO releases first Moon image captured by Chandrayaan-2

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The first picture of Moon captured by India's Chandrayaan-2 satellite, currently in the lunar orbit, was released by space agency ISRO on Thursday. The picture of Moon was taken by Chandrayaan-2's LI4 Camera from an altitude of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface on August 21, the city-headquarters Indian Space Research Organisation said. "Take a look at the first Moon image captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander taken at a height of about 2,650 km from Lunar surface on August 21, 2019. Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters are identified in the picture," ISRO tweeted along with the picture. The space agency had on August 4 released a first set of images of the earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 satellite. ISRO had on Wednesday performed second lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 and said all spacecraft parameters are normal. There will be three more orbit manoeuvres before the lander's separation from the Orbiter on September 2 and eventual soft landing in .....
                 

Rajiv did not use massive poll mandate to create fear, destroy institutions: Sonia

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Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi got a massive poll mandate in 1984, but did not use it to create an atmosphere of fear, threaten and scare people or destroy institutions, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Thursday, in an apparent swipe at the Modi government. Addressing an event marking Rajiv Gandhi's 75th birth anniversary, she also said the challenges facing the Congress were formidable, but it must continue with its ideological struggle against divisive forces. "In 1984, he (Rajiv Gandhi) won an unprecedented mandate, but did not use that power to create an atmosphere of fear or threaten and scare," Sonia Gandhi said. The former prime minister did not use that power to destroy the independence of institutions, trample on divergent views and create dangers for democratic traditions, she said in her first public address after taking over as the Congress's interim president earlier this month. Her remarks assume significance as they come after senior Congress leader and .....
                 

Nitish rues poor CD ratio in Bihar, urges banks to fan out in

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday rued the state's credit deposit (CD) ratio being far less than the national average and urged the banking sector to help bridge the gap. Addressing the quarterly meeting of the state-level bankers' committee (SLBC) here, the chief minister also urged the banks to open branches in all panchayats of the state and offered of providing them space for the same. "The CD ratio for Bihar is 45 per cent, far less than the national average of 75 per cent. This is despite the fact that the people of the state have always reposed great trust in banks, preferring these for depositing their hard earned money," Kumar told the meeting. The chief minister said the address of RBI Deputy Governor Mahesh Kumar Jain at the SLBC gave him hope that things might look up for the state, which was making rapid economic progress. "We are a densely populated, landlocked state. Hence we cannot expect investments for a large scale private industries here...
                 

India need to improve on agility and lateral movement: Rhodes

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Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes on Thursday said fielding standards of the Indian team has improved drastically but they still need to work on their agility and lateral movement. "The Indian players have got fitter, but they still can improve on their agility. We grew up in South Africa playing multiple sports. All these sports made me the fielder I was. Fielding is also about lateral movement, I don't think the Indians are yet at their best in that," he told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of a surfing event here. "Throwing is something we don't focus a great deal on as a coach. We are more worried about a guy catching or stopping the ball. When you are saving a run, changing your direction is very important. These are areas where India can still improve." Talking about India's fielding at the World Cup, Rhodes said: "India had a very good catching percentage at the recent World Cup but I still think they could be taking more catches. "Every team has its own .....
                 

With internet off in Valley, youths addicted to mobile return to offline games like 'ludo'

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Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): With communication channels snapped and mobile internet blocked, people addicted to mobile phones in the Kashmir valley have taken to offline mobile games like 'ludo' to keep their fingers running on their cell phones and tablets.ANI spoke to various youths who were spotted using their mobile phones and found out that most of them were busy playing some offline games on their devices."I miss the internet on my phone. On other days I would play my favorite game PubG but since it requires an internet connection, I can't play it. I have turned to ludo and am playing it regularly. I can't imagine being away from my device for long as it has become a habit to check notifications and play games almost frequently, " Firdous (name changed) told ANI.The Class XI student, Firdous who has crossed over 100 stages in PubG, was visibly upset to miss out one of the most popular games.Ayesha, another Class XI student residing in the upscale .....
                 

Pak bringing over 100 terrorists from Afghanistan for Kashmir: Sources

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Pakistan is planning to push 100 hardcore terrorists from Afghanistan into Kashmir to carry out attacks as part of its "larger design" to create unrest in the Valley, security sources said on Thursday. In addition, around 15 Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists are already waiting at the terror launch-pads in Lipa valley along the Line of Control on the Pakistani side to infiltrate in Kashmir, they said, citing reports by intelligence agencies. According to intelligence inputs, Pakistan-based terror groups may target vital installations in several key Indian cities in the next few weeks, sources said. Pakistan's plan is to trigger series of terror attacks in Kashmir to project to the international community that situation in the Valley is fast deteriorating following India's decision to withdraw special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcate the state into two union territories, they said. "We have credible intelligence that Pakistan is bringing over 100 hardcore terrorists from .....
                 

BJP clocks 77 lakh membership in Bengal

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Buoyed by its stupendous performance in the last Lok Sabha polls, the West Bengal BJP has clocked a record membership of 77 lakhs in the state, party leaders claimed Thursday. The Bengal BJP has surpassed the target set by the central leadership to enroll 60 lakhs members when the countrywide membership drive began on July 6, according to the party sources. "As per the latest data, the membership drive has been immensely successful in Bengal. The central leadership initially had set a target of 50 lakhs for Bengal, later it was increased to 60 lakhs. "But we have surpassed that target too and with the membership drive closing on August 20, we have now 77 lakhs members across the state. It is indeed an achievement," BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha told reporters. It is a massive jump from the membership campaign that was done a few years back when the party had managed to enroll 42 lakh members in its fold, he said. Sinha said although the membership drive has closed ....
                 

MHA constitutes 6-member panel to process service benefits for CAPF officers

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The Union Home Ministry has formed a six-member committee to prepare final modalities for granting the recently announced government benefits of better pay and service benefits to CAPF officers, said officials on Thursday. The committee, headed by a director-level officer, has been asked to "ensure processing and completion of all proposals" by September 30. The latest order is seen in the backdrop of a number of officers writing to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, seeking his intervention, and launching a social media campaign claiming that despite a Supreme Court order and subsequent approval by the Union Cabinet, their headquarters were delaying these benefits to them. PTI had reported about the contents of a number of such letters earlier this month. The ministry, recently, also asked the chiefs of all the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to send in their proposals without any delay to it else it would be considered a contempt of the top court's order that has asked it to .....
                 

Committed to rise like post-World War Japan: Jignesh Shah after winning asset attachment case

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Enthused by a Bombay High Court order quashing attachment of assets of his flagship firm 63 moons technologies in the NSEL case, embattled businessman Jignesh Shah on Thursday said all lies are being nailed one after another through court orders and he is committed to "rise like Japan did after Hiroshima and Nagasaki". The court has ruled that the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) is not a financial establishment and hence notifications for attachment of the company's assets, including bank accounts and properties, under the MPID (Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors in Financial Establishments) Act stand quashed. Shah, mentor and chairman of 63 moons technologies, said the court's judgment is a signature of God in the current trend of developments where truth is winning and all kinds of lies are getting nailed. "From day one, I and my 63 moons, have maintained utmost faith in the Indian judiciary and we have fully complied with all investigative agencies and the courts ....
                 

CAIT seeks extension of last date to file GST annual return to Oct 31

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Traders' body CAIT on Thursday asked the finance ministry to extend the last date for filing annual GST return by two months to October 31. The last date to file the return is August 31. In a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said prescribed Form GSTR 9 for filing annual return "is still very complicated". According to it, several information sought in the Form are new and in spite of best efforts traders are finding it difficult to comply with the same. CAIT National President B C Bhartia said many a times, the GST portal is not working efficiently preventing the traders from uploading the Form. Its Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal also cited disruption of internet services in Jammu and Kashmir, and floods in several parts of the country as a reason for extension of deadline for filing the return to October 31. The CAIT also said the GSTR 9 Form should be simplified to the extent that even an ordinary trader may be able ....
                 

Infosys partners University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for precision medicine

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IT services major Infosys on Thursday announced a strategic partnership with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to develop new technologies and systems in precision medicine. Through this partnership, Infosys has also become a member of the Centre for Computational Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine (CCBGM), a statement said. The adoption of new technologies by healthcare companies has significant benefits, including allowing caregivers to predict patients' diseases and control prohibitive healthcare costs, in turn benefiting both patients and healthcare companies. "This partnership will combine Infosys' strength in advanced machine learning, its artificial intelligence capabilities through the Infosys Nia platform, with UIUC's expertise in computing systems, bioinformatics and genomic applications, to improve preventive care and enhance predictability of treatment outcomes of potential diseases," it said. The partnership between Infosys and UIUC along with membership in ....
                 

Sibal and Singhvi have answered all CBI questions: Karti Chidambaram

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Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, said on Thursday that senior counsels Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi have effectively answered "everything" the probe agency is seeking in the INX media case."You heard the arguments of Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi that effectively answers everything that the CBI is seeking," said Karti Chidambaram after the court proceedings in whcih the CBI judge gave CBI custody of his father till Aug 26 for interrogation.Karti, who the main accused in the INX media case, added, "There are no chances of my bail being cancelled as my bail is confirmed by the Supreme Court."Earlier in the day, he took to Twitter saying, "It's a privilege to hear @KapilSibal and @DrAMSinghvi in court. Master class. They should video record all court proceedings. Will be most useful to all students of law, particularly those interested in court craft."he former union minister was arrested by the CBI from his residence in New Delhi late on ...
                 

Is restricting manufacture of Oxytocin to single PSU in public interest? SC larger bench to decide

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The Supreme Court on Thursday referred to its larger bench the question whether it would be in public interest to restrict manufacture of life-saving drug, Oxytocin, for domestic use to a single public sector undertaking. The apex court framed several questions for authoritative pronouncement by its larger bench while dealing with the Centre's appeal against Delhi High Court's December last year verdict quashing the government's decision to ban private firms from making and selling Oxytocin, used to induce labour and prevent bleeding during child birth. A bench of Justices A M Sapre and Indu Malhotra said the plea before it raises serious issues "having far-reaching implications" and it is a fit case to refer the matter to a larger bench of three judges to consider the questions of law and authoritatively pronounce upon the same. "The twin issues which arise for consideration are on the one hand, the unregulated and clandestine manufacture of the drug Oxytocin, which is reportedly .....
                 

Defending champion Manipur school notches up win in Subroto Cup

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Defending champions Unique Model Academy of Manipur notched up their second victory in the Subroto Cup International Football tournament on the third day here on Thursday. The Manipur team beat Air Force School 6-0 with Y Monis scoring a hat-trick with goals at 5th, 26th and 47th minutes. The other goals were scored by Th Ibochouba (10th), Th Ibopishak (15th) and Ch Akash (37th). The other matches of the day were also high-scoring ones. In Pool C, Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Protishthan (BKSP) won their first match after a draw in their previous game. BKSP defeated Vishwas Nav Sharda School, Fatehabad 9-0. For the Bangladesh school, Nur Alam scored five goals (11th, 17th, 28th, 45th and 56th). Multalim scored thrice with goals at 14th, 18th and 50th minutes. Turiqul (40th) completed the nine goal victory. In Pool H, Meghalaya's District War Sepngi Christian Higher Secondary School defeated Sanskaar Valley School, Madhya Pradesh 13-0, while Mizoram's Saidan Secondary School routed Dr YSR ...
                 

GST fraud of Rs 60 crore detected, trader held

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The Punjab Excise and Taxation department on Thursday claimed to have detected a GST fraud of Rs 60 crore. A local iron and scrap trader, Subhash Chander, was arrested in connection with the fraud, an official of the department said here. Chander used to procure fake GST invoices of iron and scrap from Delhi without the delivery of goods, the official further said. Vehicles shown in the bills for the transportation of the material turned out to be two-wheelers as per the investigation conducted by the department. He was accused of creating bogus input tax credit running into crores of rupee and further passing on to various dealers of Punjab, said Navdeep Kaur Bhinder, Additional Commissioner-cum-Director Investigation, Punjab. Bhinder said further investigation into this case was underway...
                 

Governor Malik reviews law, order situation in J-K, Ladakh

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Governor Satya Pal Malik has reviewed the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.A press note issued by the Governor's office on Wednesday said, "A meeting was held at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday to review to-date status of security and law and order scenario in the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh."The Governor has directed the finance department to place Rs 5 crore each to every district and Divisional Commissioners to start works on a minimum of one work per Panchayat identified in 'Back to Village programme'."The meeting reviewed the response to the Back to Village programme. To kick-start, the follow-up to this programme, Governor directed the Finance Department to place Rs. 5.00 crore per district and Rs. 5.00 crore per Divisional Commissioner to start works on a minimum of one work per Panchayat identified in Back to Village programme," the release reads.It said, "Further the funds released by the 14th Finance Commission to Panchayats so far (Rs. 800 crores) can be .....
                 

Amit Shah to be chief guest at IPS probationers passing out

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah would be the Chief Guest at the passing out parade of IPS probationers, to be held at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) here on August 24. On the occasion, Shah would take the salute at the parade. The 'Dikshant Parade' of 70 RR (Regular Recruits) (2017 batch) would have 92 IPS Probationers, including 12 women, and 11 foreign officers, an Academy release said. Among the 11 foreign officers, six are from Royal Bhutan Police and five from Nepal Police. The 'Dikshant Parade' is the culmination of basic training of 42 weeks in the Academy followed by district practical training in their respective cadres for 28 weeks and Phase-II training for 13 weeks in the Academy, it said. An official release said Gaush Alam of Telangana cadre has been adjudged the best all-round probationer. He would receive the Prime Minister's Baton and Home Minister's Revolver, it said. Richa Tomar of Rajasthan cadre has been adjudged the best ....
                 

BasicFirst to set up 600-seater BPO in Ranchi, to provide jobs to over 1,400 people

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