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Sena to abstain from voting on no-confidence motion

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The Shiv Sena will abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha moved by the Opposition against the Modi government, party sources said today. Yesterday, the Sena's chief whip in the Lok Sabha Chandrakant Khaire issued a whip to MPs asking them to be present in the House when the motion was discussed and support the government. Hours after issuing the whip, the Sena shifted its stance and said party chief Uddhav Thackeray had asked his party MPs to remain in Delhi and a final decision on supporting the Modi government would be taken this morning before the debate started. "Sena MPs have been asked to remain absent by Uddhav ji during the voting on the no-confidence motion," a close aide of the Sena chief told PTI. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu had sought the support of other parties for the motion, citing the NDA government's "non-fulfilment of the promise" to grant special status to his state...
                 

Zydus Cadila gets USFDA nod for high blood pressure, heart failure treatment drug

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Zydus Cadila has received final approval from the US health regulator to market Spironolactone tablets, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. Zydus Cadila has received the final approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market Spironolactone tablets in the strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg, the company said in a BSE filing. The approved drug is also used to treat swelling (edema) caused by certain conditions like heart failure and liver disease by removing excess fluid and improving symptoms such as breathing problems, it added. Zydus Cadila said the drug will be produced at the group's manufacturing facility at Baddi. The group has more than 210 approvals, and so far filed over 330 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) since it started filings in 2003-04. Shares of Cadila Healthcare, the listed entity of the group, were trading 1.85 down per cent at Rs 336.95 per scrip on BSE...
                 

LS takes up for discussion no-trust vote against Modi govt

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The Lok Sabha today took up for debate the no-trust vote against the Narendra Modi government, the first since the BJP-led dispensation came to power four years ago. Telugu Desam Party's Jayadev Galla initiated the discussion on the no-confidence motion. Opposition parties have brought the motion against the government on several issues like special status to Andhra Pradesh, cow vigilantism, lynchings, atrocities against women and Dalits and alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act. In a House of 535 members, the ruling National Democratic Alliance has 313 members in the Lok Sabha, including 274 (including the Speaker) of BJP, 18 of Shiv Sena, six LJP and four SAD. The stated strength of the Opposition is 222, including 63 of the Congress-led UPA, 37 of AIADMK, 34 of TMC, 20 BJD, 16 TDP and 11 TRS. The opposition move for a no-confidence motion was not allowed in the last Budget Session that was washed out due to continued uproar by TDP, TRS and some other parties demanding .....
                 

NDA to prove majority, Oppn to see strength of NDA plus: BJP

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Union minister Ananth Kumar today exuded confidence that the NDA would prove its majority in the Parliament and said the opposition would see the strength of "NDA plus" during the no-trust motion. Kumar entered the parliament with BJP president Amit Shah and both leaders flashed the victory sign. The Narendra Modi government is expected to have a smooth sailing when it faces the first no-confidence motion in four years in the Lok Sabha. Though the numbers are heavily stacked against the opposition, the Congress and other parties have indicated that they are keen to utilise the debate to attack the government on a range of of issues including farm distress, slow economic growth and rising incidents of lynching. Ahead of Assembly polls in four states due later this year and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP leaders see the debate as an opportunity to reach out to the masses with "successes" of the government and also to attack the "opportunist alliance" of opposition parties. The BJP is..
                 

Vaishno Devi pilgrim dies in J&K's Reasi; fresh Amarnath batch leaves for Kashmir

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An 85-year-old pilgrim died near the Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, while a fresh batch of 1,753 pilgrims today left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the valley to perform the annual Amarnath Yatra, officials said. The pilgrim, Udhay Ram Agarwal from Odissa, was returning from the shrine when he suddenly fell unconscious near Battery point along the new track last night, they said. The officials said he was shifted to the nearby Bhawan dispensary but was declared brought dead by doctors. Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 1,753 pilgrims, including 369 women and 50 sadhus, left the base camp in Jammu to join the ongoing yatra to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, they said. They said the pilgrims left in a convoy of 56 vehicles under tight security. While 1,152 pilgrims, including 175 women and 50 sadhus, opted for the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track, 601 pilgrims are performing the yatra via the shortest 12-km Baltal .....
                 

Veteran Chhattisgarh politician Ramchandra Singhdeo passes away

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The former and first finance minister of Chhattisgarh, Ramchandra Singhdeo, passed away on Friday at a hospital here.The 88-year-old Congress party leader breathed his last at around 1:30 AM in the city's Ramkrishna Hospital.Singhdeo had been sick for last few months, and was supposed to travel to New Delhi for his medical treatment.He was born on February 13, 1930 in Baikunthpur in the Koriya district of Chhattisgarh.After completing Masters Degree in Science, the senior politician took a doctorate (PhD) in life science.He served as the Minister of Water Resources before Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000. He was known as a bold leader, who would often defy his party line for the welfare of the common people.The first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi, chose him as the minister with key portfolios, including finance, commercial tax and planning...
                 

Chopper service providers fined Rs 1 lakh for violating agreement in JK's Kishtwar

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Hundreds of pilgrims performing the Shri Hud Mata Yatra in the remote Dachan mountainous belt in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district are facing hardships due to the failure of two private helicopter service providers to operate, officials said. New Delhi-based Heritage Aviation Private Ltd and Pawan Hans Ltd have got the contract to operate choppers along Kishtwar-Kalkoot-Sirchi and Gulabgarh-Machail sectors during the annual six-day Hud Mata Yatra and 43-day Machail Mata Yatra. The Shri Hud Mata Yatra commenced on July 18 and the Machail Yatra is scheduled to begin on July 25. Taking serious note of the "breach of agreement", the officials said Kishtwar District Magistrate Angrez Singh Rana has imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on the two service providers. Rana has cautioned them their case would be recommended to the Director General of Civil Aviation for "blacklisting" if their services remained disrupted, they said. "Huge rush of pilgrims stranded at various stations enroute to Hud..
                 

Rag picker's son battles hardship, gets MBBS admission in AIIMS

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A ragpicker's son, Asharam Choudhary, has got admission for MBBS at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences in Jodhpur.Reflecting on the same, he said, "I want to thank my parents and Navodaya Vidyalaya, and also Dakshina foundation for providing me financial help. A doctor in my village inspired me to choose this profession, when I was in fifth standard."Father of Asharam said, "My son completed 12th standard and then got admission in AIIMS, Jodhpur. We do not have sufficient money, and are expecting help from others. We have been helped by a few people in the past, including the Additional District Magistrate."Asharam's neighbour hailed his dedication and said, "Despite no light, he used to study, Asharam did a lot of hard work, and we are very proud of him. We are proud that he belongs to our village and despite his father's poor financial condition, he worked very hard."Asharam is an inspiration to many and he has proved that if there is a will, there will always be a way...
                 

Odisha: 5 school children mowed down by truck

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Five school children were crushed to death while six left critically injured after a truck ran over them in Odisha's Bhadrak district on Thursday.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced an ex gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased. The injured students will receive free medical support, he added.The incident took place at around 4 pm on National Highway 16 at Ranitala when the children were returning from school on their bicycles.The driver and the cleaner of the bus fled the spot.Following the incident, residents of the area reportedly set the truck on fire.10 platoons of police force were deployed to contain the situation after the agitated public attacked the police vehicles.At around 9.30 pm, police cleared the National Highway and sent the dead bodies for post-mortem...
                 

UP: 3 die of suffocation while cleaning tank at meat processing factory

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Mathura lawyers stage protest demanding speedy probe in attack on colleague's father

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Trump: Media wants a war with Russia

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US President Donald Trump claimed today the media "wants" the US to be in a "major confrontation with Russia", as he tried defend his summit meeting with Russian counterpart Valdimir Putin. He called the "fake news media" the "real enemy of the people", saying that the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week was "a great success". Trump's tweet comes on the heels of his clarifications of statements regarding Russia and election meddling and following his widely-panned press conference with Putin in Helsinki. His comments came amidst an uproar in the US media and his political opponents that he showed signs of weakness in his press conference with Putin in Helsinki on Monday in which he appeared to accept Putin's denial on Russia's US election meddling over the assessment of the American intelligence community. By Tuesday, Trump was forced to take the rare step of admitting a mistake, telling reporters that when he said, "I don't see any reason why it would be .....
                 

Manipur youth beaten to death by cousin over monetary dispute

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Cong-JD(S) govt will complete term at any cost: Karnataka Dy CM

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Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara today said the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the southern state will complete its five-year term at any "cost" and "compromise". "A new government has come. Many people may have anxiety as this is a coalition government -- what will happen, how things will happen. "I want to give one assurance that at any cost, at any compromise, we will complete five years. There should not be any doubt about it in Bengaluru or elsewhere," he said. The Congress leader was speaking at an event where the Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of software major Infosys, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for the construction of a station at Konappana Agrahara in the Electronics City here. Seated next to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Parameshwara said, "We too have a responsibility and the coalition government was formed for the sake of Karnataka and not for our selfishness. "We ...
                 

Panel to meet AIIMS docs to decide on separated conjoined

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The Odisha government has set up a medical experts' team that would visit the AIIMS, New Delhi, tomorrow and discuss with doctors looking after the separated conjoined twin brothers to decide on their release from there, a state minister said here today. State Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena would also accompany the five-member team of doctors. "I will accompany a team of five specialist doctors from Odisha to New Delhi tomorrow. A meeting will be held with the doctors who are looking after the separated conjoined twins. "After getting the details about their health, a decision will be made on whether to discharge them from the institute," Jena told reporters here. The team's visit to AIIMS, New Delhi came in view of the hospital's plan to discharge the twins, Jaga and Kalia, as their conditions improved, sources said. The twins, who are now 3-years-old, hail from Milipada village in Kandhamal district were joined at the head. They were admitted to the .....
                 

Fortis EGM on Aug 13 to seek shareholders nod for stake sale to IHH

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Fortis Healthcare today said extra ordinary general meeting (EGM) of the company will be held on August 13 to seek shareholders nod for its acquisition by Malaysia's IHH Healthcare. Last week, Fortis Healthcare board had approved a Rs 4,000-crore offer from IHH Healthcare for 31.1 per cent stake in it, valuing the cash-strapped firm at Rs 8,880 crore. The transaction, to be carried out via IHH Healthcare's arm Northern TK Venture Pte Ltd, was to be followed up by an open offer for an additional 26 per cent stake in Fortis. In a notice for the EGM, Fortis Healthcare said that the consent of shareholders is being sought for issuance of 23,52,94,117 equity shares on preferential basis at a price of Rs 170 per share aggregating up to Rs 4,000 crore to Northern TK Venture Pte Ltd. The company is also seeking nod from shareholders to reclassify Malvinder Mohan Singh, Malvinder Mohan Singh- Trust, Shivinder Mohan Singh, Harpal Singh, Abhishek Singh, Fortis Healthcare Holdings Pvt Ltd, Malav ...
                 

Harvard signs MoU with Jindal university

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Harvard University and O P Jindal Global University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand their collaboration in research and educational activities in the field of human rights, development and public health. The two universities have agreed for a student engagement through an annual teaching session at Harvard for Jindal students. C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of Jindal Global University (JGU), in a statement, said that the varsities will also conduct joint conferences on themes of interest to both the institutions. "This collaboration has taken the form of an annual study abroad programme conducted at Harvard University for nearly 30 students from JGU. At the successful completion of the programme, the Jindal students will earn academic credits and the course will be reflected in the transcript," Kumar said. He also said that future conferences that are being considered under the MoU, include issues that are at the intersection of human rights, development, law, ....
                 

Agencies being misused to target oppn leaders: Oppn

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Alleging that probe agencies were being misused to target opposition leaders, the Opposition today accused the Centre of adopting double standards on corruption. During a discussion on the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 in the Rajya Sabha, Congress Deputy leader Anand Sharma sought to know why the Narendra Modi government had not yet appointed the anti-graft ombudsman Lokpal. Sharma claimed that in the last four years, corruption had got encouragement, while the economy had suffered. Ruling BJP however hit back, claiming unprecendent efforts towards curbing corruption and ensuring development were being undertaken which the Congress was unwilling to see. But the people were rewarding the BJP through repeated endorsements at the hustings, Shwait Malik (BJP) said. Before 2014, when the UPA was in power, an atmosphere was systematically created and even the then Prime Minister was not spared of baseless allegations, Sharma alleged as he initiated the .....
                 

RJio 'Monsoon Hungama' offer on JioPhone to start from tomorrow

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Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has advanced by a day the launch of its monsoon 'hungama' scheme that would offer its JioPhone to customers for Rs 501 to July 20, a company source said. In the annual general meeting of Reliance Industries, Ambani had announced that the scheme will begin from July 21. "Jio will start monsoon hungama scheme from 5.01 pm on July 20. Even the timing has been kept to reflect effective price of the phone," the source told PTI. Under the present scheme, mobile subscribers using feature of any brand can exchange it with new JioPhone for effective price of Rs 501 -- a price for which Reliance Industries Limited's telecom arm in 2003 had offered mobile phone to consumers. Back in 2003, when Reliance Infocomm (now Reliance Communications) had launched the scheme in the same name it was under control of Mukesh Ambani. The scheme in 2003 had led to sharp increase in market share of the company and according to a leading telecom entrepreneur it had raised question ....
                 

'Wrong' to project terrorism as Christianity-Islam clash, says Cameron

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Former British prime minister David Cameron said today it was wrong to project terrorism as a clash between Christianity and Islam and called for a strategy to wipe out the extremist forces. Cameron, the Conservative Party leader who was the prime minister of Britain from 2010 to 2016, said it appeared to him from US President Donald Trump's comments that he viewed terrorism as a clash between Christianity and Islam. "Listening to Trump makes me feel that it is a clash between Christianity and Islam. It is wrong," Cameron said at an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) here. According to Cameron, it was, indeed, a clash within Islam - between the civilised ones who want to practice their faith peacefully and those who had taken a radicalised and perverted view of the religion. The former British prime minister said: "Terrorism did not surface only in the Middle East. It also surfaced in Afghanistan, Pakistan and even in India and Britain". He said a .....
                 

Sebi to auction HBN Dairies' six properties, fixes reserve price at Rs 154 cr

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Markets regulator Sebi will auction six properties of HBN Dairies & Allied Ltd next month for a reserve price of Rs 154 crore. The move is a part of Sebi's effort to recover money raised by HBN Dairies through illicit collective investment schemes. In a notice, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said it has engaged SBI Capital Markets to assist it for sale of the properties of HBN Dairies and its directors. The auction of the company's six properties will take place on August 16 at a reserve price of Rs 154 crore. The properties to go under the hammer include a shopping mall cum multiplex, hotel and commercial plot in Punjab. "Sale or auction shall be through online bidding. Bidders can participate in the e-auction from anywhere," the regulator noted. It further said that the intending bidders should make their own independent enquiries regarding the litigations, attachments, liabilities of the property, in respect of the assets put on auction. The company had .....
                 

Kamal differs with Rajini on greenfield road project

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Taking a virtually opposite stand from his contemporary Rajinikanth, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has said projects like the Chennai-Salem expressway should not be "forced" on people. Speaking to reporters at the airport here yesterday, the Makkal Needhi Maiam president sought to know whether there was no alternative route to reach Salem. "Did the people say their life will be derailed without the eight-lane project? Or is there no alternative route to reach Salem?" he said. On Rajinikanth's recent statement supporting the Rs 10,000 crore-project, which has been opposed by some quarters especially farmers, Haasan said, "People should first be consulted. Many political leaders have expressed their opposition to the project. People cannot be compelled to accept the project". On Sunday, Rajinikanth had said such big projects would lead to development of the country and result in creation of jobs. He had also wanted the government to adequately compensate people who would .....
                 

Akhilesh parries question on whether SP will back Rahul as PM

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today avoided a direct reply when asked whether his party would support Rahul Gandhi as prime minister. "The country wants to see a new government at the Centre. People want to see a new prime minister. You will see a new prime minister after the elections," he said when asked whether he saw himself or the Congress president as the next prime minister. Asked specifically if his party would support Rahul Gandhi for the PM's post -- if a non-BJP coalition gets the chance to form a government after the 2019 elections --Yadav, speaking at a press conference here, repeated his reply. He, however, noted that during the recent bye-elections in Kairana and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress supported the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party. "Whenever the Congress people talk, they talk very sweetly," he quipped. On the possibility of an SP-BSP alliance for next year's general election, Yadav said, "You will soon learn about a (new) coalition." "The BJP ....
                 

Mindtree shares tumble nearly 9 pc after Q1 earnings

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Shares of IT firm Mindtree today plunged nearly 9 per cent after the company reported a 13 per cent decline in net profit on a sequential basis. The company's stock tumbled 8.67 per cent to settle at Rs 970.45 on the BSE. Intra-day, it dived 12.91 per cent to Rs 925.30. On the NSE, shares of the company plunged 7.74 per cent to close at Rs 979.60. In terms of equity volume, 5.33 lakh shares of the company were traded on the BSE and over one crore shares changed hands on the NSE during the day. Mid-sized IT firm Mindtree yesterday reported a 13 per cent decline in net profit on a sequential basis. Its net profit for the June quarter stood at Rs 158.2 crore, down from Rs 182.2 crore in the March quarter. Annually, the Bengaluru-based firm had registered a net profit of Rs 121.7 crore in the year-ago period. Mindtree's revenues rose 27.1 per cent to Rs 1,639.5 crore in the quarter under review from Rs 1,289.5 crore in the year-ago period. In dollar terms, the company's net profit .....
                 

Haryana to launch scheme for quick disposal of heinous crimes

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has given approval for the launch of a scheme to identify and take appropriate measures in expeditiously disposing heinous crimes, an official spokesperson said today. Under the Identified Crime Scheme, state and district-level committees will be constituted, which will be headed by the additional chief secretary and deputy commissioners respectively, the spokesperson said. "The Haryana government is making strenuous efforts to rein in heinous and sensational crimes like dacoity, murder, terrorist activities, rape, gang rape, rape of small girls, kidnapping etc," he said. The district-level committees will meet on the first Tuesday of every month, identify heinous and sensational crimes during the month, if any, and submit recommendations to the state-level committee, which would decide on its inclusion in 'Identified Crimes', the official said. The state-level committee would review the progress made in various cases and take corrective .....
                 

Raj expects 50 million tourists by year end, meeting its 2020 target

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Rajasthan is expecting 50 million tourists to visit the desert state by the year end, meeting its 2020 target, a senior official said. The state had received 47 million tourists in 2017. The target of 50 million tourist arrivals by 2020 in the state is likely to be met by the end of this year. The state has already witnessed over 47 million tourist arrivals by the end of 2017, said Tourism Director Pradeep Kumar Borar today. The state witnessed more than 20 per cent growth in arrivals of domestic and foreign tourists in the first quarter of this year. The hotel industry had an occupancy of almost 65 per cent in the state in 2016-17, he said. Borar made the remarks during a news conference here on the eve of the opening of a two-day 'Rajasthan Domestic Travel Mart' (RDTM) tomorrow. The RDTM would be organised from July 20 to July 22 during which several B2B meetings would be held at the Birla convention centre here, he said. Senior vice president Randhir Vikram Singh of the Federation..
                 

BJD to reveal stand on no-confidence motion in Parl tomorrow

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The ruling BJD in Odisha will reveal its stand on the no-confidence motion against the NDA-led Centre on the floor of the Parliament tomorrow, a senior party leader said. The Opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion, moved for the first time since the BJP-led dispensation came to power four years ago, would be taken up for debate in the Lok Sabha tomorrow. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) with 19 MPs has the fifth largest number of members in the Lower House. The issue was discussed by the BJD Parliamentary Party (BJDPP) in New Delhi today. The meeting was presided over by its leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, senior MP Prasanna Patsani said here. He said since BJDPP could not decide on the party's stand on the no-confidence motion, the decision was left on the party president (Naveen Patnaik). Whatever decision he (Patnaik) takes on this issue, it will be carried out during the debate in Parliament tomorrow, Patsani said. Sources in the ruling party, however, said though the BJD MPs would .....
                 

Oppn MLAs raise stink in Goa Assembly over formalin-in-fish issue

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The Monsoon session of Goa Assembly began on a stormy note today with the opposition demanding a discussion on the issue of formalin, a preservative that causes cancer, being found in fish in the state, instead of the listed business. The ruckus led to repeated adjournments before Speaker Pramod Sawant was forced to adjourn the house for the day. As soon as the house assembled on the opening day, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar demanded they be allowed to move an adjournment motion to take up the issue. The presence of the cancer-inducing chemical has been confirmed by the state Food and Drugs Administration. The speaker did not allow it and asked the Congress members to raise the issue through a Calling Attention motion. However, Kavlekar refused to listen and, along with other Congress members, rushed into the well of the house. The speaker then adjourned the house till 12 noon. When the house assembled again, the opposition members continued with their demand for an .....
                 

Kejriwal asks Urban Development dept to approve pending MLALAD works within 7 days

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today directed the Urban Development department of the Delhi government to approve all pending works under the MLA local area development (MLALAD) scheme within a week. He also ordered the department to approve new works under the scheme within three days and said the move will expedite the development of basic amenities in unauthorised colonies. "Issued directions today to UD to approve all pending works within a week from today. Henceforth, any work from MLA LAD fund shall be approved within 3 working days by UD," Kejriwal wrote on Twitter. People were suffering as many works of critical importance were pending for many months, he said. "Good news for those living in hellish conditions in unauth colonies. Del govt has approved and sanctioned budget for construction of roads n drains in all pending colonies (barring ASI/forest areas). Work will start soon. This will provide them dignity n better living conditions (sic)," he tweeted. Kejriwal also .....
                 

Peak power deficit in April-June at 0.7 pc: Power Min

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Peak power deficit during April-June, 2018-19 was 0.7 per cent while overall electricity deficit stood at 0.6 per cent during the quarter, Parliament was informed today. As much as 170.76GW electricity was supplied during peak hours against the demand of 171.97 GW during the quarter, resulting in a deficit of 0.7 per cent, Power Minister R K Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. Overall, 323.41 GW electricity was supplied against the demand of 325.42 GW during the quarter, which translated into a deficit of 0.6 per cent, as per the provisional estimates of Power Ministry. In 2017-18, the peak power deficit was 2 per cent while overall electricity deficit was 0.7 per cent across the country. Last year, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in load generation balancing report had projected that India would become a power surplus nation. "All India power supply position indicates that the country is likely to have a peak surplus of 6.8 per cent and energy (electricity) surplus of 8.8..
                 

ECL Finance plans to raise up to Rs 2,000 cr via NCDs

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ECL Finance (ECLF), the NBFC arm of Edelweiss Financial Services, is looking to raise up to Rs 2,000 crore through secured redeemable non-convertible debentures (NCDs) of various maturities. The base size of the NCD issue, which will open on July 24 and close on August 16, is Rs 500 crore, with a greenshoe option of Rs 1,500 crore. "The funds raised will be used to refinance old debt, growing businesses and for general corporate purposes," Edelweiss Financial Services president and chief financial officer S Ranganathan told reporters here today. It is offering an annual coupon rate of 9.45 per cent on three-year bond, 9.65 per cent on five-year bond and 9.85 per cent on 10-year bond. There is also a floating rate option which is linked to the overnight Mumbai Inter-Bank Offer Rate (MIBOR), under which investors can earn the average annualised overnight MIBOR plus 2.5 per cent per annum for three years. Axis Bank and Edelweiss Financial Services are the lead managers for ...
                 

AAP backs TDP's no-confidence motion

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A day ahead of the crucial no-confidence motion discussion in the Lok Sabha, a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) delegation met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Thursday to seek cooperation for its fight against the Center demanding justice for Andhra Pradesh.TDP Parliamentary Party leader Y.S.Chowdary along with party MPs K.Narayana, Malyadri Sriram, Nimmala Kristappa and T.G.Venkatesh met Kejriwal and handed over TDP President and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N.Chandrababu Naidu's letter seeking support for the issue."The Centre is being ruled by BJP's dictatorship. It's a Hitler-like government (Hitlershahi ki sarkar hai). It has become a threat to structural federalism. The power of states is being continuously taken away. This government assured Andhra Pradesh to give them Special Status. However, they have betrayed them. They have backed out of their support," AAP leader Sanjay Singh told media here.Meanwhile, TDP leader Y.S.Chowdary said that the Centre has ...
                 

Cadre restructuring under deliberation: South Western Army Commander

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South Western Army Commander Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson today said the idea of cadre restructuring in the Indian Army was under deliberation. "There is a review which is going on but nothing has been decided. It is a thought process at this moment and under deliberation, and we all are to offer our recommendations," Mathson told reporters on the sidelines of Army-media seminar here. He was asked if the Army was considering the idea of cadre restructuring. The Army commander refused to divulge any further details on the matter. The Indian Army is said to be working on a major reform initiative under which structural changes may be brought in to make the force 'leaner and meaner'. According to sources, a high-level committee is considering various options including cadre restructuring as part of the initiative. They said the aim of the exercise is aimed at readying a larger talent pool for crucial tasks and bringing down the age of those commanding key formations. Lt Gen Mathson..
                 

Par panel expresses concern over large number of kidnappings in Assam; surge in insurgency in Arunachal

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A parliamentary standing committee has expressed deep concern over a large number of kidnappings in Assam, mostly of women, and surge in insurgency in Arunachal Pradesh, which it termed as "alarming". The parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, headed by P Chidambaram, in its report said that it was deeply worried that a large number of victims who were kidnapped or abducted in Assam before and during 2016 were yet to be recovered. "Even more worrisome is the fact that a large majority, at more than 81 per cent, of victims are women. The committee is of the view that this may also point towards a connection between such abductions and human trafficking," the panel said in it report submitted to Rajya Sabha. The committee, therefore, recommended that an inter-state investigation may be carried out to find out the reasons for this extremely high rate of kidnappings of women. "The committee also recommends that sustained operations must be launched to trace and recover the .....
                 

WhatsApp working on digital literacy programme to curb fake news

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WhatsApp is working with over half a dozen partners in India to design a digital literacy programme for educating users on spotting false news and staying safe on the popular messaging platform, which has come under fire for fake messages inciting mob lynching incidents. According to sources, WhatsApp is collaborating with seven organisations, which includes the likes of Centre For Social Research, in the country to discuss how to build and scale an education programme that can tackle the challenges posed by misinformation and fake news. When contacted, a WhatsApp spokesperson said: "We are now working with experts in India to help grow our digital literacy efforts that will educate people about fake news and how to stay safe on WhatsApp". The Facebook-owned company, which has over 200 million users in India, has drawn flak from the Indian government over circulation of rumours and fake news on its platform. Such messages have incited mob-fury, triggering multiple cases of lynching .....
                 

Encounter underway between security forces, terrorists in J&K

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Currency Building to be turned into exhibition hall for NGMA

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The 185-year old Currency Building here will soon be turned into an exhibition hall for the National Gallery of Modern Art, Union Culture secretary, Raghvendra Singh said today. Singh told PTI here, "We will turn this place into a National Gallery of Modern Arts(NGMA), Kolkata chapter.... There is so much which this heritage building can offer as a National Galley of Modern Arts. Our whole plan is to make it a hub of arts." The senior official visited the building located in the central business district accompanied by ASI and NGMA officials, said "We are building this on revenue model, How we will run this place with a good amount of footfall, people who are interested in art, people who love going around, young people, everyone will be happy." He said the initiative was to make it a happening art place where musical concerts will take place in the open courtyard which will be developed in sync with the heritage elements of the building. "We are just restoring the .....
                 

RBI to soon issue new Rs 100 note in lavender colour

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The Reserve Bank today said it will soon issue new Rs 100 notes in lavender colour having motif of Rani ki vav' a stepwell located on the banks of Saraswati river in Gujarat's Patan. "All Rs 100 banknotes issued earlier will also continue to be legal tender," the central bank said while announcing the issue of the new Rs 100 notes. The base colour of the note is Lavender. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse. Dimension of the banknote will be 66 mm x 142 mm, making it smaller than the current Rs 100 notes. The size of current Rs 100 notes is 157 mm x 73 mm "As is normal, when a new design of banknote is introduced, printing and supply of these notes for distribution to public through the banking channel will gradually increase," said the RBI, which issues currency in the country. The new Rs 100 note follows, new notes in denomination of Rs 10, Rs 50 and Rs 500. Besides, the central bank introduced a Rs..
                 

'Gaj Mahotsav' to raise awareness for conservation of Asian elephant

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A festival of 101 life-sized elephant art installations will celebrate the grandeur of the Asian elephant while trying to raise awareness for conservation efforts to protect the national heritage animal. Organised by wildlife conservation NGO, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), the first edition of 'Gaj Mahotsav' will be held from August 12 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here. Apart from 101 life sized elephant art pieces representing as many elephant corridors of India, the four-day event will also see dance and music performances by artists such as Mallika Sarabhai and Astad Deboo, films and talks by filmmakers Mike Pandey and Krishnendu Bose, an exhibition of elephant-themed art and photographs curated by Ina Puri and Alka Pande. In addition, there will be various workshops like Bulbul Sharma's story telling for children, shadow puppet workshop by Dadi Pudumjee and a cartooning workshop by..
                 

Shatrughan Sinha to vote against the no-confidence motion

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BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, known to speak against his party and the government publicly, said today that notwithstanding his differences with the saffron party he will vote against the opposition's no-trust vote in Parliament tomorrow. The BJP MP from Patna Sahib also made it clear that he has no intention to quit the BJP before the 2019 general election. His remarks came amidst reports of his growing proximity with RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family in recent times. "I am a member of the BJP and will follow party command as a disciplined soldier...I will be with the party during the troubled times and go with it to defeat the opposition-sponsored no-confidence vote," Sinha told PTI. Moved by the former BJP ally TDP and others, the no-confidence motion, first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago, would be taken up in the lower house tomorrow for debate and voting. Sinha has been criticising the leadership of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and various policies..
                 

SC terms as impossible condition of observing abstinence before visiting Sabrimala temple

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The Supreme Court today termed as impossible the condition of observing abstinence for 41 days before undertaking a pilgrimage to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala and said that this had led to the ban on the entry of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years into it. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which is hearing petitions challenging the ban, said that it is the devotion which makes a woman to visit a temple. The observations by the bench came when senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Devaswom Board which runs the over 800-year-old Lord Ayyappa temple, said that it is only shrine in the world which observes the belief that women in the menstruating age should not be allowed inside it. The senior lawyer submitted that people from all castes and religions can visit the temple and only women in that particular age group are not allowed into it because of the simple reason that it is impossible to observe abstinence for 41 days before .....
                 

Team Jammu for stringent law to deal with cross-border narcotic smuggling

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Team Jammu, a non-political organisation, today termed as "historic" the Governor N N Vohra's directive for verification of all traders engaged in cross-LoC trade and said more stringent laws were needed to deal with narcotic smuggling from across the border. "The drug menace in the state is alarmingly increasing with each passing year. Pakistan is destroying the lives of our youth and also using Jammu and Kashmir as a base to smuggle the narcotics to other parts of the country," Team Jammu chairman Zorawar Singh told reporters here. Vohra had yesteday ordered the verification of all traders who are engaged in cross-LoC trade within one month and deregistration of those with doubtful antecedents besides asking for an effective mechanism to detect smuggling of narcotics or banned items. "It is a historic decision taken by the Governor and will help monitoring the trade. Pakistan's ISI is pumping narcotics into the state under the garb of the trade and the successive governments as well..
                 

IIT Jodhpur develops technology for treating water by using Rajasthani clay, sunlight

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IIT Jodhpur has come up a low-cost and environment friendly technology for treating contaminated water by using Rajasthani clay and sunlight. A research team led by Rakesh Kumar Sharma, a professor of the IIT Chemistry Department, developed the Rajasthani clay based-photocatalytic water purification technology. This technology can be used to treat contaminated water containing textile industry effluents, which is a major problem in Western Rajasthan, he said. Describing the technology, Sharma said that when photocatalysts are exposed to sunlight, reactive oxygen is formed which destroys the contaminants. A photocatalyst is a substance that generates catalyst activity using energy from light. However, the present set of photocatalysts are expensive and practically not viable. They are very fine particles which are difficult to retain after treatment of water," he said. Sharma said the Rajasthani clay plays it role there. The clay-based photocatalysts maintain their inherent surface .....
                 

IOA meet to discuss Ministry's proposal on relaxing Asiad selection criteria

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The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has called a meeting of its Core and Legal Committees tomorrow to decide its future course of action after the Sports Ministry asked it to relax the Asian Games selection norms for better medal prospects. The sports ministry yesterday urged the IOA to relax selection norms in specific cases "in the larger interest of the sports and sportspersons" after concerns were raised by various athletes and teams that have missed the cut. The ministry said the Olympic body in consultation with particular federations may reassess the earlier decision on sending entries if those ineligible disciplines have performed consistently for six months but not made it due to lack of exposure and at the same time have strong chance of finishing in the top four. The recent circular has put the IOA in a dilemma and the Olympic body has decided to discuss the matter with its Core and Legal Committee before responding to the sports ministry. "We have called a meeting of out ...
                 

Small sugar firms up in lacklustre trade

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AIADMK hints it may not back no-trust motion against Modi govt

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today hinted his party AIADMK might not back the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government, saying the motion was moved by the TDP over an issue concerning Andhra Pradesh. No party had backed Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue when AIADMK lawmakers had stalled the Lok Sabha for nearly three weeks seeking the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC), he said. "You should understand. They (TDP) have moved the no-confidence motion for a problem concerning Andhra Pradesh. When AIADMK MPs from Tamil Nadu stalled Parliament (during the previous session), who did voice (support) for us, who came forward to solve the problems of Cauvery delta farmers?" he asked. "Which state came forward. No state did," he told reporters in Salem in response to a query whether the AIADMK will support the motion. DMK working president M K Stalin, meanwhile, urged the ruling AIADMK which has as many ...
                 

BJP won because of EVMs, won't return to power: MNS chief

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The BJP had won the past elections by manipulating the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray alleged today. Thackeray also said the BJP-led NDA government won't return to power in 2019 as it has "failed" on all the fronts. "The EVMs had helped the BJP win the elections in the past. Otherwise, how can any candidate get zero votes in polls?" he questionned while speaking to reporters on the first day of his six-day tour of Marathwada region. The tour is aimed at expanding the base of the MNS in the region which is battling for political survival in the state. After pulling off an impressive performance in the 2009 Maharashtra assembly polls, the MNS got pushed to the margins after suffering setbacks in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections held in 2014. "The Central and Maharashtra governments have failed on all the fronts. Issues like inadequate rate for procurement of milk and unemployment are affecting the farmers and youths. ...
                 

BCCI suspends stung UPCA official pending probe

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A member of IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla's personal staff was today suspended pending an inquiry after a sting operation alleged that he sought bribes to facilitate selection of players in the Uttar Pradesh team. A Hindi news channel telecast an alleged phone conversation between Akram Saifi, an executive assistant of Shukla, and cricketer Rahul Sharma in which Saifi is heard seeking favours in "cash and kind" to ensure Sharma's selection in the state team. Shukla is currently the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) Secretary. "Pursuant to the tele-conference between Chairman of COA (Committee of Administrators) and (BCCI) Acting President (C K Khanna) and pending the appointment of a Commissioner under Rule 32 of the rules and regulations of BCCI, we are seeking an explanation from Mr. Akram Saifi regarding the allegations made against him," an internal communication of the BCCI, which is in possession of the PTI, stated. "Mr. Saifi's reply shall be examined by the Commissioner .....
                 

Suzuki Motorcycle lines up Rs 600 cr for second plant

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Suzuki Motorcycle India aims to invest Rs 600 crore in the first phase of its second plant, which it plans to set up in the country, a top company official said today. The company is the process of finalising the location of the plant which would have an installed capacity of 3-5 lakh units per annum to start with and may go up to 10 lakh units as per the market demand. "The initial investment for the plant would be in the range of Rs 600 crore," Suzuki Motorcycle India Managing Director Satoshi Uchida told PTI. Elaborating further, Suzuki Motorcycle India Executive Vice President Sajeev Rajasekharan said, search for the location for the plant has already started. "In a couple of months we will finalise it and then this particular facility should be ready in 1.5 to 2 years from the time it is finalised," he added. The installed capacity of the first phase of the new plant would be 3-5 lakh units per annum and would go up to one million, Uchida said. Although, the company is yet to .....
                 

Religious teacher rapes minor in Darbhanga

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In another case of sexual assault, a 65-year-old religious teacher was arrested on Wednesday for alleged rape of an eight-year-old girl in a village in Darbhanga district.The police officer Anuj Kumar who is handling the case told ANI, "The victim suffered serious injuries to her private parts. We have arrested Mohammad Mozib-ur Rahman and has initiated an investigation into the matter."The victim was rushed to the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where her condition is said to be still critical. The gruesome incident occurred in a village under the jurisdiction of the Hayaghat police station on July 17.The accused apparently used to visit the victim's house around 9 pm every day to give tuition on religious texts. On the fateful day also he had gone to her house. Finding her alone in the room, the teacher allegedly sexually assaulted the minor girl...
                 

Missing fishermen: Four more bodies found

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Bodies of four more of the 19 missing fishermen of West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district were found in the Bay of Bengal today by rescuers, taking the total number of bodies recovered so far to six, officials said. With the recovery of six bodies, search is on for the 13 missing fishermen, the officials said. The Coast Guard, along with the police and a fishermen's association, is conducting search and rescue operations to find fishermen who had gone missing on Monday afternoon. A Coast Guard official, who did not wish to be quoted, said Coast Guard Dornier aircraft spotted the four bodies today around 30 nautical miles off the Dalhousie island. The trawlers of the fishermen's association went to the spot and retrieved the bodies after the Coast Guard conveyed to them the location of the bodies. Five out of the six bodies have been identified and sent for postmortem, officials said. Yesterday one of the missing boats was also sighted about 30 nautical miles south off ...
                 

Pune City retain defenders Gurtej Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai

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Indian Super League side Pune Ciy FC today retained the services of defenders Gurtej Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai and goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh for the upcoming season. Gurtej began his football career with JCT, played for Pailan Arrows, Churchill Brothers, Bengaluru FC and Fateh Hyderabad. Last season, he made 18 appearances and scored his first ever professional career goal for the Pune outfit. While goalkeeper Kamaljit started with AIFF Academy before joining Sporting Club de Goa in 2014. On continuing his association with FC Pune City, Gurtej said, "It was a great learning curve for me last season and to play with experienced pros made a world of difference to my confidence." "It was my first ISL and to start early on in the season and then train with some of the best in business was a great experience for me. We want to better what we did last season and make it count," Kamaljit said. Lalchhuanmawia better known as Chhuantea started his career with I-league side Shillong Lajong in..
                 

Job postings in real estate sector drop 8%: Report

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The number of job postings in the real estate sector in India has seen an eight per cent drop over last year amid implementation of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) 2016, says a report. According to data from global job site Indeed, while the number of job searches in the sector has increased by 8 per cent in the last year, job postings have seen a dip of 8 per cent. The RERA rollout promised to make the real estate sector more regulated and transparent, thus building confidence among job seekers to explore work opportunities in the field. However, there has been a drop in the number of job postings. "While the sector is still recovering from the aftermath of RERA, the act's stipulated compliances and regulations are expected to unlock potential job opportunities in various capacities," Indeed India Managing Director Sashi Kumar said. This slowdown in job creation is indicative of the sector taking time to recover from the act implemented by the government, the ...
                 

Junior clerk arrested by vigilance

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A junior clerk of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack was arrested by Vigilance for allegedly accepting Rs 5,000 bribe from a man to prepare his grand mother's pay arrear bill. Dillip Kumar Rout, a junior clerk in the Office of Superintendent of SCB Medical College and Hospital, was arrested yesterday after being caught red-handed by Vigilance officers while accepting illegal gratification of Rs 5,000 from the complainant, a vigilance release said. Rout had demanded bribe from Rohit Kumar Nayak of Mangalabag area of Cuttack to prepare arrear bill of 7th Pay Commission of Sagar Dei, his grand mother, a retired employee of SCB Medical College, it said. Vigilance sleuths who had laid a trap recovered the bribe money of Rs 5,000 from the pant pocket of Rout and seized the amount in presence of witnesses, the release said. While Rout was arrested his residential house at CDA, Cuttack and government quarter at SCB Medical Compound were searched, the release added...
                 

India-ASEAN maritime cooperation will set tone for future of Indo-Pacific: V K Singh

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Describing maritime cooperation as a critical cog in India-ASEAN ties, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said today it will set the tone for the future of the Indo-Pacific and help ensure peace and stability in the strategic region. Speaking at a plenary session of the Delhi Dialogue themed 'Strengthening ASEAN-India maritime cooperation' and organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Singh India's new Act East policy was more "action-driven and result-oriented" which distinguishes it from the previous Look East policy. Referring to the India-ASEAN maritime cooperation, Singh said: "We strongly believe that it is the idea of this cooperation that will set the tone for future of Indo-Pacific region. It will have all the keys to unlock the prosperity for the common good and goals for our people and provide us with the seas that are safe, secure and free for all." India shares a robust maritime cooperation with several ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, ...
                 

Rajnath's remark on mob lynching not satisfactory: Cong

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The Congress on Thursday expressed disagreement over Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement on mob lynching and said that it was "not satisfactory"."The Home Minister's statement in Lok Sabha on mob lynching was at all, that is why we staged a walkout from the house. This is not a game of ping pong that states and Centre keep shifting responsibilities," Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said.Earlier today, Rajnath, while speaking in Lok Sabha on mob lynching incidents put the onus of maintaining law and order on the state governments.Following the Home Minister's statement, the Congress which has been protesting against the BJP on the matter staged a walkout from the lower house.Rajnath also said that the Centre has directed social media sites to regulate norms accordingly to curb the issue."These are unfortunate incidents. We had issued an advisory on this recently, and one in 2016 also. Social media being used to spread fake news and rumours is also a reason. We have asked social .....
                 

SAD to kickstart election campaign for LS polls

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The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would start campaigning for the 2019 general elections from August 19. The party will hold its first election rally at Pipli in Haryana, an official statement said today. According to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, "The party would sound the poll bugle for Lok Sabha elections with its first election rally at Pipli on August 19." This was decided at a meeting held with the district party observers from Haryana, he said. He said that Sharanjit Singh Sotha, the party president of the Haryana unit, as well as the party's women wing president in the state, Ravinder Kaur Ajrana, presented a report in the meeting which was approved by all the observers. SAD leader Sikandar Singh Maluka has already been appointed as the observer for Rajasthan to accelerate the party activities in the poll-bound state, Badal said...
                 

Remuneration of sport coaches being doubled to Rs 2 lakh: Govt

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The remuneration of coaches in various sports disciplines would not be limited to Rs one lakh as the government has increased the cap to Rs two lakh, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Responding to supplementaries during Question Hour, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said it has been decided to increase the cap of remuneration by 100 per cent as the present cap of Rs one lakh was found to be impractical as foreign coaches were charging much more. He also said the cash incentive of medal winning players would be distributed among the grassroots, intermediate and apex level coach. So far, the amount was only given to the apex coach, ignoring the contribution of others who spotted and nurtured the talent at various levels. There was a brief war of words between members of the opposition and treasury benches when Gaurav Gogoi (Cong)sought Rathore's response to a reported comment made by a sports body on the English-speaking capability of Hima Das, who won a gold ...
                 

Seva Dal to revive 'prabhat pheri' to breathe life into UP Cong

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Seeking to infuse a new vigour into the Uttar Pradesh Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party's Seva Dal will soon revive the "prabhat pheri" (early morning rounds) across the state. The tradition dates back to the pre-Independence era in which people from villages used to move in groups before dawn, singing "bhajans" or devotional songs. It, however, gradually lost out to the modern lifestyle. "The brainchild behind the new team is the state Congress whose move is aimed at reaching out to party supporters lying dormant in the present phase of aggressive politics and also to re-establish its strong connect with the masses," a senior party leader told PTI today. The "prabhat pheri"are in all likelihood expected to start from the birth anniversary of former prime minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi, on August 20, and will culminate on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2. In groups of 6 to 7, Seva Dal volunteers will move out in villages and localities beating cymbals and..
                 

Sena to back Modi govt in tomorrow's no-trust vote

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Shiv Sena will vote in favour of the BJP-led government during the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha tomorrow, a source close to party chief Uddhav Thackeray said. "We will support the BJP. A formal announcement may be made by this evening," the source told PTI here today. The motion will be the first since the BJP-led NDA government came to power four years ago. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's decision to accept the motion moved by former BJP ally TDP and others came on the first day of the Monsoon session. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu had sought the support of other parties for the motion, citing the NDA government's "non-fulfilment of the promise" to grant special status to his state. Meanwhile, Sena leader Sanjay Raut today said his party will disclose its stand on the floor of the House. "A decision has been taken. We will let it be known inside the House," he said...
                 

Urad, moong up on stockists' buying

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Prices of urad and moong rose by upto Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on increased buying by stockists following pick up in demand against tight supply. Marketmen said persistent buying by stockists in view of rising demand from dal mills and retailers against tight stocks position on fall in supplies from producing belts, mainly led to rise in urad and moong prices. In the national capital, urad and its dal chilka local rose by Rs 100 and Rs 200 to Rs 4,100-5,300 and Rs 4,200-5,200 per quintal respectively. Its dal best quality and dhoya followed suit and traded higher by Rs 200 each to Rs 5,200-5,700 and Rs 5,650-5,850 per quintal. Moong and its dal chilka also seen in demand and gained Rs 100 and Rs 200 to Rs 5,100-5,600 and Rs 5,800-6,000 per quintal. Its dal dhoya local and best quality enquired higher by Rs 200 each to Rs 6,400-6,900 and Rs 6,900-7,100 per quintal respectively. Following are today's rates (in Rs per quintal): urad Rs 4,100-5,300, urad .....
                 

IOC, BPCL, Adani top bidders for city gas licences

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State-owned fuel retailers IOC and BPCL as well as billionaire Gautam Adani's group were the top bidders for gas retailing licences in the country's biggest city gas distribution (CGD) bid round. Of the 86 cities offered for retailing of CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas to households in the 9th CGD bid round, IOC bid for 34 cities on its own and another 20 in partnership with Adani Gas Ltd, according to final bid information provided by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB). Adani Gas on its own bid for 32 cities. Bharat Gas Resources Ltd, a unit of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), bid for as many as 53 cities while state-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd's retailing arm, GAIL Gas Ltd, put in offers for 34 cities. Gujarat-based Torrent Gas Pvt Ltd bid for 31 cities while Gujarat Gas Ltd put in offers for 21 areas. Petronet LNG Ltd, India's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer, sought to foray into CGD business by bidding for the licence in seven .....
                 

DIG Anti-Naxal Operation bats for 'Naxal-free' Chhattisgarh

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Hours after the security forces hit Naxal camp in wee hours of Thursday in Chhattisgarh, killing eight Naxals, P Sundar Raj, DIG (Anti-Naxal Operation) said that they will continue such operations to make the region Naxal-free."We will continue such operations to make this region Naxal-free," he said.Eight Naxals, including four female, were killed in the forest bordering Dantewada and Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, in an operation carried out by the Bastar Police on the basis of the inputs provided by the intelligence agencies.The joint operation was carried by the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) near Timinar and Pusanar village.Naxals initiated the firing on the security forces after they came to know about their presence in the area. An exchange of firing took place between the security forces and the Naxals for one-and-a-half hour.Two Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifle, two .303 rifle, a one 12 bore rifle and few other muzzle loading weapons were ....
                 

Senior JK officials under scanner of Rajasthan ATS in fake arms licence cases

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Several senior Jammu and Kashmir government officials are under the scanner of the Rajasthan Police's Anti Terror Squad, which is probing 4.29 lakh arms licences being issued in the last one decade from various districts of the militancy-hit state, officials said. A majority of these licences were given to non-residents on the basis of forged documents, they alleged. Taking cognisance of the ATS' requests, pending since last year, the Jammu and Kashmir government issued a notification on July 12 asking divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners to submit a detailed report of those issued arms licences in the last year. The order instructs the deputy commissioners of Kishtwar, Kupwara, Ganderbal in Kashmir region, Leh in Ladakh division and Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi and Udhampur in Jammu province to furnish all records within a month. The deputy commissioners of all districts have been barred from issuing any further arms licences till further orders, it said. It was decided during..
                 

Electrotherm inks loan settlement pact with IFC

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Electrotherm (India) has entered an agreement with IFC to settle its outstanding secured loan of External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) and unsecured loan of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCB). "The company has entered into settlement agreement with International Finance Corporation (IFC) for repayment of ECB for settlement amount of USD 3.512 million (about 27 per cent ) against principal outstanding amount of USD 13 million," Electrotherm said in a BSE filing. Besides, the agreement is for repayment of FCCB for settlement amount of USD 2.696 million (about 27 per cent ) against principal outstanding amount of USD 10 million payable in six installments up to September 30, 2019, it said. Electrotherm said there was default in repayment of ECB and FCCB since June, 2011 and June, 2012, respectively. The company had availed USD 15 million ECB secured by way of mortgage and hypothecation on first pari passu basis and USD 10 million unsecured FCCB in May, 2007 from IFC, it .....
                 

Will withdraw stir if milk purchase rate fixed around Rs 25 per litre: Shetti

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Dairy farmers will continue to agitate, demanding hike in milk procurement prices until the Maharashtra government agrees, Swabhimani Paksha leader Raju Shetti, who is leading the protest said today. The farmers have been holding protests in parts of the state since Monday, seeking a hike of Rs 5 per litre in the procurement prices. "I am ready to withdraw the agitation if the milk purchase rate is fixed around Rs 25 per litre," Shetti told reporters here. The Lok Sabha member also said that his discussion with state Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan last night failed to resolve the issue. Sources in the government had earlier said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked Mahajan to meet Shetti in a bid to end the agitation. "Mahajan is still in Mumbai and we may meet again. I am ready if the state government mandates dairies to increase the purchase price of milk, I have no issues. But till then my agitation will continue," Shetti said. He further said: "A milk powder maker ...
                 

Goa monsoon session begins on stormy note over formalin scare

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The monsoon session of the Goa Assembly began on a stormy note today with the opposition demanding a discussion on the issue of formalin being found in fish in the state, instead of the listed business. The ruckus forced Speaker Pramod Sawant to adjourn the House four times. As soon as the House assembled on the opening day, Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar demanded that they be allowed to move an adjournment motion to take up the issue of presence of formalin in fish, as confirmed by the state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) earlier. The Speaker did not allow it and instead, asked the Congress members to raise the issue through a Calling Attention motion. However, Kavlekar refused to listen and along with other Congress members rushed into the well of the House. The Speaker then adjourned the House till 12 noon. When the House assembled again, the opposition members continued with their demand for an adjournment motion. As Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar .....
                 

Ranjan creates ruckus in House

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Oppn parties demand House condemn attack on Agnivesh

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Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha today demanded that the House condemn the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand and that the culprits be immediately arrested. Raising the issue through a zero hour mention, R K Rangarajan (CPI-M) alleged that activists of the Janta Yuva Morcha, Bajrang Dal and ABVP (the student wing of BJP) had attacked Agnivesh in Pakur, about 365 km from the state capital Ranchi. "The House must condemn the incident," he said and added that the Supreme Court too called for ending mob violence and lynchings. He said Agnivesh had sought help from the SP and the DM but none came to his rescue and he was saved by the public there. "Please condemn these kind of atrocities," he said demanding immediate arrest of those who attacked Agnivesh. Supporting the demand, Sanjay Singh (AAP) said Jharkhand government minister C P Singh has justified the incident, which should be condemned by the House. "We cannot allow violence," he said. Several ...
                 

Nat Sports Univ campuses to be opened in other states: Govt

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Efforts are being made to open campuses of the National Sports University in other states while four new courses are soon being introduced in the Imphal -based varsity, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said today. Replying to questions in the Lok Sabha, he said there was already a five per cent quota for sportspersons in government jobs and stressed that the need of the hour was to keep politics out of Indian sports. The University in Imphal already has four schools and 13 departments and since January two courses have been started. "Very soon we will start four more courses in the University," Rathore said during Question Hour. For academic session 2018-19, Bachelor of Physical Education and Sports (BEPS), B.Sc (Sports Coaching), Master of Arts (Sports Psychology) and Master of Science (Sports Coaching) will start. He said it was essential that a curriculam or syllabus is prepared which would act as a "torch-bearer" for sports education in the country. "The National..
                 

Rajnath calls mob lynching incidents unfortunate; Cong stages walkout

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Terming mob lynching incidents "unfortunate", Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha on Thursday underscored that social media is being misused to spread fake news.Following the Home Minister's statement, the Congress party which has been protesting against the BJP on the matter staged a walkout from the house.Addressing the Lok Sabha, Singh said that the Centre has directed social media sites to regulate norms accordingly to curb the issue."These are unfortunate incidents. We had issued an advisory on this recently, and one in 2016 also. Social media being used to spread fake news and rumours is also a reason. We have asked social sites for regulation," Singh said.He put the onus of maintaining law and order on the state governments.Before staging a walkout, the Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that Home Minister's response was not satisfactory.Earlier in the day, the Congress raised slogans against Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha for garlanding men convicted of ....
                 

No-confidence motion: Shatrughan Sinha to back BJP

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha who is known for making anti-government remarks, will vote against the Telugu Desam Party's (TDP)no-confidence motion.On the first day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament on Wednesday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted TDP's no-confidence motion and scheduled it for discussion on Friday."The House will take up the debate (on the motion) on Friday, July 20th. The discussion will be held for the full day, followed by voting on it," Mahajan said.Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday announced that all opposition parties have come to a consensus to move the Vote of No Confidence Motion in the Monsoon Session.Before that, on Sunday TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wrote letters to non-BJP, non-Congress parties' presidents and Parliamentary party leaders seeking support on a no-confidence motion against the Centre over demand for special category status to Andhra .....
                 

Hopeful of saving reservation for SC/ST: Javadekar

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The government has put on hold recruitment for teaching positions in universities and colleges pending a decision on the special leave petition it has filed against a court order curtailing reservation for SC/ST and OBCs, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. He said the government is committed to 50 per cent reservation to SC/ST and OBCs and it "does not agree" with the Allahabad High Court ruling that had in last April struck down a circular prescribing institution-wise reservation to fill vacant faculty positions. "We are hopeful we will be able to save reservation for SC, ST and OBCs," he said replying to zero hour mention by opposition members in the Rajya Sabha. "Reservation is a Constitutional right... we stand by reservation and are committed to provide it to SC/ST and OBCs," he said adding the Union Government and University Grants Commission (UGC) have filed separate SLPs against the order and the next date of hearing is on August 13. He said the Allahabad..
                 

Assam cash-for-jobs scam: Congress slams BJP

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Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the daughter of one of the BJP MPs was put behind bars for her alleged involvement in cash-for-job scam of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC)."This is very unfortunate that the ruling party's leaders are getting involved in such a shameful act," said Dikshit.Speaking to ANI, the Congress leader further criticised the Centre for failing to develop the economy in the recent years."If one looks closely, the Indian economy continues to be stagnant for the past few years. Not only that, even the percentage of job creation in the market has come down. It is sad that the Modi government is not following the corruption-free path for granting jobs to the young minds," said Dikshit.Notably, on July 18, 2018, the state local police arrested Pallavi Sharma, daughter of BJP MP RP Sharma, and 18 other government officers in connection with the cash-for-job scam of Assam Public Service Commission .....
                 

Opposition members raise slogans against Jayant Sinha

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Opposition members in the Lok Sabha today raised slogans against Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha for garlanding men convicted of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand. As soon as the minister rose to respond to a question on upgradation of airports during the Question Hour, opposition members started raising slogans. They soon rushed to the Well demanding an apology from the minister. They raised slogans such as "stop garlanding convicts" as Sinha responded to the question. Sinha, however, continued to speak. Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who was the senior-most member of the Union Cabinet present in the House, stood up briefly apparently urging opposition members to return to their seats. As Sinha completed his answer, opposition members withdrew from the Well. Sinha had sparked a controversy after pictures of him felicitating men convicted of lynching a meat trader in Jharkahand went viral on social media. He had later expressed regret and had said that he believes ...
                 

Cottonseed oil cake futures move up on spot demand

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Guar gum futures extend gains on export demand

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Refined soya oil futures add more losses on low demand

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Changes will make RTI Act useless: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today attacked the BJP government over proposed changes to the Right to Information Act, saying they will render the law useless. The proposed amendment s, circulated among Members of Parliament, seek to do away with the parity given to information commissions with the Election Commission in terms of salary, allowances and conditions of service, RTI activists have said said. Every Indian deserves to know the truth and the BJP wants to hide the truth. The BJP believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. The changes proposed to the RTI will make it a useless Act, Gandhi said on Twitter. He added that the changes being suggested must be opposed by every Indian". Gandhi tagged a letter by the National Campaign for People's Right to Information, which has challenged the amendments on grounds that thy undermine the independence of information commissions. The government yesterday said it is considering a .....
                 

8 naxals killed in encounter with security forces in C'garh

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Security forces today killed at least eight naxals, including four women, in a fierce encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district today, a senior police official said. A cache of firearms, including two Insas rifles, was recovered from the encounter site. The gunbattle took place around 6 am in a forest area near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the boundary of Bijapur and Dantewada districts, Deputy Inspector General of Police (anti-naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the District Reserve Guard and the Special Task Force launched the operation from Dantewada yesterday in the forest area, he said. While the security men were cordoning off the forest areas in Timinar and Pusnar villages in Bijapur, around 450 km from the state capital Raipur, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides today, he said. The gunbattle lasted for about two hours, following which naxals fled into the core forest area, the DIG said. "After guns fell silent,..