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RBI Governor meets Jaitley before monetary policy review

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) forthcoming monetary policy review next week, RBI Governor Urjit Patel held his customary meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on Friday, according to official sources. A Finance Ministry source here said that following his meeting with Jaitley, Patel also met the new Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandr...

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India hits out at double standards on terrorism, nations playing terror card

United Nations, July 28 (IANS) India has condemned countries playing the terrorism card in international relations and criticised the double standards in dealing with terrorists while warning about the emerging apocalyptic threats. Terrorism is an international threat that should not be allowed to serve national strategy, India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said on Friday du...

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Telangana not to treat persons using drugs as criminals: CM

Hyderabad, July 28 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday said persons using drugs including 12 film personalities called for questioning will be treated as victims and not as criminals. He said the Prohibition & Excise Department was gathering clues from the drug users to get at those supplying and selling drugs. He said persons using psychotropic substance s...

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Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik declared 'proclaimed offender'

Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) Absconding Islamic televangelist Zakir Naik has been declared a 'proclaimed offender' by a special court, the NIA said here on Friday. Following the court order last week, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has initiated a the process to attach his assets under the law. According to NIA, the order declaring Naik - who enjoys a NRI status - a proclaimed...

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Mamata backs Congress in Rajya Sabha polls

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Friday extended its support to Congress candidate Pradip Bhattacharya for the coming Rajya Sabha polls, opening up possibilities of a new political alignment in the state. While the Trinamool has nominated five candidates, Bhattacharya and Left Front nominee Bikash Bhattacharya entered the contest on Friday, making it a s...

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Two film releases on two sides of world: Anupam feels lucky

Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) It was a special Friday for veteran actor Anupam Kher, who says he feels privileged that two of his movies released in two different parts of the world on the same day. Privileged to be perhaps the only Indian actor to have two releases on the same day on two sides of the world. 'Indu Sarkar' and 'A Family Man', Anupam tweeted. While Indu Sarkar is a much i...

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Two Italian councils disbanded for alleged mafia links

Rome, July 28 (IANS/AKI) The Italian cabinet on Friday said it had dissolved two councils in the southern Calabria region for alleged infiltration by the local mafia. The disbanded councils are Cropani in the province of Catanzaro and Brancaleone in the province of Reggio Calabria, the cabinet said in a statement. The cabinet also extended the dissolution of Brescello council in ...

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PM urges MPs to devote themselves for peoples' welfare

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday suggested that BJP MPs understand the changes taking place in modern-day politics and devote themselves for peoples' welfare. The Prime Minister advised them to understand the changes taking place in the country's political arena. He said that now there is tough political competition and therefore they, as people's represen...

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Actor Ravi Teja grilled for 10 hours in drug case

Hyderabad, July 28 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Hyderabad drug racket on Friday grilled leading Telugu actor Ravi Teja for nearly 10 hours. A four-member team of SIT officials quizzed the actor with regard to the racket busted in July. Ravi who reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department of Telangana, around 10 a.m., was quest...

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Priyanka to produce American comedy series on Madhuri's life

Los Angeles, July 28 (IANS) Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who has found a foothold in Hollywood, is reportedly executive producing a comedy series about Bollywood's dancing diva Madhuri Dixit's life for US network ABC. According an exclusive report by variety.com, the yet untitled series is based on the real life of Madhuri, who will also executive produce the project. The stor...

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Italian MPs attacked in Rome by anti-vaccination protesters

Rome, July 28 (IANS/AKI) Protesters kicked and punched three centre-left MPs here on Friday after the parliament voted into law a government decree making vaccines compulsory for all schoolchildren under 17. Police had to intervene after MPs Elisa Mariano, Ludovico Vico and Salvatore Capone were attacked by anti-vaccination protesters outside the parliament building after being asked if ...

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Azad, Yechury meet 'unhappy' Sharad Yadav

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Friday met senior JD-U leader Sharad Yadav, who is unhappy with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with BJP. The meeting came after Nitish Kumar won the trust vote in Bihar assembly on Friday. Sources said that Sharad Yadav is unhappy with Nitish Kumar's dec...

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Puneri Paltan crush U Mumba in PKL

Hyderabad, July 28 (IANS) Puneri Paltan hammered former champions U Mumba 33-21 in the second match of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), which got underway at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday. The Pune outfit sparkled from the start and at the half-time took a 17-10 lead. Sandeep Narwal's impressive first-half show was one of the prime reasons for Pune's position of strength. ...

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SC agrees to hear plea of woman against J&K's discriminatory property laws

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea filed by a woman against the discriminatory laws in Jammu and Kashmir which prevent women, married to non-Kashmiris, from purchasing property in the state. A division bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar asked Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha, appearing for the Central Goverment, to...

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Telangana announces Rs 1 cr cash prize, house site for Mithali Raj

Hyderabad, July 28 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday announced cash prize of Rs 1 crore for Indian women cricket team captain Mithali Raj. He also announced that a 600 square yard house plot would also given to her in posh Banjara Hills area of the city. He made the announcements after Mithali Raj called on him upon her return from England, where she l...

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Criminal with Rs 1 lakh reward arrested

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) An inter-state criminal involved in multiple murder cases and carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head and has been arrested here, police said on Friday. Deputy Commissioner of Police Pramod Singh Kushwah said that the accused Rajesh, 47, from Rohtak in Haryana has been arrested by city police from Karnataka on Wednesday. The DCP said that Rajesh, bel...

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US South Asia official visiting New Delhi amid rising tensions

New York, July 28 (IANS) The top United States official in charge of South Asia is scheduled to visit New Delhi amid rising tensions in the region, the State Department announced Friday. Alice Wells, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, is to start her 10-day visit to New Delhi and Islamabad on Sunday during which she is to meet with government off...

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IAF fails to rescue marooned persons in Bengal as they refuse to get airborne

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) An Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter was pressed into service to rescue 150 persons stuck in floods in West Bengal's West Midnapore district on Friday but could not extricate them as the stranded persons were not willing to leave their home and get airborne, a Defence Ministry official said. The persons are marooned at Pratappur village in West Midnapore's Ghatal...

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Uma Bharti asks MP, UP to resolve pending issues on Ken-Betwas project

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Friday called upon Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to resolve pending issues regarding the Ken-Betwa river linking prjecct so that its first phase could be taken up at the earliest. Inaugurating 'Jal Manthan', a national seminar on water related issues, she said that Maharashtra and Gujarat were cooperating with the ...

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Gujarat Congress hit by more defections, slams Amit Shah

Ahmedabad, July 28 (IANS) The Congress was on Friday jolted by the exit of six of its legislators in 24 hours, with one more likely to leave, even as it accused BJP President Amit Shah of engineering defections in Gujarat by money and muscle power. Late in the evening, the party was bracing to fly off its Gujarat MLAs to Bengaluru. Party sources claimed that in a last-ditch attempt to pr...

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