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AIIMS to start helpline, form squads to curb ragging

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) India's premiere All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) will start a new anti-ragging helpline at 9868397028 to help the students report harassment incidents in the medical college. Also, four teams each with four members will be formed to keep an eye on the hostel premises during the night time. The decision to set up the 24x7 helpline was taken ...

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India emerges third highest steel producer

Bengaluru, July 7 (IANS) Union Minister of Steel and Mines Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday said Indian steel production reached the third highest position in the first five months of 2015. The minister also said that the steel industry grew at more than eight percent during 2014-15. So far, India was the fourth largest steel producer in the world only after China, Japan and the U...

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Chouhan for CBI probe into Vyapam, Congress wants him out

Bhopal/New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) In a dramatic U-turn, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced he had recommended a CBI probe into the Vyapam recruitment scam, but the Congress insisted that he must resign for a fair investigation. A day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the CBI need not probe the scandal that has reportedly claimed several lives and ...

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Congress wants only SC-monitored probe into Vyapam

Bhopal, July 7 (IANS) The Congress on Tuesday said the investigation into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh should be overseen only by the Supreme Court. Congress general secretary Mohan Prakash demanded that the recruitment scam in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (or Vyapam), the deaths allegedly linked with it, as well as the probe so far by investigating agencies, an...

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MyGov makers keen to introduce app in Indian languages

Kolkata, July 7 (IANS) The makers of MyGov mobile app, which connects the Indian government with citizens for good governance, said on Tuesday that they hope to make its features available in multiple languages. The Android app launched on July 1 marking the start of the 'Digital India Week', is a crowd-sourcing platform in English that allows Indian citizens to directly contribute to de...

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Infiltration bid foiled in Kashmir

Jammu, July 7 (IANS) The Indian Army on Tuesday foiled an infiltration bid across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, an officer said. Three unidentified terrorists were trying to sneak in across the LoC in the general area of Sukhtao Nala in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district at about 6.30 a.m. and were detected 30 metres on our side, a senior army offi...

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Crop contingency plans to tackle rain failure: Minister

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Amid forecast of deficit rains this month, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday asked farmers not to panic as contingency plans were in place to tackle any adverse impact of a likely poor monsoon. Farmers need not panic. We are ready with contingency plans to tackle any possible impact of poor rains on kharif crops, he said while addressing state min...

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Iran n-talks to continue for two more days

Vienna, July 7 (IANS) Talks between Iran and major world powers on Tehran's nuclear issue will continue past Tuesday for a couple of days as the negotiations entered the most difficult and sensitive part, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Vienna on Tuesday. Mogherini's remarks came as several foreign ministers from six major countries are finishing ...

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India has one of largest social safety net programmes

Washington, July 7 (IANS) While India and four other middle-income countries have the world's five largest social safety net programmes reaching over 526 million people, around 55 percent of the world's poor or 773 million people still lack safety net coverage. This despite the fact that a growing number of developing countries are investing in social safety nets to improve the lives and...

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'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' to open film fest in Ottawa

Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) Dum Laga Ke Haisha, an endearing movie about an overweight but educated girl's bond with her husband, a school drop out, will open the first Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards (OIFFA), to be held later this month. OIFFA will begin July 22 and will go on till July 25. I am glad that 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' has worked well with both the critics and the audience....

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Adopt joint strategy to check price rise: Haryana minister

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Haryana on Tuesday urged the central government to adopt a multi-pronged strategy to check rise in prices of essential commodities. Haryana Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ram Bilas Sharma told a meeting here of the food and civil supplies ministers of the various states, presided over by union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, that the strategy to che...

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Take steps to protect people against tobacco: WHO

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Improved tax measures, stronger law enforcement and enhanced cessation efforts are crucial in the South-East Asian region to protect people against the ill-effects of tobacco, World Health Organisation (WHO) said here on Tuesday. Increasing tobacco taxes is the most cost-effective measure of tobacco control, it is a win-win approach for government revenues and al...

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Taiwan refuses to abandon claims on South China Sea islands

Taipei, July 7 (IANS) Taiwan will not give up its claim over regions in the South China Sea, including over Taiping Island (Itu Aba), under occupation by Chinese troops, the Taiwanese ministry of foreign affairs announced Tuesday. The Republic of China (Taiwan) enjoys all rights to these island groups and their surrounding waters in accordance with international law, the ministry of fore...

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Referendum on Delhi statehood not unconstitutional: AAP

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Dilip Pandey on Tuesday said a referendum on statehood for Delhi was not unconstitutional and the BJP and Congress had also asked for it in the past. Addressing a press conference here, Pandey said the demand for statehood to Delhi was the first pro-people issue before the central government and hoped that the prime minister would ac...

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Sooraj Barjatya, a cinematic genius: Anupam Kher

Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has started dubbing for Sooraj Barjatya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, has called the filmmaker a cinematic genius in story telling. The 60-year-old took to micro-blogging website Twitter, where he shared a photograph of himself along with Barjatya, and captioned it: Started dubbing for Sooraj Barjataya's #PremRatanDhanPayo. The man is Cinema...

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Odisha to implement food security act by September

Bhubaneswar, July 7 (IANS) The Odisha government would implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013, in the state by September 30 as fixed by the Centre, said Food and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma on Tuesday. We have initiated the process for identification of the priority households by approving eight exclusion and five auto-inclusion criteria. The identificati...

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'Hitched' Shahid shares post wedding selfie with Mira

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) After maintaining days of secrecy surrounding his wedding with Delhi girl Mira Rajput, Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor on Tuesday took to a social media page to share a selfie with his bride after their nuptials. #hitched, the actor wrote alongside an Instagram image, which features Shahid in his bearded avatar and his wife in a salmon pink and green salwar kameez....

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Gautami Kapoor hosts surprise dinner for 'Tere Sheher Mein' cast

Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) Actress Gautami Kapoor, who plays the role of Sneha Mathur in soap opera Tere Sheher Mein, surprised her co-stars by getting some homemade food for them. Gautami, who is married to actor Ram Kapoor, says her co-workers are like an extended family to her. I love cooking personally and thought this to be an amazing idea to give a taste of my food to my team wh...

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Greece bailout talks subdue markets; Sensex closes flat

Mumbai, July 7 (IANS) Investor anxiety prevailed ahead of a crucial meeting of Eurozone leaders on Greece bailout which led a barometer index of Indian equity markets to close flat on Tuesday. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) closed flat -- some 37 points or 0.13 percent down in the day's trade. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchang...

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Indian man leaps in front of train to save granddaughter

Sydney, July 7 (IANS) A 62-year-old Indian man did not think twice before leaping in front of an approaching train to save his 18-month-old granddaughter at an Australian railway station, media reports said on Tuesday. The grandfather, who had arrived in Australia only a few days ago, launched himself into the path of the train at Sydney's Wentworthville station on Sunday after the pram ...

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