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Arrest warrant against Trinamool's footballer MP to stay: Court

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) A West Bengal court, which issued an arrest warrant against Trinamool MP and former international footballer Prasun Banerjee, on Saturday turned down a plea to take back the order. Police in January this year had slapped non-bailable charges against the Lok Sabha member for allegedly slapping a traffic constable. Failed to secure the former Indian football ...

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Journalist covering Vyapam scam dead

Bhopal, July 4 (IANS) A journalist from a Delhi-based TV channel who was covering the recruitment scam in the Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (Vyapam) fell ill and died in a hospital on Saturday, officials said. Akshay Singh of TV channel Aaj Tak died in Jhabua on Saturday afternoon. He was in Madhya Pradesh for coverage of the recent deaths due to the scam in the Madhy...

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'India is fortunate Dalai Lama chose it as his home'

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Three former Indian foreign secretaries, one of whom was also the National Security Advisor, and a former union minister came together on stage on Saturday here to pay warm tributes to the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Former foreign secretaries Shyam Saran, Lalit Mansingh and Shivshankar Menon, who is also a former NSA, and former union minis...

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Tunisia declares state of emergency after terror attack

Tunis, July 4 (IANS) Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi announced a state of emergency on Saturday, following last month's attack on a hotel in the North African country's Sousse city that left 38 foreign tourists dead, media reported. Essebsi will address the nation later in the evening to explain the decision and the reasons behind it, Xinhua quoted the state-run Tunisian News Agency...

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Telangana ACB issues fresh notice to TDP legislator

Hyderabad, July 4 (IANS) Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday issued a fresh notice to TDP legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah to appear before it for questioning in cash-for-vote case. The ACB asked the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator to appear before 5 p.m. on July 6. The notice was sent to his residence in MLA Quarters in Hyderguda. The ACB had summo...

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CU assault: Governor for dialogue, BJP seeks his intervention

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) With Calcutta University (CU) Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das threatening to quit if no action was taken in the case of the assault on varsity teachers, West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi on Saturday urged the stakeholders to resolve the issue through dialogue. The vice-chancellor has expressed his opinion. The students and teachers should sit together and devise mean...

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Greece set to vote in bailout referendum

Athens, July 4 (IANS) Greece is set to vote in a referendum on Sunday to decide whether to accept the debt draft deal with international creditors to restart financial aid to the country, or to reject the lenders' programme that requires Greeks to accept further austerity measures and economic reforms. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Greek debt load is unsustainab...

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ICC probing Lalit Modi's bribery accusations: Anurag Thakur

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) Noting the International Cricket Council (ICC) was probing former cricket administrator Lalit Modi's bribery accusations against three cricketers including Suresh Raina, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Saturday said the Indian cricket authorities can react only after a formal intimation from world cricket's governing body. Speaking to media persons here, Thakur als...

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Syrian forces kill 20 rebel fighters

Damascus, July 4 (IANS) Syrian forces killed 20 rebel fighters east of the capital Damascus on Saturday, media reports said. Rebel commanders were among those killed in the eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, Xinhua cited the state news agency SANA as saying. Sources familiar with the situation said the rebels in Damascus' eastern neighbourhood of Jobar on Saturday launched ...

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BJP MP Avinash Rai Khanna appointed party poll officer

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) A day after reshuffling the party in-charge of state units, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday appointed Rajya Sabha MP Avinash Rai Khanna as the national election officer for organisational elections. Khanna, an MP from Punjab, was recently elevated as party vice president and given additional responsibility as the in-charge of Rajasthan along with Jammu and Ka...

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Security tightened at Hyderabad prison to foil Bhatkal's escape

Hyderabad, July 4 (IANS) Authorities have beefed up security at Cherlapally prison here following reports that Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal might try to escape. The security was stepped up in the wake of reports that Bhatkal told his wife over phone that he would be out soon with help from Damascus. The telephonic conversation, reportedly intercepted intelligence agencies, tri...

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Mukherjee greets Algeria, Venezuela on their independence days

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday extended his greetings to Algerian and Venezuelan counterparts on the eve of their countries' independence days. In his message to his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Mukherjee said: On behalf of the government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend to you and to the people...

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Rahul meets internet entrepreneurs

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met entrepreneurs and business leaders from the internet sector to discuss challenges and opportunities ahead. Enjoyed meeting internet entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, he tweted. Simple innovations are transforming experience of ordinary people- be ...

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Indian eves finish fifth in HWL Semi-Final

Antwerp, July 4 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team kept its chances of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics alive as it finished fifth in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final following a 1-0 victory over Japan here on Saturday. Rani Rampal scored a brilliant field goal in the 13th minute and that proved to be the difference between the two teams in the fifth/sixth classification m...

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Specially-abled Delhi woman tops civil services exams; women take top four

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) A physically-challenged Delhi woman topped the civil services examination, as the first four ranks were scooped up by women in the results declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Saturday. A total of 1,236 candidates were recommended for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central S...

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Modi to visit five Central Asian nations, Russia next week

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will next week visit the five Central Asian nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as Russia, where he will participate in the BRICS and SCO Summit. The visits start on Monday, from Uzbekistan. India and Uzbekistan enjoy a close strategic partnership... I would be holding talks with...

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Confusion in BJP's Goa unit over powerful secretary's 'transfer'

Panaji, July 4 (IANS) The transfer of influential state BJP organising secretary Satish Dhond to Maharashtra appears to have created confusion in the rank and file of the BJP cadre as well as the top state leadership. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday said Dhond had been transferred to Thane in Maharashtra, while BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar, who has been peppered...

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Paes-Nestor move ahead in men's doubles at Wimbledon

Wimbledon, July 4 (IANS) India's Leander Paes and Canada's Daniel Nestor entered the third round of the men's doubles event at the Wimbledon tennis championships overcoming a stiff challenge from the Russian-Chinese Taipei duo of Teymuraz Gabashvili and Yen-Hsun Lu 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 here on Saturday. The Indo-Canadian duo took three hours and 15 minutes in a second round contest...

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Warming ties: Israel thanks India for abstaining on UNHRC vote

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Israel on Saturday thanked India for not voting on an anti-Israel bashing UNHRC resolution, which sources said was a result of Tel Aviv's sustained talks with the Indian leadership over the past year. Israeli envoy to India Daniel Carmon tweeted his appreciation. We appreciate votes by members of @UN_HRC, including #India, who did not support yet another anti Isr...

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ICC probing Lalit Modi's bribery accusations: Anurag Thakur

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) Informing that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was probing former cricket administrator Lalit Modi's bribery accusations against three cricketers including Suresh Raina, secretary Anurag Thakur on Saturday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can react only after a formal intimation about it from world cricket's governing body. Speaking to ...

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