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Mysterious drums found floating off Maharashtra's Raigad

Raigad (Maharashtra), Aug 1 (IANS) Security agencies went into alert as a dozen iron drums were found floating seven kilometres off this Maharashtra district, an official said here on Saturday. The drums were detected by an Indian Coast Guard helicopter while on a routine surveillance sortie near the tourist haven, Kashid Beach, in Raigad, 50 km south of Mumbai. The drums have a ...

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World Archery: India's Rajat Chauhan shoots a historic silver

Copenhagen, Aug 1 (IANS) Rajat Chauhan created history by becoming the first Indian senior level archer to clinch an individual medal at the World Championships as he bagged a silver at the Copenhagen meet on Saturday. Twenty-year-old Chauhan put up a tough fight but in the end went down to Stephan Hansen of Denmark in the men's compound final - 143-147. Chauhan, who became the f...

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Complimented Salman on new, emotional avatar, says Bhagyashree

Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Maine Pyar Kiya fame Bhagyashree said that after watching Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan, she complimented him for his new and emotional avatar. I really liked the film. I even told Salman that he came across in a completely new avatar. And it's a different kind of emotional connect that he's got with the audience this time around, Bhagyashree told IANS designer Roh...

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Vyapam scam: CBI files eight more FIRs

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered eight fresh FIRs in connection with its ongoing probe in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The first FIR was registered against against 22 people on allegations of impersonation by certain people in respect of five candidates in the Vyapam conducted Pre Medical Test (PMT) 2011, who joined a medical ...

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SC deputy registrar resigns over Memon's execution

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A deputy registrar in the Supreme Court has quit, citing his differences with the court's verdict rejecting the last-ditch plea of Yakub Memon, the lone death row convict in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, against his death warrant. Anup Surendranath, who has been working in the SC as deputy registrar (research) on contract basis, in his resignation letter, h...

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20 dead, houses swept away in Manipur landslides

Imphal, Aug 1 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and several houses swept away as a landslide, caused by heavy rain, devastated a village in Manipur's Chandel district bordering Myanmar on Saturday, officials said. The death toll is likely to increase, officials here said adding that many people still missing. An official of the state disaster management wing said that the tra...

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Karnataka CM swaps portfolios with Deshpande

Bengaluru, Aug 1 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Saturday swapped portfolios with cabinet colleague R.V. Deshpande, passing to him charge of large and medium industries and taking higher education portfolio from him. Governor Vajubhai R. Vala notified the minor reshuffle of portfolios. Deshpande will continue to hold the tourism ministry as an additional portfolio.

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Bengal rains: Death toll 47, 12 districts hit

Kolkata, Aug 1 (IANS) A girl was swept away by water current in west Bengal's Murshidabad district, while a woman died in a house collapse in Howrah as the flood toll shot up to 47 on Saturday due to heavy overnight rains across the state. The rains triggered by the cyclone Komen crippled normal life in Kolkata, hitting the train services. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Fr...

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Modi filed incorrect election expenditure in election: plea

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking direction for the poll panel to hold an enquiry on a Congress leader's allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to furnish a correct statement of expenditure incurred by him in Varanasi during Lok Sabha election last year. The plea filed by former MP Rajesh Mishra against Election Commission ...

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Telangana moots Data Analytics Park in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Aug 1 (IANS) The Telangana government on Saturday proposed to set up here a Data Analytics Park, which will be the first of its kind facility in the country. State Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao floated the proposal while inaugurating the office of Techwave Consulting Inc, a US headquartered global system integrator. He said that they propose to set ...

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Varun Gandhi for abolishing death penalty, BJP says personal view

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday came out against the death penalty, noting most of the death row convicts are Dalits or from the minorities. His pary distanced itself from the stand, calling it his personal view. Fellow party MP Shatrughan Sinha has also spoken against capital punishment. In an article titled The Noose Casts A Shameful ...

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Bengal train services hit by heavy showers

Kolkata, Aug 1 (IANS) Heavy overnight rains triggered by cyclone Komen flooded vital railway stations and railway car sheds in West Bengal hitting train serices on Saturday. While the South Eastern Railway (SER) cancelled 19 suburban trains, the Eastern Railway was forced to cancel one. Several trains ran behind schedule. The SER also rescheduled three Express trains - the 18645 ...

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World Archery: India's Rajat Chauhan settles for silver

Copenhagen, Aug 1 (IANS) Indian archer Rajat Chauhan bagged a historic silver for India as he put up a tough fight but went down to Stephan Hansen of Denmark in the men's compound final at the World Championships here on Saturday. He lost 143-147 even as he became the first Indian compound archer to win an individual medal at the world championships. Chauhan, who became the first...

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Modi pushes exports, ethanol fuel to lift sugar economy

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for higher ethanol content in petrol and a concerted effort to push exports in a bid to lower the current sugar surplus and protect the interests of farmers to whom factories owe an estimated Rs.15,000 crore in cane arrears. Taking note of the current supply-demand issues with regard to sugar, the prime minister cal...

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Sushma did no wrong in Lalit Modi case, says Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 1 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said that former IPL chief Lalit Modi can be brought to India and punished, but also backed his colleague, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, insisting that she had not broken any law or committed any impropriety. Speaking at an all-Goa party workers meeting held near here, he criticised the opposition for raking up...

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Odisha Congress gets jumbo team

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1 (IANS) In a bid to tame the warring factions in the Odisha Congress' rank and file, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prasad Harichandan on Saturday announced a jumbo team. The team comprises 10 vice-presidents, 25 general secretaries, 55 secretaries and five political secretaries. Harichandan's move came seven months after he assumed charge of the pa...

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Bihar bans six noodle brands

Patna, Aug 1 (IANS) The Bihar government on Saturday banned the sale of six brands of noodles for one month across the state, an official said. The state government has banned six products of noodles after results of the tested samples collected in Bihar revealed that they were not fit for consumption and in violation of the food safety act, Food safety department official Anand Kishore...

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Rs.50,000 crore earmarked for 100 smart cities: Naidu

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said Rs.50,000 crore have been earmarked to develop 100 smart cities in the country, with each selected city to get annual central assistance of Rs.100 crore for five years. Naidu, the union urban development minister, was speaking at an international seminar on sustainable and inclusive urban development organised by t...

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Automobile manufacturers report healthy July sales

New Delhi/Chennai, Aug 1 (IANS) A decline in interest rates, fuel costs, low base and pick-up in consumer sentiment helped the Indian automobile manufacturers report healthy sales figures for the last month on Saturday. Passenger automobile major Maruti Suzuki's July sales grew by 20.1 percent to 121,712 units from an off-take of 101,380 units in the corresponding month of 2014. ...

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Delhi slashes VAT rates on cutlery, wax and wood

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Saturday slashed VAT rates on all cutlery items made of metal from the existing 12.5 percent to five percent, an official statement said. VAT rates on wax, wood and timber items were also reduced. In keeping with the Delhi government's agenda of implementing pro-people tax reforms, the finance department has noti...

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