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Interest cost dent auto sales, marginal rise in June

New Delhi/Chennai, July 1 (IANS) Lenders' reluctance to lower interest rates continued to dent the Indian automobile sector as first-time buyers and fleet operators were deterred by stubbornly high financing cost during June. Leading players in the automobile industry reported marginal to negative sales growth for last month. While Maruti and Hyundai posted growth in sales, home-...

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Merkel rules out new negotiations before Greek referendum

Berlin, July 1 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday there would be no negotiations over a new bailout programme to Greece before the country's referendum on Sunday, though the door for talks remained open. We are waiting for the referendum. Before the referendum, there will be no negotiation over a new aid programme, she told the lower house of German Parliament in a ...

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Trip planner RailYatri.in to focus on app development

Kolkata, July 1 (IANS) After receiving a fresh round of funding, multi-modal train travel app RailYatri.in on Wednesday said it would be using the funds to add more features in the app and strengthen its partner network. Our primary objective now is to create more content which will provide extra essential information to the user, the company's vice president and business head Aparajita ...

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Contaminated midday meal lands Goa self-help group in soup

Panaji, July 1 (IANS) The Goa education department on Wednesday formally suspended the services of a self-help group after 22 students of a high school fell ill after eating curried peas allegedly contaminated with a dead lizard. The action against 'Ekta Mahila Mandal' was taken pending an inquiry by the food and drugs department into Tuesday's incident, Education Director Gajanand Bhat ...

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Ukraine suspends purchase of Russian natural gas

Kiev, July 1 (IANS) Ukraine's state gas company Naftogaz suspended all purchases of Russian natural gas from Gazprom starting on Wednesday, as no agreement was reached regarding supply conditions and prices. The decision was announced after unsuccessful negotiations in Vienna came to an end on Tuesday between representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the European Commission on the transit...

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Arsenal release French midfielder Diaby

London, July 1 (IANS) Arsenal on Wednesday confirmed that French footballer Abou Diaby has left the English Premier League (EPL) club as a free agent. The 29-year-old midfielder played only two games in the last two years and has left the club after his contract expired on June 30, reports goal.com. A statement from Arsenal read: A hugely talented midfielder, unfortunately his ti...

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MNS demands scalps of scam-accused Maharashtra ministers

Mumbai, July 1 (IANS) Raj Thackeray's MNS on Wednesday demanded the resignation of state ministers Pankaja Munde and Vinod Tawde who are facing allegations of involvement in various scams. In a sharply worded statement, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's general secretary and former legislator Nitin Sardesai wondered whether the hunger of the Bharatiya Janata Party ministers has increased ...

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Kirori Mal College's new officiating principal takes charge

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Dinesh Khattar took over as the officiating principal of Delhi University's Kirori Mal College on Wednesday following S.P. Gupta's removal from the post by the college's governing body. I was told about the decision today (Wednesday) morning and have taken charge, Khattar, who is with the mathematics department, told IANS. He, however, refused to answer a...

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AIFF to conduct five-day 'Instructor Course'

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to conduct a five-day 'Instructor Course' here from July 2 to 6. AIFF's head Of referees, Goutam Kar said the course is imperative for Indian instructors. For instructors to be efficient in their job, that is to train upcoming referees, this course is vital. It helps them to learn various minute details of the refer...

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2 North Africans arrested in Italy for plotting terror attacks

Rome, July 1 (IANS/AKI) Italian police on Wednesday arrested two North Africans on suspicion of planning Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist attacks in Italy and the Maghreb. A third suspect is already in custody for alleged terrorism in Morocco. The cell was allegedly plotting terror attacks in Italy and North Africa -- besides one at the Moroccan capital Rabat's annual Mawazine music festival ...

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Bayern sign Costa from Donetsk

Munich, July 1 (IANS) German football giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday signed Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk on a 30-million-euro deal through June 2020. After joining Donetsk from Gremio in January 2010, Costa scored 38 goals and helped the Ukrainian side collect five league and three cup titles. The 24-year-old was also part of the Brazilian na...

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Auto Expo 2016 to be held from February 5-9

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Auto Expo 2016 will be held February 5-9 at the India Expo Mart and Centre in Greater Noida, it was announced on Wednesday. The Auto Expo's B2B sister event -- The Component Show 2016 -- will be organised from February 4-7, 2016, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, the organisers said in a statement. Auto Expo, the Indian auto industry's biennial showpiece ev...

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Congress decries changes in Nehru's Wikipedia profile

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday dubbed as reprehensible, cheap and gutter-level tactics the mischievous changes made in Wikipedia pages on late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his forefathers and pointed fingers at the government. Let me make it clear that this is the most reprehensible, cheap, undemocratic and gutter-level tactics by whoever has done it, Congress ...

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Mendilibar confirmed as Eibar coach

Eibar (Spain), July 1 (IANS) Spanish football club Eibar became the last team in the European country to confirm their coach for next season when Jose Luis Mendilibar was named as the replacement for Gaizka Garitano. Garitano had said his time at the club had ended after the Basque outfit were relegated following the last game of the season. But the decision by the Spanish Football Leagu...

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Coal case: Pushp Steels chargesheet to be considered on July 6

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) A special court on Wednesday fixed July 6 for considering a chargesheet filed in a coal block allocation case involving Chhattisgarh-based company Pushp Steels and Mining Pvt. Ltd. After seeking certain clarification from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Special Judge Bharat Parashar posted the matter for July 6. A case was registered against th...

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Italian convert 'key figure' among 10 IS militants arrested

Milan, July 1 (IANS/AKI) An Italian woman who converted to Islam and joined the Islamic State (IS) in Syria is at the centre of an operation in Italy and Albania that led to the arrests on Wednesday of 10 of the Sunni radical group's suspected supporters, investigators said. Maria Giulia Sergio, 28, from Torre del Greco, near Naples, and her Albanian husband joined IS in Syria last Septe...

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IAEA chief to visit Tehran for talks on key n-issues

Tehran, July 1 (IANS) The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, will visit Iran on Thursday to discuss mechanisms for clarification of outstanding nuclear issues with top Iranian officials, media reported on Wednesday. Amano will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani to seek Iran's suggestions to resolve the...

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Amit Shah inaugurates BJP's national training workshop

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday inaugurated a two-day training workshop here to train party workers on core party ideology and issues before the nation. The workshop is being attended by 250 senior party leaders, including Ram Madhav, Bhupendra Yadav, Ram Lal and Muralidhar Rao, national office bearers and five representatives from each state. The tr...

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2,000-year-old ritual bath discovered near Jerusalem

Jerusalem, July 1 (IANS) A 2,000-year old ritual bath was discovered near Jerusalem under a living room of a private house, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said in a statement on Wednesday. The ancient ritual bath, known in Hebrew as a mikve, was discovered amid renovations at a private home in Ein Karem, a village near Jerusalem, and believed to have originated from the period of the ...

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Sharif visits heat wave-hit Karachi

Islamabad, July 1 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to the mega port city of Karachi on Wednesday, where a relentless heat wave has killed more than 1,200 people over the past 10 days. Sharif presided over a meeting of senior officials on the recent intense heat wave in Karachi and the resulting casualties, a PM office press release said. The prime minister was inf...

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