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Smoking weakens spine, causes spine infections: Experts

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Smoking weakens the spine and thus further leads to several types of diseases including infection in the spine, health experts warned here on Friday. According to the experts, smoking reduces bone density, which puts the vertebrae at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, facet disease, spinal arthritis and other degenerative spine conditions. Cigarett...

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145 companies being probed for chit fund scams

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) In its crackdown on corporate fraud and chit fund scams, the government has, during the last three years and current year, ordered investigations of 145 companies allegedly involved in illegal deposit taking, parliament was told on Friday. 'Fraud' has been defined as a substantive offence in the Companies Act, 2013 and its section 143(12) requires the auditor o...

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Exide Life Insurance not to dilute stakes

Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) Although the Indian government has allowed upto 49 percent stakeholding by foreign companies in the Indian insurance sector, Kolkatra-based battery maker Exide Industries on Friday said it wants to be a long-term player in the life insurance space and its not considering diluting its stakes in Exide Life Insurance. Asked if the company is considering stake dilutio...

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Ashes: England go 2-1 up with eight wicket win

Birmingham, July 31 (IANS) Ian Bell struck an unbeaten half century as England capped their overwhelming domination with a eight-wicket win over Australia in the third Test at Edgbaston here on Friday to go up 2-1 in the Ashes series. After Australia's tail enders stretched their second innings to 265, setting England a 121-run target, Bell (65 not out) and Joe Root (38 not out) stitched...

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Over 32,000 cases of women's rights violation in 2014-15

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) More than 32,000 cases of violation of rights of women have been reported by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in 2014-15 and the figure for this year so far is 9,786, parliament was informed on Friday. A statement tabled in reply to question by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said 16,584, 22,422, 32,118 and 9,786 cases of...

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Delhi's specially-abled bag three golds at WSG-2015

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) A contingent of specially-abled people from Delhi government-run Asha Kiran Home won seven medals -- three gold and four bronze -- at the ongoing World Summer Games, 2015 in the US, an official said on Friday. Phoolan Devi won the first Gold for India in power-lifting (Bench Press). She also won three bronze medals in power-lifting (all lifts, dead-lift and squa...

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Three policemen injured in Kashmir guerrilla attack

Srinagar, July 31 (IANS) Three Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel were injured on Friday as guerrillas in a vehicle fired on a police checkpost post on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, police said. Police at a'Naka' (checkpost) at Mirgund on the highway today (Friday) evening flagged down a vehicle. But instead of stopping, militants inside it opened fire at the police and sped away, a se...

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Gap between hope, delivery Modi's biggest problem: AAP's Ashutosh

Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Friday said the biggest problem with the Narendra Modi government is the gap between hope and delivery. Youth simply wants results. The biggest problem with Modi and partly with us in future maybe is that we have created so much hope and if the gap between that hope and delivery is not narrowed then there is a problem, Ashu...

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SC notice on metering, pricing extraction of ground water

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the centre and Delhi governments asking as to why there should not be metering and pricing of the ground water which was being pumped out in huge quantities resulting in its depletion. A bench of Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice V.Gopala Gowda and Justice R. Banumathi said that groundwater is a common resource and it ought...

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Black money abroad declaration form can be filed online

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The government has notified the form for declaring income and assets abroad as well rules for their calculation under the Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets Bill and these can also be filed online, parliament was told on Friday. A declaration under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 (the Act) may be made be...

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Bill allowing ouster of Lokayukta passed in Karnataka

Bengaluru, July 31 (IANS) The Karnataka legislature on Friday passed an amendment bill to remove the state Lokayukta (ombdusman) if found guilty of misconduct or incapacity. The Karnataka Lokayukta (amendment) bill will be sent to the governor (Vajubhai Vala) for his assent soon, state Law Minister T.B. Jayachandra told reporters after the state legislative council adopted the bill that ...

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NGOs acting as cigarette smuggling companies' agents: ITC

Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) Consumer goods major and cigarette maker ITC Ltd. on Friday questioned the rationale of selling duty-free cigarettes at airports and accused a section of NGOs of acting as agents of companies smuggling cigarettes into India. Smuggling has gone up significantly over the last three years and more than 100 percent increase in duties has taken place. So, we are the mo...

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Genital TB in 40-60 percent women causing infertility

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Genital Tuberculosis (TB) in 40-60 percent of the women is leading to infertility, doctors warned here on Friday. According to doctors, the only reason every two in 10 women, suffering from TB, are not able to bear child is the genital TB, which is increasing with the lack of awareness and lifestyle changes. In women, the TB leads to thinning of endometr...

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Rename Aurangzeb Road after Kalam: BJP MP urges Modi

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) BJP's national secretary Mahesh Girri on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Aurangzeb Road in central Delhl be renamed after former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who died earlier this week. In my opinion, this will be a great way of preserving his memories and legacy forever, said Girri, the East Delhi MP, after meeting the prime minister to whom he s...

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Land bill anti-farmer, needs major changes: AAP

Kolkata, July 31 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh on Friday said the land bill which has been brought by the NDA is anti-farmer and needs major changes. In the present form it is not good at all... it needs major changes and we are requesting the government that if it wants the land bill to become a reality then it must make certain fundamental changes. It (government...

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Odisha completes 41 PPP projects

Bhubaneswar, July 31 (IANS) The Odisha government has taken up 77 Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects involving investment of Rs.22,142 crore and, of these, 41 projects with investment of around Rs.5,589 crore are now operational, an official said on Friday. Planning and Coordination (PPP Cell) joint director Jayant Kumar Mishra said: A total number of 77 projects involving investm...

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Police officer injured in Kashmir guerrilla attack

Srinagar, July 31 (IANS) A Jammu and Kashmir Police official was injured on Friday as guerrillas fired on a police checkpost post on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, police said. Militants fired at a police 'Naka' (checkpost) at Mirgund on the highway today (Friday) evening, a senior police officer told IANS. Sub Inspector Saleem, incharge of Mirgund police post, was injured in th...

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Rs.12,000 crore supplement demand for grant for banks' recapitalisation

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The government on Friday presented to parliament a supplementary demand for grants to provide for Rs.12,000 crore towards recapitalization of public sector ba(PSBs). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley plans to provide Rs.25,000 crore capital each in the current and next fiscal year, while Rs.20,000 crore would be provided during 2017-18 and 2018-19, the finance minis...

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Twitter adds four Indian languages

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Twitter on Friday said that it has added four more Indian languages - Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil - taking the count of supported Indian languages to six. Hindi and Bengali have been available for a year now, the social media company said in a blog post. According to Twitter, these four languages were partially translated by a community of Twitt...

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'Delhi needs effective solid waste management'

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Delhi Environment Minister Asim Ahmed Khan on Friday stressed the need for proper and effective management of solid waste which is consistently rising in the national capital due to increasing population. Khan also urged immediate adoption of best international practices to manage solid waste which would lead to a better environment in the city and reduce the pr...

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