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India records highest social networking growth: Study

Bangalore, July 25 (IANS) More Indians are logging into Facebook and Twitter accounts, as evident from a record growth of 37 percent in social networking during 2013, according to a study by eMarketer. Indians are increasingly logging into Facebook and Twitter accounts, with the country recording the highest social networking growth of 37.4 percent in 2013, the US-based independent marke...

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Militants kill cop in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 25 (IANS) A constable of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, seriously injured when separatist guerrillas shot at him in the state's Anantnag district Friday, succumbed to his injuries in hospital, police said. Militants shot at a police constable from close range in Bijbehara market in the afternoon, critically injuring him, a senior police officer told IANS here. The i...

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States callous in dealing with silicosis: NHRC

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) National Human Rights Commission chairman K.G. Balakrishnan Friday expressed concern over the callousness of the states in dealing with the problems of people affected with silicosis. State governments are not sympathetic to the problems of people affected with silicosis, Balakrishnan said here. The commission has taken a serious view of the callous atti...

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Select right contractor: Delhi chief secretary to PWD

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Delhi chief secretary S.K. Srivastava Monday asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to choose right contractors to deliver work of international standards. The work of international standard is expected of the the agency which needs to work in a mission mode to deliver on time, Srivastva said on the occasion of the 53rd Public Works Department day. You...

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SC notice on plea against Centre's nod for sentence remission

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the cental government on a plea by a Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict challenging the legal provision mandating the state government to take the Centre's prior consent before remitting the sentence of a convict whose offence was investigated and prosecuted by the CBI. A bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice K...

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UN seeks Eid truce as Gaza toll hits 835

Gaza/Cairo/Geneva, July 25 (IANS) The toll in the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip has escalated to 835, with more than 5,300 injured, officials said Friday even as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr. According to the health ministry in the coastal enclave, 29 Palestinians were killed and more than 200 injured as Is...

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Indian-origin doctor indicted for running illegal prescription racket

Washington, July 25 (IANS) A court in the US has indicted an Indian-origin doctor of illegally running a prescription racket that led to the death of one patient and harming the health of many others, media reported. A grand jury in the federal court of Alexandria, Virginia, concluded that Nibedita Mohanty, 56, illegally prescribed medicines under the guise of treating chronic patient.

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India shuttlers thrash Kenya 5-0, top group

Glasgow, July 25 (IANS) After thrashing Ghana and Uganda with the exact scoreline of 5-0 Thursday, Indian shuttlers whitewashed Kenya in their final Pool B match of the Mixed Team event to top the group at the Commonwealth Games here Friday. First up, scratch pair of Jwala Gutta and Kidambi Srikanth needed only 18 minutes to beat Mercy Joseph and Patrick Mbogo 21-8, 21-8 in 18 minutes in...

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Two top security officials gunned down in Egypt

Cairo, July 25 (IANS) Two senior Egyptian security officials were killed in an armed attack by gunmen Friday in Sheikh Zuweid city of the restive North Sinai province bordering Israel, a security source said. The assailants pursued an armoured vehicle the two security men were driving, blocked their way, stopped them and opened fire at them, the source told Xinhua, noting that one of the...

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Three Palestinians killed in West Bank violence

Nablus (West Bank) July 25 (IANS) Three Palestinians were killed and several others wounded Friday in clashes in the West Bank with Israeli soldiers and settlers, officials and witnesses said. Tarif Ashour, health ministry spokesman in the West Bank, said a young man was shot dead in firing by an Israeli settler south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Xinhua reported. Wi...

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CBI arrests man for stealing Microsoft product keys

Chennai, July 25 (IANS) The CBI has arrested a man here for stealing product keys of various Microsoft products and cheating unsuspecting consumers by selling them online while causing a loss to the software major, the agency said Friday. In a statement issued here, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said it has arrested a private person, identified as D.Prabhu Thursday. S...

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Congress not entitled to leader of opposition post: AG

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) In a setback to Congress' desire to have its leader in the Lok Sabha being given the leader of opposition status, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has held the party cannot get the recognition as its numbers are less than one tenth of the total strength of parliament's lower house. Informed sources said that Rohatgi opined that the Congress leader in the house can...

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Teacher held for roughing up minor student in Bengal

Kolkata, July 25 (IANS) A school teacher in West Bengal's Howrah district was detained Friday for allegedly thrashing a class 8 student caught talking during class, even as several incidents of corporal punishment were reported from the state. The Thursday incident at an English medium school in Howrah left the minor with several bruises and cuts after the accused teacher Jaiprakash Sing...

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Court no to any action on Bhatkal's Ramadan fast plea

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) A court here refused to take any action on a plea filed by Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal seeking proper food in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, saying that he is a high security prisoner and is under regular vigil. Since applicant (Bhatkal) is a high security inmate, in view of this, his being taken out of cell or his lodging is being regulated, ...

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Coal block scam: Special public prosecutor, judge appointed

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) On the lines of the 2G scam case, the Supreme Court Friday appointed senior counsel R.S. Cheema as the special public prosecutor in the case relating to alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks before a special CBI judge. A bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph also approved the appointment of Sessions...

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Himachal may bar university teachers from politics

Shimla, July 25 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Friday said the state may bar teachers of Himachal Pradesh University here from taking part in active politics and contesting elections. If any teacher is interested to join politics, he should resign from the university first and then contest the elections. He would not be allowed to join back the university after he...

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SC notice on hiking acid attack victims' compensation

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the central and state governments and union territory administrations on a plea seeking enhancement of compensation to acid attack victims from the existing Rs.3 lakh to Rs.10 lakh coupled with free medical treatment that involves a series of surgeries. The central government is not active in addressing the issue, observ...

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Chautalas' bail extended till Aug 1

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday extended, till Aug 1, the interim bail of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the teachers recruitment scam. Justice Siddharth Mrudul, who had reserved order on appeals of 55 convicts in the case, also extended bail of two other convicts - Sher Singh Badsh...

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Centre to promote medical tourism

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) The union tourism ministry has finalised fresh guidelines to promote the untapped market in medical tourism, an official said here Friday. We have finalised fresh guidelines to promote and market medical tourism by sufficiently incentivising tour operators and market facilitators to cash in on its hidden potential that hitherto stays untapped and unexplored, tou...

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Sushma Swaraj in Kathmandu, says Nepal high priority

Kathmandu, July 25 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawarj arrived in Kathmandu Friday evening on a three-day official visit during which she will co-chair the third meeting of the Nepal-India Joint Commission. She is the first high-level foreign official to visit Nepal after the second Constituent Assembly elections held in this Himalayan nation in November last year. <...

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