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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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Delhi traffic police creates 'Green Corridor' for heart travel

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Dozens of traffic personnel and paramedics fought against time to transport a live human heart from a private hospital in the national capital to another hospital for its transplantation in a recipient. The team of Delhi traffic officials completed the task along with a dedicated team of doctors early Saturday. An ambulance with the donor heart and a team...

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New guidelines for adoption come in place

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) New simplified guidelines intended to provide for more effective regulation for adoption of children became operational from Saturday. The Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children 2015 were notified by the central government on July 17 and have come into effect from Saturday, an official release said here. Along with it, a fully revamped IT application fo...

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Explore possibilities of sugar export, says Modi

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for exploring all possibilities for export of sugar to address the current supply-demand issues with regard to the sector. At a high-level meeting to review the issues related to the sugar sector, he took note of the current supply-demand issues with regard to sugar and called for assiduous efforts to increase ethano...

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Political background has made me wiser: Riteish Deshmukh

Mumbai, Aug 1 (IANS) Actor Riteish Deshmukh, son of late former Maharashtra chief minister and union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, feels that being born in a political family has made him wiser. I hope that being born in a political family has made me wiser, because you are very careful about the words that you speak. Since childhood I have realized and known what one speaks and how things...

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War of words between Congress, BJP over 'Hindu terror'

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A war of words broke out between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress on Saturday over the Hindu terror issue, with the latter accusing the former of polarising the country. The BJP later asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to clarify her party's stand on the issue. On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had accused the Congress in the Lok Sa...

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Squash: Indian girls make last 8

Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Aug 1 (IANS) India carved out a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday to ensure a place in the top eight competition from Pool B in the girls team event of the WSF-World junior squash championship here. Though seeded higher than Australia, the start was not auspicious with Adya Advani going down fighting to Lakeesha Rarere in five games after clawing back from t...

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Tripura government doctors stop private practice

Agartala, Aug 1 (IANS) Government doctors in Tripura have stopped private practice from Saturday following a high court ruling. The All Tripura Government Doctors' Association (ATGDA) and the Tripura chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have opposed the ban and filed a review petition before the Tripura High Court. Earlier this week, a delegation of both the associatio...

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World Archery: India's Rajat Chauhan loses to Denmark's Hansen

Copenhagen, Aug 1 (IANS) India's Rajat Chauhan lost to Denmark's Stephen Hansen in the finals of the World Archery Championship here on Saturday. Chauhan and Hansen were competing for the gold in the Men's Compound Final. ...

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Telangana CM urges centre to secure kidnapped Telugu men's release

Hyderabad, Aug 1 (IANS) The Telangana government on Saturday urged the external affairs ministry to take steps for the safe and early release of two Telugu men kidnapped by suspected Islamic State militants in Libya. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao hoped that Balram Kishan of Telangana and T. Gopikrishna of Andhra Pradesh will safely return home. Iin a statement here, he said...

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Exiled Yemeni PM returns to Aden

Sana'a, Aug 1 (IANS) Exiled Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah arrived in the country's southern port city of Aden from Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Bahah, who is also the country's vice president, arrived along with six ministers of the exiled government. He landed at the Aden International Airport by a Saudi plane under protection of soldiers of the Saudi-led coalition, Xinhua reported ci...

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