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Death penalty: CPI leader Raja moves private member's resolution

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) As a debate rages over the hanging of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, the Rajya Sabha on Friday admitted CPI leader D. Raja's private member's resolution to abolish the death sentence in the country. A private member's resolution is moved by an individual member and not by the government. Snatching away somebody's life for crimes committed is not in c...

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UPA weakened fight against terror: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all political parties to present a united front to the world against terrorism, even as he trained guns at the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government for weakening the fight against terror. Neither the country, nor parliament should look divided on terrorism which is the biggest challenge to the country, Rajnath S...

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Don't impose decision: Rahul Gandhi on FTII stir

Pune (Maharashtra), July 31 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed support to striking FTII students amid protests by BJP activists here and said that the government must not impose its decision. Protesting against Gandhi's trip to the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), BJP activists accused him of politicising the issue and even waved bla...

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Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank attack

Jerusalem, July 31 (IANS) A Palestinian toddler was killed and three of his family members injured in an arson attack on their home on Friday in Israel's West Bank, where a sizeable Palestinian population resides. At about 4 a.m., two masked men reached the Palestinian village of Duma, broke the windows of two houses and hurled Molotov cocktails inside, The Jerusalem Post reported, citi...

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NHRC notice to UP over alleged beating of disabled people

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The NHRC on Friday issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh authorities over the alleged beating up of disabled people by police at Bijnore collectorate. It called for a report on the matter within two weeks. Taking note of a media report which said that a superintendent of police (SP) brutally beat people with disabilities, who were protesting outside the collectorate ...

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One killed in Sri Lanka shooting ahead of polls

Colombo, July 31 (IANS) One person was killed and 12 injured on Friday when gunmen opened fire at ruling United National Party (UNP) supporters in Sri Lanka's capital ahead of parliamentary polls, media reports said. The incident took place in the city's Kotahena suburb, the Colombo Gazette reported. Police said the UNP supporters were engaged in campaigning in the Kotahena area ...

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Insect-sized robot can jump on water

New York, July 31 (IANS) Ever fancied walking on water? Well, now a robot can jump on it, literally. Researchers from Harvard University have built an insect-sized robot that mimics the way that water striders jump on water. By observing water striders using high-speed cameras, the scientists noticed that the insects do not simply push down on the water, but gradually accelerate ...

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Indian American surgeon masters robotic surgery for advanced kidney cancer

New York, July 31 (IANS) In pioneering work, a team led by an Indian American surgeon has successfully performed robotic surgeries in advanced kidney cancer patients. The team from USC Institute of Urology in Los Angeles performed the lengthy procedure using only seven small incisions and four robotic tools. Surgery is required when cancer of the kidney causes a level III thrombi...

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NASA crashes plane for test

Washington, July 31 (IANS) The sight of a plane crashing might hardly be inspiring for others, but NASA researchers get excited every time they whack a Cessna 172 aircraft down on the ground while conducting tests at the Langley Research Centre in Hampton,Virginia. The Langley team's ongoing destruction of the aircraft is generating troves of data that could ultimately save lives, Discov...

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Chouhan meets Modi

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, embroiled in a row over the Vyapam scam in his state, on Friday met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence here. The meeting was called to discuss the report of NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog's sub-committee, headed by Chouhan, a Madhya Pradesh government official...

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Romanian footballer Chiriches moves to Napoli

London, July 31 (IANS) Tottenham Hotspur have announced that their Romanian international footballer Vlad Chiriches will join Italian side Napoli. The 25-year-old defender will leave the English club after two disappointing seasons, in which he played only 43 games, Efe reported on Thursday. Chiriches joined Tottenham in August 2013 from Steaua Bucharest for 9.5 million euros ($1...

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Nadal advances to Hamburg quarters

Hamburg, July 31 (IANS) Spainish tennis star Rafael Nadal booked his spot in the quarter-finals of the bet-at-home Open here with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory over the Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely. Playing the 45th-ranked Czech for the first time, Nadal on Thursday snagged the opening set in 56 minutes. But then lost his serve three times in the second set, due in part to five do...

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Guru-Shishya oldest tradition of our culture: Big B

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) On Guru Purnima day on Friday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan stressed on the importance of the teacher-student relationship, which he says is the oldest tradition of our varied and incredible culture. Guru Poornima...a reverential day, when we remember our gurus, pay them obeisance, regard respect and seek blessings for guidance in our lives and life...We chose our lea...

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Diabetes tests now free-of-cost at UP hospitals

Lucknow, July 31 (IANS) With cases of diabetes rising in many parts of Uttar Pradesh, the state government has ordered free tests for the disease in all state hospitals, an official said on Friday. While 100 pathological tests were already free for the poor at all state hospitals, orders have now been issued to make free, both fasting and post prandial (PP) sugar tests. An order ...

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Pat on the back helps inattentive kids perform better

New York, July 31 (IANS) A little praise or reward improves the performance of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on certain cognitive tasks - more so than they would for typically developing kids, says a new study. Kids with ADHD showed more improvement because they are more motivated by the opportunity to gain rewards, not because they simply did worse from ...

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Rajya Sabha proceedings repeatedly disrupted

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were repeatedly disrupted on Friday by opposition members, who demanded the resignations of a union minister and two BJP chief ministers over controversies surrounding former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. Amid the ruckus, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.30 p.m. Earlier, it witnessed two adjournments in the pre-lun...

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Banking sector boost markets; Sensex up 367 points

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) Capital infusion in banks, clarity on retrospective tax on capital gains and expectations of a rate cut by the apex bank cheered investor sentiments and boosted Indian equity markets on Friday. The positive cues propelled the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)- up by 367 points or 1.32 percent during the mid-after...

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Three murder convicts executed in Pakistan

Islamabad, July 31 (IANS) Three murder convicts were hanged on Friday in Pakistan's Lahore city. The executions took place in Lahore Central Jail, Geo News reported. Samar Jan and Nadeem Shehzad were convicted in 1998 of kidnapping and killing a child. Riaz Yousuf was convicted for killing two people. ...

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Punish tipplers with brooms, says Bihar women's panchayat

Patna, July 31 (IANS) A women's panchayat in a Bihar village has ordered women to punish with brooms people found consuming and selling liquor, while imposing a ban on liquor consumption, an official said on Friday. It has also imposed a fine on consuming and selling liquor. The move by the panchayat of Ramzanpur village in Shekhpura district, about 125 km from here, is aimed at ...

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Malaysian driver Tan Eng Joo wins RFC India title

Morlem (Goa), July 31 (IANS) Malaysian driver Tan Eng Joo (co-driver Tan Choon Hong) clinched the Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge (RFC) India title, while Kabir Waraich (Yuvraj Tiwana) finished as the highest ranked Indian in third position here on Friday. With the win, Joo bagged two back-to-back RFC India titles. He had earlier won the inaugural RFC India title in 2014. At th...

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