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Dayanidhi Maran shares RTI evidence with CBI

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Former communications minister Dayanidhi Maran shared some RTI replies of BSNL and MTNL with the CBI during questioning on the second day on Thursday in the case involving the installation of over 700 phone lines at his Chennai residence. Maran, who reached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters around 10.45 a.m., was examined by the Special Task ...

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'PIO players will help develop football quicker in India'

Kolkata, July 2 (IANS) East Bengal's new coach Biswajit Bhattacharya on Thursday said players of the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) category, if allowed to ply their trade, will help develop the game of football in the country. National coach Stephen Constantine, a few days earlier, had said he has already made a list of a few PIO players who if brought into the Indian team can make a di...

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MEA advertises for consultants

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) As part of its move for lateral recruitment, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) has issued an advertisement to hire consultants on contract basis for its policy planning and research division. The salary would be negotiable, and the travel allowances at par with Group-A officers. The selected candidates are expected to work as International Relations ...

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Odisha dairy cooperative aims to double milk procurement by 2020

Bhubaneswar, July 2 (IANS) The Orissa State Cooperative Milk Producers' Federation Limited (OMFED) on Thursday said it aims to double its milk procurement to one million litres per day by 2020. Its chairman and managing director Bishnupada Sethi said it would also augment marketing of milk from the current five lakh litres per day to 12 lakh litres per day by 2020. The move will...

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Protests against assault on CU teachers, VC says attacks 'unfortunate'

Kolkata, July 2 (IANS) Branding the assault on teachers allegedly by supporters of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress students' wing as unfortunate, Calcutta University vice chancellor Suranjan Das on Thursday admitted that the incident was a setback to the institution's heritage. Das had denied the incident on Wednesday. His intention was questioned by hundreds of teachers ...

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Nadda launches National Health Innovations portal

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Thursday inaugurated the National Health Innovations Portal and urged all the states to give priority to innovations for better outcomes in the area of healthcare. He also launched NHP Voice Web, which is a 24X7 toll free helpline (1800-180-1104), where the caller can get authentic health tips on various topics ranging from han...

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Project approved to curb pollution in Mula-Mutha river

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) The environment ministry on Thursday approved a Rs.990.26 crore project for controlling pollution at Pune's Mula-Mutha river under the National River Conservation Plan. Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said the cost of the project would be shared between the central government and the Pune Municipal Corporation - the implementing...

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Bagan coach slams Kolkata football giants for neglecting grassroots

Kolkata, July 2 (IANS) Without taking names, Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen on Thursday slammed city football giants East Bengal and his own club for doing nothing for the improvement of the sport at the grassroots level. You talk about the big local clubs, what have they done for the youth, what have they done in grassroots? asked a seemingly angry Sen. Where will the local player...

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Brain dead person's liver transplanted into two adults

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) In a rare surgery, the liver of a 32-year-old brain dead person was transplanted into two adult patients giving them a fresh lease of life, doctors said on Thursday. Earlier, such a transplant used to be done by giving one half of the liver to an adult and the other to a child. In this case, the donor, who had a brain haemorrhage in May, was declared br...

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'All clear' after lockdown at Washington Navy Yard

Washington, July 2 (IANS) Over two tense hours after a lockdown on Thursday morning, police gave the 'all clear' at the Washington Navy Yard facility where 12 people were killed in a 2013 shooting. Around 8 a.m., the US Navy tweeted that the facility was under lockdown, forcing workers to hold-in-place and filled the Southeast neighbourhood of the American capital with police and ambulan...

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Last salary hike for parliamentarians was over three-fold

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Even as a parliamentary panel has recommended a hike in the salaries and allowances of members of parliament, past data shows the last hike for Indian lawmakers increased their salaries by over three times. A bill passed by the Lok Sabha in 2010 hiked salaries of parliamentarians from Rs.16,000 to Rs.50,000 per month. Their daily allowance while attending...

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Maharashtra move on madrassas contradicts PM's vision: Congress

Mumbai, July 2 (IANS) The Maharashtra government's alleged move not to treat madrassas as schools in case they failed to teach primary subjects came in for criticism on Thursday from state party leaders of both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party. The move was diametrically contradictory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's declared vision to bring Muslim youths into the national mainstrea...

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Darjeeling landslides: Toll hits 32; Mamata, Rijiju visit area

Siliguri/Kolkata, July 2 (IANS) The toll in the landslides-ravaged Darjeeling hills of West Bengal rose to 32, with two more bodies being recovered on Thursday as relief and rescue operations continued in full swing, officials said. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the day visited the affected areas, and assured all assistanc...

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Sisodia inspects Bhati Mines school after drug complaint

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday tweeted about a surprise inspection of a government-run school in the Bhati Mines area of south Delhi. Sisodia then went on to re-tweet another post that claimed the students in the school were addicted to drugs. This message was originally shared by his personal assistant on microblogging site Twitter.

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India calls for transparency in internet surveillance

United Nations, July 2 (IANS) India has called for transparency and accountability in internet security surveillance and for striking balance between human rights and national security. The global community needs to create frameworks so that internet surveillance practices motivated by security concerns are conducted within a truly transparent and accountable framework, Santosh Jha, exte...

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Parliamentary panel recommends salary hike for MPs

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) A parliamentary panel has recommended a hike in the salaries of MPs by almost 100 percent, sources said on Thursday. The panel, headed by BJP leader Yogi Adityanath, also recommended around 75 percent raise in pensions and an automatic mechanism for salary hike for MPs. A hike has been long overdue. The salary at present is Rs.50,000 which is not a lot in...

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Nepali man held for raping, sodomising daughters, son

Panaji, July 2 (IANS) In a shocking incident, A Nepali national was arrested on Thursday by Goa Police for raping and sodomising his biological daughter, a stepdaughter and sodomising his stepson, all of them minors. Police said the accused 39-year-old casual labourer was arrested after the school in which the three children were admitted to in South Goa's Vasco sub-district, noticed som...

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Khobragade reinstated as director in MEA

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Devyani Khobragade, the 1999-batch IFS officer whose arrest and handcuffing in New York in 2013 over alleged visa fraud led to souring in India-US ties, has been reinstated as director in the ministry of external affairs, a few months after she was stripped of her duties and placed on compulsory wait. Khobragade has been made director in the ministry's States div...

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Hyderabad to host India Gadget Expo

Hyderabad, July 2 (IANS) The second edition of the Indian Gadget Expo (IGE) will be held here in September this year. To be organised by Skits Events with the support of the Telangana government from September 18 to 21, it will serve as a platform to showcase innovative gadgets and technologies. Making the announcement here on Thursday, Telangana's Information Technology Minister...

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US to deepen security ties with India under new military strategy

Washington, July 2 (IANS) Pressing forward with the rebalance to the Asia Pacific region, the US will deepen our security relationship with India as part of its new National Military Strategy taking into account erosion of America's comparative advantage. Looking at the increasing disorder in the world, the three-point strategy is pinned on Deter, deny, and defeat state adversaries; Disr...

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