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Government working on smart city contours: Naidu

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday said the government was working on the contours of building 100 smart cities. The government is working on the concept of smart city and the contours of implementing the project for building 100 such cities, Naidu said in the Lok Sabha. For developing 100 smart cities -- Prime Minister Narendra...

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Ghaziabad police mum over TV producer's death

Ghaziabad, July 23 (IANS) Police in Ghaziabad Wednesday refused to comment on the mysterious death of 31-year-old Rajya Sabha TV producer Milita Dutta Mandal, who died at her residence in Vaishali. Asked about the post-mortem report, Ghaziabad police said their Delhi counterparts were looking after that. Asked about the progress in the investigation, on whether police conducted ...

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Aligarh official held in mid-day meal scam

Ghaziabad, July 23 (IANS) The CBI Wednesday arrested the vice chairman of the Aligarh Development Authority (ADA) over his involvement in the Rs.6.5 crore mid-day meal scam, officials said. Jitendra Bahadur Singh, a senior administrative officer of the 1984 batch, was found to be involved in the scam during his posting as chief development officer (CDO) of Mainpuri 2008-2011, Central Bur...

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Haryana announces 41-member gurdwara management committee

Chandigarh, July 23 (IANS) The Haryana government Wednesday nominated 41 Sikh leaders as members of the ad-hoc Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee that may escalate controversy over the HSGPC. The committee has been announced to manage, supervise and take over the assets of the gurdwaras in the state, including moveable and immoveable properties of every description, a state gover...

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Iraqi security forces kill over 100 rebels

Baghdad, July 23 (IANS) Iraqi security forces battling Sunni insurgent groups killed at least 110 militants across the country, security sources said Wednesday. In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, dozens of militants, including those who are linked to the Islamic State (IS), an Al Qaeda offshoot, attacked an air base and Himreen dam northeast of Baquba, some 65 km from Iraq's capital B...

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Meghalaya CM's office least functioning in state: MLA

Shillong, July 23 (IANS) The Meghalaya Chief Minister's Office was one of the least functioning offices in the state due to the regular absence of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Independent legislator Saleng Sangma said Wednesday. The legislator met Governor Krishan Kant Paul and sought his intervention on Mukul Sangma's regular absence from office amid the prevailing turmoil in the insurg...

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Commission of inquiry is not a court, says SC

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday said a commission set up under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, and headed by a sitting judge of the apex court could not be treated as a court for initiating any contempt proceedings for making critically comments on its findings. In our view, a commission appointed under the 1952 Act is not a court for the purposes of Contempt o...

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Delhi HC to hear plea on BCCI as national sports body

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday agreed to hear a plea seeking to declare the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a national sports body. The petition is either to convert the BCCI into a national sport federation (NSF) or create an NSF for cricket. The question is whether it (NSF) is needed to be declared, said a division bench of Chief Justice G. Roh...

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British-Indian author longlisted for Man Booker Prize

London, July 23 (IANS) A novel written by a British Indian author has made it to the first long list of the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction for this year. London-based Neel Mukherjee was among 2014 longlist or Man Bookers 'Dozen' for his novel The Lives of Others which was published in May this year, a Man Booker statement Wednesday said. As many as 154 books were entered fo...

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan reviewed twice every year: Irani

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is reviewed twice every year by a JRM comprising independent experts and members of external funding agencies, union HRD Minister Smriti Irani told parliament Wednesday. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, she said: The implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is reviewed twice every year by a Joint Review Mission (JRM) comp...

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BMW rolls out ActiveHybrid 7 sedan

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Luxury automobile manufacturer BMW Wednesday launched ActiveHybrid 7 sedan priced at Rs.1.35 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). According to the company, all new hybrid vehicle integrates efficient combustion engine and energy-saving electric motor to deliver more power by consuming less energy. Its energy management system captures surplus power and then re-converts i...

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Delhi HC unhappy over e-rickshaws

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday expressed strong displeasure over the uncontrolled plying of e-rickshaws in the capital, and asked the city government to make sure these unregulated vehicles are kept off the streets. A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul said the court will not permit unregulated transport to ply uncontrolled without...

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First MH17 bodies reach Netherlands, black boxes Britain

Eindhoven/Kiev/London, July 23 (IANS) Two aircraft with the first bodies of the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 landed at Eindhoven airport in the Netherlands Wednesday even as the flight recorders of the ill-fated aircraft were handed over to investigators in Britain. A Hercules plane of the Dutch Royal Air Force and an Australian Boeing C-17 brought an estimated to...

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Health ministry signs MoU to increase AIDS awareness

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The health ministry Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with the communication and information technology ministry to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS. Big hospitals may lead to better treatment, but if state-of-the-art IT education tools are used to disseminate information that will prevent killer infections, the investment is more worthwhile, Hea...

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MH17 black boxes arrive in Britain for analysis

London, July 23 (IANS) The black box recorders from the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 have arrived in Britain for data downloading and analysis, the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said Wednesday. The flight recorders, commonly know as black boxes, from MH17 have been delivered by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) to the headquarters of AAIB in Farnborough, Hampshire...

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'Gujarat model may help India jump 50 spots in ease of doing business'

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India, which is current placed 134th in the World Bank's ease of doing business report, would jump 50 spots by implementing the Gujarat model of reforms, World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim said Wednesday. Talking to media persons after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, Kim said the new government must focus on improving the business environment.

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India raises Israel-Palestine issue at UNSC, Human Rights Council

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) India Wednesday expressed concern at the UN Security Council and at the 21st special session of the Human Rights Council over the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine. At the Security Council, India raised the issue during an open debate Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestine question, said a statement from the external affair...

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Private tutor mercilessly beats child, footage sparks outrage

Kolkata, July 23 (IANS) A shocking video footage of a private tutor mercilessly beating a three-and-a-half-year-old child here sparked outrage across the country Wednesday. The clippings broadcast by television channels from the incident at Lake Town in northeastern Kolkata showed the child falling to the ground as the woman teacher forcefully kicked him twice on his chest. The ...

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Delhi government releases Rs.200 crore for Metro

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Delhi government Wednesday released Rs.200 crore for the projects of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The Delhi government has released an amount of Rs.200 crore as contribution to equity as a first instalment in the current year of 2014-15, a government statement said. The DMRC is a joint venture between the central and Delhi governments.

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Did not favour Unitech, Swan: Raja tells court

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Former telecom minister A. Raja Wednesday denied in a court here that he granted 2G spectrum licences to the Unitech group of companies and Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd. (STPL) despite knowing they were ineligible to get the radio waves. Testifying as a defence witness in the case, Raja told Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge O.P. Saini that he did not abuse h...

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