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Centre considering scheme for smart cities

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has suggested that there could be a scheme for renewal of 500 urban habitations in India and another for smart cities. Naidu, who chaired a two-day brainstorming session here concerning urban renewal, has asked ministry officials to look into the experience of the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), and s...

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Flipkart raises $1 billion from venture funds

Bangalore, July 29 (IANS) India's largest e-commerce market player Flipkart Tuesday announced raising a whopping $1 billion (Rs.6,015 crore) in fresh capital from global venture funds. We will use the fresh funds for long-term strategic investments in the country, especially in mobile technology, the city-based company said in a statement here. The latest round of funding was co-...

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As BJP mounts pressure, Punjab withdraws VAT amendment

Chandigarh, July 29 (IANS) Buckling to pressure from alliance partner BJP, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Tuesday ordered withdrawal of an amendment made in the Punjab VAT act which made it mandatory for traders and industrialists to remit VAT on the stocks as well. Badal asked the state's excise and taxation department to draft an ordinance in this regard and present i...

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Lajja qualifies for women's 50m rifle 3 positions final

Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Indian shooter Lajja Gauswami qualified for the women's 50-metre rifle 3 positions final at the Commonwealth Games here Tuesday. The 25-year-old Indian finished sixth with a total score of 571 points while Singapore's Jasmine Ser topped the qualifications with a total of 581 -- a new Games record -- at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre. However, it was the ...

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Heavy casualties reported in China knife attack

Beijing, July 29 (IANS) Dozens of civilians were killed and a number of others injured in a knife attack in China, police said Tuesday. The killings occurred Monday morning in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Xinhua reported. Assailants armed with knives attacked a police station and government offices in Elixku Township, and some moved on to the nearby Huangdi...

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Do or die match for India eves against South Africa

Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) After a massive 14-0 thrashing of Trinidad and Tobago, India eves will be looking to continuing their dominating form when they face South Africa in their next group match of the hockey competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre here Wednesday. Jaspreet Kaur, Deepika and Rani, who scored three goals each against the Caribbean ...

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Centre scraps affidavits, Punjab claims credit

Chandigarh, July 29 (IANS) The central government has asked states to do away with affidavits for government-related work and promote self-attestation of documents. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal claimed Tuesday that the centre's directive was taken from the abolition of affidavits introduced in Punjab earlier under its administrative reforms programme. Badal sa...

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Mick Jagger celebrates 71st birthday

New York, July 29 (IANS) Singer Mick Jagger celebrated his 71st birthday with a family brunch at Hakkasan here. The Rolling Stones rocker celebrated his birthday on July 27 and was joined by eight people including his daughters Georgia May and Karis, reports mirror.co.uk. The singer stuck to sparkling water, while others in the party of eight toasted with Brooklyn Pilsner (Beer)....

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21 killed as bus falls into Himachal gorge

Shimla, July 29 (IANS) At least 21 passengers were killed and five others injured when a state roadways bus Tuesday rolled down into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district, police said. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus was on way from Shimla to Savera Khad in Kumarsain area of the district when the accident occurred near Kadhar Ghat in Basantpur area, around 60 km from ...

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Harpreet wins men's 25m rapid fire pistol silver

Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Shooter Harpreet Singh opened India's medal count Tuesday by clinching the silver in the men's 25-metre rapid fire pistol finals at the Commonwealth Games here. Australian David Chapman won the gold in style, setting a new Finals Games Record (FGC) with a final score of 23 while Harpreet took the silver with 21. England's Kristian Callaghan clinched the bronze wit...

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US voices support for Modi vision ahead of Kerry's visit

Washington, July 29 (IANS) The US will seek to establish top level contact with the new Indian government as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in India Wednesday on a visit that is expected to lay the groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much-awaited September visit to the US. Ahead of visiting India, Kerry, in a major speech, stressed that the US and India have the poten...

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Birth control implant for students headed to India

Durban, July 29 (IANS) A group of South African students to be flown to India for training at an Indian university are to be given contraceptive implants to prevent them becoming pregnant, media reported Tuesday. We will be injecting them with Implanon (matchstick-sized contraceptive implant) so they don't fall pregnant, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, member of the executive council (health) of Kwa...

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Harpreet takes men's 25m rapid fire pistol silver

Glasgow, July 29 (IANS) Indian shooter Harpreet Singh clinched the men's 25-metre rapid fire pistol silver in the finals at the Commonwealth Games here Tuesday. Australia's David Chapman bagged the gold while England's Kristian Callaghan took home the bronze at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre. ...

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Assam militants abduct construction firm manager

Guwahati, July 29 (IANS) Suspected militants Tuesday abducted the manager of a construction firm engaged in the four-lane highway project in Assam's Dima Hasao district, police said. A group of armed men abducted 48-year-old Niron Kumar Mahajan at gun point around 11.30 a.m., police said. Mahajan works for Simplex Constructions, engaged in the highway project between Hatikhuli an...

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44 killed in Ukraine government offensive

Kiev, July 29 (IANS) Ukrainian government troops over the past 24 hours heavily bombarded two key rebel cities under siege in eastern Ukraine, Gorlovka and Donetsk, killing 44 civilians and forcing government offices to be evacuated. Seventeen civilians, including three children, were killed and 43 others were injured in artillery fire in Gorlovka, Efe news agency reported citing the tow...

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UPSC protest on, government advises aspirants to stay calm

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) UPSC aspirants Tuesday continued their protest here demanding scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) from the entrance examination. The government advised the aspirants to maintain calm. The protestors gathered outside the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) office in central Delhi and raised slogans against the former Congress government for implem...

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Arun Dutt was a wonderful cerebral person: Kalpana Lajmi

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi remembers her late cousin Arun Dutt as a wonderful cerebral person who eventually was afflicted by the tragedy that gripped the family. Geeta and Guru Dutt's son Arun died July 26. Speaking of Arun, Kalpana, whose mother Lalita is Guru Dutt's sister, said: I am deeply pained by Arun's death. Now Guru Dutt maama and Geeta maami's doom...

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India's top players have little respect for Chess Olympiad

Chennai, July 29 (IANS) At a time when world's top rated players will be playing in the chess Olympiad, the absence of former world champion Viswanathan Anand, world number 27 Pendyala Harikrishna and other top rated players from the Indian team is very strange, say chess players from India and abroad. Anand has not been playing in the Olympiads for years. This time, several other top pl...

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Cloudy Tuesday, similar weather Wednesday

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) It was a cloudy, humid Tuesday in Delhi with the maximum temperature at 34.9 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average and the humidity as high as 92 percent. The Met office has forecast similar weather Wednesday. The sky will remain cloudy Wednesday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 36 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively...

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Teenaged girl gang-raped at gunpoint in Delhi

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) A teenaged girl was gang-raped at gunpoint by five people known to her in a house in the capital here, police said Tuesday. The girl, a resident of Uttam Nagar and a student of Class 10, was taken to a house in west Delhi a week ago by the accused - all of whom were known to her - when she was going to school and raped in turns, police said. Of the five ...

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