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Indian eves finish fifth in HWL Semi-Final

Antwerp, July 4 (IANS) The Indian women's hockey team kept its chances of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics alive as it finished fifth in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final following a 1-0 victory over Japan here on Saturday. Rani Rampal scored a brilliant field goal in the 13th minute and that proved to be the difference between the two teams in the fifth/sixth classification m...

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Specially-abled Delhi woman tops civil services exams; women take top four

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) A physically-challenged Delhi woman topped the civil services examination, as the first four ranks were scooped up by women in the results declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Saturday. A total of 1,236 candidates were recommended for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central S...

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Modi to visit five Central Asian nations, Russia next week

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will next week visit the five Central Asian nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as Russia, where he will participate in the BRICS and SCO Summit. The visits start on Monday, from Uzbekistan. India and Uzbekistan enjoy a close strategic partnership... I would be holding talks with...

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Confusion in BJP's Goa unit over powerful secretary's 'transfer'

Panaji, July 4 (IANS) The transfer of influential state BJP organising secretary Satish Dhond to Maharashtra appears to have created confusion in the rank and file of the BJP cadre as well as the top state leadership. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday said Dhond had been transferred to Thane in Maharashtra, while BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar, who has been peppered...

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Paes-Nestor move ahead in men's doubles at Wimbledon

Wimbledon, July 4 (IANS) India's Leander Paes and Canada's Daniel Nestor entered the third round of the men's doubles event at the Wimbledon tennis championships overcoming a stiff challenge from the Russian-Chinese Taipei duo of Teymuraz Gabashvili and Yen-Hsun Lu 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 7-5 here on Saturday. The Indo-Canadian duo took three hours and 15 minutes in a second round contest...

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Warming ties: Israel thanks India for abstaining on UNHRC vote

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Israel on Saturday thanked India for not voting on an anti-Israel bashing UNHRC resolution, which sources said was a result of Tel Aviv's sustained talks with the Indian leadership over the past year. Israeli envoy to India Daniel Carmon tweeted his appreciation. We appreciate votes by members of @UN_HRC, including #India, who did not support yet another anti Isr...

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ICC probing Lalit Modi's bribery accusations: Anurag Thakur

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) Informing that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was probing former cricket administrator Lalit Modi's bribery accusations against three cricketers including Suresh Raina, secretary Anurag Thakur on Saturday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can react only after a formal intimation about it from world cricket's governing body. Speaking to ...

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Modi congratulates successful civil services candidates

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the successful civil services examination candidates on Saturday. Congratulations to all those who successfully cleared the Civil Services exams and my best wishes as you begin the journey to serve the nation, the prime minister said. To those who didn't clear the exam-such moments are a part of life. This must n...

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SBI Life Insurance targets 30 percent growth in first-year premiums

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) Mumbai-based SBI Life Insurance said on Saturday that it is targeting a 30 percent growth in first-year premiums this fiscal. Company's managing director and CEO Arijit Basu said the projected growth will come in through selling of insurance products through banks which he termed as the bancassurance model. It will be followed by another 20 percent growth in its re...

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Eunuch leader shot dead in Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad, July 4 (IANS) An eunuch leader in Ghaziabad who had contested parliamentary, legislative and mayoral elections was on Saturday found murdered at her residence, police said. Daya Rani Kinnar was found on Saturday morning with a bullet hole in her head when one of her assistants went to serve her tea in her room in the house in Kaila Bhatta area. Police said Daya Rani Ki...

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Lalit Modi alleges Rahul Gandhi was beneficiary of his hospitality

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Former IPL chief Lalit Modi has alleged that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra were beneficiaries during his tenure as IPL commissioner. Congress sources, however, dismissed the allegations and termed them baseless. Congress leader Ajay Maken said Lalit Modi was trying to help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Indian scientist Kamal Bawa elected fellow of Royal Society

Washington, July 4 (IANS) Noted Indian conservation biologist Kamal Bawa will be formally admitted to the prestigious Royal Society as a fellow on July 10 for his pioneering contributions to understanding the population biology of tropical forest trees. India-born Bawa, an internationally recognised evolutionary ecologist and a distinguished professor of biology at the University of Mas...

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Lyon sign France U-20 defender Nganioni

Paris, July 4 (IANS) French football club Lyon has announced that it has signed young defender Louis Nganioni, who will start his professional career. The France Under-20 international, who came through the Lyon youth system, on Friday signed a three-year deal, Xinhua reported on Saturday. Lyon drafted Nganioni in 2010. Nganioni was a regular at the Under-20 level as the team ca...

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Dawood's surrender offer was conditional, so rejected: Pawar

Mumbai, July 4 (IANS) NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said lawyer Ram Jethmalani had contacted him over mafia don Dawood Ibrahim's readiness to surrender in the 1990s when Pawar was Maharashtra chief minister but the don had put forward conditions which were not acceptable. The conditions put forth for the surrender by the don were not acceptable to the state government and hence it w...

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Hulkenberg to start British GP at 9th position

Silverstone (England), July 4 (IANS) Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg will start Sunday's Formula 1 British Grand Prix in ninth position after he clocked one minute, 33.673 seconds in Saturday's qualifying at the historic Silverstone Circuit here on Saturday. Hulkenberg's Mexican teammate could not qualify for Q3 and will start the race in 11th position after clocking 1:34.268 in Q2.

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Sikkim opens crisis centre for suicide prevention

Gangtok, July 4 (IANS) In its bid to address the high suicide rates in the state, the Sikkim government on Saturday launched a 24X7 crisis centre-cum-suicide prevention helpline at STNM Hospital here. The facility is a collaborative effort of the departments of health, human services and family welfare under the District Mental Programme initiative. The helpline -18003453225 - wa...

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Did Mika 'steal' song from Salman?

Mumbai, July 4 (IANS) Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan launched its special Eid song Aaj ki party on Thursday. Sung by Mika Singh, the song has already connected with the masses but it was Salman who was going to sing the song before Mika stole it from him. Mika has stolen my song and that's why this song is a sure shot hit. I tried a lot this time again to be the one who sings this song ...

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Syrian army, Hezbollah tighten siege on rebel-held city

Damascus, July 4 (IANS) The Syrian army, backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah, tightened the siege on the rebels in the rebel-held city of Zabadani, close to the Lebanese border, the Syrian official TV said on Saturday. The military forces inflicted hefty losses on the rebels in Zabadani, where the Syrian forces and Hezbollah launched a major offensive earlier on Saturday to drive out the Al...

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Debate on wording context of Iran n-deal ends in Vienna

Tehran, July 4 (IANS) Negotiators of Iran, European Union (EU) and the US on Saturday ended a marathon debate on wording the context of a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme, a media report said. Senior Iranian negotiators Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, EU Deputy Foreign Policy chief Helga Schmid as well as US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman took pa...

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Ensure fair probe into St.Stephen's incident: Centre to UGC

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) The HRD ministry on Saturday asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to look into the case of alleged sexual harassment of a research scholar by a St.Stephen's College lecturer. It also asked for an impartial inquiry by the institute's Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry decided to step in the wake of the girl e...

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