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Saudi policeman killed in shootout with IS members

Riyadh, July 3 (IANS) The Saudi interior ministry announced on Friday the death of one of its personnel during a raid to arrest three Islamic State (IS) members in Taif district, Al Arabiya reported. Interior ministry spokesperson Major-General Mansoor Al Turki said that while policemen were inspecting a house in the district they were shot at. The forces shot back and arrested t...

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On work pretext, women labourers visit Goa to deliver children: CM

Panaji, July 3 (IANS) Migrant women labourers from neighbouring states come to Goa on the pretext of work, only to deliver children here because of the good health-related infrastructure in the state, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Friday. I know the migrant labourers who come to Goa on the lame excuse of doing some work, because they want to deliver safely in Goa. I know a nu...

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NIA files charge sheet against two Maoists in Kolkata court

Kolkata, July 3 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a charge sheet indicting two Maoists involved in a Kolkata and Jharkhand-based module for waging war against the state as well as conspiracy for terrorist attacks. In supplementary charge sheet filed before a special court here, the NIA indicted Mohan Viswakarma and Arjun Ganjhu for offences under the Unlawful...

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Hema Malini's driver arrested, family mourns girl's death

Jaipur, July 3 (IANS) Veteran film actor and BJP MP Hema Malini, injured in a car crash in Rajasthan that killed a girl child, remained in hospital on Friday even as her driver was arrested for rash driving. In her first comments on the accident, she expressed her deep pain at the child's death, according to a statement. Doctors at the Fortis Escorts Hospital said Hema Malini, 66...

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MNREGA played key role in rural development: CPI

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) With the Socio Economic and Caste Census revealing that 75 percent of rural households have the highest earning member with a salary less than Rs.5,000, CPI leader D. Raja said even this could not be possible if there was no rural employment guarantee act. The rural employment guarantee act - Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) - was l...

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Morning Ragas at Tihar Jail pay tribute to Girija Devi

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Morning ragas at Tihar Jail on Friday paid tribute to eminent classical singer Girija Devi. Morning Ragas is an initiative to rehabilitate inmates of Asia's largest prison complex. It was celebrating its third edition. It began with a rendition by Sunanda Sharma, the seniormost disciple of Girija Devi. The inmates joined her in the chorus. ...

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HC notice to DU, colleges on plea challenging admission process

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to the Delhi University, its Hindu and Hansraj colleges and Kerala government on a plea challenging the admission process for calculating marks from other state boards. Justice R.S. Endlaw asked all three to file their responses by July 6 on the plea filed by DU aspirant Thabassum Ahammad N.K., who hailed from Kerala, ...

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Parents abandon baby with unusually large head in Bengal

Kolkata, July 3 (IANS) Abandoned allegedly by her parents, a newborn girl with an unusually large head was rescued on Friday from West Bengal's Purulia district, police said. Police rescued the baby after locals found her lying abandoned in a bush near the railway tracks in Purulia. The baby has been admitted to a hospital, said a police officer, adding that they were looking for...

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AAP MLAs seek hike in salaries

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Scores of AAP legislators have approached the Delhi government for a revision in their salaries, complaining that Rs.82,000 per month for a lawmaker was not enough in the national capital. They have brought this to our notice time and again. We are looking into it, a Delhi government official said. Of the ones who have raised the issue, eight lawmakers ar...

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Manual scavenging still prevails despite laws

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Socio Economic and Caste Census of 2011 released on Friday reveals that over 1.8 lakh people from rural India are still engaged in manual scavenging despite the law prohibiting it. The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act of 2013 prohibits any employment as manual scavengers and also promotes rehabilitation of these work...

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Rajat Gupta's appeal in insider trading case rejected

New York, July 3 (IANS) Goldman Sachs' former India-born director Rajat Gupta failed to get his insider-trading conviction tossed on the ground that he did not benefit from the alleged tips after a judge ruled it was too little, too late. Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff on Thursday rejected Gupta's appeal to have his 2012 conviction overturned, saying a recent appeals court decision d...

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Faizan masterminded escape from Tihar: Javed

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) I am not the real culprit; Faizan was the mastermind and he had hatched the plan to escape from jail, 18-year-old Javed said three days after his arrest from Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district. Javed told IANS he first met Faizan on June 25 inside barrack number 5 of ward number 4 in jail number 7. Faizan, 18, who was lodged in jail on charges of robbery, had...

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Pained at child's death in accident: Hema Malini

Jaipur, July 3 (IANS) Veteran film actor and BJP's MP from Mathura Hema Malini on Friday said she was deeply pained at a child's death in a road accident involving her car on the Jaipur-Agra national highway. In a statement, she expressed deep sorrow over the accident and that she is deeply pained by the death of an innocent child. I am aware that what the family must be going th...

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Darjeeling landslides: Toll hits 33, Mamata inspects area

Siliguri/Kolkata, July 3 (IANS) The toll in the landslides-ravaged Darjeeling hills of West Bengal rose to 33, with one more body recovered on Friday, as fresh landslips and heavy rainfall interrupted rescue and relief operations, officials said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who rushed to the region on Wednesday, has been continuously monitoring rescue and relief work and visiting the...

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'Centre should focus on empowering rural India's working class'

Kolkata, July 3 (IANS) The central government should capitalise on the growing working class in rural India, as reflected in the Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 for Rural India, with proper skill development and training, according to a population studies expert. The survey, conducted for the first time since 1931, gave a glimpse into the lifestyles in rural India in terms of how ma...

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Mumbai hospital performs 100 liver transplants in two years

Mumbai, July 3 (IANS) Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital has notched a record of 100 liver transplants since the inception of its state-of-the-art Centre for Liver Transplant in 2013, hospital officials said here on Friday. This was in sharp contrast to 90 liver transplants carried out in all Mumbai hospitals in the past 18 years, the officials said. While 15 have been ...

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Amit Shah reshuffles incharge of state BJP units, cells

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Friday retained 19 incharge of state party units and appointed/reshuffled 17 others, apart from appointing incharge of seven party cells/morchas. Among the new appointees were Kailash Vijayvargiya as incharge of West Bengal and Murlidhar Rao of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. Shah also appointed D. Purandesh...

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Indian electric vehicle sales grow by 25 percent

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Indian electric vehicle industry grew by 25 percent in 2015's first quarter with the sale of nearly 5,000 vehicles, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) said on Friday. We are really delighted that the combined efforts of all the stakeholders are having a desirable impact and increased sales in one of the indications of this upbeat scenari...

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SC seeks Kerala response on TN plea for CISF at Mullaperiyar

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday asked Kerala to respond to Tamil Nadu's plea seeking posting of paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel for the protection of Mullaperiyar dam which it (Tamil Nadu) has alleged was vulnerable to attack by terror outfits. Seeking the CISF cover for Mullaperiyar's security, Tamil Nadu has cited possible threat to ...

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Why has AAP government not appointed Lokayukta: Maken

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) Congress leader Ajay Maken on Friday criticised the Aam Aadmi Party government for not being able to fill the Lokayukta post, a state anti-corruption body, which has been lying vacant since 2013. Addressing a press conference here, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief said: Lokayukta should have probed into the irregularities in the government with r...

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