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Shuttler Kashyap reaches CWG quarters

Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt and P.C. Thulasi won their respective Round of 16 matches to enter the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games here Thursday. Men's singles second seed Kashyap needed only 24 minutes to move past Australia's Jeff Tho 21-7, 21-8 while fifth seed Gurusaidutt beat Andrew D'Souza 21-13, 21-9 in 27 minutes at the ...

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Bangalore shutdown over rapes hits normal life

Bangalore, July 31 (IANS) A day-long shutdown across the city by pro-Kannada groups to protest sexual assaults on minors and rising crimes against women ended peacefully Thursday amid tight security though normal life was affected. Schools and colleges declared a holiday for the safety of students while shops, eateries, malls and movie theatres remained closed in support of the 12-hour s...

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Petrol, bulk diesel, non-subsidised LPG rates cut

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The petrol price was Thursday lowered by Rs.1.09 per litre, the second reduction in three-and-a-half months, while diesel rates were hiked by 50 paise a litre. The revisions will be effective midnight Thursday, Indian Oil Corp said. During the past fortnight, petrol prices have shown a downward trend while the INR-USD exchange rate has slightly depreciat...

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Indian gymnast Ashish finishes 6th in men's floor

Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) India's artistic gymnast Ashish Kumar finished sixth in the men's floor final at the Commonwealth Games here Thursday. With a score of 15.533 points, England's Max Whitlock clinched the gold while Canada's Scott Morgan (15.133) took the silver. New Zealander David Bishop (14.55) won the bronze medal at the SSE Hydro. The 23-year-old Ashish finished sixth o...

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Sushma underlines 'good relations' with Israel

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday underlined India's good relations with Israel even as she said that New Delhi supports the cause of Palestine. Addressing a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the minister said: We fully support the cause of Palestine but we have good relations with Israel. Her comments came as Israel ...

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International experts reach MH17 crash site

Kiev/The Hague, July 31 (IANS) A group of international experts Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysian passenger airliner in eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian government called a daylong truce in that restive region. Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) along with four Dutch and Australian experts arrived at the crash site of the Malay...

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Rajiv sent troops to Sri Lanka on his own: Natwar

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi decided to send Indian troops to Sri Lanka in 1987 without consulting his officials, former external affairs minister Natwar Singh has said. In an interview to Headlines Today over his book One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography, Natwar Singh also said that Gandhi had no coherent policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka. Asked if Gan...

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Snooping by US unacceptable, Sushma Swaraj tells Kerry

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday said she raised the issue of US agencies allegedly snooping the BJP with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry and conveyed to him the public anger in India about it. This act on part of the US is completely unacceptable to us since we are friendly nations, Sushma Swaraj told the media here in a joint i...

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Trap corrupt cops, Kejriwal to autorickshaw drivers

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal Thursday urged autorickshaw drivers to trap policemen who demand bribes by recording their voices on mobile phones. I ask you to record or do a sting if any policeman demands money or issues an illegal challan, the former Delhi chief minister told a rally here of thousands of autorickshaw drivers. Kejriwal pledged to act against...

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Trained men scaring monkeys away from parliament: Naidu

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Forty trained men are scaring away monkeys from the parliament premises by posing as langurs, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Thursday. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has hired 40 young people for this purpose, Naidu said in parliament. Rubber bullets are also being used to tackle the monkey menace, Naidu informed. To d...

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Assocham urges Telangana to build infrastructure outside Hyderabad

Hyderabad, July 31 (IANS) Apex industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) has suggested to the Telangana government to take growth outside Hyderabad by building infrastructure in other parts of the state. Stating that Telangana has potential to achieve double-digit growth rate, it called for expediting ongoing infrastructure projects and creating new i...

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Saradha scam: CBI raids in West Bengal, Odisha

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The CBI Thursday conducted 30 raids in various places in West Bengal and Odisha in connection with its probe in the Rs.10,000 crore Saradha chit fund scam. The raids were conducted at offices as well as residences belonging to the various accused and the private companies against whom cases have been registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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India in men's fours lawn bowls semifinals

Glasgow, July 31 (IANS) India made it to the semi-finals of the men's four lawn bowls beating Norfolk Islands in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls centre here Thursday. India won 26-4 against Norfolk Islands and will face the winner of the match between England and Northern Island in the last four. ...

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Meghalaya mapping areas to tap wind energy

Shillong, July 31 (IANS) Power-starved Meghalaya is preparing wind energy density maps to identify regions in the mountainous state where wind energy could be tapped to meet the power requirement, an official said Thursday. The MeECL (Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited) is mapping certain areas of the state where wind mills could be set up to harness the energy, John Kharshiing, co-cha...

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Deputy NSA Nehchal Sandhu quits

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Deputy National Security Advisor Nehchal Sandhu, a former Intelligence Bureau director, resigned Thursday due to personal reasons, the government said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the resignation with regret and expressed appreciation for Sandhu's outstanding service to the country in a career spanning over 40 years, an official statement said. ...

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Petrol price cut by Rs.1.09 a litre, diesel hiked 50 paise

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Petrol price was Thursday lowered by Rs.1.09 per litre, the second reduction in three-and-half-months, while diesel rates were hiked by 50 paise a litre. The revisions will be effective midnight Thursday, Indian Oil Corp said. During the past fortnight, petrol prices have shown a downward trend while the INR-USD exchange rate has slightly depreciated, I...

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Ghana offers land to Punjab farmers

Chandigarh, July 31 (IANS) Ghana has offered to settle progressive farmers from Punjab to give a push to the agricultural sector in the western African country, a Punjab government spokesman said Thursday. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal acceded to the proposal by a delegation from Ghana led by Deputy Energy and Petroleum Minister Benjamin Dagadu to settle farmers from P...

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Maharashtra landslide toll 31, Rajnath assures all possible help

Pune, July 31 (IANS) The death toll in Maharashtra's Malin village, which was almost entirely wiped out by a landslide, rose to 31 Thursday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the disaster-struck area and assured full central assistance to the state to deal with the tragedy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also assured all possible help to the state in dealing with this enormous natura...

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Himachal favours road crash-barriers on high altitudes

Shimla, July 31 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government Thursday requested the central government to make it mandatory to construct crash-barriers on roads located at a height of 4,000 feet and above, said Transport Minister G.S. Bali. The central government should make it mandatory to construct crash-barriers in all the Himalayan states, he said. At least 21 people were killed an...

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India's April-June fiscal deficit at $49.2 billion

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) India's fiscal deficit during the first quarter (April-June) of 2014-15 touched Rs.2.97 lakh crore ($49.2 billion), or 56.1 percent of the full-year target, government data showed here Thursday. The deficit was 48.4 percent in the corresponding period during the previous fiscal. The fiscal deficit was Rs.5,08,149 crore or 4.5 per cent of the gross dromes...

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