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BJP rejects CBI inquiry into Vyapam scam

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday rejected the demand for a CBI probe into the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and maintained that only the high court could order so since the ongoing SIT probe was being monitored by it. Accusing the Congress of playing politics over dead bodies, BJP leaders also said that all deaths should not be linked to the scam. The...

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Four piranhas found in South Korea reservoir

Seoul, July 6 (IANS) South Korean authorities caught four piranhas in the water reservoir of a mountainous area this weekend, according to media reports. This is the first sighting of these freshwater species, native to South American rivers, in the country, Efe news agency reported on Monday citing Korean media. The carnivorous fish, that included a lethal red-bellied piranha, w...

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Rupee could be hit by Greek crisis: Government

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) The Indian government on Monday said it was closely monitoring the Greek situation and euro market movements after austerity proposals by creditors being rejeted in a referendum posed the possibility of the country's exit from the euro zone, while the rupee may be affected due to the outward flight of investment. In these situations what mostly happens is there ...

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Team 'ABCD 2' dances away into Rs.10O crore club

Mumbai, July 6 (IANS) Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer dance film ABCD 2 has crossed the Rs.100-crore-mark by minting Rs.101.91 crore in its third week, say trade experts. With the success of the Remo D'Souza directorial, Varun has made his debut in the Rs.100-crore club ABCD 2, which released on June 19, is the second Bollywood film in 2015 to enter the Rs.100 crore club...

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SpiceJet launches another airfare promotion

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) SpiceJet airlines on Monday launched more promotional fares to the western and southern parts of India starting from Rs.1,899. The fare promotion titled Red Hot Fares is for the routes Mumbai-Goa, Ahmedabad-Mumbai, Bengaluru-Hyderabad, Chennai-Bengaluru, Pune-Bengaluru and others, the airline said in a statement. The first-come-first-served offer is open ...

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Coal case: Court issues summons to former secretary

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) A special court here on Monday issued summons to former coal secretary H.C. Gupta and others in a coal block allocation case involving Chhattisgarh-based company Pushp Steels and Mining Pvt. Ltd. Special Judge Bharat Parashar also issued summons to the company's director Atul Jain after taking cognizance of the charge sheet, asking him to appear before it on Augu...

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'BRICS countries may sign economic agreement in five years'

Moscow, July 6 (IANS) BRICS countries may sign an agreement on greater economic integration in the next five years, Russia's First Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexei Likhachev said on Monday. Of course, it is now premature to talk about the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China South Africa) economic agreement. But if the approach and the crystallisation of our association as an i...

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A cause for celebration for Indian hockey

If the Indian women's hockey team can justifiably take pride in qualifying for the Rio Olympics, the men can continue to gloat over the fact that they were the first to make it to the Games, giving them two extra years to prepare for the mega event. Call it the liberal qualification system or what you may, the fact remains that the teams must display some modicum of skills and performanc...

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Helpline on prices of agri-produce soon in Bengal

Kolkata, July 6 (IANS) Farmers in West Bengal will soon be able to get information on prices of agricultural commodities by just dialling a number. Developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) here, the speech-based access for agricultural commodity prices in Bengali technology would enable farmers and other interested users to obtain the latest price of agro-pro...

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Modi holds talks with Uzbek President Karimov

Tashkent, July 6 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday accorded a ceremonial welcome by Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov at the Kuksaroy presidential complex after which the two leaders held discussions. A bond of several millennia. Ceremonial welcome by President Karimov for PM @narendramodi at the Kuksaroy Complex, tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vik...

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Reforms & technology hold key to urban revamp

The three-pronged initiative of the NDA government through big ticket urban-focused investment schemes of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities Mission & Housing for All with central funding of Rs.4 lakh crore ($63 billion), holds the promise of providing the much- needed fillip to real estate, housing and infrastructure and raise the living standard o...

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Cable operators meet Delhi CM

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) A delegation of Cable Operator's Welfare Federation (COWF) on Monday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and briefed him about the problems they were facing. The COWF raised issues like portability of set-top boxes to enable the consumer to switch from one network to another and hike in entertainment tax from Rs.20 to Rs.40 per connection, according to a sta...

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Five-billion-year-old signal emitted by galaxy detected

Sydney, July 6 (IANS) A powerful Australian telescope detected a radio wave which was emitted by galaxy PKS B1740-517, located near the constellation Ara, five billion years ago, scientific sources reported Monday. The galaxy was discovered by the telescope SKA Pathfinder, owned by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO, at the Murchison Radio-Astronom...

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Indian equities shrug off Greek vote, focus on US

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) After opening in the negative domain on Monday, Indian equities rallied through the trading session, appearing to ignore the no vote in Greece to the bailout proposal with conditions and focusing instead on a likely delay in the US interest rate cuts. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) gained more than 115 points or 0.40 percent in th...

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Greek debt agreement still possible after 'No' vote: EC

Brussels, July 6 (IANS) It is still possible for Greece and its creditors to hammer out an agreement on the Greek debt issue even after Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected the creditors' offer in a referendum on Sunday, a senior European Commission (EC) official said. EC takes note of the referendum's result, said Valdis Dombrovskis, EC's vice-president in charge of the euro and social...

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Maharashtra government tried to kill me by denying life saving drugs in prison: G.N. Saibaba

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) By denying life-saving drugs in jail, the Maharashtra government tried to kill him, alleged G.N. Saibaba, a Delhi University English professor who has just been released on three-month's bail from Nagpur jail. In a two-hour long conversation with IANS at his official residence in Delhi University campus, a wheel-chair bound Saibaba said that despite being a ...

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RIL proposes to sell 3.25 crore shares in NW18

Mumbai, July 6 (IANS) Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Monday announced that it is proposing to sell 3.25 crore shares of Network18 Media & Investments Limited (NW18), to bring down the aggregate shareholding of the promoter and promoter group to 75 percent and increase the public shareholding to 25 percent as mandated by the regulations. Reliance Industries Limited today announc...

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Molestation case: Students demand St. Stephen's principal's resignation

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) Scores of students on Monday protested outside the St. Stephen's College here demanding an external inquiry into the alleged molestation of a research scholar from the college and immediate resignation of the college principal. An external inquiry should be conducted into the role of the principal. He should be made to resign immediately, Devansh Mehta, a protest...

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Kenya coach wants athletes to skip Diamond League for Worlds

Nairobi, July 6 (IANS) Kenya athletics head coach Julius Kirwa is concerned about possible burn out of his star athletes and on Monday requested them to shelve their Diamond League engagements to focus on the Beijing World Championships to be held between August 22 and 30. Kirwa said majority of Kenyans are not in top form and need to focus on more training to gain their fitness ahead of...

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HLL Life Care to launch three new male contraceptives

Thiruvananthapuram, July 6 (IANS) A major condom maker, HLL Life Care Ltd., headquartered here, is working on three new male contraceptives, said a top company official. HLL chairman and managing director M. Ayyappan told reporters here on Monday that the work is currently on for the three new male contraceptives and is being supported by the Gates Foundation. There are certain c...

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