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Dream come true for Buttler, surgery time for Prior

London, July 22 (IANS) New England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler finally gets the Test status after serving as a One-Day cricketer and this, he says, is a dream come true. Lancastrian Buttler, 23, has played 63 times in limited-overs cricket for his country and will now make his debut in Tests Sunday in the third Test against India at Southampton. Buttler comes in because the out-of-form...

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ECL threatens to stop operation over Bengal official's assault

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) has threatened to stop operations at one of its mines at Raniganj in West Bengal if the government fails to take action against a Trinamool Congress trade union leader accused of assaulting and threatening the company's officials. Complaining of insecurity, the ECL authorities pasted a notice at the J.K. Nagar colliery in Burdwan ...

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Tribunals with judicial functions must have judicial officers only: SC

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday said tribunals were discharging judicial functions which were in the domain of the high courts, thus they should be manned by judicial officers only and function under an independent supervisory body and not the government. Advocating an independent supervisory body to monitor the administrative functioning of tribunals, a constitution ben...

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Government blames UPA in judge row, Katju questions Lahoti

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The NDAS government Tuesday pointed to role of the previous UPA regime in the controversial extension to a Madras High Court judge and pitched for improving the system of judges' appointment as the issue rocked parliament for the second day and PCI chairman Markandey Katju, who had raised the allegations, posed questions to former CJI R.C. Lahoti on the matter. The...

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Thai princess a big fan of Tagore

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) Thailand Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Tuesday went around the Rabindra Bharati University named after Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and disclosed she had a childhood wish to study at Santiniketan under his tutelage. It was only when I grew up that I realised that he has passed away, the 59-year-old princess said during an interaction with teachers and student...

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Prior drops out, England calls Buttler

London, July 22 (IANS) England cricket selectors Tuesday replaced an out-of-form wicketkeeper Matt Prior with rookie Jos Buttler in the 13-member squad for the third Test against India starting Sunday at Southampton. Buttler will keep wicket for England in the Test after Prior's decision to miss the rest of the series in order to find fitness Buttler is the only player in the squad u...

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Dev, Moushumi to get Bengal's top cine award

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) Leading Bengali matinee idol Dev and veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee will receive the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman instituted by the West Bengal government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Tuesday. Dev alias Deepak Adhikari, also a Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member, starred in Bengali film industry's most expensive movie till date, Chaander Pahar. <...

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Australian minister, Rajnath discuss illegal migration

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison Tuesday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss issues relating to illegal migration. The Australian minister said a boat with 157 people was seized by Australian authorities in the last week of June, an official press release said. Rajnath Singh said India does not support any kind ...

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'Mary Kom' to have world premiere at TIFF

Toronto, July 22 (IANS) Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom, based on boxer M.C Mary Kom, will have its world premiere here at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the organizers announced Tuesday. The 39th Toronto International Film Festival will take place between Sep 4 and 14. Glamorous Indian star Priyanka Chopra completely transforms herself to play Mary Kom, world champion ...

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EU sanctions more entities against Syria

Brussels, July 22 (IANS) The European Union (EU) Tuesday expanded sanctions against Syria over the government's violent repression of its civilian population. According to the Council of European Union statement, the EU's foreign ministers agreed to add three more people and nine entities to the current sanction list, Xinhua reported. They will be subject to an asset freeze and a ban...

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UN Security Council slams IS for persecuting minorities in Iraq

United Nations, July 22 (IANS) The UN Security Council Tuesday condemned the persecution of minorities in Iraq by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and warned that such acts may constitute a crime against humanity. The members of the Security Council express their deep concern over reports of threats against religious and ethnic minorities in Mosul and other parts of Iraq controlled by...

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Kejriwal meets families of Indians stranded in Iraq

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and four party parliamentarians Tuesday met the families of Indians stranded in strife-torn Iraq. The former Delhi chief minister listened to the woes of the families who staged a sit-in at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi. Aam Aadmi Party Lok Sabha member Bhagwant Mann accompanied the families to meet officials in the external affair...

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Nagaland CM condemns Manipuri man's killing in Delhi

Kohima, July 22 (IANS) Condemning the killing of a 29-year-old Manipuri man in Delhi, Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang Tuesday urged the personal intervention of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure that the guilty do not go unpunished. It is indeed unfortunate that such incidents of discrimination and physical assault against people of the northeastern region residing in national capi...

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Court seeks government view on using eco-friendly engine

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notice to the central and Delhi governments on a scientist's plea seeking permission to fit his invention -- an eco-friendly fuel-cell auto engine -- in vehicles plying on a commercial basis here. Justice V.K. Shali asked the road transport and highways ministry and the Delhi transport department to reply on the plea filed by Kan...

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Government for better judges appointment system, Katju questions Lahoti

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The government Tuesday pitched for improving the system of judges' appointment as the controversy over corruption in the judiciary rocked parliament for the second day and Press Council chairman Markandey Katju, who had raised the allegations, posed questions to former CJI R.C. Lahoti on the issue. The Lok Sabha was Tuesday disrupted by AIADMK members over the alle...

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Coast Guard rescues 15 fishermen in Bay of Bengal

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) Indian Coast Guard personnel have rescued 15 fishermen whose boat had got entangled with a fishing net in the Bay of Bengal, about 64 nautical miles southeast of Sagar Island, officials said Tuesday. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) officials said that after they received information Sunday about the fishing boat Baba Loknath getting stranded, ICG ship Rajkiran immediately s...

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Bengal mob protests with body of teacher who died in UP jail

Siliguri, July 22 (IANS) A mob comprising a few hundred people Tuesday staged a demonstration with the body of a school teacher outside a police station here in northern West Bengal claiming that the man was murdered in judicial custody in Uttar Pradesh. The demonstrators at the Bagdogra police station in Darjeeling district demanded opening of a murder case and a repeat post mortem examina...

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India a global player, says US diplomat

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) India is not just a regional but an international player and there should be an effort to connect to its young people, US Charge d'Affaires Kathleen Stephens said Tuesday. India is not just a regional but also a global player. There should be efforts to reach out to young people here and also help them explore the world, Stephens said while launching the National G...

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South Korean president calls Modi, hopes to expand ties

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Tuesday spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hoped that the strategic partnership between the two countries will expand under his leadership. Park congratulated Modi on his victory in the elections during the telephonic conversation and invited him to visit South Korea, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

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Gaza toll 609 as US blames Hamas for crisis

Gaza/Jerusalem/Cairo, July 22 (IANS) The relentless Israeli military campaign dubbed Operation Protective Edge targeting the Gaza Strip, which has lasted for more than two weeks, has killed over 600 Palestinians even as the US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Islamist Hamas movement for the ongoing crisis. Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that the deat...

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