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Don't make tipplers Congress office bearers: Kerala chief

Thiruvananthapuram, July 31 (IANS) Kerala state Congress chief V.M. Sudheeran Thursday made a passionate plea to party leaders not to include people who imbibe alcohol or use drugs as office bearers. The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has announced an organisational revamp from the grassroots to the district level. Tipplers, or those under the influence of drugs, in no way sho...

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Ishant to miss fourth Test, says Dhoni

Southampton, July 31 (IANS) Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Thursday confirmed that India's hero in the historic win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma, who was ruled out from the third Test, will miss the crucial fourth Test at Manchester starting Aug 7. Ishant was a last minute omission in the third Test that India lost by 266 runs at the Rose Bowl here Thursday, enabling the hosts in levelling the...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, July 31 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.21 a barrel Wednesday, against $105.44 Tuesday, according to the OPEC Secretariat. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya)...

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Moeen Ali spins a web as England tie series with big win

Southampton, July 31 (IANS) Moeen Ali's maiden six-wicket haul in India's second innings helped England tie the five-match series 1-1, beating the visitors by 266 runs in the third cricket Test at The Rose Bowl here Thursday. An abysmal batting performance by India saw them being bowled out for 178 on the final day before lunch. Ajinkya Rahane's 52 not out was the standout perfo...

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Solar manufacturers need government support: Report

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Government support to solar equipment manufacturers will lead to improved energy security, job creation and huge foreign exchange savings for the country, according to a report Thursday by consultants KPMG. Published jointly by Indian Solar Manufacturers' Association (ISMA) and KPMG, the report says a holistic policy to encourage domestic solar manufacturing is ...

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Jail products to be supplied to Punjab schools, government offices

Chandigarh, July 31 (IANS) Biscuits, snacks and artefacts made by jail inmates in Punjab could soon be supplied to educational institutions and government offices across the state, a minister said Thursday. Punjab government is seriously contemplating the move to supply the artefacts, biscuits and namkeen made by inmates of Central Jail, Ludhiana, to government educational institutes an...

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Delhi Metro completes tunnelling work at Lal Quila

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The Delhi Metro Thursday completed tunnelling work at Lal Quila Metro station, as part of its third phase expansion. The 650-metre-long tunnel runs between Jama Masjid and Lal Quila Metro stations, part of the extended Central Secretariat to Kashmere Gate corridor of the third phase. A similar tunnel on the same stretch is being constructed and is schedu...

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Kerry visits IIT Delhi

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday visited the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He went to the school of biology and visited two of the laboratories there. Kerry was in the institution between 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m., an IIT professor told IANS. He also interacted with the students and looked at their projects. Kerry arr...

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Intensify public interaction to win polls: Amit Shah

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah Thursday exhorted his party parliamentarians to work for the upcoming assembly polls in four states, and suggested they should intensify public interaction to ensure that the faith reposed by the people in them in the general election is not diluted. He said the Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarians should set up public-interaction cell...

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Baby and mother dug out of Maharashtra village debris

Pune, July 31 (IANS) Amidst the grave tragedy in Malin, the village almost entirely wiped out by a landslide in Maharashtra, rescue teams Thursday dug out a three-month-old infant and his mother safely from the debris, officials said. The duo, Rudra and his mother Pramila Lembhe, were rushed to a hospital where more joy was in store - they were reunited with Rudra's grandmother, who was ...

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Delhi to have exclusive night shelters for women

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Night shelters meant exclusively for homeless women will be built in the national capital before the winter season, a statement from Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung's office said Thursday. The decision was taken after the district commissioners Wednesday submitted a field report to Jung on the city's water and power supply, de-silting of drains, removal of encroachment...

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Ankle tag monitoring for binge drinkers in London

London, July 31 (IANS) London mayor Boris Johnson Thursday launched the first scheme in Britain that will enforce alcohol abstinence among offenders who binge drink through compulsory use of ankle tags. Aiming to reduce alcohol related re-offending, ease the pressure on police and the justice system and make streets and town centres safer, the mandatory 24-hour tag will be piloted in the...

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Sensex ends 192 points down; bank stocks fall

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) Anxiety over easing of interest rate by the Reserve Bank of India early next month weighed heavy on Indian equities markets Thursday as a benchmark index closed nearly 200 points down. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,105.89 points, closed at 25,894.97 points (provisional), down 192.45 points or 0.74 perce...

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NHRC notice to UP over teenaged girl's rape

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the alleged rape of a teenaged girl in Mathura district. Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that said the Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by six youths in Pingri village July 19, the commission issued notice to the district magistrate and police ...

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Algerians observe minute of silence in solidarity with Gaza

Algiers, July 31 (IANS) Algerian officials Thursday declared their country's solidarity with the distressed population in the Gaza Strip by observing a minute of silence, a symbolic gesture of support for Palestinians as Israel continues to pummel the embattled coastal enclave. Officials Wednesday announced that a minute of silence, as well as a short five-minute pause from work, would b...

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Ebola outbreak not a global threat: Report

London, July 31 (IANS) The deadly Ebola virus does not pose a global threat, a latest report has claimed, adding that as long as the virus continues to infect people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, there is small risk of more long-distance export of the disease. There is no reason to assume that an exported case - be it to Lagos in Nigeria, a city of 17 million people, or any other ...

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Thankful to judicial system: Anita Advani

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) Anita Advani, Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna's companion during his last years, heaves a sigh of relief and says she is thankful to the judicial system. The Bombay High Court Wednesday ordered that Anita can be given a copy of Rajesh Khanna's will, whose veracity she has disputed. I am extremely thankful to the judicial system. I am grateful to them. Th...

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US gives Infrastructure Initiative draft MoU

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) India and the US Thursday identified areas where the two countries can start immediate collaboration, which include investment, cluster-related initiatives, Investment Summit and identification of projects. During a meeting between Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and visiting US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, the two sides agreed to initiat...

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Himachal providing loans to backward classes

Shimla, July 31 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government is providing loans at nominal interest to backward classes from both rural and urban areas, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister D.R. Shandil said Thursday. The loan will be provided to the backward classes with income up to Rs.81,000 per annum in rural areas and Rs.103,000 per annum in urban areas. He said the state has w...

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Robert Drew dead

Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Robert L. Drew, an award-winning director and pioneer of the cinema verite genre, is dead. He was 90. Contactmusic.com reports that his family announced that he had died Wednesday. He had been declining for some time and it was not completely unexpected, said his son, Thatcher Drew. The filmmaker had more than 100 films on culture, politics an...

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