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India 'hungry for American leadership', says Bobby Jindal

Washington, July 7 (IANS) Keeping up his tirade against President Barack Obama, Republic presidential candidate Bobby Jindal has suggested that non-aligned countries like India and Vietnam are desperate and hungry for American leadership. From my perspective, it's a complete failure, said the Indian-American governor of Louisiana, who prefers to be called only American, of Obama and ...

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No coercive action against tobacco manufacturers, sellers: Court

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday restrained the state government from taki ng any coercive action against three tobacco manufacturers till July 16. Hearing a bunch of pleas filed by tobacco manufacturers challenging the ban on sale of chewable tobacco in the national capital, Justice V.P. Vaish granted protection to the manufacturers on the basis of similar order ...

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25 killed in suicide bombings, clashes with IS in Iraq

Baghdad, July 7 (IANS) At least 25 people were killed and some 50 others wounded in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants and suicide bomb attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, security sources said. In Iraq's western province of Anbar, at least eight IS militants were killed and some 20 others wounded in fierce clashes with Iraqi security forces backed by allied militias known as Hashd Sh...

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Ghaziabad public schools get notice

Ghaziabad, July 7 (IANS) Nearly 200 public schools here have been asked whether or not they have reserved a quarter of all seats for children from poor families. The defaulters will face the music. The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) issued notice to 193 public schools in the city that got land at concessional rates. GDA Officer on Special Duty Gyanendra Verma said notice w...

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Can't pay Rs.36,000 crore in 18 months, Sahara tells SC

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The Sahara Group on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it was not possible for it to repay, in 18 months, Rs.36,000 crore of investors' money that it had collected in 2007-08 in 18 months as was ordered by the court on June 17. There is no business house in the country or in the world which can deposit Rs.36,000 crore in 18 months time, senior counsel Kapil Siba...

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Referendum on Delhi statehood not unconstitutional: AAP

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) A referendum on full statehood for Delhi was not unconstitutional and the BJP and the Congress had also asked for the same in the past, AAP leader Dilip Pandey said on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference here, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said the demand for full statehood to Delhi was the first pro-people issue before the central government and hoped that Prime...

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Goa should have just one football team: Zico

Panaji, July 7 (IANS) Instead of three teams playing top tier football from Goa in India, the soccer-crazy state should have just one team like FC Goa, football legend Zico said on Tuesday, adding that the merging of clubs would help in development of young players and raise the game at the grassroots level. Zico, who is the coach of Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa, also hinte...

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Railways to light up stations with solar power

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Two stations under North Western Railway (NWR) will be lit using solar energy, an official said on Tuesday. Abu Road and Bhilwara stations in Rajasthan will be provided solar plants as part of the NWR plan to increase the use of environment-friendly sources of energy, an official release said. The railway said its Ajmer division has entered in a MoU (memo...

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Prepared for FIFA race: Zico

Panaji, July 7 (IANS) Brazilian football legend Zico said on Tuesday he was gearing up for the FIFA presidential elections, casting doubts on his continuing as FC Goa coach should he decide to contest for the top post. Zico is presently the coach of the Indian Super League (ISL) franchise having guided the team to the semi-finals of the competition in its inaugural season last year. <...

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Afghan officials in Pakistan to negotiate peace with Taliban

Islamabad, July 7 (IANS) Officials belonging to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme, appointed by former president Hamid Karzai to negotiate peace with the Taliban, are in Islamabad for talks with the militants, a media report said on Tuesday. A delegation from the High Peace Council of Afghanistan has traveled to Pakistan for negotiations with the Taliban, the Dawn reporte...

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Somnath Bharti's anticipatory bail plea dismissed

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) A court on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Delhi's former law minister Somnath Bharti, accused of harassing his wife, saying his application was premature as there was no FIR lodged against him. Additional Sessions Judge Paramjit Singh granted Bharti liberty to file a fresh application if and when a first information report is lodged in the case.<...

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Half of French people back Grexit: Survey

Paris, July 7 (Xinhua) A poll published on Tuesday showed one in two French people wanted Greece to leave the eurozone after the Greeks issued a stunning rejection to a eurozone-drafted bailout plan on Sunday. According to Odoxa pollster survey conducted on Monday with 1,003 French respondents and published by the daily Le Parisien, favourable opinion for Greece's exit increased by 11 pe...

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India, Kazakhstan launch first drilling at Satpayev oil block

Astana, July 7 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kazakhstan premier Karim Massimov on Tuesday launched the first exploratory drilling of the Satpayev oil block by India's OVL and KazMunaiGaz. The two leaders launched the drilling through live video conferencing. ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL) -- the overseas arm of state-run ONGC -- had in 2011 picked up 25 percent stake in the Sat...

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Yogeshwar, Amit among 16 men picked for wrestling Worlds

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Amit Kumar were among the 16 male wrestlers selected on Tuesday to represent India in the World Championships to be held in Las Vegas between September 7 and 12. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) selection committee picked the grapplers of both the Greco-Roman and Free Style ca...

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CPI-M denounces 'pro-US, pro-Israel shift'

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The CPI-M on Tuesday denounced India's decision to abstain against Israel in a UN Human Rights Council vote as a sign of its pro-US and pro-Israeli shift ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to Tel Aviv. The decision was a reversal of longstanding Indian position of support to the Palestinian cause, the Communist Party of India-Marxist said in a statement...

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AAP wants Tihar inmates to wear traceable band

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) To avert escapes from Tihar jail, the AAP government wants its inmates to wear RFID-tagged bands that will trace their movements. I have asked them that inmates must wear security band in ankles. If they remove it, it will be known. Besides, their movement will also be known, Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain said on Tuesday. I have also asked PWD (Publi...

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Resolve bottlenecks in functioning: Minister to Asiatic Society

Kolkata, July 7 (IANS) Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on Tuesday urged The Asiatic Society here to work on identifying and resolving 'bottlenecks' and bring back the respect that the 231-year-old institution once commanded. My request to you is to bring back the respect... my suggestion is to identify the bottlenecks and the solution and respect has to come from the Society itself,...

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Viscera of TV journalist brought to AIIMS

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The viscera of TV journalist Akshay Singh, who died under mysterious circumstances while covering the Vyapam scam, was Tuesday brought to the AIIMS for further examination, hospital authorities said Tuesday. The viscera of the dead journalist was today (Tuesday) evening handed over to the forensic department of AIIMS by the Madhya Pradesh police, a senior doctor ...

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Himachal HC stays order on Priyanka's land deal details

Shimla, July 7 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday stayed a directive of the state information commission to the government to provide information about the land purchase by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Vadra near this popular hill station. A division bench comprising Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Justice P.S. Rana observed that prima facie, the plea o...

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BRICS central banks sign operating agreement on currency reserve pool

Moscow, July 7 (IANS) The chiefs of BRICS central banks have signed an operating agreement on the currency reserve pool, Russia's central bank said on Tuesday. The BRICS member-countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The signing ceremony took place in Moscow after the meeting of the finance ministers and heads of the central banks of BRICS countries ahead of ...

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