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Big increase in number of refugees crossing Mediterranean: UN

Geneva, July 1 (IANS/AKI) The number of people who crossed the Mediterranean increased by a record 83 percent in the first six months of the year and most are refugees fleeing conflict and persecution, the UN said on Wednesday. Most of the people arriving by sea in Europe are refugees, seeking protection from war and persecution, said Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. ...

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Somnath condemns assault at Calcutta University

Kolkata, July 1 (IANS) Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday condemned the alleged assault on Calcutta University teachers, and expressed alarm over the degradation in West Bengal's education sector. A section of university teachers and staff claimed that they along with vice chancellor Suranjan Das were assaulted and heckled by supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congr...

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Lalit Modi announces global NGO to clean 'filth' in India

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) After numerous controversial tweets alleging close links with politicians, former IPL chief Lalit Modi on Wednesday announced on Twitter that he was launching a global NGO to take on corrupt officials and business people in India. Modi, who has been termed a 'fugitive' by the Congress party and is wanted by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged financial impro...

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Hillary leads 2016 US presidential race, Jindal way behind: Poll

Washington, July 1 (IANS) Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton continues to lead all 2016 presidential candidates including those in the crowded Republican field where Indian-American Bobby Jindal languishes at the 13th place, according to a new poll. While the former first lady now holds a slightly slimmer lead among Democrats, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and real estate mogul Do...

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Rajnath Singh in Kashmir on two-day visit

Srinagar, July 1 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Immediately after his arrival here, he reviewed the overall security situation in the state including the security arrangements made for this year's Amarnath Yatra beginning on Thursday. Senior officials of the state government, central paramilitary forces ...

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Privilege notice to Delhi Police personnel quashed: HC told

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) The Delhi High Court was on Wednesday told by the Delhi assembly that the show cause notice issued to the Delhi Police commissioner and two others by the assembly's Privileges Committee on AAP member Jarnail Singh's complaint alleging breach of privilege have been quashed. Justice V.P. Vaish was informed that the notice sought reply from the police commissioner w...

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Two ACB chiefs issue comes up in Kejriwal-Jung meeting

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, and the issue of the two chiefs of the Anti-Corruption Branch and home secretaries working in the city government is learnt to have come up. Kejriwal was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia. Government officials, however, described it as a routine meeting.

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Legal fraternity, activists welcome SC ruling on mediation in rape

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Expressing hope that the Supreme Court ruling will have an effect on courts across the country, activists and the legal fraternity on Wednesday welcomed the apex court ruling that no mediation or compromise can take place in rape cases. Stressing the need for gender sensitisation lessons for lower court judges, senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal said the SC ruling ga...

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Why wasn't entire UNICEF report published, asks Ahmed Patel

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Wednesday questioned the government for not publishing the entire contents of a UNICEF report on the state of child health in India. I find it surprising that in October 2014, the women and child development ministry chose to publish only a part of this report, but excluded states such as Gujarat which has a chronic problem ...

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Greece reveals new debt deal, pensioners line up at banks

Athens/Berlin, July 1 (IANS) The Greek government on Wednesday revealed its latest proposal for a debt deal with creditors to stave off a default and Grexit -- exit from the eurozone -- in the coming weeks even as thousands of pensioners lined up outside 1,000 bank branches opened to disperse pension payments. The government dismissed media reports claiming that it fully accepted lenders...

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Ratan Tata invests in Ola

Bangalore/Kolkata, July 1 (IANS) App-based transportation aggregator Ola on Wednesday said Tata Sons chairman emeritus Ratan Tata has invested in the company in his personal capacity. It is our honour to have Ratan Tata onboard as an investor. This is a huge endorsement from one of the most respected business leaders of our times. We look forward to learning from Tata's experience, the c...

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TDP legislator released on bail in cash-for-vote case

Hyderabad, July 1 (IANS) TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy was on Wednesday released from jail, a month after he was arrested in the cash-for-vote case. His family, friends and supporters welcomed him as he came out of Cherlapally Jail. A Large number of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers had gathered outside the jail to receive the legislator. Though the Hyderabad High Cour...

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British food authority calls Maggi noodles safe

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Britain's Food Standards Authority (FSA) on Wednesday announced that Nestle India's Maggi noodles, manufactured in India and exported to Britain, were safe to consume and contained lead well within permissible levels. The FSA can confirm that results from testing samples of Maggi noodles in the UK have all found that levels of lead in the product is well within E...

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India Inc lauds launch of Digital India

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) India Inc on Wednesday came out unanimously in fulsome praise of the Digital India initiative launched here by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) described the launch as digital transformation for the economy. This marks an important milestone to engage with renewed energy to transform India's ...

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Industrialists promise investments for Digital India

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) In the Digital India Week programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, India Inc. committed an investment of Rs.450,000 crore (some $75 billion) for the initiative that seeks to empower citizens by deploying IT and associated tools. The industry leaders who promised investments were: Reliance Group's Anil Ambani -- Rs.10,000 crore <...

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Dayanidhi Maran quizzed by CBI, called again on Thursday

New Delhi/Chennai, July 1 (IANS) Former communications minster Dayanidhi Maran was on Wednesday questioned by the CBI for seven hours in a case registered against him for using over 700 high data capacity telecom lines at his Chennai residence and has been called on Thursday for another round. On Wednesday, Maran reached the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters in New Delhi at 11...

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BJP not an individual or family-oriented party: Amit Shah

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday said his party was not an individual or family-oriented one, and no other party has such a dedicated cadre. The BJP is the only party which has not split because it has a strong ideological foundation. It is not an individual or family-oriented party and therefore it has a proper system of regular elections from lower to natio...

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HC notice over use of archaic Persian, Urdu in police work

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the central government and city police on a plea seeking directions to replace archaic and difficult words and phrases of Persian and Urdu language with simple Hindi or English words for day-to-day work at police stations. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought response from th...

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Home ministry to help Kashmiri student who cracked IIT entrance

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) The union home ministry on Wednesday announced it will extend help to Kashmiri student Zaman Ishtiyaq Bhat, from Shaher-e-Khaas city in Jammu and Kashmir, who cracked the IIT entrance examination this year. Bhat secured the 5,984th rank in the recently declared results and expects to secure a seat in the IITs, either in Roorkee, Kharagpur, Guwahati or Chennai.

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AAP prunes powers of ACB chief, assigns key job to Yadav

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) The AAP government has drastically pruned the powers of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) head M.K. Meena, restricting him to training and monitoring of undertrial cases. It assigned the key job of the anti-graft agency - investigations and inquiries - to S.S. Yadav, who was replaced by Meena following Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung's order last month. The commu...

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