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Japanese government condoles Pune deaths

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Japan Friday offered condolences to the families of the people who died in a landslide in Pune in Maharashtra this week. I was deeply saddened to learn that a massive landslide caused loss of many lives and extensive damage in the State of Maharashtra, Fumio Kishida, minister for foreign affairs of Japan, said in a statement. On behalf of the Government of...

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New CEO Sikka exhorts Infocions to de better

Bangalore, Aug 1 (IANS) Vishal Sikka, new chief executive of India's second largest global software major Infosys Ltd, Friday urged Infoscions to get better at everything they were doing without disrupting the iconic company's foundation. The task before us is to lay out the way forward. We must get better at everything that we do without disrupting the foundation that has got us where w...

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Sandhu-Chinappa bow out of squash quarters

Glasgow, Aug 1 (IANS) Indian squash players Harinder Pal Sandhu and Joshana Chinappa bowed out from the mixed doubles quarter-finals when they lost 1-2 to New Zealand pair Martin Knight and Joelle King at the Commonwealth Games here Friday. The Indian combine won the first game 11-7 but went on to lose the second 8-11. Knight and King were more dominant in the last game, taking the decid...

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Steps to check pollution in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Friday agreed to measures suggested by a high-powered committee to curb air and water pollution in the national capital. Jung had set up the committee in May this year after the World Health Organisation's report that said Delhi is the world's worst city in terms of air pollution. The anti-pollution steps will be implemented ...

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SC rejects Abu Salem plea in fake passport case

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a plea by underworld don Abu Salem, challenging his conviction in a fake passport case by a special court in 2013 and seven year rigorous imprisonment sentence imposed on him. A bench of Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh dismissed the plea contesting the verdict of the special Central Bureau o...

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NGT maintains ban on coal mining in Meghalaya

Shillong, Aug 1 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Friday maintained its ban on coal mining in Meghalaya, contending that right to life was far more significant than economic interest and the latter cannot be allowed to gain preference. The observation was made at the Meghalaya High Court as the tribunal's special circuit bench, eastern zone, comprising chairperson Justice (retd.) ...

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E-rickshaws ply in Delhi despite ban

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A day after the Delhi High Court ordered a ban on e-rickshaws, the vehicles plied Friday in large numbers in the capital even as a police crackdown continued. Though fewer in number, the rickshaws were seen in numerous areas including Rajouri Garden, Patel Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Saket, Malviya Nagar, Bhajanpura, Karawal Nagar and Laxmi Nagar. Po...

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Top IM operatives planning terror strikes: NIA

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Friday told a special court here that suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives Tehsin Akhtar and Zia-Ur-Rahman are still conspiring to carry out terror attacks in prominent places in India including Delhi. Both these accused had and are still conspiring to commit terrorist acts by making preparation for targeting various promi...

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Modi to be first Indian PM to visit Nepal in 17 years

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) As part of his policy to engage with India's neighbourhood, Narendra Modi travels to Nepal Sunday on a two-day visit - the first bilateral trip by an Indian prime minister to the Himalayan nation in 17 years. Modi, who will be accompanied by a 101-member delegation including seven ministers, officials and captains of industry, will be the first foreign leader to a...

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Government promises continuous power supply

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Power Minister Piyush Goyal Friday said the NDA government will pursue a three-pronged strategy to enhance generation and ensure continuous power supply. I can assure this house that we are committed to our task of providing 24-7 power to every home and to every industrial and commercial establishment irrespective of the state and irrespective of the government in...

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Scientists oppose experiments on GM crops

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A group of scientists Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee's decision to carry on experiments on GM crops as these adversely impact the environment. It is shocking that GEAC took this decision in its first meeting after your government took charge. It is unfortunate the committee continues to follow th...

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157 years later, tributes paid to 1857 martyrs

Amritsar, Aug 1 (IANS) Exactly 157 years after they were pushed into a well by the British rulers, the remains of 282 martyrs from the first war of independence in 1857 which were dug up from a well in Punjab's Ajnala town this year were paid their last respects Friday. The remains were dug up from the Kalian wala khu (well of the blacks), now referred to as the shaheedan wala khu (well...

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Crackdown on sweet shops after child's death

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The East Delhi Municipal Corporation Friday began issuing notices to sweet shops that use areas outside their premises for preparing sweets. The action from the civic body comes after three-year-old Deva died after falling into a pot of boiling sugar syrup outside a sweet shop in east Delhi's Trilokpuri area Tuesday evening. The corporation in east Delhi h...

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Military's view sought on banning tobacco

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's request to ban tobacco products in military canteens has been forwarded to the services for their opinion. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said: A reference has been received from Harsha Vardhan ... and (the) same has been sent to (the) services. I strongly feel that we ...

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A taste of global cuisine in desi style

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) What if your tart is filled with kesar phirni? Or your pasta is served in spiced makhani gravy? And fish in plum sauce? Sample these unique concoctions - a fusion of eastern and western delicacies, each with a distinct desi twist, at a forthcoming food fest in the capital. Casual dining restaurant chain Barbeque Nation's forthcoming Global Cuisine Indian Style Foo...

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Tapas Paul speeches: CID probe stayed till verdict Aug 13

Kolkata, Aug 1 (IANS) A division bench of the Calcutta High Court Thursday extended, till Aug 13, the stay on a single judge's order directing a CID probe and filing of an FIR into the rape and violence remarks by Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul. A bench of Justice Girish Chandra Gupta and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty concluded hearing into the matter and said they would pass the order...

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Five killed in Chhattisgarh factory blast

Raipur, Aug 1 (IANS) At least five labourers were burnt to death Friday in a blast in a Chhattisgarh factory, police said. The blast rocked the Navbharat Fuse Company Ltd, a manufacturer of explosives, detonators and electrical fuse, located in the Abhanpur area, about 35 km from here early in the morning when workers were sleeping inside the plant. The explosion was so intense t...

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Fast-track criminal justice system: SC

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday told the central government to take steps to fast-track the criminal justice system so that cases can be decided expeditiously instead of lingering for years. A bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said the creation of additional courts coupled with related judicial infrastructure shoul...

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Six killed in Algeria earthquake

Algiers, Aug 1 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale that shook this Algerian capital Friday morning has killed six people and injured about 420 others, according to the country's health ministry. Four people were killed after jumping off their balcony, while two others died of heart attacks during the earthquake that occurred at about 5.11 a.m., the Xinhua reported cit...

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Colombo apologises to Modi, Jayalalithaa over article

Chennai/New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) Sri Lanka Friday tendered an unqualified apology to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa after an objectionable article was posted on its defence ministry web site -- and then deleted in a hurry. An article titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalitha's love letters to Narendra Modi?' appeared on our web site along with a gr...

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