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Mullah Omar dead, says Afghanistan; Taliban denies

Kabul, July 29 (IANS) Reclusive, one-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, an Afghan official said. The Taliban promptly denied it. An Afghan official on the condition of anonymity confirmed to Xinhua on Wednesday about Mullah Omar's death. However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected the report as baseless, saying Mullah is alive. He died two to three years ago, BBC...

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SC dismisses Yakub Memon's plea on death warrant

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Curtains came down on the legal battle of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon as the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed his petition that sought a stay on his execution slated for July 30. Issuance of death warrant cannot be faulted with, said the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, while rejecting Memon's plea. Pronouncing t...

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Microsoft rolls out Windows 10

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out its new Windows 10 operating system. As announced by the company earlier, all users who are using Windows 7 and above will get a free upgrade to the new operating system. The users not eligible for the upgrade will have the option of buying Windows 10 Pro for $199 and Windows 10 Home edition for $119. The softwa...

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Maharashtra governor rejects Memon's clemency plea

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao on Wednesday rejected death row convict Yakub Memon's plea for clemency, official sources said here. The development came shortly after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court rejected Memon's appeal filed before it. This is expected to pave the way for Memon's scheduled execution in the Nagpur Central Jail Thursday at 7 a.m.,...

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10 years: 1,303 death sentences, 3 executions

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS/IndiaSpend) A death sentence – such as the one handed to Yakub Memon, lone convict of the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings – is common in India, with 1,303 such verdicts between 2004 and 2013, according to this National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) prison statistics report.   However, only three convicts were executed over this period, one each in West Beng...

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Government focussed on youth-led development

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government is focussed on youth-led development of the country, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday. The government firmly holds the view that the youth should be active drivers and not just passive recipients of the development process, Sonowal told the first Asia Region Commonwealth Youth Minist...

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Rio 2016 Olympics face pollution challenges: IOC

Kuala Lumpur, July 29 (IANS) Organisers of the 2016 Rio Olympics face serious challenges over cleaning up the bay where sailing competitions will be held, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said here on Wednesday. In recent months many concerns have been voiced over the safety of sailors competing on Guanabara Bay due to the high pollution level, especially after...

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Income tax speeds up its grievance redressal machinery

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) India's income tax department has considerably speeded up its grievance redressal machinery, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. In one year, the overall disposal rate of grievances received on public grievances portal works out to 85 percent, the ministry said in a statement here. The IT department is addressing grievances through a multi-layered g...

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Amazon unveils drone traffic control system at NASA centre

Washington, July 29 (IANS) While the world is looking to deploy drones for delivering groceries to hot piping pizzas, several giants like Amazon and Google are busy developing a drone traffic control system to tackle a scenario when these unmanned aerial vehicles will swarm the skies. On July 28, in the presence of drone-makers, regulators, engineers and others, Amazon unveiled a plan th...

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Torture victim comes to Telangana CM's house for stay

Hyderabad, July 29 (IANS) A 19-year-old girl tortured by her father and step mother on Wednesday went to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's residence after she was discharged from hospital. As the chief minister had invited her to stay in his house for few days after treatment, Pratyusha reached his house after meeting Hyderabad High Court's Acting Chief Justice Dilip B. Bho...

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New Zealand identifies nine Indian-origin witch doctors

Wellington, July 29 (IANS) The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has identified nine Indian-origin witch doctors on the run after it came to light that they had duped vulnerable people, a media report said on Wednesday. Of the nine, five have already left the country, news channel 3News reported. The individuals have been asked to respond to INZ's concerns before a decision is taken ...

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Yes Bank's Q1 net up by 27 percent

Chennai, July 29 (IANS) Private sector Yes Bank closed the first quarter of the current fiscal with 27 percent growth in net profit. In a regulatory filing in BSE, the bank said it has posted a net profit of Rs.551.20 crore for the quarter ended June 30, as compared to Rs.431.54 crore for same period last year. The bank's total income increased from Rs.3,093.19 crore for this per...

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Kalam was happy to save lives with 'Kalam-Raju-Stent'

Kolkata, July 29 (IANS) Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam derived immense satisfaction from the development of the famed 'Kalam-Raju-Stent' for coronary heart disease since it was saving precious human lives, cardiologist B. Soma Raju recalled on Wednesday. Popularly described as the 'Missile Man of India' for leading India's missile development programme, Kalam collaborated with Raju ...

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IOC not worried about USOC decision to change 2024 bid city

Kuala Lumpur, July 29 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said here on Wednesday that he is not worried that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) withdrew Boston from the 2024 Olympic bid in order to pursue another potential American city. We're not concerned at all because for us the situation has not changed, Bach said following the second day of th...

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Communal clash in Rampur, one killed

Lucknow, July 29 (IANS) One person was killed and many were injured on Wednesday in a communal clash in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur district, police said. Tension was reported in Milkepur village on Tuesday night when an altercation over a trivial issue spun out of control between Hindus and Muslims. After village elders intervened and pacified both sides, they retreated, police said....

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Karnataka CM to attend Kalam's last rites

Bengaluru, July 29 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will attend the last rites of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, a state official said on Wednesday. The chief minister will represent the 60 million people of Karnataka at the state funeral of Kalam at Rameswaram, the official told IANS here. He will return on Thursday afternoon.

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Kazakhstan banks on Olympics for development

Kuala Lumpur, July 29 (IANS) A successful bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics will help develop Kazakhstan, said Denis Ten, ambassador of the Olympic Bidding Committee of Almaty 2022, here on Wednesday. The Olympics has a global mission. It is one of the greatest inventions of the people. As our country is still very young, still very progressive, the Olympics is the key for our future deve...

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SC dismisses Yakub Memon's plea on death warrant

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Curtains came down on the legal battle of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon as the Supreme Court dismissed his petition on Wednesday, seeking a stay of his execution slated for July 30 and quashing of death warrant. ...

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General Motors to invest $1 bn in India

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) on Wednesday said it will invest around $1 billion in India. The Chevrolet brand is committed to India for the long-term. We will be investing about $1 billion into India in the next five years, GM's chief executive Mary Barra said. This investment will help augmenting production capacity and creating ...

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IS planning to attack India: Report

Washington, July 29 (IANS) Terror outfit IS is preparing to attack India to provoke a confrontation with the US, the US media reported on Wednesday citing an internal recruitment document of the group. The document also seeks to unite the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into a single army of terror, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday. The document, passed to the American Media Ins...

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