• SC rejects Rajpal Yadav's plea, asks him to surrender

    New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday rejected Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav's petition and directed him to surrender for not paying money to a businessman despite giving repeated undertakings. Yadav was sent to 10 day-judicial custody by the Delhi High Court for filing a false affidavit. The apex court had earlier this week pulled Yadav for not paying money to a businessman despite giving repeated undertakings before the court, saying his conduct in the case was "inexplicable".

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  • Meet the one-woman army who planted 110k trees in 1yr across India

    New Delhi, Jul 29 (ANI): While the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) planted 1.15 lakh saplings with just 15 days into the plantation season, there are several Samaritans who have the chore close to their hearts and are willing to take this responsibility on their shoulders. One of them is 52-year-old Radhika Anand, who has planted over 1,10,000 fruit trees over the past 12 months using her own resources, savings and small contributions from friends and well-wishers to fund this endeavour. The fruit trees, essentially mango (aam), tamarind (imli), gooseberry (amla) and blackberry (jamun) jackfruit (kathal) have been planted at and around Army Formations across North India, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

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  • Sri Lanka ahead as Australia wobble in run chase

    Sri Lanka set Australia a stiff 268-run victory target before reducing them to 83 for three to gain upper hand after a rain-truncated penultimate day of the first test in Pallekele on Friday. Skipper Steve Smith was batting on 26 with Adam Voges on nine when rain, which had delayed the start of play by an hour, washed out the final session for the third time in four days. It sets up an intriguing final day with Smith's team needing 185 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-test series while Sri Lanka require seven wickets to clinch the bowler-dominated contest.

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  • No plan to return sports hostel, says Budhia

    Bhubaneswar, July 29 (IANS) Wonder marathon boy Budhia Singh on Friday informed the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) at Khurdha that he would not return the state-run sports hostel in Bhubaneswar. In a written communication to the CWC, Budhia said he doesn't want to return to the sports hostel as it lacks basic infrastructure and facilities for training.

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  • 'Realty stake holders need to ramp up quantum of work by 800 pct', says Niranjan Hiranandani

    "If we look at the target, the time frame and factor in the aspect of implementation, there is a pressing need to speed things up," said Niranjan Hiranandani, MD, Hiranandani Communities and Founder and First President, NAREDCO Maharashtra. Speaking at the inaugural session at the annual CII Realty and Infrastructure Conclave, which was inaugurated in Mumbai on 27 July 2016, Niranjan Hiranandani said stakeholders in Indian real estate needed to ramp up the quantum of work by eight times i.e. "I do not see positive signs from either the real estate developers or the powers-that-be when it comes to setting the pace for increasing the quantum to eight-times the present one," he said.

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  • Govt. counters Rahul Gandhi, throws light on 'inflation mafia' during UPA

    New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday countered Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's assertion that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) only make false promises and asked the latter to introspect the ten-year-rule of the former UPA regime which in nexus with the 'inflation mafia' harmed the interest of the common man. Meanwhile, Naqvi expressed hope that the crucial Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST) Bill would be passed in the current parliamentary session as almost every political party has agreed on it.

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  • Pakistan: Punjab police ordered to keep an eye on Hafiz Saeed's fundraising activities

    Rawalpindi, July 29 (ANI): The Home Department of Pakistan's Punjab province has directed it's police to take strict action against fund raising activities of Jamaat-ud-Dawa Pakistan (JuD), an organization headed by 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Saeed, who is on the UN watch list and is accused by India of being involved in Mumbai attacks, has been engaged in fundraising throughout the country via the organisation's charity wing- Falah-e-Insayat Foundation (FIF), reports the Dawn.

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  • New Zealand's Wagner praises bowling stocks after career-best return

    New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner has praised his country's bowling stocks after career-best figures of six for 41 helped skittle Zimbabwe for 164 on a flat batting wicket on the first day of the opening test on Thursday. Zimbabwe elected to bat first on a wicket that seemingly offered little for the bowlers but Wagner’s ability to generate pace and his exceptional bouncers had batsmen hopping around the crease.

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  • No one besides beneficiary will enjoy benefits: Naidu on Aadhar cards

    New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Union Minister for Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu today issued a statement which said the use of Aadhar Card will remove bogus and duplicates and ensure that benefits that are meant for beneficiary is only enjoyed by him and not cornered away by others. Use of Aadhar will also remove bogus and duplicates and ensure that benefits that are meant for beneficiary is only enjoyed by him and not cornered away by others. The Union Minister in his statement said that as of now, more than 103 people have Aadhar and so far as coverage of Aadhar among adults are concerned, 97 percent of them have Aadhar.

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  • Narsingh row: Wrestler Kaliraman calls for dope test at all levels

    New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): Insisting that the doping controversy surrounding Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav could send a wrong message to the community, wrestler Jagdish Kaliraman on Thursday said the truth in the matter should come to the fore so as to avoid similar incidents in future. "It is very saddening that the facts, which are coming up shows it is a conspiracy against Narsingh Yadav by a wrestler. "The truth needs to come out in Narsingh Yadav's case so that we get to know why anyone has done this, what was the motive.

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  • Temporary reprieve for Indian from Indonesian firing squad

    Jakarta/New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Indian national Gurdip Singh who was set to be executed by Indonesian authorities for drug smuggling has won a temporary reprieve as he was not among the four prisoners executed by a firing squad early on Friday in that country. Gurdip Singh was convicted along with 13 others and due to be executed at the Nusa Kambangan prison island. "Indian Ambassador in Indonesia has informed me that Gurdip Singh whose execution was fixed for last night, has not been executed," Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Friday.

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  • 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case: All accused absolved of MCOCA charges, says defence counsel

    Mumbai, July 28 (ANI): As a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai found 26/11 terror attacks key plotter Abu Jundal and 11 others guilty in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, defence counsel Mubin Solkar on Thursday said one of the most important thing is that all the accused have been acquitted of the charge under MCOCA which is a huge setback for the prosecution. "One of the most important things is that all the accused persons have been acquitted of the charge under MCOCA and this is of course a huge setback for the prosecution, who has been applying for the provisions of MCOCA continuously without total application of mind," he said, adding that today's acquittal under the MCOCA of all the accused is definitely something that should make these investigating agencies to rethink about invoking MCOCA in the future.

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  • Eminent writer, activist Mahasweta Devi no more

    Kolkata, July 28 (ANI): Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi died on Thursday, following prolonged illness. Devi was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Vibhushan, Jnanpith and Magsaysay Award, among several others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Devi and said she was a voice of compassion, equality and justice.

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  • Sheena Bora murder case: Sanjeev Khanna's bail application rejected

    Mumbai, July 29 (ANI): The special Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) court on Friday rejected the bail application of Sanjeev Khanna, one of the accused in the Sheena Bora murder case. The application was filed by accused on the merits of the case challenging CBI's claim of his involvement in the crime. Khanna's lawyer Shreyansh Mithare confirmed to ANI that Khann's bail application had been rejected.

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  • Kejriwal gets bail in defamation case

    Amritsar, July 29 (ANI): A Punjab Court on Friday granted bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and his party colleague Sanjay Singh in connection with a defamation case.

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  • Australia call up Holland to replace hobbling O'Keefe

    (Reuters) - Australia called up left-arm spinner Jon Holland in a like-for-like replacement on Friday after a hamstring injury has all but ended Steve O'Keefe's tour of Sri Lanka. O'Keefe hobbled off the field after hurting his right hamstring on day three of the ongoing first test, having claimed three wickets in the opener of the three-match series. "Initial assessment indicates a moderate grade hamstring injury which means it is highly unlikely that he will be available for the remainder of the test series," physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement issued by Cricket Australia.

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  • Mendis masterclass suggests life after Sri Lanka batting greats

    For a nation in the throes of a tricky transition since stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene walked off into the sunset, Kusal Mendis' batting heroics against Australia on Thursday will offer new hope to Sri Lanka. Already on the back foot after conceding an 86-run first innings lead, they were reeling on six for two when the 21-year-old walked out to bat at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. In a bowler-dominated contest where no other batsman has managed a fifty, Mendis nonchalantly brought up his maiden test century, hitting off-spinner Nathan Lyon over the ropes.

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  • Rajya Sabha panel doesn't allot time for GST Bill

    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Even as the government plans to bring the Goods and Services Tax Bill next week in the Rajya Sabha, no time was allotted for it by the upper house's Business Advisory Committee on Thursday. According to sources, there is still a lack of consensus between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress on the passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority. The bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

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  • Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament

    New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): The Parliament on Thursday passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 with the Rajya Sabha's approval. The bill provides for establishment of funds at the Centre and state levels for compensatory afforestation. Under the bill, states will get 42 thousand crore rupees for afforestation and related activities.

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  • Should have focussed on infrastructure rather than renaming Gurgaon: Congress to Khattar

    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Choosing sarcasm to express his disdain over people getting stuck in Gurugram traffic due to flooding of roads, Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that blame game and mudslinging continues between the Haryana government and Delhi government while people are in distress. It is very unfortunate that at one side there is Kejriwal and on the other side it is Khattar government and Modi ji, who keep blaming each other, keep mudslinging," Surjewala told ANI here. Criticising Haryana Chief Minister M.L. Khattar, he said that instead of renaming of Gurgaon, the state government should have concentrated on creating essential infrastructure and building harmony.

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  • BJP's women wing stages protest against Mayawati in Lucknow

    Lucknow, July 28 (ANI): The BJP's women wing staged a protest here on Thursday against BSP supremo Mayawati over her inaction against party cadres for insulting the family members of expelled saffron party leader Dayashankar Singh. BJP leader Shrikanth Sharma told ANI yesterday that BJP was quick to expel Dayashankar for his derogatory remark against Mayawati, but on the other hand the BSP did not take any action.

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