• 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".

  • 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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  • Rape case: 'Peepli Live' co-director's fate to be decided today

    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): The Saket Court here will today pronounce it's judgment in a rape case involving 'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui. Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain, who was scheduled to pronounce verdict in the case on Saturday, adjourned it for July 30 as the judgment was not ready. The Delhi Police accused Farooqui of raping a 35-year-old American woman, who was in India to conduct research for her doctoral thesis from Columbia University.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Opener Murali Vijay misses Kingston test with injury, Rahul to open

    (Reuters) - Indian opener Murali Vijay will miss the second test against West Indies due to a thumb injury and will be replaced by Lokesh Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli said ahead of the match that begins at Kingston's Sabina Park later on Saturday. Vijay was hit on the thumb by a Shannon Gabriel delivery in the first test at Antigua, which India won by an innings and 92 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-test series. Rahul has two centuries from five tests and by partnering Shikhar Dhawan India will retain their right-left combination at the top of the order.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • `Dope-tainted` Narsingh's fate likely to be decided on Saturday

    New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): The disciplinary panel of the National Anti-Doping Agency's hearing on dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been concluded and will pronounce its verdict on either Saturday or Monday. Following the conclusion of the two-day hearing, NADA's lawyer Gaurang Kanth told reporters that the embattled wrestler had not been able to provide substantial evidence to justify his claims of conspiracy behind his positive dope test. "NADA's defence was that Narsingh has not been able to establish his claim that he is under no fault or how the substance has entered his body," the NADA lawyer said while adding that the Mumbai-based wrestler could face a potential ban of two-four years if proven guilty.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Karnataka shuts down over adverse Mahadayi river water verdict

    Bengaluru, July 30 (ANI): Karnataka shut down on Saturday in protest over the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) order that rejected the state's plea for diversion of 7.6 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water from the river to the Malaprabha Basin. Extra security has been provided to Central Government offices as the shutdown call given by the Kannada organisation is successful. On Friday, state Home Minister G. Parameshwara said that prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) have been clamped in Nargund, Navalgund, Hubballi and Dharwad towns.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Not afraid of Majithia's defamation case, says Kejriwal

    Amritsar, July 29 (ANI): Attacking the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janta Party (SAD-BJP) led government in Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said he is not scared of the defamation case filed against him and if Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia. The Delhi Chief Minister challenged Majithia to get him arrested within six months if he has courage or the AAP government will arrest him after coming to power in Punjab after six months. "I am not frightened by the case filled by Majithia.

  • BJP blames Hooda govt. for water logging, traffic chaos in Gurugram

    Gurugram, July 30 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday blamed former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government for massive traffic jams in Gurugram, which left commuters stranded for hours after the city witnessed heavy downpour. BJP member Jawahar Yadav told ANI that the Hooda government's fixation on creating tall buildings and leaving out creating overall infrastructural facilities was the root cause of the problem.

  • Congress demands strict action against 'ISI's agent' Hafiz Saeed

    New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Dubbing Hafiz Saeed, the head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa ( JuD ) as an agent of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, the Congress Party on Friday demanded strict action against both. "Hafiz Saeed is very much into terrorist activities.

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  • Hope nobody will question UP Govt's efficiency now: SP on Dayashankar Singh's arrest

    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): A day after expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Dayashankar Singh was arrested and sent to 14-day judicial custody, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday hoped that the arrest would make sure that nobody points a finger at the so-called deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. SP leader Naresh Agrawal told ANI that with the arrest of Singh the allegations levelled against the party of being inefficient and also being hand in glove with the BJP would be put to rest.