• 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".

  • Herath ends Smith resistance as Sri Lanka close on win

    (Reuters) - Rangana Herath ripped the heart out of Australia's middle order with three telling strikes as the visitors, chasing 268 for victory, slumped to 141 for seven at lunch on the final day of the first test at Pallekele on Saturday. The left-arm spinner sent back Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh before dealing the biggest blow when he trapped Steven Smith leg-before, ending the Australian captain's dogged resistance. Left-arm Chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan chipped in with the wicket of Mitchell Starc on the stroke of lunch under darkening skies in Kandy.

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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.

  • 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.

    IANS India Private Limited
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  • Indian wins temporary reprieve from execution in Indonesia

    Jakarta/New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Indian national Gurdip Singh on Friday won a temporary reprieve from execution by a firing squad in Indonesia for drug smuggling as he was not among the four prisoners executed by the authorities in that country. Gurdip Singh was convicted along with 13 others and was due to be executed at the Nusa Kambangan prison island, known as Indonesia's Alcatraz - in the early hours of Friday morning. "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.

    IANS India Private Limited
  • President Obama considers PM Modi a good friend, says White House

    Washington, July 30 (IANS) US President Barack Obama considers Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "good friend" and both countries are in close contact on resolving the tensions over the South China Sea following the Hague court's ruling and China's belligerent stand on the issue, the White House has said. White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, asked if the US is in contact with India over resolving the issue, said during a daily briefing on Friday: "We're in close contact with the government of India.

    IANS India Private Limited
  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • As Centre hopeful of pushing GST through parliament next week, parties give thumbs up but with riders

    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): With the Central Government likely to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Rajya Sabha next Tuesday, most of the political parties have virtually given their consent to it, though with riders. Hoping that there will be a discussion on the Bill next week, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said a common consensus has almost emerged among all political parties for the passage of the Bill. "We feel that a common consensus has almost emerged for the passage of the GST, which is an important law for the development and reforms in the nation, which will be beneficial to both the states and the country," Naqvi told ANI.

  • Gurugram cops deployed at 14 circuital points to avoid traffic chaos

    Gurugram, July 30 (ANI): Following a heavy downpour leading to massive traffic chaos in Gurugram over the past two days, the city police today said they have made detailed plans to avert a similar situation in the future. The fourteen points, where the police personnel have been deployed are-- Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Jharsa Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Shankar Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Golf Course Extn Rd intersection on Sohna Road, Main Chowk in Sohn, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk, HUDA City Center Station and its vicinity in all directions and Sec 31 red light. With major arterial roads leading to Gurugram, including the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway and the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, witnessing massive traffic jams, leaving commuters stranded for hours, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday directed National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) chairman Raghav Chandra to immediately send a team of officials to clear NH-8.

  • Rain, floods throw normal life out of gear across various states

    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Several parts of the country have been affected by floods and heavy rain. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Assam today to take stock of the still grim flood situation in the state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh will also accompany the Home Minister.

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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.

  • 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.

  • AAP, TMC distance themselve from Centre's delegation heading to Vatican

    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): A sharp political divide will be on display at the Mother Teresa's canonization ceremony at the Vatican on September 4, as both West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not be a part of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj-led Government of India official delegation, but will go separately. Trinamool Congress sources told ANI that the Head of Missionaries of Charity Sister Prema personally invited Mamata for ceremony to be held on September 4.

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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.

  • Nation in 'Olympic' mood as preparations in full swing for 'Run For Rio'

    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the 'Run For Rio' in New Delhi on Sunday to celebrate the Olympic mood in the country, especially when India is sending its largest ever contingent of athletes to participate in the Games. On this occasion, the Prime Minister will also release a publication of the Sports Authority of India on Indian Olympics Journey, which will carry interesting information on country's Olympics achievements and preparations for the future. Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel, who is supervising the event, said: "The objective of the run is to not only demonstrate to the athletes that the whole country is proud of them and wishes them all the best in the forthcoming Rio Olympics competitions, but also to connect public at large, especially children and youth, with the Olympic spirit and power of sports." He said similar runs on a smaller scale will be held in the Sports Authority of India Regional Centres at Sonepat, Kolkata, Bhopal, Gandhinagar and Thiruvananthapuram.

  • 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.