• 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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  • 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".

    ANI
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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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    ANI
  • 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
  • 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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    Reuters
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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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    Reuters
  • 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
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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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    IANS India Private Limited
  • 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.

    ANI
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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.

    Reuters
  • 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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    IANS India Private Limited
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  • 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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    ANI
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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.

    ANI
  • 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.

    Reuters
  • 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.

    ANI