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       HEADLINES: Chemmanam Chacko passes away                                              Let contentious issues, extraneous debates not distract us: Prez's I-Day message to the nation                                              Erdogan says Turkey to 'boycott' US electronic goods                                              Kohli's plea to fans: Never give up on us                                              David Silva bids adieu to International football                                              13 players including Sanju Samsom served show-cause notice                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Let contentious issues, extraneous debates not distract us: Prez's I-Day message to the nation    
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind asserted on Tuesday that contentious issues and extraneous debates should not be allowed to distract us at a "pivotal moment" when the country is at the cusp of achieving many long-awaited goals

         29 CISF personnel awarded President’s Police Medal    
NEW DELHI: Twenty-nine CISF officials have been decorated with the President’s Police Medal on the eve of the Independence Day for meritorious and distinguished service. The awardees of the distinguished service medal include Deputy Inspector General (DIG) J.S. Negi and Inspector S. Muthusamy.

         Congress dares PM to dissolve Lok Sabha, hold early polls with states    
NEW DELHI: Amid talks of simultaneous polls, the Congress today dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dissolve the Lok Sabha early and announce general elections along with polls in four states where the terms of the assemblies end this year. Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot said postponing the upcoming state assembly elections and conducting these with Lok Sabha polls in 2019 is "not possible" under the Constitution or the law. He said elections in Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhatti

         SC notice to Centre, Assam on PIL accusing armed forces, police of fake encounter    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre and Assam government on a PIL accusing the armed forces and state police of allegedly indulging in fake encounters in the state. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also issued notices to the CRPF, the National Human Rights Commission and others. The bench yesterday also sought responses from General Officer Commanding of 4 Corps and chairperson of Operational Grou

         Rupee plummets to historic low of 70.09 on Turkish lira collapse    
MUMBAI: Reversing all its early gains, the rupee today collapsed to a life-time low of 70.09 against the US dollar, falling 16 paise amid fears that Turkish economic crisis could lead to a global financial meltdown. The ongoing currency turmoil in Turkey has dampened investors' sentiments globally. Investors are turning to dollar as safe haven with Turkeys currency lira crisis continuing since the last week. Yesterday, the rupee had plunged by Rs 1.08, or 1.57 per cent, to a record l

         Markets close tomorrow for Independence Day    
NEW DELHI:Stock, forex and commodity futures markets will be closed tomorrow for the Independence Day. All wholesale commodity markets, including bullion and metals, here will also be shut for the national holiday.

         Mamata lifts income ceiling for Kanyashree scheme    
KOLKATA:West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that there would not be any ceiling for a family's annual earnings to be a beneficiary under the UN award winning Kanyashree scheme. She also announced that the state government would be coming up with a "Kanyashree University" for girls soon. Kanyashree is a conditional cash transfer scheme aiming at improving the status and well being of the girl child by incentivising schooling of teenage girls and delaying their marr

         BJP will win more seats in 2019 LS polls: Manoj Sinha    
MAU: Union minister Manoj Sinha today exuded confidence that the BJP will win more seats in the 2019 general elections while the Opposition and the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) will be wiped out. "The BJP will win more seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections than in 2014 ... the opposition parties and the 'mahagatbandhan' will be wiped out," Sinha, the Minister of State for Railways, said in response to a question after flagging off the Mau-Lucknow Intercity Express here. Terming the

         Bihar govt announces aid for SC/ST civil services aspirants    
PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced financial aid for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Dalits and Other Backward Class (OBCs) community students who crack Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary Exams. The money will be transferred directly into accounts of the eligible candidates and the entire amount will be paid in a single instalment. While addressing a public function here on Tuesday the chief minis

         Simultaneous election right in theory but not possible now: Nitish Kumar    
PATNA: 'One election, One nation' is theoretically correct but viably impossible option, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday. Replying to a question posed in this regard by a media person, Bihar Chief Minister said, "It is not possible in the upcoming election that Lok Sabha and all state assembly elections can be conducted together. Theoretically, it is fine". Nitish Kumar heads the Bhartiya Janta Party - Janta Dal (United) alliance in the state of Bihar. His comments come a

         Tributes paid to Karunanidhi at DMK meet    
CHENNAI: The DMK paid rich tributes today to its departed President M Karunanidhi, hailing his contribution to various sectors in the state and the country. A special meeting of the party's Executive Committee under working president M K Stalin heaped praises on the late party chief. The party recalled his contribution towards social justice, industrialisation, upholding regional autonomy and his role in various national events. Party leaders observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respec

         Anti-Sikh riots: Delhi HC to hear victims' appeals against Sajjan Kumar    
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will hear appeals by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in connection with 1984 Anti-Sikh killings case. The court will also hear the appeals by five accused convicted by the trial court. According to media reports, victims of the anti-Sikh riots had last week expected relief from the court, hoping for a decision on the plea filed in 2013 in the Delhi High Court. The bench, hearing t

         Hajipur shelter home: DPO arrested    
HAJIPUR: District Probation Officer (DPO) of Hajipur Manmohan Prasad Singh was arrested on Monday in connection with sexual abuse of girls at a short stay home in the city. According to the allegations leveled by the inmates, Singh used to often visit the shelter home and force the girls to indulge in obscene activities. He allegedly threatened to beat them up if they tried to speak up about it. One of the girls at the shelter home revealed that she was beaten up for refusing to comply with Si

         Monsoon rains, floods claim 776 lives in seven states; highest 187 dead in Kerala    
NEW DELHI: Altogether 776 people have lost their lives, 187 of them in Kerala, in incidents related to rains, floods and landslides in seven states during the monsoon season so far, the Home Ministry said today. According to the Home Ministry's National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), 187 people lost their lives in Kerala, where 2,406 villages in 14 districts were badly hit by the rains and floods and over 26,400 hectres of crops were damaged. As many as 171 died in Uttar Pradesh, 170 peopl

         Odisha alerts collectors amid forecast of heavy rainfall    
BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government today asked all district collectors to remain alert to a possible flood situation amid a forecast of heavy rainfall across the state in the next 72 hours. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) B P Sethi, in separate letters to the collectors, said a low pressure area over the northwest Bay of Bengal is likely to trigger rainfall in almost all districts of the state on August 13, 14 and 15. "All collectors are requested to remain alert and keep the administrative

         PM Narendra Modi is the biggest Ambedkarite: Paswan    
PATNA: Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the "biggest Ambedkarite" in the country in the backdrop of Parliament restoring the stringent provisions in the SC & ST Act. He was addressing "Dalit, Adivasi, Pichhra, Atipichhra Adhikar Sammelan" organised by his party LJP and Dalit Sena, an organisation run by him, here yesterday. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the biggest Ambekarite (Ambedkarwadi) in the country. By maintaining th

         We can't take over legislative functions, says SC    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today said it cannot "take over legislative functions" as it refused to go into the issues relating to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill on the ground that it was pending for consideration before the Rajya Sabha. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta was told that Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has not been passed by Rajya Sabha at the recently concluded monsoon session of Parliament. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Ap

         ICPA writes to Air India over grounding of aircrafts    
NEW DELHI: Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) has raised serious concerns with management of Air India over the 'sorry state of affairs' of the aircrafts operated by the carrier. The association also stated that almost 23% of the Air India fleet is grounded for lack of spares. "It is disheartening to note the sorry state of the aircraft operated by Air India and the lack of maintenance for want of spares, planning, coordination and finance," the ICPA said in its letter. The letter

         Bombay HC moved over Goa flag hoisting dispute    
PANAJI: Advocate Aires Rodrigues moved to the High Court of Bombay at Goa over the dispute pertaining to the state government nominating speaker of the Legislative Assembly Pramod Sawant for hoisting the national flag on Independence Day function. In his petition, Advocate Rodrigues sighted that the High Court commence appropriate actions including Suo-Motu proceedings. The copies of the petition letter were also sent to The Chief Justice of India and The Acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Co

         Shah bats for 'one nation one election', writes to law commission    
NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Monday wrote a letter to Law Commission Chairman B. S. Chauhan batting for One Nation One Election system. Shah, in his letter, emphasised that with multiple elections happening throughout the year, the Model Code of Conduct impedes the government's developmental work. In the letter, written in Hindi, the BJP chief cited the examples of Indonesia, Sweden, South Africa, Belgium and Italy where simultaneous elections have proved to

         JNU student leader Umar Khalid attacked in Delhi    
NEW DELHI: JNU student Umar Khalid was on Monday shot at by a man outside the Constitution Club near Parliament in New Delhi, police said. He escaped unhurt. Khalid was at the venue to attend an event 'Khauff Se Azaadi', organised by an organisation named 'United Against Hate'. An eye witness told ANI that a man in white shirt opened fire at Khalid. "Khalid lost his balance, fell down and bullet missed him. The man fired aerial shots, pistol slipped off his hands and he fled," the eyewit

         Family war begins in DMK    
CHENNAI: Azhagiri, son of M Karunanidhi has claimed for the support of the real DMK. On Monday, after paying his respects at his late father Karunanidhi's memorial in Marina Beach, MK Alagiri, MK Stalin's elder brother, claimed the support of DMK's real members and true relatives. "My father's true relatives are all are on my side. All the supporters in Tamil Nadu are on my side and are encouraging me only. Only time will give the answers...that is all I am willing to say now," said t

         Jayarajan’s oath taking ceremony on Tuesday, chief whip post for CPI    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: LDF meet has granted approval for the re-induction of E P Jayarajan into cabinet. The meet has also decided to give chief whip post to the CPI. CPI executive meet on August 20 will select the chief whip. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed about his journey to the US for treatment on August 19. Meantime, Jayarajan will swear-in as minister in a simple ceremony to be held in Rajbhavan at 10 am on Tuesday. E P Jayarajan will be given the responsibilities of chief m

         Heavy rains: Schools closed in Shimla, Mandi    
SHIMLA: In the wake of heavy rainfall and landslides, all schools including private, across Shimla and Mandi districts are closed on Monday. Meanwhile, National Highway 3 (Chandigarh-Manali NH) has also been blocked to avoid any untoward incident. Heavy downpour led to landslides in various parts of the state causing disruption to normal life although respective district administrations were in full gear to clear blockades. The Badrinath National Highway in Uttarakhand is also closed since las

         Passports damaged in Kerala floods to be replaced free of cost: Swaraj    
NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today announced that passports damaged in floods in Kerala will be replaced free of cost by the government. "There are unprecedented floods in Kerala causing huge damage. We have decided that as the situation becomes normal, passports damaged on account (of) floods shall be replaced free of charge. Please contact the concerned Passport Kendras," Swaraj tweeted. Kerala has been reeling under massive floods in which over 35 people have lost th

         Rajnath Singh announces Rs 100 cr immediate central relief for Kerala    
NEW DELHI: Terming the flood situation in Kerala following heavy rains as something never witnessed by the state since Independence, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced Rs 100 crore as an immediate central relief. The minister, who made an aerial survey of badly affected areas in Idukki and Ernakulam districts, said the rains and floods had caused "massive damage" to the farm sector and infrastructures like roads and power. "Kerala is facing an unprecedented flood situatio

         Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passes away    
KOLKATA: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away at a private hospital here Monday morning following multiple organ failure, a senior hospital official said.

         PM is hoodwinking the country: Congress    
NEW DELHI: The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of hoodwinking the country by playing with statistics on job creation and claimed that he wants people to believe his "failure" to follow through on his promises as "achhe din". Reacting to an interview of the prime minister to a national daily published today, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said Modi was asked to point out three big achievements of his government but he "refused to enumerate" them. "He said he ca

         OCI card holders appear to enjoy freedom of speech, equality like other Indians: HC    
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has said that Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) appear to enjoy the fundamental rights of equality before law and freedom of speech and expression in the same way as any other Indian citizen does. The court's observation came while asking the Centre to place before it the material based on which an intelligence report had recommended cancellation of the OCI registration of a US-based Indian-origin doctor. Dr Christo Thomas Philip had challenged the cancel

         ISIS case: NIA arrests two Hyderabad men    
NEW DELHI: The NIA today arrested two alleged ISIS sympathisers from Hyderabad as part of its larger probe into Indian youngsters being radicalised to carry out terror strikes on behalf of the banned international outfit. A force spokesperson said they have arrested Hyderabad-based Mohammed Abdullah Basith (24) and Mohd Abdul Qhadeer (19) to "ascertain the details of the ongoing conspiracy and also their role in furthering the ISIS ideology to carry out terrorist acts in India". The Nati

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