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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
         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

         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

         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

         HC sentences man to jail for a month for lying on oath    
NEW DELHI: Taking a serious view against a man for lying on oath, the Delhi High Court has sentenced him to jail for a month for contempt of court and said it will be a great public disaster if the fountain of justice is allowed to be poisoned by anyone giving false statements in a court of law. Justice Manmohan said as the man had admittedly made false statements under oath, the court was of the view that it struck a blow at the rule of law and no court could ignore such a conduct, which h

         Big nations don't have the courage to implement GST: Piyush Goyal    
PATNA: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said that many big nations don't have the courage to implement a tax reform like the Good and Services Tax (GST). "No big country has ever had the courage to implement something like GST. It's not there in the US or China. Big nations don't have the courage to bring such huge change," Goyal said at an event here while interacting with Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries. "Before our GST Council meeting on July 21, I went to seven places

         Justice M R Shah sworn in as Chief Justice of Patna HC    
PATNA: Justice Mukesh R Shah was today sworn in as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court here. Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik administered the oath of office to Justice Shah at the Raj Bhavan here. Justice Shah was a judge of the Gujarat High Court before his appointment as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Legislative Council Vice Chairman Haroon Rashid, former

         Gitta Mittal becomes first woman CJ of J&K HC    
SRINAGAR: Justice Gita Mittal became the first-ever woman Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court after she was administered the oath of office by Governor N N Vohra here today. The Governor administered the oath of office to Justice Mittal as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at an impressive ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, an official spokesman said. He said Justice Mittal is the first-ever woman Chief Justice of the J-K High Court. He said the Warrant of App

         18 held in Amethi under 'All Out' campaign    
AMETHI: Eighteen people involved in various crimes have been arrested under the Amethi police's 'All Out' campaign, an official said today. A team led by station house officers (SHOs) of nine police stations held 18 people involved in murder and dowry cases last night, Additional Superintendent of Police B C Dubey told reporters. He said such operations would continue to curb the criminal activities. In another case, Dubey said, a police team led by Dipendra Singh, SHO, Piparpu

         Karnataka CM plants saplings in Mandya district    
BENGALURU: In a display of solidarity with farmers facing crisis in the state, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy today sowed paddy saplings in a muddied agriculture field in a village in Mandya district. Folding up his white dhoti in a traditional south Indian style, Kumaraswamy planted saplings at Aralukuppe village. The objective of Kumaraswamy's programme was to urge the agriculturists not to take any drastic steps like suicide in the face of distress, a government release said.

         Israel opens visa application centre in Kolkata    
KOLKATA: To encourage more Indian travellers to visit Israel, that country has opened a visa application centre in the city for tourists from West Bengal and the north eastern states, sources in the Israel embassy said. Additionally, visa applications in the jurisdiction under the New Delhi centre would also be accepted at the new Kolkata Centre, a release on behalf of the embassy said. The visa application categories include those who go there for employment, for business, tourism, meetin

         Miraculous escape for tourists in Himachal accident    
KULLU: Three people travelling in a taxi, including its driver, had a miraculous escape after their vehicle met with an accident in Himachal Pradesh. The incident took place at the mountainous Patlikuhal-Pangah road in the Kullu district on Saturday. The occupants of the car jumped out after it skidded off the landslide-battered road and hit an uprooted tree. Driving on treacherous roads in the mountains gets riskier during annual monsoon rains in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and other hilly

         Will fight for 35 A until death: Farooq Abdullah    
SRI NAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) Chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said he would fight for Article 35 A until his death. "We are fighting for Article 35 A, we hired a good lawyer and we will try to make sure that it is not tampered with. We will not allow it to be changed. We have always fought for 35 A. I don't know why they try to raise this issue every time, they should know that it will create more problems. Till I don't go down in my grave,

         Counterfeit currency supplier held in Delhi    
NEW DELHI: A man named Deepak Mandal in possession of counterfeit currency worth Rs.7.5 lakh was apprehended on Saturday in Delhi's Khanpur area. The arrest came after a tip-off was received about the same by the Delhi Police's special cell. All of the counterfeit currency was recovered in the Rs.2000 denomination. The police suspect that these fake notes were printed in Pakistan, after which they were sent to Bangladesh -West Bengal border and were thereon brought to Delhi via Malda. Durin

         718 dead in rains, floods in this monsoon    
New Delhi: As many as 718 people have lost their lives in incidents related to floods and rains in seven states during the monsoon season so far, the Home Ministry said today.

         Bhopal shelter home rape: Accused sent to police remand    
Bhopal [Madhya Pradesh]: A district court in Bhopal on Friday sent a hostel owner to a two-day police remand for allegedly raping a specially-abled inmate.

         Hyderabad's Osmania University denies request for Rahul Gandhi's visit    
Hyderabad: The Osmania University has dismissed a request made by student organisations regarding Congress President Rahul Gandhi's visit to the university, citing security concerns. Rahul was proposed to deliver a talk on "Education & Employment" in India and Telangana in the university. However, the university declined permission for the same as the Congress president is under special security coverage. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Saravan Dasoju claimed that Chie

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