Petition challenging Modi’s election from Varanasi

Ajay Rai, who contested as Congress’ candidate from Varanasi in the Lok Sabha polls, today filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court challenging the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from that parliamentary constituency.

In his petition, he alleged that in his affidavit Modi had left blank columns relating to his wife Yashoda Ben’s PAN card details and her income which violated Supreme Court’s directions.

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Jaya opposes fuel price hike

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today opposed the latest revision in fuel prices, saying it has come as a ‘disappointment’ to people who voted for BJP expecting a change from the ‘wrong’ economic policies of the previous Congress-led UPA.

She urged the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in withdrawing the hike.

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OSCE suspends deployment of monitors in Ukraine

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Monday said it has halted further monitoring activities in Ukraine due to security reasons.

Alexander Hug, deputy chief monitor of the OSCE’s special monitoring mission to Ukraine, said OSCE has suspended further deployment of monitoring teams in eastern Ukraine, Xinhua reported.

Hug said monitoring would be resumed after the security situation improves.

“We need weapons to disappear, we need checkpoints to disappear and we need freedom of movement,” Hug said at the OSCE headquarters in Vienna.

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Speaker asks members to manage time effectively

The respect and effectiveness of parliament depends upon the conduct of its members and they should realize their responsibility in maintaining discipline and decorum in the house, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said Monday.

“The success of parliament largely depends on the performance of its members, their sincerity, commitment and faith in parliamentary institutions,” Mahajan said inaugurating a two-day orientation programme for first-time MPs of the 16th Lok Sabha.

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Probe into Meghalaya politician-militant nexus only after proof

In the wake of growing demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the alleged nexus between politicians and militants, Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri Monday said there was no need for an inquiry until there was concrete evidence.

“There are lots of allegations about the politician-militant nexus. I am concerned about those and the government as a whole is discussing the issue. However, these allegations are vague,” Warjri told journalists.

“We need to have concrete grounds to begin such an inquiry,” he said.

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Odisha CM lauds Sudarsan for winning US awards

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday congratulated sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik for winning prizes at the World Cup of Sand Sculpting 2014 held in Atlantic City in the US.

“In the field of sand art, Sudarsan is a renowned name,” the chief minister said in a statement here.

“He has won many prizes internationally for his magical art and creativity. With this success, he has been able to get recognition for Odisha’s art and culture throughout the world. I wish him good luck to achieve more success in future.”

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Dowry harassment drives women to suicide

A 22-year-old woman died of burn injuries which she suffered after setting herself ablaze at her residence in Bholakpur of Musheerabad.

According to Gandhinagar police, the deceased B Madhavi @ Hemalatha (22) an Housewife W/o Bheemraj, she had allegedly setting her ablaze at her residence on sunday, immediately she was rushed to Gandhi Hospital for treatment where she died on late night hours.

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Ishant should step up during Test series: Zaheer

Veteran India pacer Zaheer Khan said that it was time Ishant Sharma should step up and spearhead the Indian bowling attack during the upcoming five-Test series against England, starting in Nottingham on July 9.

Ishant, who is the only one out of the six frontline seam bowlers in the Indian squad to have toured England before, had a miserable outing during India’s tour match against Leicestershire.

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Financial problem drives security guard to suicide

A 45-year old Private Security Guard committed suicide by hanged himself at his residence on Monday morning hours in Saifabad Police Station Limits.

According to Saifabad police, the deceased – R Venkata Rama Raju (45) an private security guard R/o Hill Fort Adarshnagar of Saifabad, took this extreme step ofsuicide hanged himself at his residence on Monday morning hours due to ill health and financial problems and ended his life over it.

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Army chief, Thai counterpart discuss strategic partnership

Indian army chief General Bikram Singh and visiting Thai Army Chief General Tanasak Patimapragorn Monday discussed issues of common concern as well as measures to enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries, a statement said Monday.

Patimapragorn, the chief of defence forces (CDF), Royal Thai Armed Forces, arrived in India on a four-day visit June 28 with a nine-member delegation.

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Electrician electrocuted to death

A 27 year-old-man died after allegedly fallen from electric while working after got electrocute on Monday morning hours.

According to Chandanagar police, the deceased N Krishna (27) an out sourcing employee Resident of Nallagandla of Chandanagar, on Monday morning hours deceased while working on electric pole suddenly he got electrocuted due to which he was unconscious, immediately rushed to nearest private hospital where doctors declared brought dead.

Chandanagar police registered a case and dead body shifted to Gandhi Hospital Mortuary for postmortem and began investigation.

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Lake view police rescued one woman

The Lake Police rescued one woman B Geetha (35) an private worker W/o Suresh Resident of Indira Nagar of Khairatabad, Hyderabad from committing suicide in Hussain Sagar lake. The details are as follows:

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Inter first year supplementary results on July 2

The results of Intermediate Public Advanced Supplementary Examinations May/June 2014 First Year of both General and Vocational courses will be declared on July 2.

The results will be declared on Wednesday at 11 AM Andhra Pradesh HRD Minister G Srinivasa Rao in the premises of Board of Intermediate Education, Nampally, Hyderabad. The students can access to their results by using their register number as User ID and Date of Birth/ Centre No. as Pass word from the website.

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Gujarat ‘snoopgate’ probe panel gets third extension

Gujarat government today gave another extension, this time for four months, to the Sugnya Bhatt Commission probing the alleged snooping on a woman architect by police in 2009.

The two-member judicial panel, headed by Justice (retd) Sugnya Bhatt, has been given its third extension since being set up by the then Narendra Modi government in November 2013, days after “snoopgate” came to light.

“We have given an extension of four months, that is up to October 31, to the Bhatt Commission,” said V P Patel, Secretary, Law Department.

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Posthumous Malysian public service award for Indian-origin lawyer-politician

A prominent lawyer and politician of Indian-origin in Malaysia has been posthumously conferred with a prestigious public service award in recognition for his dedicated service to the nation over the past few decades, a media report said.

The special award was given by the Gandhi Memorial Trust of Malaysia to Karpal Singh’s family members in Kuala Lumpur Monday.

Karpal Singh’s daughter, Sangeet Kaur, in her speech, reminisced how he had fiercely protected the notion of equality, non-discrimination, democracy, and human rights, the Malay Mail online reported Monday.

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Garlic breath? Eat an apple or drink milk

Eating an apple or drinking a small glass of milk can help you get rid of garlic breath, scientists have found.

The pungent odour of garlic is created by compounds containing sulphur, which move into the bloodstream when it is eaten and then out through the lungs and sweat glands.

Researchers at Ohio State University found the best way to get rid of the smell of garlic is by eating and drinking foods which neutralise it.

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Wimbledon 2014: Eugenie Bouchard advances to next round, Ivanovic bows out

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championship after defeating Alize Cornet 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.

The Canadian star was trailing 5-3 in the second set but won the next four games to seal the match in her favour.

Bouchard will next face the winner of the match between Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova.

Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic bowed out of the tournament after losing in the third round to German Sabine Lisicki 4-6, 6-3, 1-6. (ANI)

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DU cutoffs soar; commerce cutoff at 99.75

Delhi University’s first cutoff list for admission to the three-year undergraduate programme soared higher compared to that of last year, with the percentage for commerce soaring as high as 99.75.

Whether it be Hindu College or Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), the cutoff for commerce increased by at least two percent.

In Hindu College, the cutoff for commerce was between 99.75 and 97.25 percent, while last year it was 96.25 to 92 percent.

Similarly, in SRCC, the commerce cutoff is between 99.25 and 97.5 percent, while last year, it was 97-93.75 percent.

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Man electrocuted to death

A 20 year-old-man died while working after accidentally he touch live electric wire and got electrocute.

According to Falaknuma police, the deceased Mohammed Akbar Hussain (20) an Electrician S/o Mohammed Amjad Hussain Resident of Fatimanagar of Falaknuma, on sunday evening hours deceased while trying to start loud speaker suddenly he touch live electric wire and got electrocuted due to which he was unconscious immediately rushed to nearest private hospital for treatment where doctors declared brought dead.

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India lodged protest with China in ‘effective manner’: Rajnath

India has lodged its protest in an “effective manner” over reports that China has in its recent map shown Arunachal Pradesh as its territory, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

“The Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry has lodged the protest in an effective manner,” Singh told reporters here about recent China maps which show disputed areas in Arunachal Pradesh and South China Sea as its own.

“I have already said that as far as the question of external security is concerned, we will prove true to the expectations of the people,” he said.

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Husband who murdered wife traced to village in Uttar Pradesh

The Thane city police traced a grocery shop owner Sadafal Yadav (35) who allegedly strangulated his wife Usha Yadav (28) to death, to a village in Siddharth Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, the city police said today.

Senior police inspector N S Bangale of the Vartak Nagar police station told PTI that the after the brutal murder of his wife on the night of June 23, the accused allegedly strangulated her to death in his house and fled the city.

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Andhra Pradesh FY15 credit plan released, outlay at Rs 91k-cr

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu released the state’s first credit plan here today with a total outlay of Rs 91,459 crore for the 2014-15 fiscal.

Of the total outlay, Rs 77,894 crore has been earmarked for lending to the priority sector. Out of this, Rs 56,019 crore has been earmarked for the agriculture sector, including a short-term production credit of Rs 41,978 crore.

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Alarm, ridicule for declaration of Islamic state

An al-Qaida breakaway group’s formal declaration of an Islamic caliphate across the stretch of territory it controls in Syria and Iraq sparked celebrations among the group’s followers today but condemnation and even ridicule from its rivals and authorities in Baghdad and Damascus.

The declaration was a bold move by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, not just announcing their own state governed by Shariah law but also claiming legitimacy as a successor to the first Islamic rule created by the Prophet Muhammad in the Arabian Peninsula 14 centuries ago.

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Women’s panel demands Trinamool MP’s arrest for rape remarks

Demanding the arrest of Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul for making derogatory remarks, the National Commission for Women (NCW) Monday said it will initiate action against him.

“He has insulted women of the entire country. Immediate action should be taken against him. He should be arrested and asked to resign,” NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma said.

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