Medak bypoll scene heats up

With the battle lines drawn for the Medak Lok Sabha bye-election scheduled for September 13, the ruling TRS and BJP are engaged in a war of words.

A keen contest is on the cards among TRS candidate K Prabhakar Reddy, BJP nominee T Jayaprakash Reddy and Sunita Laxma Reddy of Congress in the bypoll, necessitated by the resignation of TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao after he became the Chief Minister of Telangana.

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My arrest was politically motivated, says Maulana Abdul Qavi

In his first interaction with reporters today after being granted bail by the Gujarat High Court three days ago, Hyderabad-based cleric Maulana Abdul Quavi, who faces charges of allegedly “inciting” Muslim youth to avenge Godhra riots, said that he suspected that his arrest was politically motivated.

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B Tech student commits suicide in KPHB limits

A 19 year old B Tech student committed suicide by consumed unknown poison at his residence on Saturday night hours in KPHB police station limits.

According to KPHB police, the deceased P Anivesh (19) an B Tech student Resident of Nizampet, Native of Karimnagar district had committed suicide by consuming unknown poison at his residence on Saturday night hours, immediately rushed to nearest hospital for treatment where doctors declared brought dead.

The family members of the boy told the police that he slipped into depression for last few days and might have ended his life over it.

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It’s splitsville for Stuart MacGill and wife Friend

Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill has ended his 14-year-old marriage with actor Rachel Friend and the couple reportedly have put their four-bedroom Neutral Bay home here up for sale.

“We’re still mates, it is amicable,” Friend was quoted as saying in the Australian media. She also added that their main focus is on their two children.

MacGill met Friend in 1999 when the one-time Neighbours star-turned-journalist was doing a story on the cricketer for A Current Affair. They later got married and have two kids, Penny and Alex.

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Two women refs are shining stars of Indian football

Two Indian women referees being selected to officiate at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in September may be a cause for celebration as the country embarks on a new phase in professional football.

Maria Rebello and Uvena Fernandes are the first women referees picked by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to supervise Asian Games matches and they are all too excited about the break they have been given.

“I am overwhelmed, this will be my first match abroad and I’m feeling very excited,” Fernandes, who received her FIFA certification badge only this year, told IANS.

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Google Glass app that reads emotions, also reveals age

What if an app can reveal what the person you are in a conversation with is thinking? This Google Glass – a soon to be launched smart eye-wear – app not only does that for you but can also tell the person’s age!

The emotion recognition software analyses the video on the tiny computer hidden inside the Google eye-wear and reveals emotions.

It can gauge emotions such as anger, happiness, sadness and surprise and displays this information on screen, media reports said.

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ONGC posts good 2013-14 numbers on buoyant crude oil prices

The decline in global crude oil prices coupled with gradual diesel rate hikes towards the fuel’s full market-pricing has reflected well in the 2013-14 performance of state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas corp (ONGC).

“With the buoyancy in international crude prices and greenback strength (our revenue is US Dollar-denominated) expected to continue, there are substantive growth potential in earnings in the near-term,” ONGC chairman D.K. Sarraf said in the company’s annual report for 2013-14.

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After busy day in Kyoto, Modi heads to Tokyo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Tokyo Sunday evening after a busy day in the former Japanese capital Kyoto where he visited two ancient Buddhist temples and sought Japan’s help to combat sickle cell disease prevalent in tribal regions of India.

On the first full day of his five-day trip to Japan aimed at boosting economic and security ties, Modi also exchanged notes on heritage conservation with Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, showing him a detailed map of Varanasi, the Hindu holy city he represents in the Lok Sabha.

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Lovato praises Knowles, Lopez for redefining beauty

Singer Demi Lovato applauds fellow musicians like Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Lopez for making “realistic and achievable” figure in vogue.

The 22-year-old recently posted an image on Instagram that showed her figure over the years starting when she was 16.

She expressed how “beautiful” she feels and how happy she feels not to be forced to conform to an ideal (size zero), which is impossible to acquire.

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Contribute towards national development goals: Irani asks IIMs

HRD Minister Smriti Irani Sunday outlined a 13-point agenda for IIMs that includes developing strategies to meet teacher shortfall, a special programme for northeast students and contributing towards national development goals.

Addressing the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) conclave attended by chairpersons and directors of 13 IIMs in Bangalore, Human Resource Development Minister Irani focused on issues related to national development goals, admission process and review of institutes, other innovations and initiatives to scale up research in IIMs.

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Celebrities mourn death of Telugu filmmaker Bapu

Celebrities like Prakash Raj, S.S. Rajamouli, Devi Sri Prasad and Satish Kaushik took to Twitter to mourn the death of legendary Telugu filmmaker Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana aka Bapu who died Sunday following cardiac arrest.

Bapu was 80 years old. In his over four-decade-long career, he had directed 51 films, predominantly Telugu and a few Hindi too.

Prakash Raj: RIP Bapu garu. Take a bow chief for the soul and respect you brought to Telugu cinema. Thank you. Will miss you.

S.S. Rajamouli: It must have been a happy reunion up there. But for us in TFI, it is a deep void.

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Spaniard Carolina clinches World Badminton Championship

Spaniard Carolina Marin stunned reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China to become the first European in 15 years to clinch the women’s singles title at the World Badminton Championships here Sunday.

The World No.10, who had defeated India’s P.V. Sindhu in the semi-finals Saturday, drubbed World No.1 Li 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 in an hour and 18 minutes to notch her first victory over the top seed in four meetings.

Danish great Camilla Martin was the last European to win the World Championships in 1999 which were also held here.

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Bike Festival of India kicks off with National Safety Ride

The Bike Festival of India (BFI) Sunday began with the ‘National Safety Ride’ which was flagged off by Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma here.

The National Safety Ride is an initiative weaved under the ambit of the BFI – a joint initiative of Rhiti Sports Management and Event Capital – whose inaugural edition will be held at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida Oct 4-5.

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Man shoots at father over property dispute in Chandigarh

A young man was arrested here Sunday for shooting at his father over a property dispute, police said.

Kesar Singh, said to be over 70 years old and a retired chief engineer from a government department, was shot at from close range by his son Harminder Singh at their house in Sector 36 following an argument over a property issue.

The victim was rushed to hospital with two bullet wounds. Doctors said he was out of danger.

Harminder Singh was arrested and booked for attempt to murder.


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Rajnath, Sushma urge people to vote for BJP in Haryana assembly polls

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday reached out to the people of Haryana and urged them to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming state assembly polls.

Rajnath, who addressed a rally in Palval, lured the people to vote for the BJP and slammed the Congress party.

“Seeing this crowd, I have become confident that the people of Haryana will vote for the BJP this time in the assembly elections. I could not imagine that the BJP will win seven seats during the Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

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CREDAI’s Property Show concludes with Hyderabad Realty on a high note

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India’s (CREDAI) mega Property Show concluded on Sunday at the HITEX, Madhapur with a turnout of more than 60,000 visitors in spite of the rains through the three days of the event which had the city of Hyderabad reeling, visitors responded enthusiastically over the weekend by making a beeline for the CREDAI Hyderabad Property Show 2014.

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President Mukherjee condoles passing away of Bipin Chandra

President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed his condolences upon the demise of eminent historian Bipan Chandra on Friday.

In a letter addressed to his son, President Mukherjee said, “I am extremely saddened to learn about the passing away of your father, Prof. Bipan Chandra.

Prof. Bipan Chandra was one of the foremost scholars in our country on modern India. For his immense contribution towards the study of Indian history, he was honoured with a Padma Bhushan. He will be missed by his large number of friends, colleagues and students.

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Delhi slums, villages to get toilet facilities

All slums and villages in the national capital will get toilet facilities soon, a government official said Sunday.

“We have decided to provide toilet facilities to all slum dwellers in all localities and slums in Delhi,” Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) chief executive Amar Nath said in a statement.

“The board has planned to spend about Rs.42 crore for creating new toilets and improving existing ones as part of its plan to improve sanitation in JJ (jhuggi jhopri) clusters,” he said.

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India will give befitting reply to Pakistan, says Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said India will strongly retaliate if Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire.

Addressing a rally here, Rajnath said, “We want good relations with all neighbours but if Pakistan continues with the ceasefire violations, we will retaliate strongly.”

The Home Minister, however, expressed his desire to maintain good relations with Islamabad.

He said that the NDA government will not tolerate any effort by any nation to demean the honour of the people of this country.

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Came to Kyoto to learn about heritage cities, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said he visited Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto to learn how the city had combined its cultural heritage with modern infrastructure so that it could be replicated in India.

Speaking at a luncheon meeting hosted by the Kyoto Buddhist Association, Modi said: “Kyoto is a modern city standing on a rich cultural foundation. It has successfully incorporated modern infrastructure with cultural heritage.”

“We want to build similar heritage cities in India too and that’s why I came here to learn and understand all about this city,” he said.

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Imran Khan’s adventurism irks PTI leaders

A day after his supporters attempted to enter the prime minister’s house, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan faced disapproval from within his party — Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) — over taking such an “unethical” step.

PTI President Javed Hashmi Sunday said all was normal Saturday evening but he does not know “who convinced Imran Khan to move towards PM house”, Radio Pakistan reported Sunday.

He said peaceful protest is the right of political parties but “no ethics allowed anyone to storm PM House”.

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40yr old Woman killed in road accident

A-40 year old woman killed in road accident after hit by lorry while trying to cross the road in Mailardevpally police station limits.

According to Mailardevpally police, the deceased Un-Known Female age about 40-45 yrs was crossing the old Kurnool road at sriram nagar of Katedan on Saturday 22 .30 Hours in the meantime one speeding lorry came rash and negligent manner and dashed to lady, as resulting she received multiple injuries, immediately rushed to OGH for treatment, while undergoing treatment she was succumbed injuries.

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YSRCP to observe YSR vardhanti on Sept 2

YSR Congress Party today called upon its cadres across the two states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to participate in various service activities on the fifth Vardhanti of YSR on Sept 2.

Speaking to reporters at the party central office here, party senior leader and General Secretary Dr MV Mysura Reddy asked the leaders and activists to dedicate themselves to the service of the people on the occasion.

“Besides paying homage to YSR, take up various service activities on September 2 to remember him,” he appealed to the party cadres.

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