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       HEADLINES: Irregularity over Jail IG’s elevation: Finance department recommends action                                              Malabar cement corruption: Petition seeking CBI inquiry dismissed                                              In BJP list, there was no Kannanthanam: Kanam                                              Rifa, a gentleman in Campus; his real face shocks classmates                                              Popular Front threatens to kill newly-married couple, DYFI steps in to protect                                              Rahul attacks Modi govt on several fronts                                              Rajnath hits at Tharoor for 'Hindu Taliban' remark                                              Stage set for debate on no-confidence motion against Modi govt in Lok Sabha                                              BJD walks out as LS begins debate on no trust motion against Modi govt                                              Congress emotionally exploited India: BJP                                              India, US to hold first ‘2+2 dialogue’ on Sept 6                                              Root and Morgan clinch decider for England in ODI series                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Rahul Gandhi started 'chipko andolan' in Lok Sabha: Rajnath    
New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday took a potshot at Congress President Rahul Gandhi's hug to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he started 'chipko andolan' in Lok Sabha.

         Rahul's wink improper: Sumitra Mahajan    
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday came down heavily on Congress President Rahul Gandhi's "wink" after hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his speech. Terming Gandhi's behaviour as improper, Mahajan said, "PM Narendra Modi was on his seat which commands respect. Winking is against the dignity of Parliament. Rahulji is not my enemy, he is like my son and it is a duty as a mother to correct. Why will I oppose hugging? But after hugging, that wink wasn't prop

         Hindus acted like Taliban during Babri Masjid demolition: Advocate Dhawan    
New Delhi: Rajeev Dhawan, a lawyer of one of the Muslim parties on Friday observed that "Hindus acted like Taliban" on December 6, 1992, when Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya.

         No-confidence motion: PM calls for constructive, disruption-free debate    
New Delhi: Hours before the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government will face a no-confidence motion moved by former ally the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged fellow MPs to "rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive and disruption-free debate".

         MiG 21 crashes in Kangra district of Himachal    
SHIMLA: MiG 21 fighter jet crashed in a village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh today, police said. The fighter jet crashed in Mehra Palli village under the Jawali police station, Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Santosh Patial said. It is not immediately known if the pilot ejected safely.

         No-trust motion: TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy refuses to attend crucial session    
NEW DELHI: A day after Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi Government, MP JC Diwakar Reddy has refused to attend the critical session. "I am not going to attend the Parliament session. You can say that I violated the party whip instructions. I am fed up with Centre and our TDP government. And I am fed up with whole political system. Right now I am in my native place in Anantapur and will come in front of the medi

         2 lakh posts of Anganwadi staff lying vacant    
NEW DELHI: Over two lakh posts of Anganwadi staff are lying vacant in the country with Bihar alone accounting for 53,000, the government informed the Rajya Sabha today. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for the Women and Child Development Ministry Virender Kumar also said that the monthly honourarium of the Anganwadi Workers is Rs 3,000, Anganwadi Workers of mini-Anganwadis is Rs 2,250 and Anganwadi helpers is Rs 1,500.

         Kamal differs with Rajini on greenfield road project    
CHENNAI: Taking a virtually opposite standfrom his contemporary Rajinikanth, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has said projects like the Chennai-Salem expressway should not be "forced" on people. Speaking to reporters at the airport here yesterday, the Makkal Needhi Maiam president sought to know whether there was no alternative route to reach Salem.

         Sudanese nationals get back lost baggage within 24 hours    
MUMBAI: Thanks to a swift action by police, two Sudanese nationals got back their belongings, which they had left in a taxi, within 24 hours. Mohammed Abdul Yusuf Al Hasan (22) and Abdul Rahim Basir Yaqub (39), on visit to Mumbai for their shoe-import business, landed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on July 17, a police official said. They took a taxi for South Mumbai. After reaching their hotel, they realised that they had left their bags, which contained passports as wel

         LDF govt clears Narayana Guru statue    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A statue of 20th century social reformer Sree Narayana Guru will be the latest addition to the list of sculptures of famous personalities dotting the Kerala capital. The CPI(M)-led LDF government has decided to install a statue of Guru here, popularly known as the 'city of statues'. A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday decided to allot 20 cents (one cent is around 436 sq ft) of land at the green-rich observatory campus in Vellayambalam in

         Assault on Swami Agnivesh disgraceful: Ramdev    
BHOPAL: Criticising the assault on social activist Swami Agnivesh, yoga guru Baba Ramdev said everyone has the right to their views in democracy but to be attacked for them is a "disgrace". Agnivesh, 79, was attacked in Jharkhand's Pakur town by a mob as he came out after addressing a press conference on Tuesday. The activist, who is known for his work against bonded labour, was slapped, kicked around and verbally abused by the mob. He alleged that the BJP-affiliated youth groups had accu

         Delhi HC asks JNU not to take any coercive step against Kanhaiya till July 20    
NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court today directed Jawaharlal Nehru University not to take any coercive step on a fine imposed against its former students union president Kanhaiya Kumar till July 20. A Rs 10,000 fine was imposed on Kumar by an appellate authority of the university in connection with a 2016 incident in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at an event relating to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging. Justice Rekha Palli, in an oral order, asked the university n

         No stopping sealing, demolition of unauthorised constructions in Delhi: SC    
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today said there would be "no stopping of sealing or demolition" of unauthorised constructions in Delhi. The apex court's direction came after the Centre told a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta that it had not given any instructions to authorities in Delhi to stop their sealing drive against illegal constructions. The bench also directed that construction activity be stopped with immediate effect wherever any unauthorised construction is notice

         1,10,333 cases of rape in India in 2014-16    
NEW DELHI: As many as 1,10,333 cases of rape were registered in the country between 2014-16, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said today. Rijiju said in Rajya Sabha that 38,947 cases of rape were registered in 2016, 34,651 cases of rape were registered in 2015 and 36,735 cases of rape were registered in 2014.

         Water tank collapses near Hisar, none hurt    
HISAR: A 95-feet high water tank collapsed in Mothsara village, about 45 km from Hisar district, but the staff there escaped unhurt, officials said today. The 37-year-old water tank collapsed last evening and the cause behind the incident was being ascertained, they said.

         Law against lynching will help: Shiv Sena    
MUMBAI: Endorsing the Supreme Court 's view, the Shiv Sena today said there should be a law against lynching. Saying that such a law, as recommended by the apex court yesterday, would certainly be helpful, an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamana' noted that suspicion of child theft is not the only reason which leads to mob violence.

         Stalin backs women's reservation bill, Rahul thanks him    
NEW DELHI: DMK working president M K Stalin has extended his party's "wholehearted support" to Rahul Gandhi on the issue of Women's Reservation Bill after which the Congress president praised him for speaking "like a true leader" and urged all political parties to come together to ensure passage of the bill. Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi had made a strong pitch for the early passage of the Women's Reservation Bill during this session and had also written to the

         Mob lynchings due to economic disparity: BJP MP    
NEW DELHI: The incidents of mob lynching are a result of economic disparity, BJP member Meenakshi Lekhi said in the Lok Sabha today. Speaking during Zero Hour, Lekhi said the Supreme Court has spoken about "mobocracy" yesterday. Giving instances of the killing of Bengal migrant worker Manik Roy and an adivasi youth Madhu in Kerala, Lekhi said these cases of lynchings were on account of economic issues. "It is because of economic disparity," she said. Last month, Roy was beaten up by a

         I stand with the last person in line, want to erase hatred and fear: Rahul    
NEW DELHI: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today said he stands with the persecuted and seeks to erase "hatred and fear", breaking his silence on the controversy following a reported remark on the Congress being a "party for Muslims". The Congress has dismissed the report in an Urdu daily as a "rumour" and asserted that it was a party of 132 crore Indians.

         Mayawati removes party leader    
NEW DELHI: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati took out party national coordinator Jai Prakash Singh on Tuesday, a day after he said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi cannot be the prime minister because of his “mother’s foreign origin”.

         Veteran actor Rita Bhaduri passes away    
MUMBAI: Veteran actor Rita Bhaduri, best known for her roles in films like "Hero No 1" and "Beta", has died. She was 62. Bhaduri passed away today morning after suffering cardiac arrest at Sujoy Hospital in suburban Juhu. She was in the hospital from the last two weeks. "She was suffering from kidney ailment and organs had become weak. She passed away due to cardiac arrest at about 1.45 am," her niece Mini Bhaduri told PTI.

         Mamata govt runs syndicate raj, says Modi; TMC hits back    
MIDNAPORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a no-holds-barred attack against the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, charging it with "throttling democracy" and running a "syndicate raj" without whose approval nothing moves. Addressing a 'Kisan Kalyan' rally here, the prime minister also reached out to farmers and said his government was working to double their incomes by 2022.

         Two-month ban on Pravin Togadia from public events in Guwahati    
GUWAHATI: The Guwahati Police today barred former VHP leader Pravin Togadia from attending any public function in the state capital for the next two months, fearing that his "inflammatory speeches" could disrupt peace. The prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC by Guwahati Police Commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath was issued following Togadia's plans to visit the city and attend a series of programmes from today to July 19, organised by his newly-formed group - Antarashtriya Hindu Pa

         BJP appoints Anurag Thakur its chief whip in Lok Sabha    
NEW DELHI: The BJP today appointed Anurag Thakur, its MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, as the party's chief whip in the Lok Sabha, party sources said. Thakur replaces Rakesh Singh, who was recently made Madhya Pradesh BJP president and is busy with election strategy in the poll-bound state.

         Book explores monsoon feelings    
NEW DELHI: A new book explores rain-drenched worlds of poetry, songs, paintings, architecture, films, gardens and festivals, and also examines the history of monsoon feelings in South Asia from the 12th century to the present. "Monsoon Feelings: A History of Emotions in the Rain" is a collection of evocative essays edited by Imke Rajamani, Margrit Pernau and Katherine Butler Schofield.

         TRAI recommends stricter data security rules    
NEW DELHI: India’s telecom regulator on Monday said the existing framework for protection of personal data by companies and service providers was insufficient and recommended stricter rules to tackle data breaches.

         Political activist held for threatening NCP MLA    
THANE: A 30-year-old activist of a political party has been arrested for allegedly issuing threats to an NCP MLA on a social networking site, the police said today. The accused, Mirza Rehan Azmi, allegedly posted an objectionable message yesterday on his Facebook page against Jitendra Awhad, the MLA from the Kalwa-Mumbra constituency in Thane district, and threatened to harm him, police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.

         Goyal wants businessmen to blow whistle on tax evasion    
RAIPUR: Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal today called on traders and industrialists to expose tax evaders. "It is our responsibility to expose those who are doing wrong (evading tax) and harming the economy," Goyal said while interacting with traders and industrialists here late this evening.

         Body of security guard found inside water tank in Delhi    
NEW DELHI: The body of a security guard was found inside a water tank at a residence in southeast Delhi's East of Kailash today, an official said. The deceased, identified as Jaipal Singh (56), had gone missing on July 13, he said. Today, a foul smell was emanating from the water tank, following which the residents of the house alerted police, he said.

         Rupee slips 6 paise against US dollar    
MUMBAI: The rupee fell 6 paise to 68.59 against the US dollar in early trade today on fresh buying of the American currency by importers. Traders said dollar's strength against some currencies overseas and fresh demand of the US currency from importers weighed on investor sentiment.

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