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Anushka Shetty Not to Feature in Prabhas’s ‘Saaho’ but in ‘Bagmati’

The famous Baahubali 2 duo Prabhas and Anushka Shetty are unlikely to act together again in Prabhas’s upcoming film ‘Saaho’ and reports suggested that neither the actress nor the makers of the film have confirmed about her cast in the Sujeeth directorial venture. With an excellent roles in the most successful film of India, ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’, the duo has ...

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Minister Reveals App-Driven Highlights of New Telecom Policy in Pipeline

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India’s Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha the new Telecom Policy will be application driven as compared to National Telecom Policy, 2012 that was mainly connectivity driven. Speaking at a seminar in New Delhi, the minister said the new policy will focus on the end users and the newer opportunities for expanding the availability of Telecom services, in view of high ...

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President Condemns Attack on Amarnath Yatris in Jammu and Kashmir

President Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir last night, in a message sent to N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The President has said, “I am deeply shocked and anguished to learn about the cowardly attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in which ...

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Ravi Shastri Appointed India Cricket Team Coach

Following intense melodrama over Anil Kumble’s strict disciplinarian approach, India team has got what it wanted, Ravi Shastri who has been associated with India cricket team either officially or unofficially till now. Former India allrounder and captain Ravi Shastri served as team director from August 2014 to April 2016. His appointment came close on the heels of Anil Kumble’s resignation ...

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India, US, Japan Joint Exercise ‘Malabar’ Begins in Bay of Bengal

The 21st edition of Naval exercise between India, US and Japan, MALABAR 17 series of exercises, initiated in 1992 between the Indian and US Navies, joined by Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will begin in the Bay of Bengal from 10 to 17 July 2017. It takes centre-stage in view of the escalating tensions between India and China over ...

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How Govt Defends 12% GST on Sanitary Napkins?

Amid growing anger against imposing GST of 12% on sanitary napkins, the government defended the move saying the tax incidence on this item before and after GST is the same or less. “Sanitary napkins are classifiable under heading 9619. In pre-GST, they attracted concessional excise duty of 6% and 5% VAT and, the pre-GST estimated total tax incidence on sanitary ...

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President, PM Condole Naresh Chandra’s Death

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the passing away of Naresh Chandra, former civil servant and served as ambassador to the US. In a message to his niece Mrs. Vatsala Kumar, the President said, “I am sad to learn about the demise of Shri Naresh Chandra. As an outstanding IAS officer, Shri Chandra served the nation ...

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Ahmadabad Joins 36 UNESCO’s World Heritage Properties in India

  The “Historic City of Ahmadabad” has figured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list on 8th July, 2017 during the 41st Session of World Heritage Committee, which makes the walled city of Ahmedabad the first city in India and the third in Asia to be inscribed to the World Heritage List. In the past 3 years alone, India has managed to ...

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No Life Possible Due to UV Radiation on Mars, Finds New Study

When NASA scientists declared that finding alien organism on Mars surface is a possibility soon, they were not sure about the perchlorate effect. Now that new research has found that the bacteria exposed to UV-activated perchlorate were killed within minutes, may change their perception about the possibility of life in the form of any organism, forget about the bacteria. Perchlorate ...

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Indian Railways Pondering ‘Subsidy’ Give Up Scheme on Tickets

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Indian Railways wants to emulate the example of “Give it Up” campaign that was behind 1 crore people giving up their subsidized gas connections before it was made mandatory for all those above the income level of Rs.10 lakhs per annum. A senior railway official said the ministry is pondering the possibility of similar appeal that can dissuade those who ...

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NEET Counselling Dates Revised After SC Nod

The counselling date of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET 2017 have been revised after the Supreme Court’s nod to the Medical Counsel of India. The first round of NEET 2017 Counselling for All India quota will have to be completed by July 12, while the court has given time till August 28 for the entire admission to MBBS, ...

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Move Over Pellets or Tear Gas, Here is ‘Stink Bomb’ to Disperse Protesters

Indian security forces are contemplating using stink bomb instead of usual pellet guns or other deterrents to mob stone pelting practise and tests are underway on some prototypes. The Guinness Book of Records has listed two stink bombs – US Government Standard Bathroom Malodor with a mixture of eight chemicals resembling human feces smell while the other titled “Who me?”, ...

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JEE Counselling for IITs Stopped Over PIL

The IIT-JEE (Advance) 2017 counselling process for IIT admissions has been restrained by the Supreme Court following a PIL alleging that the bonus marks were wrongly awarded to candidates. The bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar passed orders restraining counselling for admissions to the IITs which was supposed to begin on Friday. The plea by some students ...

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Heavy Rains to Lash Out Assam, Meghalaya This Weekend: Indian Met Agency

Indian Meteorlogical Department has issued heavy to very heavy rains in nothern and north-eastern and eastern states of Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sub­ Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Here is the weather forecast issued by IMD for the week starting from July 7, 2017 to July 11, 2017: 07JULY(Day1):♦ Heavy to very ...

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Team Indus Pitches for $40 Mln Funding to Emerge as India’s Equivalent of SpaceX

Team Indus, the only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, wants to go beyond the challenge and emerge as India’s equivalent of SpaceX, US private space company, with an eye on additional fund-raising to the tune of $40 million in the next round. With its lunar rover mission launch set for December aboard ISRO’s PSLV rocket, Team Indus ...

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Challenging Summer for Green Card Holders?

This is going to be one of the most difficult summers ever for US Green Card and visa holders in all categories as few foreigners are aware of impact from the Presidential Order 13768, said Steven Riznyk, lead immigration attorney. Under the Order, anyone who has any kind of a criminal record, or has even been charged but not convicted ...

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Japan Behind Amelia Earmart Disappearance in 1937? Not Convincing!

First woman pilot Amelia Earhart who disappeared in her 1937 flight around the world still remains a mystery. Eighty years after, on July 4, 2017, when the United States was celebrating its Independence Day, news channels are abuzz with new evidence blaming Japan for her disappearance. A newly surfaced photo from the National Archives shows Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred ...

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Job Loss Bigger Blow Than Divorce: Study

In a new research for Bloomberg, the University of East Anglia and the What Works Center for Wellbeing, an independent body set up by the U.K. government, have revealed that it is worse to loose a job than loosing a spouse in a divorce. The shock from the fact of getting fired in a job is more painful and impacts ...

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West Bengal Governor Threatened Me, Alleges Mamata Banerjee

The communal riots in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Tuesday night over a Facebook post have resonated in Raj Bhavan. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in a meeting in Raj Bhavan had “threatened” her over the communal clashes and described his behaviour like “a BJP block president” and not as governor. Tripathi, ...

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Lady Gaga Comes to Ed Sheeran’s Rescue over Twitter Saga

The singer and song writer Ed Sheeran had a harrowing time for his remarks published in a na interview in “The Sun” magazine on Monday. The singer had said he would cease to be active on Twitter, the social media platform in a huff until Lady Gaga herself came to his rescue. In her typical rescue mission, Lady Gaga shared ...

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India Cites Salahuddin’s Claim as Proof of State-Sponsored Terrorism


In a response to the interview by global terrorist Syed Salauddin, the Pakistan-based self-styled head of the United Jihad Council and Chief of internationally designated terrorist organisation Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, telecast by a Pakistan TV Channel on 2 July 2017, India said it was a clear example of terrorists being given shelter in Pakistan. The official Spokesperson said:”The brazen admission by Syed ...

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India, Pakistan Exchange List of Prisoners as Per 2008 Agreement

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As part of the 2008 agreement, India and Pakistan have recently exchanged, through diplomatic channels, at New Delhi and Islamabad, the lists of nationals, including civil prisoners and fishermen of each country lodged in the jails of the other country. The exchange of information is part of the provisions of the Agreement on Consular Access between India and Pakistan, which ...

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Cyberattacks Traced to Ukrainian Servers, Seized Now

The massive cyberattacks around the globe last week have been traced to an Ukrainian servers used by an accounting software firm and seized by police suspecting them of spreading a malware virus that crippled computer systems. Ukraine’s Cyber Police head Serhiy Demedyuk told Reuters that the servers of M.E.Doc, an accounting software firm had been seized as the initial infections ...

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How Did Romans Make Such Solid Concrete 2000 Years Ago? Secret Unveiled

Samples from this Ancient Roman pier, Portus Cosanus in Orbetello, Italy, were studied with X-rays at Berkeley Lab.CREDIT:J.P. Oleson

A 2,000-year-old concrete harbor structure, made from volcanic ash, lime and seawater by Romans that has remained a puzzle for long has been cracked by minerologists using X-ray and Advanced Light Source (ALS). A team of researchers working at the Berkeley Lab used X-rays to study samples of Roman concrete at microscopic level to learn about the mineral cements. The ...

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Wiped out Dinosaurs Gave New Life to Frogs: Study

The dinosaurs wiped out from Earth gave rise to most of the frogs alive today. A new study by Chinese and American biologists shows that if the calamity had not wiped the planet clean of most terrestrial life 66 million years ago, 88 percent of today’s frog species wouldn’t be here. Nearly nine out of 10 species of frog today ...

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38 Natural World Heritage Sites Facing Threat, Warns IUCN

A view of Białowieża Forest, Belarus-Poland. CREDIT: IUCN Elena Osipova

Two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites are affected this year by illegal fishing, logging and poaching, said the monitoring body International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), sending alarm bells over the risk faced by some of the world’s most precious and unique ecosystems and species. On the eve of its 41st session of the World Heritage Committee ...

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SBI Probationary Officers Exam 2017 Main Results Declared

The State Bank of India (SBI) has declared the SBI probationary officers (PO) mains examination result for the test conducted on 4th June, 2017. The SBI PO result 2017 results are available at the online portal of SBI at sbi.co.in and the candidates can check them providing their name, roll number and date of birth in specified space. Thos who ...

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Age of Father in IVF Births Crucial: Study

Men, unlike women, do not have a menopause to say they cease to help in fertility but a recent study has found that the chance of natural conception can be affected by the age of the male partner, particularly in the genetic health of sperm cells. Despite a wide belief and celebrity examples of Charlie Chaplin or Luciano Pavarotti, which have ...

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Bees Have Third Eye, Applicable for Drones’ Night Vision: Study

Machine vision in drones is similar to human vision and cannot see colours clearly owing to light reflection and day and night difference but bees are different with a third eye, said a new study suggesting revamp of vision techniques in cameras, robots and drones. A Melbourne-based researchers team has studied how bees have three special eyes on top of ...

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President Greets America on Independence Day, July 4, 2017

Video grab of PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump on Monday (White House)

President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the United States of America on the eve of their Independence Day (July 04, 2017). In a message to Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States of America, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of ...

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