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         Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda’s arrest a drama    
BHUBANESWAR: The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist has said the July 18 arrest of top rebel leader Sabyasachi Panda in Odisha was ''a state-sponsored drama''. Ajay, who claimed to be the spokesman of the CPI-Maoist's Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee, in a statement Wednesday said Panda was working for the state government and police after his expulsion from the party two years ago.

         Yatra to Kedarnath remains suspended    
DEHRADUN: With the Rishikesh-Kedarnath National Highway blocked at Doliyadevi near Fata and intermittent rains continuing, district authorities on Thursday decided to keep the Kedarnath yatra suspended till July 26.

         MGNREGA: Govt asks states to strengthen social audits    
NEW DELHI: Acknowledging that there have been instances of corruption in MGNREGA implementation, the government on Thursday said states have been asked to strengthen social audits of the scheme. There are certain complaints regarding implementation of the Mahatman Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

         Strongly condemn attempts to brand me an outsider: Sania    
HYDERABAD: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza today hit out at politicians for raising objections to her being appointed as Telangana‘s brand ambassador, saying that her family had been staying in Hyderabad for more than a century and to call her an outsider was condemnable.

         Rs 19000 crore for renewal of rail tracks: Govt    
NEW DELHI: Government has earmarked Rs 19,000 crore for renewal of railway tracks to ensure that the tracks are in good conditions for safe running of trains. Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda told Lok Sabha that track renewal is a continuous activity which is to be undertaken as and when a stretch of track becomes due for renewal, taking into account the traffic carried over the track, incidence of rail fractures, failures, wear and age.

         Kawad yatra: three Lord Shiva devotees killed    
MUZAFFARNAGAR: Three Lord Shiva devotees were killed in separate incidents in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts here, police said today. One Kawad devotee Tara Chad [40] was killed when a passenger train knocked him down at a crossing near here yesterday, they said.

         Goans to get fish at subsidised rate    
PANAJI: Goa government will provide fish at subsidised rates to rein in its soaring prices. Making the announcement in the Legislative Assembly Thursday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the government had already promised in the Budget that fish will be made available at subsidised rates.

         Father, son acquitted in assault case    
NEW DELHI: A man and his son, accused of conspiring to grievously injure their neighbour, have been acquitted by a Delhi court which said testimonies of witnesses "created doubt over the version of the complainant". Additional Sessions Judge Gautam Manan absolved south-west Delhi residents Tara Chand and his son Sohan, who had allegedly sent three men to beat complainant Dev Raj in a hair salon, of the charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120B and abetment of attempt to commit culpable

         Telangana accident unfortunate: Gowda    
NEW DELHI: Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda Thursday termed as unfortunate the death of people in Telangana when a train rammed into a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing. It is "quite an unfortunate incident," Gowda said in the Lok Sabha.

         Pak's 'daughter-in-law' Sania lacks credentials to be Telangana brand ambassador: BJP    
HYDERABAD: Telangana BJP leader K Laxman on Thursday flayed the TRS government's decision to appoint tennis star Sania Mirza as brand ambassador of the newly carved-out state, terming her as "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan and questioning her credentials for the honour.

         12 school children killed, 15 seriously hurt as train hits bus    
HYDERABAD: Thirteen people, including 12 school children, were killed and 15 other children seriously injured when a train rammed into their bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Masayipet village of Telangana's Medak district today. The 15 students of a private school, who sustained serious injuries in the mishap that occurred in Yeldurthy mandal of Medak, were rushed to various hospitals in Hyderabad.

         Three-year-old kid brutally beaten by home tutor    
KOLKATA: The police is on the lookout for a middle-aged woman home tutor who is accused of brutally beating a three-year-old kid, the police said.

         58 more Indian nurses brought back from Iraq    
NEW DELHI: India has quitely rescued another batch of 58 nurses from conflict zones in Iraq and was making all efforts to secure the release of 39 construction workers being held captive by Sunni militants ISIS in the oil-rich Gulf country.

         CBI arrested only nine persons in anti-graft cases in 2014    
NEW DELHI: CBI has made only nine arrests in the 268 anti-corruption cases registered this year while 87 arrests were made in 2013 in 649 such cases, Lok Sabha was informed today.

         Opposition MPs write to Speaker seeking inquiry into force-feeding    
NEW DELHI: Incensed over reports that Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a fasting Muslim worker to eat in the Maharashtra Sadan here, several opposition parties today wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding an inquiry into the incident.

         Pakistan yet to grant MFN status to India: Govt    
NEW DELHI: Pakistan has yet to grant the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India, Parliament was informed today. "India and Pakistan have no formal bilateral trade agreement. India granted the MFN status to Pakistan in 1996. Pakistan is yet to reciprocate," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Grant of the status to India would help in further boosting trade between the countries.

         Swamy seeks CBI probe into Sunanda Pushkar's death    
NEW DELHI: The demand for a CBI investigation into the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, was being "looked into", Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said.

         Govt demands statement from Manmohan Singh on corrupt judge    
NEW DELHI: A day after informing Parliament that the PMO under Manmohan Singh had pushed for extension to a judge facing corruption charges, the government Wednesday demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a "categorical" statement on the controversial matter.

         Minor boy crushes two persons to death    
AHMEDABAD: Two persons were killed and four others injured Wednesday when a 14-year-old boy allegedly ran over his car on them while they were sleeping on a footpath here, police said today.

         Bangalore school chairman arrested in child's rape case    
BANGALORE: Rustom Kerawalla, chairman of Vibgyor High International School here, has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a six-year-old student by its two staff members over three weeks ago, a top police official said Wednesday.

         "Cut power to those illegally occupying Adheenam"    
MADURAI: Those illegally occupying land of Thiruvadurai Adheenam (Mutt) in Tirunelveli district are in for trouble with the Madras High Court directing district officials to deny electricity connections to residents there. The Adheenam has 3,483 acres in the district and many families had occupied a portion of it.

         Uproar in both Houses over Shiv Sena MPs    
NEW DELHI: Reports of Shiv Sena MPs, apparently angry over not being served Maharashtra food, allegedly forcing a Muslim worker to eat a chapati to break his Ramzan fast today created uproar in both Houses of Parliament. As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, several Opposition membes raised the issue and termed it as violation of religious beliefs.

         27 lakh People benefited from CSR of NPCIL in last three years    
NEW DELHI: Government today said more than 27 lakh people living around atomic power plants in the country have been benefited under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) in last three years. Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh said the NPCIL and other project authorities under the administrative control of Department of Atomic Energy carry out neighbourhood welfare activities, wherever mandated, under the CSR, in the surrounding areas o

         Eight new RVTIs by 2017: Govt    
NEW DELHI: The government has approved setting up of eight new Regional Vocational Training Institutes (RVTIs) in the country by 2017, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Minister for Labour and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar said the government had on February 28, 2014 sanctioned setting up of 8 RVTIs in Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Tripura, Bihar, Goa, Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

         Maoists blow up rail track, pilot engine of Rajdhani derails in Bihar    
AURANGABAD (BIHAR): Maoists blasted a portion of a railway track between Ismailpur and Rafiganj section in Bihar, leading to derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.

         One killed, three injured in bomb blast in Assam    
GOALPARA (ASSAM): One person was killed and three others were injured in a bomb blast triggered by suspected militants in front of Krishani Police Station in Goalpara district on Wednesday.

         Top Naxal commander killed in Jharkhand    
RANCHI: In a pre-dawn operation, security forces on Wednesday killed a prominent Naxal commander operating in Jharkhand in the forests of Khunti district of the state.

         Enough material to charge sheet Marans: AG    
NEW DELHI: Rejecting the views of the CBI Director, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi today opined that there was enough evidence with the agency to file charge sheet against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

         Three-year old girl raped by neighbour boy in B'lore    
BANGALORE: In yet another incident of sexual offence against a minor, a three-year old girl has allegedly been raped by a teenaged boy in Thalaghattapura locality in Bangalore Rural district.

         Why you banned visit to Afzal Khan's tomb?, HC asks Maha govt    
MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court today asked Maharashtra government to inform by August 6 under what authority it had ordered a ban since 2007 on visit to the tomb of Afzal Khan, who had served the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur as commander, at Pratapgarh fort in Satara district.

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