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       HEADLINES: Special trains from Ernakulam to Chennai and Bengaluru                                              Medical college bribery: BJP in lickety-split to find source of report leak                                              Medical college bribery: There was demand for NRI seat also                                              BJP mouthpiece demands NIA probe into medical college bribery issue                                              MLA being questioned, He called housewife 900 times in five months                                              Army jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pak Army                                              Smriti Irani mocks Rahul Gandhi for taking dig at Centre                                              Critical deficiency in supply of ammunition to Army: CAG                                              Kashmir would become Syria if US intervenes: Mehbooba Mufti                                              Britain's SC gets first woman president                                              Baghdadi still alive: US Defence Secretary                                              16 Afghan police killed in US strike                                              Engage in direct dialogue: Pentagon tells China, India                                              Doval's visit key to ease Sikkim standoff: Chinese analyst                                              WBBL stint has transformed Harmanpreet: Mithali                                              Eyeing spot in British Open, Aditi adds solid 68 to lie sixth                                              Vardhan bags 2nd Challenger title, defeat for 4 others                                              BCCI to reward Rs 50 lakh each to Mithali & Co.                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Doval's visit key to ease Sikkim standoff: Chinese analyst    
BEIJING: Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's visit to Beijing for a meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries may be key to ease tensions between India and China over the military standoff in Dokalam, a Chinese analyst said.

         Engage in direct dialogue: Pentagon tells China, India    
Washington: India and China should engage in direct dialogue free of any "coercive aspects" to reduce the tension over a military standoff in Dokalam, the Pentagon has said. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.

         16 Afghan police killed in US strike    
KANDAHAR: A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in Helmand province, officials said today. The incident took place yesterday around 5 pm as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements, Salam Afghan, Helmand police spokesman, told AFP.

         Baghdadi still alive: US Defence Secretary    
WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary James Mattis said he believes Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi is still alive, shooting down claims he was killed in an air strike.

         Britain's SC gets first woman president    
LONDON: Eminent law lord Baroness Hale of Richmond has become the first woman to head the United Kingdom's Supreme Court. Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Friday approved Baroness Hale of Richmond's appointment and she will take up the post when her predecessor retires in September. She will earn 225,000 pounds a year.

         Greece: Two killed in massive earthquake    
Moscow [Russia]: Two people lost their lives in an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7, which was registered on the Greek Island of Kos and the Turkish coast and the Greek Islands. The earthquake led to a small tsunami in nearby Turkey, reports Sputnik.

         French singer Barbara Weldens dies on stage    
Washington: French singer Barbara Weldens collapsed and died on Wednesday while performing onstage during a concert. She was singing at the Festival Leo Ferre in a church in the village of Goudron in the southwest region of Lot, France. According to a French daily newspaper, the cause of her death remains unknown and is speculated to be electrocution, as she performed barefoot, or cardiac arrest. An investigation has been opened and an autopsy will be performed, reports E! Online. Welde

         Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington 'found hanged'    
Washington: Linkin Park's frontman Chester Bennington has reportedly committed suicide by hanging. According to a TMZ report in People Magazine, the 41-year-old hanged himself at a Palos Verdes Estates residence in L.A. County and his body was found just before 9 a.m. on Thursday.

         Russia to supply T-90S tanks to Iraq    
MOSCOW: Despite the fact that combat operation in Baghdad were conducted by the US, Kremlin announced that Russia will deliver a large batch of T-90S/SK battle tanks to Iraqi armed forces. The Russian hardware will be deployed alongside the US M1A1 Abrams tanks.

         White House reporter breaks rules, live-streams briefing    
WASHINGTON: United States reporter Ksenija Pavlovic, who reports from the White House, went against the set rules live-streamed the sound recording of the briefing being held there on July 20.

         China blocks WhatsApp's images, videos; censors texts too    
BEIJING: As the 19th Congress of China's ruling party is just months away, and the news of the death of Liu Xiaobo, a revolutionary in the Chinese prison has spread a certain furore across the country and the globe, which resulted to the Chinese authorities blocking image and video services sent through WhatsApp.

         Pak summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations along LoC    
Islamabad: Pakistan today summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh after two civilians were killed and six others injured in alleged ceasefire violations along the Line of Control by Indian troops.

         'US concerned over Chinese military build-up in Asia-Pacific'    
Washington, Jul 19 (PTI) China is exploiting its economic leverage to advance its regional political objectives, a top US commander has said while expressing concern over the PLA'S growing assertiveness in the strategic Asia-Pacific region.

         No red carpet for Trump: London Mayor    
NEW YORK: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has reiterated that US President Donald Trump will not be given an elaborate state visit when he comes to the United Kingdom next year for a state visit.

         British man drives auto-rickshaw across UK for Indian charity    
LONDON: A 77-year-old British man, who wears a pacemaker, has embarked on an over 4,800 kilometre auto-rickshaw journey around the UK to raise money for an Indian charity that treats children with heart ailments in India and other Asian and African countries.

         7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia: US scientists    
WASHINGTON: An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck off the eastern coast of Russia, according to the US Geological Survey, causing officials to initially warn of a tsunami threat in parts of the Pacific.

         Iranian newspapers break hijab taboo in tribute to Maryam Mirzakhani    
TEHRAN: The Iranian media in its tribute to late mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani on Sunday broke the country's strict rules on female dress by showing Mirzakhani with her head uncovered.

         Amid row with India, Chinese Army holds live-fire drill in Tibet    
BEIJING: Amid the continuing border stand-off with India, China has conducted a live-fire drill in Tibet in what one observer said was a likely warning to New Delhi.

         Jadhav's mercy petition to be judged on merit: Pakistan army    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is "analysing" the evidence against Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court, and will decide his appeal on merit, the Army said here on Sunday.

         Erdogan warns to cut off heads of traitors    
ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Turkey would cut off the heads of traitors. He was addressing a function to mark the first anniversary of failed coup in Istanbul.

         Pak's top general accuses India of targeting CPEC    
Karachi: Pakistan's top military officer today accused India of targeting the USD 50 billion China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project through "subversive activities". The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China's restive Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.

         US House imposes conditions for defence funding to Pak    
WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives has voted for three legislative amendments to impose tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan, making it conditional to Islamabad showing satisfactory progress in the fight against terrorism.

         To boost defence ties with India, US house clears over $600 bn bill    
WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives has passed a USD 621.5 billion defence policy bill that proposes to advance defence cooperation with India.

         'Anonymous letter' threatens Pak-China relationship    
ISLAMABAD: An anonymous letter which according to the acting Speaker of the National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, could severely damage Pakistan and China relations was sent to the Pakistani Parliamentarians.

         Men carry out five acid attacks in London in 70 minutes    
LONDON: The London Police is investigating a string of acid attacks in the city on Thursday after two men riding a moped threw acid on individuals in five separate attacks.

         India should ally with Asia, not US: China    
BEIJING: Any attempt by India to gain military supremacy with the support of the US and its allies will further worsen the situation in Asia, said a state-run Chinese daily, adding India and its neighbours' best interests lie in "becoming an integral part of Asia" rather than becoming an ally of Western countries.

         China's Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies aged 61    
China's Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo died today while still in custody following a battle with cancer, authorities said, after officials ignored international pleas to let him spend his final days free and abroad.

         2 female suicide bombers in Cameroon kill at least 15    
Yaounde: At least 15 people are dead after two female suicide bombers carried out the latest attack in Cameroon's far north, the government said today, and another 42 people are wounded. The attackers entered the town of Waza late yesterday and one detonated explosives near a group of youths, Governor Midjiyawa Bakary said.

         Considering India's request to grant visa to Jadhav's mother: Pak    
Islamabad: Pakistan today said that it was considering India's request to grant a visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother so that she can travel to the country to meet her son who was sentenced to death by a military court.

         China says willing to play 'constructive role' over Kashmir    
Beijing: China said today that it was willing to play a "constructive role" in improving relations between India and Pakistan, especially after the increased hostility along the LoC, saying the situation in Kashmir has attracted "international" attention. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said India and Pakistan are important South Asian countries but the "situation in Kashmir has attracted the attention of the international community."

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