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       HEADLINES: LDF government in right direction, says VS                                              Govt to create 25 lakh jobs                                              Nursing college ragging: SFI ready to speak up for victim                                              Stones ‘hurled at ABVP Secretariat march                                              Attack on plantation workers                                              Woman techie found murdered at railway station in Chennai                                              BJP upset over Swamy's tirades against Jaitley, top babus                                              David Cameron to step down by October                                              Brexit: Will wait for full results to comment on referendum, says Arun Jaitley                                              What happens next with the Brexit vote?                                              Through to Olympics, Vikas and Manoj settle for bronze                                              BCCI to host mini IPL overseas in September                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         India fails to get NSG membership, criticises China    
SEOUL: India today failed in its determined bid to clinch membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in the face of strong China-led opposition after which it gave vent to its unhappiness over the hurdles created by Beijing.

         What happens next with the Brexit vote?    
LONDON: With Britain choosing to leave the EU in a historic referendum, it faces the prospect of a Conservative Party leadership contest and a long and hard road of negotiations between the UK and its leading trade partner. The results of the referendum, which were confirmed as 51.9 per cent in favour of Brexit and 48.1 per cent against today, are not legally binding on the UK government.

         Brexit: Will wait for full results to comment on referendum, says Arun Jaitley    
BEIJING: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today declined to comment on the current trends of 'Brexit' and said that he would prefer to wait till the full results are out. "I think when the counting is on and you have close margin of results coming in you can not expect me to comment at this state," he said, adding that he would rather wait for the full results.

         David Cameron to step down by October    
LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron is set to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union. Cameron made the announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced.

         Britain votes to leave EU in historic divorce    
LONDON: Britain has voted to leave the European Union, results from Thursday's landmark referendum showed, an outcome that sets the country on an uncertain path and deals the largest setback to European efforts to forge greater unity since World War Two.

         Modi meets Xi, seeks support for India's NSG bid    
TASHKENT: As India makes a strong bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Chinese President Xi Jinping and is understood to have sought China's support for it, seen as very crucial to take forward the process. The outcome of the meeting between Modi and Xi here will determine proceedings at the two-day plenary meeting of the atomic trading club which began in Seoul today, sources said. Though some other countries like Turkey, New Zealand and

         Any NSG exception to disturb regional stability: Pak    
TASHKENT: Any "exception" in granting membership to the NSG will "disturb" strategic stability in South Asia, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain today told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

         'Great Pyramid Of Giza slightly lopsided'    
BOSTON: The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, is not perfectly built, say scientists who found that the structure's base is slightly lopsided. Researchers surveyed the oldest and biggest of the three pyramids at the Giza pyramid complex, and discovered that the pyramid's west side is longer than the east side.

         Polls open in UK's historic 'Brexit' referendum    
LONDON: Polls opened early today in a historic referendum to decide whether the UK will stay in or leave the 28-nation European Union even as the result remained too close to call with opinion polls showing a very tight race that could go either way.

         US support for India's NSG bid part of greater design: Pak NSA    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua has alleged that America's efforts to include India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was part of a "greater design" to contain China and prevent the resurgence of Russia.

         India seeks to purchase maritime patrol drones from US    
WASHINGTON: India has sought from the US high-tech multi-mission Predator drones for protecting its maritime assets, especially in the Indian Ocean. India's has conveyed its desire to purchase the drones in a letter of request (LoR) to the US last week, sources said. This is part of the Indian Government's efforts to fast track its goal to secure the country's maritime assets in particular in the Indian Ocean and detect untoward intrusion – like the one during Mumbai terrorist attack

         Xi, Modi to meet on sidelines of SCO summit in Tashkent    
BEIJING: President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tashkent beginning tomorrow during which India is expected to seek China's support for membership of the NSG.

         Sindh CJ's son abducted in Pakistan    
KARACHI: The son of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court has been abducted by unidentified armed men here in Pakistan's largest city and economic hub and police have detained five persons in this connection.

         Belgium's WWII veterans worry about Brexit    
BASTONGNE: Belgium's few remaining World War II veterans are worried their old indispensable ally Britain will turn its back on Europe and undercut the ideals they fought for in the 1940s. These resistance fighters used Britain as a rear base to battle the Nazi occupation of Belgium, now the post-war heart of the European project for peace and prosperity. But they fear Britain could become the first country to leave the European Union and trigger its unravelling, if British voters choose tha

         Official: Israeli troops shoot, kill 14-year Palestinian boy    
JERUSALEM: Israeli troops shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian boy early today and wounded four others, a Palestinian official said. Wajih Ahmad, head of the Beit Ur al-Tahta local council in the West Bank, said the teen, Mahmoud Badran, was killed when the car he was traveling in was fired upon by an Israeli military patrol.

         Commit to unity regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender: Ban    
UNITED NATIONS: Underscoring yoga's message of promoting harmony, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today asked citizens across nations to commit to unity regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender and sexual orientation. "On this International Day of Yoga, I urge everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with our fellow human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation. Let us celebrate this Day — and every day — as me

         India's NSG bid suffers setback; China says issue not on agenda    
BEIJING: India's hopes of making progress towards NSG membership at the plenary meeting of the 48-nation grouping which began in Seoul today received a setback with China saying that this was not even on the agenda of the meeting. Nuclear Suppliers Group remains divided over non-NPT countries like India becoming its members, China's Foreign Ministry said less than 24 hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had exuded hope that "we would be able to convince China to support our

         Man selling 'Om' inscribed shoes in Pak arrested    
KARACHI: Police in Pakistan's Sindh province have arrested a shopkeeper who sold shoes with sacred Hindu word 'Om' inscribed on them and seized the offensive footwears following protests by the country's minority community. "The shopkeeper was arrested and the shoes in question have also been confiscated," said Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) patron-in-chief Ramesh Kumar Vankwani.

         Syrian Orthodox patriarch escapes suicide bomber attack    
QAMISHLI, SYRIA: The head of the Syriac Orthodox Church on June 19 escaped unhurt an attempt on his life by a suicide bomber in northeast Syria. Three people were killed when Assyrian forces stopped the suicide bomber as he tried to enter the Assyrian genocide commemoration event in the al-Wusta district of Qamishle in northeast Syria, Assyrian International News Agency reported. Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Karim led the ceremonies.

         31 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian floods, landslides    
BANJARNEGARA, INDONESIA: The death toll from flash floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 31, an official said on Sunday, as search crews scour devastated villages in the hope of finding survivors.

         6.6 magnitude quake hits off Vanuatu    
SYDNEY: A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

         It would be helpful' if Republicans would help him: Trump    
LAS VEGAS: Donald Trump has railed against efforts by some frustrated Republicans planning a last-ditch effort to try to thwart him from becoming the party's nominee, threatening at one point to stop fundraising if Republicans don't rally around him.

         Independent filmmaker Paul Cox dies    
CANBERA: The man lauded as the father of independent cinema in Australia, Paul Cox, has died aged 76. The Australian Directors Guild announced the Dutch-born filmmaker's passing on Twitter in Sunday.

         Canada's doctor-assisted suicide law passes final hurdle    
OTTAWA: Canada's Senate has voted to pass legislation allowing the terminally ill to end their life with a doctor's assistance, clearing the final hurdle for the bill to become law after a clash between the upper and lower houses. Senators approved Bill C-14 in a vote of 44 to 28 yesterday, giving in to pressure by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, which controls the House of Commons.

         Ex-President Morsi sentenced to 40 yrs in jail by Egypt court    
CAIRO: Egypt's toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a court for passing state secrets to Qatar. The court also upheld death sentences given to six Muslim Brotherhood members in the same case and awarded life imprisonment (25 years in prison) to two others.

         Militant involved in attack on Hindu lecturer killed in B'desh    
DHAKA: A 17-year-old militant who was arrested this week while carrying out a failed assassination attempt on a Hindu lecturer in southwestern Bangladesh was killed overnight in what police claimed to be a "shootout". "Golam Faizullah Fahim's cohorts fired gunshots as he was guiding us (police) to a hideout of theirs...He died in crossfire as we retaliated," Madaripur's Superintendent of Police Sarwar Hossain told PTI over phone. Another official familiar with the incident said polic

         Chicago man shot and killed while live streaming    
CHICAGO: Just a day after an extremist attacked a French police couple and broadcast himself inside their home on Facebook Live, a man in Chicago was shot and killed while video streaming on the social network this week.

         Ex-SS guard, 94, convicted for complicity in Auschwitz murders    
DETMOND: A former SS guard was today convicted by a German court for complicity in the mass murders at Auschwitz death camp, capping what is likely one of the last Holocaust trials.

         Novel model to help track ISIS activities online    
WASHINGTON: Researchers have developed a model to identify behavioural patterns among online groups of ISIS supporters that could provide cyber police and anti-terror watchdogs a roadmap to their activities and help predict terror attacks.

         Chinese man survives after 1.5 mtr steel bar pierced his body    
BEIJING: A construction worker in China miraculously escaped death after a 1.5-meter steel bar pierced through his body from groin to skull in east China's Shandong Province. The 46-year-old Chinese man, surnamed Zhang, was working at a construction site when he fell from a height of five meters on to the steel bar on June 14.

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