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Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Kashmir for two days July 23, 2016 17:17

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived at Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the prevailing law and order situation in the Valley. A team of senior home ministry officials and Directors-General (DGs) of central paramilitary forces are accompanying Rajnath Singh. He will chair a high-level security meeting besides one-on-one interaction Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.Singh will be staying at the state government-run Nehru Guest House to ensure that he is accessible to all. He will also be making a road journey from the Srinagar airport to the guest house, rather than flying in a chopper.The home minister is likely to visit some areas in South Kashmir that have been worst hit by the ongoing cycle of violence in which 48 people have been killed. Union home minister Rajnath Singh will not be engaging Kashmiri separatists during his two-day deliberations with various stakeholders in Jammu & Kashmir in Srinagar.Singh, who will be in the Valley for the first time since violent protests broke out following the killing of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani, will be hearing out political parties, civil society groups, media representatives, local businessmen/traders, security agencies and state government brass."He will have one-on-one interactions with leaders of various political parties. The purpose is to give them a forum to air their grievances and get their perspective on the situation in J&K," said a source close to the home minister.The final leg of his meetings is with the security agencies and J&K government brass, involving a comprehensive law and order review and outlining of further strategies.This is Rajnath Singh’s second visit to Kashmir during this month. He came here earlier on July 2 when eight CRPF troopers were killed by fidayeen militants in Pampore area of Pulwama district. Rajnath Singh had performed the Amarnath Yatra and paid obeisance at the Hazratbal shrineIn the parliament Rajnath Singh had said that security forces were instructed to exercise maximum restraint while dealing with the protesters in the Kashmir Valley. He also said that an experts' committee will review the use of pellet guns by security forces. "It is not like pellet guns were not used in Kashmir in the past, they were, in fact, used in 2010 as well and they are listed as non-lethal weapons. We will, however, form a committee of experts, which will tell us in two months the non-lethal alternatives to these guns," Rajnath said."The Kashmir issue needs to be dealt with collectively. Everyone needs to partake in the responsibility of making the situation better," Singh said.By Premji

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Three day bus service by Congress eyeing UP elections July 23, 2016 15:15

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi has flagged off a three-day bus yatra named “27 Saal UP Behaal” from the party headquarters on Saturday aiming at the Uttar Pradesh elections. Along with senior leaders, its general secretary in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad, the newly-appointed Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and the party's chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit will travel across the state in the bus to deliver their electoral message.“This time people in Uttar Pradesh want development. They see the BJP, BSP and the Samajwadi Party as parties which create a divide. We want clean politics in Uttar Pradesh and this is our main agenda,” Azad said. "The Congress Party respects and represents all religions and this is our message to the people of Uttar Pradesh," he added.“The aim is to highlight the failures and misgovernance by the successive governments of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and BJP in UP for last 27 years,” UP Congress campaign committee chairperson Sanjay Singh said.“The yatra will propagate the message to the people of Uttar Pradesh on the failures and misgovernance by successive governments of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and BJP in Uttar Pradesh for the last 27 years,” he said, adding that “we will campaign in such a way that we reach out to every voter at least three or four times”.Singh said that the yatra will be followed by a meeting of the state unit, which will be chaired by Rahul, in Lucknow on July 29. The Congress president will participate in a road show in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on August 2."The Congress Party was there in power at the Centre for 60 years. During that time, they deteriorated the condition of our country. From other parties, they are now asking for the amount of work done. But they never give an account of what they did in the 60 years when they were in power," mocking at the Congress bus yatra, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said."It was there in power in Uttar Pradesh for most of the time except for 27 years. No development took place during their regime in the state and they are now seeking an explanation from the other parties. All these tricks of the Congress will not work and no matter how many rallies they conduct, the people of Uttar Pradesh are not going to fall in their trap as they know the reality," he added.By Premji

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Hillary Clinton chose Tim Kaine as VP July 23, 2016 14:48

Hillary Clinton has picked Tim Kaine as her choice for Vice President. There are different views in favour and against the choice. Most delegates of the Democratic National Convention gave  positive reviews to Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice president, saying that he will appeal to moderates, but do little to soothe disenchanted Bernie Sanders supporters.Clinton made her choice public on Friday, tweeting "I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others. -H." Within minutes Kaine confirmed his acceptance, tweeting, "Just got off the phone with Hillary. I'm honoured to be her running mate. Can't wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!"Kaine has been a civil rights lawyer who is also a progressive Christian in a toss-up state that has gradually turned Democratic after decades of Republican stranglehold. Many of those immigrants are from India and in fact, they played a key role in propelling Kaine to the Senate in 2012. The constituency has been assiduously cultivated by Kaine and he was very conscious of when he gently admonishes India of its responsibilities towards minorities, citing America's own obligation towards its minorities and immigrants."Virginia has a strong and vibrant Indian-American community representative of the close personal, business and educational bonds between our two nations - world's two largest democracies. Some members of the Indian-American community in Virginia, many of whom are Sikh, have expressed concerns about issues of religious tolerance and liberty in India. I hope that Prime Minister Modi continues the efforts to better protect the inalienable rights afforded to all people, just as we fight against expressions of religious intolerance in our own political climate," Kaine said in a statement last month, after praising Modi's address to the joint meeting of the US Congress.Angie Morelli, a Sanders delegate from Nevada, said Kaine was a horrible pick. “In a time when she is trying to cater to Sanders supporters, it was more catering to conservative voters and she’s not going to get any wave from it.”Dwight Bullard, a Florida state senator, said not one of the 70-plus Sanders delegates in his state including himself is happy with the selection. “If you bring in someone with great credentials, that’s fine, but inclusivity of the progressive agenda can be a more important message,” Bullard said.Donald Trump’s campaign has already given a nickname for Hillary Clinton’s new running mate - “Corrupt Kaine.” The Trump campaign calls Virginia Senator Tim Kaine “ethically challenged,” citing a Politico report that he accepted $160,000 in gifts from 2001 to 2009, when he was Virginia’s lieutenant governor and governor.Trump’s senior communications adviser Jason Miller said, “the Status Quo ticket of Clinton-Kaine wants us to believe in a rigged system that enriches them at your expense.”By Premji

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MEA confirms no Indian casualty in Munich shooting incident July 23, 2016 12:15

An 18-year-old German-Iranian national has opened fire in Munich’s Olympia mall, killing nine and injuring 16 others before shooting himself dead. Armed with a handgun, the attacker had opened fire at a nearby McDonalds restaurant, before carrying out the rampage in Olympia Mall. The motive behind the attack is yet to be ascertained.The Indian Embassy in Germany tweeted saying that all Indians in Munich are safe and they could reach out to the consulate in case of ‘any difficulty’. No Indian casualty has been reported from the Munich shooting where a lone gunman has killed at least nine people and later shot himself. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had spoken to Indian Ambassador in Germany and confirmed that no Indian has been harmed in the attack. The shooter opened fire near a fast-food restaurant and then again at the nearby Olympia shopping center in the north of the Bavarian capital, just before 6 p.m. local time (1600 UTC). Police at one point engaged and shot at him, only for him to escape. They later found him dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot. Munich police chief Hubertus Andra described the operation as "without doubt my most difficult day" in the role. "Three youngsters" were among the dead, Andra said, while children were also among the injured. "The motive, and the background of the crime are still totally unclear, the investigators are working full tilt and will continue into the night," Andrä said, adding that the process should move relatively quickly, as police were confident that they had identified the suspect. Defining whether the shooting was a case of somebody running amok, or an act of terror, would require more information on a possible motive, he said. Initially, police had worked on the assumption of "up to three" shooters; Andrä said that eyewitness reports forced police to presume that more than one person was involved. Two people had left the scene at speed in a car, prompting suspicion, but police investigated them: "They have nothing to do with the incident," police chief Andrä said. French President Francois Hollande called the shooting a "terrorist attack" and a "disgusting act that aims to foment fear in other European countries.""Solidarity with Germany in the challenge they are facing at the moment," wrote French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.By Premji

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Kabali Takes a Strong Start July 23, 2016 11:11

Superstar Rajinikanth is back with his latest movie Kabali that released all over yesterday between huge expectations. The movie has taken the box-office by storm in over 4000 screens released all over. The movie had special premieres and the theatres have been packed all across the globe. Kabali mania started right from the early morning and the movie surprised the audience all over. Kabali received negative response all over however the collections have been strong enough all over. Kabali is said to have collected Rs 40 crores on its opening day which is huge for an Indian movie. The movie crossed 1 million USD mark with the premieres alone in USA which has been huge. Despite of the mixed response, the film’s collections have been very strong all over. PA Ranjith directed the movie and Radhika Apte, Dhansika played the female leads. V Creations produced Kabali which released in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam languages. Rajinikanth’s performance and his stunning presence have been receiving exceptional response from the audience. Also Read: Kabali Movie Review And Ratings

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Kalyanram’s Shocking Transformation July 23, 2016 10:53

Talented actor Nandamuri Kalyanram proved his stamina with Pataas last year which ended up as the biggest hit in his career. He has been quite careful about his upcoming movies and he has been taking huge care about his next. Sensational director Puri Jagannadh has been roped in to direct his next film which has been titled ISM. Puri Jagannadh who is known for the transformation of his actors even changed the looks of Kalyanram in ISM. The latest news we hear is that the actor will be showcasing his six pack abs, probably for the first time in his career. Kalyanram has been quite excited to do this revealed the actor.He said that he would credit his director for his stupendous transformation and looks. Kalyanram revealed “this is the most stylish look in my career of 13 years. Puri has taken enough care right from my hair styling to the looks and the six pack abs which will surprise everyone. We will be releasing the look with my abs soon. I play a journalist in the film and the film has been shaping quite well. My diet has been changed currently and I am completely restricted”.  ISM is being produced by Kalyanram on NTR Arts and will hit the screens during Dasara this year.

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FIR filed against Mayavati and BSP leaders July 23, 2016 10:30

The family of expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh has lodged an FIR against Mayawati and some BSP leaders for allegedly using foul language against them during their public protest. Dayashankar’s mother Tetra Devi filed a complaint against the BSP leaders for raising "derogatory" slogans at the party protest in Lucknow.The FIR has been registered under sections 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to breach peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act to insult modesty of woman) of the IPC, police said."We will now demand the arrest of BSP leaders who had crossed all limits in abusing and degrading women members of the family", Dayashankar's family said.Tetra Devi met the Hazratganj Police and submitted the complaint that she, her daughter, daughter-in-law and grand daughter were abused by BSP men who allegedly raised derogatory slogans during the protest. "There was an attempt to instigate violence and riot during the protest by highlighting differences on caste lines", she alleged in the complaint.Singh's wife Swati Singh had earlier said, "My husband is in politics, but we have no political connection but BSP workers have abused all women of the family in a public protest."Why Mayawati is not taking action against Nassemuddin Siddiqui. Why he was not expelled from the party. I don't want to imagine what is the state of my 80-year-old mother-in-law," she said."While BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said that nothing like this happened, but the entire country has witnessed and listened the foul language used by BSP workers during protest on Thursday. It is about the integrity of women," she said.BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak said, “While we condemn the words used by Dayashankar and have already taken action against him, we also do not approve of the manner in which BSP workers are targeting his wife, minor daughter and other women relatives”.BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak said, “While we condemn the words used by Dayashankar, we also do not approve of the manner in which BSP workers are targeting his wife, and daughter”. Also Read: Dayasankar's wife and 12 year old daughter abused, what now?By Premji

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KVP Becomes the Talk of Parliament July 23, 2016 09:50

Congress senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP KVP Rama Chandra Rao has been inactive from sometime after the sudden political changes across the Telugu speaking states Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Though he has nothing much to do with Telangana, the leader even stepped away from the Andhra Pradesh politics and turned inactive. However all of a sudden he has become the talk of the Parliament after he brought out the private bill of special status for the newly formed Andhra Pradesh. KVP Rama Chandra Rao requested all the leaders to join hands and support the special status bill so that it will benefit Andhra Pradesh. This created a huge sensation and the MP became the talk of the Parliament all of a sudden. Even the leading TDP MPs decided to back the leader and support his speech in Parliament. Though the BJP leaders decided to stay silent, TDP has taken a sudden step to support KVP which brought unexpected strength to the leader. Also Read: KVP Urges for Special Status of Andhra Pradesh

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Air Force Aircraft Still Not Traceable: Eight from Vizag on Board July 23, 2016 09:32

An Indian Air Force aircraft with 29 on board started from Vishahapatnam towards Bay of Bengal went missing. This news created a huge sensation and all of them on board have been the employees of Naval Armament Depot (NAD). The aircraft was on its way to Port Blair but it went missing after it took off from Tambaram Air Force base from Chennai.It has been almost a day but there have been no developments about the missing aircraft and the families of the missing ones have been badly worried about their whereabouts. They have been eagerly waiting for a positive update from the search operations that has been conducted by the government. The missing include NAD chargeman Sambamurthy, armament fitters Prasad Babu, Nagendra Rao, Senapati, Maharana, Chinna Rao and multi-tasking employee Srinivas Rao. All of these have been from Vishakhapatnam. The officials revealed that  a massive search has been under process and an update is said to be out soon. Also Read: An IAF AN-32 29 People On Board Went Missing

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Telugu Titans Counterattack Leveled The Game at 25-25 Against U Mumba July 22, 2016 18:07

Riding on Rahul Chaudhry’s great performance in the second half, Telugu Titans managed to level the game after trailing by 9 points in the first half of 45th game of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League 2016 on Thursday at Dome@NSCI SVP stadium in Mumbai. In the points table, U Mumba with scoring 35 points from 6 wins in 11 games are at 4th spot whereas Telugu Titans with winning 8 games and scoring 40 points are at 3rd spot. In the first half, with the help of Rahul Chaudhry, Titans were leading the score 3-0 at the third minute. After eight minutes Rahul Chaudhry extended the lead to 6-2 but before that Rakesh Kumar scored his first raid point to open U Mumba’s account. In the 11th minute, taking the big leap forward, U Mumba’s defense helped them to level the score at 6-6. U Mumba scored their first all out on Titans at 17th minute getting a lead of 13-7. As Rahul Chaudhry failed to score points, the whole Titans team was trailing 7-16 at the end of the first half. In the second half, Telugu Titans played incredibly well and Rahul Chaudhry scoring back to abck raid points and an all out in the 28th minute came close to U Mumba’s score as the scoreboard read 16-17. However, in the 31st minute, U Mumba scored a point and maintained a point lead with score of 18-17. At the 37th minute Rishank Devadiga scored two raid points as U Mumba was trailing 20-23. At the 39th minute, U Mumba got rid of Rahul Chaudhry to level the score at 24-24. Prapanjan tried his luck in the last minutes to get a point as both the teams were leveled at 25-25, but the game ended on a tie as he couldn’t do so. By Prajakt K.

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