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Hillary Clinton's campaign confirmed, yet another cyber attack July 30, 2016 11:56

US Democrats said that they had been targeted by yet another cyber attack, while Hillary Clinton's campaign confirmed that an analytics program it used was breached in an earlier intrusion. A hack on Democratic National Committee servers resulted in last week's embarrassing leak of emails that had revealed how party leaders sought to undermine Clinton's Democratic White House rival Bernie Sanders."Our campaign computer system has been under review by outside cyber security experts," campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. "To date, they have found no evidence that our internal systems have been compromised." The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said that it was the target of a "cyber security incident." "The investigation is ongoing. Based on the information we have to date, we've been advised by investigators that this is similar to other recent incidents, including the DNC breach," national press secretary Meredith Kelly said in a statement.The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was working to determine the "accuracy, nature and scope" of reports of cyber intrusions "involving multiple political entities." The FBI, "takes seriously any allegations of intrusions and we will continue to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace," the agency said.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange indicated that more Clinton campaign leaks were forthcoming. "We have more material related to the Hillary Clinton campaign," he told CNN. "Those are extremely interesting. We will see what will come of them in due course." "The DNC and the RNC have been Swiss cheese in terms of their security," he said. Assange defended the leak, saying it is "true information." "If we don't understand what our institution's doing, we have no hope to reform them whatsoever," he said. US Secretary of State John Kerry raised the DNC hack with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Laos. "Secretary Kerry has noted that we've been concerned about Russia's activity in this space for quite some time," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. "I suspect that won't be the last time they have a conversation about this," he added.The Kremlin dismissed the allegations as absurd, but President Barack Obama has refused to rule out the possibility, that Russia is trying to sway the presidential election in favor of Republican Donald Trump. By Premji

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Pathankot attacks, US hands over evidences to NIA July 30, 2016 11:13

The US has handed over evidence, comprising over 1,000 pages of chats and conversations between the handler Kashif Jaan and the four fidayeens who were eventually killed, to the NIA. The conversations, as in the case of the Lashkar bosses who had scripted the carnage in Mumbai in 2008 from a safe house in Karachi, made it clear that the terror strike on Pathankot was also micro-managed from Pakistan.The four fidayeen of JeM, identified as Nasir Hussain from Punjab, Abu Bakar from Gujranwala and Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum from Sindh, were in regular touch with their handlers in Pakistan during the 80-hour attack.The documents include Kashif Jaan's conversations with other Pakistan-based JeM office-bearers apart from other exchanges over a period of time. NIA officials are analysing the documents.The proof shared by the US through MLAT (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty) will strengthen India's case ahead of the home minister Rajnath Singh's visit to Islamabad next week for the SAARC interior ministers' and home ministers' conference. It can also help in India renewing its plea for the UNSC sanction on Masood Azar as a terrorist.The investigations reveal that apart from chats on WhatsApp and other platforms, Jaan was using a Facebook account connected to the same mobile number which the attackers called from Pathankot after abducting Punjab police SP Salwinder Singh. The terrorists had called another number in Pakistan connected to a Facebook account of 'Mulla Daadullah'. These accounts are operated by Jaan, were accessed before and around the time of the attack using IP addresses of telecom firms based in Pakistan (Telenor and Pakistan TeleCommunications Company Ltd, Islamabad).These Facebook pages also contains jihadi material and videos and comments condemning teh arrest of Jaish cadres in Pakistan. The terrorists had called to the numbers connected to Al-Rahmat Trust - JeM's financial arm - for which technical details were sought from the US.By Premji

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Mahesh - Murugadoss Movie Starts Rolling July 30, 2016 10:56

Superstar Mahesh Babu has been deeply saddened with the result of his last movie titled Brahmotsavam. This Sreekanth Addala directorial ended up as the biggest debacle in the career off Mahesh and he signed his next movie in the direction of AR Murugadoss. The movie has been under pre-production recently and the film has been launched officially yesterday evening. The film is said to be a stylish action entertainer and Mahesh will be seen as a cop.A formal launch of the film took place in Annapurna Studios and AR Murugadoss along with the makers participated in the launch. The regular shoot of the film will start from today in Hyderabad with the shoot of a song. Rakul Preet Singh is the heroine and Harris Jayaraj is the music composer. NV Prasad and Tagore Madhu are producing this untitled movie that will hit the screens during summer next year.

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YSRCP’s Counter Attack in AP July 30, 2016 10:06

All of a sudden Rajya Sabha MP KVP Ramachandra Rao raised the heat in the Parliament by bringing a private bill which came to discussion from the last couple of days. The best thing that happened is that the MPs from all the parties united and fought against the ruling BJP questioning about the special status. However BJP clearly revealed that there has been no chance of special status for Andhra Pradesh but they would take care of all the developments.Taking this as advantage, YSRCP Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy called off for a bandh on August 2nd across Andhra Pradesh against BJP. Speaking about this, he revealed that BJP cheated during the elections which promised the special status for Andhra Pradesh. A day long bandh will take place by the opposition party on Tuesday and all the leaders will participate in it.

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TS Eamcet 2 Leakage: Fresh Exam Again July 30, 2016 09:55

The Telangana EAMCET 2 paper leakage created a huge sensation all over and after an investigation CID confirmed the paper has been leaked and they have revealed the real culprits behind the scene. They could investigate shocking facts behind the case and the Telangana government decided to cancel the examination. A fresh examination will be conducted for the medical admissions in the state.CID submitted a detailed report to Chief Minister KCR after which the decision has been taken. However the government has been facing huge heat from the students who topped in the examination. CID arrested three brokers along with some students and they believe that around 100 students have been benefited because of the paper leakage. The total scam has been estimated to be Rs 15 crores.

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Rajya Sabha To Take GST Bill Into Consideration Next Week July 29, 2016 17:31

Minister of State for parliamentary affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, has stated that the Contitution Bill (122nd amendment) 2014 will be taken up for consideration and passage in the upper house of the parliament, Rajya Sabha next week. He was making a statement regarding government business for the week starting from August 1 in the Rajya Sabha.  On 27th July, the Cabinet had approved the key changes in the bill by dropping the one percent manufacturing tax and providing guarantee to compensate states for any revenue loss in the first years of rollout of the ambitious indirect tax regime. The government is keen to get the bill passed in Rajya Sabha in the ongoing Monsoon session which will end on August 12. The bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha in May 2015. The bill was stuck in the Rajya Sabha as the government does not have majority in the upper house of the parliament and major opposition party, Congress was demanding few key changes in the bill. The bill will again be sent to the Lok Sabha for confirmation once it gets cleared in Rajya Sabha. The GST bill will create a new single market tax regime in all the 29 states in the country. The bill was scheduled for implementation from April 1, but as the bill was stuck in the Rajya Sabha, the deadline was missed and the implementation could not started.  By Prajakt K.

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John Abraham With Wife Priya Attended Dishoom’s Screening Along With Other Top Stars July 29, 2016 17:11

John Abraham with his wife Priya Runchal, who was looking gorgeous in black, attended Dishoom’s screening, putting an end to the reports of their divorce, along the the Bollywood stars such as veteran actor Anil Kapoor, Sooraj Pancholi, Parineeti Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, and Abhishek Bacchan.Directed by Varun Dhawan’s brother, Rohit Dhawan, Dishoom, starring Jacqueline Fernandez in female lead, Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Akshay Kumar as well as Nargis Fakhri in guest appearances, released today (July 29). Akshaye Khanna is performing a role of a villain in his comeback film. Dishoom’s story revolves around a manhunt of a top cricketer who gets kidnapped just hours before the crucial match against Pakistan. John Abraham and Varun Dhawan, both are doing roles of cops who brings back the cricketer.  Also Read: Dishoom Movie Review View the pic of stars attended Dishoom’s screening... By Prajakt K.

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Terror Monger Zakir Naik sues Arnab Goswami July 29, 2016 16:32

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, has slapped a Rs 500-crore defamation case against Times Now for running a “hate campaign” and “media trial” against him. In the notice, issued by Naik’s lawyer Mubin Solkar, the preacher has levelled some other charges also against the channel including “creating enmity and hatred between religious communities” and hurting the “religious sentiments” of Naik and the Muslim community through the channel.In the legal notice filed by his lawyer on behalf of Zakir Naik, he accuses Arnab Goswami of making false and defamatory statements in his “The Newshour Debate” which was telecast on the channel on 6th July, 2016.The notice says Arnab made statements such as:1. “He is not a scholar, he is a supporter of Osama Bin Laden, he used the medium of television to build the case for Osama Bin Laden.” 2. “Zakir Naik is so dangerous, he is so dangerous, because he uses the television media.” 3. “He is using the garb of Quran to defend violence, the ISIS has carried out the attack in Dhaka and this man is defending Osama Bin Laden and building a case for them.” 4. “He is an agent of terror.” 5. “This debate is for protecting India from venomous people like Zakir Naik.” 6. “I cannot tolerate people who carry an Indian passport and have no loyalty to this country, to this country’s belief, to this country’s sovereignty and to this country’s secularism.” 7. “Kafeel Ahmad responsible for the 2007 Glasgow Airport attack, the man who plotted the 2007 London bombings is inspired by Zakir Naik, Iqbal Bhatkal, Raahil Bhatkal of the Indian Mujahidden are inspired by Zakir Naik.”The radical preacher has been blaming the press for a ‘media trial’, but this is for the first time Naik is slapping a legal notice against any media company in connection with the recent allegations. The governments in India and Bangladesh had taken certain actions against Naik’s Peace TV. Naik is also banned in certain countries like the UK for his alleged hate speech. Many Islamic scholars and Muslim clerics had spoken against Naik, criticising that his speeches misguide the members of the community.By Premji

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Pakistan’s internal politics volatile, Husain Haqqani July 29, 2016 15:09

I don’t think that Pakistan’s internal political condition is that stable so as to allow any leader to ensure cordial relationship between India and Pakistan, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said. Husain Haqqani said the problems emanating from Gilgistan and PoK should be left to Pakistan and the part of Kashmir that India has, should be handled by them alone, only then can there be some peace in Kashmir.“I have heard that some people have complaints with regards to PoK that the elections did not take place as expected. But, I think that the problems emanating from Gilgistan and PoK should be left to Pakistan and the part of Kashmir that India has, should be handled by them alone, then there can be some peace in Kashmir,” he said.Haqqani said, “I personally think that Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif initiated the talks with sincerity, but Pakistan’s political condition is not conducive enough to allow PM Sharif to take any big decision. And, I don’t think PM Modi himself cannot take any decision individually, because when terrorism takes place, how can one expect concession towards one another.”“I don’t think that Pakistan’s internal political condition is that stable so as to allow any leader to ensure cordial relationship between India and Pakistan,” he added.“If someone says that something is an ‘unfinished business’, so they should remember that Kashmir is an unfinished business for last 69 years and will remain so for another 69 years and no further action would take place,” said Haqqani.“I believe that it would be better if India and Pakistan should first try to be friends and then talk about their disagreements. But as of now, it doesn’t seem to be happening. As far as terrorists and people like Hafiz Saeed are concerned, I believe that they can only increase hatred and cannot increase Pakistan’s prosperity and happiness,” Haqqani said.“Similarly, if in India, some people say that only enmity with Pakistan is the only solution, then also it would not benefit the bilateral relationship of both the countries. I think all the disagreements should be kept aside and emphasis should be put on friendship,” he added.By Premji

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Pakistan "puzzled" over U.S. July 29, 2016 12:39

The "extremely opposing views" emanating from within the U.S. Congress about Pakistan's counter-terrorism policies and efforts to promote peace in Afghanistan have confused several Pakistani policy makers. Pakistani policy makers seems to be "puzzled" over Washington's conduct with regard to its relationship with Islamabad.Pakistan and the United States have had a phase of uneasy relations over the allegations that Islamabad's counter-terrorism operations are focusing only on militants linked to the anti-state, Pakistani Taliban and is sparing sanctuaries linked to the Afghan militants, including Haqqani Network terrorist group.Recently U.S Congress has prevented the Obama administration from subsidizing the sale of eight F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan. The recent US Congressional hearing under the title "Pakistan: Friend or foe" has further infuriated the Pakistani senators. Some lawmakers and witnesses during the hearing has demanded Washington to cut off all the financial and military aid to Islamabad and accused the Pakistan military of maintaining ties with Taliban and Haqqani militants fighting the U.S.-backed Afghan government."The hearing you have referred to was informal and was very thinly attended. Mr. Ted Poe, who was behind the idea of hearing, himself did not attend it. His negative bias against Pakistan is well known, so nothing positive could be expected," asserted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Nafees Zakaria.Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, had even urged the United States to adopt a policy of total isolation against the Islamabad and turn it into a "second North Korea" to force it to cooperate for peace in Afghanistan.Owais Leghari, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, has asserted that Pakistan is being increasingly blamed and turned into a "punching bag" because of setbacks the U.S. policy has suffered in Afghanistan."They are looking at securing the Pakistan border in a more substantial way. So, I want to help Pakistan, and they are doing the right thing and there is a lot of improvement to be made. But I would acknowledge it a step in the right direction," said U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.By Premji

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