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Fire Birds Won Women’s Pro Kabaddi Qualifier; Beat Ice Divas 22-13 July 26, 2016 16:45

Although the score looks completely one sided, Ice Divas could not pull a win against Fire Birds despite a tight performance in Women’s Pro Kabaddi Qualifier at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi on Monday.Till the last five minutes Ice Divas were in the game, but in the last five minutes Fire Birds turned the game to their side. Raider Mariya Mounika gave a 2-point lead to Fire Birds with scoreline reads 3-1 after three minutes. It was difficult for Ice Divas to score points without Abhilasha Mhatre on field. Soanli Shingate scored a point to level the scores at 3-3. But Mamtha Poojari scored a raid point to give 4-3 lead to Fire Birds in the sixth minute. Fire Birds’ defense played a key role in defending Ice Birds raiders as well providing points as they provided 7-5 lead to Fire Birds after 13 minutes. At the end of the first half, Ice Divas somehow managed to level the game at 8-8 with the help of Sumithra Sharma’s points. Later, in the second half, after too much give and take, match were leveled at 9-9 after 18 minutes. Abhilasha Mhatre could not score a single point till 20th minute. Ice Divas awarded with a technical point in 20th minute to level the game again at 10-10. Sonali Shingate again scored a point and provided Ice Divas 12-10 lead. After 25 minutes, Fire Birds were trailing 12-13. With just five minutes remaining to finish the game, Fire Birds attacked with their full force and scored back to back points with a super tackle to wrap up the game at 22-13.By Prajakt K.

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Patna Pirates Beat Dabang Delhi KC 32-31 July 26, 2016 16:28

Dabang Delhi KC, who were ahead throughout the game could not pull win against Patna Pirates at Game 52 of fourth edition of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League on Monday at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi.  Patna Pirates are at the top of the table with scoring 52 points in 10 wins out of 13 and with their qualification hopes resting on the performances of the other teams, Dabang Delhi KC are at seventh position with 27 points in 4 wins. In the first half, Dabang Delhi KC immediately after the start send Pradeep Narwal out of the game to level the 1-1 after Rajesh Mondal opened the account fro Patna Pirates. In the sixth minute Kashiling Adake scored points to provide 4-3 lead to his team. But counter attack from Rajesh Mondal ensured Patna Pirates leveling the score at 4-4 in the seventh minute. After 11 minutes, scores were 6-6. Star raider Pradeep Narwal who could not score till the first 12 minute went on to score a bonus point in 14th minute with Patna Pirates leading 9-7. Kashiling Adake saved an all out of his team and scored points as his team were trailing 11-13 after 16 minutes. Two back to back super tackles provided 16-14 lead to Delhi KC at the end of the first half. Later, in the second half, Patna Pirates, managed to level the score at 16-16 after 22 minutes. Patna Pirates missed 4th chance of scoring an all out on Delhi KC as Meraj Sheykh came between them and scored points to lead 21-19 after 25 minutes. Dabang Delhi KC’s Meraj Shyekh were giving a top class performance as he went on scoring and proving firm leads to his team. In the 29th minute Patna Pirates successfully scored their first all out of the game on Delhi KC to lead 26-25. They even sent Meraj Sheykh out of the game to lead 27-25. But Kashiling Adake scored a supoer raid and provided 31-29 lead in the 31st minute. Pradeep Narwal scoring good points leveled the score at 31-31 in the 38th minute and at the end inflicted a tackle to win 32-31. By Prajakt K.

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7th pay commission notified, Central government employees to have salary hike July 26, 2016 15:56

The Modi government has notified the 7th Pay Commission report, which means Central government employees will get the new pay boost in their August salaries. The Union Cabinet had earlier cleared the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission headed by A K Mathur on June 29 in respect of the hike in basic pay and pension. 4.8 million central government employees and 5.2 million pensioners will get the increased payout for their August salaries.The decision on 7th Pay Commission suggestions relating to allowances has been referred to a Committee headed by Finance Secretary. The recommendations on Allowances (except Dearness Allowance) will be referred to the Committee comprising of Finance Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) as Chairman and Secretaries of Home Affairs, Defence, Health and Family Welfare, Personnel and Training, Posts and Chairman, Railway Board as Members.There shall be two dates for the grant of increment, 1st January and 1st July of every year, instead of existing date of 1st July, provided that an employee shall be entitled to only one annual increment on either one of these two dates depending on the date of appointment, promotion or grant of financial up-gradation.Rate of increment has been retained at 3 percent. This will benefit the employees in future on account of higher basic pay as the annual increments that they earn in future will be 2.57 times than at present.The additional financial impact on account of implementation of 7th Pay Commission suggestions in 2016-17 will be Rs. 1,02,100 crore. There will be an additional implication of Rs. 12,133 crore on account of payments of arrears of pay and pension for two months of 2015-16. Brief snapshot of what this means for government employees. 1. There will be an overall hike of 23.55 per cent in the basic salary and allowances. 2. The 23.55 per cent overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension would entail an additional annual burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore, or nearly 0.7 per cent of the GDP. 3. Entry level pay will be raised to Rs 18,000 a month from the current Rs 7,000. 4. The maximum pay has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh a month, up from the current Rs 90,000. 5. This is the lowest pay hike for government employees, in terms of a pay panel report, in the last 70 years. 6. While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as an interim allocation for different ministries. 7. Experts said the higher payout will boost consumption, especially of consumer durables and services. By Premji

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Pakistani terrorist caught alive by Indian Army July 26, 2016 14:51

Four militants were killed and another apprehended by security forces during an encounter in Naugam sector near the LoC in Kupwara district of Kashmir, an Army official said. He said all the militants were foreign nationals. Amid Pakistan sponsored terrorist activities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the rise, the security forces had a major success when they caught a Pakistani terrorist alive.The arrest of a Pakistani terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupawara district is a "big success" for the security forces, as it exposes the game plan of Pakistan, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said."Catching a terrorist alive is a big success as it brings in open the game plan of Pakistan. The arrest of a terrorist in Kupwara is a big achievement of security forces," he told reporters in New Delhi.Minister of State (MoS), Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir confirmed that, "The terrorist caught alive in Kupwara is a Pakistani."“The Army had launched search operation to flush out suspected militants. After two days, contact was established and during the ensuing gunfight four militants were killed while one militant was apprehended,” Srinagar based Defence spokesperson said.“The militant group was intercepted close to Anti-Insurgency Obstacle System (AIOS) after the Army noticed a suspicious movement. As the militants were challenged, they opened fired triggering a gun battle. The Army maintained a tight cordon around the forest area for the whole night to ensure that the militants don’t manage to escape from the area,” he said.Terming the arrest of a terrorist alive as a “big catch”, the official said once the arrested terrorist is subjected to intense grilling, many vital information about the design of the terror groups operating from across the border is likely to unravel.By Premji

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Akshay Kumar’s Special Cameo July 26, 2016 13:58

Bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar is known for wrapping up films in quick succession. He manages to release 3-4 films every year and he has number of movies lined up always. He scored massive hits like Airlift and Housefull 3 this year and his next film Rustom is gearing up for release on August 12th. The actor surprised everyone in a cameo in the upcoming action entertainer Dishoom starring John Abraham and Varun Dhawan. The movie has been directed by Rohit Dhawan who made his directorial debut with Desi Boyz starring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. Akshay Kumar shares a good bonding with the director and he gave his nod for a cameo. His new look for the movie has been creating huge sensation all over and Akshay has been seen in a completely different look with long hair. The movie is gearing up for a massive release on July 29th all over the world. Sajid Nadiadwala produced Dishoom which is releasing between huge expectations.

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Srirastu Subhamastu Impresses Big Time July 26, 2016 13:41

Allu Sirish is making his comeback after an enough gap and his comeback film has been titled as Srirastu Subhamastu.Parasuram directed the movie which completed shoot recently. Allu Sirish and Lavanya Tripathi played the lead roles in this romantic entertainer. The makers unveiled the theatrical trailer of the movie which has been completely engaging. The complete trailer has been pleasing and impressive with loads of entertainment and emotional content. SS Thaman composed the music and the audio of the film is already a massive hit.The makers of Srirastu Subhamastu have been promoting the movie extensively and Allu Sirish has been quite confident on the film’s success. Allu Aravind produced Srirastu Subhamastu on Geetha Arts and the movie has been slated for release on August 5th all over.

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Congress’s blackmailing on GST, harming nation July 26, 2016 13:07

Finance minister Arun Jaitley will chair the meeting of state finance ministers on Goods and Services Tax, which is likely to discuss various vexed issues that is holding up the passage of the much-talked-about tax reform in the Rajya Sabha. There are indications that the Congress may hardening its stance on the Bill after the National Herald case flared up over the weekend.Congress is trying to arm twist the government for getting relief in the National Herald case for which their dynastic leaders Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi along with other Congress leaders are facing a case of cheating and forgery for which they are out on bail. Furious with the criminal case slapped on them, Congress is keeping the country in ransom with their objection in GST bill which will help the country to grow."The removal of the one per cent additional tax on inter-state trading may come up for discussion at the empowered committee meeting," a government official said.On Friday, while listing out government business for the week beginning 25 July, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in the Rajya Sabha that the GST Bill will come up for discussion next week."(This is for) further consideration and passing of the Constitution 122nd Amendment Bill, 2014, as passed by the Lok Sabha and as reported by the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha," he said in the Upper House.The Congress is hardening its stance on the Bill after the investigating agency booked former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the National Herald cheating case  in which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul is already facing the trial.“I think the objections raised by Congress are purely political as the government has shown its intent to agree on two of their demands … The only issue is the point relating to putting a cap on 18 per cent tax rate either by incorporating it in Constitution or through some via medium in the Bill so that it can be amended by Parliament. I still think that if Congress wants the Bill to be passed, things can still be worked out and a solution can be arrived at. They should not hold it for political reasons,” said Naushad Forbes, president, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).“I can’t understand why the whole nation should not get the benefit of GST just because of this argument on imposing a constitutional cap on 18 per cent tax rate … It can always be put in Constitution by the Congress at a later date when they have the numbers to do so but don’t hold it up now as it is something that will benefit the entire nation,” said RC Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India.By Premji

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July 26, Kargil Vijay divas July 26, 2016 11:32

The nation on today is paying tribute to its brave Indian soldiers who have laid their lives during the two-month long war on the icy heights of Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir, bordering the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1999. On the 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas, PM Narendra Modi hailed the supreme sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers and paid his rich tributes to the war heroes.I bow to every valiant soldier who fought for India till very last breath. Their heroic sacrifices inspire us, PM Modi said in a tweet.India will never forget the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers gave a befitting & unforgettable reply to the intruders, he tweeted.We recall with pride, the firmness demonstrated by India’s political leadership in 1999, which ensured a decisive victory in Kargil, another tweet. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal also paid homage to the Kargil War martyrs in the national capital. In the Drass sector in Jammu and Kashmir, the families of Kargil War heroes paid tributes to the fallen war heroes on the occasion of 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas. Father of Captain Vikram Batra, who lost his life in Kargil War, said his son was a legendary soldier. We are very proud of him, he added. The official history of the three-month conflict is being written in the Ministry of Defence. The two-year long project, which has started in January last year, is being headed by the historian Srinath Raghavan. But the army, which has played the leading role in evicting Pakistani intruders from the mountain ranges, is not sharing any operational detail with the history division of the ministry. Lt General (retd) Vinod Bhatia, former DGMO, said, “It is important to write the history of the Kargil War but every operational detail cannot be shared. So many of our current deployments in the area are based on what happened in 1999, and the DGMO can’t possibly share them. Also, the tactics we used, our launch pads for operations, we can’t let that information out even now.”“Our operational and logistics build-up, location of reserves etc. are not a matter of detail, but one of military capability and hence, need not be in the public domain,” Bhatia said. By Premji

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Hyundai Introduces Automatic Variant in Creta S+ Trim July 26, 2016 10:55

Hyundai has introduced the automatic transmission variant of the S+ mid-range trim to the market at a price of Rs. 13.56 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Korean carmaker had already introduced the S+ AT trim a couple of months ago but did not mention any price. Now as the price of the trim is listed on the official website of Hyundai, the bookings for the automatic transmission variant have begun in the metros in India. The price of Rs. 13.56 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) is lower than the price of the top-end SX+ automatic trim by about Rs. 1 lakh. The Creta S+ AT trim will surely boost the sale of the Creta, as the feature is made available on the slightly lower priced version of the SUV. The Creta tops the sales charts in the compact SUV segment in India, being the bestseller since it was launched last year. Now, you can book for the Creta S+ trim in metros at (ex-showroom prices) Rs. 13.78 lakhs (Chennai), Rs. 14.27 lakhs (Mumbai), Rs. 13.99 lakhs (Kolkata) and Rs. 13.76 lakhs (Bengaluru). The Creta S+ AT's direct rival is the Renault Duster AMT, which is priced Rs. 13.14 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Creta S+ AT uses the 1.6-litre, CRDi, VGT, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel mill, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, to power itself. The power output is 126 bhp at 4000 rpm and 265 Nm of torque at 1900 rpm. The Creta comes with a front-wheel drive configuration. Source: Vicky.in

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Japan stabbing - 19 killed, 25 injured July 26, 2016 10:28

A knife-wielding man went on a rampage at a care centre for the mentally disabled in which at least 19 people were killed in Japan, officials said. Another 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously, in the attack in Sagamihara city, 50 kilometres west of Tokyo, a local fire department spokesman said. The facility, called the Tsukui Yamayuri-en, is home to about 150 adult residents who have mental disabilities.The alleged assailant turned himself in after 3:00 am (1800 GMT Monday), admitting he had carried out the attack, police in Sagamihara said. He left the knife in his car when he entered the station. He has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and trespassing. Officials in Kanagawa prefecture, which borders Tokyo, identified the suspect as Satoshi Uematsu, and said he had worked at the facility until February.He entered the building about 2:10 a.m. by breaking a glass window on the first floor of a residential building at the facility, Shinya Sakuma, head of prefectural health and welfare division, said at a news conference.Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa expressed his condolences to the victims.According to police, the suspect said: “The disabled should all disappear.”“Doctors confirmed the deaths of 19 people,” the fire department official said.A woman who lives across from the facility said that she saw police cars enter the facility around 3:30 a.m. "I was told by a policeman to stay inside my house, as it could be dangerous," she said. "Then ambulances began arriving, and blood-covered people were taken away."Japanese broadcaster NTV reported that Uematsu was upset because he had been fired, but that could not be independently confirmed.Japan has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world, and attacks involving weapons of any kind are unusual. But the country has seen outbursts of random as well as planned violence.By Premji

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