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EAM Sushma Swaraj meets French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in New Delhi. Fabius arrived in Delhi on Sunday night for a two-day visit. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to make a pitch for speeding up the Rafale aircraft deal. Jun 30, 2014
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ISIS declares Islamic 'Caliphate', calls for Muslims to pledge allegiance

Iraq, June 30 (ANI): An offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance. The move poses a direct challenge to the central leadership of al Qaeda, which has already disowned it, and to conservative Gulf Arab rulers. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and also as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state. Al-Adnani said the Islamic "caliphate" stretched from Aleppo in Syria to Diyala in Iraq. Jun 30, 2014
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BJP youth workers protest against SP govt in UP, police lathi charge

Lucknow, June 30 (ANI): The youth wing of the BJP protested outside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Monday against the failing law and order situation and power crisis in the state. Police lathi charged the protesters and used water canons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Many were injured and later taken to hospital for medical attention. The routes leading to the UP Vidhan Sabha have been cordoned off to avert the protests from further escalation. The state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav led government is on the backfire due to rising crime against women and power crisis. Meanwhile, state BJP President Laxmikant Bajpai condemned the action and said that the party won't step back. Jun 30, 2014
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Vice President Hamid Ansari receives Guard of Honour in China

Beijing, June 30 (ANI): Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday received the ceremonial Guard of Honour in China's capital Beijing. Ansari held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao and also attended events to mark the 60th anniversary of Panchsheel agreement. The Vice President is on a five day official visit to China that is from June 26 to June 30. Jun 30, 2014
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India & China signs MoU for Chinese Industrial Parks

Beijing, June 30 (ANI): India and China on Monday signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on setting up of Chinese Industrial Parks. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also met her Chinese counterpart Gao Hucheng making a strong pitch for greater access for Indian goods and services into China and seeking big ticket investments including for Chinese industrial parks in India Jun 30, 2014
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DU students protest outside UGC, demand continuation of BMS

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Delhi University B Tech students on Monday protested outside University Grants Commission office demanding the continuation of their course and that too under the FMS tag. DU has also decided to discontinue its B Tech and BMS courses and would not hold any fresh admissions to them. Hundreds of students of these two courses gathered outside UGC and shouted slogans against the system of DU and UGC. The student protestors said that by discontinuing the course the university is playing with their future. Jun 30, 2014
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Pallavi Purkayastha murder case: Watchman found guilty of murder, molestation

Mumbai, June 30 (ANI): Almost two years after Mumbai lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha was brutally murdered inside her apartment building, the security guard of the building has been convicted of murder. He has also been pronounced guilty of molestation and trespassing by the Mumbai court. 25-year-old lawyer Pallavi Purkhayastha was brutally murdered at her Wadala apartment on August 9, 2012. She was killed by Sajjad Ahmed Mogul, the security guard of the building. Her fiancée, Avik Sengupta, who discovered her body, died of an illness in November 2013. Jun 30, 2014
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Politicos react on reports that BSP, CPI and NCP may lose national status

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday reacted on reports that BSP, NCP and CPI may lose national status as parties. BJP leader MJ Akbar said that this is a decision of the Election Commission and it is appropriate if the parties fail to gain public faith in form of votes. Congress leader Rashid Alvi stated that the parties which do not get the minimum national support naturally lose national status. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that it is not the first time that less recognised parties are losing national status. Jun 30, 2014
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Politicos laud successful launch of PSLV-C-23 rocket

New Delhi/ Lucknow, June 30 (ANI): Politicos on Monday congratulated scientists and the people who made the PSLV C-23 launch a success, thus positioning India in a strong place globally in space. The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO's) PSLV C23 lifted off from Sriharikota earlier this morning in the presence of Prime Minster Narendra Modi. Jun 30, 2014
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Political leaders seek safety of stranded Indians in Iraq

New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday seek safety of stranded Indians in violence hit Iraq. BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government is doing all to rescue the Indian nationals. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the NDA government should take advantage of the month of Ramadan and rescue the stranded people. JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that something needs to be done as fast as possible for the cause. Jun 30, 2014
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Armaan and Deeksha supports 'Adopt a Dog and Be a Hero campaign'

Mumbai, June 30 (ANI): The lead pair of upcoming romantic film 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil', Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth was spotted encouraging dog adoption while promoting their film in Mumbai. Taking a cue from their film which shows the lead actress adopting a stray puppy, the makers of the film have initiated 'Adopt a Dog, Be a Hero Campaign', to raise awareness about animal welfare. Speaking on the occasion lead actor and a dog lover Armaan Jain said that dogs are not animals but human beings. Directed by Arif Ali, the film is slated for a 4th July release. Jun 30, 2014
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Narendra Modi congratulates ISRO scientists for PSLV-C23's successful launch

Sriharikota, June 30 (ANI): India's national space agency ISRO on Monday launched five satellites from four countries from the spaceport of Sriharikota in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who witnessed the event. Addressing the scientists at Sriharikota Space Center, Modi congratulated the scientists for the successful launch and said that he is privileged to witness it. Jun 30, 2014
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Muslims prepare for Ramadan on first day of fasting, markets flood with delicacies

Agra/ Bhopal, June 30 (ANI): Indian markets flood with dates and other confectionery including royal delicacies, as Muslims mark the Holy month of Ramadan after moon-sighting and started fasting from Monday. Muslims across the country thronged markets to shop for the holy month where Hindu Muslim brotherhood are exemplified with the revelry that people of both the community are soaked in. A shopkeeper, Said Ahmad in Bhopal hailed the unity among the communities where Hindu traders also stock items for the Muslim festival. Ramadan is the ninth of 12 months in the Islamic calendar. The month honours the Angel Gabriel's revelation of the Koran, the holy scripture of Islam, to the Prophet Mohammed at a meditation retreat in a cave about 1,400 years ago. Jun 30, 2014
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Late penalty completes Netherlands' 2-1 victory over Mexico in 2014 FIFA World Cup

Fortaleza, June 30 (ANI): Smiling Netherlands fans left the Arena Castelao stadium in Fortaleza admitting that luck had been on their side as they knocked Mexico out on a penalty, and head into the World Cup quarter-finals. With only two minutes left when Mexico were leading 1-0, until Wesley Sneijder pulled the Dutch level with a fierce drive, forcing the match into extra time. Then a stoppage time penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a dramatic 2-1 victory, minutes after the Mexicans had seemed certain to reach the quarter-finals. Mexico fans argued it was rather the referee siding with the Oranje that had willed the game's result. Jun 30, 2014
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2014 FIFA World Cup: Costa Rica fans celebrate victory after penalty-shootout with Greece

Brazil, June 30 (ANI): Costa Rica fans poured out of Recife's stadium in Brazil victorious after their team beat Greece on penalties guaranteeing them a place in the World Cup quarter finals for the first time in the small country's history. Costa Rica played for 54 minutes with just ten men after Duarte was sent off when he was shown a second yellow card. The teams drew 1-1. Greece lost after failing to save the 4th penalty. Although it was an uneventful start, the second half saw a real battle when Greece went on the attack. It is the first time that Costa Rica has made it to the quarter finals. The last time they got through to the knockout stage was in 1990. Jun 30, 2014