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Political leaders react as ED registers preliminary enquiry to probe National Herald Case

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Political leaders gave mixed reaction as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a preliminary enquiry in the National Herald case in which Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been accused by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Gandhis are accused of cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily. Meanwhile, Congress party had also filed a petition in the High court in the case, the hearing to which will take place on Friday. Aug 1, 2014
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Piyush Goyal meets US Commerce Secretary, says India, US to take clean energy dialogue forward

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Power Minister Piyush Goyal, discussed issue of clean energy with US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Friday amid ties of the two countries mired by disputes over trade, intellectual property rights and climate change. Goyal said he was confident that meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama would be substantive. Aug 1, 2014
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Sushma Swaraj raises snooping issue with US; politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj raised with US Secretary of State John Kerry the issue of American intelligence agencies allegedly snooping on BJP; politicos asked why the BJP was in constant denial of the fact till now. Swaraj on Thursday conveyed Kerry the 'public anger in India' over the issue. Aug 1, 2014
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Pune landslide: NDRF IG says rescue operations may be over within 48 hours

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): NDRF IG Sandeep Rai Rathore on Friday said that rescue operations are underway in Pune after a landslide hit Malin village burying several people under the debris. Rathore said that nearly 60 bodies have been recovered on Friday and depending on weather conditions the rescue operations may be over within 48 hours. Aug 1, 2014
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Kerry says PM Modi was denied visa by previous govt; politicos react

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Politicos on Friday took a dig at PM Narendra Modi over the visa row after the US Secretary of State John Kerry gave explanation of US denial of visa earlier. Kerry said that the decision was taken by a"different" government and the current government would welcome Prime Minister Modi. Aug 1, 2014
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UPSC row: Verma Committee to submit report in Parliament

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): The Verma Committee will be presenting its report on the UPSC row in Parliament on Friday. Political leaders gave their mixed reactions on the issue which has lead to several protests across the nation. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that the report will be presented and action shall be taken after it is discussed in Parliament. SP leader Naresh Agarwal slammed the government saying that the issue will be raised in the Parliament as it concerns the future of thousands of students. JD (U) Chief Sharad Yadav said that the government had to take a discussion within seven days but the report is being produced so late and thus, action shall be delayed. Aug 1, 2014
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Security personnel intensify combing operation in Kashmir after encounter

Kupwara, Aug 01 (ANI): Security forces intensified a combing operation in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to trace the militants hiding in a forest area. Two militants were killed in an encounter in Keran village of Kupwara district on Thursday evening. According to defence reports, Army's 7 Gadhwal launched a massive hunt to track down the militant groups who were hiding in the forests since the last couple of days. Aug 1, 2014
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Petrol prices cut by rupees Rs 1.09 a litre, diesel hiked by 56 paise a litre

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Petrol price was cut by Rs. 1.09 per litre, the second reduction in three-and-half months while the diesel price was hiked by 56 paise a litre. The revisions were made effective from midnight Thursday, Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest oil firm, announced. Petrol in Delhi will cost Rs 72.51 per litre from today as against Rs 73.60 a litre earlier. Similarly, diesel will be priced at Rs 58.40 per litre from today as compared to the previous Rs 57.84. Petrol price was reduced following drop in international oil rates and rupee depreciation against US dollar, making imports cheaper. Aug 1, 2014
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No change in India's stand on WTO: Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, who met US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker in New Delhi said country's position remained unchanged on the WTO impasse. The ministers had met to review the trade ties between the two nations before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to United States in September this year. New Delhi has insisted that, in exchange for signing the trade facilitation agreement, it must see more progress on a parallel pact giving it more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food grains than is allowed by World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. Meanwhile, Sitharaman added that both India and United States are looking for good deliverables. Aug 1, 2014
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Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag receives Guard of Honour

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday received Guard of Honour at South Block in national capital Delhi. Suhag has taken over as the head of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army, succeeding General Bikram Singh on Thursday. Earlier, the new army chief also paid respect to the martyrs at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate. He will have a tenure of 30 months as the 26th Chief of the armed forces. Aug 1, 2014
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Nepalese Commerce Minister meets Indian counterpart over trade and other issues

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Nepalese Commerce Minister Sunil Bahadur Thapa met his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Himalayan country. Thapa, who is on a four-day visit to India, has discussed issues of bilateral concerns, including trade, investment and petroleum supplies, during his meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other leaders. Modi would go to Kathmandu on August 03 for a two-day visit. Both the countries are likely to sign some agreements to further boost trade and investment in areas like power, infrastructure and services sector. Earlier, India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Nepalese counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on various projects in Kathmandu. Aug 1, 2014
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Honour to lead world's greatest Army, response to any action will be immense and immediate: Army Chi

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): New Army Chief Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday said that it is a great honour for him to lead one of the world's greatest Army. Suhag said that he will ensure that the needs and requirements of the Army are met and that the infrastructure and other aspects are seen and paid adequate attention. The new Army chief also said that in future, the Army's response to any act of attack or infiltration will be immense and immediate. Aug 1, 2014
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Rescuers shift injured to hospital even as many still trapped after landslide near Pune

Manchar, Aug 01 (ANI): Even as the rescue operations continued after a landslide devastated a village in Maharashtra, the injured persons were being taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Many of the injured have been admitted to a hospital in Manchar town which is located about 52 kilometres away from the tragic site. The confirmed death toll was 35 from Wednesday's landslide on a hill above Malin village in Maharashtra. Rescuers waded waist-deep through swirling sludge to dig their way into dozens of submerged homes and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village. Only a handful of residents escaped as the hill came down. Aug 1, 2014
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Explosion at a factory kills five in Chhattisgarh

Abhanpur, Aug 01 (ANI): Explosion at a factory killed five in Chhattisgarh on Friday. The incident took place at the Navbharat Fuse Company situated in Chote Urla village in Abhanpur block, 40 kilometers away from the capital Raipur. Forensic officer, scene of crime unit-incharge, Shivji Singh, said the cause of the incident is yet to be determined. Earlier, a gas leak following an explosion at a steel plant in Chhattisgarh on June 12 left at least five people dead and over 30 unwell. Aug 1, 2014
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SC appoints one member commission to enquire into 2006 Meerut fire tragedy

Meerut, Aug 01 (ANI): Supreme Court of India appointed a one-member commission for inquiry into a fire tragedy, which took place at a consumer fair in 2006 in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 51. The Court bench has ordered that the commission will be headed by former Supreme Court judge SB Sinha. The court also approved a compensation of rupees five lakh for families of the deceased, two lakh for seriously injured and 75,000 for people with minor injuries to be given by the state government. The petitioner, Sanjay Gupta, said the next hearing of the case is scheduled for February 11, 2015. Aug 1, 2014