BSE closes points 192.45 down on July 31

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 192.45 points down to stand at 25,894.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 70.10 points down to stand at 7,721.30. IRB Infra and Pipavav Defence were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.79% and 4.55% along with The Ramco Cements Limited and Aurobindo Pharma with an increase of 4.39% and 4.35% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Cadila Health and Max India with a decrease of 4.02% and 3.30% along with Wockhardt and NTPC with a decrease of 3.18% and 3.01% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 97.03 points at 15,490.71 while the banking sector is down 208.90 points 17,485.61 and the realty sector is up 5.56 points at 1,894.02. The Indian currency is down 0.66% at Rs 60.46 per dollar. Jul 31, 2014

Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag takes charge as new Army Chief

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Thursday took charge as the new Indian Army Chief. Suhag has succeeded Gen Bikram Singh who has been the Army Chief since past 2 years. Singh had earlier visited Amar Jawan Jyoti before demitting office and received the Guard of Honour at New Delhi’s India Gate. Singh also congratulated Suhag on taking office. 59-year-old Lt General Suhag, a Gurkha officer who had participated in the 1987 Indian Peace Keeping Force operation in Sri Lanka, will have 30-month tenure. Jul 31, 2014

Kejriwal addresses auto drivers in Delhi, says brought good governance in 49 days

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): In a bid to strengthen AAP_s support base in the national capital, party_s National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday addressed a rally of auto drivers at the Ramlila Maidan. Kejriwal said that his government had fulfilled the promises it made to the people of Delhi. He also said that within the time of 49 days, the AAP government was able to improve the system. Jul 31, 2014

Curfew relaxed for 6 hours in violence-hit Saharanpur

Saharanpur, July 31 (ANI): Curfew was on Thursday relaxed for six hours in the violence-hit Saharanpur as the situation is gradually returning to normal. Speaking about the curfew relaxation, Saharanpur DM, Sandhya Tiwari said that they have relaxed the curfew for 6 hours and if the condition is good then they will relax it further. She further said that till now no incidents have been reported. She also added that they are arresting the culprits. Jul 31, 2014

Rajnath visits landslide-hit Malin village in Pune while rescue operations are underway

Pune, July 31 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday visited the landslide-hit Malin village in Pune where rescue operations are underway. Singh said that it was a deadly natural calamity where numerous people lost their homes and lives. Singh further assured that Central government will give all help necessary to State and give proper compensation to the victims. Jul 31, 2014

Women flock local markets in UP ahead of Raksha Bandhan

Gorakhpur, July 31 (ANI): Women in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday flocked markets to buy colourful sacred threads, _rakhis_ for their brothers ahead of _Raksha Bandhan_. _Rakhi_ is a symbolic holy thread, which a sister ties on her brother_s wrist as a mark of bonding between them. A shopkeeper, Pradeep Kumar Gupta, said people reeling under the effect of inflation are buying Chinese rakhis as they are affordable. Jul 31, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday. Kerry arrived here on Wednesday to re-energise the bilateral ties and to narrow the differences on various issues. The US Secretary of State will co-chair the 5th India-US strategic dialogue with Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj later today. Jul 31, 2014