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Japanese Trade Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba eyes strong relationship with India

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Japanese trade and industry minister, Kazuyoshi Akaba, met India's trade minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Thursday in a bid to enhance bilateral ties. Later in the day Akaba also met separately with India's information and broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The two countries are expected to announce plans to accelerate negotiations over Japan's bilateral carbon offset mechanism when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Tokyo likely in August for annual talks. A deal would allow Japanese companies to install carbon-cutting technology in India and in return receive carbon credits under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) that can be used to offset their own carbon footprint under the country's emissions target or be sold to the Japanese government. Jul 31, 2014
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Congress party demands CBI probe in Vyapam scam

Bhopal, July 31 (ANI): The Congress party on Thursday staged a protest over the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh and demanded CBI probe. The anguished protesters took to streets and raised slogans against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and a RSS member Suresh Soni, for their alleged role in employment scam. The protesters also burnt a book by the BJP, titled 'Vyapam ka sach' (truth of employment scam). The state unit president of Congress party in Bhopal city, P.C Sharma, said the book was a big lie. Meanwhile, a protesting worker of Congress party expressed his disappointment over the Special Task Force's (STF) investigation in the matter. Jul 31, 2014
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US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Kerry visited India to re-energise the bilateral ties and to narrow the differences on various issues. The US envoy also met a delegation of Indian industrialists and held discussions on strengthening business ties between both countries. Kerry will be co-chairing the 5th India-US strategic dialogue with Swaraj. Kerry had earlier met Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jul 31, 2014
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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
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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