Fri, 05 August 2016
Rio Olympics: Deepika, Bombayla advance to Round of 32

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23:42   Rio Olympics: Deepika, Bombayla advance to Round of 32
It was a disappointing finish at Rio Olympics for Indian women archers in Recurve archery ranking round after Deepika Kumari, who had maintained top spot in the early rounds, slipped to 20th, but qualified for the Round of 32 along with Bombayla Devi (24th). 

The other Indian, Laxmirani (43rd) was out. India, who were at 5th spot midway in Women Team Ranking round finished in the 7th position. 

Finishing amongst top 4 in Team ranking would have meant a direct entry to the Quarter-Finals. 

India will play Columbia in the knockout round.
22:57   Kerry rules out lifting sanctions against HuJI
The US Secretary of State John Kerry has ruled out lifting sanctions against Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Harakat-ul Jihad Islami (HUJI) which was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by his predecessor Hillary Clinton some six years ago.

Based upon a review of the Administrative Record and in consultation with the Attorney General and the Treasury Secretary, Kerry in a federal notification concluded that the "circumstances that were the basis for designating HuJI as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation have not changed".

As such it does not warrant a revocation of the designation, Kerry said in a statement dated July 20, which was published in the Federal Register today. 

The statement does not give reasons for carrying out the review of foreign terrorist organisation designation of HuJI. 

On August 6, 2010, the then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is now the Democratic presidential nominee, had slapped sanctions on HuJI and its leader Mohammad Ilyas Kashmir. 
22:25   Malaysian Islamic leaders say no to Pokemon Go
Islamic leaders in Kuala Lumpur said today that Muslims should avoid playing Pokemon Go because the popular mobile game was harmful and could "lead to gambling." 

Senior religious official Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri said the city's Islamic Legal Consultative Committee had taken into consideration top scholars' opinions on the cartoon creatures. 

"Pokemon Go and all the Pokemon characters should be avoided as it can bring harm," he was quoted as saying by the national news agency Bernama.

"The game promoted a search for power and deities with certain powers which could lead to gambling."

Pokemon Go is not yet available officially in Malaysia. 

The Muslim-majority country has long practised a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes are rising. The viral game uses satellite locations, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, challenging players to capture and train the creatures for battles.
22:24   Haryana bans 'The Legend of Michael Mishra'
Haryana government today banned the screening of the Hindi film 'The Legend of Michael Mishra' in the state for a period of eight weeks. 

A decision to this effect was taken in view of the reports that there was resentment among members of the Valmiki community regarding some objectionable utterances in a part of the film, an official spokesman said.

This order would remain in force for eight weeks until further orders, he said.

The film, produced by Kishore Arora and directed by Munish Jha, was slated to be released today.

He said the government had received information that certain organisations and individuals were protesting against the exhibition of the film, as the lead actor Arshad Warsi in a particular scene utters "objectionable words" which have the potential to outrage the religious feelings of the community. 
22:09   Government bans air-borne activities near defence installation in Udhampur
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir today banned private air-borne activities within a radius of one km from any defence or security installation in district Udhampur for a period of 60 days to prevent any untoward incident ahead of Independence day.
The order comes in view of the "security threat" following an "alert" by Indian Air Force. 

"Restrictions have been imposed on the use of para-gliders, parachutes, air balloons and other air-borne activities within a radius of one km from any Defence or security installation in Udhampur district as a security measure following inputs from Air Force headquarters," District Magistrate Udhampur Niraj Kumar said, adding restrictions have been imposed under section 144 of CrPC. 

"In case of any such activity, prior permission of the District Magistrate shall be required," he said. 

Kumar directed private agencies, operating such businesses, to disclose their details along with details of equipment to the Additional Deputy Commissioner Udhampur. 
22:06   US First Daughter Sasha Obama serves seafood in summer job
Sasha Obama, daughter of US President Barack Obama, has swapped the comforts of the White House for the counter of a seafood restaurant, US media report.

The 15-year-old has taken a summer job serving food at the business in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Sasha, using her full name, Natasha, has been accompanied to the restaurant by a contingent of six secret service agents, the Boston Herald reports.
The town has been a favourite location for the Obamas on their summer breaks.

A co-worker told the Herald: "She's been working downstairs at takeout. We were wondering why there were six people helping this girl, but then we found out who it was."

The White House has not commented on the report but First Lady Michelle Obama has spoken about trying to bring her two daughters up as normally as possible.
21:53   Trump to unveil his economic plan next week
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, would unveil his agenda for revitalising the American economy next Monday, his campaign announced today.
"Trump's speech will focus on empowering Americans by freeing up the necessary tools for everyone to gain economically," his campaign said in a statement. 

It will stand in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton's same, stale big government policy prescriptions that have choked economic growth in America and led to over 40 years of wage stagnation, it alleged.

"Americans will have two choices presented to them this November, to stay on the same path that has cost Americans millions of jobs, and declining incomes, or change that can finally allow Americans to reach their potential and become great again," the Trump campaign said.
21:29   Sonowal briefs PM, Rajnath about situation in Assam
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the situation in Assam where at least 14 people were killed by extremists.
Sonowal, who was in Delhi, met the prime minister and apprised him about the incident in Kokrajhar district and the steps taken to nab those involved in it. 

The chief minister also informed the home minister, who assured full Central assistance to the state government, official sources said.
Sonowal has cut short his visit to the national capital and returned to Assam this evening after the violent incident and instructed state police to arrest those involved the in it.
21:24   Trump backs off false Iran video claim
Donald Trump backed off a false claim Friday morning, admitting he had not seen a video of a $400 million payment being unloaded from a US plane in Iran.

The Republican nominee had claimed at rallies twice this week that such a video existed, saying in Maine on Thursday that it was provided by Iranians "to embarrass our president because we have a president who's incompetent."

What Trump had actually seen in news reports was video of three American prisoners who Iran had released arriving in Geneva, Switzerland.

Trump admitted his error in an early-morning tweet Friday, without actually saying he was wrong.

"The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!" he tweeted.

Read more HERE.
21:00   Danish warplanes drop first bombs against ISIS in Syria
Danish warplanes bombed Syria for the first time, its military said on Friday, as Denmark extended its fight against Islamic State from neighbouring Iraq.

Four F-16 jets bombed the militants' stronghold city of Raqqa, targeting command and control facilities, weapons stocks and enemy personnel, Defence Command Denmark said.

NATO member Denmark is part of the US-led operation"Inherent Resolve" against Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.
20:44   WB govt wants to take over Nobel theft probe, to approach CBI
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government is "in the process" of approaching the CBI for handing over to it the responsibility of investigating the theft of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel medallion.

"We are in the process of approaching the central probe agency expressing our willingness to take over responsibility of the poet's Nobel medallion theft probe," Banerjee told reporters after an administrative meeting with the Burdwan district authority.
"If the state government was given the responsibility, it can try to retrieve the Nobel medallion of Rabindranath Tagore lost in 2004 from the Visva Bharati University," she said.
Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee said the process would begin after his return to Kolkata and he would write a letter to the CBI expressing the state government's willingness to take over the probe.
20:37   Ex-CIA boss backs Clinton, calls Trump a security risk
A former top CIA official emphatically endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today, calling Donald Trump an "unwitting agent" of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump's vulnerabilities by complimenting him," wrote former CIA deputy director Michael Morell in a New York Times op-ed. "In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr.Putin had recruited Mr Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation."
A self-identified nonpartisan who has worked under both Republican and Democratic governments, Morell called Clinton "highly qualified" to lead the US, having worked with the Democratic nominee when she served as secretary of state. 

"Clinton is highly qualified to be commander in chief," Morell wrote. "I trust she will deliver on the most important duty of a president - keeping our nation safe."
20:12   Hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel on hunger strike
Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons were observing a hunger strike today, in a new wave of protest that Palestinian officials said was expected to grow.

Some of the strikers accused Israeli jailers of "harassment" while others refused food in solidarity with prisoner Bilal Kayed, who has been fasting for 52 days over his detention without trial, Palestinian officials said.
An Israeli prison official said that a large part of the protest seemed to be in response to a decision by authorities to hold prisoners from the militant movement Hamas in separate cells.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club said in a statement that 80 prisoners stopped eating today, joining 325 who have been fasting for the past two days at various prisons in Israel and the occupied West Bank.
19:42   Rio Olympics 2016: India's Atanu Das finishes at 5th spot out of 64 contestants
Rio2016 Archery: India's Atanu Das finishes at 5th spot out of 64 contestants with 683 points in Men's Individual Ranking Round.

Korea's Kim Woojin came in first and shot World Record 700.

1. Kim Woo-jin (South Korea) 700 WR 
2.Brady Ellison (United States) 690 
3.David Pasqualucci (Italy) 685 
4 Sjef van den Berg (Netherlands) 684 
5 Atanu Das (India) 683 
6 Ku Bon-chan (South Korea) 681 
7 Takaharu Furukawa (Japan) 680
8 Jean-Charles Valladont (France) 680 
19:35   GST Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday; Modi to intervene
Lok Sabha is set to take up the GST Bill for passage on Monday during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interve, even as the Centre today continued efforts for its early ratification by the state assemblies.
Giving the information that Lok Sabha will take up the GST Bill on Monday, a senior Union minister said that the measure is likely to be passed the same day. 

"The Prime Minister will intervene during he debate on the GST Bill in Lok Sabha," the minister said. 

The opposition had attacked Modi for not intervening during the debate on the bill in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. 
Top Gainers today 
18:56   Mumbai ranked most expensive city in India
For Indian travellers, Mumbai has been ranked the most expensive city in the country, but second least expensive in the world, according to a report.

The financial capital of the country, Mumbai has been ranked the most expensive city in India, however, it is the second least expensive destination in the world to visit after Hanoi, according to TripAdvisor's sixth edition of annual TripIndex Cities.

Overall, the report revealed that New York (US), the most expensive city internationally for a three-day break for Indians will cost Rs 1,24,201, which is over three times costly than Mumbai, the most expensive city in India.

Capetown in South Africa has been ranked third globally least expensive city to visit followed by Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand) and Moscow (Russia).
IED blast near Manipur State Museum, near Imphal Polo Ground. One CRPF personnel, and one boy injured. 
Vijay Rupani and Nitin Patel being felicitated by Nitin Gadkari, Amit Shah and Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar. 
18:09   Vijay Rupani to be Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel to be his deputy
Just in: Vijay Rupani to be Gujarat CM, Nitin Patel to be his deputy.

Rupani was made president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Gujarat unit in February. His appointment, insiders said, was delayed by almost a month owing to differences between Anandiben Patel and BJP President Amit Shah.

He replaced the Leuva Patidar leader, R C Faldu, and his appointment came at a time when the party was facing serious challenges from the community.

The appointment was seen as a mark of confidence the BJP brass had in the leader from the Baniya community.

A Jain Baniya, Rupani does not belong to one of the majority communities in the state; Jains make up only one per cent of Gujarat's population while Baniyas comprise three per cent.

The BJP selected a non-other backward classes and non-Patel leader at the helm to avoid a tricky political situation, sources said. Many see Rupani as an Amit Shah confidante. Hence, his appointment hinted at the latter's increased indirect control of the state unit, where rumours of factionalism are rife.

Rupani was a cabinet minister with portfolios such as transport and labour & employment. As Gujarat party president, Rupani was required to consolidate the cadre amid challenges such as the Patidar reservation agitation.

Also, given the party's poor performance in rural areas during the recent local body polls, Rupani's role was deemed to be crucial in maintaining and improving on the party's prospects in the assembly elections in December 2017.

Rupani has also been the party's general secretary and was an active member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

Nitin Patel is considered a seasoned politician, who rose up the ranks over the years, especially in the last two years as the second-in-command of CM Anandiben Patel.

Currently serving as health, public welfare and roads and building minister in Gujarat, Patel has also been a businessman, having dabbled in cotton ginning and oil pressing.

Having contested his first assembly election in 1995, Patel has usually won from the Kadi constituency and became a cabinet minister in the Keshubhai Patel government.
17:49   NDRF's rescue nightmare: Crocodiles, rain, zero visibility in muddy Savitri river
Search operations launched to trace the remains of the two buses and private vehicles swept away in Mahad have run into adverse weather conditions coupled with high currents in the Savitri river, a senior NDRF official said.

NDRF joined other agencies including the Coastguard in relief operations soon after the tragedy struck on Tuesday night and has since then been scouring the swollen waters for vehicle remains and missing people.

"We are facing problems on three fronts. First the adverse weather conditions due to heavy rains, and then the extreme water current. Also, the water is so muddy that it has hindered the visibility to zero levels for our deep divers," Anupam Srivastava, a commandant of the 5th battalion told PTI.

Srivastava said his team is not equipped with infra-red based technology that could help in locating objects in muddy water. Another obstacle they have to contend with is the presence of crocodiles in the water.

"The latest obstacle is that our team jawans have spotted few crocodiles in the waters which means extra caution is needed while venturing out. But definitely these are not going to dampen our commitment," Srivastava said.

With his crew of 160 jawans, 12 deep divers and 13 boats, DIG of NDRF (South Zone) S P Selvan is personally monitoring operations on the site. Elaborating on his team's efforts, Srivastava said, "One the first day, we lowered down a 150 kg hook as an anchor (into the river) but it could not stabilise at one place due to high currents. Then we got a 300-kg magnet from nearby MIDC but it too faced lot of resistance."

"During the process, this magnet anchor got stuck to a heavy object and we guessed that it could be the one of the buses. But the crane present on the spot could not pull it out," he said.

"Next day we got a big size crane from Mumbai which also failed to pull that substance out from the river. When we discussed this issue with the local administration, then we were informed that it could be a water pipeline which supplies potable water to nearby 14 villages. Therefore, for the time being, we have deferred our plans to pull out the magnet anchor until we get a confirmation about this," Anupam said.

He said the severity of the conditions at the rescue site could be gauged by the fact when anchors weighing 300 kg are not getting settled in the water due to the current, then how can divers go inside. Three more bodies were today recovered from the Savitri river taking the mishap toll to 17.
17:17   HC refuses to interfere with ban on gangrape documentary
Delhi High Court today refused to interfere with the ban on a controversial BBC documentary, 'India's Daughter' on the December 16 gang-rape case, saying the issue of its telecast was pending before the trial court which was competent to deal with it.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath also did not go into the validity of an advisory issued by the Centre against telecast of the short film, saying that it was only an advice to private TV channels and the documentary was not shown because of the restraint order of the trial court.
17:04   Sensex zooms 364 pts, Nifty tops 8,600 on BoE stimulus push
In sync with strong global stocks after the Bank of England announced a rate cut and fresh stimulus, the Sensex rallied 364 points to close above 28,000, helped by auto and oil and gas.

For the week, both indices -- the Sensex and the Nifty -- rose 26.49 points, or 0.09 per cent, and 44.65 points, or 0.51 per cent, respectively. Trading in the green throughout the day, the benchmark BSE Sensex added 363.98 points, or 1.31 per cent, to end at 28,078.35 after shuttling between 28,110.37 and 27,795.74.

It had gained 16.86 points in yesterday's choppy session. This is the biggest single-session gain since July 11 when it had gained 499.79 points.

Image: The Sensex today/KBK Graphics.
16:47   Mahad bridge collapse: Seven more bodies found, toll reaches 21
Seven more bodies of the victims of the bridge collapse on the Mumbai-Goa highway were recovered by search teams on Friday morning, taking the total bodies found so far to 21. Seventeen bodies have been identified and handed over to families after autopsy.

Two buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), a Tavera, a Honda City and another three-wheeler were washed away in the Savitri river after the British era bridge collapsed early on Wednesday near Mahad in Raigad district of Maharashtra.

On Thursday, Raigad Deputy Collector Satish Vagal said at least 42 persons are feared missing and washed away.For over 60 hours, a massive search operation on land, river, creek and the Arabian Sea, which is 18 km away, has been underway since to look for the missing persons.

The operations have been undertaken by the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, National Disaster Response Force, local police and fire brigade. Local fishermen and volunteers of diving clubs have joining in the efforts.

However, the operations continued to be hampered by heavy rains in the district, increasing the water level in the Savitri river.

Since Thursday morning, search teams helped by local fisherfolks have been finding bodies of victims at regular intervals, some swept away over a hundred km into the sea.

Defence authorities had procured large magnets weighing around 300 kg for the underwater search in the muddied waters to detect the missing vehicles, but the efforts have been in vain so far.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, his ministers and Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil airdashed to the tragedy site on Wednesday and met Collector Sheetal Ugale and Superintendent of Police Suvez Haque.

The state government announced Rs 10 lakh for families of each victim and a like amount or a job in MSRTC for family members of the corporation's staff like drivers and bus conductors and others travelling on the two buses.

Fadnavis also announced a judicial probe and ordered a structural safety audit of all old bridges on the busy Mumbai-Goa highway before the coming 10-day Ganeshotsav festival.
16:26   America is losing its Trump card
Reports that US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly asked a foreign policy adviser during a briefing why the US could not use its nuclear arsenal was first aired on an MSNBC TV show on Wednesday, adding weight to the growing chorus about the Republican nominee's sense of responsibility. "If we have them, why can't we use them?" Trump asked thrice. Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said that Trump cannot be trusted with the nuclear button.

Image: The International New York Times likens Trump's propensity on Twitter and his desire to use nuclear weapons.
16:01   No free movie downloads any more, Torrentz shuts down, one of the world's largest torrent sites, has announced "farewell" to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era.
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15:45   PM to speak on GST in Lok Sabha at 12:30 pm on Monday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak in the Lok Sabha on Monday at 12:30 pm, when the GST Bill is tabled in the House. The Bill will be taken up for passage on Monday in the Lok Sabha at noon. There will be many speakers as it is a Constitutional Bill, and the Prime Minister will intervene.

The BJP has issued a whip to its members in the Lower House to ensure its smooth passage. The whip issued by the ruling party today has asked its members to be present in the House on Monday.
15:38   China-Russia counter-measures to US missile shield
The announcement in Seoul on Wednesday that President Park Geun-hye will visit Russia On September 2-3 comes at a defining moment in regional security in northeast Asia when the US decision to deploy THAAD missile defence system in South Korea is playing out.  Read MK Bhadrakumar's blog here.
15:28   Ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for victims, announces Sonowal
MoS Kiren Rijiju reacts to the Kokrajhar terror strike which left 13 civilians dead and 18 injured. "This is very unfortunate, we will assure that victims are taken care of. We will ask for more details of the attack from the state government and then decide what action needs to be taken."

Grenades  were used in the terror strike, 3-4 militants still on the run. Additional security forces have been rushed to the area. 

At least 3-4 militants shot at and threw a grenade at a haat or a weekly market at Balajan Tiniali at Kokrajhar in Assam. 13 people, all civilians were killed, while 18 people were injured.

One of the militants has been killed. An AK-47 rifle has also been reportedly recovered from a slain militant. Additional security forces have been rushed to the spot.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the incident. He condemned the incident and said strict action would be taken against the perpetrators. Ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh will be given to the next of kin of people who died, Rs 1 lakh for the injured, the CM announced.

Dhairya Upadhyaya @Dhairya_Dku  tweets this picture of the road near Shanmukanand hall, Gandhi Market, Sion. 
14:44   Yeh padosi hai ke manta hi nahin, Rajnath totally rocks Parliament
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in an acerbic comment on Pakistan while telling parliament about his brief and tense visit to Islamabad, said today: "All our PMs have done their best to improve relations with our neighbours but yeh padosi hai ki maanta hi nahin hai (this neighbour never learns)."

Singh said that at the SAARC meeting of home ministers, India took a strong stand against terror and urged all members that "there is a need to take strongest action not just against terrorists but also those who support terrorism."

He described Pakistan as the "biggest violator of human rights" - a response to his Pakistani counterpart's allegations yesterday of rights violations in Kashmir.

Singh returned yesterday after his two-day visit that was replete with messages and gestures telegraphing bitterness on both sides.

Opposition parties rallied behind the government and condemned Pakistan for "the way the home minister was treated" and what they called a "blackout" of his speech; Singh's statement was not broadcast by Pakistani media but India's foreign ministry has denied that it was a blackout.

"The home minister did not receive respect and honour due to him in Pakistan during his visit as per protocol, we condemn it," said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

"I strongly condemn how Pakistan didn't maintain protocol and treated our home minister, the entire nation stand united," Janata Dal United leader Sharad Yadav said.
14:40   MHA monitoring Assam terror strike
Home Minister Rajnath Singh says he has spoken to Assam CM Sarbanand Sonwal who apprised him of the situation in Kokrajhar. MHA is closely monitoring the situation.
14:27   That smile still gets me every single day, tweets Michelle on Obama's birthday
It's been a nightmare getting to work for most Mumbaikars after large swathes of the city -- road and rail  -- waterlogged after the city received 70 mm of rain in under three hours. But a picture like this, somehow takes the edge of your annoyance.

Michelle Obama tweets this picture on her husband and US President Barack Obama's birthday today. Obama turns 55 today.

The first lady tweeted: "55 years young and that smile still gets me every single day. Happy birthday, Barack. I love you. -mo" reports that it is his last birthday in office, as he prepares to handover the reins in November. Word has it that Obama marked the big occasion with a night on the town.

He and his family dined at one of his favourite Italian restaurants, Fiola Mare, on the Georgetown waterfront.

Happy birthday, Mr President!
14:15   Militants open fire in Kokrajhar, Assam; 12 civilians killed
Twelve civilians have been killed after militants opened fire at a market area in Assam's Kokrajhar, says Times Now. Security forces engaged the militants in an encounter which is still on. 

Fifteen civilians have been reported injured in the incident.

One terrorist has reportedly been killed by security forces, and an AK-47 has been recovered.

Representational picture.
14:13   Firing in Kokrajhar
News updates at this hour:

-- Solicitor General submits status report in SC, on ground situation in Kashmir following Burhan Wani's killing. Report says that Govt ensured essential services including medicines, food during J&K unrest.

-- Militants open fire in market area of Assam's Kokrajhar area, 12 civilians killed.
13:53   J Dey murder: CBI files supplementary chargesheet against Rajan
J Dey murder case: CBI files supplementary chargesheet against Chhota Rajan in MCOCA Court in Mumbai, today. 

Rajan was arrested at Bali airport in Indonesia on October 25 last year and deported to India.

He is facing around 70 cases in Maharashtra, which include the J Dey murder case of 2011. Maharashtra government has handed over all these cases to CBI.

Dey, a veteran crime reporter, was shot dead in suburban Powai on June 11, 2011, allegedly at the behest of Rajan.

According to investigators, Rajan was upset with certain articles written by Dey about him.

13:38   High tide at 1:38 pm as Mumbai struggles to stay afloat
Mumbai rain update: According to Mumbai Police, the most affected areas are Parel TT, King Circle Junction, Matunga, Sion, Kurla Kamani near Phoenix Mall. The Mumbai Police on Twitter issued rain alerts and said, "Heavy rains in the city today. Some of the most affected areas : Ram Nagar Subway near Vakola,D.N Nagar area at Andheri West'.

A high tide of 4.55 meters expected at 1:38 pm today, reports ANI.

Image: The waterlogged tracks at Sion station this afternoon. Both long-distance and local trains were lined up one behind the other. 
13:10   SC to hear together AAP government's civil suit, appeal on statehood
The Supreme Court will now hear together the Delhi government's civil suit seeking a declaration that the national capital is a state and its petition against the order of the high court which held that the city is a Union Territory with Lt Governor as its administrative head. 

This was stated by a bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana today after the Arvind Kejriwal government informed the apex court that it will file an appeal shortly against yesterday's High Court verdict. 

As AAP government's earlier suit came up for hearing, the court said that instead of pursuing its earlier civil suit, the city government should file an appeal challenging the Delhi high court's decision. 

"You have to challenge the order of the Delhi high court. Whether the HC has decided the issue rightly or wrongly would be decided by the Supreme Court in a Special Leave Petition. What is the use of this suit now. What is the point in duplicating the proceedings," a bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana said.
JUST IN: All flights delayed at Mumbai airport, 6 flights go around, 1 diverted as of now.
Maharashtra Minister Prakash Mehta has denied that he was taking a selfie while surveying a bridge that collapsed on the Mumbai-Goa highway in Maharashtra on Tuesday night, leaving at least 14 dead and nine missing. 

Mehta, the housing minister, visited the site in Mahad along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and opposition Leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Wednesday. 

In a video clip, Mehta -- the guardian minister of the district -- can be seen using his phone to take pictures. His party BJP has, however, said in a statement that he was taking a picture of the CM and it is "wrongly being interpreted as a selfie".
12:30   SHOCKING! Gang rape videos on sale in Uttar Pradesh
Graphic mobile phone clips of gang rapes are being sold in shops in Uttar Pradesh, as a spate of rapes in one of the country's most violent states has sparked anger and calls for the chief minister to step down. 

Depending on the "exclusivity" of the clips, which are 30 seconds to even 5 minutes long, they are priced anywhere from Rs 50 to 150. 

In recent weeks, several gang rapes have been reported in Uttar Pradesh, which ranks among the most unsafe for women. 

Last week, a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were dragged from their vehicle at gunpoint on a major highway and gang-raped for hours in nearby fields.

This week another woman was gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh, and said the incident had been recorded on a mobile phone.

In 2014, there were 337,922 reports of violence against women including rape, molestation and abduction, a 9 per cent increase on the previous year, according to official data.

Read full story HERE
12:14   President Pranab conveys best wishes to Indian contingent
President Pranab Mukherjee has sent his good wishes to the Indian contingent in the Rio Olympic Games 2016 on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games.

In a message to Rakesh Gupta, Chef-de-Mission, Indian Contingent for the Rio Olympic Games 2016, the President has said, "I convey my greetings and good wishes to the Indian contingent on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics 2016. 

I am sure the Games will be an opportunity for our sportspersons to display their talents and test their limits in various sporting disciplines. 

These Games will be an opportunity for competing with participants from all over the world in the best traditions of sportsmanship. I urge our sportspersons to do their best for the glory of the nation and to promote unity and friendship with sportspersons of all participating nations."
11:47   Rain, floods impede rescue efforts at collapsed Mahad bridge
Heavy rain delayed the resumption of rescue operations on Friday to find those missing in the Mahad bridge collapse over the Savitri river on the Mumbai-Goa highway on Tuesday.

National Disaster Relief Force officials said the search and rescue operations which were to resume early Friday morning, could start only after 8 am. 

"It was raining the whole night in Mahad on Thursday and the river has once again become tough to tackle. We are putting all our efforts to trace the missing vehicles and the people who were travelling in them," said an NDRF official.
11:30   Should take steps to curb havoc of terrorism: Rajnath's statement on Pak visit
A day after his return from Islamabad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Parliament on his visit to the neighbouring country. 

Here's what he said:

>> Participated in SAARC Interior ministers' meeting and on behalf of India, put special emphasis on terrorism

>> I said that we should take strong steps to curb the havoc of terrorism

>> There is need for strong action not only against terrorists but also against those who support terrorism

>> During Saarc meet, I urged all members that terrorists should not be glorified nor should be patronised

>> I also shed light on the policies in India for women and children in my SAARC speech
11:29   Parliament's security system fails, tough time for men in uniform
The security system inside Parliament House failed on Friday morning, with the equipment unable to read the electronic photo ID tags of members of Parliament and media-persons, posing great difficulty to the watch and ward staff. 

Members of the press and regular visitors were subject to rigorous security checks, especially against the backdrop of AAP MP Bhagwant Singh Maan's video showing security pickets in Parliament, with the men in uniform taking extra precautions to prevent any breach. 
11:07   Kashmir pellet death: In Valley, its officer vs officer on Facebook
Woman IAS officer takes a dig at PDP for pellet death, police officer asks her to quit and join separatists. 

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10:25   Modi's first ever townhall meet to be held tomorrow
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to reach out to citizens through his first-ever 'townhall' style event on August 6. A new PMO app to enable mobile users connect with the Prime Minister's website will also be launched at the mega event, which is being organised by MyGov - the government's citizen engagement platform - to mark its second anniversary.

The townhall to be held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi will be preceded by a series of panel discussions and sessions in keeping with the 'Do, Discuss and Disseminate' theme of MyGov and will culminate in the first ever townhall address by the PM. 
09:57   Rajnath should be praised for exposing Pakistan on its soil: BJP
Commenting on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's terse speech in Islamabad during the seventh SAARC Home Ministers meeting, BJP leader Prem Shukla has said Singh should be appreciated for the way he has unmasked the ill-intentions of Pakistan on its own soil.

When asked about Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's comment that no country should try and hide behind the word 'terrorism' and divert attention from demands of freedom, Shukla said Kashmir is already free and there is a democratic process there.

"If Pakistan is making such statements then it should also answer why it is committing atrocities on its own people who are demanding freedom in Balochistan, North West Frontier and Karachi," Shukla said. 
09:54   Obama declares himself a 'proud feminist' in editorial
For almost eight years, Barack Obama has juggled many hats: he's a father to two, a husband and the leader of the United States.

As he nears the end of his presidency, he has taken on a new role: feminist. 

In an essay published in Glamour magazine Thursday, Obama talks about the responsibility of men to join the fight against sexism, as well as the dangers of gender stereotypes, which he says "limit our ability to simply be ourselves."

"We need to keep changing the attitude that values being confident, competitive and ambitious in the workplace -- unless you're a woman. Then you're being too bossy, and suddenly the very qualities you thought were necessary for success end up holding you back," he writes.

In his essay, Obama makes reference to Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination, saying all should see the moment as "historic," regardless of partisan preference.

And he hopes that every little girl in the United States knows one thing: that their gender should never be thought of as an obstacle in the path to success.

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09:37   Sonia's illness gives fresh ammo to 'Bring Priyanka Brigade'
Now what? That's the question in the Rahul and Priyanka camps after Sonia Gandhi was taken ill during the roadshow in Varanasi. Clearly, the Congress chief who blew the party's poll bugle in Uttar Pradesh isn't keeping well. 

Rumours are rife that Sonia's illness has given fresh ammo to the 'Bring Priyanka Brigade'. They feel the younger Gandhi sibling will now have to play a bigger role in the UP poll fight. They are also worried their rivals will completely hijack the campaign if she does not step in now.
08:59   Rio Olympics: Leander Paes not assigned room in games village
Indian tennis star Leander Paes has not been allotted a room in the Rio Olympics games village, reports the Times of India. 

The seven-time Olympian, who arrived in Rio de Janeiro Thursday evening, said he was extremely disappointed with the treatment dished out to him.

Because he was granted no room, Paes reportedly had to change in the Chef De Mission Rakesh Gupta's room. India's non-playing captain/coach Zeeshan Ali supported Paes and asserted that the tennis player never said that he would not live in the village.

Earlier, Paes, who is to partner Rohan Bopanna in the doubles event, arrived late in Brazil, forcing his doubles partner to train with Sania Mirza and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic instead. 
08:40   Pak helicopter crash-lands in Afghanistan; crew taken hostage by Taliban
A Pakistan's Punjab government Mi-17 helicopter crash landed in Afghanistan's Logar province, where Taliban militants took the crew hostage before setting the helicopter on fire. 

However, some reports say the helicopter caught fire as it crashed. 

The chopper had seven people on board at the time of the incident and all of them survived and had been taken hostage. 

The crew included six members of the Punjab government and a Russian engineer.

Afghanistan's TOLO News, however, reported the helicopter belonged to Pakistan military and it is not clear what the Pakistani helicopter was doing in Afghan air space over Logar province which is close to Kabul.

According to Saleem Saleeh, spokesman for Logar province's governor, the helicopter crashed in the Mati area of Azra district.
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08:17   Bulandshahr rape case: CM announces Rs 3 lakh compensation
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced a Rs 3 lakh compensation to the victims of the Bulandshahr gang rape case. The CM has also offered a flat to both the victims. 

Earlier, Yadav said he was ready for a CBI probe and accused the opposition of "tutoring the victims".

"The incident is shameful and unfortunate... We have issued strict directives and also took action against the officials... A team has been put in place and police and administration have been asked to take stern action and ensure that no one guilty is spared," Yadav said.

"If the family of the victims want, we are ready for a CBI probe," he said. 
02:37   Clinton lead over Trump hits 5 percent in new poll
With a full week of data integrated since President Barack Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention, the UPI/CVoter daily presidential tracking poll shows Hillary Clinton cementing a 5 percentage point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House.

Clinton leads Trump 49.6 percent to 43.8 percent in data released Thursday.

While Clinton entered the DNC trailing Trump, in the six days since it ended, her percentage of support has risen to a near constant 49 percent, while Trump's share has dropped steadily.

Trump has dropped 4.7 percentage points in the past week, which included convention speeches by Obama and Clinton, and the viral moment of Clinton's four-day gathering, when Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim soldier killed fighting in Iraq, delivered an angry denunciation of Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigration.
02:31   Melania Trump denies violating US immigration laws
Melania Trump, the ex-model and third wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, denied reports today that questioned whether she had worked illegally as an immigrant. 

It is the third controversy about her in less than three weeks that the potential first lady or the Trump campaign has been forced to address as her husband inflames the political establishment with his divisive campaign for the White House.
"There has been a lot of inaccurate reporting and misinformation concerning my immigration status back in 1996," Melania Trump said in a statement today. 

"Let me set the record straight: I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. Period," she said. 

"Any allegation to the contrary is simply untrue," said Melania Trump, who became a US citizen in 2006 -- a year after she married the New York billionaire. 

Politico today raised questions about Melania Trump's immigration status when she first came to the United States to work as a model in the mid-1990s.
01:53   Olympic flame arrives in Rio for opening ceremony, Pele invited to light cauldron
The Olympic flame arrived in Rio de Janeiro ahead of Fridays opening ceremony as hundreds of public workers took to the street against salary delays and in protest of the Games.

The relay from Greece arrived in the Olympic host city from Niteroi, just across a short channel leading into Guanabara Bay. It began with a ceremonial lighting in Ancient Olympia, Greece, on April 21, and will make its way to Maracana Stadium for the opening ceremony on Friday.

Three-time World Cup champion Pele says he was invited to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony, but sponsorship deals could stop him from performing the prestigious task.

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00:57   ISIS affiliated group leader among 45 killed in Egypt
The leader of an Islamic State affiliated group in Egypt's restive Sinai province and 45 other militants have been killed in an army operation, officials said today.

Abu Doaa el-Ansari, the leader of the Sinai-based militant group -- Ansar Beit el-Maqdes -- and 45 other militants, including some of his senior aides, were killed in el-Arish city of North Sinai in an operation by Egypt's armed forces, army spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said in a statement on Facebook.

Many others were injured in the army raid while it destroyed depots where weapons, ammunition and explosives were stashed, Samir said. 

Ansar Beit el-Maqdes had pledged allegiance to Islamic State militant group in 2014. 

The group has also claimed responsibility for downing the Russian airliner carrying holidaymakers from an Egyptian resort last year, that killed all 224 people on board. 

Egypt's North Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip, has witnessed many violent attacks by militants in the last few years, particularly since the January 2011 revolution that toppled ex-president Hosni Mubarak. 
00:55   Facebook's News Feed to show fewer 'clickbait' headlines
Facebook Inc's News Feed will show fewer "clickbait" headlines over the next few weeks, the company announced Thursday, as it seeks to establish itself as the prime web destination for news and social updates.

The company receives thousands of complaints a day about clickbait, headlines that intentionally withhold information or mislead users to get people to click on them, Adam Mosseri, vice president of product management for News Feed, said in an interview.

In an effort to eliminate clickbait from the site, Facebook created a system that identifies and classifies such headlines. It can then determine which pages or web domains post large amounts of clickbait and rank them lower in News Feed.

Facebook routinely updates its algorithm for News Feed, the place most people see postings on the site, to show users what they are most interested in and encourage them to spend even more time on the site.

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00:54   2 LA policemen who shot unarmed black man sue city for racial discrimination: media
Two Los Angeles police officers who shot dead an unarmed black man in 2014 are suing the city for alleged racial discrimination and retaliation after not being allowed to return to the field, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas killed Ezell Ford, 25, during a confrontation. They have not yet been charged, according to the Times. Ford was described by family attorneys as mentally challenged.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, the officers accused supervisors of denying their requests to return to the field based on their race and the race of Ezell Ford, the paper reported.

Villegas is Latino and Wampler is said to be Caucasian in the suit, but department records have him listed him as Asian American, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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00:53   How AK-47 and AR-15 evolved into rifles of choice for mass killers
Time and again its the same. A lone gunman or a small group of killers with rifles commits spectacular crimes that seize the attention of the world.

The list reaches back decades: the killing of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972; the school takeover in Beslan, Russia, in 2004; the attacks in Mumbai, India, in 2008; the mall assault in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013; the killing of more than 100 people in Paris in 2015.

Often the rifles are variants of the AK-47, the worlds most abundant firearm, an affordable and simple-to-use assault rifle of Soviet lineage that allows a few people to kill scores and menace hundreds, and fight head-to-head against modern soldiers and police forces.

In recent years they have also been descendants of the AR-15, the American militarys response to the Kalashnikovs spread.

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