Mon, 08 August 2016
Bulandshahr gangrape case: Main accused arrested

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23:41   Bulandshahr gangrape case: Main accused arrested
Three including the main accused in the brutal Bulandshahr gangrape case were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police on Monday, state DGP Javeed Ahmed said. 

Main accused Salim Bawaria and the remaining three were on the run, while three others had been arrested earlier.

A 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter were allegedly gangraped by a group of robbers in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district. 

The victims were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur with the other family members when their vehicle was stopped near a cycle repairing shop in Dostpur village on NH-9, which connects Noida and Bulandshahr.
23:02   'Modi slept like Kumbhakarna when gau rakshaks attacked Muslims, Dalits'
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Monday assailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 'delayed' condemnation of vigilante cow protectors, saying he was "sleeping like Kumbhkarna" for the last two years and made the statements to woo Dalit voters ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.
"Modi was silent for the last two years. He slept like 'Kumbhakarna' (the mythological character in Ramayana who slept for six months at a stretch). He has woken up now because assembly elections are going to take place in Uttar Pradesh and some other states.
"He knew that he would not get a single Dalit vote. He gave the statements to get Dalit votes," she said.
Mayawati's criticism of the the prime minister came after his denunciation of the cow vigilantes, twice in two days in Delhi and Telangana.
Seeking to contain the damage to the Bharatiya Janata Party government in his home state Gujarat, going to polls next year, following the Una Dalits flogging incident, and similar episodes in some other states, Modi had on Sunday and the day before come down heavily on the so-called cow protectors, calling them "anti-socials" who should be "punished". 
22:55   BCCI sold US T20 match rights to Star India for Rs 34.2 crore
The BCCI on Monday awarded the broadcast rights to Star India Pvt Ltd for the upcoming T20 International matches between India and West Indies to be played in Florida (USA) for INR 34.2 crore. 
The decision was taken after following a tender, bidding and evaluation process. 

 BCCI President, Anurag Thakur said:"I am pleased to announce that Star India will be the official broadcaster. It will ensure the BCCI is able to guarantee maximum exposure and further increase the visibility of this new initiative." 

 Secretary Ajay Shirke said:"Star India has been an excellent partner for the BCCI. They have a deep understanding of the game of cricket, and what it means to the nation. We are pleased to extend our association with them. This agreement also reflects our strategy to develop new markets and fan following."
22:36   UN Chief condemns Pak terror attack
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the "appalling" terror attack at a civil hospital in Pakistan's Balochistan province and asked the Pakistani government to ensure safety of its population. 

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said the targeting of mourners at the Civil Hospital in Quetta makes the attack "particularly appalling". 

Condemning the terrorist bombing, Ban "urges the government to do its utmost to ensure safety of the population and bring to justice the perpetrators of today's attack". 

He also expressed his solidarity with the people and government of Pakistan. 

Over 70 people, mostly lawyers, were killed today and over 100 others injured when a powerful bomb ripped through the government-run hospital in Quetta in the restive southwestern Balochistan province.
21:53   Kokrajhar attack suspect NDFB-s militant held
A National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songobjit militant suspected to be closely associated with those involved in the attack in Kokrajhar that claimed 14 lives was apprehended today from Assams Nalbari district, police said.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the army and police nabbed the militant from a bus at Ganesh Mandir Chowk on NH 31 in the district and a 7.65 pistol, four rounds of ammunition and some documents were seized from him.

The police claimed that the militant, identified as Bodoland Boro, was associated with those involved the Balajan Tiniali market attack on August 5.

The militant hails from Dhurmopur village in Kokrajhar district and was on his way to Guwahati from Kokrajhar, police said.

The Centre has asked Assam government to hunt down those involved in the attack and bring them to justice, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha today in a suo motu statement.

21:17   HRD ministry takes serious view of UP school banning national anthem
Following reports that a school in Allahabad had refused to allow recital of the national anthem by students and staff members on Independence Day, the Centre today said it has taken a serious view of the incident and emphasised that the anthem is 'above all'.

Speaking to reporters, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey said the HRD ministry had taken serious note of the issue. He said it would be examined if the school comes under the ambit of the HRD ministry and if so action will be taken against it.

The national anthem is above all, the minister emphasised. Earlier there have been reports that the school disallowed the national anthem claiming that its words violated the tenets of Islam, following which eight teachers, including the principal, quit in protest.
All you need to know about GST.
20:22   First reactions on GST
"I think it's a good step for the country," Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said after the Lok Sabha passed Rajya Sabha amendments to the Goods and Services Tax Bill.

We earlier had three major differences on GST, weve worked that out. Still have one issue on 18 per cent cap, which will be discussed in December, the Congress vice president said.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that GST is comparable in importance and scope to the 1947 political integration of 562 states by Sardar Patel.

20:01   Lok Sabha passes amended GST Bill
The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the amendments in Goods and Services Tax Bill made by the Rajya Sabha with 443 votes in favour and zero against.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam walked out of Lok Sabha during the discussion on the bill and hence its members were not available for voting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated and thanked the Opposition for supporting the Bill.

Speaking on the bill in Lok Sabha, the prime minister said, GST will give security to small scale manufacturers. They are the strength of our nation. The more we secure them, the more this country will benefit.

Terming GST as Great Step by Team India and Great Step towards Transparency, the PM said that the passage of the bill was a victory for India.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took questions from the Opposition and issued clarifications on the bill.
19:29   Two BSF personnel injured in bomb explosion in Manipur
Two Border Security Force personnel were injured when three powerful bombs exploded at Kangpokpi in Manipur's Senapati district today.

Police said the three improvised explosive devices exploded at a place 3 km away from Kangpokpi town when the BSF personnel were trying to board a vehicle. After the explosion, Manipur police and BSF officials rushed to the spot and conducted search operation but no one was arrested, police said.

The injured were given first aid by Assam Rifles doctors at Kangpokpi and referred to a hospital in Imphal. No organisation or individual has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack so far.

In another incident, an IED weighing 3 kg was recovered by a combined team of Manipur Police and 25 Assam Rifles early today while frisking passengers and checking bus near Tendongyan village in Manipur's Imphal West district, said Th. Vikramjit, Additional Superintendent of Police.

The IED, which was recovered after a tip-off, Intelligence said was to be used to attack security forces, he added.

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JUST IN: Pakistani Taliban-linked Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claims responsibility for hospital attack in Quetta.

The toll, meanwhile, climbed to 70.
18:43   This is a win for democratic ethos of India: Modi on GST bill
Prime Minister addressed the Lok Sabha on the contentious GST Bill. In his speech, he said the passage of the bill was a victory for India. 

Here are the highlights of the speech:

>> Today, an important move to free the nation from tax terrorism has begun

>> Want to thank all parties, state governments. We are taking a decision which RS, LS, States have thought about in great detail

>> This can't be seen as a victory of a party or government, it is a win for the democratic ethos of India & a victory for everyone

>> It's true that someone gives 'birth' while someone else 'nutures it. It is not a victory of a particular political party

>> GST means Great Steps Towards Transformation/Transparency

 >> A trust between the Centre and states developed. This was not about a parliamentary majority. This is about consensus

>> When I see the GST Bill from the eyes of a chief minister, after becoming the prime minister, I am able to understand the position of states better

>> GST will give security to small scale manufacturers. They are the strength of our nation. The more we secure them, the more this country will benefit

>> India gained independence but we are still fighting poverty

17:58   India's largest spectrum auction to start from Sep 29
Bidding rounds for the country's biggest-ever spectrum auction will begin from September 29, in which mobile airwaves worth Rs 5.63 lakh crore at the base price value will be put up for sale. "Large chunk of spectrum is being put for auction which address issue of fragmentation, improve quality of service and rules have been made bidder friendly," Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said.

The government will put a total of 2,354.55 megahertz of mobile airwaves frequencies for auction all band -- 700 Mhz, 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz. All the airwaves being put for auction can be used for high speed 4G

The total quantum of spectrum being put for auction includes about 197 Mhz of frequencies in 1800 Mhz band and 37.5 Mhz in 800 Mhz band (CDMA band).

The government expects to raise at least Rs 64,000 crore from the auction of about 2,354.55 Mhz of spectrum and Rs 98,995 crore from various levies and services in the telecom sector this financial year.
17:52   There is a need to heal wounds of people: J-K CM Mufti
Speaking after holding a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "I am hopeful that PM Modi will take this an opportunity to initiate dialogue with people in J&K to address their problems. 

-- There is a need to take the same initiative of winning hearts of J-K people, which was taken during Vajpayee ji's tenure

-- I believe there is a need to heal wounds of people, to initiate dialogue with the people of J-K

-- These are our own people. If process of dialogue with J-K people can improve situation in valley, we should do it

-- Jammu and Kashmir can become a bridge between India and Pakistan, if proper dialogue process is initiated

Kashmir has been simmering ever since July 8 after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. It's been 31 days since curfew has been imposed in Kashmir. 
17:44   Turkey warns India to shut down institutions linked to group behind coup attempt
In aftermath of a coup attempt in Turkey, the country's Consul General Erdal Sabri Ergen has alleged that there are various institutions in Mumbai and other parts in India that are connected to Fethullah Gullen network.In a letter addressed to the ministry of home affairs, Ergen also asked India to shut down such institutions.

The Turkish government has blamed Gullen for the July 15 failed coup attempt which left 239 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured. Gulen is also accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through infiltrations into the country's the military, police, and judiciary.
16:58   Why is there a spurt in cow vigilantism? Sena asks PM
In a sarcastic take on Narendra Modi's denunciation of cow vigilantes, ally Shiv Sena asked the prime minister to spell out the reasons for the "rise" of such elements in the last two years, while cautioning him that he may have to face the wrath of Hindutva supporters.

"We will not be surprised if the PM has to face the wrath of the believers of Hindutva for his comments on cow vigilantes... Our question to Modi is, why is that such people, who in the name of cow protection carry out illegal activities, cropped up in the last two years," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

"The voice of the cow vigilantes was so weak during the Congress rule that there was no way by which it could be heard by those in power and a law banning beef could be put in place (in Maharashtra)," it said.

"Among the organisations supporting the BJP were many which stood for protection... Does the government now think that these organisations are doing illegal businesses as well?" the Sena sought to know.

It said it was "surprising" that violence was taking place in the name of cow protection in a land where aged parents are sent to old age homes, girl child is killed in the womb of mothers and newborns are thrown in dustbin to get rid of responsibility of rearing them up.
16:52   Yoga master TKV Desikachar passes away
TKV Desikachar, son of Indian yoga master T Krishnamacharya , passed away in Chennai on Monday. He was 78. 

TKV Desikachar is the son and student of T Krishnamacharya, popularly known as 'the father of modern yoga'.

In the 60s and 70s, when yoga was practised only by a small section of people, even in India, TKV Desikachar quit his job as an engineer and embarked on a journey in yoga. 

In 1976 he founded Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram which revolutionised the yoga practice in the country, Kausthub Desikachar, co-founder of Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation said.
16:35   'Modi doing mere lip service on gau raksha', says Sheila Dikshit
Congress chief ministerial candidate for Uttar Pradesh assembly polls Sheila Dikshit launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that mere "lip service" on gau raksha will not work and in order to improve the situation, he should initiate strict action. 

"I am not satisfied with the prime minister's statement (on gau raksha). Only lip service will not work. He has to initiate strict action," Dikshit said. "I have seen cows wandering on the streets and no one cares for them. For gau raksha (cow protection), cow shelters should be made. They also have the right to live. Something needs to be done on the ground," she said.
16:03   26/11 case: Pak wants Indian witnesses to record statements
Pakistan has directed a top official to follow up with India the matter of sending 24 witnesses of the Mumbai attack case to Pakistan to record their statements so that the trial in the case could be completed at the earliest.

"The Foreign Ministry has written to its director general South Asia to take up the matter of sending 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan for recording of their statements in the trial court in the Mumbai attack case here with the Indian Government," Prosecution chief (in Mumbai case) Chaudhry Azhar told PTI.

He said earlier the Foreign Ministry had directly written to the Indian Government about sending the 24 witnesses to Pakistan and now it has asked the DG South Asia to follow-up the matter.
16:01   Swamy Prasad Maurya joins BJP
BJP's aim to capture power in Uttar Pradesh today received a shot in the arm with Swami Prasad Maurya, an OBC leader in Uttar Pradesh who had recently quit BSP, joining it today.

The four-time MLA joined the saffron party in presence of BJP President Amit Shah here and claimed that if he received ample support from the party's leadership, then it would come to power in the state with a strong majority.

The assembly polls are due early next year. Maurya, who was the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly before he left BSP in June, said he was impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's work to empower the weaker sections and lashed out at BSP chief Mayawati for turning her party into an "industrial house" and allegedly selling tickets.
15:50   Kashmir unrest: Mehbooba meets Rajnath
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Monday to discuss the situation in Kashmir. 

Reacting to the development, opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said Mehbooba has finally given up the "business as usual act". 

"So @MehboobaMufti has finally given up on her 'business as usual' act and rushed to Delhi instead. 

"The amazing thing is that it's taken 31 days and more than 50 deaths to finally 'disturb' the chief minister," Omar wrote on twitter. 

As many as 55 persons including two police personnel have been killed and several thousand others injured in the violent protests since July 9.
Market Update: Sensex advances 104.22 pounts to end at 28,182.57; Nifty up 28.20 points at 8,711.35. 
15:27   Ex-South Africa keeper Tsolekile given 12-year ban for match fixing
Former Test wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile has been banned for 12 years by Cricket South Africa following a Twenty20 match fixing scandal.

As revealed by the Guardian in January, Tsolekile was being investigated for allegedly receiving at least R75,000 (3,100) to improperly influence an aspect of last years Ram Slam competition.

With that investigation now complete, Tsolekile and three other players Jean Symes, Pumelela Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati have received lengthy suspensions, effectively ending their careers.

Thami Tsolekile named in South African cricket match-fixing investigation

Tsolekile, the former Proteas wicketkeeper, has received a ban of 12 years for four different charges.

Read more HERE
15:00   Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa's maid sues her for sexual harassment
Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa's maid files a sexual harassment case against Sasikala Pushpa and her family members. Pushpa was expelled from the AIADMK after an altercation with DMK MP Tiruch  Siva at Delhi airport.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa expelled Sasikala Pushpa from the party for her "anti-party activities." In a brief statement, Jayalalithaa said Pushpa was being expelled from all party posts, including primary membership, as she had acted in violation of the party principles and ethics.

"Her behaviour has brought great disrepute to the party,' she said. Jayalalithaa also asked the party supporters not to have any truck with the Thoothukudi-based Rajya Sabha member. The Rajya Sabha member had courted controversy after she claimed she slapped DMK MP 'Tiruchi' Siva as he allegedly made offensive remarks against Jayalalithaa. Following this, the DMK and AIADMK summoned their respective MPs. Both haven't given any public statement.

Last week, Pushpa made a statement in the Rajya Sabha on the issue. She said she "is being compelled to resign her MP post" and repeatedly said her life is under threat.

She has now been given police protection.
14:44   Flying Delta?
Delta Airlines has said that all its flights have been grounded due to a system outage. And we thought Air India was bad.
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti to meet PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi over the J&K situation.
14:31   PM may wear headgear from Telangana on I-Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to spring a surprise by wearing a Telangana-style headgear during his Independence Day address from the ramparts of Red Fort.

In 2014, Modi wore a saffron pagdi with white dots from Jodhpur followed by headgear from Madhya Pradesh in 2015.

But this year, Modi wants to shift the focus to southern states, especially the newly-created state of Telangana. The reason is that in Kerala and Tamil Nadu no formal headgear are worn, while in Andhra Pradesh,  Telangana and Karnataka, tribes do wear headgear, and the PM is expected to adopt one. 
13:56   PM's anguish about atrocities against Dalits fake, cries Opposition
Opposition parties on Monday said they were unimpressed with PM Narendra Modi's speeches over the weekend when he dramatically urged that instead of committing atrocities against Dalits people should just shoot him, reports the Times of India.

The BSP, SP and the Congress said his anguish about atrocities against Dalits is not real."PM Modi and the BJP kept quiet for two years. How have their eyes opened now? Uttar Pradesh and other states have elections soon, and they knew that Dalit people are not going to vote for them, that's why the statement has come," Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said.

The BSP head was referring to the PM's long silence after the atrocities against the Dalit community in Una, the suicide of a Dalit scholar in Hyderabad University, and other similar cases. 
13:51   Afghan official: Gunmen abduct American, Australian in Kabul
Five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms have abducted an American and an Australian in the Afghan capital, Kabul, a security official said today. The two foreigners were taken from their SUV while driving last night on a main road near the American University of Afghanistan, according to Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. They are believed to be employees of the university and were traveling between the university and their residence, he said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Sediqqi also added that initial reports show that up to five armed men stopped the foreigners' vehicle and carried out the kidnapping. The two abducted are both men, he said. He did not reveal any more details except to say that an investigation is underway. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a statement confirming "the apparent kidnapping of an Australian in Kabul"
13:47   Luku Sanyal passes away
Elegant and erudite, Luku Sanyal, the first English news reader in Mumbai who graced television screens in the 70s and 80s with her poise and crisp voice, passed away early on Sunday. She was 75.
13:47   Olympic schedule today
Olympic schedule today
13:41   The good gau rakshak
The prime minister's 'town hall' meeting was intended to showcase the way in which Narendra Modi had brought governance to the people through initiatives like MyGov and apps that allowed citizens to communicate digitally with the Prime Minister's Office. It was Modi's prime time commercial for himself. Above the prime minister, as part of the stage setting was an electronic screen that juxtaposed Modi's photograph with the MyGov logo; the aura of sole proprietorship that is the prime minister's signature political style was neatly (if unintentionally) captured by that graphic. Read more
13:32   Pranab Mukherjee's last 'At Home' on August 15
President Pranab Mukherjee has modernised Rashtrapati Bhavan. His August 15 'At Home' will be his last as his tenure ends in July 2017.

For the last 69 years, the 'At Home' by President on Independence Day is always held at the Mughal Gardens. An At Home is an informal soiree where the president invites the who's who of New Delhi -- Delhi ministers, military chiefs, Supreme Court justices etc., with the press looking on.

But from this year, Pranab Mukherjee has moved the venue from Mughal gardens to the Convention Hall -- a newly constructed multipurpose hall inside the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

During his five years in office, the president has brought about massive changes inside Rashtrapati Bhavan.

This multipurpose convention hall can accommodate 3000 people. It's airconditioned and has huge paintings gracing the walls, apart from an art gallery.

Whatever the season, the President has decided to host public functions in this ceremonial hall. The hall was in fact inaugurated during US President Barack Obama's  visit during Republic Day last year, but the president has
added bits and pieces to the hall over the years. 
12:55   President's press secy promoted to Additional Secretary MEA
Venu Rajamony, Press Secretary to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee, has been promoted to the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India in the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

Rajamony, a career diplomat, is from the 1986 batch of the Indian Foreign Service and is due for a posting as an ambassador by the year end.

The Prime Minister's Office is waiting for the US Presidential elections to conclude, after which it will take a decision on whether to continue the present Ambassador to US Arun Kumar Singh, or appoint a new person.

Once this decision is taken, postings in other world capitals will also be made clear, which include China, Great Britain, France -- all of which fall vacant. Rajamony, we hear, could find a slot in any of these positions.
Just In: Congress walks out of Lok Sabha in protest against atrocities faced by Dalits across the country.
12:50   2 BSF men injured in Imphal blast
Just in: Low intensity IED blast near Kangpokpi town along Imphal - Dimapur road, NH-01; 2 BSF personnel injured, provided medical aid.
12:34   No more 'Pokemon Go' at Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial
It was a bit touch and go for Hiroshima officials, but the atomic bomb memorial park in the western Japanese city is now Pokemon No. The city had asked the developer of the popular "Pokemon Go" smartphone game to remove the creatures and sites that appeared in the park by last weekend, when a solemn annual ceremony was held to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing that killed 140,000 people in the final days of World War II.

The "Pokestops" and gyms, and the clumps of players that they attract, were gone by last Thursday, but the monsters that gamerss try to catch were still popping up. The city sent an email inquiry to game developer Niantic, and got a repsonse at 1:56 am Saturday, just six hours before the start of the ceremony. "We were so relieved," city official Tatsuya Sumida said.

"We were worried if those "Pokemon" were really going to go away in time." He said city officials expect the monsters will stay away from the park permanently.
12:17   Japan Emperor Akihito hints at abdication
The Emperor of Japan has expressed concern over his ability to carry out his duties fully as he ages, reports the Independent.

In his second-ever televised address to the public, Emperor Akihito suggested a need to consider how to make the succession process smoother.

The 82-year-old did not explicitly refer to abdication in his pre-recorded address, which lasted around 10 minutes.

However he did suggest the possibility that a regency could be established if an emperor could not fulfil his duties because of age or illness.

Even in that case, the emeperor would continue to be emperor until the end of his life, he added.

His remarks follow recent media reports suggesting he may want to abdicate in the coming years.

The monarch has reportedly told palace officials and his family he doesn't want to cling to his title with severely reduced responsibilities, and his two sons have accepted the idea.Emperor Akihito came to the throne on 7 January, 1989.
12:06   PM discusses Kashmir strategy with NIA, Rajnath
PM Modi discusses Kashmir strategy with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Minister Rajnath Singh as opposition in Parliament demands an all-party meeting.

The Opposition has criticized the Centre and the state government for its silence on the stir in which at least 57 people have lost their lives and more than 3,000 were wounded.

In parliament, the month-long curfew in Kashmir is being discussed. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tells the Rajya Sabha. "We are committed to restoring peace in Kashmir. We are ready for a discussion on Kashmir."

Earlier, CPM's Sitaram Yechury in the RS said that an all-party delegation needs to be sent to J&K and that the PM needs to respond on the atrocities civilians are facing.

"Why are we still using pellet guns in Kashmir? It is inhuman. We were told it will be stopped, but it hasn't," he said. 
12:01   'Wonder if I can continue fulfilling my duties': Japanese emperor
In a rare televised speech, Japan's Emperor Akihito has addressed his people directly about his declining health. 

"When I think about my declining strength I wonder if I can continue fulfilling my duties as a symbol of Japan with all my soul and body," the 82-year-old monarch said. 

This is the third time a Japanese emperor has spoken to the public in the television and radio era.
Ajmal Jami @ajmaljami  Unfortunately death toll raises up to 25 now including a cameraman from Aaj TV. Another sad day in Pakistan.
11:39   30 killed, 35 injured in hospital blast in Pakistan
Pakistani police raise death toll from the hospital bombing in southwestern city of Quetta to 30; dozens are wounded, reports AP.
The person gunned down in Shadnagar (Telangana) identified as Naeem, a 'Most Wanted' gangster in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
11:22   15 killed, 35 injured in hospital blast in Pakistan
At least 15 people were killed when a blast hit a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta city.The blast that hit the the Civil Hospital followed the killing of President of the Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Quetta earlier in the day, reported Dawn online.

The explosion took place soon after lawyers arrived at the hospital when the Kasi's body was brought in, police said. Several lawyers were reported injured in the explosion and aerial firing could still be heard at the premises.

TV reports showed people trying to exit the hospital. Journalists present at the premises also came in the line of fire, added Dawn online.

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11:09   Two killed in encounter in Telangana
Two people, including a gangster have been killed in an encounter in Shadnagar, Telangana ahead of August 15. Reports say this is not a terror encounter. Police operation on to flush out terrorists at Shadnagar. The encounter has been on since early this morning. Heavy security force has been deployed. A house has been surrounded by the security forces in the Millennium Township area. Shadnagar is 50 km away from Hyderabad.

Just in: 15 killed 20 injured in a bomb explosion in civil hospital in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province of Pakistan
10:53   'Cow is our mother. Its excreta and urine are nectar'
The man who puts gobar on his cellphone to ward off radiation. Yeah, he's an RSS ideologue. Read
10:43   Big day for India today at Rio
In Archery, Laxmi Rani (pictured) will be seen in action against Slovakia's Alexandra Longov in Round of 64.

Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Kynan Chenai will feature in 2nd day of qualification of Men's trap event

Indian Men's and Women's Hockey team will play their second encounter today.

India's shooters Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang will feature in 10m Air Rifle event today. 
French gymnast Samir Ait Said underwent surgery on the gruesome double break of his leg suffered at the Rio Olympics but vowed to try to come back for Tokyo 2020.

The 26-year-old snapped the lower part of his left leg landing badly from the vault in the men's qualifying on Saturday. Ait Said fell to the mat in agony clutching the back of his knee and his leg, which was left at an angle that shocked many in the crowd.

"I want to thank you all for your messages of support, it really heartened me, it felt good, it really boosted my morale," the gymnast said in a video posted after undergoing emergency surgery in Rio. Ait Said explained that the double open fracture of the tibia and fibula "required immediate surgery, which went very well. I can be back on my feet in not very long, well 'on my feet', everything is relative."

"I'm going to return to the venue to encourage my friends because the competition is not over," he continued, referring to teammates Axel Augis and Cyril Tommasone who qualified for all-around and pommel horse finals respectively.

"I've gotten into the spirit of things with my blue-white-red plaster, allez la France!" said At Said, showing his plastered foot in the French national colours. Gymnastics federation medical commission chief Dr. Michel Leglise said they expected the French gymnast to recover well.
10:17   What are those purple circles on Michael Phelps' back?
After the American men's 4x100-meter relay team won gold, Michael Phelps reached down to help anchorman Nathan Adrian out of the pool. While he did it, millions of Americans watching at home saw several purple dots on his back and shoulder.

Some kind of new tattoo? Did he take a nap on a bed of tennis balls?

No, the circles are the result of cupping, a therapy technique that athletes use to help their muscles recover and perform at their best. It involves a therapist heating small glass cups, then placing them on the skin and pulling them from the body to loosen and relax the muscles. Read more
09:36   Why Indians should not let the Olympics make them feel bad
"Once every four years, the world unites to humiliate Indians. Cities even bid with great aggression years in advance to host the torture and billions are eventually spent to achieve the end. No other nation is as shamed by the Olympics as India is. Among nations that have won at least one medal, Indians are indisputably shown as the least talented, strong, competent, hardworking, productive, useful' you get the drift."

Manu Joseph on why we shouldn't feel bad about India's perennially dismal Olympics performance. Read the column here.
09:19   School bus falls into swollen river in Rajasthan
In Bhilwara, Rajasthan, a school bus falls into a river, around 50 children were on board and were rescued by villagers.
09:09   Del Potro was stuck in elevator for 40 minutes just ahead of crucial Djoko match
While we know that Argentine Juan Martn del Potro downed the world's #1 player, Novak Djokovic, in straight sets -- a result that earned del Potro a warm embrace and some words that brought him to tears, what we may not, is that just ahead of the game, del Potro was stuck in an elevator for 40 minutes. The incident happened at Rio's Olympic Village before his opening match at the Olympics.

The picture alongside of del Potro looking resigned in the elevator was tweeted by BBC.

Lesson to be learnt is not to take the annoyance to court. Years of injuries have dropped his once-top-five ranking down to #141, but the Argentine still went ahead and beat Djokovic.
08:48   Cow fear so acute, driver falls to death
A Dalit truck driver hailing from Gujarat became a victim of the cow vigilantism sweeping through parts of the country when he jumped into a river in Madhya Pradesh to escape Bajrang Dal activists and drowned. Mani Lal Parmar had accidentally hit three stray cows while driving along the river Barna's banks in Raisen district, some 65km from Bhopal.

As local Bajrang Dal activists came looking for him, Mani Lal jumped into the river along with the truck's cleaner, Mohsin, who has lived to tell the tale. The incident took place on Thursday night - 48 hours before the Prime Minister started speaking out against cow vigilantism that has been claiming lives for nearly a year now. Mani Lal's body was found this afternoon at Pipliya Ghat on the Barna.

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08:35   Swimmer Michael Phelps wins 19th gold, US reclaims 4X100 freestyle relay
Michael Phelps has just won his 19th gold medal. The US Olympian with 18 golds in his kitty won a gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, a title the Americans were looking to reclaim after getting chased down by the French in 2012. Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, wants to do his part for the men's relay team. And he just did.
08:28   Rio: India take on mighty Germans in hockey
A win in the opening match of the Olympics after a hiatus of 12 years, notwithstanding, Indian men's hockey team will have to lift their game by a notch if they want to challenge the might of reigning Olympic champions Germany in their second pool 'B' match today. 

India were made to toil hard by minnows Ireland on Saturday to register a fighting 3-2 win, their first in the sporting extravaganza in 12 years.

Going by world rankings, India (5th) were the clear favourites to dominate the match against Ireland (12th). 

Expectedly, the PR Sreejesh-led side started on a bright note and played to their potential in the for majority of the match but they handed the initiative to their opponents in the final quarter.

But on Monday, the Indians cannot afford to commit the same mistakes against the Germans, who will be eyeing a hat-trick of Olympic golds having pocketed the yellow metal in the last two Games in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London. 

Their record against Germany at the Olympics also doesn't go in India's favour. India last won a match against Germany in the Olympics way back in the 1996 Atlanta Games where they registered a 3-0 win in the opening match.
08:26   GST bill set for smooth passage in Lok Sabha today
Major tax reform -- GST bill -- will be taken up by Lok Sabha today, with virtually all political parties backing this legislation. 

GST, the biggest economic reform since 1991, is likely to sail through smoothly in the Lower House. It will replace a raft of different state and local taxes with a single unified value added tax system to turn the country into world's biggest single market. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to intervene during the debate on the Bill in Lok Sabha.

The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha last year and now it has to go back to the Lower House for incorporating the amendments approved by Rajya Sabha. 

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the party will support GST Constitutional Amendment Bill and has issued whip to all its MPs to be present in the House today where it is scheduled to be taken up for passage. 

Aiming for early implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), senior Union ministers have spoken to chief ministers of NDA-ruled states to ensure that the constitutional amendment is ratified by state assemblies at the earliest.
08:25   70 rescued from flood-hit areas in Jammu
More than 70 people and some BSF troops were rescued by security personnel from flash flood-affected Niki Tawi area in Jammu with many rivers overflowing due to incessant heavy rain.

Security personnel along with Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) RS Pura, Abishek Abrol and Station House officer (SHO) Bushan Manhas rushed and rescued 70 people from Gujjar Basti Katyal area, officials said, adding that some BSF troops were also evacuated from their posts caught in the floods and relocated back after water receded.

Continuous heavy rain has caused flash floods in Jammu.

Catchment areas of the Tawi river received heavy rainfall, causing its water to flow above danger at some areas. 

Jammu Police has participated in evacuation process from the river banks at RS Pura, Nikki Tawi, Phallan Mandal, Akhnoor, Gujjar nagar among others.

Police officials along with civil administration and SDRF team reached homes in their respective jurisdiction. The locals also participated in the evacuation process. 

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08:24   After shock, Japan warms up to emperor's possible abdication
Japan will tune in to Emperor Akihito's rare video message today following reports that he would abdicate in the next few years, which initially came as shock but was welcomed by many as a deserved rest for the 82-year-old beloved monarch. 

In the pre-recorded message, Akihito will talk about his duties as a "symbol emperor" as stipulated by the constitution, palace officials said. 

He will most likely avoid the explicit expression of abdication, which would involve political and legal procedures that he is not allowed to discuss. 

Akihito still works, though his aides have shifted some of his duties to Crown Prince Naruhito the elder of his two sons and most likely successor. Yet, Akihito has referred to his old age in recent years, admitting to making small mistakes at ceremonies. 

During the August 15, 2015, anniversary of the end of World War II, Akihito started reading a statement when he was supposed to observe a moment of silence.