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India: National
-Sanjay Raut criticizes Karnataka police for mishandling Belgaum border dispute

Mumbai, July 28 (ANI): Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Raut criticized the Karnataka police here on Monday for taking an anti-Marathi stand over the ongoing Belgaum border dispute.

Condemning the behavior of the local police, Raut appealed to the centre to remove them and deploy the central police or Border Security Force (BSF) in the area.

The way these gundas (goons) of Belgaum in khakee vardi (police uniform) from the Karnataka government are troubling people by entering

-Delhi HC stays EC showcause notice to Ashok Chavan

New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Monday stayed the showcause notice served by the Election Commission to former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan in the paid news case against him.

Chavan had challenged the EC's notice saying that the commission did not followed the procedure laid out in the Representation of People Act while issuing the notice.

Meanwhile, the complainant's lawyer in the case, Dilip Taur said, The court has issued a notice while hearing

-Laxmikant Bajpai defends Nitin Gadkari over bugging issue

Lucknow, July 28 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh (UP) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Laxmikant Bajpai on Monday defended Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari over bugging devices being found from his residence, and said that matter should be considered closed as Gadkari has denied this.

When the minister in question himself has denied this then the matter should be closed here, said Bajpai.

But I want ask those who are raising this issue why they were silent when bugging devices

South Asia
-Flood damages two hydropower dams in Nepal's Dolpa region

Kathmandu, July 26 (ANI): Two dams in Nepal's Dolpa District have been reportedly damaged by floods caused by incessant rainfall.

According to the nepalnews.com web site, dams of the Jairigad Hydropower Project in Dunai and the Chhalgad Hydropower Project in Tripurakot have been damaged.

The report further stated that at least six Village Development Committees (VDCs) are without electricity for the past two days.

They include Tripurakot, Raha, Sun, Dunai, Juphal and Sahartara.


-Bangladesh freedom fighter Bir Bikram UK Ching passes away

Chittagong (Bangladesh), July 25 (ANI): Well known Bangladesh freedom fighter Bir Bikram UK Ching has passed away. He was 86.

The veteran freedom fighter breathed his last at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) at 6:15 a.m. on Friday, said his daughter Renu Marma, reports the Daily Star.

Ching, who had been awarded the gallantry award of Bir Bikram of the Liberation War in 1971 as the only freedom fighter from the indigenous communities, is survived by his wife, two sons

India: Politics
-JD-U chief indicates alliance with RJD, Congress to continue even after Bihar Assembly by-polls

New Delhi, July 27 (ANI): Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav, today indicated that his party will maintain its alliance, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, not just for the Assembly by-polls to be held next month, but will continue in future as well.

We already had a tie-up in the Rajya Sabha by-polls. This is the next step, we had already declared it. We will unite together and this will continue and will have solidarity amongst ourselves, Yadav told ANI.


-Biocon reports marginal revenue for first quarter of fiscal 2014-15

Bangalore, July 26 (ANI): Biotechnology major Biocon Ltd has reported revenue of nearly 3.5 percent and a net profit of only 10 percent for the fiscal 2014-2015.

Chairperson of Biocon Ltd, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, while addressing a news conference on Friday in Bangalore, said the biopharma sales were slow this quarter as compared to the previous quarters.

Consolidated revenues for the quarter stood at 742 crore rupees. Biopharma sales were relatively flat at 547 crore rupees and within

-Women's club holds candlelight vigil demanding justice for Bangalore sexual assault victim

Bangalore, July 26 (ANI): A women's club held a candlelight march in Bangalore demanding justice for the six-year-old girl student who was sexually assaulted within a school's premises.

The student of first grade, who was assaulted by the school's skating instructor, is now under treatment in a hospital. The skating instructor of the public school was arrested on Sunday.

On Friday, women protesters and members of Suvarna Ladies Club, dressed in black, shouted slogans.


-India refuses to ratify trade facilitation pact at WTO until its food security concerns are addressed

Geneva, July 26 (ANI): India's Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Anjali Prasad, has said that New Delhi will not be pressured into accepting easier customs rules from developed countries till its food subsidy concerns are addressed.

Prasad, who was addressing a specially convened meeting to approve the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in Geneva on Friday, said that India was not in a position to risk the food security of millions, and therefore, demanded that the


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