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Heavy rains lash Odisha, Bengal as Cyclone Komen nears
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Cyclone Komen makes landfall in B'desh, heavy rains in Bengal,...

Just in: Cyclone Komen makes landfall in Bangladesh. The storm has already claimed 27 lives in Bangladesh and Myanmar, reports the local media in Dhaka."After landfall, it will move westnorthwestwards and weaken gradually,' the MeT said. "Heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur at a few places with isolated extremely heavy falls over Gangetic West Bengal today and tomorrow," the Met office said. Wind speed reaching 6575 kmph gusting to 85 kmph would prevail along and off ... Rediff.com, 19 minutes ago

HRW asks India to abolish death penalty after Yakub Memon's hanging

A leading human rights organisation today renewed its call for India to abolish death penalty after it executed 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, saying there is no evidence that the "cruel" form of punishment acts as a deterrent. Human Rights Watch said that India should adopt the message of Mahatma Gandhi that an "eye for an eye will make the whole world blind" as the practice of death penalty is "blinding the Indian Justice." "So, why does India cling to capital punishment? Perhaps ...
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India set to introduce Sports Fraud Bill to curb corruption

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal plays a game of cricket. Photograph: PTI The spot-fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League has prompted the government to push for introduction of Sports Fraud Bill in the Parliament in the ongoing monsoon session, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Thursday.Sonowal said the Sports Fraud Bill will be sent to the Cabinet in a few days for approval before it is presented in the Parliament."It (the Bill) will be presented to the Cabinet in ...
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After Mullah Omar's death, second round of Afghan peace talks postponed

Following the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, the second round of peace talks between Afghan government representatives and the militant group which were to be held in Pakistan tomorrow has been postponed, it was announced today. "In view of the reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the resulting uncertainty, and at the request of the Afghan Taliban leadership, the second round of the Afghan peace talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan on July 31, 2015, is being ...
 Rediff.com30 minutes ago Taliban leader, who Afghanistan says is dead, a pious enigma  The Fiscal Times20 hours ago How the Death of Mullah Omar Could Disrupt Progress in Afghanistan  Austin American Statesman20 hours ago

India's Rajat Chauhan reaches final of World Archery Championship

Rajat Chauhan ensured India a medal by making the final of the compound section, while Laxmirani Majhi advanced to the bronze playoff in the women's recurve in the World Archery Championships, here today. The 2014 Asian Games team gold medalist thrashed Camilo Cardona of Colombia 143-138 in a one-sided contest to set up a clash against local challenger Stephen Hansen in the final which will be held Saturday. Laxmirani gave India a second medal hope in the individual section as she ...
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Pak targets Indian posts for second time in 24 hours

Just in: Pakistan troops again open fire on forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier in the day, an Army jawan was killed in a sniper attack by Pakistan troops who targeted forward posts in Poonch district of in violation of ceasefire. Sepoy Rachpal Singh was critically injured in sniper fire by Pakistani troops at a forward post in Poonch along the Line of Control on Wednesday night, a police officer said on Thursday.He later succumbed to his ...
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Political reactions to Yakub Memon's hanging

On Thursday, as Yakub Memon, the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, was hanged at Nagpur Central prison, politicians from across the country reacted. The reactions were diverse from some supporting the Supreme Court while some questioning the death sentence in entirety. Take a look at some of the reactions. “India is a democracy. We set very high standards when it comes to human rights. Why are we then not abolishing the death sentence? What benefit are we getting from it? ...
 Rediff.com59 minutes ago Cop who hanged Yakub executed Kasab too  Rediff.com3 hours ago How Yakub spent his last few hours before hanging  Rediff.com6 hours ago Timeline: The unprecedented late-night battle to save Yakub  Rediff.com6 hours ago
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Paytm wins BCCI's title sponsorship rights

One97 Communications, which owns Paytm, was awarded the title sponsorship rights for India's international home cricket matches for four years after a winning bid of Rs 2.42 crore per match. The decision to award the rights to One97 Communications till 2019 was taken at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s marketing committee meeting in Delhi on Thursday. The amount per match is Rs 40 lakh more than what Micromax, the only bidder in the 2014-15 season, gave the Board last year.
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Security beefed up for 3 judges who ruled Yakub should hang

Hours after Yakub Memon was hanged this morning in a Nagpur jail, security has been added for the three judges who rejected his last-minute appeal in an unprecedented hearing that took place in the Supreme Court. The three justices spent two hours starting at about 3 am weighing the new petition before they ruled they would not stop his execution at 7 am, reports NDTV.  The judges said that Memon had ample time and opportunity to challenge his death sentence ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Yakub Memon buried at Bada Kabaristan at 5.20pm  Rediff.com2 hours ago Why are there no pictures of Yakub's body?  Rediff.com2 hours ago Inside Bada Kabaristan final namaaz for Yakub's flower-bedecked body  Rediff.com3 hours ago
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South Africa run through Bangladesh batting; Steyn joins 400 club

Dale Steyn of South Africa celebrates a wicket. Photograph: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images Dale Steyn became the second South African bowler to join the 400 club as his team took five wickets in the final session to reduce Bangladesh to 246 for eight on the first day of the second Test in Mirpur on Thursday. The world's top-ranked Test bowler claimed three for 30 and part-time spinner JP Duminy picked up three for 27 to peg back Bangladesh after they appeared to be cruising at 180 for ...
 Rediff.com1 hour ago Dale Steyn joins the 400 club  Rediff.com8 hours ago
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