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France: 2 terrorists, 1 hostage killed in IS-claimed church attack

France: 2 terrorists, 1 hostage killed in IS-claimed church at...

An 86-year-old priest had his throat slit by two knifemen who cut his throat after bursting into a French church and taking nuns and worshippers hostage before being shot dead by police. The Islamic State has claimed the responsibility for the attack, saying two 'soldiers' from the group carried it out. Five people, including the priest, two nuns and two parishioners were held by the assailants who raided the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy on Tuesday. IMAGE: A ..., 12 minutes ago

Teacher quits job to become full-time Pokemon Go player

Pokemon Go masters are already flipping their accounts for thousands of pounds on eBay to players who prefer to buy the Pokemon instead of catching them all. A 26-year-old woman in the UK has quit her teaching job to become Britain's first full-time Pokemon Go player as she believes there is a lot of money to be made from the widely popular location-based augmented reality game. Pokemon obsessed Sophia Pedrazza, from High Barnet north London, plans to cash in on the craze by hitting the ...
 Rediff.com14 minutes ago Pokemon Go Cannot Hide From the Hype in Russia  Moscow Times1 week ago

Germany: Doctor shooting not terrorism, says police

Update on the shooting of a doctor in Germany. AFP says no sign of terror attack in Berlin hospital shooting, says police.
 Rediff.com23 minutes ago Berlin doctor shot in 5th terror attack in Germany  Rediff.com48 minutes ago Church attackers claimed allegiance to ISIS, says French prez Hollande  Rediff.com1 hour ago

'Iron lady' Sharmila to end fast, fight Manipur polls

She will contest as an Independent candidate. Sixteen years after starting her path-setting hunger strike demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, Manipur’s ‘Iron Lady’ Irom Chanu Sharmila has decided to end her fast on August 9 and contest assembly elections as an Independent candidate. The 44-year-old iconic rights activist, who has been forcibly fed through a nasal tube since 2000, said she would join politics as she no longer believes that her fast will ...
 Rediff.com27 minutes ago Irom Sharmila to break 16-year-fast to contest elections in Manipur  Rediff.com4 hours ago

After Kanhaiya, another JNU student leader to pen book on sedition row

After Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid an active face of the student agitation during the sedition row in JNU is the next one to pen down her experiences about unrest in campuses. Rashid, first Kashmiri girl to have made it to the JNU students union, led the student movement demanding release of varsity students including Kanhaiya who were arrested in February this year in a sedition case in connection with an event during which anti-national ...
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Rs 3,902 crore cess collected. But how 'swachh' is our Bharat?

With the Swachh Bharat cess, the Service Tax rate has gone up to 14.5 per cent from 14 per cent. Government has collected Rs 3,901.78 crore (Rs 39.01 billion) last fiscal from the 0.5 per cent Swachh Bharat cess which is imposed on all taxable services. "The amount of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan cess collected in financial year 2015-16 is Rs 3901.78 crore," Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. "The amount utilised in financial year ...
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Alonso gets real about podium finish this season

Former world champion Fernando Alonso doubts he will make it onto the Formula One podium this season after also enduring his worst points tally last year, but has no immediate plans to retire. The Spaniard is 13th in the 2016 driver standings on 24 points, 168 behind leader and former McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton. Alonso, 34, picked up only 11 points in 2015, and although he has already surpassed that this year, Alonso is sceptical about his chances of getting a first podium appearance since ...
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BSE: Top losers and gainers

  Markets closed lower after rising for last two trading sessions as investors engaged in profit booking in the recent gainers at attractive and higher valuations. Besides, investors are eyeing important events this week like July F&O expiry on Thursday, Goods and Services Tax bill in ongoing monsoon session of parliament and the Federal Open Market Committee starting on ...
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Kargil glorious feather in my cap: War hero relives victory

Surendra Kumar Sahoo recalls the turbulent days when he had put his life on the line fighting the enemy forces.   After three decades of service in the army and postings in difficult areas and terrains, retired armyman Surendra Kumar Sahoo of the 19th infantry in Baramula proudly declares the “Kargil War is the glorious feather in my cap as a soldier”. As the country celebrates the Kargil Vijay Divas on Tuesday, the 52-year-old war hero recalls the turbulent days when he had ...
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South Africa to introduce racial quotas in cricket

IMAGE: South African players congratulate Kagiso Rabada (right) on dismissing India's Stuart Binny in the first ODI in Kanpur on Sunday. Photograph: Shirish Shete/PTI. Cricket South Africa (CSA) will formally introduce racial quotas at national team level, the board said on Tuesday. The organisation has come under fire from the South African government for a lack of transformation in its national teams, leading to a ban on bidding for international tournaments that will be reviewed next year.
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