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Samajwadi MPs walkout to protest sending 'empty' water train t...

Samajwadi Party members on Friday walked out of the Rajya Sabha charging the Centre with playing petty politics by sending an ‘empty’ water train to drought-hit Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. SP members alleged that while the Centre has not heeded to the state government’s requests for additional funds for tankers and dam to deal with drought in Bundelkhand, it sent the water train without speaking to the state government. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu refuted the ... Rediff.com, 16 minutes ago

Uttarakhand floor test on Tuesday

Just in: the Uttarakhand floor test will be held on Tuesday. The morning, the Centre agreed to a floor test which will take place under the Supreme Court's supervision. Attorney General Mukuk Rohatgi said the floor test will be held in a few days after modalities are worked out. Uttarakhand is under President's Rule for the last two months and the floor test could possibly end the deadlock that has put the state in disarray.Accepting the suggestion made by the Attorney General, the ...
 Rediff.com17 minutes ago Centre agrees to a floor test in Uttarakhand  Rediff.com1 hour ago

Centre asks states to adopt Yoga as part of school syllabus

The Centre has asked the state governments to adopt Yoga as part of their school syllabus so that willing students can take it as a subject. Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said in Lok Sabha the letter to the states favouring adoption of Yoga as part of the school syllabus was sent by the HRD Ministry so that those students who wished to enroll themselves could take it, though it will not be a compulsory subject. Naik said Yoga has been made compulsory for police ...
 Rediff.com19 minutes ago Can states with own tests be exempted from NEET this year, SC asks centre  Times of India13 hours ago

7 Best Shoes for Men to Kick Off Summer 2016

The weather is heating up, and all this talk of summer trends is starting to make sense. It's certainly time to start thinking about which trends you want to participate in this season, and to help you along, we pulled out the key shoe style from the runways you need to know and provided shopping to match. In our opinion this is the perfect time to start building your wardrobe, so get ready to fall in love with these warm-weather styles. #1. Adidas Spring Blade Shoes - These men's running ...
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Rajat Gupta to fight legal battle to overturn conviction

Rajat Gupta was convicted in 2012 of passing confidential boardroom information to now jailed hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam. India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta, a free man now after a 2-year jail term on insider trading charges, has approached a US court to overturn his conviction, arguing that there is no evidence to show that he "received even a penny" for passing confidential boardroom information to his friend. In an exhaustive brief filed in the Second Circuit Court ...
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Act fast if your broker is shutting shop

Investors must withdraw funds, open a new trading account and transfer assets. Many investors prefer dealing with small brokers, as the investor talks directly to the owner and not a representative who might change every few months. There’s trust between the parties. But, many such intermediaries have been going out of business because of an increase in compliance and technology costs, coupled with low market volumes. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi), the ...
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Nifty hovers around 7,700; Broader markets outperform

  Markets continue to trade lower weighed down by IT shares along with consistent selling by foreign investors leading the decline. However, buying among bank shares has limited the downslide. At 12:50 pm, the S&P BSE Sensex lost 86 points to trade at 25,175 and the Nifty50 shed 22 points to quote at 7,713. Broader markets are outperforming the benchmark indices- BSE Midcap and Smallcap indices are up 0.02%-0.3%. Top losers from the Sensex pack are Adani Ports, Dr Reddy’s Labs, ...
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Review: Captain America: Civil War is the stuff of comic-book dreams

A Marvel film so good it makes all the others feel like a prologue, gushes Raja Sen. (Also, stay for the two end-credit scenes.)  “War, what is it good for?”  Despite the existential disgust expressed by Edwin Starr in that song all those years ago, there exist far too many affirmative answers to that question: it’s good for gunrunners, media outlets, separatists, posturing Presidential candidates and, clearly, for Marvel Studios -- whose superheroes have never, ever ...
 Rediff.com45 minutes ago How comic book movies are making comic books worse  PostGuam13 hours ago

Aleppo Syrias Stalingrad?

While on Syria, do read MK Bhadrakumar's blog on Aleppo, where he writes, "In a message on Thursday addressed to Vladimir Putin felicitating Russia on its Victory Day in World War II, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad compared the fighting around the city of Aleppo to Stalingrad in World War II. It's a powerful metaphor for the Russian psyche, driving home that winning the Syrian war in Aleppo's battle fields is a must and there is no scope for compromise. (Sputnik)"Read  ...
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73 dead as Syria army battles jihadists near Aleppo: monitor

Fighting between Syrian regime forces and Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists and their allies has left more than 70 dead south of the battleground city of Aleppo, a monitor said today. Al-Nusra Front and allied Islamists seized Khan Tuman and surrounding villages after less than 24 hours of clashes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "At least 43 Al-Nusra and allied fighters, including a local commander, and 30 on the side of the regime and allied militia were killed in the ...
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