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Austria hands over Paris attacks 'accomplices' to France

Austria has handed over to France two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, prosecutors said today. The Algerian and Pakistani men, now aged 29 and 35 and who have not been named, were arrested in Austria on December 10. Austrian and French authorities believe they travelled to Greece along with two men involved in the November 13 atrocities, posing as refugees. While the eventual assailants continued on to France, the two were ..., 18 minutes ago

Govt not in favour of abolishing death penalty: Kiren Rijiju

The government on Friday said in Rajya Sabha that it is "not in favour" of abolishing the capital punishment considering the "prevailing circumstances" in the country.     "The prevailing circumstances in which we are living does not warrant abolition of death penalty," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said while replying to a private member's resolution moved by Communist Party of India's D Raja for the abolition of capital punishment in the country.    ...
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Rogers Cup: Sania-Martina storm into quarters; Bopanna ousted

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis produced a sublime performance as they marched into the quarter-finals of the women's doubles at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Friday. The Indo-Swiss pair thrashed the Briton-American pair of Naomi Broady and Shelby Rogers 6-1, 6-1 in the third round contest that lasted 43 minutes. Mirza-Hingis will next face the American duo of Christina Mchale and Asia Muhammad in the last eight. Meanwhile, in the men's doubles, Rohan Bopanna ...
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PSBs strike may affect transactions worth Rs 15,000 crore

Services at around 80,000 branches in the country were hit on Friday as employees of public sector banks went on a one-day strike. IMAGE: Nationalised bank employees staged one-day token strike in Mumbai on Friday. Photograph: Sahil Salvi     A day-long strike by public sector banks' employees to protest proposed merger of SBI associates with the parent and other issues is likely to  affect transactions worth Rs 12,000 crore (Rs 120 billion) to Rs 15,000 crore (Rs 150 ...
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Gurugram has turned into Guru-jam, AAP mocks Khattar

The Aam Aadmi Party today mocked Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar saying he has turned "Gurugram into Guru-jam", a day after the BJP leader accused Arvind Kejriwal of "non-cooperation" in decongesting Gurgaon.During a live Twitter session with Khattar yesterday, one person had questioned the delay in completion of the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) project also known as the Dwarka Expressway, suggesting it would "decongest most of Gurugram traffic". Khattar responded saying: ...
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'Archer Champia's experience would have come handy at Rio Games'

IMAGE: Mangal Singh Champia. The Jharkhand archer is a four-time World Cup gold medalist in team events. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images Former Olympian and chief coach Limba Ram says the Archery Association of India did ‘grave injustice’ to Mangal Singh Champia by denying him a place in the team for the Rio Olympics. “Mangal deserved to have gone to Rio. He earned you the quota. It’s grave injustice to him,” Limba, now a sports officer in the Rajasthan ...
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Bengaluru: After the rains, now the foam

After floods, Bengaluru residents now have to contend with toxic foam overflowing from Bellandur
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Mallya fails to appear before court; ED to initiate action

The agency will now proceed to attach Mallya's assets even as the court is expected to declare him a proclaimed offender after he skipped the court's summons. The Enforcement Directorate is expected to initiate a fresh action of attachment of assets against liquor baron Vijay Mallya who on Friday skipped appearance before a PMLA court in Mumbai in connection with a money laundering probe against him in an alleged bank loan fraud case. The court, last month, had issued a proclamation ...
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Why Hillary wore white to her presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton made history yesterday when she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. While this moment was about so much more than what she was wearing, Clinton knows that everything down to the colour of her jacket has significance and is an important branding tool to communicate key messages regarding her campaign.  Read ...
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Govt gets Rs 70,000 cr from petrol, diesel excise hikes in FY16

Between April-June 2016-17, the additional excise duty  mop up on these two products stood at Rs 17,692 crore. Nine excise duty hikes over a  span of few months helped the government nearly treble its  excise mop up from petrol and diesel to about Rs 70,000 crore (Rs 700 billion) in 2015-16, Parliament was informed on Friday. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha,  Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said the  collections from additional duty ...
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