Thursday, June 15, 2017

Babul Supriyo: 'Hurl eggs at me, will make omelette and eat as I am a non-vegetarian'

Ridiculing the ruling BJD and the opposition Congress in Odisha, Union minister Babul Supriyo on Thursday said that if eggs were hurled at him, he would make omelette and eat.

“There is not an iota of fear in me. I heard some people hurled eggs. I am a non-vegetarian. If BJD and Congress workers hurl eggs at me, I’ll make omelette with it and eat that,” the minister of state for heavy industries told reporters when asked whether he was afraid of facing egg attack in the state.
On Wednesday, several BJD workers had hurled eggs at the vehicle of Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram at Aul Bazaar in Kendrapara district while Congress activists showed black flags at him.
Source: News Nation

UP: Yogi Adityanath govt announces dissolution of Shia, Sunni waqf boards over corruption charges

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday announced dissolving the Shia and Sunni waqf boards in the state in the wake of corruption charges against them.

CM Adityanath has assented to the dissolution of the boards, Minister of State for Waqf Mohsin Raza said. The dissolution process has been started after taking into account all legal aspects, the minister said.
There have been serious allegations of corruption against the Shia and Sunni waqf boards related to their properties. An inquiry conducted by the Waqf Council of India had also found many irregularities in this regard.
Source:  News Nation

Petrol price cut by Rs 1.12 per litre, diesel by Rs 1.24

The petrol and diesel prices have been cut by Rs 1.12 per litre and Rs 1.24 per litr, respectively from the midnight.
The price of petrol is being decreased by Rs 1.12 per litre and that of diesel by Rs 1.24 per litr, both excluding state levies, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said on Thursday.
The development comes a day before India switch to a market dynamic system to revise petrol and diesel prices on a daily basis.
Petrol and diesel prices from June 16 will change on a daily basis by a few paisa per litre depending on the movement of oil prices in international market and variation in foreign exchange rates.

Source: News Nation 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

US: San Francisco police reports shooting at UPS warehouse and customer service center, four injured

A shooting occurred at a sprawling UPS warehouse and customer service center. The shooting on Wednesday led to a massive police response and a shelter-in-place warning for the surrounding area.

The building is located in the Portero Hill, which is about 2.5 miles from downtown San Francisco.
A UPS employee opened fire at a San Francisco package delivery facility on Wednesday, injuring four and prompting a massive police response in a neighborhood near downtown, officials said.
Source: News Nation

London: 12 dead as huge fire engulfs 24-storey residential tower; death toll may rise further

A huge blaze on Wednesday engulfed a 24-storey residential tower block in west London housing over 100 families, killing at least 12 people and injuring 74 others, with police suspecting the death toll could rise further.

The fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate in Latimer Road was reported at 01:16 local time. About 600 people were believed to have been inside the tower’s 120 flats when the blaze ripped through the building.
The Metropolitan Police, which previously had put the number of fatalities at six, now raised the death toll to 12.
Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police earlier said the recovery operation would be complex “over a number of days.”
Source: News Nation

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ICC ODI Players Rankings: Virat Kohli regains top spot in batsmen category

Indian captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday reclaimed the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI player rankings for batsmen.

Helped by the current form in ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Kohli surpassed South Africa’s top batsman AB de Villiers who had been number one since, February 25, this year
Following his knocks of 81 not out against Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa, Kohli has surpassed de Villiers and Warner into the numero one spot.
Kohli is ahead of Warner by just one point, had enjoyed just four days at the top in January 2017, but will now be aiming to do better when he faces Bangladesh in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.
As far as other Indian players are concerned,  opener Shikhar Dhawan has returned into top ten slots after good performances in the ongoing Champions Trophy. The left-hander is currently at number 5 spot following scores of 68 against Pakistan, 125 against Sri Lanka and 78 against South Africa.
Source: News Nation

J-K: Pakistan initiates indiscriminate firing along LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector, Indian Army retaliates strongly

Pakistani troops on Wednesday initiated indiscriminate firing along LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector between 05:00 am to 05:40 am. The Pakistani troops fired small arms, automatics and 82 mm mortars. The Indian Army retaliated strongly to the unprovoked firing.

On Sunday, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts along LoC and International Border in Rajouri and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian troops to retaliate.
Pakistan Army had initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, heavy automatics and mortars from 1240 hours along the Line of Control in Naushera sector in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman had said.
Source: News Nation

Reserve Bank of India identifies 12 accounts with 25 per cent of total NPAs of banks for resolution under bankruptcy law

The RBI on Tuesday identified 12 accounts each having more than Rs 5,000 crore of outstanding loans and accounting for 25 per cent of total NPAs of banks for immediate referral for resolution under the bankruptcy law.
Without naming the defaulters, the Reserve Bank said the lenders will be asked to initiate insolvency proceedings to recover the dues.
The banking sector is saddled with non-performing assets (NPAs) worth over Rs 8 lakh crore, of which Rs 6 lakh crore is with public sector banks (PSBs).
The Internal Advisory Committee (IAC), the central bank said, has arrived at an objective, non-discretionary criterion for referring accounts for resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
Source: News Nation

Facebook plans to foray into scripted television with Nicole Byer comedy series 'Loosely Exactly Nicole'

Social media giant Facebook is apparently planning to foray into scripted television with Nicole Byer comedy series "Loosely Exactly Nicole".
In order to bulk up on original video programming, the social media giant is planning to revive the series for a second season, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The news comes four months after the show was cancelled post one low-rated season on MTV.  "Loosely Exactly Nicole" is a family comedy inspired by the life and comedy of Byer, who broke out for the Viacom network with talk show "Girl Code".   
Source: News Nation

Extradition case: Vijay Mallya gets bail until Dec 4, says enough evidence to prove his case; next hearing on July 6

Vijay Mallya, the embattled tycoon who is wanted in India on loan defaults to several banks, on Tuesday claimed that he has "enough evidence" to plead his case as a UK court granted him bail until December 4.
The 61-year-old former chief of erstwhile Kingfisher airlines appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court here for his extradition case hearing.
Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot granted bail to Mallya until December 4. The next hearing has been set for July 6.
"I have not eluded any court...I have enough evidence to prove my case," Mallya told reporters outside the court.
"I don't make statements to the media because anything I say is twisted. There is enough evidence, that will speak," he said. "I go to cheer India in a cricket match and it becomes a media frenzy. It's better I don't say anything," he added.
Source: News Nation

J-K: Yasin Malik detained, Mirwaiz Farooq put under house arrest to prevent them from attending religious programme in Srinagar

To prevent from attending a programme in Srinagar to pay homage to the 12th Mirwaiz of undivided Kashmir on his 50th death anniversary, JKLF chief Yasin Malik was on Tuesday detained while moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq placed under house arrest.

Malik was taken into preventive custody from party office at Abi Guzar locality in the heart of the city, ahead of his visit to Eidgah locality in downtown Srinagar.
He was scheduled to take part in a programme to pay homage to Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Yousuf Shah, a religious scholar who was the first to interpret the holy Quran in Kashmiri language.
Source: News Nation

Monday, June 12, 2017

Madhya Pradesh govt appoints single-member commission to inquire into Mandsaur police firing incident

Following the police firing incident in Mandsaur, the Madhya Pradesh government on Monday appointed a single-member commission to inquire into the incident in which five persons were killed on June 6.

Retired High Court judge Justice J K Jain would chair this Commission of Inquiry.
“The commission headquarters will be at Indore and it will submit its report in three months,” a state public relations department official said.
The commission will find out, among other things, the circumstances under which the firing incident took place and whether the force used by the police was reasonable under prevailing circumstances or not, and if not, who was responsible for this.
Source: News Nation

J-K: Army foils infiltration bid along LoC in Poonch

The Army on Monday foiled yet another infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

Soldiers deployed along the LoC in Poonch detected a suspicious movement at around 0330 hours and engaged the “Pakistan-backed terrorists”, a defence spokesman said.
As the Indian troops fired on them, the terrorists returned fire and ran back across the LoC, he said.
An intense combing operation was conducted which resulted in recovery eight rucksacks (one combat jacket each), one Underbarrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), one binocular, one radio set with antenna, 7 shawls medicines, 7 ready-to-eat meals, a mobile phone, cells, personal clothing and eatables, the spokesperson said. 
Source: News Nation

PM Modi to visit US in June, discuss range of issues with President Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the US in June and hold talks with President Donald Trump on a range of issues, including India’s concerns over possible changes in H1B visa rules.
Announcing the visit from June 25, the external affairs ministry on Monday said the Modi-Trump discussions will provide a new direction for a deeper bilateral engagement.
This will be the first meeting between the two leaders, the ministry added.
“Prime Minister will hold official talks with President Trump on June 26. Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multi-dimensional strategic partnership between India and the US,” the ministry said. 
Source: News Nation

NIA questions son-in-law of Syed Geelani for funding of terror, subversive activities in Kashmir

Altaf Ahmed Shah, son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was on Monday questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in Kashmir.
Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was earlier questioned by the NIA on June 9 about his movable and other properties, including houses in the Valley as well as in Jammu, and the source for their funding, official sources said.
Shah, who arrived again at the NIA headquarters today, was questioned by a team of agency officials about the alleged funding of the Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, the sources said.
There was no immediate reaction from Shah’s camp but his father-in-law had yesterday questioned the role of the NIA and said the probe agency was being used as a “war weapon” against separatist leadership in Kashmir.
Source: News Nation

Narendra Modi-led govt forcing everyone into silence with beating up of Dalits, minorities frightened: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday attended launch event of commemorative edition of National Herald in Bengaluru. On the occasion, Rahul accused the Narendra Modi-led central government of “forcing everyone into silence with Dalits being beaten up, minorities frightened and journalists and bureaucrats threatened.
Speaking at a function of the National Herald newspaper here, he said, “The power of truth is being completely replaced with the truth of power and anybody who attempts to speak the truth and stand for it is being pushed aside.”
Gandhi also alleged that thousands of journalists were not being allowed to write what they wanted to. “They (journalists) tell me that they are not being allowed to write what they want to,” he said.
Source: News Nation

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Emmanuel Macron's party all set to win first round of parliamentary elections in France

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party is all set to win the first round of parliamentary elections, as per projections.
It is expected that La Republique en Marche and ally MoDem will win 390 to 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. Macron’s party scores 32.2-32.9% in first-round parliamentary vote.
Earlier, Macron had been elected as the president of France, by winning 65.1 per cent of the vote to defeat far-right leader Marine Le Pen. 39-year-old centrist is the youngest President of France.
This is a developing story.
Source: News Nation

CBSE NEET Result 2017: Supreme Court to hear plea filed by Central Board of Secondary Education against the stay

The Supreme Court to hear plea filed by CBSE against the stay on results of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), today. Lat week CBSE has moved the Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay on the Madras High Court order restraining the publication of results of NEET 2017 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses across the country.
It was on May 24 that High Court has granted interim stay on the publication of NEET results on a batch of pleas alleging that a uniform question paper was not given in the examination and there was a vast difference between the ones in English and in Tamil.
Source: News Nation

J-K: Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Krishna Ghati, Indian Army retaliates strongly

Pakistani Army violated another ceasefire on Monday along LoC in Krishna Ghati at 6:20 am in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army has retaliated to the unprovoked firing.
The Pakistani troops initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Krishna Ghati sector.
On Sunday, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire along LoC in Bimber Gali sector at 9:45 am. The Indian Army had retaliated and firing was continued in the area.
The Pakistan Rangers had targeted BSF troops in Ramgarh (Samba). The firing was continued for 45 minutes. No casualty has been reported so far. 

Source: News Nation 

J-K: Terrorists open fire at policeman outside SOG camp at Shopian’s Imam Sahib


Terrorists on Sunday fired upon policeman identified as Khurshid Ahmad outside SOG camp at Shopian's Imam Sahib. The policeman is admitted to hospital.
The shooting happened in Imam Sahib area of the district near the the camp of the special operations group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, a police official said.
Special Police Officer (SPO) Khursheed Ahmad, who was injured in the attack, was rushed to the sub-district hospital.
Police have launched a hunt to nab the attackers, the official said, adding that further details are awaited.
Source:  News Nation

GST council reduces tax levels in 66 cases including printers, insulin, school bags


The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday addressed media after meeting of Goods and Services Tax (GST) council. Jaitley said that next meeting of the council will be on next Sunday, 11:30 at same venue.
Jaitley said that he has received representation for about 133 goods and after considering representation, the GST council has reduced tax levels in 66 cases.
“Traders, manufacturers and restaurants with turnover of up to Rs 75 lakh can avail the composition scheme, against Rs 50 lakh earlier. GST Council lowers tax rate on computer printers to 18 per cent from 28 per cent. GST on insulin, agarbatti lowered to 5 per cent; school bags to attract tax of 28 per cent, said Arun Jaitley.
"GST on movie tickets below Rs 100 cut to 18 per cent; 28 per cent tax on tickets above Rs 100. During the next meeting of GST Council on June 18, council to take up lottery taxes, e-way bill," said FM Jaitley.
Source: News Nation

Saturday, June 10, 2017

OnePlus 5 Price in India Leaked, Top Model Said to Cost Rs. 37,999

OnePlus 5 is set to launch in India on June 22, and the company is rolling out details about the device bit by bit to keep the hype train going. Last night, OnePlus unveiled its first official render, giving us a glimpse of what the back of the device will look like. Now, new information has cropped up online revealing the OnePlus 5 prices in India. Of course, the prices are unofficial so you still need to wait for the official launch to get the final prices, but the leak indicates the next flagship will be the most expensive by the company yet.

OnePlus 5 price in India

If True Tech’s source is to be believed, then the OnePlus 5 will be priced starting at Rs. 32,999 in India. The OnePlus 5 is expected to launch in two variants, and the report states that the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant will be priced at Rs. 32,999, while the 8GB RAM/128GB variant will be priced at Rs. 37,999.
Read: NDTV

J-K: Pakistani Army resorts to heavy shelling of India’s forward military posts, civilian areas in Poonch district

The Pakistani Army on Saturday night resorted to heavy shelling of India’s forward military posts and civilian areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistani troops used mortar bombs and fired with automatic weapons from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishna Ghati sector, prompting Indian troops to retaliate, a senior army officer said.
“Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 2030 hours along the Line of Control (LC) in Krishana Ghati sector,” a senior army officer said.
Reports said that the Pakistani troops also targeted civilian population and hamelts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Balnoie areas of Poonch district, triggering panic among the area dwellers.
The Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively, the officer said, adding the firing is presently on.
Source: News Nation

Vijay Goel: India not to play cricket series with Pakistan unless it ends terrorist attack in the country

Sports Minister Vijay Goel said on Saturday that India cannot have a bilateral cricket series with Pakistan as it has crossed the "Lakshmana Rekha" by sponsoring terrorism in the country.
"For everything there is a Lakshmana Rekha," Goel, who is leading a 200-member Indian youth delegation to China, told the media.
"But when the line is crossed then a message has to be given. This (boycott) is a message," he said defending the policy not to have bilateral cricket series with Pakistan.
"We have clearly stated terrorism and sports cannot go side-by-side. As long as Pakistan doesn't stop cross border terror and (instigating) trouble in Kashmir..then there is no chance for bilateral series and also the national mood doesn't support it," Goel said.
He declined to comment on the letter written by Ramachandra Guha, one of the four members of Supreme Court- appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), to implement the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel to reform the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Source:News Nation

Security at Kerala House stepped up amid rumours of beef fest by political party

After reports of a political party planning a ‘beef festival’ in the evening, security at Kerala House on Jantar Mantar road in New Delhi was stepped up.Delhi Police said they received an information from Kerala House officials about the matter and security was stepped up as a precautionary measure.
“We were alerted by the Kerala House officials about an unverified information they received that some people belonging to a political party were planning to celebrate beef festival there at 6.30 PM.
“So we have deployed police force to handle them,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police B K Singh.
Police sources, however, said the information appeared to be a rumour.
There was report that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has planned a ‘beef festival’ at the Kerala House in the evening.
Spurce: News Nation

Aadhaar number will be mandatory for filing Income Tax Returns from July 1, says Central Board of Direct Taxes

The Central Board of Direct Taxes on Saturday said that Aadhaar will be a must for filing Income Tax Returns or for obtaining a new PAN from July 1.
The policy-making body of the Income Tax Department issued a statement stating that the Supreme Court yesterday had only given a “partial relief” to those who do not have an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrolment ID, and the taxman, hence, will not “cancel” their Permanent Account Number (PAN).
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a three-point “effect of the judgement” of the apex court statement saying:
From July 1, 2017 onwards every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar enrolment ID number for filing of income tax returns as well as for applications for PAN.
“Everyone who has been allotted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July, 2017, and who has aadhaar number or is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to income tax authorities for the purpose of linking PAN with Aadhaar,” it said.
Source:News Nation

Friday, June 09, 2017

SBI cuts interest rates by 10 basis points to 8.6 per cent on home loans above Rs 75 lakhs

India's largest lender State Bank of India has lowered interest rates by 10 basis points on home loans above Rs 75 lakh taking cues from RBI' latest policy. The new rates are effective June 15, the bank said in a statement on Friday. For the salaried woman, the new rate will be 8.55 per cent while for others, it is 8.60 per cent.
"Taking a cue from the recent RBI reduction in risk weightage on home loans, SBI is passing on the benefit to its customers by reducing its interest rates on home loan above Rs 75 lakh," MD (national banking) Rajnish Kumar said.
In the second bi-monthly monetary policy review announced on June 7, RBI had reduced LTV (loan to value) ratios, risk weights and standard asset provisioning rate for individualhousing loans for new customers.
For housing loans above Rs 75 lakh, the central bank lowered the risk weight to 50 per cent, from the earlier 75 per cent.
The standard asset provisions, or the amount of money to be set aside for every loan made, on home loans was brought down to 0.25 per cent from 0.40 per cent. In April this year, SBI had reduced its interest rates by 25 basis points. 
Source: News Nation

Caught on camera: Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik asks supporters to burn down police station during farmers' protest in Shivpuri

Despite Congress refused that it did not instigate violence in Madhya Pradesh, but a party MLA, Shakuntala Khatik, was caught on camera asking her supporters to burn down a police station in Shivpuri.
The Congress MLA’s supporters were shouting slogans against administration while blaming of conducting hooliganism. Meanwhile, the MLA asked to burn down a police station which was recorded.
Khatik was seen in a verbal spat with a police officer who was trying to placate her in the video. She was demanding suspension of Karaira TI.
Another Congress MLA Jeetu Patwari was also involved in an altercation with a state government official. Patwari and his supporters had allegedly ransacked a market after they were denied entry into the market.

Adityanath govt to give Rs 10,000 to each girl who passed class 10th board exam

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday congratulated all successful students who have passed in the high school and intermediate board examinations and announced that top ten students in the merit list will be felicitated by the state government.
The chief minister has given credit to the Centre-sponsored scheme-“Beti Bachao –Beti Padhao”.   
The state government had already declared to bestow Rs 10,000 cash reward to each girls who passed class 10th examination.  The announcement was made by deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma.

Source: News Nation 

SC says section 139AA of I-T Act is Constitutionally valid, but partially stays provision of making Aadhaar must for PAN, ITR filing

The Supreme Court on Friday put a partial stay on the implementation of the provisions in the Income Tax (I-T) Act making Aadhaar number mandatory for allotment of PAN card and filing of income tax returns (ITR).
However, the apex court upheld the validity of Section 139AA of the I-T Act, subject to the outcome of the batch of petitions before its Constitution bench which is examining if the Aadhaar scheme infringes on the Right to Privacy and if there is threat of data leakage.
A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also upheld the legislative competence of Parliament in enacting the law to this effect.
Source: News Nation

Former IAF chief PV Naik calls for 'ruthless measures' to kill intruders without warning to combat militancy in Kashmir

Former IAF head Air Chief Marshal P V Naik has called for “ruthless measures”—including the use of air power and special zones where intruders can be killed without a warning—to combat militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian Air Force veteran, in an interview to PTI, suggested a slew of methods, which, he said, could be “better accomplished” under a few months of Governor's Rule.
“Hard decisions will have to be taken...It (the situation) demands something which others feel we as a nation lack: Ruthlessness,” he said.
Naik, who was the IAF chief from 2009 to 2011, said there had to be a “more effective use” of air power, so far “underutilised” in the valley.
Source: News Nation

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Mandsaur: Paramilitary forces reach violence-hit areas; BJP dubs Rahul's visit a 'photo-op', says 'guilty leaders' will be punished

After witnessing tumult in the last few days, anti-riot paramilitary forces on Thursday moved into violence-hit areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, but the situation appeared to be improving in the troubled regions where farmers have been protesting for over a week demanding debt relief.
As contingents of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) fanned out into the district, the state government shunted out Mandsaur collector Swatantra Singh and Superintendent of Police O P Tripathi.
Curfew, imposed Wednesday after escalating violence, was relaxed for two hours from 4 pm, as officials said the situation appeared to be improving.
Source:  News  Nation 

Pak's US envoy laughed at for saying 'no safe terror sanctuaries in his nation'

Making of him mockery in front of US audience, Pakistan’s top diplomat in the US was laughed at when he repeatedly insisted that there are no safe sanctuaries for terrorists in Pakistan and that the Taliban leader, who reportedly died in a hospital in Karachi, never left Afghanistan.
“What is there funny about,” a visibly irritated Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the Pakistan Ambassador to the US, told a Washington think-tank audience which burst into laughter when he repeatedly argued that there is no terrorist safe havens in Pakistan and that Mullah Omar never left Afghanistan to visit Pakistan.
Source: News Nation

French Open 2017 Mixed Doubles: Rohan Bopanna-Dabrowski beat Groenefeld-Farah pair 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 to clinch title

Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski won the mixed doubles event at the French Open by defeating the German-Colombian opponents Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah in the title clash on Thursday. The Indo-Canadian pair downed Groenefeld and Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 on Philippe-Chatrier Court.
Bopanna and Dabrowski had beaten third seed Andrea Hlavackova and Roger Vasselin in straight sets to reach the summit clash.
The French Open mixed double title is Bopanna’s maiden Grand Slam crown. Bopanna has become only the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam title after the legendary Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza.

Source:News Nation 

PM Narendra Modi meets Pakiatan PM Nawaz Sharif, enquires about his health and family

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday exchanged greetings at the Astana Opera in Kazakhstan.
During the short meeting, PM Modi enquired about Nawaz Sharif’s health and also asked about PM Sharif’s mother and family.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi arrived in Kazakhstan on Thursday on a two-day visit to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit where India and Pakistan will be inducted as full members of the bloc, in the first ever expansion since its inception in 2001.
Source: News Nation

Presidential elections 2017: Shiv Sena may take 'independent' stand, continuous to pitch for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

The Shiv Sena, ruling partner of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, on Thursday said it may take an ‘independent’ stand in the upcoming presidential election. It also said it would continue to press for the candidature of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for the highest office.
“We may take an independent stand over casting our vote in the upcoming presidential election. We have time and again reiterate that we do not find anyone other than (RSS chief) Mohan Bhagwat more capable of fulfilling the Hindu rashtra (nation) dream,” Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.
The party will continue to suggest Bhagwat’s name till the end, Raut, also Rajya Sabha MP, said. Despite being the oldest ally, Shiv Sena had embarrassed BJP in the 2012 presidential poll by backing the UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee while the saffron party supported P A Sangma for the post.
Source:  News Nation

Champions Trophy 2017: Rohit Sharma completes 1000 runs against Sri Lanka, becomes 11th Indian batsman to achieve milestone

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan struck a century partnership in India's Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka. Rohit and Dhawan also brought up their 10th ODI 100 run partnership during the encounter against Sri Lanka at the Edgbaston. Incidentally, this was also their fourth 100-run partnership in Champions Trophy.
Moreover, with this century stand the Rohit-Dhawan combo has become the most successful pair in Champions Trophy matches as they recorded 636 runs in 7 innings. 
En route to this landmark they also went past the previous best of 635 runs by Chris Gayle & Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Rohit Sharma also went past a personal landmark as he notched up 1000 runs against Sri Lanka and became the eleventh Indian batsman to accumulate more than 1000 runs against Lankans.
India is batting in a mercurial fashion against the Sri Lankans and will hope to book a place in the semi-finals of Champions Trophy with a victory in this game.
Source:News Nation

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

CT17 | India vs Sri Lanka, Match Preview: Defending champions will look to secure place in semis

The defending champions, riding high on form and confidence will look to secure their place in semis when they face off against Sri Lanka in their second match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday in Oval at London.
However, the weather could play its part and spoil the game as scattered showers are forecasted in London but that would not affect Sri Lanka as they would easily get one point if the match is abandoned and their hopes of playing in semi-finals will keep breathing. The Island nation has already lost his first match against South Africa by 96 runs and a defeat against India will pave the way for their exit from Champions Trophy 2017.

Source: News Nation

PM Modi set to leave for SCO summit in Astana, Kazakhstan today; India to get full membership of organisation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit Kazakhstan today for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) where India will become a full member of the organisation. India will be admitted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during the summit of the regional grouping on June 8-9 in Kazakhstan.
The Prime Minister is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit at Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana. 
However, there is no meeting scheduled between Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. In his departure statement, Prime Minister said, 'I will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan for two days on 8-9 June for the Summit meeting of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO).” 
Source: News Nation

Farmers’ agitation in MP: Widespread violence, incidents of arson reported from Mandsaur, Dewas districts

On the seventh day of farmers’ agitation on Wednesday, widespread violence, including several incidents of arson, were reported from western Madhya Pradesh, especially Mandsaur and Dewas districts.
The Centre rushed 1,100 anti-riots police personnel to Mandsaur district where five persons were killed on Tuesday allegedly in police firing.
Though the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for the families of five farmers, it didn’t seem to have mollified the protesters who are demanding better prices for their produce and a complete farm loan waiver.
The BJP government also announced a loan-settlement scheme which it said will cover around six lakh farmers with accumulated dues of Rs 6,000 crore.
Source: News Nation