Live: Poet-lyricist Vaali passes away in Chennai

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 12:45 hrs

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BJP to announce campaign committees on July 19th. No decision on making top leaders into zonal heads. The party's parliamentary board has created 15  campaign committees. The party's general secretaries and top leaders will head the committees.

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Veteran lyricist Vaali passes away in Chennai

The veteran lyricist Vaali (81), who was in a critical condition in a Chennai hospital, passed away by around 5 p.m. today. He was fighting respiratory illness for the last few months.

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BJP projecting Modi as he is darling of businessmen, says Karat

CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat today said the BJP was "projecting" Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as their prime ministerial candidate as he was the "darling of big business houses".

"The corporates see Modi as the only person who can help them reap windfall profits by nakedly pursuing capitalist development path," he said, inaugurating a seminar held in connection with the golden jubilee celebrations of CPI-M's ideological journal 'Chintha' weekly.

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4.56 pm:

Hement Soren wins trust vote

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren Thursday won a crucial trust vote in the state assembly. Fortythree legislators voted in favour of the goverment in the 82-member assembly while 37 voted against it.

The Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) government was formed July 13 and was directed by the governor to prove his majority in the assembly within a week.

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Two police guards of a leading cardiologist killed, doctor injured in a suspected militant attack in Pulwama district in Kashmir, say police.

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Mid-day meal tragedy was waiting to happen as Bihar govt ignored CAG warnings

India Today:
Even as the death toll in Chhapra spurious midday meal tragedy continues to soar, it has now emerged that the Bihar government had ignored the mandatory quality checks.

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3.38 pm:

102 girls admitted to hospital in Tamil Nadu after eating mid-day meals

102 girls are in hospital in the Neyvelli district of Tamil Nadu after their mid-day meal left them sick.

Local officials say that the children are not in danger and that the hot lunch served to them was most likely contaminated.

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Air India suspends two pilots for operating flight with actress in the cockpit

India Today:
The national flag carrier, Air India, has removed two of its pilots from duty for violating the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) guidelines.

The pilots - Jagan Mohan Reddy and S. Kiran - had allegedly allowed Kannada actress Nithya Menon in the cockpit while operating the Bangalore-Hyderabad flight last month.

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Second autopsy report too rules out foul play in Ilavarasan's death

India Today:
The Dalit youth from Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu - Ilavarasan - might not have been murdered, the findings of doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) suggest.

Sources said on Thursday that the AIIMS doctors have stated in their report after the second post-mortem examination on Ilavarasan's body that the injuries on it could be caused due to the hit by a running train.

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Modi now says it from Mumbai billboards: 'I'm a Hindu nationalist'

India Today:
Two statements Narendra Modi made to two journalists in his controversial "puppy" analogy interview have now reached billboards hanging above Mumbai's busy roads.

"Main deshbhakt hoon. Main Hindu rashtravadi hoon (I am a patriot. I am a Hindu nationalist)," reads the large advertisement along with the Gujarat chief minister's signature.

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Delhi school kids fall sick after consuming iron supplement

India Today:
Several school children fell ill after consuming iron supplements in Delhi on Wednesday.
The students were hospitalised after they consumed iron tablets supplied under a welfare scheme, named as Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana, in the schools run by Delhi government.

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12.38 pm:

Three persons killed, several injured in police firing to quell a mob that attacked a BSF camp in J&K's Ramban district.

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SC raises compensation amount for acid attack victims to Rs 3 lakh, out of which Rs one lakh would be paid within 15 days of the incident by the state government. SC asks the Centre, states and Union Territories to make the acid attack a non-bailable offense .

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Common entrance test for medical colleges invalid, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has set aside a Medical Council of India (MCI) notification mandating common National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) both for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses in government and private institutions.

In a majority judgment, Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Vikramajit Sen held that it was beyond the powers of MCI to make such an arrangement of common entrance test both for government and private institutions.

However, in a dissenting judgment, Justice Anil R. Dave dismissed the petitions by private medical and dental colleges challenging the MCI notification providing for common NEET for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses.

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Principals, cooks must eat mid-day meal first, orders Bihar govt

India Today:
Eat mid-day meal first before serving it to students, the Bihar government on Thursday told all primary school principals and cooks.
It also said bad or spurious-looking food ingredients should not be provided for cooking school meals.

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11.00 am:

iPhone 5S speculated to have biggest upgrade ever

Apple's latest flagship product, the iPhone 5S is speculated to have the biggest hardware upgrade ever for an 'S' device.

According to the Fox News, a new report from Weibo user and claimed insider C Technology may reveal full specs for the iPhone 5S.

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10.37 am:

Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh discuss poll panels

Indian Express:
BJP chief Rajnath Singh and party's chief campaigner Narendra Modi on Wednesday held closed door deliberations over dinner to discuss the party's poll preparation.

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10.09 am:

Unregulated surrogacy industry worth over two billion dollars thrives without legal framework

With an unregulated surrogacy industry thriving in India, rich couples are preying on domestic helps and housemaids coercing them to step up to the task. There is little or no protection for the surrogate mother controlled in the most part by a web of middle-men with medical practitioners choosing to turn a blind eye to this controversial transaction. These are part of the conclusions drawn from a study on the surrogacy industry by NGO, Centre for Social Research (CSR).

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10.00 am:

US Olympic Committee dismisses calls for Olympic boycott   

Rediff: The US Olympic Committee and the White House today dismissed a call by an influential American Senator asking athletes to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia if Moscow gives asylum to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.        

"If there are any lessons to be learned from the American boycott of 1980, it is that Olympic boycotts do not work,"said Patrick Sandusky, US Olympic Committee spokesman, amid reports that Senator Lindsey Graham has called for boycotting the Olympics in Russia next year if Snowden is given asylum.

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A look at North Korea's global weapons business

The countries known to have done weapons business with North Korea make a long list, but the revelation that Cuba sent it missile parts and weapons on a ship stopped by Panama has puzzled some analysts.

North Korea and Cuba share similar anti-U.S. ideologies, and Havana hosted a senior North Korean military delegation less than a month ago, but the countries aren't seen as major weapons business partners. Cuba said Panama seized obsolete weaponry that Havana had sent to be repaired.

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Obama honors Mandela on 95th birthday

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama say the world can honor Nelson Mandela by heeding his example and serving others.

The Obamas are sending their wishes and prayers to the former South African leader on his 95th birthday. Mandela is critically ill in the hospital, although he's said to be improving and could be discharged soon.

The Obamas met with Mandela's family last month while in South Africa and visited Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid figure spent 18 years as a political prisoner

The president and first lady say they were deeply moved by the visit to the prison. They say they will forever draw strength and inspiration from Mandela's example, They say his commitment to equality, dignity and reconciliation should be a beacon for future generations.

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Bomber as rock star? Rolling Stone cover outrage

Sultry eyes burn into the camera lens from behind tousled curls. A scruff of sexy beard and loose T-shirt are bathed in soft, yellow light.

The close-up of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone to hit shelves Friday looks more like a young Bob Dylan or Jim Morrison than the 19-year-old who pleaded not guilty a little more than a week ago in the Boston Marathon bombing, his arm in a cast and his face swollen in court.

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Another midday meal, another 50 students ill

As 22 students died after eating midday meal in Bihar's Chhapra, about 50 children of another government school were taken ill today after they were served food under the scheme in Madhubani district of the state.

The food was served to students of Navtolia Middle School, Bisfi, about 22 km from here.

The students alleged that the meal had a dead lizard in it.

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