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    We are looking for a 100-run 1st innings lead: Bharat Arun

    Colombo: Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun has said that his side is looking at a 100-run first innings lead against Sri Lanka in the second cricket Test. In reply to India’s first innings score of 393, Sri Lanka ended second day’s play at 140 for three.

  • Turkey to hold snap election in November

    Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday announced that the country will hold a snap election on November 1. I will take Turkey to election on November 1,” he said. “As a president, I know limits of my authority and I have to use it to the end,” Xinhua news agency quoted the president as saying. Erdogan also indicated that the Supreme Election Committee has completed all preparations for the early election.

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    New Lankan govt resumes probe against Rajapaksa loyalists

    Colombo: Sri Lanka’s new government has resumed investigations against members of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime for alleged misdeeds soon after Monday’s parliamentary polls saw his bid to make a political comeback shattered. Four of his loyalists who were part of his government were summoned to the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) of the police yesterday while a prominent Rajapaksa backer and former minister Wimal Weerawansa was today summoned to record a statement.

  • China island-building altering South China Sea status quo: US

    Washington: China has reclaimed more than 2,900 acres of land from the South China Sea in less than two years in an intensive island-building campaign in the disputed Spratly Islands, a new Pentagon report says. “By undertaking these actions, China is unilaterally altering the physical status quo in the region, thereby complicating diplomatic initiatives that could lower tensions,” the report warned.

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    Pak rejects India’s advice, to go ahead with Hurriyat meeting

    Islamabad: Toughening its stance, Pakistan today rejected India’s “advice” not to hold a meeting between its NSA Sartaj Aziz and Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi, saying it will not “depart from an established practice” of interacting with them. This was conveyed to Indian High Commissioner T C A Raghavan here by Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, who also made it clear that any pre-conditions for the talks between Aziz and his Indian

  • Saina, Gowda, wrestling team get financial assistance

    New Delhi: The sports ministry on Friday sanctioned financial assistance to women’s World No.1 shuttler Saina Nehwal, discus thrower Vikas Gowda and the Indian wrestling team from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).

  • Coach Mourinho big factor in joining Chelsea: Pedro

    London: Head coach Jose Mourinho was one of the biggest motivating factors to join English football champions Chelsea, the club’s new forward Pedro Rodriguez has said. Pedro switched from Spanish giants FC Barcelona for 30 million euros ($33.8 million) on Thursday and immediately trained with his new teammates. “He (Mourinho) is one of the main reasons why I’m here. He phoned me a few times and said he needed me to make the

  • Sangakkara fails in farewell, Lankans end day 2 at 140/3

    Colombo: Retiring legend Kumar Sangakkara failed to get a big knock in his swansong Test appearance but Sri Lanka overcame an early jolt to reach 140/3 after dismissing India for 393 in the first innings of the second cricket Test here today. Resuming at the overnight score of 319/6, India were bowled out shortly after the lunch break and the hosts treaded cautiously to keep the match on an even keel at

  • SC not impressed by Centre’s claim of drop in farmer suicides

    New Delhi: Government’s claim of a “considerable” drop in farmers’ suicides in the country did not impress the Supreme Court which today said there should be no such cases at all. The apex court also sought the government’s response on revisiting its eight-year-old policy on farmers. “Decrease in number (of suicides) is not enough, there should be no case of farmer suicide in the country,” Social Justice Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur

  • Govt to issue 2nd set of FAQs on black money law soon

    New Delhi: In a bid to clarify issues related to the black money law the government will soon come out with second set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). “Some more questions have come to us. If there are any more questions, we would be happy to clarify them. We are having meeting with Institute of Chartered Accountants and its members in Mumbai on August 26. May be 2-3 days after the Mumbai meeting

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    Gold, silver hit two month high on sustained buying

    Mumbai: Gold surged unabated for the second day today as the the yellow metal logged two-month highs at the domestic bullion market here on sustained investors and stockists buying driven by bullish situation in international markets. Silver also rallied on speculative buying to mark to reclaim 37,000 per kg level.

  • HC asks DGCA to probe allegations of forged marksheets given by pilots

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to conduct an inquiry into allegations of pilots procuring flying license after submitting forged marksheets. A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi was hearing a public interest litigation by one Manisha Khanagali seeking a CBI inquiry into the ‘scam’.

  • Swaraj criticised for equating Lalit Modi case with Pillai’s

    Kochi: RSP leader and Lok Sabha MP N K Premachandran today criticised Sushma Swaraj for equating the Lalit Modi case with a petition that he had forwarded to the External Affairs Minister, seeking government’s intervention in the case of the husband of a resident of his constituency, who had spent 18 years in jail in Oman. In an open letter to Swaraj, Premachandran,who came under attack from Swaraj in the LS during an

  • Aind hat-trick powers Army XI to easy win over Union Bank

    Mumbai: Powered by centre forward Chandan Aind’s hat-trick, defending champions Army XI, Bengaluru, got back to winning form by outclassing qualifiers Union Bank of India, Mumbai, 6-1 in a Pool A match of the 11th PMC Bank-Guru Tegh Bahadur Gold Cup Hockey Tournament today. The Army outfit, who had succumbed to a stunning 2-6 defeat against ONGC yesterday, were a much improved lot today.

  • Saraswat Bank to take ‘considered view’ on turning commercial

    Mumbai: Saraswat Cooperative Bank, India’s largest urban cooperative lender, today said it will take a “considered view” on turning into a commercial bank, following a RBI panel’s recommendation to allow bigger ones from the sector change their character. “This is only a draft report and the final report is yet to come in. Whatever gets final, we will take a considered view on it and take it to the board and then the

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    Smriti Irani seeks explanation from CBSE over spelling mistakes

    New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today sought an explanation from CBSE over the spelling mistakes in a congratulatory letter send on her behalf to a school teacher for the good results in the board exams. The letter sent by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) went viral soon after the teacher — Richa Kumar of DPS Bhilai — posted it in social media, prompting instant reactions from cross sections of