India crashes out of Hockey World League Semi-final

Indian hockey team suffered a 3-2 loss against Malaysia in the ongoing Hockey World League Semi-final on Thursday. With this defeat, India has been sent out of the tournament. Meanwhile, Malaysia has been qualified for the upcoming 2018 World Cup. Notably, the 2018 World Cup will be held in India.

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Flipkart to buy Snapdeal for $350-400 million

Home-grown e-commerce major Flipkart is reportedly planning to buy its competitor Snapdeal for $350-400 million. Notably, this contradicts earlier reports of Flipkart accepting to buy Snapdeal for $1 billion in an all-stock deal. The $400 million value for Snapdeal is reportedly 94% lesser than its earlier valuation of $6.5 billion.

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Chennai Metro to go green

The Chennai Metro Rail Ltd is reportedly planning to install solar power plants at its stations. According to reports, this initiative will save up to ₹1.5 crore a year in energy costs. Notably, Bengaluru-based CleanMax Solar will put up the solar panels and sell the power generated to Chennai Metro.

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Uttarakhand, Haryana declared Open Defecation Free states

Uttarakhand and Haryana have been reportedly declared as an Open Defecation Free (ODF) states in India. Notably, Uttarakhand and Haryana are the third and fourth state to gain the ODF status in India. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim are the other states in India to have achieved this.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav files second mercy plea

According to reports, Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday reportedly filed another mercy petition to the Pakistan Army chief, seeking forgiveness on compassionate grounds. Notably, Kulbhushan has been jailed and sentenced to death in Pakistan on espionage charges. Pakistan government has also released a second confession video along with details of Jadhav's mercy petition.

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Journalist clarifies '1st time in India' question to Arunachal child actor

Following the controversy surrounding the Entertainment journalist Lipika Varma’s question to Matin, child actor from Arunachal Pradesh who stars in Tubelight, she has given clarification. She reportedly said that the question on whether it was his first time in India was a slip of tongue. Lipika claimed she actually wanted to ask Matin if it was his first time in Mumbai and slammed journalists who misinterpreted the question as racist.

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RBI asks banks to resolve 55 bad loan accounts in 6 months

The Reserve Bank of India has reportedly asked banks to resolve 55 identified high value cases of bad loans within a period of six months. Reportedly, the central bank would examine those cases and refer for resolution under the new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, if they are not resolved. Earlier this month, RBI had identified 12 accounts for insolvency proceedings, which accounted for 25% of total bad loans of banks, say reports.

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Sanctity of the dressing room should be maintained: Virat Kohli

Responding to Anil Kumble’s resignation message on why he quit the post of head coach, India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday responded saying that while the players respect him, the sanctity of the dressing room needs to be maintained. At a pre-match press conference from Trinidad, Kohli said, “The players respect Anil Kumble,” adding “It is important to maintain the sanctity of the dressing room.”

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Samsung starts rolling Bixby voice assistant

Samsung has reportedly started rolling out its artificial intelligence-based voice assistant Bixby to select Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in the United States. Reportedly, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ system apps received a bunch of updates related to Bixby Voice support in past few days. Reports suggest that the Bixby rollout might be available to limited users who signed up for the Bixby Early Access Program at the end of last week.

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Reliance Jio to home-deliver 4G SIM in over 600 towns

Reliance is now offering free home delivery of its SIM card in more than 600 towns across India. Customers can  initiate their 4G SIM home delivery on the Jio website. Customers need to download the MyJio app, generate a coupon in the app, and book an appointment online to get the SIM delivered. Aadhaar number is needed for eKYC purposes and generating the coupon on the app.

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Govt to launch call centres for GST queries

The Indian government on Thursday announced that GST Network, the company providing IT services for the GST, will launch two call centres on Sunday. These call centres will handle queries from taxpayers and tax officials about the GST. Notably, GSTN has partnered with Infosys and Tech Mahindra in launching these call centres.

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Govt to construct new shopping complex T Nagar

Tamil Nadu Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani had reportedly announced that the state is planning to build a new shopping complex in T Nagar. According to reports, the complex will be rented out to the pavement dwellers. Notably, the complex is expected to be constructed at the cost of Rs 20 crore. Velumani also announced that a new parking complex would also be built in the congested Thyagaraya Road and Thanikachalam Road at the expense of 36.50 crores.

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PM Modi visits US, will India get $2 billion surveillance drones?

With PM Modi’s two-day visit to US beginning on Sunday, India hopes to secure an agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed surveillance drones from US. Notably, PM Modi meets President Donald Trump for the first time. If the Indian navy gets the naval variant of the Predator drone, it would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance.

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Online system to process corruption cases against govt staff

An online system to process corruption cases against government employees was launched in Delhi on Thursday. Reportedly, the online system had in-built mechanism to send reminders to officer concerned if he is found to be taking unjustified time in processing disciplinary proceedings. The new system will expedite the proceedings against such employees, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said.

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Sikkim CM extends support to Gorkhaland demand

Extending his support for a separate Gorkhaland state, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Thursday reportedly said it would fulfil the constitutional demand of the people of Darjeeling hills. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, he said that creation of a Gorkhaland state will restore permanent peace and prosperity in the region.

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Lasith Malinga In trouble over 'Monkey' comment

Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga faced an investigation on Thursday after he compared a government minister to a monkey. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that he ordered an inquiry after Malinga lambasted him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan players following their failure to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals.

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BCCI to get USD 405 million from ICC

The ICC had reportedly agreed to pay USD 405 million to the BCCI as per the International Cricket Council's revenue sharing model. ICC agreed to the deal after the apex body conference in London. Notably, the ICC had agreed to give USD 293 million but, after hectic negotiations, its chairman Shashank Manohar agreed to increase it by USD 100 million. Finally, it was decided that USD 112 million more will be given to BCCI from the previously agreed amount.

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Captain will have no say in selection of new coach: Rajeev Shukla

IPL Commissioner and senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla reportedly said that the captain of the Indian cricket team would have no say in the selection of the new coach. "BCCI tried its level best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, the CEO, they discussed the matter with Kumble and Kohli in great detail, the board consulted the Chairman of the COA (Vinod Rai) also", Shukla told. "They tried to resolve the issues, but eventually no outcome could be found out, and Kumble decided to move on", added Shukla.

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If need arises, will consider an alliance with Rajinikanth: OPS

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has reportedly said that he will consider an alliance with Rajinikanth if the need arises. The statement comes after the reports suggesting that the actor may enter politics. Panneerselvam further said that Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami continues to function under the guidance of jailed AIADMK (Amma) leader Sasikala Natarajan.

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UPA announces Meira Kumar as Presidential candidate

The UPA on Thursday nominated former Lok Sabha speaker and five-time Parliamentarian, Meira Kumar, as their candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election. This comes after Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with 72-year-old Kumar at her residence on Tuesday. Notably, Meira Kumar will lock horns with NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind on July 17, with the winner being declared on July 21.

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