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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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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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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Movies on Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express no longer ad-free

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation reportedly plans to earn as much as ₹18 lakh in one year solely through ad revenue generated from the high-speed Tejas Express. IRCTC will now allow ads to be streamed during movies on the train’s display screens, which were earlier ad-free. It will also charge passengers ₹30 for a pair of earphones.

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Gold Bars worth Rs 35 lakh found in toilet of Jet Airways flight

According to reports, the Air Intelligence Unit conducted a search on a Jet Airways flight from Dubai and found 10 gold bars weighing 1160 grams worth nearly Rs 35 lakh. An official revealed that the gold was recovered from unclaimed packets wrapped with black coloured adhesive tape and concealed in the cavity behind a mirror in the flight's toilet. Notably, the gold bars have been seized, and further investigation is underway.

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Patanjali withdraws trademark after Plagiarism accusations

Yoga instructor turned businessman Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved has reportedly withdrawn its trademark applications for soap brand Ojas after Charak Pharma claimed that the brand is deceptively plagiarising similar to its herbal tablets brand name Ojus. This comes after Charak had filed a case in the Bombay High Court. While Patanjali said it discontinued products under Ojas in 2014, goods under the brand can reportedly be found on e-commerce websites.

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Cop accused of asking sexual favours from rape victim

According to reports, a Sub-Inspector in Rampur has been accused of seeking sexual favours from a 37-year-old rape survivor as an exchange for taking action against the accused who gang raped her at gunpoint. The victim revealed the cop, Jai Prakash Singh pressurised her to have sex with him and went on to the extent of calling and inviting her to visit his room alone. Notably, the incident came to light after Jai Prakash allegedly filed the closure report when the 37-year-old rape survivor denied his requests.

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Farmers protest turns violent

A protest by farmers against the proposed airport at Newali, Maharashtra reportedly turned violent on Thursday. According to reports, over 12 policemen, 12 farmers and two journalists have been injured from the violence. A police officer reportedly said the protesters started burning tyres and later pelted stones at passing motorists and policemen. Following this, a 'quick response team' was rushed to the spot to quell the protest.

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Loan waiver has become a fashion: Venkaiah Naidu

Indian Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday reportedly said waving loan for farmers have become a fashion now. He also said loan taken by farmers should be waived only during extreme situations. However, Venkaiah Naidu reiterated that farmers should be taken care in distress.

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Facebook to protect profile pictures

According to reports, social networking platform Facebook has announced that India-specific tools that will let users set up a 'guard' on their profile pictures. Notably, this move will prevent others from downloading and sharing the pictures. Facebook also announced an Android-only tool that will prevent others from taking a screenshot of users' profile pictures. A blue border and shield will be displayed around the protected pictures.

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India will overtake China in population by 2024: UN study

According to a report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, India's population is expected to take over that of China's by 2024, which is two years later than previously estimated. The report also added that India's population is projected to reach 1.5 billion by 2030. Notably, China and India, the two most populous countries of the world, comprise around 37% of the world's population.

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Man hacks brother’s hand off over scratch on bike

According to reports, a man reportedly hacked his brother’s hand after he accidentally scratched his bike.The incident happened in Butrada village of Shamli, where one Gulzama Ahmad, 37, scolded his nephew for leaving scratches on his bike late on Tuesday night. Notably, a complaint has been registered at the local police station.

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Man throws chilli powder on passengers for seat in local train

According to reports, a man threw chilli powder on passengers after he was denied a seat on a Mumbai local train on Tuesday. Seven passengers had to be taken to the hospital after they experienced severe burning in their eyes. The accused, who has been arrested, has claimed he had quarrelled with the passengers over a seat.

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24 nominations filed for Presidential poll

24 people have filed their nominations for the presidential poll till Wednesday. Out of the 24 persons, 8 nominations were rejected due to want of documents. According to rules, every candidate who files a nomination for the post must attach a copy of their entry in the electoral roll of the parliamentary constituency in which the candidate is registered as a voter.

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BJP to file Kovind's nomination on June 23

According to reports, the BJP will be filing the papers of nominee Ramnath Kovind for upcoming Presidential election on June 23. The BJP has prepared four sets for Kovind's nomination with the first set having the presence of proposer Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Presidential election is to be held on July 17.

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