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 India launches advanced weather satellite...more

Court: Batla encounter not fake; IM operative convicted
New Delhi, July 25
Holding that the controversial Batla House encounter on September 19, 2008, was not fake, a Delhi court today convicted Indian Mujahideen (IM) activist Shahzad Ahmed for gunning down decorated police inspector MC Sharma and assaulting other members of the special cell of the Delhi Police.

78 die in Spain train crash
Over 140 hurt Speeding said to be cause Driver held
Santiago De Compostela (Spain), July 25
A Spanish train hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend at twice the speed limit in north-western Spain killing at least 78 passengers and injuring over 140 others in the nation's deadliest rail disaster since 1944.
Mangled remains of the ill-fated high velocity train that came off the tracks near the pilgrimage centre of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.
Mangled remains of the ill-fated high velocity train that came off the tracks near the pilgrimage centre of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. — Reuters 

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Ramban incident: BSF was first to fire, then police, says Omar
Srinagar, July 25
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the Border Security Force (BSF) had opened fire first after the alleged altercation between its personnel and civilians in Ramban on July 18. The firing resulted in injuries to some civilians following which a large number of people gathered and the BSF and the police had to “use force to control the mob,” he said.

Central ministries may be tasked with Uttarakhand rehab
New Delhi, July 25
In its reviews of flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, the Central Government is now veering around to the opinion that some key work of reconstruction of the flood-hit state would have to handed over to Central ministries.

Bonanza for Valley’s engg, other students 
New Delhi, July 25
The Centre has reserved two seats in the general and engineering streams of all government-recognised colleges for students hailing from Jammu and Kashmir.


PUNJAB: Govt-industry talks on e-trip system collapse

HARYANA: HUDA hikes land allotment rates

J&KAfter clashes, Budgam limps back to normalcy

HIMACHAL: CM orders en masse transfers from Baddi

CHANDIGARH: Death toll reaches five

LUDHIANA: Yarn dealers go on 3-day strike

DELHI: 15,000 flats ready for allotment to urban poor
Business: Steps to arrest falling rupee will delay economic recovery: Crisil
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NATION: Cong challenges Modi to debate on Gujarat development

SPORTS: India looking for an encore
WORLD: China indicts Bo Xilai for graft, abuse of power


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Cong core group to take up Telangana issue today
New Delhi, July 25
The Congress core group meeting here tomorrow under the leadership of party president Sonia Gandhi is expected to deliberate on the tricky issue of whether a separate state of Telangana should be carved out of Andhra Pradesh in line with the announcement which the Centre had made in December 2009.
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Uttarakhand the challenge ahead
Entire planning process should be streamlined: VK Bahuguna

Dehradun, July 25
 Former Director-General of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, who has also been a technical expert in National Rainfed Area Authority of Planning Commission, VK Bahuguna, strongly favours restructuring of the entire planning process in Uttarakhand in the aftermath of the rain disaster in the state.
(Details on Dehradun page)

Chinese troops make fresh incursion bid in Chumar
Leh/New Delhi, July 25
Close on the heels of over a dozen incursions since the face off in Ladakh in April from across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Chinese troops made a fresh attempt to violate the International Border at Chumar area in north-east of Leh on July 20 but were forced back by Indian troops.
(Details on Nation page)

Ready to return Bharat Ratna if Vajpayee asks: Amartya
New Delhi, July 25
A major slugfest erupted today over BJP MP Chandan Mitra’s demand for stripping Nobel laureate Amartya Sen of the Bharat Ratna and the economist offering to return it if Atal Bihari Vajpayee asks him to do so. While the BJP steered clear of the controversy, the Congress waded into it with an attack saying it reflected the “fascist mentality” of the BJP.




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