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Centre raises OBC creamy layer ceiling to Rs 8 lakh from Rs 6 lakh

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday reportedly announced that the creamy layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes has been raised to Rs 8 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 6 lakh for central government jobs. Now, reservation benefits will be available to those in the OBC category earning up to Rs 8 lakh per annum.

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New Railway board Chairman appointed

Following the resignation of former Railway Board Chairman Ashok Mittal, the centre on Wednesday reportedly appointed Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani to the post. Mr. Lohani holds four engineering degrees and has also authored two books. He holds the Guinness Record for running the world's oldest steam locomotive.

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Journalist heckled at Aligarh Muslim University during interview on Triple Talaq verdict

A reporter and camera person from India Today was heckled and hurled abuses at the Aligarh Muslim University on Tuesday when they were interviewing women after the Supreme Court ordered barring Triple Talaq, say reports. The men reportedly barged towards the reporter, Ilma Hasan, and asked her to stop filming and call the police. Some men even attempted to prompt the women present there on what they had to say about Triple Talaq, reports added.

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Railway Minister proposes to resign

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in a series of tweets has proposed to resign from his position. Reportedly on Wednesday Ashok Mital, chairman of the railway board resigned from his position. Ashok Mital alleged that he was unhappy after the derailment in UP. With the consecutive train derailments, there is a crackdown on various officials. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Union Railway Minister to wait.

 

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19 Mumbai buildings to be demolished for metro construction

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation authorities on Tuesday said that as many as 19 buildings in the Girgaum-Kalbadevi belt will be demolished and will be rebuilt in the vicinity to make way for the Colaba-SEEPZ Metro-3 line. The buildings will be rebuilt and the occupants will be rehabilitated in the same area by 2021. The authorities have already drawn up a ₹700-crore-plan for the project.

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Food ATM launched, with leftover food for poor

In an attempt to help poor people, Sanjha Chulha restaurant chain, in Kolkatta started a ‘Food ATM’, a 320 litre refrigerator. According to media reports, anyone can access the ATM to store or to use food stored there. This appreciable initiative will avoid wastage of food and will also be useful for people who are in need of food.

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Actress abduction: Kavya Madhavan is lying, she knows me well, says prime accused

Rubbishing the claims of Kerala actress Kavya Madhavan, Pulsar Suni, prime accused in the actress abduction case, has reportedly said that Kavya knows him very well. Suni allegedly acted on the instructions of ‘Madam’, who belongs to film industry. However, he didn’t divulge any information about who the ‘Madam’ is. When asked the ‘Madam’ in question was Kavya Madhavan, Suni refused to either confirm or deny it.

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Girl tries to elope with boyfriend by hiding under burqa, scares airport officials

In a one of its kind incident, a girl from Delhi was caught by police for suspicious behaviour in the airport. She apparently tried to elope with her boyfriend and wanted to cover herself as her parents are against their love. Upon seeing a burqa clad woman with a non-Muslim name, the airport officials reportedly alerted the local police station, and the girl and her boy friend were taken to the police station. Her mother made a complaint in police station alleging that her minor daughter was lured by a man to Bangkok, according to reports. When the cops came to know that she was not a minor, she left to Bangkok with her boyfriend leaving her mother alone in the Delhi airport, reported Hindustan Times.

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Hacker leaked GoT episode to please girlfriend, says police

According to police reports, Alok Sharma, an IT professional who was arrested in connection to the 'Game of Thrones' episode 4 leak, had accessed it as his girlfriend wanted to see it. The girlfriend then passed it onto others, one of whom uploaded it online, added reports. Notably, police arrested four people after the fourth episode of the ongoing seventh season of Game of Thrones was leaked online on August 4 before its official airing date of August 7.

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6-year-old Dalit girl forced to clean her stool with hand

A 6-year-old Dalit girl from Madhya Pradesh was on Monday forced to clean her own faeces when she went from school to attend nature’s call in open ground, according to media reports. The girl took permission from her teacher before going and was allegedly forced to lift her stool with hand and to clean it.

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Woman who was a man to marry man who was a woman

46-year-old Aarav Appukuttan, who was born a girl and now a man is set to marry 22-year-old Sukanyeah Krishna, a woman who was previously a man. The two fell in love after they met at a Mumbai hospital where they were scheduled to undergo gender reassignment surgery as they suffered from Gender Identity Disorder. The couple wants to counsel those whose children are experiencing GID.

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Soon, no need for physical police verification to get passport

People can soon get rid of the physical police verification for getting a passport since the process is likely to go online within a year. The Centre reportedly plans to link the process with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS). The CCTNS, “exhaustive national database of crimes and criminals”, is a project first conceptualised by the UPA government in 2009. CCTNS will allow law enforcement agencies to track crimes and criminals in real time, say reports.

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Drunken man steals government bus to reach home; plunges into pole; gets arrested

In a bizarre incident, a 25-year-old man who was heavily intoxicated drove an RTC bus of Kerala government to go home, as he reportedly got bored waiting for a bus. The News Minute reports suggest that he rammed into a pole as he lost control of the bus and thus got arrested.

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169 McDonald's India stores face closure as CPRL pact ended

Fast food chain McDonald's reportedly terminated the franchise agreement for 169 outlets in North and East India run by Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL). The decision comes weeks after 43 outlets run by CPRL in Delhi were shut down due to non-renewal of eating house licences by local authorities. As part of the termination, CPRL is ceased to use McDonalds's name, system, trademark, designs and its associated intellectual property, among others within 15 days of the termination notice.

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Woman stabs boyfriend to death over who will cook

According to reports, a 28-year-old woman stabbed her boyfriend to death after an argument over who will cook dinner turned ugly. The incident took place in southwest Delhi’s Uttam Nagar on Saturday evening. Police reportedly said, the victim, a Nigerian, was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to multiple stab wounds. The woman was reportedly arrested and booked for murder.

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Three children die due to alleged drop in oxygen pressure

Three newborns at the Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, died on Sunday allegedly due to a drop in oxygen pressure, say reports. Claiming the infants did not die because of a shortage of oxygen, officials alleged that the operator was drunk and did not release the gas in the emergency and nursing wards, reports added. CM Raman Singh on Monday reportedly ordered an investigation into the death of the newborns. Earlier, more than 60 children died in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur hospital due to an alleged shortage of oxygen.

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3 students arrested for not standing for national anthem in theatre

Hyderabad police reportedly arrested three Kashmiri students for allegedly disrespecting the national anthem by not standing when it was being played in a movie theater. According to reports, all three students, who are pursuing engineering from a private college located on the city outskirts were booked under section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act of 1971 after the theater management filed a complaint against them.

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IIT entrance exam to go online from next year

The Joint Admission Board on Sunday reportedly decided that the entrance examination for Indian Institutes of Technology will go entirely online from 2018. The policy-making body on IIT admissions reportedly decided at a meeting in Chennai to make logistics and evaluations easier. In the online mode, students will need to answer the questions on a computer instead of using pen and paper.

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Ileana D'Cruz slams fan for misbehaviour

Popular actress Ileana D'Cruz  in a series of tweets expressed her anguish after a fan allegedly misbehaved with her. The 29-year-old actress said that just because she is a public figure, it doesn't give any man the right to misbehave with her.

 

 


 

 

 


 

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Temple runs free kitchen for Utkal Express accident survivors

To help the Utkal Express passengers a temple located near the derailed place has been reportedly opened for the use of survivors of the accident. The temple committee also made mobile phones available for the people to make calls to their families. The committee president said that over 500 passengers and other people have eaten there since Saturday night.

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