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5 held for abducting industrialist's son in Bengaluru (6 minutes ago)
Bengaluru, Aug 29 (IANS) Five people, including a small-time Kannada actor were arrested on Monday for allegedly abducting the teenage son of noted industrialist Vijay Kirloskar for ransom but then abandoning him last week, police said on Monday.

Australian court puts temporary ban on releasing leaked Scorpene documents (10 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Australia's Supreme Court has placed a temporary ban on newspaper The Australian on publishing any more of the leaked documents from French company DCNS, reports said on Monday.

Congress names James S. Lynghdoh as Meghalaya working president (14 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday appointed James S. Lynghdoh as the working president of the party's Meghalaya unit, General Secretary and state in charge C.P Joshi as chairman of coordination committee and state chief D.D. Lapang as the convener of political affairs committee.

Indian scientists capable of meeting demands of our farmers: Minister (16 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Monday said that Indian agriculture scientists are capable enough for meeting the demands of farmers.

NIO discovers world's first ancient settlement destroyed by tsunami (18 minutes ago)
Panaji, Aug 29 (IANS) Marine archaeologists on Monday claimed to have discovered the world's first ancient urban settlement, which could have been destroyed by a tsunami.

Ministers, religious leaders pledge to change people's mindset on sanitation (21 minutes ago)
Leh, Aug 29 (IANS) Aiming to save rivers and the water streams from pollution due to absence of sewerage system, Union Ministers Harshvardhan and Narendra Singh Tomar along with over 25 religious heads belonging to different religions on Monday pledged to change the mindset and practices of the local people through social and behavioural change.

Indian Oil Q1 net jumps 25 per cent at Rs 8,269 crore (28 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) State-run oil marketer Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) on Monday declared a 25 per cent rise in net profit for the first quarter ended June at Rs 8,268.98 crore, compared to Rs 6,590.83 crore in the same quarter in the previous year.

Song, dance sequences are filthy in Bollywood, says Victor Banerjee (22:54)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Veteran actor Victor Banerjee, who is known for his roles in films like "A Passage to India", "Kalyug", "Joggers' Park" and "My Brother... Nikhil", believes that some song and dance sequences are "filthy" in Bollywood.

Mamata to speak in Delhi Assembly (22:52)
Kolkata, Aug 29 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she accepted an invitation from the Aam Aadmi Party to deliver an address at a workshop in Delhi Assembly.

Haryana assembly ratifies GST Bill (Lead) (22:40) IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, Aug 29 (IANS) The Haryana assembly on Monday ratified the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

India, Myanmar agree to increase bilateral cooperation (22:38) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Reaffirming their commitment to work closely together in all

Sapient opens its largest IT services facility in Bengaluru (22:16)
Bengaluru, Aug 29 (IANS) US-based global IT services firm Sapient Corporation on Monday unveiled its largest facility in this tech hub, capable of accommodating about 10,000 techies under one roof.

Mamata urges people to oppose strike, government warns absentees of action (Lead) (22:14) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 29 (IANS) Hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged people to oppose the general strike called by the central trade unions on September 2, the West Bengal government on Monday came out with a memorandum asking all employees to report for duty on Friday, and threatened to slap showcause notices on those who remain absent a day prior to the strike, the strike day itself, and the next working day.

India's biggest telecom spectrum auction deferred by two days (22:10)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) India's biggest-ever telecom spectrum auction has been deferred by two days,to October 1 from September 29, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said in a revised Notice Inviting Application (NIA) for the auction here on Monday.

John Kerry's cavalcade stuck in traffic jam caused by heavy rains (22:03) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in New Delhi on a wet Monday evening and there were reports that his cavalcade got stuck in a traffic jam on a road from the IGI airport to the city.

Expert Committee on pellet guns submits report (22:02)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) The Home Ministry-appointed expert committee, which was to explore alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons to deal with protestors in the Kashmir Valley, submitted its report to the central government on Monday.

Arthur Ashe Stadium's retractable roof is toast of 2016 US Open (22:02)
New York, Aug 29 (IANS) The US Open got underway on Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with a new attraction -- the retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, a feature that will allow play to continue when it rains.

Ghaziabad DPS expels student as father moves court against fee hike (Lead, fixing school name in intro) (22:02)
Ghaziabad, Aug 29 (IANS) Delhi Public School (Vasundhara) in Ghaziabad has expelled a class 7 student after her father filed a petition in Allahabad High Court against an "arbitrary" fee hike by the school, alleged the father on Monday.

Police Superintendent pedals to reach masses (21:58)
Bhopal, Aug 29 (IANS) Gaurav Tiwari, Superintendent of Police of Katni district, in Madhya Pradesh, is garnering praise for reaching out to the people by using a cycle to commute and meet people and also making his office and personal mobile number known to the public.

Oil paintings of all UP CMs, speakers till date unveiled (21:54) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Aug 29 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday unveiled oil paintings of all Chief Ministers of the state and those of all the state assembly speakers till date.

Government certifies 10 towns as open defecation free (21:50)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Beginning the process of third party verification of Open Defecation Free (ODF) claims by towns under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), the government on Monday certified 10 towns as ODF and claimed that at least 974 cities and towns will be Open Defecation free by 2017.

Ratan Tata, Vijay Kelkar and Nandan Nilekani establish Avanti Finance (21:48)
Mumbai/Kolkata, Aug 29 (IANS) With a focus on delivering credit to under-served and un-served segments in India, Ratan Tata, Vijay Kelkar and Nandan Nilekani have come together to establish a technology-enabled financial inclusion vehicle, Avanti Finance, a statement said on Monday.

Clinton aide Huma Abedin splitting from husband Anthony Weiner (21:46) IANS Photo Service
New York, Aug 29 (IANS) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's longtime aide Huma Abedin is to separate from her husband, disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, following a report in the New York Post suggesting he had fallen back to his sexting habit.

Haryana assembly passes GST Bill (21:32) IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, Aug 29 (IANS) The Haryana assembly on Monday passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

Jilted lover sets 25-yr-old woman ablaze for refusing marriage proposal (21:28)
New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) A 25-year old woman was set ablaze by her jilted lover and his five accomplishes at her residence in north west Delhi's Bhalswa area for turning down his marriage proposal, police said on Monday. Three accused have been arrested.

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