Army foils infiltration bid; jawan, three militants killed

Three militants and a jawan were killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector in north Kashmir's Kupwara district today. This is the second successful anti-infiltration operation by the Army in the last 24 hours and the fourth such along the LoC in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir

Rahul leaves for Mandsaur, police say they will stop him

New Delhi/Mandsaur:  Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today left Delhi for Mandsaur where five farmers were killed during protests earlier this week even as the local police made it clear that he will not be allowed to enter the district. Gandhi left this morning for the district and would enter Madhya Pradesh from Rajasthan.

Rupee weakens 6 paise against dollar in early trade

Mumbai: The rupee depreciated by 6 paise to 64.39 against the US dollar in early trade today at the forex market on increased demand for the American currency from importers and banks.

Presidential Elections 2017 dates announced, polls on July 17

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the dates for the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections. CEC Naseem Zaidi addressed a press conference to inform the nation about the all-important polls. The polls will be notified on June 14 by the EC. The last day for nomination is June 28. The last date for scrutiny is June 29. The last day of withdrawal of nomination will be July 1. Polling will be held on July 17, whereas the counting will be held on July 20.The CEC said that no party can issue a whip and MPs and MLAs will be free to not vote in the polls.

Five held for using fake certificates to join Army

Udhagamandalam: Five youth, aspiring to join the Army, were arrested today, on charges of submitting fake certificates, while applying for the job, police said today.

Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir, one killed

Srinagar: One militant was gunned down when the Army foiled an infiltration bid in Machil sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district, an official said today. The incident took place late night yesterday when troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) noticed a group of militants trying to infiltrate into the valley from across the border in Machil sector under the cover of darkness, the Army official said.

Textbooks tells students to write emails as short as skirts, sparks row

New Delhi: A BCom (Honours) textbook advising students to write emails short enough to be interesting like skirts has created an outrage. The book 'Basic Business Communication' has been authored by C B Gupta, a former head of the commerce department of a Delhi University-affiliated college.

Sensex pares early gains on RBI status quo

Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex slipped into negative territory for a brief period after the RBI kept key policy rates unchanged today, but re-entered the green zone towards the fag-end of the session. The central bank kept the interest rate unchanged, as widely expected, but raised concerns over fiscal slippages in view of rush for farm loan waivers.

Floodlights installed along borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh

New Delhi: The government has floodlit 647 kilometers of the borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh to prevent terrorists and immigrants from infiltrating into Indian territory. The floodlighting of the 647-km-long stretches of the two international borders was completed in last one year, a Home Ministry official said.

RBI keeps key rate unchanged; cuts SLR, lowers GDP projection

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank today kept interest rate unchanged as widely expected but raised concerns over fiscal slippages in view of rush for farm loan waivers. It has however slashed the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) or the percentage of deposits that banks have to park in government securities, by 0.5 per cent to 20.5 per cent, a move that would result increased lending by banks.

Naik asks Swaraj to protect interests of Indians in Qatar

Panaji: Rajya Sabha member of parliament Shantaram Naik has asked Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to protect the interests of Indians in Qatar. "Around 6,50,000 Indians, including 10,000 Goans are living and doing business in Qatar, who according to a report, outnumber native Qataris by almost 2:1 ratio, their interest should be protected," Naik said in an email to Swaraj this week.

Gold maintains upward trend on jewellers buying

New Delhi: Gold prices today rose for the fourth straight session by gaining Rs 45 to Rs 29,795 per 10 grams at the bullion market on sustained buying by local jewellers and a firming trend overseas. Silver also strengthened by Rs 60 to Rs 40,900 per kg on increased offtake by industrial units and coin makers.

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