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Several opposition parties boycott Lok Sabha proceedings

Several opposition parties have boycotted the Lok Sabha proceedings to protest against the speaker's decision to suspend 25 Congress parliamentarians for disrupting parliament. The parties that boycotted the proceedings included the Communist Party of India, CPI-Marxist, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Janata Dal (United), Indian Union Muslim League, Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party. Source: IANS

Centre appoints seven new joint secretaries

The Narendra Modi government has appointed seven new joint secretaries, including two from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle. Those appointed in the latest reshuffle are: Samir K Biswas, A.K. Meena, Amitabh Kumar, Rosy Sharma, Manoj Pant, Dvijendra Kumar Sharma and Sumita Mukherjee. Source: IANS

Lok Sabha speaker suspends 25 Congress MPs

The parliament logjam took an ugly turn on Monday when Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days for "willfully obstructing the business of the house". The Congress MPs, including Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev, Ranjeet Ranjan, K.C. Venugopal and Deepinder Singh Hooda, were "named" under rule 374(A). Source: IANS

GAS partners with Honda Motocycles & Scooter India Pvt Ltd.

Extending their international association to India, premium Italian denim brand GAS has partnered with Honda Motorcycles & Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI) for Revfest where five new motorcycles, including Honda's flagship 'Make in India' model CBR 650F, were unveiled in the presence of Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu.This was the simultaneous launch across three cities -- Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru -- with GAS as the official style partner for the fashion show that took place during the launch. The brand showcased autumn/winter 2015-16 collection. Source: IANS

SBI rules out interest rate cut in near-term

On the day the RBI kept interest rates unchanged, calling on commercial banks to relay onward benefits of earlier rate cuts, government-run State Bank of India (SBI) has ruled out any interest rate cuts soon for its borrowers. The SBI chairperson, Arundhati Bhattacharya, told reporters that she does not see any room for a cut in the near future. "Any rate cut by the bank would depend on many factors, including credit growth." Source: IANS

OYO Rooms raises $100 mn led by SoftBank

OYO Rooms has raised $100 million, led by the SoftBank Group, with participation from its existing investors - Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed India, a company statement. Launched in 2013, OYO is a network of branded budget hotels and is present in more than 70 cities with 12,000 plus available rooms. "OYO will use the latest round of funding to implement new customer experience initiatives, build innovative technology products," the statement said. Source: IANS

Now, an app to interact with PM

The iPhone users will now be able to interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a "Narendra Modi Mobile App". "Updates, interaction with me, volunteering & more exciting features on 'Narendra Modi Mobile App' for iPhone. Download http://nm4.in/nmiosapp," the prime minister tweeted. "It provides a unique opportunity to receive messages and e-mails directly from the prime minister," it adds. Source: IANS

Way2online launches free news app

Internet technology companyWay2online announced that it has launched Way2News, a free app that brings short summarized nuggets of news in local languages. Anticipating a huge demand for news consumption in local languages, Way2News is foraying into the large untapped segment of news readers who want to consume news in their native languages, the company said in a statement. Source: IANS

'Only 11 percent keep work files safe on mobiles'

Only 11 percent people keep their work files protected in their smartphones, according to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in conjunction with B2B International. The survey, which was derived from a total of 12,355 users from 26 countries, including 401 Indians, states that around half of the consumers surveyed also used their devices for work.Source: IANS

Indian girls finish eighth in squash championship

India settled for the eighth place after a 1-2 loss to higher ranked Hong Kong in the play-off match on the final day of the girls' team event in the World junior squash championship. Adya Advani lost the first match to Choi Uen Shan despite showing a will to fight, but Nikita Joshi made it 1-1 by winning the second singles against Hiu Kam Hui. However, Ka Wing Ho defeated Harshit Jawanda in the deciding third singles to wrap up the tie for Hong Kong. Source: IANS

Indian hockey team beats France 2-0

Playing an aggressive game, the Indian hockey team defeated France 2-0 in the first of two matches in Le Touquet in France. Chinglensana Singh and S.V. Sunil helped India dominate and kept the European team under pressure. France came back strongly after the third quarter but failed to breach the Indian defence line. The next match between the two sides will be played on Wednesday at the Wattignies Sports Centre. Source: IANS

Cricbuzz title sponsor of India-Lanka series

Cricket news website Cricbuzz will be the title sponsor for the India vs Sri Lanka three-match Test series to be played in the island nation from August 12 to September 1. While the first match will be held in Galle, the last two will take place in Colombo. Source: IANS

Two killed in militant attack on Jammu-Srinagar highway

A BSF trooper and a militant were killed when militants attacked a BSF (Border Security Force) convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district, police said. "Militants fired at a BSF convoy at Narsu Nallah on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway," a senior police officer said. "Six BSF troopers were injured in this attack. They were shifted to hospital for treatment." The officer also said senior BSF troopers and police officers have rushed to the spot, which is 65 kilometres away from Udhampur district. Source: IANS

12 new railway lines being constructed in northeast

Work on 12 new railway lines with a total length of 1,248 km is being taken up in the northeast, an official statement said."Against a national average of 20 km per 1,000 sq km railway network density, the northeastern states have an average railway network density of 10.1 km per 1,000 sq km," Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. Source: IANS

Bengal floods: Toll over 70, Mamata blames discharge from dams

The toll in the West Bengal floods on Monday shot up to over 70 and affected 36 lakh people even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the release of water from barrages for the deterioration of the flood situation in two districts. At least 20 deaths were reported during the day from the flood-hit districts, said disaster management sources here. The fresh loss of lives were caused by electrocution, drowning, snake bites, lightening and wall collapse. Source: IANS