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BJP-PDP coalition opportunistic, Modi is divisive: Rahul

Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition is opportunistic, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of practising "divisive politics". Addressing saffron farmers in Pampore in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, Gandhi targeted the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition. Source: IANS

PM quizzes Bengaluru cops on digital policing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has quizzed city police officers through video conferencing on how effectively they were using digital technology for better policing. "When the prime minister sought details of digital policing, Cubbon Park police station inspector C. Balakrishna made a presentation on the IT software we are using and explained to him its various features," city's Additional Commissioner of Police C.H. Pratap Reddy told reporters. Source: IANS

Modi should act on his promises: Rahul

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of centralising decision-making, and said he should act upon his promises. "Modi promised OROP. Our ex-servicemen, our soldiers are on a hunger strike. The prime minister should take action," said Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He said Modi had promised to remove corruption and fixing the economy and "he should start". Source: IANS

Reliance Comm partners Jasper to deliver Internet of Things across India

Reliance Communications (RCom), part of the Anil Ambani-led group, has partnered with global Internet of Things (IoT) platform leader Jasper to enable enterprises throughout India to launch, manage and monetise next-generation IoT businesses, the company said in a filing in the Bombay Stock Exchange. RCom is Jasper's sole telecom partner in India. Source: IANS

Genpact founder Bhasin invests in finance firm

Leading back office IT firm Genpact founder Pramod Bhasin and former banker Vikram Gandhi jointly invested Rs.4 crore in Thirumeni Finance Ltd (Varthana), a social enterprise, funding private schools, the non-banking finance firm announced. The combined investment of Bhasin and Gandhi is part of Rs.4.7-crore equity the company has raised to complete its Rs.32-crore venture fund raising (A series). Source: IANS

Indian crude oil basket at sub-$43 falls to lowest in 2015

Continuing its free fall, the Indian basket of crude oils fell over $2.50 over the weekend to $42.97 a barrel on the previous trading day before, as per official data released, even as global crude oil prices plumetted to fresh six-year lows. The Indian basket -- comprising 73 percent sour-grade Dubai and Oman crudes, and the balance in sweet-grade Brent -- fell to its lowest since December 2008 when the prices averaged $40.61 for the month, as per data with the government-run Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell. Source: IANS

Indian rocket lifts off with communication satellite

An Indian rocket with over two tonne communication satellite GSAT-6, which has several strategic applications, blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport. Precisely at 4.52 p.m., the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Development 5 (GSLV D6) rose from the second launch pad here at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The 49.1 metre tall rocket weighing 416 tonnes would sling the 2,117 kg GSAT-6 communication satellite in the geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) around 17 minutes into the flight. Source: IANS

India to get first fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant

The foundation for India's first fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant to be built at a cost of Rs.9,600 crore is expected to be laid in two months' time at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu, a top official has said. "The soil excavation work for the fuel reprocessing plants is almost over as the rocky layer has been reached. In two months' time, the foundation for the reprocessing plants would be laid," P.R. Vasudeva Rao, director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) said. Source: IANS

Guiddoo launches first map-based tour

Mumbai-based travel and activity planning app Guiddoo has launched the first map-based tour and activity e-marketplace which will allow users to take virtual tours of destinations. The marketplace, which will be available across 15 countries such as India, Jordan, Philippines and Vietnam, will offer more than 5000 tours and activities.As part of its unique offerings, the company is going to provide features such as traveller-activity mappings, adaptive price forecasts for activities, travel happiness index and activity-lifestyle maps for travellers. Source: IANS

Army deployed in three Gujarat cities

Army troops were called in Surat, Rajkot and Mehsana cities of Gujarat to contain tension after violence erupted over an agitation by the Patel community demanding OBC status and reservation, an army spokesman said. Army personnel were earlier deployed in Ahmedabad after violence broke out following the arrest and subsequent release of Hardik Patel, the convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), a body of Patels that is in the forefront of the agitation, the spokesman said. Source: IANS

Karnataka court notice over Khel Ratna for Sania

The Karnataka High Court has issued a notice to the sports ministry for naming ace tennis star Sania Mirza for the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.City-based Paralympic Games medallist H.R. Girisha filed a writ petition in the high court against the ministry and the 28-year-old Sania over her selection this year for the prestigious award although she is ranked world number one in women’s doubles. Source: IANS

Indian wrestlers to train in Las Vegas

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has announced that its men's and women's teams will train in Las Vegas from August 26 to September 6 to prepare for the World Championship to be held in the same city from September 7 to 12. "This tour will be an ideal opportunity for our wrestlers to get international exposure and get acclimatised to the local conditions ahead of World Championship," WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said.Source: IANS

India to host 2018 Theatre Olympics

India will host the 2018 edition of the Theatre Olympics, an official announced on 24 August 2015. "India has been given the right to host the 2018 edition," said National School of Drama (NSD) director Waman Kendre during the inauguration of a five-day festival of northeastern plays, "Poorvotta Rashtriya Rang Manch". NSD chairman Ratan Thiyam returned to India on Sunday after attending a meeting in the Netherlands where the decision was taken. Source: IANS

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan is dead

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan, who acted in nearly 300 regional films, died on 18 August 2015 at his home near here in Kerala, family sources said. He was 86 and was ailing for a while. Although he began his career in the late 1940s in drama, he first appeared in films in 1951 and till 2009 was an integral part of the film industry. He had been suffering from age-related ailments since 2009. Source: IANS

Indians win World of Dance trophy in US

Desihoppers, an Indian dance troupe, emerged victorious at the World of Dance competition in Los Angeles beating 34 competitors from 14 countries. Indian classical dance moves on fast-paced western music became a hit here when the Desihoppers group of dancers from different parts of India took to the stage. Cries of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" and "Ganpati Bappa Morya" rent the air and the Indian tricolour was waved at the venue, the Los Angeles Convention Center, as the group was announced the winners on Sunday evening. They received a trophy along with a cheque of $5,000. Source: IANS

Eight dead as boat sinks in Kochi

Eight passengers on a motor boat died after it was hit by a fishing boat and broke near Fort Kochi. Police supervising the rescue operations said the passenger motor boat was carrying over 30 passengers who were going to Vypeen island from Fort Kochi. According to a witness, the fishing boat was reversing when it hit the passenger boat. "The accident took place about 100 metres from the Fort Kochi boat jetty, which is the international shipping route. Hence, even if someone is a swimmer, it's difficult to survive," said Samson, the witness. Source: IANS

Nalanda university site inspected for World Heritage tag

An expert team of Unesco and the Paris-based International Council of Monuments and Sites (Icomos) visited the site of the ancient Nalanda University to see whether it can be accorded a World Heritage tag, officials said. "The ancient Nalanda University is a step closer to becoming the second World Heritage site in Bihar after the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya," a district official in Nalanda said. According to officials, the Unesco-Icomos experts visited architectural remains of the university and examined and inspected the walls and other remains. Source: IANS

Muslims see marginal increase percentage-wise, Hindus decline: Census

The Muslim population in India registered a marginal growth of less than a percent to reach 17.22 crore in 2011, while the Hindu population also declined by roughly the same to touch 96.63 crore, according to census data on religion. The data on population by religious communities of census 2011, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, said Hindus constitute 79.8 percent and Muslims 14.2 percent of the population. The overall growth rate of population from 2001 to 2011 was 17.7 percent, while community wise it was 24.6 percent for Muslims, 16.8 for Hindus, 15.5 percent for Christians, 8.4 for Sikhs, 6.1 percent for Buddhists and 5.4 percent for Jains. Source: IANS