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CPI-M won't come to power even in 3016: Mamata

Slamming the Left Front over its "violent" peasants rally, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Marxists won't come to power in the state for 1,000 years. A day after the Left rally turned violent, leaving many people including policeman injured, Banerjee accused the Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) of political bankruptcy. "Those who have been rejected by people, those who follow archaic politics are trying to create tension... Is this what comrades call politics?" she told a gathering on the foundation day of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad - her party's student wing. Source: IANS

President greets people on Raksha Bandhan eve

President Pranab Mukherjee greeted the nation on the eve of Raksha Bandhan."On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I convey warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad," the president said in a statement. He added: "the festival underlines the need for enhancing efforts for the welfare of women and for all men to do their utmost to ensure the safety and security of women in society." Source: IANS

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

Global cues buoys markets, Sensex provisionally up

Healthy growth in Chinese exchanges and US economy, coupled with attractive valuations, buoyed investor sentiment in Indian equity markets propelling a barometer index to gain 139 points.The positive sentiments propelled the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) to gain the 139 points or 0.53 percent. 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

73 'green' supercomputers coming soon to India

India plans to install 73 'green supercomputers' in the next three years to enable high-performance computing with reduced power consumption, a scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) said."Around five to 10 supercomputers will be installed this year and the rest in the next three years in phases. Through optimization, power consumption of the machines will be reduced as less as possible," Sanjay Wandhekar, associate director and head, High Performance Computing, C-DAC, Pune. 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

Rain mars first day's play in third India-Sri Lanka Test

Rain forced an early end of the first day's play of the third cricket Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) here on Friday, with just about one hour's play possible. India were 50/2 against Sri Lanka when rain interrupted play before lunch. Opening batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (19 not out) and captain Virat Kohli (14 not out) were at the crease after 15 overs of play. The game didn't resume after that. Earlier, India lost opener Lokesh Rahul (2) and Ajinkya Rahane (8). Source: IANS

Sindhu hopes to improve ranking with Super Series

India's badminton ace P.V. Sindhu has said she aims to improve her ranking by doing well in the Super Series in Korea and Japan next month. "For me, winning a medal at the Rio Olympics is the ultimate target. But before that I want to improve my ranking by doing well in the back-to-back Super Series in Korea and Japan in September," Sindhu said after receiving the AJN Award for outstanding performance in the field of sports. 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

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

Haryana gets 21 all-women police stations

Promising a better policing environment to make women feel secure in approaching police, the Haryana government has launched all-women police stations in all 21 districts of the state. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the first all-women police station at Mansa Devi complex in Haryana's Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh. "The all women police stations are a gift for women of Haryana on the eve of the festival of Raksha Bandhan," Khattar said. Source: IANS

Children under six should have right to creche, says law panel

The Law Commission has suggested that every child under six should have an unconditional right to creche and day care provided and regulated by the state. In its report "Early Childhood Development and Legal Entitlements" submitted to Law Minister D.V. Sadanada Gowda, the commission said the constitutional framework of fundamental rights and directive principles should reflect the special status and needs of children under six years of age. Source: IANS

Three killed in indiscriminate Pakistan shelling in Jammu

Three civilians were killed and nine injured in heavy and indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. "Three civilians were killed and nine injured in indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan Rangers in R.S. Pura sector of the International Border in Jammu district," a senior police officer said. Subhash Chander, 45, and Bimla Devi, 42, both residents of Sai Khurd village, and Pawan Kumar, 55, who lived in Abdullian village, were killed. The injured have been shifted to a hospital. Source: IANS