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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

Not helped Lalit Modi on travel documents: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said she never helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting travel documents from the British authorities. The minister told Rajya Sabha that she has been waiting for the past last two weeks to make her stand clear. "This issue about me is being raised since the last two weeks. I had informed through the leader of the house that I am ready for discussion. Since last seven days, I am sitting here every day just so that a discussion may start," she said amid ruckus in the house. 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

Naidu says Government Earmarked Rs. 50,000 for Developing 100 Smart Cities

Union Urban Development minister, M. Venkaiah Naidu, during an international seminar said that Rs.50,000 crore fund has been earmarked by Union Government for developing 100 smart cities across India, as initial step of infrastructure development. The concerned seminar was organized by Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the University of Florida, Institute for Human Development (IHD), and NITI Aayog. Naidu stressed upon improving lives of urban populace, enhancing participation of people during development of smart cities, and assisting Rs. 100 crore per year assistance for 5 years. While vouching for large scale reform, minister said that inclusive and sustainable urban development is their main focus.

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

18th IIT opens at Palakkad

The 18th Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) opened on 3 August 2015 with 117 students -- six from Kerala and a majority from Uttar Pradesh. Addressing the students and parents through video conferencing, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani urged the students to develop a social outlook besides pursuing their studies. Presently lodged in a temporary campus, admissions have been made to four streams of BTech. 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

Rajat Chauhan Contends with Silver at World Archery Championships, But Still Makes Historic Feat

20 year old Rajat Chauhan won silver during World Archery Championships. It is a historic win as he is the first Indian archer to win a silver medal, in compound individual event, in the world championship, held in Copenhagen. Rajat Chauhan lost to Denmark’s Stephan Hansen by 147-143. Chauhan started well by scoring 29 points in the first two sets, tying points with Stephan Hansen. However, in the 3rd set, the Indian archer was able to get just 27 points against Hansen’s perfect 30 score. Though Rajat managed to decrease the lead by 1 point, another perfect score by Hansen in final set sealed the deal against the Indian.   

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

Six killed in Thane building crash

At least six people were killed and another 15 injured when a residential building crashed in Maharashtra early Tuesday. The three-storey, 50 year old building, Krishna Nivas, crashed around 2.30 a.m. when the residents were asleep. Thane Collector Ashwini Joshi, Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde rushed to the site to supervise relief operations. The fire brigade, NDRF, and other agencies are engaged in clearing the debris and rescuing the trapped and injured. Source: IANS