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Centre taking steps to check illegal immigration into Assam

The government has taken a number of steps to check illegal migration into Assam from Bangladesh, union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed the Rajya Sabha. "There are reports that some Bangladeshi nationals are able to manage to enter Assam and other parts of the country illegally despite several checks and control measures taken along the international border," Rijiju stated in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. Source: IANS

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

Snapdeal launches visaul-algorithm based micro site

Domestic e-commerce platform Snapdeal has launched visual-algorithm based micro site findmystyle.in with the aim of enriching shopping experience online. "The search methodology of findmystyle.in is very detailed and customised to a consumer's preference to help them discover a product of choice with ease while saving time and effort," the company said. 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

CII summit to focus on scaling innovation, skills

With the government setting the agenda for a economic rebound through 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' programmes, India Inc. is bracing up to meet the twin challenges of scaling innovation and building capacity to develop skills."As innovation plays a key role in progress, economic growth and job creation, we are looking at scaling it and enhancing capacity for skill development," India Inc. executive member and Infosys co-founder S. Gopalakrishnan said, ahead of a two-day innovation summit. 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

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

Non-bailable warrant issued against Lalit Modi

A special court has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi for his alleged involvement in a money-laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Last month, the ED has moved the Special court seeking issue of arrest warrant for investigating the case against the business tycoon and cricket manager. Despite repeated attempts, Modi's lawyers did not respond to calls and SMSes on his reaction in the matter. Source: IANS

Militant in Kashmir attack captured, hostages freed

A militant involved in an ambush on a BSF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway has been captured, authorities said. Militants had attacked the Border Security Force convoy killing two troopers and injuring 11. The attackers then fled to a village where they took three people hostage. Security forces encircled the village and later freed the hostages. 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