Indians top list of students opting for engineering, technology in US

Indian students have reportedly topped the list of choosing engineering, technology, science and mathematics courses in the United States. According to reports, India came second, following China, in sending 206,698 students to the US for studies last year. Notably, around 84 per cent of Indian students studying in the US had opted for science, technology, engineering and maths.

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Actor Dileep lodges complaint after blackmail phone call

Malayalam actor Dileep has alleged that he had received a blackmail phone call demanding him Rs 1.5 crore. According to reports, Dileep, along with his friend Nadhirshah, has registered a complaint with the police and added that the caller demanded the money for not involving Dileep’s name in a molestation case of a Malayalam actress.

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India beat Pakistan for 2nd time in World Hockey League

India registers the second consecutive win against the neighbouring country in the FIH World Hockey League Semi Final on Saturday. Ramandeep Singh and Mandeep Singh scored braces, while Talwinder Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored a goal each for India. India will now face Canada next to decide the fifth and sixth-placed teams.

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Man burns daughter to death for marrying against his wishes

According to reports, a man and his family in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad allegedly tied his 22-year-old daughter to a cot, doused her in kerosene and burnt her to death on Friday for allegedly marrying against his wishes. The incident took place when the victim was at her home with her two-year-old child and her husband's family had gone to a funeral.

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Nursery school holds monkey dance, Maneka Gandhi intervenes

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi opposed a Delhi school principal and removed him from his seat for organising monkey dance for its students. The school had advertised the event online, following which users informed Gandhi. The Rhesus Macaque monkey is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, and using it for entertainment invites a punishment of up to seven years' jail.

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Madhya Pradesh minister disqualified by Election Commission over paid news

According to reports, the Election Commission has barred Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra from contesting elections for three years over paid news allegations during 2008 Assembly polls. The complaint was filed by former Congress MLA Rajendra Bharti in April 2009. While Mishra had earlier approached the MP High Court seeking to quash the inquiry by the EC, his plea was rejected.

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Sushma helps Indian woman in Saudi forced into slavery

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helped an Indian woman in Saudi Arabia forced into slavery, asking the Indian envoy to look into the matter. Sushma tweeted a news article on Jacintha Mendonca, a nurse from Karnataka, and tagged the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, in the tweet. A demand of ₹4.1 lakh has been made to release Jacintha.

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Central ministers skip President Pranab's final iftar party

According to reports, no minister from the Union Cabinet attended President Pranab Mukherjee's last Iftar party as Indian President on Friday. Although Narendra Modi has not attended the Iftar party since he became Prime Minister, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have previously attended the annual event. However, Sonia Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the party held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Hindi is the identity of Indians: Venkaiah Naidu

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has reportedly courted controversy by saying, "The language Hindi is the identity of Indians". Naidu also reportedly said the widespread use of English language in our work and daily life is detrimental to the progress of the nation. Last week, Naidu came under scrutiny for saying 'Loan waiver has become a fashion'.

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OnePlus shows wrong map of India during mobile launch

According to reports, Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus made a massive blunder by showing a wrong map of India. The error was made during a video presentation, in which OnePlus listed the cities where it's holding pop-up events across the world to promote OnePlus 5. At the global launch of its latest OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone, the company showed the map of India with Pakistan occupied Kashmir missing.

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CBSE agrees to re-evaluate exam papers of student

The Central Board of Secondary Education on Friday reportedly relaxed its verification scheme to allow students to approach it for a re-evaluation of answer sheets. According to reports, this action comes from CBSE after the Delhi High Court ordered the board to conduct revaluation for Class XII examinations. Notably, the Board also assured the court that all requests by students would be considered on a 'first come first serve basis'.

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Reliance Industries overtakes TCS to become most valued Indian firm

According to reports, Reliance Industries Ltd became India’s most valued firm overtaking Tata Group's TCS in terms of market valuation on Friday. RIL commanded a market capitalisation of Rs 4,66,599.69 crore which was Rs 1,450.62 crore more than TCS' Rs 4,65,149.07 crore valuation.

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Modi to become first foreign leader to dine in at White House

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become the first foreign leader to dine in at the White House with US President Donald Trump. Modi, who is expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday, will be on a three-day visit and will have a working dinner with Trump on Monday, after a one-on-one interaction followed by bilateral meetings. Notably, Modi is on a three-nation tour to USA, Portugal, and Netherlands. 

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Bumrah hits back at Jaipur police for trolling him

Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah has hit back at the Jaipur Police’s advertisement that was posted in a hoarding by the Rajasthan police in Jaipur which took a sly dig at the fast bowler for bowling a no-ball against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final. Bumrah took to Twitter and wrote, “well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country But don't worry I won't make fun of the mistakes which you guys make at your work because I believe humans can make mistakes.”

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UN honours Mamata Banerjee with highest public service award

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday was honoured by the United Nations with the highest public service award for her girl empowerment initiative Kanyashree Prakalpa. Reportedly, the initiative was ranked first among 552 such social schemes for Reaching the Poorest and Most Vulnerable through Inclusive Services and Participation. Notably, the initiative has benefitted around 40 lakh school and college-going girls.

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Man killed over suspicion of carrying beef on train

According to reports, a man was helplessly stabbed to death by several passengers on a Mathura-bound train over the suspicion that the man was allegedly carrying beef. Further, the passengers also went on to injure two of the victim Junaid's two cousins during the incident. Meanwhile, the police alleged that the victim was killed as a result of a heated dispute between two groups near Okhla station over seats. Notably, the victim was returning home to Haryana's Ballabhgarh after shopping for Eid in Delhi.

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Ambani drops gas price against government

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries and British partner BP have reportedly withdrawn a legal challenge that was initiated 3 years back against the government over delay in gas price revision. The withdrawal of the arbitration will entitle the companies to pricing freedom on the natural gas produced from newer fields.

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27-year-old farmer allegedly commits suicide in Madhya Pradesh

According to police reports, a farmer allegedly committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur district. The family of Raghuvir Yadav, 27, alleged that he took the extreme step due to his mounting debt. Yadav consumed a poisonous substance on June 21 at Pali village in Chhatarpur district of Bundelkhand region, and he died on Thursday when he was being taken to Gwalior for treatment.

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Punjab bypasses court order, hotels can sell alcohol near highways

The Punjab Assembly on Friday amended the excise act which will bypass the Supreme Court order to take alcohol off the menu in hotels, pubs, and restaurants near highways. After the new order hotels, restaurants and clubs near highways in Punjab will now be able to serve alcohol within 500 meters of highways. The Punjab Assembly took the decision to amend the excise act as the ban on serving liquor near highways has hit the hospitality and tourism industry in the state.

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Man live-streams sex with wife, arrested

A man from Hyderabad named Akula Chaitanya was arrested for live-streaming himself having sex with his wife to another man in Chennai over Skype. Reportedly, both the men live-streamed intimate moments without their wives' knowledge. Chaitanya also shared the photos captured while his wife was bathing, sleeping, changing clothes and having sex with him. He also allegedly caught his sister-in-law's pictures and sent them to Sriman, the Chennai man. While the Hyderabad man has been sent to judicial remand, a team of police officers will also go to Chennai to arrest Sriman, say reports.

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