• The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Y4D New India Conclave in New Delhi.


    He said the nation is today passing through a period of transformation. Asserting that India is today the fastest growing economy in the world, the Prime Minister said that as per an international report, poverty is declining in India at a record pace.

  • A High level Inter ministerial meeting was today held in New Delhi today to deliberate on various issues and actions to be taken on war footing to conserve The Taj Mahal. The meeting mainly focussed on action points needed to overcome Air and Water pollution in and around Taj Mahal.

  • Refunds of GST have been a concern for the Government and Trade for the past several months.  In this regard, the CBIC has observed two special drives cum refund fortnights in the Month of March, 2018 (15th to 31st March, 2018) and June, 2018 (31st May to 16th June, 2018) respectively.

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ will actually redeem Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s ‘Vision 2020’.

  • Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar today urged all the states to fast track implementation of various special and specific schemes under RUSA and Samagra Shiksha for boosting quality of education and educational infrastructure in 117 Aspirational Districts in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to achieve the aims of equity, access and excellence.

  • The Central Information Commission (CIC) has launched a newly updated version of mobile app in Hindi also, - “CIC App”, which is available in Google Play Store and Apple store with the following features:

    (i) Applicant can submit his/her 2nd Appeal(s)/ Complaint(s) / link paper(s) in both the languages i.e. in Hindi and English

    (ii) The appellant can search and trace dak, 2nd Appeal/Complaint in both the languages.

  • The Union Minister of Railways, Finance, Corporate Affairs and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal inaugurated the MAHAGENCO Pipe Conveyor System for coal transportation from cluster of mines of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) today.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) “6.65 per cent Government Stock, 2020”  for a notified amount of  ` 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) “7.59 per cent Government Stock, 2026” for a notified amount of  ` 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (iii) “GoI Floating Rate Bond 2031” for a notified amount of ` 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (iv) “6.57 per cent Government Stock, 2033” for a notified amount of ` 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, and (v) “7.72 per cent Government Stock, 2055” for a notified amount of ` 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction.

  • The Minister of State for Finances, Shri Shukla asked the Customs officials to balance the twin objectives of facilitating the trade and managing the increased risks associated with cross border trade.

  • Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation addressing 8th Session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting

    The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, today co-chaired 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) along with Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of Oman, Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.

  • Indian Railways and MahaMetro (Metro Railway Project Company of Maharashtra) today signed an MoU for linking railway line to Metro coaches on broad gauge network & creating a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in Nagpur city.

  • BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired at 1017 hrs today, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore, Odisha. The test-firing conducted from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher was part of service life extension programme for Indian Army under extreme weather condition.

  • The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has directed state governments to ensure that all the child care institutions should be registered and linked to CARA within the next one month.

  • The salvage operations of the container vessel MV SSL Kolkata that had caught fire last month, is continuing in rough weather conditions with 2- 4 metre swells. The vessel is grounded at about 8 nautical miles off the ecologically sensitive Sundarbans since the 13th of last month when its cargo area had caught fire following an explosion.

  • The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS), a well-funded startup in skill development for maritime and shipbuilding sector has announced thatits hi tech labs at Visakhapatnam are ready for starting orientation programmes for trainees.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that agriculture is the backbone of Indian economy and it should be on the top of the agenda of the Government. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the New India Conclave being organised by Y4D Foundation, here today.

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh congratulated scientists and officials of the of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) along with farmers from across India on ICAR’s 90th Foundation day and award ceremony function in New Delhi today.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that empowerment of women is central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development and it is not only a national goal but also a global agenda.

  • Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of the Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy is visiting India from 16 to 19 July 2018 along with a four member Nigerian Navy delegation. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and Nigeria, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

  • With an aim of upgrading quality of education, research, hospital care facilities in the national AYUSH institutions throughout the country and develop them as light house institutions, All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) under Ministry of AYUSH is organizing two days Conference of Heads of AYUSH National Institutes on 17th and 18th July 2018 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...

  • The CBI has charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of Haryana minister Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand res...

  • BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the 2019 general elections. BJP sources said, o...

  • Afghan envoy to New Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, Abdali condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a number of Sikhs, were killed.

  • In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in northern province.

  • Extending losses for the second session, the rupee weakened by 16 paise to trade at 68.96 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday on sustained capital outflows amid strengthening of the American currency overseas.

  • In the FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals and set up a last-8 clash on Friday.

  • The diplomatic missions based in Colombo wrote a letter to Sri Lankan President Maithri­pala Sirisena yesterday that they fully oppose the recent statement by him that he will reinstate the death penalty.

    The missions said that they were writing to verify the worrying information in the public domain about the intention of Sri Lankan government to resume implementing the death penalty after a moratorium of more than 40 years.

    They called upon the president to maintain the moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty and to uphold Sri Lanka’s tradition of opposition to capital punishment.

    Earlier,  Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission wrote to President Sirisena, urging him to reconsider imposing the death penalty. President Sirisena has said recently that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.

  • The Maldives has been in turmoil since strongman President Abdulla Yameen jailed or exiled all his main opponents in recent months.

    "The European Union adopted today a framework for targeted sanctions in view of the situation in the Maldives, making it possible, if the situation does not improve, to impose a travel ban and an asset freeze on relevant individuals and entities," the EU said after foreign ministers met in Brussels.

    The EU said it would target people "responsible for undermining the rule of law or obstructing an inclusive political solution in the Maldives as well as persons and entities responsible for serious human rights violations".

    Yameen declared a state of emergency in February after the Maldives' top court ordered that MPs sacked by the president be restored to power and dissidents freed from jail. The Maldives' chief justice and Supreme Court judges were subsequently arrested, along with Yameen's half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, a former strongman who ruled for 30 years until 2008.

    The EU and the United States have expressed deep concern over Yameen's actions, while rights activists have asked the EU to slap sanctions on Yameen and key aides.

  • The season's biggest high tide was seen in Mumbai on Monday. Following MeT office warning, BMC, Mumbai Police and Naval Coast Guard have been put on alert.

    Fishermen and people have been advised not to venture into the sea.

    In the national capital Delhi, Monday afternoon brought the mercury down. MeT office has predicted that monsoon rains will continue in Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan and light to heavy rain at some places.

    Meanwhile, IMD has predicted another spell of heavy showers in Gujarat, Saurashtra and Konkan regions for Tuesday. Sea conditions are very likely to remain very rough over major parts of the Arabian Sea, north Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea during next two days. 

    Torrential rains have created havoc in several parts of  Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Kerala and Odisha.

    Nagavali and Bansadhara rivers are flowing above the danger mark. Due to rain, communication facilities have been disrupted in various parts of Odisha.

    The weatherman has predicted heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy falls very likely at isolated places over Konkan & Goa and isolated places over Gujarat Region and Saurashtra. Rains are likley in East Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha. 

    A well-marked low pressure area lies over north Coastal Odisha and neighbourhood. The system is  very likely to move west ­northwestwards across Central India, thereby enhancing the rainfall over Central India in coming days. Another low pressure area is likely to form over north Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around 19 July.

    The monsoon trough continues to run south of its normal position. 

  • The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to cooperate on global challenges, after talks on an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.

    Standing alongside Putin at a joint news conference, Trump said he had "spent a great deal of time talking about" election meddling, without going into detail or explicitly condemning any interference, after 12 Russian agents were indicted in the United States. Rather, when pressed about the verdict of his own intelligence chiefs, Trump stressed that Putin had delivered a "powerful" denial of any Russian vote meddling and said the US investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller had been a "disaster" for the United States.

    Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: "The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs." The US leader, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

    Afterwards, both men were determined to accentuate the positive. "Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed as of about four hours ago. I really believe that," Trump said, vowing the summit was "only the beginning". Putin said: "It is obvious to everyone that bilateral ties are going through a difficult period. However there are no objective reasons for these difficulties, the current tense atmosphere." Praising the "frank and business-like atmosphere" of the summit, the Russian leader said he considered the talks "very successful and useful".

    The two leaders met one-on-one for more than two hours in the Finnish capital for the historic summit, with just their interpreters present, before they were joined by their national security teams. M

    Putin, basking in congratulations from Trump and other world leaders for the successful staging of the World Cup in Russia, said: "The time has come to talk in a substantive way about our relations and problem areas of the world." Trump added: "Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years. And I really think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers."

    Trump began the day by firing a Twitter broadside at his domestic opponents, blaming the diplomatic chill on the investigation into alleged Russian election meddling. "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted. Russia's foreign ministry tweeted in response: "We agree."

    After a stormy NATO summit in Brussels last week, Trump was accused by critics of prioritising his ties to Putin over the transatlantic alliance. But over breakfast with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto, he insisted NATO "has never been stronger" and "never been more together" thanks to his insistence on all allies paying their fair share.


  • The Monsoon Session of Parliament will begin on July 18.

    The Speaker will seek the support of the parties in ensuring smooth functioning of the session and passage of various pending bills.

    Prior to this meeting, the government has convened an all-party meeting in New Delhi. During the meeting, the Centre will seek Opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses.

  • Earlier he was holding the post of Senior Vice President. According to a press release issued by the Federation, this is the first time when India has been elected to lead the organisation.

    The post of Secretary General has also gone to India, while Nepal has got Treasurer's post. Pakistan and Cambodia have won posts of Vice Presidents. The tenure of newly elected office bearers will be for 3 years. The Asian Tug of War Federation is having its headquarter in Bangkok.

  • Many villages in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh had been long waiting for road connectivity. Roads which would bring progress, opportunities closer to them. 

    Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana has finally bridged the ever lasting distance for the people in these villages and roads have brought joy and happiness to them.

    In Aligarh district, the scheme has translated into 131 roads covering a total distance of 591 kilometers completely changing the lifes of people in 356 villages.

    As the road network across the country spreads rapidly, dreams long unfulfilled are finally coming true.

  • Here's a look at the report from Hingoli.

  • However, no one was injured in the incident, Senior Superintendent of Police, Reasi, Tahir Sajad Bhat said.

    He said the landslide occurred along the new track near Himkoti and efforts were on to clear the debris. 

    The new track was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19.

    Officials said the landslide triggered by rains hit the track around 8 am, causing some damage to the infrastructure. 

    The new track between Banganga and Adhkuwari was approved by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in February 2011 to decongest the rush of pilgrims on the existing six-km track. 

    Almost the entire track has been covered with sturdy shelter sheds to protect pilgrims against shooting stones and rain.

    Pilgrimage to the cave shrine atop the Trikuta hills was going on smoothly from the traditional route.

  • Police and local administration have arrived in Ghat's Kundi village, where houses and vehicles were damaged.

    Relief and rescue operation are being carried out. No loss of life being reported so far.

    In Gujarat's Navsari district, due to heavy rainfall and unrest in the sea for about 3-4 days, the Vasi-Borsi villages are submerged in water.

    The protection wall of the village broke down and since then the water has entered the villages and the life of people is being affected.

    Meanwhile, torrential rain wreaked havoc in Odisha's Rayagada district, throwing normal life out of gear.

    While Nagavali and Bansadhara rivers are flowing above the danger mark, communication is disrupted in some places of Bissamcuttack and Ramanaguda blocks.

    Down south, with heavy rain continuing to lash Kerala, educational institutions in at least 7 districts have declared a holiday for Monday.

    Collectors of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathnamthitta, Alapuzha, Kottayam, Idukki and Ernakulam have declared holiday due to heavy rains. Kerala University has postponed all its examinations scheduled for Monday, but Cochin University of Science and Technology will function.

    Southwest monsoon has been active over Kerala and rains occurred at most places in Lakshadweep as well.

  • The gunfight broke out near Safaa-wali Gali Batpora forests after a joint search party of security forces comprising of Army's JAKLI and RR intercepted the movement of a group of armed infiltrators during pre-dawn hours on Monday.

    They said a body of an unknown terrorist has been recovered along with an AK rifle.

    The identity of the slain terrorist is being ascertained. He is suspected to be a Pakistani national.

    Two soldiers were  injured in the gunfight and have been evacuated to hospital.

    The operation is underway in the dense forest.

  • "Lethal White" is billed by publishers Hachette as the most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott.

    Rowling put out a tweet on July 10 along with the cover of the book. " 'Lethal White', the fourth instalment in the Strike novels, will be out on 18 September and is available now to pre-order, and this is what it will look like #LethalWhite #Strike," she wrote.

    In a release, the publishers put out a blurb about the story - 'When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Ellacott set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside. And during this investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Also, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Ellacott is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.' 

    The three previous Strike novels are "The Cuckoo's Calling" (2013), "The Silkworm" (2014) and "Career of Evil" (2015). Rowling wanted to begin a new writing career in a new genre and to release her crime novels to a neutral audience, free of expectation or hype. So she used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Although the author's true identity was unexpectedly revealed, Rowling continues to write the Cormoran Strike series under the name of Robert Galbraith to maintain the distinction from her other writing.

    Rowling chose the name Robert because it is one of her favourite men's names, and because Robert F Kennedy is her hero. She had not used it for any of the characters in the Potter series or "The Casual Vacancy" and that is also a reason why she chose the name.

    Galbraith came about for a slightly odd reason. When Rowling was a child, she wanted to be called 'Ella Galbraith' for no particular reason. The name had a fascination for her. She actually considered calling herself L A Galbraith for the Strike series, but for obvious reasons decided that initials were a bad idea.

  • Genuine pain causes both human infants and nonhuman mammals to produce cries, which are highly effective at engaging caregivers to respond and assist.

    From toe stubs to childbirth, adults cry out in pain too - but evidence suggests that humans routinely exaggerate or minimise our vocal responses to genuine pain depending on context and mood. This suggests that pain cries are not just honest windows into our internal state, but social tools to influence others.

    "We've seen fantastic football from the likes of Neymar and Mbappe at this year's World Cup, but they've also treated us to an unhealthy dose of play-acting antics and football con-artistry: quadruple rolls brought on at times by a mere Siberian breeze, often accompanied by devious squeals designed to deceive the referee into brandishing a colourful card or awarding a dangerous free-kick," Jordan Raine, a psychologist at the University of Sussex in the UK.

    "While we all want to see such behaviour kicked out of the beautiful game, the vocal aspect of pain fakery - both on and off the pitch - is an effective strategy with evolutionary roots that may help explain how speech evolved," Raine said. "To investigate further, we wanted to see if adults could produce convincing cries in the complete absence of pain," Raine said.

    For the study, published in the journal Bioacoustics, the researchers recruited actors-in-training to simulate vocalisations expressing three levels of increasing pain, and asked listeners to rate how much pain each vocalisation conveyed.

    They then examined which aspects of their voices vocalisers manipulated, and how this influenced listeners. The researchers found that vocalisers simulated increasing pain using similar voice characteristics to those that communicate authentic pain in babies and other animals. The faked pain cries also influenced listeners' perceptions in a similar way.

    The findings present the potential for a device to assess pain levels in people and animals that cannot use language to express their level of pain. "From an evolutionary perspective, for our ancestors navigating an environment with danger at every turn, this ability to convincingly simulate or exaggerate pain - and, crucially, elicit more urgent aid - may have provided a vital survival advantage," Raine said. "But more than this, developing the ability to produce and modulate pain cries and other vocalisations at will, as opposed to the automatic vocal responses to stimuli and internal states we observe in nonhuman mammals, was likely a key step in our progression from primitive nonverbal noises to complex speech," he said.

    "The light bulb realisation that the voice can intentionally be used to influence others, rather than just honestly communicating information, paves the way for a whole street of light bulbs, and an increasingly flexible use of voice," he added.

    "Simulating pain in cries would logically lead to more complex and varied vocal deception, and eventually, the production of an arbitrary sound whose meaning is agreed culturally rather than biologically," Raine said. 

  • The study could impact how we think about obesity and health, said Jennifer Kuk, an associate professor at York University in Canada. "This is in contrast with most of the literature and we think this is because most studies have defined metabolic healthy obesity as having up to one metabolic risk factor," said Kuk.

    "This is clearly problematic, as hypertension alone increases your mortality risk and past literature would have called these patients with obesity and hypertension, 'healthy'. This is likely why most studies have reported that 'healthy' obesity is still related with higher mortality risk," he added.

    Kuk's study showed that unlike dyslipidemia, hypertension or diabetes alone, which are related with a high mortality risk, this is not the case for obesity alone.

    The study followed 54,089 men and women from five cohort studies who were categorised as having obesity alone or clustered with a metabolic factor, or elevated glucose, blood pressure or lipids alone or clustered with obesity or another metabolic factor.

    Researchers looked at how many people within each group died as compared to those within the normal weight population with no metabolic risk factors.

    Current weight management guidelines suggest that anyone with a BMI over 30 should lose weight. This implies that if you have obesity, even without any other risk factors, it makes you unhealthy.

    Researchers found that one out of 20 individuals with obesity had no other metabolic abnormalities. "We're showing that individuals with metabolically healthy obesity are actually not at an elevated mortality rate. We found that a person of normal weight with no other metabolic risk factors is just as likely to die as the person with obesity and no other risk factors," said Kuk.

    "This means that hundreds of thousands of people in North America alone with metabolically healthy obesity will be told to lose weight when it's questionable how much benefit they'll actually receive," she said. 

  • "It is the common duty of Europe and China, but also America and Russia, not to destroy (the global trade order) but to improve it, not to start trade wars which turned into hot conflicts so often in our history," EU Council President Donald Tusk said in Beijing.

    "There is still time to prevent conflict and chaos." Tusk spoke after meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as part of an annual EU-China summit that opened against the backdrop of the growing China-US economic confrontation and wider global trade discord.

    The EU -- the world's biggest single market with 28 countries and 500 million people -- is trying to buttress alliances in the face of the protectionism unleashed by US President Donald Trump's "America First" administration.

    The meeting between Chinese and European officials in Beijing, which also included European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, comes as Trump prepared to hold talks in Helsinki with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

    The world needed trade reform, rather than confrontation, Tusk. "This is why I am calling on our Chinese hosts, but also on Presidents Trump and Putin, to jointly start this process from a thorough reform of the WTO." "Today we are facing a dilemma, whether to play a tough game, such as tariff wars and conflict in places like Ukraine and Syria, or to look for common solutions based on fair rules," Tusk said. 

  • Modric won Man-Of-The-Match three times in Croatia's seven games in Russia, but even the Real Madrid midfielder was powerless to stop France's firepower and the rise of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who won the young player of the tournament award for scoring his fourth goal of the competition in the final. 


    Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

    Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award for the World Cup's best player despite being on the losing side to France in a thrilling final in Moscow on Sunday. Modric was named man-of-the-match three times in Croatia's seven games in Russia, but even the Real Madrid midfielder was powerless to stop France's firepower and the rise of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

    The Paris Saint-Germain forward won the young player of the tournament award after scoring his fourth goal of the competition in the final, which France won 4-2. Belgium captain Eden Hazard finished second in the running for the Golden Ball, with France's Antoine Griezmann, who also scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the final, coming third.

    Belgium's Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove award for the best goalkeeper. Despite Griezmann and Mbappe getting on the scoresheet, England's Harry Kane claimed the Golden Boot for his six goals.


    England's Harry Kane wins World Cup Golden Boot

    Meanwhile, England's Harry Kane won the World Cup Golden Boot award as top scorer with six goals. The Tottenham star topped the chart by two goals ahead of a group, including Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, who both scored in France's 4-2 defeat of Croatia in Sunday's final.

    Kane is the first England player to win the coveted prize since Gary Lineker 32 years ago. He scored twice against Tunisia in England's first match in Russia and then bagged a hat-trick in a 6-1 romp against Panama.

    Manager Gareth Southgate rested Kane for the third group game against Belgium but the captain returned to score from the penalty spot against Colombia in the last 16. He failed to add to his tally in England's next three games -- the 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden, the 2-1 semi-final loss to Croatia nor the 2-0 third-place play-off defeat by Belgium. Joining Griezmann and Mbappe on the four-goal mark were Russia's Denis Cheryshev, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku.

    World Cup top scorers: 6 goals: Kane (ENG) - Golden Boot winner 4 goals: Cheryshev (RUS), Ronaldo (POR), Griezmann (FRA), Lukaku (BEL), Mbappe (FRA) 3 goals: Cavani (Uruguay), Costa (Spain), Dzyuba (Russia), E. Hazard (Belgium), Mandzukic (Croatia), Mina (Colombia), Perisic (Croatia) 2 goals: Aguero (Argentina), Coutinho (Brazil), Granqvist (Sweden), Inui (Japan), Jedinak (Australia), Khazri (Tunisia), Modric (Croatia), Musa (Nigeria), Neymar (Brazil), Salah (Egypt), Son Heung-min (South Korea), Stones (England), Suarez (Uruguay).


  • Lopez Obrador told reporters that he will take home 108,000 pesos a month, which is USD 5,707 at current exchange rates, and that no public official will be able to earn more than the President during his six-year term.

    He reiterated campaign promises to cut back on other taxpayer funded perks for high-level government officials, such as chauffeurs, bodyguards and private medical insurance. 

  • Trump has said that, he will raise the subject of 12 Russians indicted for alleged hacking during the 2016 US election while Russia has denied the hacking allegations.

    There have been calls in the US for Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin over the indictments, announced on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and U.S. allies, the Kremlin has long been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties.

    While nobody on either side expects big breakthroughs, including on U.S. sanctions, the summit is seen by Moscow as U.S. recognition of Russia's status as a great power and an overdue U.S. realization that its interests must be taken into account.

    Meanwhile, on being asked about the summit, Trump said "nothing bad...maybe some good" will come out of Monday's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In an interview, Trump said that he's going into the meeting in Finland with "low expectations...not going with high expectations."


  • Best Young Player awardee Kylian Mbappe, just 19 years old, said this was only the beginning, a stepping stone to achieve bigger things. 

    "I am happy, I'm very happy. But as I said, it's different, the game is different for all the players. As I said, there are players who are around 30 years old, who worked all their career to reach this goal. For me, it's just the beginning. So for me, it's a big step, but it's a step to go much further."

    Defender N'golo Kante said this was the fulfillment of a long held ambition. His co-defender Raphael Varane, holding the World Cup trophy as his teammates walked to the bus, said they could already smell victory the moment they scored the fourth goal.

    France managed to overcome mistakes and imperfections in their WorldCup final victory over Croatia with sheer mental strength to lift the trophy for the second time, coach Didier Deschamps said.

    Croatian midfielder Luka Modric said, "We represented Croatia in the best possible way in this final, it is a big deal. We are a little sad to lose of course, we can't be happy, but with time we will realise just how much we accomplished here. No matter that we lost today, however hard it is, we need to be proud and leave with our head held high and we have no remorse, we tried our best, it just didn't work out but we should be proud of our performance throughout this tournament and in this final."

    Croatia coach Ratko Dalic said a penalty like the one awarded using video assistance should not be a deciding factor in a World Cup final. The VAR-decided spot-kick made Croatia furious and was arguably the turning-point of the game.

    Defender Dejan Lovren said that despite the second place finish, their team showed how big they could be.

  • Ahead of the match, fans of Croatia gathered together at the main square in Zagreb, the capital of the country, to watch the final match.

    Although the game ended 4-2 in favor of France, fans were still impressed by what Croatia achieved at the tournament. Following the loss fans were still singing and dancing, celebrating their team's accomplishments.

    "We are so proud that our boys came on the World Cup finals. It make us so proud. We are so happy and we will have party all night. In our heart, we are champions," said a Croatian football fan.

    Another fan said she was slightly disappointed with the result, but still very proud to be Croatian. She thinks that the Croatian team did a great job at this year's World Cup.

    The Croatian team is expected to return to the country on Monday, where a huge welcome ceremony is in the works for its players.


  • The venue is famed for its Cold War diplomacy, hosting previous summits over the decades between Leonid Brezhnev and Gerald Ford in 1975, Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush in 1990, and Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton in 1997.

    Some 35 heads of state and ruling Communist Party chiefs attended the 1975 summit, designed to bring permanent peace to Europe.

    The three-day meeting represented at the time the biggest summit conference in European history. Ford would go on to sign with Moscow the Helsinki Accords, the pact that reduced Cold War tensions and eventually proved to be the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union.

    When Presidents Bush and Gorbachev arrived in Helsinki fifteen years later in 1990, it was during the first Gulf crisis, about a month after Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.

    The public unity of the U.S. and Soviet leaders came under attack from Hussein, who issued a statement warning them against trying to restore the situation existing before the invasion.

    The 1990 summit officially began when host President Mauno Koivisto welcomed both Presidents and their wives to his 19th century seaside palace for the summit's opening ceremonies. After Bush and Gorbachev greeted each other warmly, the Soviet leader added a humorous touch to the otherwise formal proceedings by presenting Bush with a framed cartoon depicting each president as a champion boxer, arms held aloft by a "global referee" in victory over aggression.

    Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin met for their Helsinki summit in 1997 with both leaders optimistic about the outcome of their talks despite tensions at the time over the enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    Russia bitterly opposed NATO's plans to take in new members from Central and Eastern Europe, saying it felt threatened and -- on the eve of the summit -- that it would be the West's biggest mistake since the end of the Cold War.

    But Clinton would go on to meet Yeltsin more than 15 times in total as President and called him a friend.

    The two leaders created a reputation for back-slapping bonhomie during the 1990s, when their rapport survived their countries' differences during crises such as the collapse of former Yugoslavia into war.

    Later this month in Helsinki, Trump will drill down on Russia's "malign activity" during summits with NATO allies and Putin, U.S. officials have said, signaling a harder line against Moscow thanTrump has traditionally taken.

    Trump and Putin will likely also discuss two arms control pacts - the INF Treaty and the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), said U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, who declined to address whether they might strike a deal on either pact, which are planks of U.S.-Russian arms control.


  • The famous Muktinath temple is situated in the Annapurna mountain range in Mustang district of Nepal. It is one of the most ancient temples of Lord Vishnu. The Hindus calls it Mutki Kshetra, the place of salvation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Muktinath temple in May this year. After his visit, the number of pilgrims in Muktinath has significantly increased.

    Besides Indian pilgrims, people living in Nepal have also been inspired by the Prime Minister Modi's visit.

    The local businessmen are very happy as tourism has increased in the Muktinath after PM Modi's visit.

    The Muktinath temple is considered as one of the 108 Divya Desam or holy places of worship Lord Vishnnu.  It is also one of the 51 Shaktipeeth.

    The uniqueness of the temple is that Buddhist nuns look after the temple and they conducts worship. 

  • During the meeting India and Bangladesh signed the Revised Travel Agreement (RTA)-2018.

    Other than the Rohingya issue the Ministers discussed issues related to security, border management and cooperation in countering illegal activities.



    Outling his vision for New India, PM said that New India is the place where processes drive progress instead of people influencing processes.

    Prime Minister said that the big dreams of people of small towns are also being fulfilled due to steps taken by the government.

    He said that these changes are becoming the identity of New India.

    The PM also launched a veiled attack on leaders who have only come forward due to family-oriented politics. 

    Meanwhile, I&B minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said, "the country is moving ahead under the leadership of PM Modi. The government has taken various steps to make the country an economically empowerd nation."

    Addressing the New India Conclave, he said that the country has scaled new heights during the last four years to realise the dream of a New India. 


  • At a Kremlin ceremony, Putin handed an official World Cup soccer ball to FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, who then handed it on to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

    Putin said Russia was proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup, and would share its experience with Qatar. The tournament will end later on Sunday with a final match between France and Croatia.

    Qatar, next host of the soccer World Cup, will struggle to replicate the success of the Russian team on the pitch at this year's tournament because it is a small country, Qatari leader said at a Kremlin ceremony.

    Meanwhile, Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on the success of the World Cup 2018 as he arrived in Moscow to see the final.

    Bach said Russia showed the best of its hospitality and organisation skills, hosting the global tournament.

    The meeting came shortly before the start of the final match between French and Croatian squads in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.

  • After the monumental drama provided by both men's semi-finals, the two longest in Wimbledon history, the showpiece proved something of an anti-climax as Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought.

    Anderson, bidding to become the first South African to win the men's title, had spent 21 hours on court to reach his first Wimbledon final and his tank appeared to be empty in the opening two sets as a clinical Djokovic dominated.

    Djokovic, who had been required to finish his epic semi-final with Rafael Nadal on Saturday, lost some intensity at times in the third set and saved five set points as Anderson hinted at an improbable comeback.

    But he forged ahead in the tiebreak and could celebrate a 13th Grand Slam title when Anderson netted a return.

    Djokovic, who had suffered a dip in form and fitness in the past two years and was seeded only 12th for the championships, made only 13 unforced errors in the final as he offered more evidence that he is back to his best.

    "It feels amazing because for the first time in my life I have someone screaming 'Daddy Daddy'," Djokovic said on court as he cradled the trophy with son Stefan having joined the rest of his family and entourage.

    "This was my first Grand Slam final for a couple of years and there is no better place to make a comeback. Congratulations to Kevin, he has had an incredible run," he added.

  • In a match that had a bit of everything, Mario Mandzukic scored the first ever own goal in a World Cup final to put France in front at the Luzhniki Stadium, only for Ivan Perisic to equalise. However, Antoine Griezmann's penalty put France back in front after Perisic's handball was penalised with the aid of the video assistant referee, before Pogba and Mbappe both scored in the second half.

    The first team to score four times in a final since Brazil in 1970, the French could even afford to see Mandzukic pull a goal back following a ridiculous goalkeeping mistake by Hugo Lloris.

    France join Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for a second time, after their 1998 triumph over Brazil when Didier Deschamps -- now the coach -- was the captain. The game will be remembered as the highest-scoring World Cup final since England's win over West Germany in 1966, and for Mbappe becoming the youngest player to score in the final since Pele in 1958.

    But while the celebrations begin on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris and across France, Croatia will wonder what might have been had the first-half penalty not been awarded just as they were in the ascendancy. The smallest country to reach the final in the modern era will feel they were ultimately beaten by modern technology.

    The questions before the match surrounded whether a tired Croatia side could pick themselves for this game after needing extra-time to beat England in the semi-finals. Croatia played all the football early on, with Mbappe on the fringes of the game, but it was France who went in front in the 18th minute.

    Griezmann won a soft free-kick wide on the right and his delivery into the area was flicked into his own net by the unfortunate Mandzukic. It was harsh on Croatia, especially with Pogba possibly a fraction offside when the free-kick was played.

    Zlatko Dalic looked rueful, but his team continued to assert themselves and were back level just before the half-hour, Domagoj Vida laying the ball off for Perisic, who shuffled the ball from right foot to left before drilling a superb shot past Hugo Lloris with the aid of a touch off Raphael Varane. But Perisic was at the centre of the controversy that led to France's second goal in the 38th minute. His handball at a corner could hardly be described as deliberate, but Argentine referee Nestor Pitana reviewed the video by the side of the pitch and gave the penalty.

    As a thunderstorm erupted in the sky over Moscow, Griezmann stroked home the penalty, his fourth goal of the competition and his third from a spot-kick. It was also France's first actual attempt on goal, but they picked off Croatia after the break.

    Shortly after three pitch invaders briefly interrupted proceedings, the third French goal arrived in the 59th minute. Pogba started the move with a drilled pass for Mbappe on the right. His cutback found Griezmann, and he laid the ball off for Pogba to score at the second attempt from 18 yards.

    Mbappe then added his name to the scoresheet in the 65th minute when he collected a Lucas Hernandez pass and fired low past Subasic from 25 yards, capping what has been a fine tournament for the 19-year-old. That should have been that, but Croatia were given something to cling to as Lloris absurdly tried to dribble away from Mandzukic on the edge of his six-yard box, and the striker stuck out a foot to divert the ball in. But for Lloris the World Cup winner's medal will help make up for the embarrassment of that moment. 

  • The explosion happened at the rural rehabilitation and development ministry around 4:30 pm, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai told reporters. Ministry spokesman Fraidoon Azhand said the bomber struck at a security gate as employees were exiting the compound to go home. He said six people were killed and 12 were wounded, most of them ministry workers. Those figures could not be immediately confirmed.

    It is the second time in just over a month that the ministry has been targeted by militants. On June 11 a suicide bomber blew himself up as ministry workers queued for an early bus home during the holy month of Ramadan, killing at least 13 people and wounding 31. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack.

    Sunday's blast comes as a UN report shows a record number of civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018, with militant attacks and suicide bombs the leading causes of death. The toll of 1,692 fatalities was one per cent more than a year earlier and the highest for the period since the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began keeping records in 2009.

    Another 3,430 people were wounded in the war, down five per cent from the same period last year, the report said. The record high death toll came despite an unprecedented ceasefire by Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month that was largely respected by both sides, UNAMA said.

    The ceasefire for the first three days of Eid was marked by scenes of jubilation as security forces and Taliban fighters celebrated the Islamic holiday, raising hopes that peace was possible after nearly 17 years of conflict. But the suspension of hostilities was marred by two suicide attacks in the eastern province of Nangarhar that killed dozens of people and were claimed by IS, which was not part of the ceasefire.

    Suicide bombs and "complex" attacks that involve several militants accounted for 1,413 casualties -- 427 deaths and 986 injuries -- up 22 per cent from a year earlier. UNAMA attributed 52 per cent of those casualties to IS, mainly in Kabul and Nangarhar where the group established a stronghold after emerging in Afghanistan in 2014. The Taliban was responsible for 40 per cent.

    While the Taliban is Afghanistan's largest militant group and holds or contests more territory than any other, IS has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to carry out devastating attacks in urban areas.

  • Second seed Sindhu struggled with her consistency throughout the duel as fourth seeded Okuhara dominated the proceedings to beat the Indian 21-15 21-18 in exactly 50 minutes. It was Sindhu's third disappointment in a final this year following her defeats in the summit clash of the India Open and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

    Sindhu, who had an ankle strain ahead of the CWG and missed the Uber Cup final, reached semifinal and quarterfinal in her last two tournaments -- in Malaysia and Indonesia -- before this one. World number 3 Sindhu showed glimpses of her best against world number 8 Okuhara, who besides the initial part of the second game, looked in complete control over the proceedings.

    Okuhara took no time to get her grip on the match by taking a 6-2 lead in the opening game. Sindhu did not give up and used her long reach to great effect and came up with some aggressive cross-court smashes to reduce the margin to 15-17. But then, Okuhara came up with some really aggressive net play which forced Sindhu to commit unforced errors and the Japanese pocketed four straight points to wrap up the first game in her favour.

    Sindhu came out all guns blazing in the second game and showed aggressive intent, along with delicate net play to race to a 5-1 lead. But, some unforced errors and wrong judgements from the Indian allowed the Japanese to pocket five straight points to alter the scoreline to 7-6 in her favour. Both the players went neck-and-neck thereafter till 14 apiece when Okuhara once again upped the tempo of her game by a a few notches to take a 16-17 lead over her opponent.

    Sindhu, however, was in no mood to give up without a fight as she once again used her long reach to pick up drop shots and came up with some fine cross-court smashes to level the scores at 18 apiece. However, it was not be the Indian's day and some bad line calls also marred Sindhu's evening as Okuhara clinched three straight points to pocket the game and the title.

    By virtue of this win, Okuhara has taken a 6-5 head-to-head win-loss record over Sindhu. The last time the duo met at the All England Championships earlier this year, it was the Indian who prevailed over the Japanese. 

  • Residents of Bareilly have similar worries as those living in other urban areas when it comes to energy consumption - big electric bills. But Modi government's ambitious 'Ujala Scheme', has been able to effectively address this concern.

    With an aim to provide LED bulbs to domestic consumers, Ujala centers have been set up where LED bulbs, tube lights and energy efficient fans are sold at a cost much lower than the market price.

    The scheme has been a great success. By the first week of July over 30 crore LEDs have been distributed across the country. This amounts to saving about 40,000 mn kW hour energy and over 15000 crore rupees per year.


  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired India-Bangladesh Home Minister level talks in Dhaka on Sunday.

    The Home Minister who was on a visit to Bangladesh, on Saturday called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.

    The Home Minister also inaugurated a new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka on Saturday. 

    Home minister Rajnath Singh along with his Bangladesh counterpart opened the centre, the largest Indian visa centre in the world, by handing over passports with Indian visa to a couple of visa applicants.

    Following the inauguration of the new Indian Visa Application Centre, Home minister Rajnath Singh announced the withdrawal of the existing e-token system for submission of Visa applications.

  • The gunfight took place in a forest near Mahla camp of BSF under Partapaur police station limits when a team of BSF's 114th battalion was returning after carrying out an anti-Maoist operation.

    When the patrolling team was advancing through forest of Barkot village, located around 250 km from the state capital Raipur, it came under heavy fire from a group of Naxals leading to the gun-battle between the two sides.

    During the gunbattle, two BSF personnel Lokender Singh and Mukdhiyar Singh were martyred while another jawan Sandeep Dey, sustained injuries. The injured jawan was being airlifted to Raipur for further treatment. 

  • The title clash refreshes memory of their 1998 semi-final when two near-identical second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to their first final before they went on to overwhelm defending champions and South American powerhouse Brazil.

    This time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capabale of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.

    However, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experince of winning the World Cup as a player.

    Deschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history -- after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer -- to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.

    Deschamps' side drew one group game (against Denmark), but their World Cup has been one of constant progression, built around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, central defenders Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti and midfielders, N'golo Kante and Paul Pogba. They have helped France overcome Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium on to their way to the final.

    Since their first game against Australia, Deschamps brought in striker Olivier Giroud to provide a focal point in attack as it allowed Atletico Madrid playmaker Antoine Griezmann to play in the central attacking space.

    Add to that the pace of teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who will also drop back to help in the middle on the right flank, Blaise Matuidi on the left, and France seem like a team without any apparent weaknesses.

    Full-backs Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard have done well to push forward and exploit spaces with the help of their wingers.

    To combat France, Croatia have a compact side known for hard work, stubbornness and adaptability. Croatia have had an impressive campaign at this World Cup. They topped an extremely difficult group that included perennial title contenders Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.

    They endured a gruelling route to the final and they were stretched to the limit during all three of their knockout round victories. Against Denmark and Russia, they prevailed via penalty shootouts, while in the semi-final against England, they started poorly conceding the first goal within five minutes before winning in extra-time.

    They will need every bit of that resillience against the talented French. Croatia have achieved a landmark of sorts, having become the country with the second lowest population to reach the final.

    In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia have arguably the best midfield in Russia and the presence of star strikers Mario Mandzukic and Ante Rebic add some added force upfront.

    Modric and Rakitic have also been protecting central defenders Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida, who stand in front of experienced AS Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

    Left-back Ivan Strinic and right-back Sime Vrsaljko are almost certain to start.

    Rebic, along with Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic may feature ahead of the midfield trio of Modric, Rakitic and Marcelo Brozovic.

    Croatia have an experienced squad and will go into the match with the belief of going the distance.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is on a visit to Bahrain co-chaired the second High Joint Commission meeting with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa. Issues of trade, investment and counter-terror cooperation were discussed at the joint commission meeting.

    Earlier on Saturday, the External affairs minister jointly inaugurated impressive Embassy of India Complex in Manama along with Foreign Minister of Bahrain Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmad bin Khalifa. The new embassy complex is equipped with State-of-the-art Facilities to cater the growing need of people of both countries.

    This is Sushma Swaraj's 3rd visit to Bahrain in her capacity as External Affairs Minister.


  • The 37-year-old former India skipper joined an elite list which features some of India's greatest batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

    Dhoni needed just 33 runs to achieve the milestone and he did it with a single in the 43rd over of the second ODI between India and England at the iconic Lord's Stadium. Dhoni is currently placed 12th in the list of all-time highest run-getters in ODIs.

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara is the only wicketkeeper-batsman to feature in the list with 14,234 runs to his name. He is the second highest run-getter in the ODIs, behind only the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

    Earlier in the day, Dhoni also became the fourth wicket-keeper to complete 300 ODI catches after Adam Gilchrist (417), Mark Boucher (403) and Kumar Sangakkara (402). 

  • Meunier, who missed the semi-final loss to France due to suspension, scored after just four minutes before Hazard grabbed a late second as Belgium eclipsed the side that came fourth at the 1986 edition.

    Belgium have now defeated England twice in a fortnight, having waited 82 years to beat them before winning 1-0 in their group stage encounter. Gareth Southgate's men were forced to settle for England's joint best performance at a World Cup abroad, matching that of the 1990 generation. He made five changes to the team beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the last four, as England fielded their youngest World Cup line-up in history -- with an average age of 25 years and 174 days.

    Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all came into the side, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez recalled Meunier and handed a start to Youri Tielemans. Paris Saint-Germain defender Meunier made a quick impression by firing Belgium in front following an attack started by Romelu Lukaku.

    The Manchester United forward released Nacer Chadli down the right into space behind the England defence, and his cross was turned home by Meunier who stepped in front of a static Rose. Jordan Pickford readjusted his body superbly to deny Kevin De Bruyne a second time, the Everton goalkeeper clawing away the ball after a sizeable deflection off Kieran Trippier.

    - Alderweireld's goal-saving clearance –

    Eden Hazard sought to exploit the spaces at every opportunity, the Belgium captain linked up intelligently with Tielemans on the edge of the area but was blocked off as he tried to pull the trigger. England slowly worked their way into the contest as Loftus-Cheek headed straight at Thibaut Courtois on 15 minutes.

    Harry Kane blew a terrific chance to add to his six goals in Russia, the favourite for the Golden Boot scuffing harmlessly wide after an inviting lay-off from Raheem Sterling. Toby Alderweireld, one of six Tottenham players on the pitch, then hooked just over after a mishit Tielemans shot dropped to the Belgium defender at a corner.

    Belgium lost Chadli to a hamstring injury before half-time, while Southgate introduced Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard at the break for Sterling and Rose. Their pace and directness gave England renewed vigour, with Lingard volleying across goal just out of the reach of a lunging Kane. They received a let-off when Lukaku failed to control a defence-splitting pass from De Bruyne, allowing Pickford to charge off his line to smother. And it looked as though Dier was going to draw England level when he lifted the ball over Courtois, only for Alderweireld to race back to clear off the line.

    With England pushing forward, Meunier nearly produced one of the goals of the tournament, his crisp volley from a Dries Mertens cross drawing an excellent one-handed stop from Pickford. There was nothing Pickford could do though as De Bruyne and Hazard combined to wrap up the victory on 82 minutes, the latter drilling low inside the near post for his third goal of the competition. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Bansagar Canal Project to the Nation in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. This project will provide a big boost to irrigation in the region, and will be greatly beneficial for the farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts of Uttar Pradesh. Bansagar Dam project is a joint venture of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The total canal network under it is 171 kms long. Canals will bring waters from Shahdol distrct in Madhya Pradesh for Adwa Barrage, Meza Dam and Jirgo reservoir. This project will benefit 1 lakh 70 thousand farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts.

    The Prime Minister also laid the Foundation Stone of the Mirzapur Medical College, besides inaugurating 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the State.

    He also dedicated a bridge over the River Ganga at Balughat, Chunar, which will facilitate connectivity between Mirzapur and Varanasi.  These gifts will transform the backward areas of Poorvanchal.


  • Devotees pull the three colourfully decorated chariots, which carry the three idols of the deities. Lakhs of devotees congregate in the pilgrim town to witness the nine-day chariot festival.

    The rath yatra of Lord Jagannath also began in Ahmedabad. Lakhs of devotees are attending the yatra. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani gave the green signal to the yatra by cleaning the way in front of the yatra through a golden broom, before pulling the chariot. Rupani was the first to worship the Lord Jagannath in the temple.

    Earlier, Bhartiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah offered morning prayers at the Lord Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, before the commencement of the Rath Yatra. Shah participated in the "mangla aarti" at the Jagannath Temple.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings on the auspicious occasion of the Rath Yatra. He tweeted saying, “With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, may our country scale new heights of growth. May every Indian be happy and prosperous.”

    I&B Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore extended his greetings to all the devotees for the auspicious RathYatra. In a tweet, he said, “May the blessings of Lord Jagannath be with us as we move towards building a better society and a progressive country.”

    The Jagannath Rath Yatra festival is also being celebrated with gaiety and religious fervor in neighboring Nepal. A number of programmes are being held to mark the occasion. In capital Kathmandu, ISKCON organised a Rath Yatra.

    The idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra were placed on a beautifully decorated chariot. The devotees offered special prayers after that chariot procession began. Hundreds of people participated in the Yatra. The devotees pulled the chariot of deities in various parts of the Kathmandu city.

  • The nominations were made by President Ram Nath Kovind on the advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

    "Ram Shakal is an eminent people's leader and public representative from Uttar Pradesh, who has devoted his life for the welfare and well-being farmers. He has also been a three-time member of the Lok Sabha, representing the Robertsganj constituency of Uttar Pradesh.

    Rakesh Sinha is the founder and honorary director of the Delhi-based think-tank India Policy Foundation. A professor at the Motilal Nehu College of the Delhi University, he is also a member of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

    Raghunath Mohapatra is an internationally renowned authority on stone carving. Practicing since 1959, he has trained over 2,000 students. Mohapatra has contributed to the preservation of traditional sculpture and ancient monuments and has worked on the beautification of the Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri. His famous works include a 6-feet-high statue of the Sun God carved in grey sandstone, in the Central Hall of Parliament; and the Wooden Buddha, Buddha Temple, Paris.

    Sonal Mansingh is among India's foremost exponents of Indian classical dance. She has been performing Bharatnatyam and Odissi for over six decades. She is also a well-known choreographer, teacher, orator and social activist. Mansingh founded the Centre for Indian Classical Dances in Delhi in 1977.

    Article 80(1)(a)of the Constitution provides that the president can nominate to the Rajya Sabha 12 persons having special knowledge, or practical experience in respect of literature, science, art and social service. There were eight nominated members in the Rajya Sabha and four vacancies, which were left, were today filled. 

  • Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will face Kevin Anderson, the first South African in the final in 97 years, for the title after a 5-hour 15-minute marathon.

    Victory on Sunday for the 31-year-old Serb would take his career Slam tally to 13, four behind Nadal but still seven back from Roger Federer. It was a second day of epic drama at the All England Club after Anderson had needed 6 hours and 36 minutes to beat John Isner on Friday. That set the record for the longest semi-final at the tournament and became the second longest Grand Slam singles match ever played. It also meant that Djokovic and Nadal had been unable to finish their 52nd career clash on Friday night.

    The Saturday drama delayed the start of the women's final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. "It's hard to pick the words. I'm just going through things, flashbacks to the last 15 months, everything I've been through to get here," said world number 21 Djokovic, the lowest ranked finalist in 15 years. "To win against the best player in the world, in one of the longest matches I ever played, I'm just overwhelmed. "It's very special. It really could have gone either way. It was clear very few things separated us."

    Djokovic finished with 23 aces and 73 winners and triumphed despite only converting four of 19 break points. "Until the last shot I didn't know if I would win. These are matches you live for and work for," he added.

    Former world number one Djokovic will take a 5-1 career lead over eight-seed Anderson into the final. The South African won his only match against the Serb in 2008 while Djokovic has beaten him twice at Wimbledon. "Hopefully we can first of all play!" an exhausted Djokovic said of his fellow marathon man.

    Anderson, who knocked out Federer in the quarter-finals, has been on court for 21 hours at the tournament. "He had a day off which means a lot. I wish I could have one, but it is what it is," Djokovic said. "I'm in the final of Wimbledon. That's an incredible achievement." Djokovic had been in control on Friday, leading two sets to one when the match was halted due the 11pm (2200GMT) curfew.

    Play in their 52nd career meeting resumed under the roof on Saturday despite bright blue skies and temperatures pushing 30 degrees. Djokovic, the 12th seed, could not convert two break points in a 15-minute opening game of the fourth set.

    In front of the watching Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Nadal made him pay. The sweat-soaked two-time champion held, broke and held again for 3-0. However, back roared Djokovic with a break and was soon back on level terms at 3-3. In a roller-coaster of a set, Nadal broke for 5-3 causing Djokovic to angrily smash his racquet into his feet four times.

    He was even angrier minutes later when he squandered three more break points to allow Nadal to level the semi-final with an ace. Djokovic wasted another three break points in the eighth game of the decider.

    Nadal then squandered three break points in the 15th game before saving a match point in the 16th with a pitch-perfect drop shot. However, the pressure of serving second was relentless and Djokovic wrapped up victory in the 18th game when Nadal speared a forehand wide.

  • Kerber played cleanly as can be, covering the court so well and picking her spots for big shots, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Williams in today's final. It is the 30-year-old Kerber's third Grand Slam title. She also beat Williams in the Australian Open final in 2016, then won that year's U.S. Open.

    Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion and her 23 major trophies rank second all-time to Margaret Court. This final came just 10 months after the 36-year-old American gave birth to a daughter and dealt with a serious health scare. She was playing in the fourth tournament of her comeback. 

  • Speaking at the inauguration of the complex in the capital Manama, Swaraj said India and Bahrain share a "glorious past and a dynamic present". "The new Embassy complex is the embodiment of historical civilisational connects between the two countries and the culmination of the aspirations of growing Indian expatriate community in the Kingdom of Bahrain," Swaraj was quoted as saying in an official statement.

    She said the new complex was a "testimony of close cooperation between India and Bahrain". Swaraj said the new developments that had taken place in the economic field between the two countries will take bilateral economic relations to "greater heights".

    "This multipurpose hall where we all are sitting is designed to further strengthen the already existing strong cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts between the two countries," the Ministry of External Affairs statement said.

    Swaraj, who is visiting Bahrain for the third time, will co-chair the second joint commission meeting with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. The first meeting of the High Joint Commission (HJC) was held in New Delhi in February, 2015.

    Swaraj was accorded a warm welcome and was received at Manama airport by Khalifa. Issues of trade, investment and counter-terror cooperation are likely to be discussed at the joint commission meeting. India is Bahrain's fifth largest trading partner. Terrorism and counter-terror cooperation are also key areas of strategic cooperation between the two countries. The Indian community of about 3,50,000-4,00,000 people forms nearly one-fourth of Bahrain's population. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the 340 km-long Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh. This road will connect several towns of eastern UP, including Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur – with the State Capital – Lucknow.

    Once this Expressway is complete, Delhi will be connected via the Expressway, to several major towns and cities of the State of Uttar Pradesh, from Noida in the west, to Ghazipur in the east. Prime Minister said that this expressway will transform Purvanchal and will boost tourism and employment opportunities. 

    Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister hit out at the Samajwadi party, BSP and the Congress for indulging in politics of convenience. Using the example of the Triple Talaq Bill, Prime Minister MOdi exposed the double face of the Congress Party.

    People of the region welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development push.

    The gathering was also addressed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Chief MInister said that Expressway is part of long list of development projects launched by PM Modi for the welfare of people in Uttar Pradesh. 

    Yogi also hit at out Samajwadi party and Congress for promoting dynastic politics in the name of Samajwad. He also said that development or 'Vikas' should not be linked with any political party, but development is only aimed at bringing a positive change in people's lives.

    No part of the country remains untouched by the wave of transformation under the Modi government and on Saturday it was the turn of Purvanchal to benefit from his Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Mantra.

  • The second seeded Indian continued her unbeaten run in the Thai capital with a 23-21 16-21 21-9 win over Tunjung in a match that lasted an hour.

    In what is expected to be a high-voltage summit showdown on Sunday, Sindhu will lock horns with Nozomi Okuhara in a rematch of the last World Championship, in which the Japanese prevailed.

    The world no 3 Indian pipped Tunjung to win the first game that went down to the wire, separated by just two points.

    In the second game, Sindhu played with much more variation and mixed things up to unsettle her opponent. She took a 9-5 lead on the back of some incredible net-play but squandered it as Tunjung reeled off four points to lead 11-9 at the lemon break.

    After trailing 10-16, Sindhu earned three consecutive points but it went in vain as she lost the game, thanks to a few errors.

    In the third, Sindhu displayed her class to outplay her opponent. She dominated proceedings from the start, rushing to a sizeable 5-1 lead. The Indian then ensured that Tunjung was unable to get back into the game, sealing it comfortably with a 21-9 drubbing.

    In the quarter-finals, Sindhu had eased past her Malaysian rival Soniia Cheah. Okuhara beat Beiwen Zhang 21-17 21-10 in her semifinal match.

  • The only man to have won world titles in eight weight divisions in a glittering 23-year career, the 39-year-old Pacquiao tipped the scales at 146 pounds. The heavily tattooed Argentine world champion Matthysse played up his one-inch height advantage by looking down on Pacquiao as the two came face-to-face for the last time before Sunday's 12-round showdown in Kuala Lumpur. Matthysse came in the heavier man, only just under the limit at 146.7 pounds, as the official weigh-in was held in mildly chaotic scenes at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre. Hundreds of mainly Filipino fans tried to push forward towards the stage to get a glimpse of the two fighters and especially their hero Pacquiao.

    As the fighters left following the obligatory toe-to-toe poses and a quick handshake, fans rushed in to take selfies, prompting calls to clear the stage as organisers feared it could collapse before order was restored. Pacquiao is challenging "The Machine" Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt on Sunday, knowing defeat could lower the curtain on one of the greatest careers in boxing history. Pacquiao faced calls to retire from friends, family and even his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach when he lost the WBO belt to journeyman Australian Jeff Horn a year ago. A second successive defeat, this time against the dangerous Argentine at Kuala Lumpur's Axiata Arena, could see the veteran "National Fist" hang up his gloves for good.

    But victory for Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) would see him become a five-time welterweight world champion and extend his legendary status and his life in the ring beyond his 40th birthday in December. Pacquiao is going for his 60th victory since turning pro in 1995, but despite winning 38 of his first 47 fights by knockout, he has not stopped an opponent in nine years. Knock-out specialist Matthysse has finished 36 of his 39 wins inside the distance and took the vacant WBA belt after an eighth-round stoppage of Thailand's Teerachai Sithmorseng in January. The undercard features three other world title fights, and all the protagonists weighed in under their respective limits.

    The interim World Boxing Association featherweight belt is on the line when Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 16 KOs) fights unbeaten and highly rated Filipino prospect Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs). Vastly experienced South African Moruti "Baby Face" Mthalane (35-2, 24 KOs) defends his International Boxing Federation flyweight title against the unbeaten Pakistani Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6 KOs). Carlos Canizares of Venezuela (20-0-1, 16 KOs) puts his WBA light flyweight title and unbeaten record on the line against Chinese rookie Lu Bin (1-0, 1 KO), who could become the first boxer in history to win a world title in his second professional fight.

  • A woman from Guatemala held her 5-year-old son in her arms on Friday, more than two months after they were separated. He and his 15-year-old brother have been staying with a New York foster family. "I want to thank everyone who made this possible, because for me it seemed impossible at one point," said Rosayra Pablo-Cruz, speaking in Spanish.

    "When it's in God's plans, everything is possible." They left the Cayuga Center in East Harlem, which has a federal contract to place unaccompanied immigrant children in short-term foster care. Yeni Gonzalez, another Guatemalan mother, was given custody of her three sons, ages 6, 9 and 11. "I feel very happy," she said. She thanked elected officials, her attorney, and volunteers who paid her bond through crowdfunding and drove her from the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona to New York. She had a message for mothers still in detention near the Mexican border:

    "Fight because with the help of all these people you will succeed, and the help of God." Julie Schwietert Collazo was one of the people. She organised the caravan that brought Gonzalez to New York after her volunteer group paid USD 7,500 bond so Gonzalez could be released from detention. They raised a total of nearly USD 200,000 and so far have bonded six women out of the Arizona facility, with three more expected to be released. Asked whether she had anything to say to Republican President Donald Trump, Gonzalez shook her head, no. Yesterday, a Honduran mother also left Cayuga quietly with her two children  one carrying a big stuffed bear and smiling. 

  • Militants targeted a gathering of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani in Mastung area in the troubled Balochistan province. "Raisani succumbed to wounds while he was being shifted to Quetta," District Police Officer Mohammad Ayub Achakzai said. Raisani is the brother of former Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani. The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack that left 128 people dead, police officials said. The outfit announced the claim through its Aamaq news agency without providing further details.

    At least 128 people, including Raisani, were killed in the deadly blast, police officials said. Local media confirmed the death toll, quoting Balochistan's Home Minister Agha Umar Bangalzai. "We have more than 200 people injured and under treatment at different hospitals in Quetta and condition of some of the wounded is critical," he said. "Initially the death toll was not high but many critically injured persons including Siraj Raisani passed away in hospitals," Balochistan's caretaker health minister Faiz Kakar said.

    Friday's attack is the deadliest terror strike in Pakistan since the brazen terror assault on an Army school in Peshawar in December 2014 in which avout 150 people, mostly students, were killed. Officials of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) confirmed that it was a suicide blast. They said that around 16-20 kilogram of explosives were used in the attack. Following the incident, an emergency was declared in Quetta hospitals, with additional medical staff summoned. The attack came hours after a bomb hit a rally of Akram Khan Durrani of Mutahida Majlis Amal (MMA), an alliance of religious party, including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami, in Bannu area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

    Five persons were killed and over 37 other injured, police said. Durrani was unhurt in the attack. He later visited the injured in a hospital in Bannu and said that his vehicle was damaged in the attack. Durrani, who is contesting in July 25 elections against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan, announced that he will continue campaign despite threats. The twin attacks came as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam returned to the country to face arrest in a corruption case.

    The law and order had suddenly deteriorated ahead of elections despite claims by the government and security forces that terrorism has been wiped out of the country. President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk also condemned the attack in separate statements. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed Awami National Party (ANP) leader and candidate in the general elections, Haroon Bilour and 19 others after striking at a corner election meeting in Peshawar city. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the ANP rally. On July 7, seven people were injured when a convoy of a Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal came under attack in Bannu.

  • After being kept on the run for six hours and 36 minutes, the longest ever singles semi-final at the All England Club, how he was still standing was anyone's guess.

    Playing Isner who is enshrined in Wimbledon folklore for winning the "endless match" - an 11 hour five minute humdinger against Nicolas Mahut in 2010 - Anderson needed five nerve-shredding sets to topple the American and become the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final for 97 years.

    A showdown between two tennis skyscrapers - with Isner topping the 6 foot 8 Anderson by two inches - predictably featured three tiebreaks and 102 thunderbolt aces but it was the 32-year-old South African who delivered the knockout blow.

    After watching Isner strike a weary forehand wide, Anderson advanced to the Wimbledon final at the 10th time of asking.

    The eighth seed will face either twice champion Rafael Nadal or three-times winner Novak Djokovic in Sunday's (July 15) final.

    Brian Norton was the last South African man to reach the final in 1921.

  • The rhinos, who are part of a critically endangered species, died at Tsavo East National Park, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

    An initial investigation by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) showed the rhinos died of salt poisoning after drinking water at their new habitat, the statement said, adding that transports of rhinos are being stopped.

    The rhinos were among 14 KWS began moving last month from the capital Nairobi to Tsavo East.

    Kenya had a rhino population of 1,258 in 2017 of which 745 are black rhinos, 510 are southern white rhinos and three were northern white rhinos, having grown from less than 400 rhinos in the 1980s. The white rhino is a near threatened species.

  • With the clock slipping past 11pm - the official curfew for action at the All England Club - Djokovic survived two set points in a gripping tiebreak to edge ahead.

    Battle will resume on Saturday with the Serb leading 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) and needing one more set to book a Sunday showdown with South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.

    Anderson earlier won the longest-ever Wimbledon semi-final in a test of endurance with American John Isner that finished 26-24 in the fifth set after six hours and 36 minutes.