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  • The Archaeological Survey of India, an organisation under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in an order issued today, decided to allow photography within the premises of all centrally protected monuments/sites (except 3). However, the 3 monuments/sites in which the photography would not be permitted are Ajanta Caves and LehPalace having paintings, and Mausoleum of Taj Mahal, Agra.

  • The Vice President of India and the President of ICWA, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has appointed Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan (IFS: 1982) as the Director General, ex officio Member-Secretary of the Council, ICWA. The decision was taken in the meetings of the Governing Body and Governing Council of the Indian Council of World Affairs held, here today.

  • A group of 22 school children from Leh  region of Jammu & Kashmir called on the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju, here today. The students in the age group of 14-17 years are on a Bharat Darshan Tour  from 10th  to 22 July 2018.

  • The Union Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal distributed awards to winning stations of Station Beautification competition in Rail Bhawan today. This innovative competition was organized among Zonal Railways in December 2017.

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  • The 164th Central Public Works Department Day celebrations were held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today. The Vice President of India, Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu while addressing the event said that transparency and accountability must become guiding principles for organizations that are working for larger public good.

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) received an information from four chess players who were subjected to disciplinary action by All India Chess Federation (AICF) for participation in a chess event not authorised by it. The case concerned several stipulations of AICF on chess players, organisation of chess tournaments, discretionary nomination of players, etc.

     

    After a detailed investigation by the Director General, CCI conducted further inquiry in the matter and found AICF to enjoy dominant position in the markets for organization of professional chess tournaments/ events in India and services of chess players in India.

  • The First Meeting of Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on coordination between MGNREGA and Agriculture was held at NITI Aayog today. The Convener of the Sub-Group Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh participated in the meeting in person.

  • The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated ‘Dharohar Bhawan’ - the new Headquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), - at 24, Tilak Marg in New Delhi today. The  Minister of State for Culture(I/c) Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Secretary Culture, Shri Raghavendra Singh and Director General of ASI, Smt Usha Sharma and senior officers of  M/o Culture and ASI were present on the occasion.

  • Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production And Use-Based Index for the Month of May, 2018 (Base 2011-12=100)

  •  The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has revised the Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2010=100 to 2012=100 with effect from the release of indices for the month of January 2015.

  • Text of PM’s speech during his interaction with the members of Self Help Groups across the country through video bridge

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked the children to be disciplined and stressed on the need to practice the right values of helping others. He was interacting with students represented India at “The International Movement of Children & Their Friends” at the Brave Kids International Festival held in Ukraine and Poland under the patronage of UNESCO, here today.

  • National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) intends to select a Technology Partner (TP) through open tender process, to provide technical and infrastructural support to NACIN in conducting Computer Based Examinations.

  • National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) has been authorized to conduct an examination for confirmation of enrollment of Goods and Service Tax Practitioners (GSTP) in terms of sub-rule (3) of rule 83 of the Central Goods and Service Tax Rules, 2017, vide Notification No. 24/2018-Central Tax dated 28.5.

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and SBI on the Defence Salary Package on 12 July 2018. The signing-in ceremony was chaired by the Director General (MP&PS), Lt Gen SK Saini and was attended by top officials of SBI headed by Shri Ranjan Kumar Mishra, CGM (PB), Corporate Centre, State Bank Bhawan, Mumbai.

  • Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will inaugurate five port projects worth Rs 1062 Crores in Vishakhapatnam tomorrow.

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had interaction with Field and State Level Officers implementing Border Area Development Programme (BADP), here today. During the interaction, relevant issues regarding implementation of BADP and to make it more effective were discussed in detail.

  • Some newspapers have reported today that the use of Aadhaar Card will be a “must” to avail benefits under the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission.

    This is factually incorrect.

    Notification of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission being issued by MoHFW under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act, merely enables the implementation agencies to ask for the beneficiary Aadhaar Card to authenticate their identity.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today interacted with the members of Self Help Groups from across the country and beneficiaries of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana, through video bridge. The interaction covered over one crore women representing various Self Help Groups.



  • 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.


  • 18-year-old Hima Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46 seconds to win the gold. Das, from Dhing village in Assam's Nagaon district, now She joins the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.

    President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Hima Das. In a tweet, he said: Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is India's first ever track gold in a World Championship. A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons!

    Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore in a tweet said that Hima Das creates history by winning Gold medal in 400 metre of World U20 Championships. She is 1st Indian athlete to  win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. You have made  proud. #NariShakti

    Running in lane number 4, Das was behind Romania's Andrea Miklos at the final bend but produced a stunning burst during the final stretch to cross the finishing line well ahead of the field. She produced her trademark burst at the final 50m. Miklos took the silver in 52.07 while Taylor Manson of USA was third in 52.28.

    "I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support," she said after the race.

  • Lead scientist Edelmiro Santiago Osorio said that the raw extract of this fruit is as effective as Cytarabine, a medication used to treat some types of cancer, Efe quoted a statement released on Wednesday as saying.

    The researcher said that Cytarabine works by interfering in the synthesis of DNA, limiting the growth of malignant cells.

    According to Santiago Osorio, the raw extract of the hybrid created in his laboratory is 1,000 times as strong as that of regular chayote fruits, which is why he is seeking to launch a business that would put the active substance of this super-chayote on the market.

    "One would have to eat many kilos of regular chayote to have the same effect as the hybrid. In any case, it is very healthy to eat this Cucurbitaceae. In fact, many hospitals have included chayote fruits on their menus," he said.

    This line of research, according to the statement, was conceived in 2005 as part of efforts by agronomists to discover the possible medicinal benefits of chayote fruits.

    According to figures from the World Health Organization, cancer is the second cause of death in the world, killing nearly 9 million people a year.

    In Mexico, where cancer is the third cause of death, 195,925 new cases were reported in 2013, killing 84,172 people in that same year.

  • The futuristic 007 Elements museum is on the summit of Gaislachkogl Mountain at an elevation of 3,048 metres (nearly 10,000 feet), media reported.

    The museum shares the mountain's summit with the ice Q gourmet restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the Austrian Alps and appeared in the film as the workplace of psychologist Dr Madeleine Swann, one of the Bond girls featured in "Spectre".

    The Bond museum has a cinematographical ambience and the building, created to house the exhibition, looks like a villain's hideout, Neal Callow, who designed the museum and served as artistic director for the 007 films "Casino Royale", "Quantum of Solace", "Skyfall" and "Spectre".

    The high-tech steel and glass building, which sprawls over 1,300 sq. metres can only be reached via a mountain gondola from the Solden ski area. Admission to the museum costs $25.80 for adults and includes transportation on the ski lift.

    The museum's nine galleries immerse visitors in the world of Agent 007, using lights, shadows, clips from the Bond films and interactive displays.

    In May, it was confirmed that British actor Daniel Craig would be back to play Agent 007 in "Bond 25" the still-untitled next instalment of the franchise based on Ian Fleming's characters.

    Craig, who will be starring in his fifth Bond film, ended months of speculation in 2017 over who would star in the next in the series, confirming that he was returning as Agent 007.

    "Spectre" grossed $880 million at theatres around the world, Box Office Mojo reported.

    EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, which own the film rights to the 007 stories, said in a statement in 2017 that the next Bond movie would be released on November 8, 2019, in the US.

    The Bond franchise dates back to "Dr. No" (1962), which starred Sean Connery as the iconic secret agent.

  • The guidance issued on Wednesday also applies to refugee applicants -- immigrants seeking similar protections in the US who are still abroad, media reported.

    Under the new guidance given to the officers who interview asylum seekers at the US' borders and evaluate refugee applications, claims based on fear of gang and domestic violence will be immediately rejected.

    In addition, the guidance tells officers they should consider whether an immigrant crossed the border illegally and weigh that against their claim, potentially rejecting even legitimate fears of persecution if the immigrant crossed illegally.

    It says officers "may find an applicant's illegal entry, including any intentional evasion of US authorities, and including any conviction for illegal entry where the alien does not demonstrate good cause for the illegal entry, to weigh against a favourable exercise of discretion" for asylum.

    The guidance does note some illegal crossings may be warranted, including to "escape imminent harm", but adds that officers "should consider whether the applicant demonstrated ulterior motives for the illegal entry that are inconsistent with a valid asylum claim that the applicant wished to present".

    The changes being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security come on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision last month that gang and domestic violence victims no longer qualify for asylum.

    Asylum protects migrants already in the US who fear persecution in their home country.

    Sessions last month overturned an immigration appellate court's decision to the contrary, reversing course after years of allowing such victims to stay. His decision is now binding for all the immigration judges in the country.

    Most immigrants at the borderare Central Americans, coming from countries that are hotbeds of gang violence.

    Last month, more than 40,000 immigrants either tried to cross the border illegally or get through a legal crossing without paperwork, many of whom may have been seeking asylum.

  • At 9.01 am today,  on sacred Guruvaar day, our Beloved Revered Dada J.P. Vaswani passes on, from the seen to the unseen. Ever-loving, ever-giving, may he continue to bless us from the beyond," Sadhu Vaswani Mission said on Twitter.

    Dada J.P. Vaswani was on born 2 August 1918.

    has spoken at numerous venues including the British House of Commons in London, the Global Forum of Spiritual Leaders in Oxford, the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, and the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in New York.

    Vaswani initiated The Moment of Calm; a global peace initiative. World over, people observe two minutes of silence on 2 August (his birthday) and choose to forgive one and all.

     

  • The ASI's new headquarters at Tilak Marg has been equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting. 

    It will include a central archaeological library with a collection of about 1.5 lakh books and journals.

  • The number of affected population has also come down to nearly 19,000.

    Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday visited the flood affected areas of Biswanath and Lakhimpur districts to take stock of the situation unleashed by fresh bout of floods in the districts.
     

  • BJP president Amit Shah, who was on one day visit to Jharkhand to tone up the party organisation ahead of next year's Lok Sabha election, said the Congress merely talked of "garibi hatao" or remove poverty during its 60-year rule, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi took various initiatives to transform the lives of tribal and poor people.

    Addressing a function of intellectuals of "Janjatiya Samaj" (tribal society), Amit Shah said the Congress kept the tribal and poor populations underdeveloped, but the Narendra Modi government gave them priority in development leading to their all-round progress in just four years.

    BJP President will be reaching Bihar on a day-long visit today. Shah would take three hectic review meetings with party officials of different wings at Patna.

  • CBI on Wednesday charge sheeted Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for the alleged rape of a minor girl in Unnao at his residence on the 4th of June last year.

    In the charge sheet filed in a special CBI court in Lucknow, the agency charged Sengar and his associate Sashi Singh with rape, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, criminal intimidation.

    The CBI was handed over the case by the state government nearly 10 months after the crime after a self-immolation bid by the victim.

     

  • The interaction provided an opportunity to the Prime Minister to get to know, directly from the Self Help Groups members, about the various activities being undertaken by them under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission and how it has impacted their lives.

    PM Modi said that women empowerment means providing opportunities to women after realising and identifying their inherent talent. 

    Prime Minister also said that such help groups are financially empowering the women. 

    Beneficiaries included Self Help Groups working on Anti-alcohol movement from Bihar, Brick making unit from Chhattisgarh.

    Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission has emerged as the largest institutional platform for women's empowerment.

    The Mission has now initiated implementation in 4884 blocks spread across 600 districts. More than 5 crore women have been mobilized into 45 lakh Self Help Groups.
     

  • Defending champion Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final.

    Top seed Federer, who was aiming for a record-equalling ninth singles title, missed a match point in the third set. It proved pivotal as the South African recovered to win 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes.

    Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2011 with a five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Centre Court. The two-time champion won 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4.

    Nadal was forced to come back from a set down before breaking in a thrilling fifth set to win in almost five hours. The Spanish second seed will play 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

  • It said, follower counts should be meaningful and accurate and it is removing locked accounts from follower counts.

    What are locked accounts?

    When there are sudden changes in behavior, Twitter locks accounts. It then reaches out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, it keeps them locked with no ability to log in.

    The micro-blogging site said this is being done as part of its ongoing and global effort to build trust. "Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate. Over the years, we’ve locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior. This week, we’ll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down," Twitter said. 

    It further added, "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation. Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts."

     

  • Central Bureau of Investigation Special Judge Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal announced the sentence on Rathore, 63, who was on July 7 convicted under Section 3(1)(c) of the Official Secrets Act for possessing secret defence documents.

    A case was registered in March 2006 over the leak of about 7,000 pages of defence information of a sensitive nature from the Naval War Room and the Indian Air Force headquarters, on a reference from the Defence Ministry after separate inquiries by both the service.

     

  • ANP candidate Haroom Bilour, who was due to contest the July 25 general election, was targeted for his party's "anti-Islam policies", said Pakistani Taliban (TPP) spokesman Mohammad Khurasani in a statement following the Tuesday night attack.

    The ANP is a secular and leftist party that represents the Pashtuns, who form a large part of the population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where it is part of the opposition after being in power from 2008 to 2013.

    Bilour's father, former provincial minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour, was also killed in a suicide attack by the terror group in 2012.

    Khurasani said that the "successful bombing (in Peshawar) was the beginning of revenge" and that the left-wing ANP organisation "will remain on the target list until they repent and return to the folds of Islam". 

    Bilour was standing from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency. The poll body postponed the election for the constituency due to the tragedy, Dawn online reported.

    "When this secular party was in power it martyred so many Muslims and imprisoned so many others. We have announced a war against them," he said.

    The Taliban spokesman urged people to stay away from ANP members, their offices and meetings and that anyone who ignored the militant group's message, "will be responsible for your own losses".

    Another 63 people were injured in the bombing, said Zulfikar Ali, the spokesman for Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital. The explosion occurred moments after Bilour arrived at the venue, near the stage, to address supporters at the meeting as welcoming party members and admirers engaged in a display of fireworks, which the bomber made use of as his cover.

    Nearly eight kilos of explosives were used in the blast, said a police official.

    It is the first attack with fatalities in the campaign for this month's polls in which some 105 million people are eligible to vote.

    Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retired) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan condemned the attack and termed it a "weakness of security institutions".

    The attack was a conspiracy against the transparent elections, the official said, noting that the provincial governments were ordered to provide fool-proof security to all candidates.

    ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the government had failed to provide security to the party. "Perhaps someone wishes to sabotage the elections... wants to push ANP out of the electoral race," he said.

     

     

  • ----The new BSNL service will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app..

    ----Customers will have to download the 'Wings App' and configure it witht the Landline number

    ----Subsequently, User name and password will have to be generated

    ---- Internet telephony service will require mobile data or wifi services

    --- The service will allow calls from mobile phone to any number, domestic or international

    ---Internet telephony service can also be used to send SMS..

    ---'Wings' will allow customers to make unlimited video or audio calls by paying annual fee of Rs 1,099

    Telecom regulator TRAI had given its nod to the internet telephony service a month ago.

    'Wings' service is set to give more impetus to Digital India and is being termed a gamechanger in the telecom sector.

     

  • India, which has been growing at a rapid pace, has surpassed France to become the sixth largest economy in the world.

    According to World Bank figures for 2017, the report said: "India's gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France".

    According to the report, manufacturing and consumer spending were the main drivers of the Indian economy.

    "India has doubled its GDP within a decade and is expected to power ahead as a key economic engine in Asia, even as China slows down," said the report.

    According to the International Monetary Fund, India is projected to generate growth of 7.4 per cent this year and 7.8 per cent in 2019, boosted by household spending and a tax reform. This compares to the world's expected average growth of 3.9 per cent.
     

  • Ajay Das of Malda district in West Bengal had a passion for music. However, he could not become a musician for various reasons but never abandoned the idea. It was only after retirement that he got an opportunity to explore it. He set up a small shop of repairing musical instruments at Sadarghat area in Malda, which happened to be his family trade as well. But running the shop wasn't easy given the financial constraints. Thankfully PM Mudra Yojana was there. He says, I was unable to run the shop well. I heard about Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. I went to the bank and got a loan of little less than five lakh. My wife became the owner. This made a turnaround of my business. Now I have employed people also. I wish that my son will now have a good future in this business. Mudra Yojana changed the status of my family.

    Ajay Das's wife Parul Das was a housewife until the day she decided to take on the challenges head on. As she was aware of the tricks the trade, bank loan was granted in her name. She said, after we got a Bank loan under PM Mudra Yojana, our lives transformed. Our business expanded. Now we have two shops. I am willing to repay the loan and get another one to expand my business further.

    Launched in April 2015, the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana aims at providing formal access to finances to Non Corporate Small Business Sector. The scheme has been very successful in promoting and ensuring bank finances to the unfunded segment of the economy.

     

     

  • Croatia, featuring in a World Cup semi-final only for the second time after a gap of 20 years, needed a goal from Mandzukic in the 109th minute from close range after left winger Ivan Perisic (68th minute) cancelled out Kieran Trippier's goal for England in the fifth minute from a free-kick.

    England, bidding to enter the final for the first time since their World Cup-winning campaign in 1966, couldn't cope up with a stirring comeback from an experienced Croatian side which conceded just inside five minutes

    England expectedly fielded an unchanged lineup from the one which beat Colombia on penalties and defeated Sweden. England exerted early pressure as Luka Modric brought down Dele Alli on the edge of Croatia's penalty area, resulting in a free-kick. Full-back Trippier bent home a 20-yard free-kick to the top right corner of Danijel Subasic's goal.

    It was a very quick blow for Croatia, who had brought in Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic to sit in front of the back four, with Hoffenheim attacker Andrej Kramaric relegated to the bench to counter England's fast and direct attacking football.

    England continued to press high and threaten Croatian defence with set-pice situations and after conceding the early goal meant that Croatia were desperate for the equaliser. It allowed the match to be much more free-flowing than expected.

    England had a nice chance in the 15th minute when Trippier floated the ball into the box and Harry Maguire rose high to head at goal but his effort narrowly past the post. 15th minute.

    Croatia shrugged off the early goal shock and they looked like they were beginning to match England's attacking mode. Perisic's right-footed drive narrowly missed the target despite a deflection off Kyle Walker.

    Inter Milan player Perisic got another chance and Juventus forward Mandzukic tested English defence with a header off a cross from the right-back Sime Vrsaljko, who had recovered in time from a knee injury to start the match.

    But England again threatened Croatia and could have extended their advantage as Kane, being teed off in the inside left area by Jesse Lingard, moved into the box on the left and forced a save from Subasic. The Tottenham star attacker grabbed the rebound from a tight angle but his shot came off the post in the 29th minute.

    Couple of minutes Later, Croatia applied pressure down the right flank as Ante Rebic sent a dangerous delivery into the box which was blocked by Stones but he sent it back to the Croatian right winger. Rebic tested England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for the first time in the match for Croatia.

    With England 1-0 ahead at the half-time, Croatia looked further desperate after the break. They raised the tempo of their game and couple of incursions inside the English box which were discarded.

    Both the teams lacked the patience, as Croatia gain ascendancy against an England team which failed to control their game and instead played with the way their opponent wanted. England surrendered the ball at crucial positions and it boosted Croatia's confidence.

    Croatia got their deserved equaliser in the 68th minute when right-back Vrsaljko curled in a cross towards the far post where Walker bent his head to clear it away but Perisic employed a high-kick right-footed flick into the left corner of Pickford's net.

    Croatia enjoyed the momentum and Perisic nearly gave them the lead three minutes later when he grabbed a mispass from John Stones and ran inside the box before employing a left-footed drive which beat Pickford but couldn't avoid the right post.

    Then Mario Mandzukic was to be blamed for not firing a straight shot at Pickford from close range after Brozovic's dinked through pass set him inside the box in the 83rd minute.

    England created couple of set-piece opportunities towards late but Croatian defence dealt with them strongly as the match went to extra-time.

    The first chance in the extra-time fell to England when Stones headed a corner from Tripper from the right but Vrsaljko made a goal-line clearance with a header guarding the right post in the 98th minute.

    Croatia turned the heat on the English team lacking composure. Four minutes into the second half of extra-time, England failed to clear a high ball down the left and Perisic beat Trippier to a header to the left of the box. The ball fell behind the English defence line and Mandzukic met the dropping ball before flicking a low left-footed shot across Pickford and into the bottom right corner to give Croatia the crucial lead.

    Later, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic replaced Mandzukic and Modric to bring in fresh legs to deal with the English response. Enagland failed to come up with a worthy response as Croatia hung on to the slender lead to book their spot for Sunday's final against France, who got past Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

     

  • Many houses in the hill areas were washed away by the landslides.

    The tragedy occured in the wee hour while sleeping when their dwelling houses swept downward and filled inside the debris due to the heavy rainfall. 

    Rescue and relief works are now being carry out by the local volunteers, police, security personnels and other agencies. 

    Union Minister of State in charge of DONER, Jitendra Singh, tweeted: "Saddened to learn, 9 precious lives lost due to landslide at 3 places in Tamenglong, Manipur."

     

  • People of Mumbai and its neighbouring areas have heaved a sigh of relief as rainfall has stopped after four days.

    Life is slowly coming on its track as road transport, Rail and Air services have resumed.

    However, Mumbai's meteorological department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall for the entire Konkan region including Mumbai in the next 24 hours, adding that heavy rains are likely to continue till the 14th of this month.

    Meanwhile, At least seven people died and two others injured due to landslide at different locations due to heavy rainfall. The state has been put on alert, schools have been closed down as rivers swell and bridges washed away due to heavy rains. MET department predicted heavy to very heavy at isolated places in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

    In Manipur, At least nine people have been killed while two are missing due to massive landslides at three places in Tamenglong district.

    Many houses in the hill areas were washed away by the landslides.

    The tragedy occured in the wee hour while sleeping when their dwelling houses swept downward and filled inside the debris due to the heavy rainfall.

    Rescue and relief works are now being carried out by the local volunteers, Police, security personals and other agencies.

    The Union Minister of State in charge of DONER, Jitendra Singh tweeted saying: Saddened to learn, 9 precious lives lost due to landslide at 3 places in Tamenglong, Manipur. He further Appreciated CM N Biren Singh taking personal interest in Rescue operations.
     

  • Bright pink pigments which are 1.1 billion-year-old have been extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa by a team of scientists from The Australian National University (ANU).

    Dr Nur Gueneli from the Australian National University said that the pigments taken from marine black shales of the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, were more than half a billion years older than the previous pigment discoveries.

    He added, "The bright pink pigments are the molecular fossils of chlorophyll that were produced by ancient photosynthetic organisms inhabiting an ancient ocean that has long since vanished."

    The fossils range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form, and bright pink when diluted.

    The researchers crushed the billion-year-old rocks to powder, before extracting and analysing molecules of ancient organisms from them.

    Senior lead researcher Associate Professor Jochen Brocks from The Australian National University said that the emergence of large, active organisms was likely to have been restrained by a limited supply of larger food particles, such as algae.

    The research is published in the journal- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • The typhoon brought gales that created waves over 10 meters high in Sansha Town in Xiapu County, about 130 kilometers away from Lianjiang County, on its way to reaching land.

    The foundation of a coastal highway under construction was destroyed.

    Maria, which weakened from a super typhoon to a strong typhoon at 17:00 Tuesday, moved northwestward at a speed of about 30 kilometers per hour before making landfall.

  • The last members of the group of 13 from the "Wild Boars" soccer team were brought out of the flooded cave on Tuesday (July 10) night and taken by helicopter and then by road to a hospital about 70 km (45 miles) from the Tham Luang cave.

    People outside the hospital wished a speedy recovery for the boys, who are in quarantine and will remain in hospital for seven days. Young school children in Chiang Rai also voiced their appreciation for the hundreds of rescuers and divers who helped get the boys out.

    Inspector of Thailand's Health Department, Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong informed about the ehalth of the boys: "When most of the boys were admitted in the beginning, they had high white blood cell count because of infections. So we gave them antibiotics. We are planning to scale back on the preventive medication, but we are still giving medicine to those who have lung infections for the next seven days. This is the period of time when we will need to take care of them. Their mental health is very good, maybe because they stayed together. Also, we need to admire the coach who took care of them well."

    The equipment used for the rescue can still be seen in and around the cave.

    Thai officials are expected to release a detailed breakdown of the escape route and rescue mission to the public eventually.

  • Nearly 50 others were injured in the blast that took place around midnight at an election gathering in
    Peshawar.

    This is the second terrorist attack on an election rally in Pakistan ahead of the July 25 general election.

    Earlier this month, seven people including a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, a gathering of religious parties were injured in an explosion during an election.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

  • Reminding MPs of their "moral responsibility", she urged them to ensure smooth functioning of the House and said "time has come for us to introspect
    and decide what is the way forward and ideal image for our Parliament and democracy."

    In her letter she wrote:

    "We all know that the tenure of 16th Lok Sabha has entered into its final year and now only 3 sessions are left. Time is limited but there are several items of work still unfinished. We all know time will be available mainly during the Monsoon and Winter Sessions in Lok Sabha for discussion and transacting Legislative business. Besides, all the Members wish to raise the matters relating to the developmental and other works of their constituency in the House so that they are in a position to share the details of their participation in the business of the House with their constituents. On the basis of my
    experience, I can say that people observe the performance of their representatives very keenly and media also presents to the people the detailed report of their performance in the Parliament and Parliamentary constituency. In my capacity as the Speaker, I desire that since you have been elected to the Supreme Panchayat of the country – Lok Sabha, you should discharge your responsibilities to the best of your capability."

  • Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan gathered at what Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as a Kumbh of Farmers in Malout. This was Prime Minister Modi's first Kisan rally since the recent hike in MSP for Kharif crops. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress party for making false promises.

    Prime Minister said that it was his government was working towards doubling farmers income by 2022. He said that be it farmers tilling the land or soldiers protecting the nation, his government is committed to upholding their dignity.

    PM Modi also spelt out the benefits of the recent decision on MSP. He said that it will benefit Pattidars as well as land owning farmers.

    The Minimum Support Price calculation covers all production costs including the farmer's labour, his family's labour and hired labour. It also covers the rent that tenant farmers pay to landowners. Recounting other steps taken to double farmers income, Prime Minister Modi said over 15 crore soil health cards distributed so far. 100% neem coating of urea has resulted in easy availability. PM Kisan Sampada Yojana aims at ensuring properity for farmers. The supply chain is being strengthened and crop insurance is providing Protection to farmers. Rs 50 crore has been allocated to stop burning of stubs and field waste.

    Patriarch of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Parkash Singh Badal hailed the govt's decision on MSP. He said that it has come as a ray of hope for farmers.

    Prime Minister Modi said that Punjab is a land known for its hard work - be they farmers, entreprenuers, soldiers or NRI's, people of Punjab put the nation before themselves. The NDA government unlike the Congress party recognizes and salutes this fact.
     

  • Shubhankar, 21, plays alongside the legendary Ryder Cup star, Ian Poulter besides Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Olympic bronze medallist Matt Kuchar, American Charley Hoffman and local man Richie Ramsay.

    The 21-year-old Sharma, who hit the European and Asian Tour headlines with two wins at the start of the season, also earned an invitation to the Masters soon after a Top-10 finish in his debut at WGC-Mexico. Later he qualified for the US Open.

    "It is my first time at the Hero Challenge and it should be fun. Seeing the Edinburgh Castle was on my list, but hitting a tee shot there is something else. It should be fun," said Shubhankar as he prepares for the main event.

    Talking about his experience of being here for the link events at Scottish Open and then The Open next week, Shubhankar said, “I am feeling good. Last week, the Irish Open was my first taste of link courses. This is the second week of link courses for me and I am very excited. It's (the Scottish Open) a great preparation for the Open Championship. That is the reason why so many players from the PGA Tour come and play these two weeks in Ireland and Scotland. Even though the set-up of the golf course is not as tough as the Open, but it just prepares you for link golf, for the hard fairways, the pot bunkers and the mounds."

    The 21-year-old Sharma, who hit the European and Asian Tour headlines with two wins at the start of the season, also earned an invitation to the Masters soon after a Top-10 finish in his debut at WGC-Mexico. Later he qualified for the US Open.

    The Hero Challenge will see six players play in two groups with the top two going into a knockout for semi-finals, followed by the final.

  • The fifth seed had led by two sets on Monday but Simon grabbed the third set before fading light ended play.

    With world number one Rafael Nadal waiting for the winner, Tuesday's fourth set, played in much cooler conditions than the first three the day before, turned into a mini-epic before Del Potro eventually prevailed 7-6(1) 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5).

    Del Potro looked flat as he was broken to trail 3-1 but he clawed his way back to lead 5-4 with his serve to come. He looked on the brink of victory when he moved 40-15 ahead but both match points vanished, the second with a double-fault.

    Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand. The 33-year-old Simon saved a fourth match point when he threw the kitchen sink at a forehand return and the world number 53 eventually took his fourth break point to level at 5-5.

    The next two games went with serve and the match was well into its fifth hour when the tiebreak began.

    Del Potro trailed 1-3 but at 5-5 he fired down a swinging ace to reach match point number five and this time Simon cracked, netting a backhand to the relief of the Argetine who roared his approval.

  • Williams was in danger of a stunning quarter-final exit after world number 52 Camila Giorgi became the first player in this year's tournament to take a set off the former world number one.

    But Serena bludgeoned her way out of trouble, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to stay on course for an eighth All England Club triumph. It was Serena's 100th career main draw victory on grass.

    The 36-year-old will play German 13th seed Julia Goerges on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final. "I knew after the first set, 'all right, let's go three sets'. I'll just keep fighting," Williams said. "This is only my fourth tournament back so I don't feel pressure, I don't feel I have to win this. "I still have a long way to go to be where I was."

    Serena is the first woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final without facing a top 40 ranked opponent since 2013. Williams is into the 35th Grand Slam semi-final of her career and her first since winning last year's Australian Open.

    Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the birth of her daughter Olympia in September, Williams is on the verge of a 10th Wimbledon final appearance. Her path to the title has been wide open from early in the tournament as Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens have all been eliminated.

    Williams, a 23-time major winner, is hoping to join a select group of women who have won Grand Slams after becoming mothers.

    Goerges advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win against Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens. Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year. It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

    "It is a great opportunity to play Serena here where she has won so many times and is a great champion. I think everyone here has a great chance so you have to take it," Goerges said.

    With Kerber also in the last four, it is the first time two German woman have made the semi-finals of a Grand Slam since Steffi Graf and Anke Huber at the 1993 French Open. The carnage at the top leaves 11th seed Kerber -- beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final -- as the highest ranked player left.

    Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi-final. The 30-year-old clinched her third appearance in the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina

    Kerber, who won the Australian and US Open titles in 2016, will be playing in the seventh Grand Slam semi-final of her career.

    "We both played on a really high level. I was just trying to stay focused on my serve. It's great to be in the semis," Kerber said after she finally sealed the win on her seventh match point.

    Ostapenko is the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semi-final as the former French Open champion beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4.

    Just four years ago, Ostapenko was winning the junior Wimbledon title and now the youngest player left in the women's singles is only one win away from the final.

    Ostapenko hasn't dropped a set in her first five matches and the 12th seed said: "I'm just enjoying being here. I'm fighting until the end and I'm gaining more confidence."

  • The shock move by the 33-year-old superstar comes shortly after losing what is likely his last chance to collect the only honour missing from his glittering resume -- a World Cup for Portugal.

    Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($106.27 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

    “For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,” European champions Real said, adding that Ronaldo had asked to be transferred. “Real Madrid will always be his home”.

    The transfer fee was not disclosed but Spanish media said Ronaldo had signed a four-year deal and had cost Juventus 105 million euros ($123.24 million).

    The Portugal international scored two goals against Juventus in Real’s 4-1 win in the 2017 Champions League final and earlier this season struck a jaw-dropping bicycle kick against the Italians in a 3-0 win in a quarter-final first-leg game in Turin which prompted Juve supporters to give him a standing ovation.

    The Portuguese, 33, converted a stoppage-time penalty in the second leg to knock the Italians out 4-3 on aggregate.

    The signing of the latest Ballon d’Or winner and top scorer in the Champions League for the last six seasons represents a major coup for Juve, who have had a stranglehold on the Italian title since 2012 but have not won Europe’s top prize since 1996.

    The signing also strikes a blow for the profile of Serie A against La Liga, which has now lost two of its three most famous players in the last year after Paris St Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona last August.

    Real has topped the La Liga twice and won the Champions League four times during his time there -- Ronaldo is the first player to have five, including one with former club Manchester United.

    He had won the Ballon D'Or - awarded to the world's best footballer - in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, a record he shares with his eternal rival, Argentine talisman Lionel Messi. But in 2016 Ronaldo managed what Messi could not -- winning a major international title for his country -- when he led Portugal to victory in the European Championships.

    And with both Portugal and Argentina being bundled out of the World Cup in the second round on June 30, it seems likely that the sport's crowning achievement will elude both partners in football's greatest player rivalry.

    - Destined for greatness -

    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was special from an early age. In the year of his 16th birthday, he played for Sporting Lisbon's under-16, under-17, under-18, reserve and first teams, and two years later he so impressed Alex Ferguson in a 2003 pre-season friendly that the then-Manchester United boss snapped him up.

    Six years, three Premier League titles and a Champions League later and he was on his way to Real Madrid, having joined George Best and Eric Cantona among the greatest players to wear United's prized number 7 shirt.

    Bought for a then-world record 94 million euros, Ronaldo more than paid back his fee, and while Barcelona continued to mostly dominate La Liga, he has become the king of European competition.

    He was the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, and topped the competition's scoring charts six times. The 17 goals he scored as Real beat local rivals Atletico to the 2014 title remains a single-season record.

    He finally got the international monkey off his back with the 2016 Euros win after a lifetime of near misses and flattering to deceive on the world stage.

    In beating the heavily-favoured hosts France in the final, he broke yet another record -- his three goals made him the first player to ever score in four European Championships.

    - Last World Cup? –

    Ronaldo also became only the fourth player to score in four World Cups when he started this year's campaign with a hat-trick against Spain that culminated in a stunning free kick. But he only bagged one more goal before Portugal fell to Uruguay, and will be 37 by the time the next global showpiece rolls around -- meaning it is unlikely he will improve on a run to the semi-finals in 2006.

    On the same day Messi, with whom Ronaldo has long competed for the title of the world's best, was sent home empty-handed by a French side inspired by a breathtaking performance from 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

    The World Cup in Russia may serve as a changing of the guard at the highest echelons of the sport, with Real Madrid forced this week to deny it made bids for both Mbappe and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar.

    But whoever replaces Ronaldo may find it tough going filling his shoes. And Ronaldo will be looming at Juventus in European competitions as he continues to rack up records and build his case for being considered the greatest of all time.

  • States too are being encouraged in this regard. On Tuesday, the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) released ease of doing business ANNUAL business ranking of states and UTs.

    According to this, Andhra Pradesh has topped the  ranking with 98.42 points. Telangana is in second place with 98.33 points and Haryana in third with 98.02 points. Others in the top ten are Jharkhand (4) 97.99, Gujarat (5)97.96, Chhattisgarh (6), Madhya Pradesh (7), Karnataka (8), Rajasthan (9) 95.68 and West Bengal (10). Meghalaya was ranked last at 36th position.

    DIPP in collaboration with the World Bank conducts an annual reform exercise for all States/UTs under the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP). 

    The rankings take into account ease of construction permits, conformity to labour laws, availibility of land and single window clearance system

    The assessment under the BRAP 2017 is based on a combined score consisting of reform evidence score that is based on evidence uploaded by States/UTs and feedback score that is based on response garnered from the actual users of the services provided to the businesses. 

    Here is the complete list of all states and union territories:

  • The Enforcement Directorate has filed a detailed reply in the case and opposed P Chidambaram's anticipatory bail. 

    The matter pertains to grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd for investment in Aircel.

  • The library has been built with the Indian assistance of NRs. (Neplai Rupees) 43.94 million. PM Oli expressed gratitude towards Govt. of India for constructing the library.

    On this occasion Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri said that library will be an important platform to further enhance cultural ties between the two countries. The Chancellor of Nepal Academy Ganga Prasad Uprety said that it will be one of the most important library of Nepal and further increase literary and cultural exchanges between India and Nepal.

    The newly built three-storylibrary would provide research and reference facilities to the researchers and academicians. It also has an advanced offset press facility for printing of books. The library has been built as part of India's development partnership programme. 

    The Government of India is providing technical and financial assistance for the multi-sectoral development of Nepal. More than 500 projects have been undertaken so farfocusing on infrastructure development and capacity building in the areas of Education, Health, Roads and Bridges, Electrification, Railways and Cross Borer linkages.

  • The meeting was chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The council reviewed the development initiatives for the region in the last four years, particularly in the area security, connectivity and job creation.

    This assumes importance as the North-East joined the nation's mainstream of development over the last 4 years through a wide range of efforts. Rajnath Sigh stressed the point that New India cannot emerge unless  New North-East emerges.

    The two-day meet was also attended by Development of North-East Region Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, Governors and Chief Ministers of North-East states attending. It was clear during the deliberations that the govt's efforts to ensure the North-East region's all round development has started delivering results. Work has been done at several levels to improve connectivity. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said good connectivity will help in generating jobs and will tackle migration.

    Security situation has also improved in last 4 years.

    -- Violent incidents in North-East have come down by 85% compared the 90s

    -- Casualty figures among security forces and civilians have declined by 90%

    -- Budget for the North East has been increased by 28.6% this year

    -- North-East Tourism Development Council has also been set up to boost travel in the region

  • Nishikori, 28, overcame an arm injury to reach his first All England Club quarter-final with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis. But having become the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995, Nishikori must now overturn a 13-2 career losing record against three-time champion Djokovic on Wednesday.

    "He's always like a big war for me. I always enjoy playing against him. It's always big challenge," said Nishikori. The Japanese player has already lost twice to the former world number one this year -- on clay in Madrid and Rome. Although the two have never met on grass, Nishikori is still hamstrung by the knowledge that the last of his two wins against the Serb was in 2014 in a memorable semi-final victory at the US Open.

    "Maybe I don't have good results or good record with him, but I always enjoy playing him. "He's one of the best players on the tour."

    Adding to Nishikori's problems is a worrying right arm injury which required extensive treatment and a medical time-out in his win over world 130 Gulbis, the man who had put out fourth seed Alezander Zverev in the third round. "My elbow was bothering me little bit," admitted Nishikori. "From the second, it got better and I just tried to stay calm and fight every game."

    Djokovic, meanwhile, reached the quarter-finals for the 10th time with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov. Seeded 12, Wednesday will Djokovic's 41st appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final. His match against Nishikori will fall on the first anniversary of him having to retire from his 2017 quarter-final against Tomas Berdcyh with an elbow injury. That precipitated a lengthy absence from the tour and a worrying dip in form and confidence. However, the 31-year-old has looked back to something approaching his best at Wimbledon. "I like my chances against Nishikori," said Djokovic. He added: "I played very well in Queen's (where he finished runner-up) coming into Wimbledon. "I haven't spent too much time on the court. I feel physically, mentally ready, fit, positive."

    Djokovic's run to the Queen's final on the eve of Wimbledon was his first appearance in a championship match since Eastbourne almost 12 months earlier. That was a boost after a shock quarter-final exit at the French Open to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

    "I didn't feel comfortable on the court for long time. Indian Wells, Miami, most of the clay court season," added Djokovic. "I just had to go back to basics and hit as many balls as I can on the practice courts, just get that feel. "Also psychologically obviously, I was so fortunate to have so much success on the tour over the course of 10-plus years. "I was top 3 player for so many years in a row, it was quite a strange feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game. "But things are looking much better in the last month and a half."

  • Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final as the seven-time champion thrashed Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in a Centre Court masterclass. Williams, who won the Wimbledon title on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016, is now on an 18-match winning streak at the All England Club.

    Having missed Wimbledon last year while she prepared to have her first child in September, Serena is in pole position to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother. On Tuesday, the 36-year-old faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi, who beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

    Asked if it was a flawless display, Serena admitted she is never satisfied. "I'm a perfectionist. I always find something wrong," she said. "It was a good win but it was tougher than the scoreline to be honest." Giorgi, 26, had failed to get past the third round of a major since the 2013 US Open. But the 26-year-old underdog isn't ruling out an epic upset against Williams. "I don't follow tennis, women's tennis, but I think it will be a good match," Giorgi said without a hint of a smile.

    Serena's 90th Wimbledon win of her career is the most among active female players. Williams had made a tentative return to action following complications during daughter Olympia's birth, struggling in her few appearances before pulling out midway through the recent French Open with a pectoral injury. But the 23-time major winner's blistering form and a series of shock results have paved the way for another Williams coronation at Wimbledon.

    Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens have all been eliminated already. Kiki Bertens took care of the last of the top 10 with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) victory over Czech seventh seed Pliskova. It is the first time in Wimbledon history not one of the top 10 women's seeds have reached the quarter-finals.

    Bertens, who was contemplating retirement last year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, is the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007. The 26-year-old faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges, who beat Croatian world number 55 Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 to seal her first Grand Slam quarter-final berth at the 42nd attempt.

    Elsewhere in fourth round action, Dominika Cibulkova launched a scathing attack on Wimbledon's officials after a line call controversy marred her 6-4, 6-1 win against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei. Cibulkova was furious when Hsieh successfully persuaded the umpire to replay a point that was initially called in the Slovakian's favour and would have given her three set points in the opening set.

    Hsieh's protests to the umpire prompted the match referee to come on court to intervene as the argument lasted over seven minutes before the point was finally replayed, much to Cibulkova's disgust. "It was ridiculous what happened there. It never happened to me in my career," Cibulkova fumed. "After she was complaining, they were talking in Chinese, whatever language. "Sometimes I'm also complaining because I think it was a wrong call. But it never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision."

    In her third Wimbledon quarter-final, Cibulkova faces former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Latvian 12th seed Ostapenko enjoyed a 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 win against Belarusian world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

    Former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber stepped up her bid to return to the title match with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic. Kerber, who won the Australian and US Open titles in 2016, is seeded 11th -- making her the highest ranked woman left in the draw. Beaten by Serena in the 2016 final, Kerber takes on Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, a 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-2 winner against Belgian world number 47 Alison Van Uytvanck. 

  • Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

    In an enthralling tactical match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.

    Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks from Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

    But it was by no means a purely negative approach as the French offered their own danger on the break, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogba’s delivery sent Kylian Mbappe racing towards goal and Belgium were thankful their keeper Thibaut Courtois was alert to snuff out the danger.

    The first real opening came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into the path of Hazard whose shot was just wide of Huge Lloris’s far post.

    Hazard was dangerous again moments later when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rasping drive which clipped off the back of Raphael Varane and just over the bar.

    From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.

    Olivier Giroud flashed a header just wide and Mbappe set up Benjamin Pavard whose low shot was kept out by the outstretched leg of Courtois.

    It was a fascinating first half and all that was missing was a goal but one came soon after the break.

    From Griezmann’s corner, Umtiti beat Marouane Fellaini at the near post and powered a header home to put France ahead.

    Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equaliser and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage time to book their place in the final.

  • Seoul's decision today to "temporarily suspend" the nationwide civilian drills had been anticipated since the United States and South Korea halted their annual military exercises following a summit last month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    Streets in South Korean cities froze at the sound of air-raid sirens every year during the Ulchi drills in August with cars stopping on roads, pedestrians moving into buildings and subway stations, and government workers evacuating from their offices.

    Kim Boo Kyum, minister of the interior and safety, said the suspension of the civilian drills was a follow-up to the suspension of the military exercises amid recent changes in "South-North relations and other security situations." He said the government and military will work to design a new civil defense program to be launched next year that will be aimed at preparing people for natural disasters and terrorist attacks in addition to military attacks.

    The Ulchi civilian drills were launched in 1968, a year after a failed attempt by North Korean commandos to assassinate then-South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee. There had been criticism on whether the civilian exercises were adequately preparing South Koreans from North Korean threats. For most South Koreans, there's no real training, with people standing around in gathering spots, staring into their phones or looking frustrated. Many schools didn't participate in the air-raid drills.

    While South Korea has nearly 19,000 evacuation shelters, mostly in subway stations and parking garages, surveys have shown most people did not know which shelters were closest to their homes.

  • Torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides in western Japan last week, bringing death and destruction, especially to neighborhoods built decades ago near steep slopes.

    While rescuers have arrived to clear the roads, accumulated mud and debris of landslides have caused new surge of floodwaters in residential areas of Hiroshima, which has experienced the largest number of deaths from floods and landslides.

    More than 200,000 remain without water under scorching sun, with temperatures set to hit 33 C (91 F) in some of the hardest-hit areas. The government has set aside 70 billion yen ($631 million) in infrastructure funds to respond to disasters, with 350 billion yen ($3.15 billion) in reserve.

  • Shri Ramayana Express will be flagged off on 14th November, 2018 from Delhi Safdarjung railway station. The train will cover all important destinations associated with the life of Lord Shri Ram in a 16 days all inclusive tour package which is spread both in the countries of India as well as Sri Lanka in which 4 destinations will be covered.  The all inclusive tour package will cover all meals, accommodation and wash and change facilities in dharmashalas, all transfers, sight-seeing arrangements and dedicated tour manager of IRCTC who will be travelling with the tourists during the entire tour.

    Named as Shri Ramayana Yatra-Sri Lanka, the pilgrimage circuit will have two travel components - one each in India and Sri Lanka. After leaving Delhi, the train will make its first stop in Ayodhya followed by Hanuman Garhi Ramkot and Kanak Bhawan temple. The train will then cover the important destinations of Ramayana circuit such as Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram.

    The Ramayana Express train will have an overall capacity for 800 passengers. Attractively priced at only Rs. 15,120/- per person, the tour package will is going to be a favourite pick for the tourists aspiring for the same.  The Sri Lanka leg of the tour will be charged separately. The passengers opting for Sri Lanka leg of the Ramayana Yatra package can take a flight to Colombo from Chennai. IRCTC presently offers 5-night/6-day Sri Lanka tour package at a cost starting from Rs 47,600 per person. The tour package will cover destinations like Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo and Negombo.

    The online booking of Shri Ramayana Express will be made live shortly on IRCTC’s website www.irctctourism.com . The bookings of the train will also be done by the 27 Tourist Facilitation Centres of IRCTC spread across the country. 

    IRCTC is also operating an AC Tourist Train from 28th August to 9th September 2018 on the Ramayana Circuit from Trivandrum offering an all inclusive tour package starting from Rs. 39,800/- onwards covering Panchavati, Chitrakoot, Shringverpur, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Darbhanga, Sita Marhi, Ayodhya and Rameshwaram.

  • The research, undertaken by scientists from Washington State University (WSU) in the US, dispelled the belief that the day-night cycle of the body is driven by brain's master clock, and revealed that separate biological clocks in the liver, gut and pancreas have a mind of their own.

    "No one knew that biological clocks in people's digestive organs are so profoundly and quickly changed by shift work schedules, even though the brain's master clock barely adapts to such schedules," said Hans Van Dongen from WSU.

     "As a result, some biological signals in shift workers' bodies are saying it is day while other signals are saying it is night, which causes disruption of metabolism," he said. "We believe ours is the first study to suggest a mechanism for the connection between shift work and chronic kidney disease," said Shobhan Gaddameedhi, a professor at WSU.

    The research also has implications for the study of other chronic diseases that the shift-workers are prone to including, chronic kidney disease and breast, skin and prostate cancer.

    The researchers, however, said that it is first and foremost important to unravel the link between shift-work and mentality.

    "It is possible that changes in the metabolism of shift workers are associated with altered activity of cellular processes that may be involved in cancer development later in life," Gaddameedhi said.

    "Once we understand those cellular processes, we could potentially identify the genes involved and use that knowledge to find ways to prevent cancer in shift workers," he added.

    The study analysed the blood samples for metabolites - products of chemical reactions involved in digestion - from blood samples of 14 healthy volunteers who had just completed either a simulated day shift schedule or a simulated night shift schedule.

    They found that, following the night shift schedule, 24-hour rhythms in metabolites related to the digestive system had shifted by a full 12 hours, even though the master biological clock in participants' brains had only moved by about two hours.

    "Twenty-seven metabolites followed a 24-hour rhythm during both the simulated night and day shift schedules," said Debra Skene, a professor at the University of Surrey in the UK.

    "Of these, 24 displayed a dramatic 12-hour shift in rhythm following the simulated night shift schedule, which was not observed following the day shift schedule. This indicated that just three days of being on a night shift schedule has the potential to disrupt metabolism," she said.

    "Pinpointing the disrupted metabolic pathways will help unravel the mechanisms underlying shift work and metabolic disorders," Skene said. 

     

  • "There are some special individuals that can decide the scoreline in one action so I don't think this is the type of game that you can think that you can walk onto the pitch and thinking that you are going to perform in a way that you did before against Brazil is going to help you. Not at all," he said.

    Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who scored his first goal in Russia against Brazil, said, "When you are part of a World Cup it is always "now or never". as a player, perhaps, you have the chance to take part in a World or a European championship twice or three times in a lifetime. In other competitions if you lose one day you can still make a comeback a couple of days later, but here it is different, we know we are out if we don't win."

    Asked about Thierry Henry, who will try to stop his country from advancing to Sunday's final, Martinez said he had brought the international experience to the team as well as "elite thoughts"

    Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 international appearances, played for France at four World Cups in all. He was a runner-up in 2006 and also competed in 2002 and 2010.

    But for the last two years he has been serving as one of Belgium coach Roberto Martinez's assistants, his first foray into coaching and seemingly an inspired choice if the rare reviews from the Belgian players are anything to go by.

     

  • Assuming the new executive presidency he has long fought to establish, Erdogan took the oath of office in parliament before addressing dozens of international leaders gathered at the presidential palace in Ankara.

    Erdogan, 64, says the new, powerful executive presidency is vital to drive economic growth, ensure security after a failed 2016 military coup and safeguard from conflict across the southern border in Syria and Iraq.

    The introduction of the new presidential system marks the biggest overhaul of governance since the Turkish republic was established on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago.

    The post of prime minister has been scrapped and the president will now be able to select his own cabinet, regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval.

    Erdogan's supporters see the changes as a just reward for a leader who has put Islamic values at the core of public life, championed the pious working classes and overseen years of strong economic growth.

    Opponents say the move marks a lurch to authoritarianism, accusing Erdogan of eroding the secular institutions set up by modern Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and driving it further from Western values of democracy and free speech.

    Erdogan will name a streamlined cabinet of 16 ministers on Monday evening after the ceremony at the presidential palace, which state news agency Anadolu said was attended by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

    No major Western leader featured on a list of 50 presidents, prime ministers and other high-ranking guests.

     

  • The Spanish second seed spoke after a regulation 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Czech Jiri Vesely in one hour and 53 minutes on Centre Court.

    "If he is in the final then I am very excited to play Roger but I am not saying I am not excited to play against Roger in the final. For sure, I will be very excited if I am in that final, it will be a great result for me and facing again Roger will be something fantastic, but if you ask me if I prefer another one (opponent), I say yes.

    That's the point, it's about being smart, the overall goal is to try to win the tournament and it depends against who you play you have less or more chances to win."

    Top seed Federer earlier strolled into the quarter finals with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino and the two are on course for a meeting in the final on Sunday (July 15).

  • The Progress 70 cargo vehicle had launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2151 GMT and docked at the ISS 3 hours and 48 minutes later.

    The space station has been receiving so-called "fast-track" Progress cargo resupply ships since 2013, when Russian space agency Roscosmos started testing the space vehicles to make the journey in four orbits or about 6 hours, according to old posts on NASA's website and space.com.

    But the expedited flights are still in testing stage and similar cargo journeys continue to have a default "two-day rendezvous profile" to reach the space station in 34 orbits, the space agency said on its website.

    This was Russia's third attempt to break the 6-hour record, according to space.com.

    The space agency had tried in October of 2017 and again in February of this year, but last-minute glitches forced the agency to pursue the traditional 2-day-long and 34-orbit profile, the website said.

    Tuesday's cargo docking was to delivery nearly three tons of food, fuel and other supplies for the station's Expedition 56 crew. The Progress 70 cargo ship will remain at the orbital outpost until late January 2019, NASA said.

    NASA said these fast-track flights to the ISS demonstrate the "expedited capability" that could be used on future launches of Russian cargo and crew missions.

    Space exploration agencies hope the flights will eventually allow astronauts and cosmonauts to routinely make the trip to the ISS in just a few hours -- instead of the two-day journey in cramped conditions they currently have to endure in order to reach the world's only orbital laboratory.

     

  • Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, on Tuesday afternoon via a treacherous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels.

    "All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave," the SEALs said in a Facebook post, referring to the boys by the name of their football team. "All are safe," they added, signing off with what has become their trademark "Hooyah" that they used to celebrate the successful extractions of the other eight boys over the previous two days.

    The boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their coach, ventured into the Tham Luang cave in mountainous northern Thailand on June 23 after football practice and got trapped when heavy rains caused flooding forcing to take shelter on a muddy ledge.

    They spent nine days in darkness until two British divers found them, looking gaunt but otherwise offering smiles to the divers and appearing to be in remarkably good spirits. But the initial euphoria at finding them dissipated as authorities struggled to devise a safe plan to get them out, with the shelf more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) inside the cave and the labyrinth of tunnels leading to them filled with water.

    Authorities mulled ideas such as drilling holes into the mountain or waiting months until monsoon rains ended and they could walk out, with the rescue chief at one point dubbing the efforts to save them "Mission Impossible".

    With oxygen levels in their chamber falling to dangerous levels and monsoon rains threatening to flood the cave above the ledge where the boys were sheltering, rescuers decided on the least-worst option of having divers escort them out through the tunnels. The escape route was a challenge for even experienced divers.

    The boys had no previous diving experience so the rescuers trained them how to use a mask and breathe underwater via an oxygen tank. One fear had been that they would panic while trying to swim underwater, even with a diver escorting them.

    The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in a flooded area of the cave on Friday underscored the dangers of the escape route. The ups and downs of the rescue bid entranced Thailand and also fixated a global audience, drawing support from celebrities as varied as US President Donald Trump, football star Lionel Messi and tech guru Elon Musk.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May was one of the first world leaders to celebrate the success, and pay tribute to the divers who risked their own lives to save the boys. "Delighted to see the successful rescue of those trapped in the caves in Thailand. The world was watching and will be saluting the bravery of all those involved," May said in a Twitter post.

    Now they are out, concerns are set to focus on the physical and mental toll of the ordeal. Experts warned that drinking contaminated water or otherwise being exposed to bird or bat droppings in the cave could lead to dangerous infections. They also said counselling would be needed to deal with the psychological trauma of spending so long not knowing whether they were going to survive. But there were some promising initial signs.

    Medical chiefs reported today morning that the eight boys rescued on Sunday and Monday were in relatively good mental and physical conditions. "All eight are in good health, no fever... everyone is in a good mental state," Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, said before all 13 had been rescued.

    Nevertheless, the boys would remain in quarantine in hospital until doctors were sure they had not contracted any infections from inside the cave. Even before the final rescues, tributes began for the boys and their ability to survive the ordeal. "I cannot understand how cool these small kids are, you know? Thinking about how they've been kept in a small cave for two weeks, they haven't seen their mums," Ivan Karadzic, who runs a diving business in Thailand and has been involved in the rescue mission, told the BBC. "Incredibly strong kids. Unbelievable almost."

  • The administration has taken a number of measures to tackle the situation. Heavy rain have also hit areas in Odisha, Assam and West Bengal. Besides, there is forecast for heavy rains in National capital and other parts of the country.

    It's been raining cats & dogs in maximum city over days. Tuesday saw traffic snarled and even local train services were disrupted. Waterlogging compounded problems at several locations with relief agencies stepping in to help people out.

    Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and nearby areas for the second straight day making it the heaviest rainfall day in the city this monsoon season. It took a toll on Mumbai's lifeline and submerging of tracks led to suspension of traffic on the Western line. Even several long distance and inter-city trains had to cancelled or were delayed.

    In districts neighbouring Mumbai such as Palghar and Thane roads and streets in low lying areas got enundated NDRF and other agencies had to rescue people from a passenger trains due to heavy waterlogging. The MET department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain in several areas in Maharashtra till Thursday.

    Maharashtra govt is tightly monitoring the emerging situation in the state due to the deluge.

    MAHARASHTRA GOVT TACKLES DELUGE

    -- Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the state assembly of waterlogging at 11 locations in Mumbai

    -- He said traffic at 3 locations was diverted

    -- The CM said suction pumps are working at full capacity to clear flooded areas

    -- 150 extra pumps have been deployed to flush out accumulated rain water

    Apart from Maharashtra, heavy rain has also been forecast for several aras in the hill state of Uttarakhand in the next 2 to 3 days.

    HEAVY RAINS TO HIT SEVERAL AREAS

    -- Heavy rain has also hit areas in Odisha, Assam and West Bengal

    -- The Met department has issued an alert for the next 3 days for these states

    -- Heavy rain alert has also been issued for national capital Delhi during the next 48 hours

    -- Similar alert has been issued for Gujarat & Rajasthan

    -- Madhya Pradesh's Sihore, Raisen and Hoshangabad are expected to get heavy rain in the next 24 hours

    -- Heavy to very rain is also expected in several areas of Goa & Konkan

    -- Low pressure area over Bay of Bengal can also lead to heavy rain in several areas

    But the monsoon is still playing truant over Uttar Pradesh, the wait for the rains keeps extending.

  • The incident took place at around 5 pm in the forest of Tadbauli village.

    The jawans were seriously injured and died while being taken out of the forest.

    They were identified as Santosh Laxman and Vijay Nand Nayak, both natives of Karnataka. A search operation has been launched to trace the Naxals involved in the attack.

     

  • While on Monday, the two leaders inaugurated the world's largest mobile manufacturing plant in Uttar Pradesh, today they shared the vision of even better economic ties driven by peace and security in the region and closer people to people engagement.

    The bilateral meet beween Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in took place at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Tuesday. The two leaders committed to take ties to a new level. The leaders not only reviewed the bilateral ties but also discussed a range of regional and global issues. The leaders signed on 10 MoUs and one pact.

    The two countries issued a comon vision statement titled: India & Republic of Korea- A Vision for People, Prosperity, Peace and our Future.

    The statement expresses commitment to strenthen the  Special Strategic Partnership between the countries. Steps have also been taken to upgrade the comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) between India & Korea.

    PM Modi said the foundation of close ties between the two countries is based on economic and business relationship. He said It is a great delight that Korea's companies have not just invested in India, but also created employment opportunities in India by joining our make-in India initiative. PM credited president Moon Jae-in for the peace initiatives in korean peninsula and added that India will continue to contribute for peace in the region.

    South Korean president said that the two countries have begun a new era of bilateral relations. 

    PM Modi and President Moon Jae-in upheld the need to improve people to people cooperation between India and Korea and make mutual summit level visits on a regular basis.

    Earlier, the visiting dignitary was accorded ceremonial welcome at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Korean President also inspected the guard of honour. He, accompanied by his wife, paid his respects to Father of the nation at rajghat. yesterday, the two leaders inaugurated the world's largest mobile manufacturing plant in Noida. The plant has the capacity to produce 12 crore phones every year. All in all, building on ancient and cultural ties, india and korea fostered closer ties towards a common future.

  • The injured personnel have been shifted for specialized for treatment to Army's 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar.  

    Earlier, a gunfight raged between unidentified terrorists and joint security forces at Kumdalan village of Shopian following launch of cordon and search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area.  

    On Monday evening, a Jaish e-muhammad (JeM)-affiliated terrorist was arrested by Indian army from North Kashmir's Kupwara district. Security sources said the terrorist has been identified as Sameer Ahmad Sofi, resident of main town Kakapora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

    A pistol and some ammunition was also recovered from his possession. He has been handed over to Sogam police station for further investigations.