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Gujarat BJP chief Vijay Rupani was chosen to lead the government in the state on Friday, days after Anandiben Patel offered to step down as the chief minister. Nitin Patel will be the deputy chief minister. The new government will be installed on Sunday.
Suspected Bodo rebels in Assam opened fire at a crowded marketplace in Kokrajhar district on Friday, killing 13 people and injuring 16 others. It was the first major militancy-related challenge for the new BJP-led government under Sarbananda Sonowal in the northeastern state.
A day after his return from Pakistan, home minister Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha: “Indian DD (Doordarshan), PTI and ANI (news agencies) reporters were not allowed to cover my speech.” He was responding to the lawmakers asking him if there was a deliberate media blackout. Congress said the Modi government’s Pakistan policy was responsible for insult of Rajnath Singh in Islamabad where he went for a Saarc meeting.
A Manipur-based radical social organisation warned activist Irom Sharmila against contesting elections and marrying an “outsider”. They reminded her that “some former revolutionary leaders were assassinated” after deviating from the cause and getting elected as people’s representatives. Sharmila had recently decided to end her 16-year-old fast against alleged army atrocities in Manipur.
Rajnish Kumar Tiwari, a part-time electrician from Madhya Pradesh’s Katni, had no clue of a bank account in his name until the income tax department served him notices. Police investigations revealed someone opened an bank accounts on Tiwari’s name, forging his identity to make a series of deposits into the account totaling Rs 16.93 crore.
Fifteen-year-old “Natasha” works at Nancy’s restaurant, a local hot spot in Washington. But why is she accompanied by six secret service agents? Who is she? Obama’s daughter or something? Well, Yes!
Nepal’s new government under Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” began implementing a pact signed with agitating Madhes-based parties on Friday. The Prachanda government announced it will pay Rs 1 million to the next of kin of nearly 60 people who died in violent protests against the new Constitution last year.
Amazon took its fast delivery network to another level with the introduction of Prime Air, its very own cargo fleet. With that smile from the logo perched on its tail fin, the 40 leased Boeing 767 jets will be used to speed up its deliveries across the globe, after many Christmas orders were delivered late by air freight services like UPS and FedEx last season.
Days after India’s top carmaker Maruti Suzuki raised its vehicle-prices by up to Rs 20,000, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) announced a price rise across its models by up to Rs 20,000, effective August 16.
As world’s biggest sporting extravaganza begins in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, all eyes will be on 119 athletes representing India, dreaming of a medal. Full coverage Rio Games here