Mumbai Unites for Gaza in Bandra.

MUMBAI

( Mehdi Raza Hemani, Mumbai Reporter ) Keeping in sight the atrocities and injustice faced by the voiceless Palestinians in Gaza, A peaceful march was organized at carter road, Bandra on Sunday. Hundreds of good Samaritans around Mumbai took to the streets of Bandra, Carter road in an organized peace walk under the banner of Mumbai Unites For Gaza led by Preity Bhamra and backed by the members of Speak for Palestine (SFP). An initiative that turned out to be a loud response of over 500 people who voiced their disregard for the Barbarian behavior of Israeli forces towards the voiceless Palestinians.

The march that started at 3 pm saw the huge support of the people who came from all walks of life – elder women, children, business men and even families who participated in the march and expres...

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Left parties sweep Tripura panchayat polls

Left parties sweep

AGARTALA: Further consolidating its rural stronghold, Tripura’s ruling Left Front, led by CPM, on Saturday won a landslide in the three-tier panchayats election in the state.

In a significant development, the Bharatiya Janata Party, for the first time, secured a majority in five gram panchayats and won many seats in several other gram panchayats and panchayat samitis.

The polling for the three-tier panchayats — gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads — was held on Tuesday and the results were announced on Saturday.

“The CPM-led Left Front has secured absolute majority in 563 of the 591 gram panchayats and all the 35 panchayat samitis and eight zila parishads,” an official of the state election commission said.

Bijan Dhar, CPM state secretary and the party’s central commit...

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Egypt blocks activist aid convoy to besieged Gazans

Egypt blocks activist aid convoy to besieged Gazans

Egyptian army troops have prevented an aid convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists in north Sinai from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, as humanitarian situation deteriorates in the besieged enclave .

There was a brief scuffle between some activists and army troops but no arrests were made.

Egypt usually keeps the crossing closed, citing a counter-insurgency operation against militants in north Sinai, but has allowed entry to Palestinians wounded in the 12-day Israeli offensive against Gaza civilians.

According to Gaza officials, at least 324 Palestinians, including 70 children, have been killed in the 12-day Israeli aggression against the besieged enclave.

More than 2,200 others have been injured since the Israeli deadly offensive began on July 8.

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HSGPC row: Haryana asks Rajnath to withdraw home ministry letter

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Chandigarh, Hardening its stand over the setting up of a new board to manage Sikh shrines in the state, the Haryana government Saturday urged union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to withdraw his ministry’s letter to it, asking the state governor to withdraw assent to the bill for a new board.

In an official letter to the home minister, Haryana’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala urged him to withdraw the July 18 letter by Home Secretary Anil Goswami to the state chief secretary, asking that the governor withdraw his assent to the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014.

“I respectfully point out that the political stand of either the Akali Dal (Badal) or any other political party/organization should never colour the judgment of Government of India in being able to ...

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Russians approve Putin more than ever: Gallup poll

Russians approve Putin more than ever: Gallup poll

Russia’s popular President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating among Russians has climbed to its highest level in years, according to a new Gallup poll.

Eighty-three percent of Russians approve of the job Russia’s president is doing. This ties his top rating in 2008 and marks a 29 percent increase from Putin’s rating in 2013.

For the first time since 2008, a majority of Russians say their country’s leadership is moving them in the right direction.

In addition, 78% have confidence in their military, 64% in their national government, and 39% say that they are confident in the honesty of Russian elections.

But Russians’ positivity isn’t limited to their government.

A record high of 65% of Russians said they were satisfied with their freedom in 2014.

A significant group–35 %–also sa...

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BJP seeks Governor’s intervention to resolve T-AP disputes

Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreyya

Hyderabad, (INN): Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and Secunderabad MP Bandaru Dattatreyya on Saturday requested Governor ESL Narasimhan to intervene to resolve the ongoing disputes between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking to media persons here, Dattatreyya said that fee reimbursement, water and power were the major contentious issues going on between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He said that the Chief Minsiters – Nara Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao should sit together to resolve the disputes. Since, both are reluctant to meet each other, the Governor should intervene and ensure that people do not suffer due to the political differences.

Dattatreyya also criticised the Telangana Government for putting pre-1956 position as condition for nativity...

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UP to give free power connections to 1.72 lakh families

UP to give free power connections to 1.72 lakh families

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government will provide free electricity connections to 1.72 lakh below poverty line (BPL) families in the state, officials said on Saturday.

Chief secretary Alok Ranjan has issued an order for getting the desired logistics. He said the construction of 33/11 substations in 166 out of out of 201 tehsils will be completed by October later this year. The rest may be completed by March 2015.

While reviewing the performance of the energy department and additional sources here Friday, Ranjan said under the plan to provide 24-hour power supply, 122 transmission substations would be built.

He has already ordered capacity building of 103 transmission substations on priority basis.

The chief secretary said pending works of Anpara-D thermal power project, Harduaganj and Pan...

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Israeli raid kills four from single family in north Gaza

Israeli raid kills four from single family in north Gaza

An Israeli air strike has killed four civilians from a single family, including two children, in the northern Gaza Strip, as Israel steps up its all-out aggression against the impoverished enclave, medics said.

The four members of the Zuweidi family, including two girls, were killed on Saturday in Beit Hanun, where a fifth person was also killed in a separate air strike, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

Qudra named the members of the Zuweidi family as Mahmud, 23, Dalia, 37, and two girls aged six and two.

A 25-year-old woman was also killed in an Israeli air strike in central Gaza’s Deir al-Balah, raising the death toll in 12 days of Israeli aggression against Gaza to 324.

More than 2,200 others have been injured since the Israeli deadly offensive began on July 8.

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French police prohibits anti-Israel protest rally

French police prohibits anti-Israel protest rally

Police in French capital have banned a preplanned pro-Palestinian demonstration against the Israeli regime’s deadly attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Paris police made the announcement in a statement on Friday, saying tomorrow’s planned anti-Israeli protest would be banned.

French President Francois Hollande said during a visit to Niger that he backed the protest ban.

This is while French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he welcomed the Paris police’s move and advised other cities across France to consider banning planned protest rallies.

Protest organizers said they would appeal against the police’s decision, arguing that the ban was a breach of the “basic right” to demonstrate.

Organizers further stated that despite the ban, they would go ahead with the protest ral...

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APCC Committee to study AP Govt’s White Paper on Finance

Hyderabad, (INN): Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Dr N Raghuveera Reddy on Saturday appointed a high level committee to study the facts and figures on the White Paper on Finance issued by the TDP Government.

The committee, to be chaired by former minister Anam Ram Narayana Reddy, will have six more members including Killi Kruparani, Dr S Sailajanath, Rudraraju Padmaraju, Gidugu Rudraraju, Mastan Vali and Janaga Gowtham. “The Committee would undertake to deliberate with the merits and demerits of the White Paper released and also to come out with a factual paper for public understanding,” APCC Vice-President Madasu Gangadharam said.

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