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archiveJuly 5, 2018

Sports

Sports Authority of India will now be Sports India: Rathore

NEW DELHI, July 4: More than 34 years after coming into existence, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is set to be renamed as Sports India, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced on Wednesday after the sports body's governing body meeting here. "Sports Authority of India is being renamed. The word authority is being removed. It will be known as Sports India now," Rathore said after the meeting even as the press release issued by SAI had no mention of the change in name being approved. The sports body,...
India

Right to vote most cherished value of democracy: SC

New Delhi, July 4: The right to vote "lies at the heart" of democracy as it inculcates a sense of belonging among the people and it is absolutely necessary that the people's will is implemented, the Supreme Court today said. It also said that subjecting the people of a particular state or region to the governance of the Union, that too on matters "which could be best legislated at the state level, goes against the very basic tenet of democracy". A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra...
India

WhatsApp ‘horrified’ at lynchings, lists measures taken

New Delhi, July 4: A day after the Indian government expressed its concerns over the misuse of WhatsApp for repeated circulation of provocative content that's leading to lynchings, the messaging app wrote to the Ministry of Information and Technology on Wednesday saying the company was horrified by terrible acts of violence. On July 3, the government had directed WhatsApp to immediately take steps to prevent the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages", saying the social media platform could not evade its responsibility, amid a spate of lynching cases purportedly triggered...
India

AMU should clarify stand on quotas or lose funding: SC/ST panel

Aligarh, July 4: National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairperson Ramshankar Katheria said on Wednesday the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) should clarify its stand on reservations for an SC quota or else it may lose central funding. Katheria said that the commission had written to the varsity asking why it was not fulfilling its constitutional obligations by providing reservations to the weaker sections. "If the varsity authorities fail to provide the commission with a suitable answer to the written query asking it to prove that AMU is a minority institution,...
Sports

Pliskova, Raonic, Federer advance to 3rd round at Wimbledon

London, July 4: Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova won a battle of former world number ones as she beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time on Wednesday. Big-serving Czech Pliskova reached the top of the rankings a year ago at Wimbledon despite losing in the second round -- the fifth year in succession she had lasted only two matches. From the moment Azarenka dropped serve with a loose error in the third game, Pliskova always looked likely to break that sequence against...
World

Pak SC summons asset details from Musharraf, Zardari

Islamabad, July 4: Pakistan's Supreme Court today sought details of former presidents Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari while hearing a case on the recovery of losses incurred because of the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). The apex court ordered that all respondents should declare their properties held abroad as well as foreign accounts and any offshore companies they own in affidavits submitted to the court, Dawn News reported. The NRO was promulgated in October 2007 by the government of the then president Musharraf. Under the ordinance, cases against politicians...
World

Imran Khan’s party gains ground in Pakistan election race: Polls

ISLAMABAD, July 4: The Pakistani opposition party led by former cricket star Imran Khan appears to be gaining ground ahead of a July 25 general election, with one new poll showing it pulling ahead of the outgoing ruling party and another showing it only slightly behind. A survey by Pulse Consultant showed Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, or Pakistan Justice Movement) ahead with 30 percent of the respondents nationwide, compared to 27 percent for its main rival, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was at 17 percent....
Sports

Kidambi Srikanth’s title defence ends, P V Sindhu wins at Indonesia Open

Jakarta, July 4: Defending champion Kidambi Srikanth's campaign ended with a narrow opening-round loss but Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu eked out a thrilling win to progress to the women's singles pre-quarterfinals of the USD 1,250,000 Indonesia Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament here today. Former World No 1 Srikanth suffered his second successive loss to in-form Japanese Kento Momota, ranked 11th, in two weeks. The Indian lost 21-12 14-21 15-21 in the opening match that lasted exactly an hour at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno. Momota had...
World

UK to end gay conversion therapy as survey reveals “burning injustices”

LONDON, July 4: The British government pledged to end gay conversion therapy on Tuesday as it set out plans to improve the lives of LGBT people after a national survey found many experienced discrimination and prejudice. Prime Minister Theresa May said the 75-point plan aimed to deliver lasting change and address the "burning injustices" faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people that were revealed in a survey of more than 108,000 people. "I was struck by just how many respondents said they cannot be open about their sexual...
World

Ex-Malaysian PM Najib Razak charged with corruption

KUALA LUMPUR,July 4: Just eight weeks after losing an election, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged on Wednesday with abuse of power and criminal breach of trust in an investigation over billions of dollars missing from a state fund. Najib pleaded not guilty, but the charges, the first of their kind faced by a Malaysian premier, and his court appearance were the culmination of a swift and stunning downfall for the man who led the country for nearly a decade. "I believe in my innocence and this is...
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