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Mashelkar to chair expert panel on Modi's 'Swachh Bharat'

New Delhi : Scientist Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, former director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has been named the chair of an expert panel to recommend best technologies for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Swachh Bharat" national sanitation campaign.

The 19-member expert committee has been asked to examine best technologies on sanitation and water so that they can be scaled up on a sustainable basis in various states -- with affordability, sustainability, scalability and quality as the main criteria.

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Over 234,000 rescued in flood-hit Kashmir

New Delhi : The armed forces and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have rescued over 234,000 flood-hit people in Jammu and Kashmir as relief efforts continued in the state Monday.

The defence ministry, however, warned that water-borne diseases could break out as the flood waters recede.

More than 200 people have died in the worst flooding in half a century in the Kashmir Valley. Officials admitted that the figure could be higher because communication with remote areas has snapped.

Hillary Clinton visits Iowa, a key election state

By Elvira Palomo,

Washington : Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has taken part in a fundraising event in Iowa, a key state in the upcoming presidential campaign, triggering fresh speculation about her possible candidacy and her admission that "It's true, I am thinking about it".

With "Well hello, Iowa, I'm back," she began her speech Sunday at the 37th edition of the "Harkin Steak Fry", a fundraising barbeque organised by the Democratic senator from Iowa Tom Harkin, who is set to retire after 40 years in politics.

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Aalishan Pakistan big hit; Pak designers demand friendly rules

By Natalia Ningthoujam,

New Delhi : Overwhelmed by Indian shoppers' response during the second edition of lifestyle exposition "Aalishan Pakistan" here, Pakistani designers want the governments of the two nations to join hands and promote fashion business for a win-win situation.

With buyers going gaga over their products as the designers from across the border sold over 70 percent of their stocks within three days, Sher Afgan, director general of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDPA), said the demand was endless.

The British Empire's week of reckoning

By Ashis Ray,

London : The expansion of the second and more recognised British Empire amounted to a formidable amassing of territory since 1497. Quite accurately, at its prime, the sun never set on the British Empire. However, the beginning of its end was the loss of the "jewel in the crown" - India - in 1947, following which its shrinkage galloped.

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Saradha scam: ED grills top East Bengal officials

Kolkata : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday quizzed three East Bengal club officials, including general secretary Kalyan Majumdar, in conneciton with the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam.

Majumdar, along with club assistant general secretary Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta and accountant Tapan Das, arrived at the ED office located within the Central Government Office complex in the satellite township of Salt Lake.

East Bengal had inked a sponsorship deal with the Saradha Group some years ago.

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Tourists do not visit Kerala to drink: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram : Foreign tourists do not visit Kerala to only consume liquor, state Congress president V.M. Sudheeran said Monday, hitting back at those who have said that the tourism industry would be the worst affected by the new liquor policy that aims at total prohibition in a decade.

"It's surprising to hear from some people that tourism industry would be the worst affected and foreign tourists won't come if liquor is not available. Foreign tourists do not visit Kerala to drink," Sudheeran said while attending a meeting here.

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Google launches Android One devices at Rs.6,399

New Delhi : Google Monday launched Android One devices in India for Rs.6,399, Sunder Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Crome and Apps, said here.

The first set of Android One devices are Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream Uno and Karbon Sparkle V.

These smart phones will have dual sim support, said the company.

Audit brief exceeded in Krishna-Godavari gas report: Reliance

New Delhi : India's official audit agency exceeded its brief in its report on the Krishna-Godavari gas blocks won by Reliance Industries, using hindsight and not the legal contractual pact as a basis for its annotations, the company has charged.

In a letter to the watchdog, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Reliance also said unlike the award of coal blocks, or the spectrum for telephony, the oil assets were won by it after global competitive bidding and that issues had been unnecessarily hyped.

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Punjab accuses Himachal of polluting Ghaggar river

Chandigarh : After asking authorities in Chandigarh to curb pollution of Ghaggar river, the Punjab government has now accused Himachal Pradesh of polluting the river through industrial and domestic discharge.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday urged his Himachal Pradesh counterpart Virbhadra Singh's personal intervention "for jointly putting up an effective monitoring mechanism in place for cleaning the river Ghaggar".

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