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http://blogsiteslist.com  India Today(Hindi) is set to get a new Editor. According to industry sources, veteran journalist Anshuman Tiwari is set to take charge as Editor of India Today (Hindi) from August 1, 2014.Tiwari has been Editor of MoneyBhaskar.com, the business portal from the Dainik Bhaskar Group.Prior to this, he had had a long association with Dainik Jagran during which he had held several senior positions.

He was earlier the National and State Bureau Chief at Dainik Jagran.He has over two decades of experience. He started his career in journalism in 1991 with Amar Ujala as a business correspondent. He quit Amar Ujala in 1995 and joined Dainik Jagran.

Tiwari had also written a weekly column on the economy for 17 years. He had been conferred with Samachar4media’s Media Maharathi Award last year.
MTV has always been more than a TV network.

Today, MTV is announcing a new hashtag initiative as part of its multi-year social campaign, “Look Different,” which began in April. The goal of the program is to use the power of social media to drive social change.

For the hashtag campaign, people will be asked to share real-life scenarios that either challenge or promote bias. #GoodLook will be used to share instances that challenge bias, while #NotAGoodLook will be used to share instances that promote bias. The best #GoodLook messages will appear on-air on MTV beginning in late July and the “Look Different” website at http:good.lookdifferent.org

.MTV has created an on-air promo spot where every week they will feature 1-2 new #GoodLook photos, Vines, tweets, etc. that were submitted with the hashtag via any social platform that uses hashtags. The promo spot will run throughout the day on the network and in primetime and debut at the end of July.

Example of #NotAGoodLook:PHOTO: On this GAP subway ad featuring a Sikh man…Vandals have written “Make Bombs” & “Please stop driving taxis” pic.twitter.com/yvw2vhfexW— Arsalan Iftikhar™ (@TheMuslimGuy) November 25, 2013Example of #GoodLook:POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA: Racists vandalize @GAP ad with Sikh model…GAP responds by changing Twitter pic to Sikh model pic.twitter.com/VsImrqbJat— Arsalan Iftikhar™ (@TheMuslimGuy) November 25, 2013According to MTV, original research conducted by the company over the last year “shows that a commitment to fairness, coupled with lack of historical perspective, can result in a clouded view; as an example, half of white Millennials now believe discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against people of color. “Another component of the campaign is a challenge to young people to tell MTV their creative ideas for a digital tool that would help them and their peers have safe and constructive conversations around hidden biases. The winner will receive $10,000 and the chance to work with MTV to make their idea a reality.

LookDifferent.org serves as the campaign hub and, along with the campaign’s social accounts twitter, tumbler), helps young people recognize bias in themselves and their surroundings. Previously announced components include: Implicit Bias Quiz to reveal automatic associations people may have about different races and a seven-day Racial Bias Cleanse to help people begin unlearning biases that have built up over years. Partners include the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Partnership for Women & Families, The Trevor Project and more. 
MUMBAI: The police action against Marathi-speaking people at Yellur in Karnataka has prompted protests by political parties in Maharashtra, with the Shiv Sena calling it as an act of "terror" and seeking Centre's intervention in the "disputed" region. "It is the reign of goondas. Even we can do this goondagiri but we won't do that. We demand that the Centre immediately declare the border area in Karnataka where 20 lakh Marathi-speaking people live, as centrally administered region and appoint a central representative as administrator," Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut told reporters. .....read more

"Brutal atrocities are going on in Belgaum against Marathi-speaking people merely over removal of a board. Is this the rule of law?" Raut, a Rajya Sabha MP, said after a meeting of the Shiv Sena-BJP-led "mahayuti" (grand alliance) passed a resolution condemning the "assault" by Karnataka police. Earlier, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece "Saamana" described Sunday's police action at Yellur in Belgaum district as an act of "terrorism" and sought the Centre's intervention.

 "In Modi, we have a strong Prime Minister and in Rajnath Singh, we have got a strong home minister. The Marathi speaking population in the border area has great expectation from them. If Karnataka police are indulging in terror against Marathi-speaking people, it is the responsibility of the Central government to curb this terrorism.

 We are making this appeal to the central government because those ruling Maharashtra are incompetent," the editorial said. Police had on Sunday lathicharged a group of pro-Maharashtra supporters who threw stones at them at Yellur after a "Maharashtra Rajya" plaque re-erected by them was removed by the district administration. Pro-Maharashtra supporters had on Saturday re-erected a controversial signboard at Yellur after the previous one was razed to the ground by public works department on Friday following a high court order.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. "All political parties blasted the Maharashtra Sadan force-feeding issue. Will they show the same zeal in condemning this injustice to Marathi-speaking people of Karnataka," Saamana editorial said. "Why is the Congress silent on this matter?
 When BJP's Yeddyurappa was the chief minister, they used to raise their voice on the issue but they haven't done so now," leader of opposition in the state legislative council Vinod Tawde said. "We will ask the Centre to take necessary steps keeping in view the assault and likely such assaults in future," he said. MNS chief Raj Thackeray put the onus on the Narendra Modi government. "It is unfortunate that the Centre is silent on the issue. BJP has a majority at the Centre. The BJP MPs should convey the sentiments of the Marathi-speaking people in border areas," he said, adding, "Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is not serious on this matter." "When Raj Thackeray speaks something, all pounce on him but when such a thing happens in Karanataka, no one speaks," the MNS chief said.
NEW DELHI: The average CEO pay at India's top listed companies has risen to Rs 10 crore a year, but still remains less than one-tenth of over Rs 100 crore median remuneration paid to their peers in the US.
The top executives of the country's biggest bluechip companies, forming part of the stock market's 30-share benchmark index Sensex, were paid an average remuneration of Rs 9.9 crore in the latest fiscal 2013-14 -- up from about Rs 8.5 crore in the previous year.

In comparison, the average CEO pay for the companies forming part of the US stock market's 30-share benchmark index DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) stood at USD 17.5 million (Rs 105 crore) during the last year.

The corresponding figures for the UK and Germany stood at about Rs 60 crore and Rs 50 crore, respectively, in 2013 -- which are also significantly higher than the Indian average.

The average CEO pay for the Sensex companies would come down even further if the figures for the six PSU companies are taken into account, as their annual packages are considerably lower as they follow government regulations for salaries.
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The average figure of Rs 10.06 crore for the fiscal year 2013-14 has been derived through an analysis of the latest pay disclosures so far made by the private sector Sensex companies in their latest annual reports

However, the figures does not include the value of stocks owned by these persons, as also the other accrued benefits such as dividend payouts that may arise from share ownershipsThere are 24 private sector companies in the 30-share index, but six of them are yet to make public their 2013-14 annual reports. These six companies areLarsen and Toubro, Cipla, Bharti Airtel, Maruti, Sun Pharma and Hindalco.Among these 18 Sensex companies taken into account, only four showed a decline in their CEO compensation for the latest fiscal, while the annual pay remained unchanged in one case -- Reliance Industries' Mukesh Ambani -- at Rs 15 crore.
.There are 24 private sector companies in the 30-share index, but six of them are yet to make public their 2013-14 annual reports. These six companies areLarsen and Toubro, Cipla, Bharti Airtel, Maruti, Sun Pharma and Hindalco.Among these 18 Sensex companies taken into account, only four showed a decline in their CEO compensation for the latest fiscal, while the annual pay remained unchanged in one case -- Reliance Industries' Mukesh Ambani -- at Rs 15 crore.

Among these 18 Sensex companies taken into account, only four showed a decline in their CEO compensation for the latest fiscal, while the annual pay remained unchanged in one case -- Reliance Industries' Mukesh Ambani -- at Rs 15 crore.The pay package increased at TCS, Bajaj Auto, Axis Bank, ITC, Dr Reddy's,Hero Motocorp, HDFC, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Tata Power, Wipro, M&M andTata Motors.Those recording a decline in their annual CEO pay package included HUL, where Sanjiv Mehta took over the leadership baton from Nitin Paranjpe during middle of the fiscal in October 2013. Others with lower CEO pay during 2013-14 were Sesa Sterlite, Tata Steel and Infosys, whose outgoing CEO S D Shibulal was among the lowest paid in Sensex-club at just about Rs 16 lakh (down from Rs 65 lakh in previous fiscal).Among those with higher pay packages, Hero Motocorp's Managing Director and CEO Pawan Munjal got a total pay package of Rs 37.9 crore in 2013-14, up from Rs 32.8 crore in the previous fiscal. This included nearly Rs 3.5 crore as salary and Rs 29.8 crore as commission, among others.In the US, technology major Oracle Corp's Larry Ellison was the top-paid among blue-chip American firms with a pay package of USD 78.4 million (over Rs 470 crore), while Houston-based Cheniere Energy's CEO Charif Souki topped the overall chart with remuneration of USD 142 million (over Rs 850 crore) in 2013.read more
NEW DELHI: Helped by a smart rally in the market valuation of IT bellwether TCS, the top-seven most valued Indian companies together added Rs 76,793 crore in their market capitalisation (m-cap) last week.
Amid a strong stock market where the benchmark Sensex gained 485.19 points or 1.89 per cent, top-seven companies, including RIL, ITC, CIL, HDFC Bank, infosys and HDFC, saw surge in their m-cap.
ONGC, SBI and ICICI Bank, however, suffered losses in their market valuation.Software giant TCS's market value zoomed Rs 31,790.15 crore to Rs 5,10,238.84 crore, becoming the biggest gainer in the top-10 companies list.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country's largest software services exporter, had on Wednesday attained a market valuation of over Rs 5 lakh crore, becoming the first company in Indian markets to achieve this milestone.
The m-cap of RIL surged Rs 14,567.71 crore to Rs 3,30,400.89 crore, while HDFC's value soared Rs 13,052.61 crore to Rs 1,66,777.61 crore.ITC saw its market-cap climb Rs 10,418 crore to Rs 2,84,306.96 crore, while Infosys added Rs 5,693.55 crore to Rs 1,92,504.06 crore.Similarly, HDFC Bank's value went up by Rs 734.71 crore to Rs 2,01,262.25 crore and that of CIL rose by Rs 536.89 crore to Rs 2,37,621.63 crore.On the other hand, ONGC lost Rs 8,127.71 crore to Rs 3,42,989.60 crore in its m-cap, while SBI's value declined by Rs 4,498.1 crore to Rs 1,86,732.86 crore. The m-cap of ICICI Bank fell by Rs 145.2 crore to Rs 1,70,657.58 crore.In the ranking of top-10 firms, TCS stood at number position, followed by ONGC, RIL, ITC, CIL, HDFC Bank, Infosys, SBI, ICICI Bank and HDFC.Over the past week, the BSE benchmark Sensex gained 485.19 points or 1.89 per cent to 26,126.75.
KICK 1ST DAY FRIDAY BOX OFFICE COLLECTIONS – OPENING DAY

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Publishing the first day box office collections of Blockbuster KICK.Salman Khan’s KICK  who has taken a earth-shattering opening  has broken previous box office records of Salman films.But movie is still  failed to break the day one record of dhoom 3.
.The nett Friday box office collection of kick is around 26.40 crores while Dhoom 3 has collected 36.3 crores on opening day worldwide.KICK is the widest ever release with over 5,000 screens across india.Salman Khan and co. has done a very fantastic job as movie is set to become the all time blockbuster of Indian cinema.
Earlier,we have published the review of KICK and its first Day collection predictions and now, here is the time to reveal the actual earnings.
KICK which has already collected Rs.26.40 Crore on opening day will surely break all box box records as audience response is totally in the favor of the film.Check out the Friday collections of KICK and all upcoming days expected box office collections below.We have listed the domestic and overseas collections of KICK and data is gathered from official sources and web portals.
Total First Day Collections By KICK
:KICK Opening Day Collections :  Rs.26.40 Crore
Kick Saturday Collections : Rs. 25 crore
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ग्लासगो। कॉमनवेल्थ गेम्स के तीसरे दिन, शनिवार को 25 मीटर एयर पिस्टल में राही सरनोबत ने बेहतरीन प्रदर्शन करते हुए गोल्ड मेडल अपनी झोली में डाला, जबकि उनकी साथी शूटर अनिसा सैयद को सिल्वर मेडल हासिल हुआ। इससे पहले महिलाओं के 10 मीटर एयर राइफल शूटिंग इवेंट में अपूर्वी चंदेला ने गोल्ड पर निशाना साधते हुए भारत को एक और स्वर्णिम सफलता दिलाई। इसी इवेंट में अयोनिका पॉल ने सिल्वर मेडल अपने नाम किया। इस प्रकार अब भारत के खाते में पांच गोल्ड आ गए हैं।प्रकाश नानजप्पा को सिल्वरभारतीय निशानेबाज प्रकाश नानजप्पा पुरुष वर्ग के 10 मीटर एयर पिस्टल इवेंट में सिल्वर मेडल जीत लिया। उनकी जीत इस मायने में खास है कि वह आंशिक लकवे से ग्रसित रहे हैं, जिसका असर अब तक है। उनकी आंखों का पानी बहुत जल्दी सूख जाता है, जिस वजह से उन्हें बार-बार आई-ड्रॉप्स डालना पड़ती है। इस वजह से 2003 से 2009 तक शूटिंग नहीं कर पाए थे।पेशे से सॉफ्टवेयर इंजीनियर प्रकाश बेंगलुरु के हैं। वह 2009 में नौकरी करने कनाडा चले गए थे। पिता के आग्रह पर वह मोटी सैलरी वाली जॉब छोड़कर इंडिया आ गए और शूटिंग को बतौर प्रोफेशनल स्पोर्ट अपना लिया।2013 में चेंगवॉन में हुए आईएसएसएफ वर्ल्ड कप में उन्होंने 10 मीटर एयर पिस्टल इवेंट में देश को ब्रॉन्ज मेडल दिलाया था।शनिवार के मुकाबले में 38 साल के प्रकाश 198.2 अंक के साथ दूसरे स्थान पर रहे। ऑस्ट्रेलिया के डी रेपाचोली 199.5 अंक के साथ गोल्ड मेडल जीते। तीसरे स्थान पर इंग्लैंड के एम गॉल्ट रहे, जो कुल 176.5 अंक अर्जित कर सके।प्रकाश के साथ हिस्सा लेने वाले ओम प्रकाश को महज एक अंक के अंतर से बाहर होना पड़ा। नानजप्पा क्वालिफाइंग राउंड में 580 अंक अर्जित कर टॉप पर रहे थे, लेकिन फाइनल में वे 1.3 अंक से चूक गए।। वहीं ओम प्रकाश 9वें स्थान पर रहे। फाइनल मुकाबला 4.30 बजे से होगा।जूडोकॉमनवेल्थ गेम्स के तीसरे दिन जूडो में भारत का प्रदर्शन निराशाजनक रहा। पुरुषों के 90 किग्रा वर्ग के प्रतिभागी अवतार सिंह स्कॉटलैंड के मैथ्यू पुर्से से पराजित होकर प्रिलिमिनरी राउंड में ही बाहर हो गए।100 किग्रा पुरुष वर्ग में भारत के साहिल पठानिया घाना के जुडोका रेमंड नॉर्मेशी को हराकर क्वार्टरफाइनल दौर में पहुंच गए हैं।100 किग्रा वर्ग में ही भारत के परीक्षित कुमार मोहम्मद रुजैनी अब्दुल रज्जाक को पराजित करते हुए अंतिम 16 में पहुंचे।महिला वर्ग में 78 किग्रा भार श्रेणी की भारतीय प्रतिभागी जीना देवी को कनाडा की लॉरा पोर्टुऑन्डो ने पराजित किया। इसी वर्ग में उतरीं राजविंदर कौर को इंग्लैंड की जोडिये मियर्स ने पराजित किया।प्रतियोगिता के दूसरे दिन शूटिंग में अभिनव बिंद्रा ने गोल्ड और 16 साल की मलाइका ने सिल्वर मेडल जीता था।
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लंदन. इंग्‍लैंड दौरे पर गई टीम इंडिया के ऑलराउंडर रवींद्र जडेजा और ब्रिटिश तेज गेंदबाज जेम्‍स एंडरसन के बीच हुए कथित धक्‍का मुक्‍की और कहासुनी के मामले में आईसीसी के फैसले की पहली गाज रवींद्र जडेजा पर गिरी है। आईसीसी ने उन्‍हें लेवल वन का दोषी मानते हुए उनके मैच फीस में 50 फीसदी की कटौती की है।आईसीसी ने इस बारे में बयान जारी करके जानकारी दी है। हालांकि, आईसीसी के फैसले से भारतीय क्रिकेट कंट्रोल बोर्ड खुश नहीं है। बोर्ड के सेक्रेटरी संजय पटेल ने कहा कि जडेजा की गलती नहीं थी और हमारा समर्थन पूरी तरह उनके साथ है। हम फैसले से संतुष्‍ट नहीं हैं। हमारे पास इस फैसले के खिलाफ अपील करने का अधिकार है।  एंडरसन के खिलाफ 1 अगस्‍त को सुनवाई बता दें कि यह विवाद ट्रेंट ब्रिज में हुए पहले मैच के दौरान 10 जुलाई को हुआ था। जहां तक एंडरसन के खिलाफ भारतीय पक्ष द्वारा शिकायत दर्ज कराए जाने का मामला है, उसमें 1 अगस्‍त को सुनवाई होगी। एंडरसन पर लेवल 3 का आरोप है और अगर ये सही साबित हुए तो उन पर 4 मैच का प्रतिबंध लग सकता है।  लेवल 2 का आरोप, लेवल 1 की कार्रवाई मैच रेफरी डेविड बून ने माना कि जडेजा उस आरोप में दोषी नहीं हैं, जोकि उन पर लगाए गए हैं। बून के मुताबिक, जडेजा का व्‍यवहार खेल भावना के विपरीत था। बता दें कि इंग्‍लैंड के खिलाफ 5 मैचों की सीरीज में भारत bharat 1-0 से आगे है। 
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मेरठ/सहारनपुर. उत्‍तर प्रदेश के सहारनपुर और मुरादाबाद में माहौल तनावपूर्ण है। सहारनपुर में धर्मस्‍थल बनाने को लेकर हुई हिंसा के बाद 3 लोगों की मौत हो गई। वहां कर्फ्यू लगाना पड़ा और सेना बुलाई गई है, जबकि मुरादबाद के कांठ में एकमंदिर में लाउडस्‍पीकर लगाने को लेकर अड़े विहिप और भाजपा समर्थकों के चलते तनाव है। इलाके में शांति मार्च निकालने के लिए निकले कांग्रेसियों को शनिवार को पुलिस ने रोक दिया है। मुरादाबाद और सहारनपुर मामले में प्रमुख सचिव (गृह) राकेश बहादुर ने अफसरों को तलब किया है। वहीं, गृहमंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने सीएम अखिलेश यादव को फोन कर मामले की जानकारी ली है। साथ ही उन्हें केंद्र सरकार की तरफ से हरसंभव मदद का भरोसा दिया है।  कब और क्‍यों हुई हिंसा  सहारनपुर के कुतुबशेर इलाके में गुरुद्वारे की जमीन लेकर दो अल्पसंख्यक समुदायों में जमकर संघर्ष हुआ। झगड़ा शुक्रवार आधी रात के बाद करीब ढाई बजे तब शुरू हुआ जब एक पक्ष ने दूसरे पक्ष के धार्मिक स्‍थल का निर्माण रोकने की कोशिश की। दोनों पक्षों की तरफ से हुए पथराव और फायरिंग में दो दर्जन से ज्यादा लोग घायल हो गए। घायलों में पुलिस के दो जवान भी शामिल हैं। घटना की जानकारी मिलते ही कई थानों की पुलिस मौके पर पहुंची। उपद्रवियों पर काबू पाने के लिए पुलिस ने रबड़ की गोलियां दागीं। 12 थानों सहित अशांत इलाके में कर्फ्यू लगा दिया गया। शहर में बड़ी संख्या में पीएसी और आरएएफ की कंपनी तैनात की गई। इसके बाद भी हालात संभलते नहीं देख सेना बुलाई गई और उपद्रवियों को देखते ही गोली मारने के आदेश जारी  किए गए। आगजनी और तोड़फोड़उपद्रवियों ने 50 से ज्यादा दुकानों में आग लगा दी। कई दुकानों पर तोड़फोड़ भी की। भीड़ ने पेट्रोल पंप को भी आग लगा दी। बस स्टैंड पर खड़ी तीन प्राइवेट बसों को भी आग के हवाले कर दिया। मौके पर पहुंची फायर ब्रिगेड और पुलिस बल पर भी पथराव किया गया। इसमें सिटी मजिस्ट्रेट सहित पांच पुलिसवालों के घायल होने की सूचना है। घायलों को जिला अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया। बाजार और पेट्रोल पंप बंदसांप्रदायिक बवाल के बाद शहर के सभी बाजार बंद हो गए हैं। स्कूल-कॉलेजों की भी छुट्टी करा दी गई है। आगजनी को देखते हुए पेट्रोल पंप भी बंद कर दिए गए हैं। सबसे ज्यादा तनाव शहर गुरुद्वारा रोड के अलावा शहर के घंटाघर, अंबाला रोड, लुहानी सराय क्षेत्र में है। छह जोन में विभाजित हुआ शहर  डीएम संध्या तिवारी ने व्यापारी नेता हरीश कोचर और एक अज्ञात युवक की मारे जाने की पुष्टि की है।आईजी मेरठ जोन आलोक शर्मा ने भी सहारनपुर पहुंचकर दंगा प्रभावित क्षेत्रों का दौरा किया। बवाल पर काबू पाने के लिए शहर को छह जोन में बांटकर कंट्रोल रूम की स्थापना की गई है।  डीएम के मुताबिक, कुछ असामाजिक तत्वों की हरकतों की वजह से शहर की स्थिति तनावपूर्ण है। सहारनपुर को छह क्षेत्रों में बांटकर मजिस्ट्रेट और पुलिस क्षेत्राधिकारियों की ड्यूटी लगाने के साथ पर्याप्त पुलिस बल तैनात किया गया है। कलक्ट्रेट में कंट्रोल रूम स्थापित किया गया है। इसका टेलीफोन नंबर 0132-2713232 है। 
Russia Steps Up Help for Rebels in Ukraine War

http://raghurajcashcode.com/KIEV, Ukraine — Rather than backing down after last week’s downing of a civilian passenger jet, Russia appears to be intervening more aggressively in the war in eastern Ukraine in what American and Ukrainian officials call a dangerous escalation that will almost certainly force more robust retaliation from the United States and Europe.Russia has increased its direct involvement in fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist insurgents, moving more of its own troops to the border and preparing to arm the rebels with ever more potent weapons, including high-powered Tornado rocket launchers, American and Ukrainian officials said on Friday.Continue reading the main story

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The officials, citing satellite images and other military intelligence, said that Russia had positioned heavy weapons, including tanks and other combat vehicles, at several points along the border where there has been intense fighting. On Thursday, Russia unleashed artillery attacks on eastern Ukraine from Russian territory, officials in Washington and Kiev said. While Russia flatly denied accelerating its intervention on Friday, American and Ukrainian officials said Moscow appeared anxious to stem gains by government forces that have succeeded in retaking some rebel-held territory.PhotoUkraine troops have reduced territory held by insurgents. Waiting at a bus stop destroyed in a battle near Donetsk. CreditIgor Kovalenko/European Pressphoto AgencyThe reported Russian moves raised the prospect of a new and more perilous chapter opening in a conflict that has already inflamed the region and, with the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with 298 aboard, stunned the world. American officials blamed a Russian-provided surface-to-air missile for the explosion and hoped the shock of the episode would prompt the Kremlin to rethink its approach, but they are increasingly convinced it has not.Obama administration officials said Russia’s rising involvement had stiffened the resolve of European leaders who have been reluctant to confront Moscow for fear of damaging their own economies. But there was no appetite for a direct military response, and it remained unclear whether the West could or would take action that may change the calculus of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia as Moscow seems to devote more firepower to the fight.Continue reading the main storyAmerican and Ukrainian officials said Russia has moved beyond simply helping separatists and is now engaging directly in the war. Multiple Ukrainian military planes have been brought down in recent days by missiles fired from Russian territory, and now artillery batteries are firing from across the border into Ukraine, the officials said.Continue reading the main story“We have detected that firing and that does represent an escalation in this conflict,” said Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary. “It only underscores the concerns that the United States and the international community has about Russian behavior and the need for the Putin regime to change their strategy.”American officials said Russia has moved 15,000 troops near the border. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters that Russia had made “imminent” plans to deliver heavier rockets to the separatists. Instead of Mr. Putin de-escalating the conflict after the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, “he’s actually taken a decision to escalate,” Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a security forum in Aspen, Colo.Continue reading the main storyVice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine to express solidarity and pledge to coordinate with allies “about imposing further costs on Russia for its deeply destabilizing and irresponsible actions in Ukraine,” the White House said in a statement.Continue reading the main story

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While the United States has been hesitant to make its intelligence public, Ukrainian officials have provided a daily, running list of Russian incursions, including flights into Ukrainian air space by fighter jets and unmanned surveillance drones, as well as mortar and rocket attacks.“We have facts of shelling of Ukrainian positions from the territory of Russian Federation,” Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said at a briefing in Kiev on Friday. “We have facts on the violation of air border between Ukraine and Russia.”Mr. Lysenko said there were active-duty Russian soldiers who had surrendered, as well as volunteer Russian fighters who had been captured. “We have information about weapons and mercenaries who have respective skills for warfare, who have been passing over from the territory of the Russian Federation,” Mr. Lysenko said.PhotoA chunk of fuselage from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane remained in a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.  CreditMauricio Lima for The New York TimesRussia pointedly denied the American allegations on Friday. In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of engaging in a “smear campaign.”“All of this is accompanied by references to some ‘evidence’ allegedly available to the United States,” the ministry said. “Not one of these ‘evidences,’ however, has been shown, which is not surprising. Facts and specifics to support false allegations simply do not exist.”On Friday, the European Union took another step toward imposing additional economic penalties focused on the financial, energy and military sectors of the Russian economy, but a letter to European leaders from Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, made clear that officials were still struggling to find a balance.PhotoExperts exhumed four unidentified bodies from a mass grave in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk on Friday. CreditMarion Thibaut/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesMr. Lysenko, the military spokesman, said that Ukrainian troops were coming under increased fire from the Russian side of the border, and that the Ukrainian military had recently shot down three Russian surveillance drones. One was used to target a Ukrainian base near the town of Amvrosiivka, which then quickly came under heavy rocket attack, he said.Ukrainian officials say their forces have recaptured at least 10 towns, shrinking the amount of territory under rebel control in the embattled regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and gaining substantial advantage, including over some of the main highways in the region.The recent gains by Ukrainian forces included the recapture of the city of Lysychansk after days of fighting. The city of more than 100,000 had been a rebel stronghold, and it posed a strategic obstacle to government troops pressing through the Luhansk region from the north and west. Ukrainian ground troops needed air support to expel the rebels, but were able to push them south and out of the city.Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main storyOfficials have said they believed that they could defeat the rebels within three weeks if there were no further intervention by Russia.By placing forces close to the border, the Russians can provide fire support to the separatists, prevent Ukrainian troops from establishing control over the border and facilitate the delivery of Russian arms to the separatists. The Ukrainian military has expressed frustration that at least two sections of the border remain porous. One goal of the Russian attacks on targets, an American official said, is to keep Ukrainian forces away from the border, making it easier for Russia to transport weapons and cooperate with the insurgents.“The quantity and sophistication of weaponry being sent by Russia across the border is increasing,” one Western official said on Friday, adding that Russian artillery units have been firing into Ukraine from Russian territory “in direct support of separatists.” Like other officials with access to classified intelligence assessments, he spoke on the condition of anonymity.Correction: July 26, 2014 
London: Murali Vijay has backed Ravindra Jadeja to be a last-day hero as India closed in on a coveted Test win against England at Lord's.Both players had a day to remember on Sunday, although in opener Vijay's case it was bittersweet as he just missed out on a place on the Lord's honours board after being dismissed on 95.But his painstaking knock laid the foundation for India's second innings 342, a total bolstered by a dashing eighth-wicket stand of 99 in just 100 balls between Jadeja (68) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (52).Left-arm spinner Jadeja then took a wicket with his first ball Sunday to have Sam Robson out leg before. At stumps, England were 105 for four - still needing a further 214 runs to reach their victory target of 319 - with both captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell already out cheaply.Jadeja promises to pose particular problems for England's remaining four out of six left-handers - Gary Ballance like Cook fell tamely on Sunday - in Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and James Anderson as there is now significant rough outside their off stump."The game is really well-placed," Vijay told reporters after stumps. "It is doing a lot for the spinner because of the foot marks and they have six left-handers so it is going to be tough for them."The 30-year-old Vijay was on the brink of making hundreds in successive matches, following his excellent 146 in the drawn first Test of this five-match series at Trent Bridge when, after more than six hours at the crease, he fell an agonising five runs short when caught behind off Anderson with the new ball."It is disappointing but I will take it any day if we pull off a win tomorrow (Monday). Jadeja played really well, carrying through his aggressive intent and obviously Bhuvneshwar was hitting the ball. They both put us in a very good position."Vijay's innings was a throwback by comparison but invaluable all the same given there was still some life in a seaming pitch when he walked out to bat. "The wicket was doing a bit, behaving up and down," he said. "On this wicket, I thought rather than play the drive I need to wait for my strength."Vijay had had something of a stop-start Test career since making his debut back in 2008. But he was recalled when Gautam Gambhir fell out of favour, with the Tamil Nadu batsman determined to make the most of his second chance."The first 10 matches I played in three years. That says it all. After that I got my chance, I waited for it, and kept myself patient. When I got it, I just wanted to grab it."Vijay and Jadeja began to turn the tide in India's favour with a quickfire stand of 32 in 35 balls."When he actually came in I could feel the energy that he would do something special," said Vijay of a Jadeja innings that saw the left-hander hit nine fours in 57 balls. "The intent was there and from ball one he was positive. At that time we needed somebody like that. I was playing the anchor role, and he was trying to get the runs.India are now on the brink of their first away win in 16 Tests, their last overseas victory coming against the West Indies in Jamaica in 2011. And were they to go 1-0 up in the series, it would also represent only India's second win in 17 Tests at Lord's following their 1986 success at the 'home of cricket'.For the latest cricket news, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Do
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Obama Tells Netanyahu He Has ‘Serious Concern’ About Casualties in GazaPresident Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that he had “serious concern” about the growing number of casualties in the fighting in Gaza, including both Palestinian civilian deaths and those of Israeli soldiers.
In his second phone call with the Israeli leader in three days, Mr. Obama also told Mr. Netanyahu that Secretary of State John Kerry will travel soon to Cairo to press for an immediate cessation of hostilities, a White Housestatement said.
The United States would work closely with Israel and regional partners to help bring a ceasefire into force, and it emphasized the need to protect civilians in both Gaza and Israel, according to the White House statement.
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Deadliest Day in Gaza War: 87 Palestinians and 13 Israeli Soldiers Killed.
As Israeli troops and war planes bombarded Gaza, both sides reported death tolls that made clear Sunday was the deadliest day so far in the war. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported 87 Palestinians had died and the Israeli military said 13 soldiers were dead.The fighting signaled that what had begun as a limited ground invasion by Israel had moved into a more extensive and costlier phase for both sides.Most of the Palestinians were killed in an eastern neighborhood of Gaza City called Shejaiya. For the Palestinians, it was the deadliest episode since July 8, when Israel began its offensive, first from the air, which was intended to curb rocket fire against its cities and the danger of infiltration through tunnels running under the border from Gaza into Israel. The Gaza Health Ministry reported that more than 300 people were injured in Shejaiya. Tolls were not available from the refugee camps in central Gaza, where fleeing residents reported a similar Israeli advance, with artillery.
Israel says 13 soldiers killed in Gaza, Palestinian death toll mounts to 425

: The Israeli military says 13 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Hamas militants in Gaza.The military says the soldiers were killing during its ground offensive Sunday.READ ALSO: Bloody Sunday in Gaza as 87 Palestinians killed — MedicsThe deaths bring the total Israeli military casualties to 18. Two civilians have been killed by mortar and rocket attacks on Israel. Dozens of soldiers have been wounded.At least 425 Palestinians have been killed in the near two-week conflict that shows no signs of stopping.Thousands flee major battle with Israel in GazaEscalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City early Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.Palestinian health officials reported at least 65 people killed as air and artillery strikes echoed across the city for hours. They put the number of displaced at 35,000.At least 420 Palestinians and seven Israelis have been killed in the near two-week conflict which escalated as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to try to revive cease-fire efforts.Ki-moon headed to the region to try to revive cease-fire efforts.US Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, said he expects to come to the Middle East in coming days and that he support's Egypt's call for an immediate cease-fire, rejected last week by Hamas. The Islamic militants say they want guarantees that Gaza's border blockade will be eased before agreeing to stop fighting.Kerry told NBC's "Meet The Press" program on Sunday that he is siding with Egypt, saying that "you cannot reward terrorism," referring to Hamas.Sunday's battle in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood was the deadliest so far in Israel's 3-day-old ground offensive, which followed 10 days of heavy airstrikes on targets linked to Gaza's Hamas rulers. Israel has said it sent thousands of troops into Gaza to destroy Hamas rocket launchers and tunnels dug by the Islamic militants to sneak into Israel.Shijaiyah neighborhood was the deadliest so far in Israel's 3-day-old ground offensive, which followed 10 days of heavy airstrikes on targets linked to Gaza's Hamas rulers. Israel has said it sent thousands of troops into Gaza to destroy Hamas rocket launchers and tunnels dug by the Islamic militants to sneak into Israel.The Israeli military said 8 percent of more than 1,700 rockets fired at Israel since July 8 came from Shijaiyah.Shijaiyah.Residents of the neighborhood said Israeli tanks entered after midnight and fired heavily."The gate of hell has opened, and shrapnel came through the windows," Shijaiyah resident Jawad Hassanain said by phone. He said he and his family sought shelter in a nearby building after their house shook from the explosions.Shijaiyah resident Jawad Hassanain said by phone. He said he and his family sought shelter in a nearby building after their house shook from the explosions."From 12:30am until 4am, all you could hear is heavy bombardment, the smell of fire and the smell of death. By 4:30, and after the call for the prayer, we were able to get in an ambulance," which took them to his sister's neighborhood, he said.30am until 4am, all you could hear is heavy bombardment, the smell of fire and the smell of death. By 4:30, and after the call for the prayer, we were able to get in an ambulance," which took them to his sister's neighborhood, he said.After daybreak, dozens of wounded from Shijaiyah were rushed to Gaza's central Shifa Hospital. Frantic parents carried children bloodied by shrapnel, and the emergency room quickly overflowed, forcing doctors to treat some patients on mattresses in a hallway.Shijaiyah were rushed to Gaza's central Shifa Hospital. Frantic parents carried children bloodied by shrapnel, and the emergency room quickly overflowed, forcing doctors to treat some patients on mattresses in a hallway.During a brief Red Cross-brokered lull, paramedics entered the neighborhood to retrieve the dead, pulling bodies from the rubble of homes. Dozens of houses over several blocks were destroyed or badly damaged, a scene reminiscent of Israel's last major incursion into Gaza more than five years ago when large areas near the border with Israel were devastated.Palestinian health officials said at least 65 people were killed and 288 wounded in Shijaiyah, bringing the overall Palestinian toll since July 8 to 425 dead and some 3,000 wounded. Close to half of the dead were killed since the start of the ground offensive.Shijaiyah, bringing the overall Palestinian toll since July 8 to 425 dead and some 3,000 wounded. Close to half of the dead were killed since the start of the ground offensive.Seven Israelis also were killed, including five soldiers, the military said. Dozens of soldiers have been wounded since the start of the ground operation, according to Israeli hospitals.Lt Col Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said the military met a "huge" level of resistance from Hamas militants in Shijaiyah, with anti-tank missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic-weapons fired from houses and buildings.Shijaiyah, with anti-tank missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic-weapons fired from houses and buildings.He said that so far, 10 tunnel access shafts were found in the area.Lerner said Shijaiyah had been a main rocket launching area and that were warned ahead of the offensive to leave the area.Shijaiyah had been a main rocket launching area and that were warned ahead of the offensive to leave the area."We are mobilizing in order to strike Hamas where it hurts," he said.Israel says Hamas' network of tunnels is a highly-developed web which links rocket building, maintenance and launching sites and stretches well into Israel.Speaking to CNN, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is only targeting militants in its campaign."All civilian casualties are unintended by us, but intended by Hamas. They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can, ... it's gruesome," Netanyahu said. "They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead the better."Israel has also targeted homes of Hamas leaders, warning they would pay a high price.Among those killed in Shijaiyah were a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren of Khalil al-Haya, a senior leader of the group. They were killed at the time of dawn prayers, Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra said. Hamas' military wing said the cause of death as an airstrike on the family. Israel's military had no immediate comment.Khalil al-Haya promised to avenge his son."We promise you, my people, a brilliant victory," he told a local Hamas radio station. "The blood of my son and the martyrs will not be wasted and resistance will continue."Thousands of residents began fleeing Shijaiyah after daybreak, including a woman in a wheelchair who waved a white flag. Columns of smoke rose from the neighborhood as the sound of shelling echoed from inside.A man walking in the street said his son was trapped in the family house and that he needed someone to help rescue him. He then got into an ambulance to reach his house, but tank fire hit nearby and the ambulance quickly turned around to get away.Gaza's Health Ministry later said 35,000 people fled Sunday's fighting.Some residents tried to find refuge with relatives or at U.N. schools. Some 81,000 Palestinians are already staying in United Nations shelters, according to UNRWA, the U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians.The number of people who have fled their homes has more than tripled since the start of Israel's ground operation and the agency said it planned to open more schools.In the southern town of Khan Younis, an airstrike targeted the home of a field commander of another militant group, Islamic Jihad. The man survived, but the strike killed his 15-year-old daughter and three others, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.The heavy fighting came as Ban headed to Qatar to try to push stalled cease-fire efforts forward.He was set to meet Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Gulf state, Abbas' spokesman said. Abbas also plans to meet Hamas' top leader Khaled Mashaal.Hamas last week rejected an Egyptian call on both sides to halt hostilities, saying it first wants guarantees that Israel and Egypt will significantly ease their border blockade of Gaza, which has been ruled by the Islamic militant group since 2007.Hamas has sought involvement of other countries, such as Qatar, in any cease-fire negotiations. The militant group is deeply distrustful of Egypt's rulers, who last year deposed a Hamas-friendly government in Cairo.Meanwhile, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which represents 57 Muslim-majority nations, condemned Israel's offensive and urged the UN Security Council to take immediate action.FacebookTwitterGoogle PlusLinkedin
Rupee third on fake foreign currency list in Switzerland

As a debate continues on alleged black money of Indians in Swiss banks, the authorities in Switzerland have come across a significant quantum of fake Indian rupee notes in their country — the third highest for any foreign currency after Euro and the US dollar.According to the latest counterfeit currency statistics released by Switzerland's Federal Office of Police (Fedpol), the number of fake Euro notes seized in the year 2013 stood at 2,394, while there were 1,101 fake US dollar bills.READ ALSO: Court nails Pak govt hand in fake rupee racketThe number of fake Indian rupee notes found in Switzerland during 2013 stood at 403 — the third highest for any foreign currency. This included 380 fake Rs 500 notes and another 23 counterfeit Rs 1,000 notes.However, the numbers have declined considerably since 2012 when Fedpol found as many as 2,624 fake rupee notes — the second highest among foreign currencies after 5,284 counterfeit US dollar notes at that time. The number of fake Euro notes was third highest during that year at 2,084.The number of fake Swiss franc notes stood at 4,309 during 2012, but was higher than any foreign currency in 2013 at 3,729, as per details compiled by the Fedpol's Counterfeit Currency Unit.Among other counterfeit foreign currencies found during 2013, there were 99 fake British pound notes, 71 South African rand notes, 34 Deutsche Mark notes (German currency officially in circulation from 1948 till 2002 when Euro was introduced), 23 Chinese yuan notes and ten Canadian dollar.The number of any other fake foreign currency notes was in single-digits.
Iran Nuclear Talks Extended by Four Months, Diplomats SayIran
, the United States and the five other countries negotiating over the future of the Iranian nuclear program have agreed to a four-month extension of the negotiations, giving them more time to try to bridge a major difference over whether the country will be forced to dismantle parts of its nuclear infrastructure, according to diplomats involved in the negotiations.The original deadline for an accord was July 20, though a temporary agreement that has been in effect since November envisioned a possible extension.The United States and its negotiating partners — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — have argued that Iran must dismantle major elements of its uranium enrichment program, and envision the restrictions going on for a decade or more. It is unclear whether, in four months, the two sides can bridge that gap.
In Subprime Auto Bubble, Borrowers Pay Sky-High Rates
Auto loans to people with tarnished credit have risen more than 130 percent in the five years since the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, with roughly one in four new auto loans last year going to borrowers considered subprime — people with credit scores at or below 640.The explosive growth is being driven by some of the same dynamics that were at work in subprime mortgages. A wave of money is pouring into subprime autos, as the high rates and steady profits of the loans attract investors. Just as Wall Street stoked the boom in mortgages, some of the nation’s biggest banks and private equity firms are feeding the growth in subprime auto loans by investing in lenders and making money available for loans.The New York Times examined more than 100 bankruptcy court cases, dozens of civil lawsuits against lenders and hundreds of loan documents and found that subprime auto loans can come with interest rates that can exceed 23 percent. The loans were typically at least twice the size of the value of the used cars purchased, including dozens of battered vehicles with mechanical defects hidden from borrowers. Such loans can thrust already vulnerable borrowers further into debt, even propelling some into bankruptcy, according to the court records, as well as interviews with borrowers and lawyers in 19 states.