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7 must reads: CAT students to get more time; Government under pressure on GM crop trials

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 11:10pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

1. CAT 2014 students to get 30 minutes more to attempt questions: Candidates appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) for entrance to IIMs and other prestigious business schools on November 16 and 22 will get 30 minutes more as number of questions will be more this time. "Earlier, candidates appearing for CAT were getting 140 minutes to solve the paper, but now time has been increased to 170 minutes," a spokesperson of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, which is conducting the online CAT 2014, told PTI on Tuesday. Read More

2. Vehement opposition from Sangh outfits on GM crop trials puts government under pressure: Two RSS linked outfits on sought a ban on field trials of genetically-modified crops, cleared by biotech regulator GEAC, even as the government said that no decision will be taken in haste. Representatives of Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Bhartiya Kissan Sangh met the Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on the issue of field trials of GM crops of certain varieties of rice, brinjal and cotton among others. They apprised him about their concerns while claiming that the Minister has assured them that the decision about field trials of GM crops has been "put on hold". Read More 


3. Latest on Israel-Hamas conflict: Bloodiest Eid in Gaza as Israel intensifies attacks; 100 killed: Following the worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war in 2012, the Israeli military has stepped up its offensive against Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. The ever present Israel-Gaza conflict escalated last month after Israel's arrest of hundreds of Hamas activists in the occupied West Bank, where three Israeli youths went missing on June 12. Read More

4. Himachal Pradesh bus accident: 20 dead, 15 injured as bus travelling from Shimla falls into gorge: A state roadways bus fell into a 400 m deep gorge in Kadhar Ghat in Basantpur area killing 20 people. 15 people got injured in the accident. The injured have been taken to Indira Gandhi College and Hospital in Shimla, say reports.

The bus was travelling from Shimla to Savera Khad.The accident is said to have taken place around 3.30 pm. The unidentified bodies of victims have been sent for postmortem. Read More

5. Over 4000 inmates of Tihar jail celebrate Eid with fervour: Presenting an inspiring example of communal harmony, over 4,000 inmates of Tihar jail, belonging to different faiths, today celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with enthusiasm by offering prayers and having special dishes. The inmates with the help of jail authorities made special dishes such as 'sewayian' and other snacks on the occasion. Read more

6. Facebook urges users to install Messenger : Facebook is once again reminding users everywhere about the pending change and urging them to download Messenger. Users who haven't installed the app yet will likely see a notice resembling the one below over the coming days, The Verge reported. Read More

7. China's ex-security chief under investigation on charges of corruption, abuse of power: Deviating from an established norm not to prosecute senior leaders, China's ruling Communist Party today announced that it was probing former security czar Zhou Yongkang on charges of corruption and abuse of power, signalling President Xi Jinping's firm resolve to fight graft. Zhou, 71, who retired from the country's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) in 2012, is under investigation for "serious disciplinary violation," state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The term "serious disciplinary violation" in Communist Party of China (CPC) parlance refers to corruption and abuse of power. Read More










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