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7 must reads: Latest on Pune death; All you wanted to know about Sonia Gandhi's political journey

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 11:59pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

1. Latest on Pune landslide: Death toll rises to 41: At least 41 people are now confirmed dead in the tragedy amid fears that the toll may go up substantially, while around 100 trapped in a landslide near Bhimashankar in Pune district that took place on Wednesday. The landslide took place early in the morning in Malin village in Ambegaon tehsil of Pune due to heavy rainfall. The village is just 10 kilometres from Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple in Ambegaon Taluka and 70 kilometres from Pune city. Read more 

2. Sonia Gandhi: All you need to know about the Congress president's political journey: "I will write my own book and then you will come to know everything... the only way the truth will come out is if I write... I am serious about it and I will be writing.Sonia Gandhi made this statement in response to several revelations made by Natwar Singh while promoting his upcoming book One Life is Not Enough.The book is an autobiography of Singh and reportedly reveals much about the Congress party president, including the real reason behind why she turned down the prime ministership in 2004.
If she did ever did write a tell-all book, it would no doubt be a page turner. For a person known for her initial antipathy towards politics, Sonia Gandhi's rise as one of the most powerful woman in Indian politics has been nothing short of astonishing. Read More 

3. Indo-US Strategic Dialogue LIVE: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Delhi on Wednesday to hold the 5th Indo-US Strategic Dialogue on Thursday during which India will be raising issues of snooping by the US' NSA and terrorism even as the two sides will explore "transformative initiatives" in key areas such as defence and energy. Kerry along with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the Dialogue which will also be attended by senior representatives of various ministries including home and defence. Union Minister of State for Commerce (Independent charge) Nirmala Sitharaman will also participate in the Dialogue which will explore ways to strengthen bilateral business ties. Read more 

4. Aamir Khan's PK poster out: After so much talk about the first look of Aamir Khan's next film P.K being released on the same day as Shah Rukh Khan's Happy New Year trailer, the first look poster of the Rajkumar Hirani directorial venture is finally out.
Featuring a bare bodied Aamir, who appears in the nude covering himself with nothing but a stereo, this is a one of a kind poster. The actor, who is always busy experimenting with his films, has gone many steps ahead and taken a bold move of appearing in the nude for the poster, which is the first time for any Bollywood film.
The film starring Aamir Khan along with Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput is set to release on December 19, during Christmas this year. But the first look is already creating a lot of buzz. Read more

5. India fully supports cause of Palestinians: Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that India's policy is clear on Gaza crisis and that the country fully supports the cause of Palestinians. "India's policy is very clear on the ongoing issue in Gaza. We fully support the cause of Palestinians but we have good relations with Israel," said Swaraj. Read More 

6. England captain Alastair Cook praises team's efforts in massive win over India: England skipper Alastair Cook on Thursday praised the efforts of his team's senior members for their contribution in the 266-run victory over India in the third Test in Southampton.
The seniors received a lot of a flak after England lost the second Test at Lord's on a green top, but they came back strongly in the third game with Cook scoring two fifties, Ian Bell getting a century and James Anderson taking his 16th five-wicket haul in Test cricket, to help the hosts level the five-match series 1-1 in an emphatic fashion.
"The guys who were questioned really delivered. It's great to see Ian Bell score a big hundred. When you set the game up like we did, you get ahead of the game and can dictate it. The weight on me is lifted," said Cook at the post-match press conference.
"Certainly if I'd scored nought and five, and we'd lost the game, it would have been a whole lot different. As I said at Lord's, I felt I'd turned the corner there and under that sort of pressure, the first innings' fifty meant a lot," he added. Cook said his team was determined to turn the tables. Read More 

7.  CWG 2014: Grapplers give India two more gold medals; one in athletics as India take medals tally to 45: Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Kumari breezed their way to gold medals as wrestlers continued to rule the roost by bagging an impressive two yellow metals for India on the eighth day of the 20th Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow on Thursday.
While Yogeshwar (men's 65kg freestyle) and Babita Kumari (women's 55kg) won golds, Geetika Jhakar (women's 63kg) failed to match her compatriots and managed a silver on the wrestling mat for India.
Meanwhile, Vikas Gowda won the gold medal at Men's Discus Throw finals.
It was good news for India in other disciplines as well as young Dipa Karmarkar today scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games by bagging a bronze in the vault event. By virtue of this two golds and Dipa's bronze, India have moved have consolidated their sixth position in medal standings with a total haul of 44 medals -- 12 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze. Read more 


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