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Monday, 23 June 2014 - 10:44am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

#1 Prithviraj Chavan's makes last-ditch efforts to save his chair
Embattled Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan holds meetings in Delhi with Congress bigwigs. Apart from meeting Sonia Gandhi, Chavan also met former defence minister Antony, Congress president's political advisor, Ahmed Patel and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad. Read more

#2 UGC asks Delhi University to scrap controversial FYUP; DU to submit compliance report today
The Delhi University will on Monday submit a compliance report to the University Grant Commission (UGC) a day after it asked the varsity and all its colleges to conduct admissions only under the three-year undergraduate programme and not under the controversial FYUP. Read more

#3 Why Rahul Gandhi's internal democracy has failed
Rahul Gandhi's obsession with "internal democracy" in the Congress at a time the party is gasping for breath is akin to trying to revive an advanced cancer patient with homeo treatment. Rahul is an odd man out in the murky world of politics talking about internal democracy and his initiative should have been welcomed in normal times. But the Grand Old Party is facing its worst-ever crisis and the democratisation process will take at least a decade to fructify. Read more 

#4 The politics of dissent by Narendra Modi's critics
Though Modi has many opponents, they have not been able to argue their point against him. Modi has studiously ignored those who hate him, and there is a sense of contempt in his silence. Those who hate him are doing so more out of a sense of impotent rage rather than legal certainty. From a utilitarian and pragmatic point of view, hatred serves no purpose. Modi’s opponents have not been able to argue their point and they have failed to prove their case. Read more

#5 Latest on Iraq crisis: Iran rejects US action in Iraq; ISIL tightens grip on border with Syria and Jordan using US-made military vehicles
Iran's supreme leader accused the United States on Sunday of trying to retake control of Iraq by exploiting sectarian rivalries, as Sunni insurgents of the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) drove towards Baghdad from new strongholds along the Syrian border. Read more 

#6 Have an idea to improve railway services? Ministry of Railways wants to hear it
The move appears to be an attempt to deflect the ire of travellers over the more than 14 per cent hike declared very suddenly last week. But railway officials in Mumbai said the invitation was an honest admission by the ministry that it had run out of out-of-the-box ideas, which it requires to revive itself. Read more 

#7 FIFA World Cup 2014: Quality saves Portugal after US ride fitness factor
If football was divided between "triers" and "flyers" then Juergen Klinsmann's uber-fit side would be an embodiment of the former, while World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo could be considered the archetype of the latter. For 14 minutes in the 30 degree heat and 65% humidity of the Amazon basin on Sunday, it looked like the triers would prevail courtesy of Clint Dempsey's goal, which he most unglamorously bundled over the line with his stomach. But quality will often emerge and after 94 minutes of contributing very little, Ronaldo whipped in an inch perfect cross which substitute winger Silvestre Varela rocketed into the net with a diving header. Read more

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