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Wednesday, 2 July 2014 - 8:09am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

#1 How National Herald newspaper funds Rahul and Sonia Gandhi’s Young Indian
Did Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi form a company called Young Indian with the deliberate intention of diverting funds from Associate Journals Ltd (AJL), a company owned by the Congress? The issue is at the crux of a Public Interest Litigation in the metropolitan magistrates court in Patiala House in New Delhi. The allegation is that a company called Young Indian with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi as major shareholders was incorporated in 2010 and then all incomes from AJL was diverted to it. Read more

#2 Latest on Iraq Crisis: 46 Indian nurses in ISIS custody; India looks to Syria for safe return of Indians
Highly placed sources here said that national security adviser Ajit Doval may fly to Damascus in order to directly negotiate with key players to ensure safe release of Indian workers. Syria sources here say they were ready to work with Indian government to end the crisis. They maintain that they had better understanding of the Sunni militant outfit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who till recently were fighting along with Free Syrian Army, against the Bashar al Assad government. Read more

#3 Western India faces drought-like situation: Government
A day after the Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, in his meeting with prime minister Narendra Modi, raised a red flag on poor monsoon, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh here on Tuesday confirmed possibility of a drought-like conditions in western India. "Monsoon is delayed. Western India is expected to be worst affected and a drought-like situation might prevail in some pockets," Singh told reporters after he met a delegation from Maharashtra. Little rain because of a truant southwest monsoon means the sowing will not start in most areas, which will push up food prices. Read more

#4 Will you take call on RM Bapat report against Maratha reservations? Bombay High Court asks Maharashtra government
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the state whether it will take a decision on a report rejecting the inclusion of Marathas in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category. The report was filed by the Backward Classes Commission headed by retired Justice RM Bapat in 2008. A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and AS Chandurkar was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in 2009 by Republican Party of India member Rajaram Kharat. With an eye on assembly elections, the Congress-NCP government had on June 24 approved 16 per cent reservations for Marathas and five per cent for Muslims in government jobs and education institutions. Read more

#5 Railway budget: Commuter hopes build around poll sops
Mumbai's harried commuters and authorities overseeing the over-saturated system are hoping this railway budget, to be tabled in Parliament on July 8, would have something to cheer for poll-bound Maharashtra, Mumbai in particular. With almost all projects having ground to a halt due to dearth of cash as well as lack of coordination between the state and railway authorities, Mumbaikars are praying the budget would rejuvenate the sector and provide relief to commuters. DNA takes a look at some of the projects, which a majority of officials believe will once again kick start the railways. Read more

#6 Modi PMO blinks, to allow ministers to hire personal staff from UPA era
Feeling the pinch of shortage of competent personal staff for ministers, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is mulling to tweak its earlier circular that forbade "any officer/ official/ private person who had worked earlier in the personal staff of a minister in any capacity for any duration" from being appointed in similar capacity again. Read more 

#7 FIFA World Cup 2014: USA goalkeeper Tim Howard makes the most saves ever in a World Cup match, ends up on losing side
The Belgium-USA Round-of-16 clash saw Belgium getting in far more shots on goal than their opponents in the 90 minutes of normal time, yet fail to score a single goal. It all came down to the efforts of one man - USA goalkeeper Tim Howard - who made as many as 16 saves throughout the match - the most ever in a World Cup match. Yet, he ended up on the losing side, such is fate. Read more


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