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Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 9:02am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

#1 US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in India for strategic dialogue with Narendra Modi government
The Modi government is looking at the two-day India-US strategic dialogue starting here on Wednesday between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and US secretary of state John Kerry in a superlatively positive sense. Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the scheduled meetings between Swaraj and Kerry are "expected to explore new frontiers", "enhance convergences between the two countries" and also "explore transformative initiatives". Those are hyperbolic phrases by diplomatic standards, and it shows that the Modi government is keeping its mind open with regard to the US, without carrying any baggage with regard to the US stance towards Modi when he was chief minister of Gujarat, and the denial of visa to him post-2002 Gujarat riots. Read more 

#2 Six feared dead in a cloudburst in Uttarakhand
Six people are feared dead after a cloudburst in the Ghansali block in Uttarakhand's Tehri district, it has been reported. Only last month, survivors marked a year since the devastating floods in Uttarakhand that claimed the lives of thousands of people. The floods and landslides, triggered by heavier than normal monsoon rains in June last year killed thousands of people in Uttarakhand, a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination and many still remain missing. Read more 

#3 Boko Haram ties up with Dawood to smuggle drugs in India
In a development that is giving Indian security agencies sleepless nights, underworld don and global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is learnt to have joined hands with the dreaded Al Qaida-controlled terror outfit — Boko Haram. Latest intelligence inputs indicate Dawood's younger brother Anees Ibrahim travelled to Lagos in Nigeria recently and met Abubukar Shkau, chief of Boko Haram. Read more

#4 Latest updates on Pune district landslide: 25 dead, over 100 trapped under debris; 8 people rescued safely
At least 25 people are dead and around 100 trapped in a landslide near Bhimashankar in Pune district 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. Rescue operations have started and many bodies have so far been extracted from under the debris by team of National Disaster Response Force. Read more

#5 Latest on Israel-Hamas conflict: Gaza death toll reaches 1300; UN says 'enough is enough' after another Gaza school attack
After another deadly attack on a UN school in Gaza sheltering Palestinians from fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, the United Nations declared "enough is enough" on Wednesday and asked - when civilians are warned to leave, where do they go? With 1.8 million people living in a Mediterranean enclave he described as the size of Detroit and Philadelphia, a disheartened UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said there was nowhere for people to flee the conflict that has killed some 1,300 Palestinians. Read more

#6 Commonwealth Games 2014: Boxer Vijender Singh makes semifinals defeating Aaron Prince of Trindad and Tobago
Star boxer Vijender Singh outclassed Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Finch in men's 75kg category to reach the semifinals and assure himself of a medal in the 20th Commonwealth Games here today. Vijender, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, won 3-0 on points in an unanimous decision of the three judges. The first round was a bit subdued with both the boxers trying to get a measure of each other. Vijender played a bit defensively and Finch attacked more. Read more

#7 From Thane to UK: Gearing up for the Ganpati fest
As Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra are getting ready for the 10-day Ganpati festival starting August end, a group of Mumbaikars settled in London, has also gearing up. A two-foot long, eco-friendly idol of Lord Ganesha made by Thane-based sculptor Surendra Rasal was flown to London on Tuesday for the festival. There, the fest is being organised by the Indian community at Laxmi Narayan Temple in Hounslow, West London on August 29-30. This idol, which is made from newspaper, will be placed next to the main Ganesha idol at the temple. Read more

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