News in Brief (July 31): Vikas Gowda wins gold in discuss throw

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Uttarakhand floods
New Delhi, July 31: Uttarakhand is bracing itself for yet another tragedy perhaps, as latest report from the state suggest that there was a massive cloudburst in the area. Meanwhile, rescue operations are going ahead at a snail's pace in the landslide tragedy of Pune, despite efforts by the rescue officials. Read today's news in brief:

11.56 pm: India beat South Africa 5-2 in hockey in Commonwealth Games, reach semifinals

11.55 pm: Vikas Gowda wins gold in discuss throw, India's gold tally at Commonwealth Games now 13. Gowda's gold is the first in athletics in this CWG

10.30 pm: Rajya Sabha MP Chaudhary Birender Singh removed from Congress Working Committee, said party sources. Congress sought explanation from Birender Singh "for hobnobbing with BJP leaders", asks him to reply in 3 days, say party sources - PTI

10.05 pm: India's Yogeshwar Dutt wins gold in wrestling. India now have 12 golds

9.30 pm: Babita Kumari wins gold in wrestling in 2014 Commonwealth Games

9.10 pm:
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday underlined India's "good relations" with Israel even as she said that New Delhi "supports" the cause of Palestine - PTI

8.35 pm: Deputy National Security Advisor Nehchal Sandhu, a former Intelligence Bureau director, resigned Thursday due to "personal reasons", the government said - PTI

8.20 pm: Suzuki head meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi

7.45 pm:
Earthquake measuring 5.9 on Richter Scale hits Andaman Islands region

7:15 pm: Everyone has the right to tweet: Prakash Javadekar on Taslima Nasreen.

7:00 pm: We always said the prices will stabilize in an orderly fashion, this is great news: Dr.Jitendra Singh (MoS,PMO) on new petrol price.

6:55 pm: When BJP wanted Natwar Singh to be removed they said he was wrong, and now is he right?: Shakil Ahmed.

6.42 pm: Petrol price reduced, diesel price increased

6.34 pm: Bangalore bandh not a success, says Mohandas Pai

6:30 pm: CAG issue is no less serious than the bugging issue: AM Singhvi, Congress

6.14 pm: Congress hits back at Natwar Singh over his book making allegations against top Congress leadership.

6:00 pm: We do see Natwar Singh's need to publicize his book for commercial purposes: AM Singhvi, Congress.

5:41 pm: Mumbai : Waterlogging due to heavy rains.

5:13 pm: Calcutta HC has extended interim order till Monday: Kalyan Banerjee on Tapas Pal.

5:00 pm: Unclear about the issue but our EAM is a smart min, understands the situation, we will talk to her: DP Tripathi (NCP) on Taslima Nasreen.

4:38 pm: Delhi : US Secretary of State John Kerry & EAM Sushma Swaraj at Indo-US delegation level talks.

4:30 pm: PM Modi to Afghan President "incidents such as this deepen our conviction that terrorism remains main threat to peace & security in Afghanistan".

4:12 pm: Delhi : US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker meets MoS for Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman.

3:42 pm: Scuffle between Congress workers protesting against poor condition of roads in Raipur and the police.

3:38 pm: Congress workers protest against poor condition of roads in Raipur.

3:30 pm: Maoists blow up trooper's home in Bihar

3:00 pm: Philippines adopts measures to prevent Ebola

2:30 pm: Rajnath stresses on balance between environment and development

2:00 pm: Women can be safe with technology usage: Lekhi

1:40 pm: Bangalore bandh cripples tech city

1:10 pm: Kanpur Jyoti murder case cracked: Husband hatched conspiracy to kill wife

12:31 pm: Amit Shah asks BJP MPs to remain connected with voters

11:30 am: New Army chief takes over

11:25 am: John Kerry in India for 3 days for Indo-US strategic discussions.

10:40 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the landslide site.

10.15 am: BJP parliamentary meet begins at central hall in Parliament.

9.45 am: US Secretary of State John Kerry begins day two of his visit to New Delhi, set to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

9:25 am: 6 Palestinians killed

9:10 am: 18 dead bodies recovered from Pune tragedy site; 129 still missing.

9:00 am: Tino can still give his best on field: Sammy

8:45 am: Moscow urges Kiev for OSCE observers' safety

8:30 am: US denounces shelling of UN school in Gaza

8:10 am: John Kerry prepares for the 5th Indo-US strategic dialogues.

8:05 am: 133 still missing in landslide in Pune; police recovered few bodies; close to 400 NDRF officials deployed

8:00 am: Cloudburst in Ghansyali block of Tehri district of Uttarakhand, 6-7 houses washed away; 3 dead.

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