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Ira Singhal, Renu Raj, Nidhi Gupta and Vandana Rao create history, take top four UPSC positions

Setting a record of sorts, all the top four positions in the prestigious Union Public Civil Services (UPSC) exams were grabbed by women - Ira Singhal, Renu Raj, Nidhi Gupta and Vandana Rao. This is the first time ever that all four toppers have been women. Of them, Ira Singhal, who secured the top position also happens to be differently-abled. PM Narendra Modi not only congratulated the successful candidates on Twitter, but also reached out to the unsuccessful ones. Nearly 1,236 posts in various cadres of the Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service and Indian Administrative Service will be filled this time.

One more death in Vyapam scam, journalist Akshay Singh dies in Madhya Pradesh

Akshay Singh, a reporter of Aaj Tak channel, who had been investigating the dozens of unnatural deaths related to the Vyapam scam collapsed and died while doing an interview in Meghnagar near Jhabua on Saturday. He had earlier been to Gwalior and Indore chasing the families of people who had died in unnatural circumstances. The India Today Group has said in a statement that the reason behind his death was "not clear". Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured a probe into the death of the journalist.

Hema Malini to provide financial help to family of accident victims

BJP MP from Mathura and actor Hema Malini has offered to provide financial assistance to the families of the victims of the car crash in which one young girl died and five people, including herself, were injured. The accident happened on the Agra-Jaipur highway in Dausa when her Mercedes collided with an Alto car.

Talking to reporters in Mumbai, her daughter Esha Deol said: "My mother will help the families of victims. She is doing this not because she is a neta but because she is a good human being as well." Hema Malini was discharged on Saturday and she flew back to Mumbai. The family of the girl had alleged that she could have been saved had the young girl been rushed to the hospital along with Hema Malini. Her driver was arrested for the accident.

Congress launches offensive over the Rs 36,000 crore PDS scam in Chhattisgarh

Raman Singh - Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Photo: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Congress spokesperson and former UPA sports minister, Ajay Maken, has asked for the resignation of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and alleged that the CM and his family are involved in the Rs 36,000 crore PDS scam. Maken said: "The CM created a well-oiled corruption machine in connivance with rice mill owners, PDS shop owners and public officials to earn thousands of crores as kickbacks and commission." He alleged that corruption also exists in the procurement of commodities like salt, gram, kerosene and wheat. It was in March this year that the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) had unearthed corruption in the PDS department where officials were allegedly giving money to important beneficiaries.

After Malegaon, Ajmer blast case faces allegations of sabotage

In a major setback in the Ajmer blast case, 13 crucial witnesses have turned hostile dealing a heavy blow to the prosecution. A bomb blast in the Ajmer Dargah in October 2007 had killed three and wounded more than a dozen. The Rajasthan Anti-Terror Squad and the NIA had chargesheeted 12 people from the RSS and other fringe groups. In a similar case earlier this week, Rohini Salian, special public prosecutor in the Malegaon blasts incident, had alleged that she had been asked to go soft on the case.Source: NDTV

Madhya Pradesh alone washes off joint Guinness World Record made by Argentina, Peru and Mexico

Madhya Pradesh will get a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records for winning a mass hand washing initiative in October 2014 on the occasion of the World Hand Washing Day. Organised by the state government, Madhya Pradesh single-handedly beat the previous record held by Argentina, Peru and Mexico in which 7,40,870 people had participated. The state's mass hand wash party had 12,76,425 school children who participated at 13,196 venues in 51 districts.

Barely a month for the Jaipur Metro and it witnesses a strike and sackings

Twenty-five Jaipur Metro workers were sacked after they they held a flash strike over alleged non-payment of salaries. The ticket salespersons struck work on Friday claiming they had not been paid salaries in the last two months. The metro authorities acted swiftly, restored the services within an hour and fired the workers. They also lodged a complaint with the police against the protesting staff. Though the management claims that the workers are given a salary of Rs 8,000 per month, the workers alleged that they were paid only Rs 4,500. Jaipur Metro CMD Nihal Chand Goyal said that the amount was paid to the contractor by the Jaipur Metro.

On eve of referendum, Greek Finance Minister accuses Europe of 'terrorism'

In a matter of hours the Greeks will begin casting their votes in the all-important referendum, one that has entire Europe waiting with bated breath. On the eve of the referendum, the country's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused the European creditors of "terrorism," saying that they hope to scare Greek voters into defying their own government. He also blamed the closure of banks on the creditors. Months of talks between Greece and the European Union broke down and led to Greece defaulting on its IMF payments.

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos set for managerial stint with Delhi Dynamos

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Photo: Tahir Turan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Delhi Dynamos are all set to announce the appointment of Real Madrid and Brazil legend Roberto Carlos as their new manager for the second season of ISL. The former World Cup winner will take over from Dutchman Harm van Veldhoven, who had led the team to a fifth place finish last season. Roberto Carlos has notably won four La Liga and three UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid, but the pinnacle of his career came in 2002, when he followed up his UEFA Champions League win with Real Madrid by playing a stellar role in Brazil's FIFA World Cup triumph. The Delhi Dynamos role will be the third managerial assignment of his career.

Three scientists of Indian-origin to be inducted to the Royal Society of London

The 450-year-old Royal Society of London has elected Kamal Bawa, Ajay Sood and John Kuriyan as fellows and foreign members of the society. Kamal Bawa is a biologist who has founded the NGO, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, while Ajay Sood, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science, is a physicist. John Kuriyan, on the other hand is a molecular biologist, known for his contribution in DNA replication. The Royal Society, which elects eminent scientists from England and Commonwealth countries will induct them to the society on July 10.

50 per cent rise in the disabled population of Chhattisgarh in just 10 years

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Photo: Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

According to the latest Census report, the population of the disabled people in Chhattisgarh has seen an alarming rise of 48 per cent between 2001 to 2011. Road and industrial accidents were identified as the main reasons for the increase in population of the disabled. Besides this, tobacco and gudakhu, a tobacco-laced toothpaste, that cause oral cancer and subsequently visual impairment are also leading causes of disability. Earlier polio was one of the main reasons for disabilities, but after its eradication from various states disability resulting from accidents has become the largest contributor for disability. The numbers of the disabled have gone up from 4.19 lakh to 6.24 lakh.