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July 5, 2016

Smriti Irani moved to Textiles, Javadekar new HRD minister

New Delhi, July 5 (IANS) In a major rejig of the Narendra Modi government following the expansion on Tuesday, Smriti Irani was replaced as Human Resource Minister by Prakash Javadekar, while Ravi Shankar Prasad was divested of Communications but given Law and Venkaiah Naidu additional charge of the I&B Ministry.Irani has been made Textiles Minister, replacing incumbent Santosh Gangwar who will be now the Minister of State for Finance. Former bureaucrat Arjun Meghwal, who was inducted in Tuesday's expansion, has also been…

Boxer Goyat moves closer to Olympic berth

Vargas (Venezuela), July 5: Neeraj Goyat of moved closer to qualifying for the Rio Olympics after entering the semi-finals of the welterweight (69kg) category at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for professional boxers here on Tuesday.The WBC Asian champion outpunched Dimitrios Poulikos Tsagkrakos of Greece 3-0 in the quarter-finals. He will face second seed Arajik Marutjan of Germany for a place in the final on Thursday. Even if Neeraj goes down in the last four stage, he will have another chance of qualifying for the…

Kittel takes fourth stage at Tour de France

Limoges (France), July 5: German cyclist Marcel Kittel won Tuesday's Stage 4 of the 2016 Tour de France by millimetres, while Slovakian Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) remained in the overall lead here.After a sprint finish, Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step) crossed the line mere millimetres ahead of Frenchman Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) following the longest stage in the 2016 Tour, a 237.5 kilometee (147.5 mile) run between Saumur and Limoges, reports Efe. Kittel, 28, ended the day with a time of 5.28.30 hour and an average speed of 43.2…

Valencia sign Portuguese winger Nani for three seasons

Valencia (Spain), July 5: Portugal winger Nani has reached an agreement to join Valencia for the next three football seasons, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday.Nani is currently with his national team at Euro 2016, where on Wednesday they will face Wales in the semi-finals, reports Efe. The player has played in his professional career at Sporting Lisbon (2005-2007, 2014-15), Manchester United (2007-2014) and Fenerbahce of Turkey (2015-2016). With Manchester he won, among other titles, the Champions League…

Rio will be safe for Olympics, says mayor

Rio de Janeiro, July 5: Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has moved to allay fears about security during next month's Olympic Games, guaranteeing that the city will be safe for an estimated 500,000 visitors.Paes' comments came on Tuesday, a day after he described the state government's handling of security as "terrible, horrible" in an interview with CNN, reports Xinhua. But in an apparent attempt to tone down those comments, Paes said there was no need for foreign visitors to be alarmed. He did,…
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