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European Parliament leaders call for resuming Greek talks
The political group leaders of the European Parliament (EP) on Monday called Greece and the creditors to return to the negotiating table before the end of Tuesday.
 
As the Greek debt talks deadlocked again, EP President Martin Schulz and political group leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss the latest situation on Greece with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Xinhua reported.
 
The extraordinary meeting adopted a position on the immediate next step that should be taken, according to the EP.
 
"It called for all parties to the talks on Greece to return to the negotiating table before the end of Tuesday to discuss how to avoid negative developments for Greece and possible ways of prolonging the program as an interim measure, to allow the referendum process to be completed," EP said in a statement after the meeting.
 
The step was seen as a positive sign from the European Union to resume the Greek talks.
 
After the collapse of five-month reform-for-cash negotiations with international lenders, the Greek government called on voters to accept or reject the draft deal tabled by lenders on June 25.
 
The move triggered a series of reactions starting with the Eurogroup rejecting Greece's request for a loan extension to hold a referendum.
 
With less than 30 hours left to the June 30 deadline when the Greek bailout program expires and Athens needs to repay a 1.5-billion-euro (about $1.68 billion) loan installment to the International Monetary Fund, uncertainty about whether a reforms-for-cash agreement would be finalised on time prevailed.

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Pradeep Gharat to be public prosecutor in hooch tragedy case
Pradeep Gharat, who secured the conviction of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the drunken driving and hit-and-run case as special public prosecutor, has been given the same responsibility in Maharashtra's worst-ever hooch tragedy, it was announced on Monday.
 
So far, 103 people have lost their lives in the Malwani hooch tragedy case of June 17. Eight accused have been arrested so far including one from Delhi and another from Gujarat, while eight policemen and four excise department personnel has been suspended so far.
 
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a probe while the National Human Rights Commission has sought a report on the incident.

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Top Ramen noodles too withdrawn from market
Indo Nissin Foods Ltd. on Monday announced the withdrawing of its instant noodles brand Top Ramen from the market on the direction of regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
 
"We are withdrawing our instant noodles Top Ramen from the market as our application for regulator approval is still pending with the FSSAI," a company official told IANS.
 
The city-based company sought clarification from the regulator on its June 8 advisory on product safety testing of all instant noodles after it ordered Nestle India on June 5 to recall all nine approved variants of Maggi noodles.
 
"The regulator has directed us to withdraw our product till it (FSSAI) clarifies to our query and gives approval to Top Ramen noodles," the official added.
 
After Maggi withdrew its varieties of noodles, leading FMCG major Hindustan Unilever also pulled out its Knorr instant noodles brand over safety issues.
 
Indo Nissin Foods Ltd. managing director Gautam Sharma said the company tested its noodles after safety concerns of ready-made food products became a public issue.
 
"Testing of our noodles at accredited labs in the city showed that lead levels in two cases was slightly higher in their tastemaker," Sharma admitted.

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