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India's death penalty for rapists of young girls could push them to kill | Rituparna Chatterjee
With the majority of rapes committed by someone known to the victim, the new law could drive offenders to murder to avoid detectionOn Saturday India’s government approved the death penalty for convicted rapists of girls under the age of 12, amid a groundswell of public outrage following the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state. The shocking case involved a girl from the Bakarwal nomadic tribe, who was out grazing her horses when she was abducted, drugged and murdered after a week of torture and repeated rape. It led to a nationwide outcry for swifter justice. Related: More than 63 million women 'missing' in India, statistics show Continue reading... [...]
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Labour government would hold Amritsar raid inquiry, Corbyn vows
Labour leader promises independent inquiry into Britain’s alleged role in Indian army’s 1984 raid on Golden TempleAn independent inquiry into Britain’s military role in the Indian army’s 1984 raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar will be launched under a Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn has said.The Labour leader promised that an investigation into the attack, which is said to have left thousands of people dead, would be in the party’s next manifesto. Related: British government ‘covered up’ its role in Amritsar massacre in India Related: Sikh campaigners seek release of UK files on Golden Temple assault Continue reading... [...]
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Why Ambareesh matters and Congress gives in to his tantrums
Actor-politician, Ambareesh has been playing hard ball. Despite all the tantrums thrown by him, the Congress is still in no mood to let go of him. He has been given a ticket from Mandya, but he is yet to file his [...]
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This is a Hindu house, Congressmen stay away, reads poster in poll bound Karnataka
Amidst the election heat, posters banning Congressmen have come up outside houses in Bantwal, coastal Karnataka. The posters were found outside several houses in Kanyana village asking Congress leaders to stay away. "This is a Hindu house. Congress leaders [...]
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Rana plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh
Progress has been made but fire safety initiatives are soon to end, unions are being stifled and wages are still the lowest in the worldFive years ago, Asma Khatun pushed through the crowds that had formed around the Rana Plaza building, determined to see the destruction with her own eyes.Deep cracks had appeared in the eight-storey building outside Dhaka the day before. That morning, workers who had been producing clothes sourced by major international brands had begged not to be sent inside. Managers would not relent. More than 2,000 people filed in. Some time before 9am, floors began to vanish and workers started falling. Related: Reliving the Rana Plaza factory collapse: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 22 Continue reading... [...]
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Karnataka elections: Will Congress form post-poll alliance with JD(S)?
Bengaluru, April 24: As they say in politics there is no permanent friends or enemies. It is all about convenience. In poll-bound Karnataka, experts indicate that after the election results will be out, the current equation shared between the three major [...]
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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
  The mid-range market is now dominated by Xiaomi. There’s one Redmi phone for every price point in that segment and the consumer is essentially spoilt for choice. However, Redmi phones are notori... [...]
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With 13 nominations, Kagodu Thimmappa creates history in Karnataka
Kagodu Thimmappa of the Congress has created a history by filing his nomination papers for the 13th time. These 13 nominations include one for the Legislative Council Elections held in 1980. Thimmappa filed his nominations on Monday from the [...]
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J&K: Gunbattle underway between security forces, terrorists in Pulwama
A gunbattle broke out between the security forces and the terrorists in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Tuesday morning. The exchange of fire is still said to be underway at Lam forest area of Tral, said reports. On April [...]
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AAP govt tells NGT that there is no crop burning in Delhi
New Delhi, Apr 23: No incident of crop burning has been reported in Delhi and there is no requirement for framing of any policy in this regard, the AAP government has told the National Green Tribunal. The Delhi government told a [...]
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PSEB Class 12 results 2018 declared @ pseb.ac.in, check now
The Punjab School Education Board (PSBE) has declared the Senior Secondary Education (10+2) Provisional Result March 2018 on Monday. The result is now available on the official website of the Board - http://pseb.ac.in and http://punjab.indiaresults.com. There was some confusion regarding [...]
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Google Maps will soon guide you using landmarks
Google Maps will soon guide you by the most prominent place on-route towards your destination. In a bid to make navigation easy, Google is planning to integrate a new feature in its Maps, which will use landmarks like restaurants, temples, shopping malls, etc. as a reference to guide the user. In the future, be prepared to hear "turn right after KFC" instead of “turn right towards Dr. Annie Besant Road”. Google is testing the feature in New York City, but has not said anything yet about rolling it out in a wider area. The tech giant has taken New York as a sample to check the viability of the feature, before making it applicable worldwide. Based on feedback from Twitter users, the new feature initially confused commuters. Eventually, many city dwellers started liking it since it helped them commute more efficiently instead of fidgeting to find the correct street or lane.  [...]
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New Mercedes A-Class sedan leaked
The forthcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon has been leaked onto the internet ahead of its world debut at this week's Beijing motor show. A single image has been posted online showing the car's front three quarters, although unconfirmed by Mercedes-Benz, and it appears to match the design of development cars that have been spotted recently. The A-class sedan will share the rest of the engines with the A-class hatchback. Inside, the sedan is expected to be almost identical to the hatchback and will feature Mercedes’ full-width digital dashboard and infotainment display. The S-class-derived driver assistance systems are also to be included, which will allow the car to steer and brake autonomously, up to certain speeds. Mercedes will also unveil an all-new CLA next year. Not to be mistaken with the CLA, the A-class sedan will be a separate derivative. For example, its conventional roofline is unlike the swoopy coupé-like design seen on the CLA. Both cars will offer a three-box shape in similarly-sized packages; but a Mercedes spokesman told our sister publication, Autocar UK, that both cars will appeal to different customers. Evidence for this, they said, comes with the E-class and CLS.     [...]
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Labour MP Rushanara Ali: 'Rana Plaza was a man-made disaster'
Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, a panel debate has raised concerns over improved pay, and why unionising would have prevented the death tollFive years after the Rana Plaza disaster, Labour MP Rushanara Ali has described what happened as “not an accident” but “a man-made disaster”. Speaking at a panel debate at the Houses of Parliament focused on improvements for women workers in the fashion industry, five years on from Rana Plaza, the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow said that pay had become “the elephant in the room”, and directed the majority of her criticism towards fashion brands using factories and buildings such as Rana Plaza. “Considering the profits these companies are making, they are paying workers a pittance” she said. “We have to pay more, and brands have to pay more.” Despite “improvements”, workers in Bangladesh are paid less than $68 (£48) a month, less than half their counterparts in Vietnam. Continue reading... [...]
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Indore: Molesters pull model’s skirt on busy road, ask ‘Show us what’s underneath'
In a shocking incident, an Indore-based model has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by two men on a bike who pulled her skirt and demanded to know "what was under her skirt'. In a long Twitter thread, the [...]
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Situation created by Modi govt worse than emergency: Yashwant
Two days after quitting the BJP, former union minister Yashwant Sinha has alleged that the situation during the last four years of the Narendra Modi government was "worse than Emergency". Sinha, who resigned from the BJP and taken 'sanyas' [...]
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Karnataka polls: BJP workers create ruckus in Mysuru as Yeddyurappa's son Vijayendra denied ticket
Omission of Vijayendra's name from the list, and Yeddyurappa's subsequent announcement led to BJP workers' protest, forcing police to resort to lathicharge in Mysuru. Protesters raised slogans against BJP chief Amit Shah and party's senior leader from Karnataka, Ananth [...]
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China, India can't destroy each other, says Dalai Lama on Modi-Xi meet
China, India can't destroy each other, says Dalai Lama on Modi-Xi meet [...]
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Yeddyurappa rules out battle between his, CM's sons in Karnataka's Varuna, BJP workers furious
Yeddyurappa rules out battle between his, CM's sons in Karnataka's Varuna, BJP workers furious [...]
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Ensure people are not forced to link ration cards with Aadhar, Sanjay Nirupam writes to Fadnavis
Ensure people are not forced to link ration cards with Aadhar, Sanjay Nirupam writes to Fadnavis [...]
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IPL 2018 DD vs KXIP: Three players to watch out for
The reason for Delhi misfiring could be talked down to the fact that they have failed to string performances in unison. There have been days when the bowling stood up and on other days, just the batting. But all is not lost yet and with Ferozeshah Kotla a proven hunting ground, Delhi should hope that they put together a team show.  [...]
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Sania Mirza announces her pregnancy
Mirza and her husband, former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, posted a picture on their Twitter accounts of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between two T-shirts bearing their names. [...]
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Justice Dipak Misra should abstain from judicial work says Congress
The Congress has said that Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra should recue himself from both judicial and administrative work until allegations of misconduct against him are cleared. The statement comes days after the Congress and other parties moved an impeachment [...]
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Shutdown of Pakistani TV network hints at army's bid for control
Geo concedes to military pressure after going off air for two weeks and agrees to self-censorWhen Pakistan’s largest and by far its most popular television network, Geo, was pushed off the airwaves in at least 80% of the country last month, many suspected the work of the military, though few would say it. Related: Pakistan press freedom under pressure from army Pakistan is being pushed into another season of silence Continue reading... [...]
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Shiv Sena leader shot dead in Mumbai
Two bike borne men shot dead a Shiv Sena leader on Sunday night. Sanjay Sawant who was the Deputy Shakha Pramukh was shot dead at around 9.30 pm in Gokul Nagar on Akurli road in Kandivili (East). "Four rounds [...]
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Gujarat woman’s 1,100-km walk to Delhi to spread awareness on plastic waste
Gandhinagar, April 23: According to a government report in 2016, more than 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste are generated in India every day, of which 6,000 tonnes remain uncollected and littered. That is a huge amount and if dumped together is as [...]
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Mehul Choksi bug hits Karnataka Congress
The Mehul Choksi bug appears to have caught the Congress. The party which released its final list dropped its Madikeri candidate, H S Chandramouli who had represented fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi as his lawyer. The party also confirmed a [...]
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To warn Karnataka Congress, BJP uses a ‘Game of Thrones’ meme
The Karnataka BJP used a Game of Thrones meme to warn the Congress. The meme showed Ned Stark, the Warden of North with his sword ice mouthing the motto of House Stark, " winter is coming." The BJP Karnataka's [...]
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