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Congress defamed country in the name of 'saffron terror': Amit Shah
BJP chief Amit Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Karnataka, hit out at the Congress government for coining the word 'saffron terror and Hindu terror' in the wake of Mecca Masjid blast. Shah was addressing Shakthi Kendra Pramukhs of [...]
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Pakistan hits back at PM Narendra Modi, calls Indian surgical strike a farce
Pakistan hits back at PM Narendra Modi, calls Indian surgical strike a farce [...]
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Villagers slaughter adult tiger in Pilibhit, no arrests made so far
Villagers slaughter adult tiger in Pilibhit, no arrests made so far [...]
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Afridi, Malik, Perera to play for ICC XI against Windies
Afridi and Malik were part of the Pakistan squad that won the ICC World T20 World Cup in 2009, while Perera was a member of the Sri Lanka side that lifted the silverware in Dhaka in 2014. [...]
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Ready to pass on the baton of burden to Manika Batra: Sharath Kamal
Manika was the star of India's successful Commonwealth Games campaign with four medals including double gold in team event and women's singles. [...]
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Will Siddaramaiah contest from Chamundeshwari? The debate opens up again
The guess work continues and it is hard to say at the moment who exactly wants Siddaramaiah to contest from two seats. On one hand, there are reports that say that it is the high command which does not want Siddaramaiah [...]
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India is a ‘republic of fear’. The UK must keep the pressure on Modi | Amrit Wilson
The Indian PM is in Britain. Let’s hold him to account for the horrific rapes committed in the name of Hindu nationalismAs Indian prime minister Narendra Modi lands in the UK, the details of two horrific rape cases in India have emerged. Huge protests are rocking India and in London angry people of Indian origin are taking to the streets to protest against Modi’s policies.It would be wrong however to see these cases as simply part of the violence against women which has been endemic in India. In Kathua, in Jammu and Kashmir state, an eight-year-old Muslim girl was abducted, drugged and brutally gang-raped and murdered in a Hindu temple by a group of men. According to the charge sheet of those arrested, it was planned and executed in order to terrorise the nomadic Muslim Bakarwal community to which she belonged and drive them out of the region. The attempt to lodge the charge sheet against the accused at a local court was followed by violent protests in their defence by a pro-Modi Hindu rightwing outfit, the Hindu Ekta Manch. Two BJP ministers attended the protests and urged the crowd to obstruct the prosecution of the accused. Related: Man who accused Indian politician of raping daughter dies in custody Related: The India I grew up in has gone. These rapes show a damaged, divided nation | Anuradha Roy Continue reading... [...]
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Govt, RBI admit cash crunch: Know reasons behind drying up of ATMs from a data cruncher
New Delhi, April 19: On Tuesday, media reports stated that the country has been hit hard by an "unusual" cash crunch as ATMs failed to dispense money in various cities and towns. The cash crunch continued on Wednesday too despite the government's [...]
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Start of rainy season exposes risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Further downpours at Cox’s Bazar could leave refugees from Myanmar at risk of diseases, infections and mudslidesThe first of much-feared rains fell on the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday, bringing with it apprehension and the first signs of flooding in the camps hosting Rohingya refugees who have fled a violent crackdown in Myanmar.An early morning downpour that fell on the flimsy bamboo and tarpaulin shacks of the sprawling camp marks the beginning of a rainy season which, it is feared, could put at least 150,000 lives at risk. Related: Many Rohingya subjected to 'brutal sexual assault' by Myanmar forces – UN The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: As the monsoons approach, the Rohingya refugees are desperate for hope | Lisa Singh and Andrew Broad Continue reading... [...]
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Chetan Singh Marwaha obituary
My father, Chetan Singh Marwaha, who has died aged 88, twice during his lifetime suffered great upheavals during which he lost everything. But he never allowed himself to be deflected from his duty to his family and community.As a Sikh Indian subject in 1947 he found himself on the wrong side of the dividing line when the nation was partitioned at independence, trying to flee from newly formed Pakistan into India. Like many others he had become a refugee in his own country, witnessing terrible sights on the journey to safety that in later years he talked about with great emotion. He survived only because the train he and his family were travelling on was protected by Gurkhas. People on other trains were massacred wholesale. Continue reading... [...]
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Railway: No minimum educational qualification norm for jobs on compassionate grounds
New Delhi, April 18: The railways has done away with the provision of minimum educational qualification for giving jobs on compassionate grounds to the wives or widows of its employees, who died in service or retired for medical reasons. [...]
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Fractal Design Define R6
  Fractal Design is a well-known brand internationally that primarily manufactures some amazing PC cases. However, they didn’t have a presence in India until now. The company recently entered the... [...]
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UK and India 'lay ground' for free trade deal with bilateral agreement
Countries sign bilateral agreement before Thursday’s Commonwealth summit in LondonBritain and India have laid the ground for a possible post-Brexit bilateral free trade deal and signed off on a series of commercial agreements worth up to £1bn, according to Downing Street.Brexit opponents claim the chances of Britain securing a trade deal with India superior to a Indian-EU deal are a fantasy unless the UK makes major concessions on Indian skilled labour accessing UK markets. Karan Bilimoria, the British Indian entrepreneur and life peer, insisted Modi’s priority was a free trade deal with the EU. Continue reading... [...]
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Kanimozhi illegitimate child of Karunanidhi: Tamil Nadu BJP leader H Raja
Tamil Nadu BJP leader H Raja on Wednesday kicked up a political storm by calling DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi an illegitimate child of DMK M Karunanidhi. The opposition DMK staged protest demanding recall of Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit in [...]
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All-new Suzuki Ertiga leaked ahead of unveil
Autocar India has got its hands on details and pictures of Maruti’s all-new second-gen Ertiga, soon to be revealed in Indonesia. Set to be showcased at the upcoming 2018 Indonesian motor show in Jakarta, the new car is longer, wider and taller, but will be built on the same 2,740mm wheelbase. New Ertiga design The second-gen MPV isn’t just bigger; it even gets a more grown-up design. The nose looks wider and more substantial, the rear has been beefed up with new tail-lights that make the car look wider, and the new C-pillar is so similar in design to the Toyota Innova, it’s hard not to infer this is inspired. And this is true of the longer slot-like headlights as well, with their individual elements all neatly lined up. The bit that will get your attention first, however, is the wide C-shaped bracket that contains the foglight, and what looks, for all intents and purposes, like a spoiler on a sportscar, designed to shape the air flow. New Ertiga dimensions The second-gen Ertiga is 99mm longer and 40mm wider than its predecessor, with an identical wheelbase of 2,740mm. But what’s clear is that the added length and width will surely translate into better legroom for all three rows. As far as luggage capacity goes, the new Ertiga has only 153 litres of space, with all three rows up, which is less than the current car's 185 litres. Fuel tank capacity is the same at 45 litres. The Indonesian-spec car has a ground clearance of 180mm, while the current-gen India-spec Ertiga's is at 185mm. Like all the newer Marutis, the new Ertiga also moves to the new Heartect platform. Suzuki says the car now has a more rigid and reinforced underbody, which works better in a crash; this could mean the new Ertiga will be lighter than the earlier car and deliver better performance and fuel economy.  New Ertiga engine and specifications Under the hood is a new 1,462cc K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine that puts out 104hp. Suzuki says this motor delivers 18.06kpl when coupled with a five-speed manual transmission, and 16.73kpl when equipped with a four-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Stopping power comes from ventilated discs up front and drums at the back. The new Ertiga comes with 15-inch alloy wheels shod with 185/65-R15 tyres, exactly like the outgoing model.  New Ertiga interior The new Suzuki Ertiga’s instrument panel and flat-bottomed steering are similar to those seen on the new Swift and Dzire. The bottom half of the dash is finished in beige and the top half in black, and the centre AC vents are now vertically aligned. There’s a new 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the Indonesian-spec car even comes with cooled cupholders. But while the Indonesian spec-MPV doesn’t come with climate control system, spy pictures reveal that the India-spec Ertiga will get this feature. Expect Maruti to bring the new Ertiga to India around Diwali. [...]
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Logitech Z625
  Let’s face it, good desktop 2.1 speakers are quite difficult to come by. So when a particular speaker system starts generating positive buzz, especially for being gaming and console focused, we... [...]
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UIDAI brings updated QR code for offline Aadhaar verification
To provide an extra layer of privacy to Aadhaar, Unique Identification Authority of India has introduced an updated 'QR code' that holds non-sensitive details like name, address, photo, and date of birth, and can be used for offline user verification without [...]
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Who was Basavanna and why BJP, Congress leaders are making a beeline to garland his statues
Who was Basavanna and why BJP, Congress leaders are making a beeline to garland his statues [...]
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ATM cash crunch: Delhi slightly better off than neighbours
ATM cash crunch: Delhi slightly better off than neighbours [...]
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After CWG silver, boxer Satish now targets Olympic gold
Satish lost by a unanimous 0:5 verdict to Frazer Clarke of England after an extremely hard fought final in which both boxers pushed themselves to the limit. [...]
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Argentina forward Sergio Aguero in race to be fit for the World Cup
English Premier League champions Manchester City said on Tuesday Aguero will likely miss the rest of the season after having minor knee surgery. [...]
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Nico Rosberg warns rivals to be beware of Lewis Hamilton's comeback
Hamilton has not won since last year`s U.S. Grand Prix in October, a run of six without standing on the top step of the podium. [...]
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Togadia begins fast, says Modi will face backlash if demands of Hindus not met
Former VHP leader Pravin Togadia on Tuesday began an indefinite fast here to press his demands, including construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would face a "Hindu backlash" in the general elections if the [...]
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Mivi Collar Bluetooth Earphones
  Mivi Collar is an entry level wireless headphone, which faces tough competition from more mature audio device manufacturing companies like Jabra, JBL, Sony and others. There are a slew of other earpho... [...]
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Delhiites may soon get money for unscheduled power cuts
Delhiites may soon be paid for unscheduled power cuts at your home if lieutenant governor Anil Baijal approves the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's proposal to penalise distribution companies. The compensation would be provided to consumers in their monthly electricity bills. [...]
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Indian police arrest teenager who posed as doctor for five months
Suspicions were raised about Adnan Khurram, 19, because he had so much free time Delhi police have arrested a teenager who posed as a doctor for at least five months at one of India’s most prestigious medical institutions.Adnan Khurram, 19, was friends with doctors and medical students at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, where he was active in hospital politics and posted pictures of himself to his Instagram page – @Dr.Adnan_Khurram – wearing a stethoscope and face mask. Related: Indian doctors protest against plan to let ‘quacks’ practise medicine Continue reading... [...]
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7 dead, several injured as massive storm hits Kolkata
Seven people were killed and several others injured on Tuesday after strong winds of up to 98 km per hour hit the West Bengal capital and its adjoining areas, disrupting public transport and traffic, officials said. Unconfirmed sources, however, [...]
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The India I grew up in has gone. These rapes show a damaged, divided nation | Anuradha Roy
Ugly Hindu nationalism and the ruling regime’s sense of impunity are common factors in these appalling crimesA chilling leitmotif of Nordic crime fiction is a child leaving home to play, never to return. Detectives search out trails pointing to sexual violence and murder, and by degrees it becomes clear that the crime is not isolated: it is the symptom of a damaged community. The abduction, gang-rape, and murder in India of eight-year-old Asifa Bano reveals such damage on a terrifying scale. It shows that the slow sectarian poison released into the country’s bloodstream by its Hindu nationalists has reached full toxicity.Where government statistics say four rapes are reported across the country every hour, sexual assault is no longer news. Indian minds have been rearranged by the constant violence of their surroundings. Crimes against women, children and minority communities are normalised enough for only the most sensational to be reported. The reasons Asifa’s ordeal has shaken a nation exhausted by brutality are four. The victim was a little girl. She was picked because she was Muslim. The murder was not the act of isolated deviants but allegedly of well-organised Hindu zealots. And the men who are accused of raping her included a retired government official and two serving police officers. Related: Muslim rape-murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups Related: Indian court orders arrest of politician for gang-rape Continue reading... [...]
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