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West Bengal govt announce cash award of Rs 10 lakh for Swapna Barman
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh and a government job for Swapna Barman, who won India's first-ever Asian Games gold medal in the heptathlon. [...]
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India vs England 4th Test Day 1 live updates
A high-on-confidence Indian side take on England in the do-or-die fourth Test at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Thursday. England lead the five-Test series 2-1  [...]
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Protests in India as rights activists placed under house arrest
Government accused of trying to silence critics after five accused of Maoist linksFive prominent human rights activists have been placed under house arrest for alleged links to Maoist insurgents, drawing accusations the Narendra Modi government is moving to silence critics in the run-up to next year’s national elections in India.The five were arrested in simultaneous raids across India on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a march in December by low-caste Dalit groups that was attacked by rightwing Hindu activists and escalated into full-blown riots that shut down parts of Mumbai. Continue reading... [...]
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DMK did nothing to resolve Cauvery issue: TN CM Palaniswami
Chennai, Aug 29: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today lashed out at opposition DMK over the Cauvery issue, saying it had done nothing on the matter despite being part of various central governments for 14 years. He also said if [...]
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CEC promises disabled-friendly booths; app to file complaints
Bhopal, Aug 29: The coming Assembly elections in four states will witness a disabled-friendly set-up at polling stations and use of a mobile application to report electoral malpractises, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said. Speaking to reporters at [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi won't be stripped of Nobel peace prize despite Rohingya crisis
Prize was awarded for past achievements, says panel after UN report on mass killings by Myanmar’s military Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings of Muslim Rohingya. On Monday, UN investigators said Myanmar’s military carried out killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent”, and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law. Related: Myanmar's military must be prosecuted for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing', UN told Continue reading... [...]
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Is uncertainty on Lok Sabha polls indecisiveness or strategy?
New Delhi, Aug 30: Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) playing tricks with the opposition political parties by leaving them confused over conducting next general elections. The BJP is constantly trying to put across its view that it wants to hold [...]
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'I ward them off with a cricket bat': Indian farmers despair over marauding cows
Herds of cows abandoned by dairy farmers because of anti-slaughter laws are causing chaos in the Uttar Pradesh countrysideBy day, Munidev Tyagi is a farmer, growing rice, maize, lentils and sorghum. By night, he turns watchman, guarding his fields in Sahibpur village in Uttar Pradesh against the stray cows that trample and maraud on his fields, eating his precious crops. He is not a happy man.I can’t spend my life shooing away cows Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi protecting Naxalism in his zeal to oppose Modi: BJP
New Delhi, Aug 29: Slamming Rahul Gandhi for his attack on the government over the arrest of five Left-wing activists for their alleged links with Naxals, the BJP said the Congress chief has ended up protecting Naxalism and terrorism in his [...]
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Decoding Rafale deal: From allegations to counter-allegations
New Delhi, Aug 29: As the controversy surrounding Rafale deal escalates, here is an explainer and a timeline relating to India's purchase of 36 combat jets from France for an estimated Rs 58,000 crore: What is Rafale? Rafale is a French [...]
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Mahindra Marazzo ready for September 3 launch
New, exclusive spy images of Mahindra’s Marazzo MPV, scheduled to launch in India on September 3, 2018, show various exterior and interior details for the first time. The spied model is the higher-spec M8 variant. The ‘shark-inspired’ grille takes a dominant position on the nose of the new Marazzo. The headlamps, which feature LEDs, are similar to those found on the XUV500, though the triangular fog lamp clusters (with LEDs) are unique. The large rear window gets a wiper and is bounded by a chrome strip at the bottom (below which is the housing for the number plate), which connects the C-shaped LED tail-lamps. The LED lights are only expected to be offered on the higher-spec trims; 17-inch black-finished alloy wheels are also on offer with this top-spec trim. The cabin area of the Marazzo M8 sees the introduction of a digital instrument cluster, a 7.0-inch (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible) touchscreen infotainment system mounted on the centre console and an automatic AC unit. The steering wheel has buttons for the infotainment system on the right and for cruise control on the left. The dashboard gets a dual-tone gloss black and beige finish. All three rows of the MPV, which will be available in seven- and eight-seat configurations, get roof-mounted AC vents. The Marazzo is powered by a new 1.5-litre diesel engine that makes 130hp and 300Nm of torque, and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, as the spy images show. Mahindra dealers have unofficially started accepting bookings for an amount of Rs 10,000. The MPV will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Rs 6.34-10.69 lakh) (the second-gen model is arriving soon) and the Toyota Innova Crysta (Rs 14.34-21.57 lakh), and will be priced between the two. All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi [...]
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Astronauts selected for India's first manned mission might be sent abroad for training
Astronauts selected for India's first manned mission might be sent abroad for training [...]
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Myanmar's military must be prosecuted for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing', UN told
UN secretary general calls for action and accountability to tackle on one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises The UN secretary general has called for those behind the Rohingya crisis to be held accountable, urging the security council to act on what has become “one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises”.António Guterres was speaking “with a heavy heart” one day after the release of a report by UN investigators that accused Myanmar’s military of carrying out mass killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent”. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi stays silent on UN report on Rohingya genocide I cannot forget the stories I heard from Rohingya refugees. One father broke down as he told me how his son was shot dead in front of him. We will never give up on our work to alleviate their suffering & end this tragedy. My call to the Security Council: https://t.co/l84qZ6ajk3 pic.twitter.com/WDoPwRL5iFThere can be no excuse for delaying the search for dignified solutions. Continue reading... [...]
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7th Pay Commission latest news today: Good news, DA hiked by another 2 pc for CG employees
New Delhi, Aug 29: There is some good news on the 7th Pay Commission. The Union Cabinet has approved an additional 2 per cent hike in dearness allowances for Central Government employees. The decision was taken at the Cabinet [...]
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PMO received over 12.5K RTI applications in 2016-17, highest since 2012
New Delhi, Aug 29: The Prime Minister's Office received over 12,500 RTI applications during 2016-17, highest since 2012, according to an official data. There has also been an increase in number of appeals filed by citizens, aggrieved over initial response to [...]
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The legacy of Vajpayee
The legacy of Vajpayee [...]
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Myanmar dam breach: thousands evacuate homes, officials say
The country’s main highway and 100 villages have been inundated by flood waterMore than 50,000 people evacuated their homes in central Myanmar on Wednesday after a dam breach flooded towns and villages and caused the closure of a major highway, two officials said.Fire authorities sent a team to the Swar irrigation dam after the breach at 5.30 am (11pm GMT) unleashed water into the nearby town of Swar and several other settlements. Related: Myanmar's military must be prosecuted for Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing', UN told Continue reading... [...]
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Adani Group files plea in India high court to stall fraud investigation
The mining conglomerate is asking the court to quash a request to produce information regarding its coal imports from IndonesiaMining conglomerate the Adani Group is trying to prevent Indian authorities from accessing its business records as part of an investigation into an alleged $4bn fraud by power companies. Related: Adani: Indigenous group loses bid to block Carmichael coalmine Related: Why Adani's planned Carmichael coalmine matters to Australia – and the world Continue reading... [...]
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Rahul Gandhi likely to leave for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this week
New Delhi, Aug 29: Congress president Rahul Gandhi may leave for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this week as he had promised earlier this year, said reports. There are two routes for the Mansarovar Yatra, one is via Nepal while the other [...]
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Asian Games 2018: India lodges protest against Bahrain in 4x00m mixed relay, decision on Aug 29
The Athletics Federation of India on Tuesday lodged a protest against 4x400m mixed relay final results claiming that its athlete Hima Das was obstructed by the Bahraini athlete.  [...]
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Asian Games: India wins third athletics gold, silver in mixed relay could turn into gold
Little-known Manjit Singh stole the limelight by leading a rare one-two for India in the men's 800m before the country settled for a silver in the 400m mixed relay, which made its debut at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Tuesday. [...]
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Kohli hits out at 100-ball format: Commercial aspect hurting quality of cricket
Kohli, who leads India across all three formats also plays the BCCI's marquee flagship event the Indian Premier League for six weeks, making for a very exhaustive schedule [...]
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Muhammad cartoon contest in Netherlands sparks Pakistan protests
Islamist party leader says ‘only jihad’ is sufficient to punish ‘blasphemous’ Geert Wilders stuntHundreds of Islamists are marching on Islamabad on Wednesday to demand that Imran Khan’s new government sever diplomatic ties with the Netherlands over a “blasphemous” cartoon competition.The protest march, organised by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), a political party dedicated to the punishment of blasphemy, presents the first major test of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) administration. Last year a similar protest by the TLP shut down the capital for almost a month. Continue reading... [...]
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RBI's annual report says 99.30% banned notes returned post demonetisation
New Delhi, Aug 29: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its annual report for the year 2017-18 said that the Indian economy exhibited resilience during fiscal 2017-18, adding that the "domestic financial markets were broadly stable" during this period. On [...]
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Delhi HC to hear Gautam Navlakha’s transit remand today
New Delhi, Aug 29: The Delhi High Court said it will hear the plea of Rights activists Gautam Navlakha at 2:15 pm on Wednesday. Also Read | Urban naxals provide the pipeline for arms, money to reach jungles: Ex- Spl Secy, R&AW [...]
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Earthquake of 5 magnitude hits West Bengal's Hooghly
Kolkata, Aug 28: An earthquake of moderate intensity measuring 5 on the Richter scale hit West Bengal's Hooghly district this evening, the Meteorological Department said. No damage to property or casualty was reported, the police said. The earthquake that [...]
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Shivraj Singh Chauhan to restart his Jan Ashirvad Yatra from August 29
New Delhi, Aug 28: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who had stopped his Jan Ashirvad Yatra after the death of former Prime Minister of the country Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will restart his yatra from Rahli to reach Teekamgarh in [...]
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More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka
Find made in town where Tamil guerrillas and state forces clashed during civil warInvestigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war.More bodies are being recovered each day from the site, which is already among the largest mass graves found in the country. About 50% of the trench is still to be excavated. Related: 'Whatever the army saw, they destroyed': looting and loss in Sri Lanka's civil war Continue reading... [...]
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