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Vajpayee instilled Indian values in public life: Bhagwat
Nagpur, Aug 17: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has described former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a universal leader who had instilled Indian values in public life. Vajpayee (93) died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) [...]
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Mithali Raj trolled for late Independence Day post, her response is epic
Indian Women's cricketer, Mithali Raj on Thursday was trolled for the timing of her Independence Day post on Twitter.  [...]
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BCCI calls off opening fixtures of quadrangular series after heavy rains
The Board of Control for Cricket India on Thursday called off first two fixtures of the Quadrangular series, featuring India ‘A’, India ‘B’, South Africa ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’ sides.  [...]
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Facebook's failure in Myanmar is the work of a blundering toddler
The social network ploughs its way through the world and deals with the consequences later. In Myanmar, that strategy has had deadly consequencesWhen Facebook invited journalists for a phone briefing on Tuesday evening to talk about its progress in tackling hate speech in Myanmar, it seemed like a proactive, well-intentioned move from a company that is typically fighting PR fires on several fronts.But the publication of a bombshell Reuters investigation on Wednesday morning suggested otherwise: the press briefing was an ass-covering exercise. Related: Facebook struggling to end hate speech in Myanmar, investigation finds We hope Facebook is committed to solving these problems – not just band-aid solutions while public scrutiny is high Related: One year on, a million Rohingya refugees still fear for their lives | Rushanara Ali Continue reading... [...]
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How did Vajpayee respond when Indira Gandhi called Jan Sangh ‘a party of baniyas'
New Delhi, Aug 16: Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away this evening at 5.05 pm, was known for his oratory. The wit and the finesse with which he answered the criticism of the political opponents was truly remarkable. [...]
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I will miss Atalji, my closest friend for 65 years: Advani’s emotional message
New Delhi, Aug 16: Senior BJP leader today bid a tearful and emotional farewell to former prime minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee. While referring to him as his closest friend for over 65 years. Advani said that [...]
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Blackberry Key2
  It’s hard to spot a Blackberry in the hands of people these days, but when you do, you know the person has some really specific needs which can be fulfilled only by a Blackberry. Such is the rep... [...]
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India aims to send astronauts into space by 2022, Modi says
If successful, India would be fourth country to conduct manned space missionIndia will send an astronaut into space by 2022, the country’s prime minister has claimed during an annual independence day speech.Narendra Modi announced the target from the ramparts of the 370-year-old Red Fort in Delhi on Wednesday morning. “We have decided that by 2022, when India completes 75 years of independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolour [Indian flag] in their hands,” he said. Related: Spacewatch: India loses contact with communications satellite Continue reading... [...]
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Last rites of Vajpayee to be performed at 5 pm tomorrow, govt declares 7 day mourning
New Delhi, Aug 16: The government has announced a 7 day mourning from August 16 to 22 after the passing away of former prime minister and Bharat Ratna, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The flag will fly at half mast and [...]
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A thaw that didn't last: When Vajpayee took bus to Lahore and hugged Nawaz Sharif
New Delhi, Aug 16: It was a short-lived thaw in stormy relations between India and Pakistan when Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a bus to Lahore in 1999 and hugged his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif leaving an endearing image that symbolised hope [...]
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50,000th Tata Nexon rolls out
Tata has announced the roll-out of the 50,000th Nexon at its plant in Ranjangaon. This landmark has been achieved in less than a year since the compact SUV’s launch in September 2017. The Nexon has been quite a success for the Indian brand, having helped sales figures considerably. Despite many other carmakers posting a decline in sales growth in July 2018, the compact SUV was one of the models that helped Tata post a growth of 14 percent over its sales last year. In May 2018, the Nexon helped Tata to quadruple its UV market share, which increased by 5.62 percent. Since Tata’s launch of the compact SUV last year, the Nexon saw the introduction of the AMT-equipped model in 2018 – first only in the top-spec XZA+ trim and then later in the lower-spec XMA trim. The brand also upgraded the software on the compact SUV’s infotainment system recently; it now features AppleCarPlay in addition to the previously available Android Auto. Recently, the Nexon also managed to get a four-star rating in the latest round of the Global NCAP crash tests, making it one of the safer and yet affordable cars in India. Also see: 2018 Tata Nexon AMT video review  2017 Tata Nexon vs Maruti Vitara Brezza comparison 2017 Tata Nexon review, road test 2018 Tata Nexon long term review, first report [...]
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee's funeral to take place at Smriti Sthal tomorrow
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's funeral to take place at Smriti Sthal tomorrow [...]
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I will come back: Amit Shah shares Vajpayee's poem to lead BJP tributes
I will come back: Amit Shah shares Vajpayee's poem to lead BJP tributes [...]
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Diversity of responses to Israel boycott movement | Letters
Readers react to a long read article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movementThanks so much for running Nathan Thrall’s comprehensive article on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (‘Something needs to happen’, Journal, 14 August). I greatly appreciated its fair treatment of the BDS movement, its histories, strategies, and Israeli counterstrategies.Unfortunately, one area where it came up short was in not portraying the vibrant and growing Jewish support for BDS, propagating a myth that Jewish communities worldwide are united against it. This is simply not correct. My organisation, Jewish Voice for Peace, for example, endorsed the BDS call in 2015 after many years of supporting settlement boycotts. We have only continued to grow at an even faster pace since then, now boasting over 16,000 dues-paying members, over 70 chapters across the US, and over 250,000 online supporters. In the global context, just a few weeks ago, over 40 Jewish organisations on five continents published an unprecedented joint letter defending the BDS movement against accusations of antisemitism and affirming its legitimacy as a tactic. The piece would have been greatly improved by acknowledging the complexities of Jewish communal responses to the BDS movement.Rebecca VilkomersonJewish Voice for Peace Continue reading... [...]
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Suicide bomber kills 48 after targeting Kabul education centre
In second atrocity in 24 hours bomber on foot blows himself up, bringing day’s death toll to 92 At least 48 people have died after a suicide bomber targeted an education centre in a minority Shia area of western Kabul, in the latest assault in Afghanistan’s war-weary capital.“We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot,” said police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai. “The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre.” Related: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan at record high, UN says Continue reading... [...]
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Pranab Mukherjee's condolence letter to Vajpayee's foster daughter
New Delhi, Aug 16: Former President Pranab Mukherjee has written a condolence letter to Atal Bihari Vajpayee's foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya. Pranab Mukherjee writes: " Dear Namita, I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Shri Atal Bihari [...]
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Vajpayee – Pragmatist, orator, statesman who went beyond BJP's nationalist political agenda
New Delhi, Aug 16: Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party's politics with a gentle sophistry of words, earning him the [...]
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How Delhi's rising heat and a love of concrete caused a deadly water crisis
Reports warn it could run out of groundwater by 2020. Has Delhi run out of time to reverse years of mismanagement and unchecked urbanisation?It’s about 4pm on a muggy monsoon day in Wazirpur, a low-income urban village in Delhi. A group of 30 women are lined up in the 34C heat (93F) behind an assortment of empty coolers, buckets, petrol containers – anything they can store water in once the government tanker arrives.“We’ve been here since 10am,” says 55-year-old Gudi. “You never know if the tanker will come or not – we come here every day and wait.”We never imagined someone would die over water … This has become normalWhen we started getting all these supplies from distant places or tube wells ... we forgot about our local resourcesOur national water policy is a fine document. But nothing got put into practice on the ground Related: Heat: the next big inequality issue People have no other option. You can talk to them [about why illegal borewells are bad]. But are you giving them any alternative? Related: What would a heat-proof city look like? Continue reading... [...]
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Boy who saluted Indian flag in viral flood photo faces deportation
Nine-year-old, but not his mother, left off list of citizens published in Assam crackdownA child who appeared in a photograph that went viral last year saluting the Indian flag in chest-deep flood water has been declared a foreigner and could be deported as part of a government drive to root out illegal immigrants.Haider Ali Khan appeared in a photograph with his teacher and two others on 15 August last year, India’s 70th independence anniversary, showing the group saluting the Indian tricolour. Related: Assam's list: Indian state preparing to deport tens of thousands of 'foreigners' Continue reading... [...]
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PM Modi, Irani visit AIIMS to enquire about Vajpayee’s health
New Delhi, Aug 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Smriti Irani visited AIIMS this evening to enquire about the health condition of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who has been undergoing treatment at the premier institute. [...]
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Facebook struggling to end hate speech in Myanmar, investigation finds
Misinformation has lead to violent attacks against Rohingya but report says company has been slow to respondFacebook’s efforts to crack down on hate speech in Myanmar, which has contributed to violent attacks against the minority Muslim population, have been inadequate, according to a Reuters investigation.The social media company has faced warnings from human rights groups and researchers that its platform was being used to spread misinformation and promote hatred of Muslims, particularly the Rohingya, since 2013. As Facebook has grown its user base in the country to 18 million, hate speech has exploded, but the company has been slow to respond to the growing crisis. Related: Myanmar: UN blames Facebook for spreading hatred of Rohingya Related: If Silicon Valley won't stop fake news, we will | Damian Collins Continue reading... [...]
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Karnataka rains: Rail, bus services partially cancelled, 5 districts on high alert
Bengaluru, Aug 15: With heavy rains expected in many parts of the state, Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy on Wednesday directed collectors of various districts to be on their toes to combat any untoward situation. Out of 30 districts, as [...]
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SP-BSP tie-up to fulfil dreams of Lohia, Ambedkar: Akhilesh
Lucknow, Aug 15: With an SP-BSP tie-up on the cards for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today invoked Ram Manohar Lohia and Bhim Rao Ambedkar the icons of the two parties respectively and talked about "fighting [...]
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President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes to Ajit Wadekar
President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the Indian cricketing fraternity in offering tributes to former captain Ajit Wadekar, who died in Mumbai on Wednesday. Wadekar, 77, passed away in Mumbai after prolonged illness. [...]
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Ajit Wadekar: Man who made Indian captaincy coveted
If Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi brought princely demeanour to leadership in the swinging 60's, Ajit Wadekar added a dash of middle-class stubbornness during the heady days of early 70's. An astute thinker of the game with copybook technique of the famed 'Bombay School of Batsmanship', Wadekar was more than just the captain, who led India to twin series victories in England and the West Indies in 1971. [...]
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Witnesses describe deadly suicide attack on Kabul education centre – video
In the aftermath of a suicide attack on a Kabul education centre, which killed at least 48 people, witnesses spoke of the long wait for emergency services to help with the victims of the blast. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and the Taliban denied involvementSuicide bomber kills 48 after targeting Kabul education centre Continue reading... [...]
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Madhya Pradesh: Eight swept away in flash flood in Shivpuri
Shivpuri (MP), Aug 15: At least eight merrymakers were swept away while bathing in Sultangarh Waterfall in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh today, police said. Over 40 others are stranded as of tonight, they said. "Eight persons have been [...]
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Congress mocks BJP over video of tricolour falling at party HQ
New Delhi, Aug 15: The Congress on Wednesday took a swipe at the BJP after the tricolour at the saffron party's headquarters fell on the ground when Amit Shah was unfurling it, questioning how they planned to manage the country when [...]
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