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Indian film board clears Lipstick Under My Burkha for release
Tribunal overturns decision to ban ‘lady-oriented’ film exploring women’s sexuality – though length of sex scenes must be cutAn award-winning Hindi film that was blocked by India’s film censor for being too “lady-oriented” has been cleared for release by an appeals tribunal.Lipstick Under My Burkha, a drama that explores the sexual awakenings and personal struggles of four small-town Indian women, was initially denied classification in January, a decision the film’s director, Alankrita Shrivastava, described as “an assault on women’s rights”.Thank you for all your support for #LipstickUnderMyBurkha against this ridiculous regressiveness. We won't be silenced. #CensorTheCensors pic.twitter.com/sBSSbx5FRy Related: I’m fighting the ban on my film Lipstick Under My Burkha. Ordinary Indian women need a voice | Alankrita Shrivastava Continue reading... [...]
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Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar is new CRPF chief
Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar is the new chief of the CRPF. The post was lying vacant for the past two months following the retirement of Kode Durga Prasad. Following the Chhattisgarh attack the government had been criticised for not filling up the [...]
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'I am a criminal. What is my crime?': the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan
When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the riseAs a newlywed, Maryam’s husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then she got pregnant, and everything changed. “For a week, I was in shock. If my husband’s family knew I was pregnant, they would never let me finish university,” Maryam said. Related: Trump funding cuts would imperil tens of thousands of women, activists warn The honour of these girls is more important than religionI think the midwives and doctors are making a big mistake. God will never forgive them Continue reading... [...]
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An eyebrow speaks a thousand words | Letters
Even the old Soviet Aeroflot had occasional human moments (Aeroflot official: No one wants overweight crew, 26 April). One of the most eloquent and, indeed, elegant flight attendants I have ever seen was on an Aeroflot flight from Tashkent to Leningrad in the 1980s. A tall, dignified, central Asian woman, she had conformed to Aeroflot stereotype by appearing impassive as she went about her work. As the plane made its approach to Leningrad airport, she was faced with a group of noisy, elderly American tourists who were ignoring the seatbelt signs. At one point she looked across at my wife and me and raised one eyebrow a couple of millimetres. It said more than words ever could and I have remembered it for 30 years.Rev Dr Peter PhillipsSwansea• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com Continue reading... [...]
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Chhattisgarh: 10 Maoists killed, 5 injured in Sukma
At least ten Maoists were killed and five were injured on Thursday in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district  during a heavy exchange of fire. Acoording to sources, 10 Maoists were killed and 5 were injured in retaliatory action by CRPF men after an attack [...]
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Helicopter carrying CoBRA commandos crash-lands in Sukma, no casualties
A helicopter carrying Central Reserve Police Force's elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action commandos crash-landed at Chintagufa in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. According to reports, five occupants received minor injuries when the helicopter carrying 5 people, including crew members, crash- [...]
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Want equal development of all communities, including Bodos: Rajnath Singh
New Delhi, Apr 26: The Centre is committed to ensuring equal development of all communities, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday. Chairing a tripartite meeting of the Centre, the Assam government and the All Bodo Students' Union, Singh said the [...]
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Madras HC reserves order on bail pleas of Sekhar Reddy, associates
Chennai, Apr 26: Madras High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the bail petitions of sand mining baron Sekhar Reddy and two of his two associates, arrested last month by the Enforcement Directorate on charges of money laundering. [...]
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When TTV Dinakaran wept before the Delhi police in EC bribery case
T T V Dinakaran who was arrested in connection with the Election Commission bribery case was adamant at first. However when Sukesh Chandrashekhar the conman was brought before him and the Delhi police hurled proof at him, he broke down. {image-dinakaran1-26-1493174312.jpg [...]
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MCD election 2017 results: Will renew Delhi politics with positivity, says Manoj Tiwari
Tiwari lashed out at opposition parties for discriminatory politics. [...]
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West Bengal: High tide lashes jetty in Hooghly, 3 killed
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs to each of the deceased's family. [...]
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Modi wave delivers capital punishment to Kejriwal: Top 7 takeaways from Delhi MCD election results
With the BJP registering yet another win, this time in Delhi, the Modi wave is here to stay. [...]
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India set to get its first President from the saffron brigade. But who?
Some gossip, guesswork and political arithmetic as the presidential race starts shaping up. [...]
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IPL 10: Amitabh Bachchan trolled by fans for saying not giving wide cost Mumbai Indians match against Kolkata Knight Riders
Disappointed with the decision, Rohit walked up to the umpire and protested angrily, a move for which he was fined 50% of his match fee. [...]
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IPL 2017: RPS vs KKR – Live Score, Live Streaming, TV listing, Venue, Date
RPS vs KKR, IPL 2017: Steve Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant would be keen to move up the points table with a win against Kolkata Knight Riders. [...]
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Lynching of a student sparks uproar in Pakistan against blasphemy laws
Mashal Khan was shot dead by a mob after a heated university discussion. But rarely has the country responded so forcefully for someone accused of blasphemyMashal Khan was never afraid to speak his mind. The 23-year-old journalism student was known for questioning his peers and speaking out against injustice and corruption.But on 13 April – a few days after a heated discussion at his university in Madan in north-western Pakistan – Khan was seized from his dorm room by a mob that stripped and beat him, then shot him dead. Continue reading... [...]
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EC bribery case: Hawala operator transferred money between Dinakaran and conman
In a much expected move, the Delhi police arrested T T V Dinakaran in the Election Commission bribery case. While his admission of meeting with conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar was one of the main grounds for the arrest, a hawala transaction which [...]
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As families remain inconsolable, India sheds tears for martyred CRPF jawans
As bodies of 25 Central Reserve Police Force personnel reached their respective homes in different parts of the country, families and friends wailed inconsolably before performing their last rites on Tuesday. On Monday, 25 brave CRPF jawans died while fighting against [...]
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Review: 2017 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse review, test ride
Do you hear the highway calling? Is darkness in the air? Well, then you definitely need to know more about Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. [...]
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Why are rights activists maintained baffling silent on Naxal attack? asks Naidu
New Delhi, Apr 25: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday accused human rights activists of adopting double standards for being silent over the deadly Naxal attack but raising a hue and cry when extremists are killed by security forces. {image-venkaiah-naidu-4-20-1492686879.jpg [...]
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Naxalites had mutilated bodies of CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh attack
The attack on the CRPF party at Chhattisgarh which killed 26 jawans was one of the most brutal ones in recent times. Post the confrontation that lasted nearly four hours, the bodies of the jawans were mutilated according to police sources. [...]
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Hindi is not compulsory, says Central Govt
The Central government on Tuesday said there is no imposition of Hindi language and that the recommendation by the government is a request. Further, the Central government stated that it doesn't entail any order or instruction as far as imposition [...]
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CBI files FIR against its former director Ranjit Sinha for influencing coal scam probe
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a case against its former director Ranjit Sinha in the coal scam case. The CBI says that the case was filed after it had found that Sinha had met with accused linked to the [...]
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Samsung Galaxy S8
  Samsung really wants its flagship phone to stand out. Given the industry’s constraints, it can’t do that with internal hardware, but what it can do is innovate on design. To its credit, Sa... [...]
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DU, AMU official websites hacked by Pakistani hackers
The websites of Delhi University and Aligarh Muslim University were hacked allegedly by a Pakistani hackers group on Tuesday. The hackers smeared the websites with posters of the alleged brutalities by the Indian Army in Kashmir. The mobile version [...]
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Alcohol ruling drives Indian bar-goers round bends
Business owners walk a fine line in ingenious efforts to skirt supreme court ban on sale of alcohol within 500 metres of highwaysLocals say the maze appeared around December. Outside the Aishwarya Restrobar in north Paravoor – one of the few places you could get a drink in Kerala, a dry state – there had suddenly sprung up a series of winding grey walls, forcing patrons to walk extra metres to the bar.And that may have been the point. An Indian supreme court judgment delivered in December and enforced since 1 April has banned the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of India’s state and national highways. Related: Karnataka leads the way as India's good samaritan law takes aim at road deaths | Vidhi Doshi Continue reading... [...]
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People in rest of India should ensure safety of Kashmiris: Farooq Abdullah
Srinagar, Apr 24: Safety of Kashmiri students across the country should be ensured by the people of the respective places, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said here on Monday. "It is not the Chief Ministers who can do anything. [...]
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Triple talaq through social media is similar to postcard: AIMPLB member
 Ahmedabad, Apr 24: Amid a raging debate on the manner in which 'triple talaq' is pronounced by Muslim men in the country, an All India Muslim Personal Law Board member on Monday said conveying talaq (divorce) through an SMS or social [...]
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