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'Modernisation of Madrasas is the solution, not their closure', says Yogi Adityanath
The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday said that modernisation of Madrasas is the solution and not their closure. Earlier on January 9, the Shia Central Waqf Board had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban Madrasa education across the [...]
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Assembly Elections 2018: Tripura votes on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27
The Election Commission has announced the election dates for three north east states, viz., Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland on Thursday. Election to states to happen in two rounds. Tripura will vote on February 18. 2017 (Sunday), while Meghalaya will [...]
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Google Pixel 2 XL
  Google’s quest to become a mobile hardware behemoth depends heavily on software, particularly including AI and machine learning. You could make a drinking game out of the number of times the com... [...]
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Yanni Greatest Hits – Best Instrumental Music
Yiannis Chryssomallis, Giánnis Chrysomállis; born November 14, 1954, known professionally as Yanni, is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist, and music producer who has spent his adult life in the United States. Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child, blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create predominantly instrumental works. Although this genre of music was not well suited for commercial pop radio and music television, Yanni received international recognition by producing concerts at historic monuments and by producing videos that were broadcast on public television. His breakthrough concert, Live at the Acropolis, yielded the second best-selling music concert video of all time. Additional historic sites for Yanni’s concerts have included India’s Taj Mahal, China’s Forbidden City, the United Arab Emirates’ Burj Khalifa, Russia’s Kremlin, Puerto Rico’s El Morro castle, Lebanon’s ancient city of Byblos, Tunisia’s Roman Theatre of Carthage, India’s Laxmi Vilas Palace, the Egyptian pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza, and the Amman Citadel. At least sixteen of Yanni’s albums have peaked at No. 1 in Billboard’s “Top New Age Album” category, and two albums (Dare to Dream and In My Time) received Grammy Award nominations. Yanni has performed in more than 30 countries on five continents, and through late 2015 Yanni had performed live in concert before more than 5 million people and had accumulated more than 40 platinum and gold albums globally, with sales totalling over 25 million copies. A longtime fundraiser for public television, Yanni’s compositions have been used on commercial television programs, especially for sporting events. He has written film scores and the music for an award-winning British Airways television commercial. Yanni popularised the combination of electronic music synthesizers with a full scale symphony orchestra. He has employed musicians of various nationalities and has incorporated a variety of exotic instruments to create music that has been called an eclectic fusion of ethnic sounds. Influenced by his encounters with cultures around the world, Yanni has been called a “true global artist” and his music is said to reflect his “one world, one people” philosophy. Source: Wikipedia [...]
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Teach 'Manu Smriti Irani' a lesson: Jignesh Mevani urges Rohith Vemula's mother to contest 2019 polls
Teach 'Manu Smriti Irani' a lesson: Jignesh Mevani urges Rohith Vemula's mother to contest 2019 polls [...]
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J-K: BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector
J-K: BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector [...]
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In 30-minute meet with CJI Misra, 4 rebel judges demand transparency in allocation of cases
In 30-minute meet with CJI Misra, 4 rebel judges demand transparency in allocation of cases [...]
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan: See no anti-incumbency, no thought of moving me to Centre
Shivraj Singh Chouhan: See no anti-incumbency, no thought of moving me to Centre [...]
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Madhya Pradesh election: Can Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan win a fourth term?
Madhya Pradesh election: Can Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan win a fourth term? [...]
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India Today Safaigiri Awards 2017: Complete list of winners
India Today Safaigiri Awards 2017: Complete list of winners [...]
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India Today Safaigiri Awards 2017: Women take lead in Modi's Swachh Bharat mission
India Today Safaigiri Awards 2017: Women take lead in Modi's Swachh Bharat mission [...]
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Bihar's band of brothers: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, deputy Sushil Modi bonhomie explained
Bihar's band of brothers: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, deputy Sushil Modi bonhomie explained [...]
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It was a case of revenge being served hot as Maria Sherapova fended off her U.S. Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova
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Virat Kohli named ICC Cricketer of the Year, top ODI Player of 2017
Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli has been named as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year 2017. He was also named the ICC ODI Player of the Year and the recipient of Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. [...]
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Glass, half full: Doppio, South Mumbai’s new brasserie, is worth a visit for its drinks menu, even if the rest evokes a sense of deja vu
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After movie, Madhya Pradesh ‘bans’ songs from 'Padmaavat'
Two days after members of Karni Sena vandalised a school in Madhya Pradesh following a dance performance on Padmaavat movie's ghoomar song, state Home Minister Bhoopendra Singh said that the since the movie is banned in the state, the people shouldn't [...]
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Amkette Evo TV 3 4K streaming box
  Getting your hands on a budget 4K TV isn’t hard nowadays. We have brands like Intex, TCL, Kodak etc. giving users 4K TV’s at an affordable price. One of the drawbacks of these TV’s i... [...]
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UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal
First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclearConcerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees within two years.Bangladesh state media reported on Wednesday that the first batch of Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar next week. Rights groups said it remained unclear whether refugees would be forced to return against their will. Related: The Guardian view on returning the Rohingya: a bad deal, worsened by haste | Editorial Continue reading... [...]
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Instagrammers are sucking the life and soul out of travel | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
My view of Sri Lanka was spoiled by the peachy backsides of tourists obsessed with their social media feedsA recent trip to Sri Lanka reminded me of that well known Buddhist proverb: “If you visit a temple but do not take a selfie, did it actually happen?” At these sacred sites, tourists are free to take photographs – as indeed I saw a delegation of enthusiastic monks doing at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy – but you are asked to please not pose with statues of the Buddha, or be photographed with your back to him. Naturally, I observed several western tourists, most of them young, ignoring this request. Related: Young women on Instagram and self-esteem: 'I absolutely feel insecure' Continue reading... [...]
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Violence in school: Class 1 boy stabbed by another student
In yet another incident bringing to fore the rising violence in school, a class 1 student was stabbed with a sharp object by a class 9th student in Lucknow. The victim, six-year-old Hrithik Sharma, told his parents that the girl took [...]
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Pakistani humanist denied UK asylum after failing to identify Plato
Man who renounced Islam says he has received death threats from family members in PakistanA Pakistani man who renounced his Muslim faith and became a humanist has had his application for asylum in the UK rejected after failing to correctly answer questions about ancient Greek philosophers.The Home Office said Hamza bin Walayat’s failure to identify Plato and Aristotle as humanist philosophers indicated his knowledge of humanism was “rudimentary at best”. Related: Destitute UK asylum seekers get 80p rise in subsistence payments Related: MPs criticise error-hit 'hostile environment' for illegal immigrants Continue reading... [...]
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Aadhaar 'compulsory' weapon of govt to 'disempower' people: Rahul Gandhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on Wednesday to attack the NDA government over the Aadhaar scheme, dubbing it as a compulsory weapon to "disempower" citizens.' "UPA's Aadhaar = A voluntary instrument to empower citizens. "NDA's Aadhaar = [...]
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Major fire on oil tanker anchored off Gujarat coast, crew rescued
A fire was reported on a merchant navy oil tanker carrying 30,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel off the Gujarat coast but there were not casualties, a defence spokesperson said. He, however, did not say if the oil in the [...]
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2018 Bajaj Avenger 220 prices revealed
Bajaj’s popular Avenger bike was showcased just a few days ago with a host of new features and it has been priced at Rs 93,466 (ex-showroom, Delhi; both variants). For 2018, Bajaj has updated only the 220, given that it is the higher-selling model in the Avenger range. Continuing with the Street and Cruise platforms, the 220 now gets a host of value additions. Prominent amongst its updated features are the new headlights (with each variant getting a distinct unit) with LED DRLs. Both variants also get a digital backlit instrument pod – backlit blue on the Cruise; orange on the Street – with a tall shroud to shield the display from direct sunlight. The new instrument pod looks well-finished and funky, and features a speedometer, two trip meters, a fuel gauge and a service reminder. The new Avengers get a new Moon White paint scheme – and it looks great, particularly on the classic-styled Cruise variant. Completing the cruiser imagery is the revised, tall windscreen mounted on a chromed bracket and the ape-hanger handlebar. The Cruise gets wire-spoke wheels (17-inch at the front, 15-inch at the rear) and a backrest with the Avenger insignia. The Street, meanwhile, sticks to the blacked-out theme and features alloy wheels, a smaller cowl that sits neatly atop its new headlight, a matte black exhaust with an aluminium-finish heat shield and tip, as well as a new grab rail. Both Avengers also feature revised seat textures, aimed at improving long-distance riding comfort. Mechanically, the Avenger 220 remains unchanged for 2018 update. Mated to a five-speed gearbox, the 220cc, single-cylinder engine produces 18.8hp and 17.5Nm of torque. Even though we'd expected to see it on this update, ABS has still not been introduced. Meanwhile, we do expect the Avenger 150 to get most of these updates as well, in due course of time. Interestingly, despite the slight price hike, the 2018 Avengers still impressively undercut the similarly feature-packed Suzuki Intruder which, however, is powered by a Gixxer-sourced 150cc motor. Also see: 2018 Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 image gallery 2018 Bajaj V12, V15 unveiled with updates 2018 Bajaj Platina ComforTec showcased 2018 Bajaj Discover 110 and 125 launched [...]
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Datsun Go Cross leaked before debut
Before its official debut, the brochure for the Datsun Go Cross has leaked online. The Japanese brand intends to unveil its new Go Cross cross-hatch in Indonesia on January 18. The leaked brochure confirms that the Go Cross is a seven-seater based on the Go+ MPV, and that it comes with significant changes inside and outside. The exterior features typical SUV-esque body cladding, projector headlamps, front fog lamps, LED position lamps, faux skid plates on the front bumper, sides and rear, a roof spoiler, a rear wiper and roof rails that can carry up to 30kg loads. The new 15-inch alloy wheels, shod with 175/65 R15 tyres, complete its rugged look. On the inside, the Go Cross’ interiors are shared with the Go+, but see the infotainment system replaced by a 6.75-inch touchscreen unit, with AM/FM, MP3, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity; the two-speaker set-up continues. In terms of equipment, Datsun has endowed the Go Cross with automatic headlamps with a follow-me-home function, front and rear power windows, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors and a power outlet. On the safety front, dual front airbags, ABS, stability control, rear parking sensors and seatbelts for all three rows are standard. Power comes from the same 1.2-litre, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that makes 68hp and 104Nm of torque and is found on the Go and Go+. The mechanical highlight is that the cross-hatch also gets a CVT automatic option, along with the five-speed manual gearbox. Braking duties are carried out by discs in the front and drums at the rear. Datsun has not revealed exactly when the Go Cross will come to India. However, if it arrives, it will lock horns with cross-hatches like the Mahindra KUV100 NXT and Maruti CelerioX as well as compact SUVs such as the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata’s Nexon and the refreshed Ford EcoSport. Also see: Datsun Redigo 1.0 AMT bookings open New cars for 2018: Upcoming MPVs IMAGE SOURCE [...]
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Google Pixel 2
  Having reviewed the Google Pixel 2 XL, there’s really little I can say about the Pixel 2. Yes, the smaller variant of Google’s premiere smartphones is a phone that warrants a review for it... [...]
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Banks entice depositors with various kinds of baits and inducements
Banking: Advertising the carrot [...]
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Multinationals and technology transfer
Technology and multinationals: Taking another look [...]
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