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Chandrababu Naidu ends his day-long fast in Delhi
New Delhi, Feb 11: TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu broke his day-long fast demanding special status for his state and fulfillment of commitments made by the Centre under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. On [...]
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Paswan explains why Mayawati built her statues
New Delhi, Feb 11: Taking a dig at BSP supremo Mayawati, Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan said that her main purpose in erecting statues of several Dalit icons, including B R Ambedkar, when she was the [...]
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The Priyanka Gandhi show: Political innings in UP begins today
New Delhi, Feb 11: Enthused by the appointment of new leaders to steer them into the coming Lok Sabha election, Congressmen have planned a grand welcome to the party's general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and others [...]
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'Spare innocent men anguish': India ruling aims to end false rape claims
Judges have moved to ensure that women driven by revenge and self-interest will no longer be able to make spurious allegations when relationships endTheir romance began at work. She asked him out for coffee with her friends. He took her out for lunch. Dinners and walks in New Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens followed. Then, for 18 months, they were in a sexual relationship.But last year, when Pavan Gupta* turned 24, his parents began pressuring him to marry. When they introduced him to a girl he liked, Gupta ended his relationship with his girlfriend, Geeta Jain, telling her he could not disappoint his parents. “I liked her but I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life with her. I always told her I was an only child and would have to go along with my parents’ choice,” says Gupta. Related: Dowries a major contributor to India's gender imbalance, researchers find Continue reading... [...]
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Afghanistan‘s Generation Z – a photo essay
Afghanistan’s Generation Z has grown up in a 17-year window overshadowed by war and a heavy international presence and now faces an uncertain future and the possibility of stark changeThe start of 2019 has brought for Afghanistan a tantalising hope of peace, as the Taliban sat down for talks first with Americans in Qatar and with senior members of the Afghan elite in Moscow. Donald Trump has told Americans his administration had accelerated talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan and would be able to reduce US troops there as negotiations advance to end America’s longest war.No one knows what form a new government may take or how much control the Taliban might have under any deal, but for young people who were babies when the Taliban were driven from power by a US-led campaign in 2001, the prospect of peace with the hardline Islamists brings a daunting mix of hope and fear.Peace means a lot to me so I can carry on with my artistry but without peace there is no hope for a better futureThere should be access to music for everyone and women’s rights must be protectedWe are thirsty for peace. We want peace so people can run their businesses and live comfortablyI want the Taliban to change their policy and not behave like beforeWe’ve witnessed a lot of conflicts, it’s enough, we don’t want to be witnesses for any more tragedy”Afghan females have had a lot of achievements in sports. I am optimistic that the Taliban will accept these achievementsWe want to see an end to the current conflict. We are hopeful for a lasting peace between the government and the TalibanI’m not very much optimistic about peace in this country. I don’t think the Taliban will make a deal with the governmentWe want peace for the sake of our country’s welfare. We don’t want any more suicide attacks and explosionsWe’re afraid that if the Taliban come then we will not be able to hold our shows. If American troops go, peace will comePeace requires everyone to lay down their arms and think about the education and prosperity in the countryWe will only welcome the Taliban if they accept democracy and its values in the country Continue reading... [...]
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Judging in digital age has made job tougher says Justice Sikri
New Delhi, Feb 11: Judging is "under stress" in the digital era, a Supreme Court judge said , lamenting that even before a case is taken up by the court, people start discussing on social media what the outcome "should be" [...]
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La Liga: Barcelona made to sweat for draw by impressive Athletic Bilbao
Barca top the La Liga standings with 51 points after 23 games, six ahead of a resurgent Real Madrid. [...]
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Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told
Crackdown part of intensifying military action in country’s northern state over past monthMyanmar soldiers are shelling villages, detaining civilians and blocking aid as part of a new crackdown in Rakhine state by some of the army units implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya, a rights group says.Villagers and local activists in the northern Myanmar state have told Amnesty International that artillery or mortar shells are being fired in the vicinity of townships and people are returning to abandoned communities to find properties looted and damaged. Related: 'We cannot go back': grim future facing Rohingya one year after attacks Related: ICC says it can prosecute Myanmar for alleged Rohingya crimes Continue reading... [...]
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Quizzed for 12 hours, Kolkata’s top cop brought face to face with Kunal Ghosh
Shillong, Feb 11: The CBI questioned Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh by making them sit face to face at the probe agency's office here in connection with the Saradha chit fund and Rose Valley scams, [...]
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Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition showcased
The Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition has been revealed before its debut at the Chicago motor show. The Japanese brand has had the Land Cruiser in its line-up for a long time now; to be specific they will be celebrating 60 years of the full-size SUV (not including its initial years as the BJ in 1951) with the new Heritage Edition. The Land Cruiser has a massive following due to its great off-road capability and reliability. The main change on the Heritage Edition is that all the chrome-finished bits – like the grille, rear-view mirrors, tailgate, etc. – have been instead finished in darkened chrome. The SUV gets 18-inch BBS wheels that are finished in bronze and are exclusive to the Heritage Edition. Toyota has also removed the side steps from the SUV to hark back to its purpose-built off-roader look. The limited-run Land Cruiser SUV is offered in only Midnight Black Metallic and Blizzard Pearl colours options. On the inside, the SUV is trimmed in all-black leather upholstery, with bronze contrast stitching. Special all-weather floor mats and floor lining are also part of the package. The Heritage Edition will be sold only as a five-seater with no option to spec a third row of seating. On the mechanical front, it continues to use the 5.7-litre V8, which produces 386hp and 544Nm of torque, from the top-end Land Cruiser on sale in the US. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. Only 1,200 units of the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition will be sold, with sales beginning later this year in international markets. There is no word from Toyota regarding which markets it will be offered in. Also see: Toyota RAV4 TRD SUV revealed Next-gen Toyota Hiace leaked online Next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser LC 200, Lexus LX to go hybrid Toyota-badged Vitara Brezza to launch in 2020-21   IMAGE SOURCE [...]
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TMC MLA’s murder: 'Allegations being levelled against BJP on Mamata’s order', says Mukul Roy
Kolkata, Feb 10: Amid allegations and counter-allegations over TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas' murder, BJP's Mukul Roy on Sunday said that whenever someone is killed in West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee-led party points fingers at others. Roy said that TMC cadres are [...]
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Can't imagine illicit liquor trade flourished at such large scale: Priyanka Gandhi
Lucknow, Feb 10: Expressing grief over the loss of lives due to hooch tragedy in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, who was recently made party's general secretary for Eastern UP, on Sunday asked how the illicit liquor trade [...]
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CBI brings Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar, ex-TMC MP Kunal Ghosh face-to-face in marathon grilling session
CBI brings Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar, ex-TMC MP Kunal Ghosh face-to-face in marathon grilling session [...]
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Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma reaches Delhi to seek support against Citizenship Bill
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma reaches Delhi to seek support against Citizenship Bill [...]
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Incompetence, arrogance and moral bankruptcy: Rahul's fresh attack on govt
New Delhi, Feb 10: Firing a fresh salvo at the PM Modi-led government over the issue of unemployment, Congress president Rahul Gandhi cited a media report about an Uber driver and accused the government of being ‘incompetent' and ‘arrogant'. [...]
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PM in South India: Opposition's unhappiness has turned into desperation, says Modi
Guntur, Feb 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur and address a rally shortly. PM Modi is on a South India visit to 3 states on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone [...]
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Dalits | Still Far From Feeling Appeased
Dalits | Still Far From Feeling Appeased [...]
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Defence Personnel | Pension Payback
Defence Personnel | Pension Payback [...]
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Healthcare Beneficiaries | Healthcare Still In ICU
Healthcare Beneficiaries | Healthcare Still In ICU [...]
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Middle Class | Middle March
Middle Class | Middle March [...]
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\"Truth will always prevail\", says Vadra after 3 days of questioning
New Delhi, Feb 10: Thanking his friends and acquaintances for supporting him, Congress president Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra on Sunday took to Facebook and wrote "Truth will always prevail", after three days questioning by the ED this week.  "Morning, Just [...]
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To the Mountains by Abdullah Anas and Tam Hussein – review
Despite his partiality, Abdullah Anas offers some useful insights into al-Qaida’s rootsWhere should we start if we are to tell the story of the violent Islamist extremism that still threatens us today? The question is an important one and its answer has significance that goes well beyond chronology.Some commentators in the west, usually to the right of the political spectrum, will start in the 7th century AD with the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad or with the first texts of Islam. The implication is obvious: that there is something inherent in the Islamic faith that engenders or at least encourages violence.He makes clear that the CIA had no role in directly training, funding or equipping this tiny force Continue reading... [...]
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Weather forecast for February 10: Light rains likely to continue in Bengaluru
New Delhi, Feb 09: Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Delhi, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Mumbai on February 10. Bengaluru: The garden city Bengaluru witnessed light rains on February 9. These rains can be attributed to the inflow [...]
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TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas shot dead in Fulbari
Kolkata, Feb 9: TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot dead on Saturday in West Bengal's Fulbari region. He was shot dead by unidentified assailants. Fulbari is in Nadia District and the falls under Krishnaganj Constituency. Biswas was shot from a [...]
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Hooch tragedy death toll reaches 90, Five arrested
Lucknow, Feb 9: The Hooch tragedy in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has reportedly claimed 90 lives so far with some more deaths being reported from Meerut and parts of Uttarakhand.  Five people involved in spurious liquor trade have been arrested so [...]
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Fatal fire at Flamengo football training centre exposes poor conditions for young Brazilians
Although Brazilian clubs are famous for producing some of the world`s greatest players, they have been criticised for the lack of care and security they provide their young charges. [...]
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India Women vs New Zealand Women 3rd T20I: Live Updates
India women take on New Zealand in the third T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday. [...]
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Asia Bibi: Pakistani authorities barring her from leaving, friend says
Labourer whose blasphemy death sentence was overturned has been transferred to KarachiPakistani authorities have moved Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges, to a new “secure area” and are barring her from leaving the country, a close friend and rights campaigner has claimed.Bibi, who spent eight years on death row, was transferred from a location near the capital to a house in the southern port city of Karachi, her friend Aman Ullah told the Associated Press. She and her husband are locked in a single room in a house where the door opens only “at food times”, he added. Related: Imran Khan’s treatment of Asia Bibi is a dangerous betrayal | Samira Shackle Related: Pakistan court to hear appeal against Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal Continue reading... [...]
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