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Akshay Kumar: Toilet isn't a dirty word – my latest film made me love the loo | Akshay Kumar
The Bollywood star hopes that the story of Anita Narre, who shocked India by leaving her new husband because his home had no toilet, can inspire the country to tackle a sanitation crisis that blights the lives of millionsWe need to change our minds about toilets. A woman from a small village in rural India, Anita Narre, shocked the nation when she left her husband two days after her wedding. But it wasn’t the speed of her decision that caused the astonishment; it was the reason. Outraged that her new home lacked a toilet, Narre refused to return until her husband built her one. Her story, which inspired my latest film, cuts to the very heart of one of the biggest crises facing my country today.It wasn’t until I met Narre and other women like her that I understood the true scale of the issue. During my research for the film, I found out that half of India’s population – 564 million people – defecate in the open because they lack access to a toilet. But I didn’t know what this means for millions of women across the country. I had no idea about the fear these women experience every single time nature calls, or that so many women face assault and rape while going to the toilet outdoors. Related: 'Every day was agony': Indian woman granted divorce over lack of toilet Related: Matt Damon: ‘Children are drinking water so dirty it looks like chocolate milk’ | David Smith Continue reading... [...]
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Air pollution: Schools closed today in Gurgaon
The Gurgaon district administration on Sunday directed that government and private schools would be closed tomorrow in view of the persistent smog and pollution situation in the NCR, an official said. "Due to smog and pollution in Delhi and [...]
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Delhi smog: Monday rains to bring major respite
Much of the unwanted blanket of smoke will be washed down thanks to rains in Delhi tonight. The Indian Meteorological Department said that an acceleration in wind-speeds could result in rain and continue till Thursday. This would wash down [...]
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Waymo to introduce self-driving alternative to Uber
Waymo to introduce self-driving alternative to Uber [...]
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What is Rishi Kapoor’s last wish? To see Pak before he dies
Veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor has one last wish. He wants to see Pakistan before he dies. He said he agreed with National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who claimed that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir belonged to Pakistan and "this won't change" no matter how [...]
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Pay Yr Ysgwrn a visit to see the Black Chair of Birkenhead | Brief letters
Indian soldiers | Hedd Wyn | Racism inside us | Boris Johnson’s EnglishSoldiers from India who died in the first world war (The war we don’t remember, 11 November) were at least treated with respect after death: on the Downs above Brighton the Chattri memorial commemorates Hindus and Sikhs who died in the hospital set up for them in the Brighton Pavilion, where they were welcomed and looked after by local people. And, on the island of Lemnos, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh soldiers, who died in field hospitals from wounds received at Gallipoli have their own burial areas in beautiful graveyards, equal with the boys from Britain, New Zealand and Australia, who lie there with them. Chris HardyLondon• As a postscript to Giles Fraser’s wonderful piece on the Poet of the Black Chair – Hedd Wyn – (Loose canon, 10 November), I would urge him and others to visit Yr Ysgwrn, the farmhouse near Trawsfynydd in north Wales where the poet grew up. The house has been recently renovated and serves as a memorial to Hedd Wyn and others from the area who fell in the Great War. The Black Chair of Birkenhead is there for all to see.Geraint HughesLlantrisant, Mid Glamorgan Continue reading... [...]
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Weather forecast for November 13: Good rains in the offing for Chennai in next 24 hours
Moderate to heavy rains along with few very heavy falls are likely over Coastal Tamil Nadu including Chennai, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Here is the weather forecast for Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai for November 13. {image-chennai-airport-12-1510481285.jpg [...]
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Shallow fog will persist in Delhi tomorrow
Dense smog continues to engulf the national capital on Sunday. However, shallow to moderate fog will persist over some places of northwest plains, east and northeastern states on November 13. Meanwhile, the entry of trucks & heavy vehicles were barred into [...]
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Under-fire Gurgaon top cop pulls up Pradyuman probe team, policemen admit lapses
Gurgaon Police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar called a meeting of the SIT that initially investigated the Pradyuman Thakur murder and questioned the apparent lapses in its probe exposed by the CBI. [...]
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Bengaluru could get eight helipads soon
Mayor Sampath Raj said that if the people of Bengaluru think it isn't necessary to have such helipads, "we are ready to scrap the idea." "But let's at least think about it," he said. [...]
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Sahitya Aaj Tak: Ex-Delhi top cop Neeraj Kumar recalls the time he got a call from Dawood
On the third day of the literary Aaj Tak, an intriguing session took place with conversations and stories of the underworld. [...]
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Not so fast, Rahul: Is Congress too optimistic about its appeal to Gujarati voters?
Buoyed by anti-incumbency and caste dissatisfaction, is the Congress being too optimistic about its appeal to Gujarati voters? [...]
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Pankaj Advani wins 17th IBSF World Billiards Championship title
Advani beat Russell 6-2 (0-155, 150-128, 92-151, 151-0, 151-6, 151-0, 150-58, 150-21) to defend the 150-up format title he had won in Bengaluru last year. [...]
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Sebastian Vettel wins Brazilian GP, Lewis Hamilton fourth from pits
It was Vettel's first win in eight outings since the Hungarian Grand Prix in July and his fifth of the season. [...]
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Kerala: RSS worker stabbed to death in Thrissur, BJP suspects CPM role
A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was hacked to death by alleged activists of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala on Sunday. The victim has been identified as Anand, one of the accused in the murder [...]
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‘J&K is ours, PoK belongs to Pakistan’: Rishi Kapoor backs Farooq Abdullah
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday sparked a controversy by saying that the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir belongs to the neighbouring country. And supporting him now is actor Rishi Kapoor, whose tweets often grab headlines. Abdullah had [...]
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Politicians not above nation: Javed Akhtar
New Delhi, Nov 11: Asserting that it is the people who build the nation, Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar on Saturday said that politicians who think they are bigger than the nation are wrong. The 72-year-old lyricist was speaking at [...]
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Butterfly conservatory park to come up in Gurugram
North India's biggest Butterfly Conservatory Park, the foundation stone for which was laid on Saturday, will be set up in Haryana's Gurugram district to save species under threat from rapid urbanisation from going extinct. Butterflies thrive on flowering plants. [...]
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Looking for an SUV with a Rs 30 lakh budget
Looking for an SUV with a Rs 30 lakh budget [...]
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‘Would I have become MP at young age if my surname wasn't Gandhi': Varun Gandhi
Asserting that everyone must get equal opportunities, BJP MP Varun Gandhi has asked whether he would have become an MP at the age of 29-years if his surname was not ‘Gandhi'. "I am Feroze Varun Gandhi.If my surname was [...]
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Pak continuing with its antics, but Kashmir situation has improved: Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said Pakistan was continuing with its antics and making efforts to break India, but in spite of that, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had improved significantly. He also said there was [...]
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Police apathy: Car towed away with woman and her baby inside it
Mumbai, Nov 11: In an incident that brought police apathy to the fore, a car with a woman and her baby inside was towed away by the city traffic police at Malad, Mumbai, inviting widespread condemnation. The incident prompted the police [...]
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United Airlines suspends Newark-Delhi flight due to pollution concerns
In the wake of severe smog and worsening air quality in Delhi, the United Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to the national capital. The US-based carrier is possibly the first airline to suspend operations to Delhi, citing air pollution [...]
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Lalu wants to quell anti-Tejashwi voices in his party, says Sushil Modi
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi slammed Lalu Prasad Yadav for announcing his younger son Tejashwi's name to lead the party. [...]
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No cash!: New Silambarasan song criticises note ban, GST. Actor gets police protection
The 'Thatrom, Thookrom - Demonetisation anthem' was released on the anniversary of the note ban. [...]
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'Power couple' Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma slay at Indian Sports Honour Awards
India are about to begin the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka on November 16 and Virat ensured to spend his free time with girlfriend Anushka. [...]
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Ranji Trophy: Chhattisgarh outshine Himachal in style
Mumbai's second innings started off on a positive note as opener Prithvi Shaw found great rhythm in his fluent 56, but lost three wickets for 15 runs towards the end of the day to finish on 102/4. [...]
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Valtteri Bottas on Brazil pole as Lewis Hamilton crashes out
Hamilton, who clinched his fourth title in Mexico two weeks ago, lost control and hit the barriers on his first flying lap after only two minutes. [...]
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