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‘There are few gay people in India’: stigma lingers despite legal victory | Michael Safi and Aarti Singh
A landmark ruling legalised gay sex in the country in 2018, yet the LGBT community still face stigma and violenceWhen India’s supreme court announced it was legalising gay sex, people hugged in twos and threes on the lawns outside the Delhi courthouse. They draped themselves in rainbow flags in Bangalore and released balloons into the sky. In Mumbai’s nightclubs, they danced all night.In Patna, the dusty capital of the east Indian state of Bihar, Roshni did nothing. “We felt good when people were marching in Delhi and Mumbai,” she says. “Everyone wanted to follow [them], but then we feared what other people would think – how they would react.” Continue reading... [...]
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All sitting MPs to get ticket, wait and watch for Mandya seat: Yeddyurappa
Bengaluru, Mar 13: Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa said all the 16 sitting BJP MPs will get ticket to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In a press conference held by the state leadership in Bengaluru, BS Yeddyurappa said he would [...]
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This Kolkata rickshaw-puller is all set to ride to Pakistan to spread message of peace
Kolkata, March 13: He might not be as famous as late prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee but Satyen Das's unusual journey to Lahore is no less absorbing and has the same message. The man from Kolkata is just another rickshaw-puller but he has a [...]
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Orange-bellied 'starry dwarf frog' discovered in Indian mountains
Astrobatrachus kurichiyana lurks in leaf litter and is sole member of an ancient lineageAn orange-bellied frog with a brown back, covered in tiny spots that resemble a starry sky, has been discovered in a mountain range in India, surprising researchers who said its ancestors branched off on the evolutionary tree from other members of the same frog family tens of millions of years ago.The frog, which is about 2cm to 3cm long, has been named Astrobatrachus kurichiyana, although some might prefer its more rock-star sobriquet: “starry dwarf frog.” Continue reading... [...]
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BJP may emerge as single largest party, but Modi won't be next PM: Sharad Pawar
New Delhi, Mar 12: A day after Sharad Pawar said that he will not be contesting the upcoming general elections, the NCP chief on Tuesday said that Narendra Modi will not become the next Prime Minister of India. Pawar said that the [...]
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'Almost certain extinction': 1,200 species under severe threat across world
Scientists map out threats faced by thousands of species of birds, mammals and amphibiansMore than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and “will almost certainly face extinction” without conservation intervention, according to new research.Scientists working with Australia’s University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society have mapped threats faced by 5,457 species of birds, mammals and amphibians to determine which parts of a species’ habitat range are most affected by known drivers of biodiversity loss. Related: Endangered species face 'disaster' under Trump administration Continue reading... [...]
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Modi is chaos: Sibal returns Arun Jaitley barb
New Delhi, Mar 12: A day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the choice before voters in the general elections would be either "Modi or chaos", senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday hit back saying "Modi is chaos". [...]
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Some people writing blogs in Bapu's name for 'political advantage': Ahmed Patel
New Delhi, Mar 12: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a blog post to mark the 89th anniversary of the Dandi March, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel Tuesday said some people are writing blogs in Mahatma Gandhi's name for "political [...]
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Defence personnel, Congress workers censure Rahul over ‘Masood Azhar Ji’
New Delhi, March 12: Defence personnel on Tuesday censured the Congress President Rahul Gandhi for terming Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as "Masood Azhar ji ".  Addressing a meeting of Congress workers here on Monday, Gandhi attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party [...]
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India grounds Boeing 737-MAX planes
New Delhi, Mar 12: India became the latest country to ground Boeing 737-MAX planes, days after a similar model of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia killing all 157 on board. India's aviation regulatory authority, DGCA, today said these planes will be [...]
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India vs Australia, 5th ODI: Virat Kohli's men aim to end World Cup preparations with series win
The Men in Blue have never lost a bilateral ODI series comprising five games following a 2-0 lead. [...]
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Shane Warne says Virat Kohli a terrific leader, but MS Dhoni better in pressure situation
Warne's comments came after India slumped to a four-wicket defeat in Mohali ODI to allow Australia level the five-match series.  [...]
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Kejriwal raises stakes for 2019 election, says Delhi will vote for full statehood
New Delhi, Mar 12: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday reiterated his demand for full Statehood for Delhi as he raised the stakes for the Lok Sabha elections. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kejriwal said the Centre [...]
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Woman, newborn die after YouTube videos on 'how to deliver baby' goes wrong
Gorakhpur, Mar 12: A 26-year-old pregnant woman from Gorakhpur attempted self-delivery at her home while watching a child delivery video on YouTube. However, both, the woman and her child, a boy, died in the process. The incident happened in [...]
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TVS Apache RR 310 receives complimentary update
TVS has issued a release to all Apache RR 310 owners to inform them of a complimentary update available for their bike. The most significant update the RR 310 gets is an updated ECU that might result in improved performance. Other minor updates come in the form of a redesigned windscreen and different bar-ends. TVS is also changing the chain roller on all RR 310s. The chain roller is a small accessory that affects the chain tension of the motorcycle. The RR 310 is TVS’ first fully faired motorcycle and its 312.2cc, single-cylinder motor makes 34hp at 9,700rpm and 27.3Nm of torque at 7,700rpm. The company has requested customers to visit a TVS dealership to update their bikes. They can also get the update when they bring in their motorcycles for a service. Also see: 2018 TVS Apache RR 310 review, test ride TVS Apache RR 310 Cup race bike review, track ride [...]
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India-spec Ford Figo facelift, Figo Blu revealed
Ford introduced the refreshed Ford Endeavour a few weeks ago, and now, it’s time for the Ford Figo facelift’s launch, which is scheduled to take place on March 15, 2019. Now, with spy pictures having surfaced online with just a few days to go for the launch, Ford has revealed the India-spec Figo facelift in official images. In terms of appearance, the India-spec Figo facelift is virtually identical to the refreshed Ka+ (the name for the hatchback in European markets) that was revealed last year. The Figo facelift sports revised front and rear bumpers, a chrome-finished honeycomb grille, restyled headlights and larger 15-inch alloy wheels. The refreshed Figo will be available in three variants – Ambiente, Titanium, and a new Titanium BLU top-end trim, which has a decidedly sportier look. It gets a contrast roof, a black grille and a different design for the alloy wheels. As we told you a couple of days ago, the 2019 Ford Figo’s interior too will get a makeover, with a restyled dashboard more in line with the one seen on the updated Ford Aspire and Ford Freestyle. The facelift’s features list will be longer, too, with keyless entry, push-button start, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and a touchscreen infotainment system on offer. However, Ford’s smart Sync3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay won’t be available on the Figo facelift. In line with upcoming safety norms, the hatchback will get ABS, rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminders and a speed-alert system as standard. The top-spec Figo will also get adjustable rear headrests and a class-leading six airbags.  As is already known, the facelift for the Figo will see a major update on the powertrain front. It will get Ford’s latest 96hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine, mated to a new 5-speed manual gearbox. The range-topping Figo petrol-auto will also switch to Ford’s new 123hp, 1.5-litre engine that’s paired to a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, instead of the outgoing dual-clutch gearbox. The combination of the 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox will be carried forward from the current Figo. Bookings for the Figo facelift are already underway, and Ford is expected to price the 2019 model quite competitively to take the fight to the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Volkswagen Polo. What do you think of the Figo facelift’s looks? Let us know in the comments. Also see: 2019 Ford Figo facelift image gallery 2019 Ford Figo facelift key details revealed Click here for pre-facelift Ford Figo prices, details, reviews, images and videos [...]
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Gulnara Karimova: new details emerge in story of Uzbekistan's first daughter
Iman Karimova describes the arrest of her mother and being held captive near TashkentPolice raids, an ad hoc trial, and an aide who committed suicide by drinking vinegar: the 20-year-old daughter of Gulnara Karimova has provided new details about the remarkable fall from grace of her mother, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s late dictator Islam Karimov.Karimova was one of the richest and most privileged people in post-Soviet Central Asia until her arrest in 2014, apparently on the orders of her own father. Her story has always resembled a tale from a morality play: vanity, corruption, hubris and eventual downfall, played out against a backdrop of an ageing autocrat and his feuding family. Related: Uzbekistan ex-president's daughter sent to prison Continue reading... [...]
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7th Pay Commission: With all hopes dashed, what CG employees can expect now
New Delhi, Mar 12: The last cabinet meeting dashed the last hope of Central Government employees who were awaiting some good news on the 7th Pay Commission. The model code of conduct is today in place, which means that [...]
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Maneka Gandhi from Karnal? Modi-Shah to take call
New Delhi, Mar 12: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi is likely to contest from Haryana's Karnal in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Karnal being Chief Minister Manohar Lal's hometurf will witness a prestige battle. The Women and Child Development Minister has asked [...]
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How was Abhinandan’s josh upon his return? Nirmala Sitharaman has the answer
How was Abhinandan’s josh upon his return? Nirmala Sitharaman has the answer [...]
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Creative Stage Air
  When purchasing speakers, it is easy to spend a lot and yet not find the exact performance you’re looking for. However, when building a PC, in most cases we’re looking for a solution that... [...]
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It was heartbreaking visiting mum during the last Pakistan and India armed conflict | Mehreen Faruqi
I felt a deep sense of despair each time I saw people getting excited about the prospect of warMy heart is heavy. I’ve just returned from visiting my mum in Pakistan where I was stranded because armed conflict between the nuclear states of India and Pakistan shut down airports. After days of waiting and worrying, I could finally make my way back to Sydney.Growing up in Pakistan, the Kashmir conflict and hostility between Pakistan and India was just a fact of life. I experienced two wars as a young child, but it’s a whole other thing as an adult with a better sense of the world. Related: Kashmir's fog of war: how conflicting accounts benefit both sides The region in the foothills of the Himalayas has been under dispute since India and Pakistan came into being in 1947.The real claim only lies with the people of Kashmir, who have suffered enough Related: Pakistan launches major crackdown on extremist groups Continue reading... [...]
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'We'll  keep fighting': the Afghan women eyeing Paralympic gold | Stefanie Glinski
For these wheelchair basketball players, prejudice and insecurity are no barrier to competing on the world stageNilofar Bayat played her first game of wheelchair basketball in an open court in the middle of Kabul, surrounded by mainly male onlookers who shouted insults and called her names.She decided to keep playing anyway. Related: 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission Continue reading... [...]
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Major embarrassment for Congress: Son of Maharashtra Opposition leader joins BJP
Pune, Mar 12: Sujay Vikhe Patil, son of the leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday, just a month before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The move comes after NCP chief [...]
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AgustaWestland case: ED issues order to attach Paris-based property of Michel's ex-wife
New Delhi, Mar 11: The ED said on Monday it had issued an order to attach a Paris-based property worth Rs 5.83 crore of the former wife of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the VVIP choppers scam case, under [...]
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\"Masood Azhar ji\": Rahul's remark gives fresh ammo to BJP
New Delhi, Mar 11: A war of words has erupted between the BJP and the Congress over Rahul Gandhi referring to terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad's chief as "Masood Azhar ji". Union Minister Smriti Irani said the nation is shocked that Rahul Gandhi [...]
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'Magician' Roger Federer is a champion among champions: Vijay Amritraj
Amritraj's comments came during the launch event of the Road to Wimbledon in the national capital on Monday. [...]
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La Liga: Valencia make it four straight wins with exciting Girona success
The dramatic win left Valencia seventh on 39 points, six behind fourth-placed Getafe, two adrift of Alaves in fifth and one behind Sevilla. [...]
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