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Election Commission freezes AIADMK symbol
Chennai, March 22: After a bitter fight between Pannerselvam and Sasikala Natarajan factions of the AIADMK over the party's symbol, the election commission chose to freeze the AIADMK's two leaves symbol. In a late night verdict on Wednesday, the election commission [...]
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Read: Election Commission's order on AIADMK symbol row
Chennai, March 23: The election commission on Wednesday night decided to freeze the AIADMK's two leaves symbol ahead of the R K Nagar bypoll. This is the second dispute that came before the election commission with Samajwadi symbol row being the [...]
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Gamdias Ares Essential Combo
  There are many options in the budget keyboard/mouse bundles out there. Even though the keyboards are average, it’s difficult to find a good enough mouse in these combos. We have tested only a co... [...]
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Away from politics, PM Modi turns ‘poetic’; shares his best verses
New Delhi, March 22: After a busy election schedule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took solace in poetry on the occasion of World Poetry Day celebrated on Tuesday. "On #WorldPoetryDay I congratulate all poets, budding & established for their efforts to popularise this [...]
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19 Maharashtra MLAs suspended for 'insulting the house'
Ten legislators of the Congress and 9 MLAs from the Nationalist Congress Party were suspended on Wednesday morning by the Maharashtra assembly speaker. Haribhau Bagde suspended 19 lawmakers from the INC and NCP till December 31, accusing them of insulting the [...]
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Babri Masjid demolition case is a drag? These 5 examples will tell you the list is long
The Babri Masjid demolition is not the first case which has dragged for years in the courts. Many other cases are awaiting closure for years. [...]
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Muslims in Uttar Pradesh have mixed feelings for Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister
Ever since Yogi Adityanath took over as UP CM, it was clear that the BJP and the new government were in for a big surprise in the form of support from the Muslim community, if the central and state governments follow their slogan 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas' honestly and impartially. [...]
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Suresh Raina gets the axe: India's limited-overs specialist fails to make BCCI grade
Raina was one of the Grade A players in 2014-15, and was dropped to Grade B last term. [...]
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Windfall for cricketers: BCCI announces fatter annual players contracts; Jadeja, Pujara, Vijay elevated
The finalisation of the contracts was made on the first day of two-day Committee of Administrators (COA) meets in Delhi. [...]
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Dam project promises water – but also conflict – for dusty Afghan border lands
Neglected Nimruz province hopes a dam will boost agriculture but faces hostility from Iran, unhappy at the Helmand river’s meager flow, and their Taliban alliesIn a corner of the southern Afghan desert, scorched by heat and thrashed by sandstorms, Nimruz is one of Afghanistan’s most remote and lawless provinces. Enjoying little international aid or government authority, it is also one of the least developed.However, there is hope for progress. But that hope is pinned on a resource that could spark regional conflict: water. Related: Death of Mullah Mansoor highlights Taliban's links with Iran Related: The rising costs of water: dire consequences for Afghans in battle with Iranians Related: ‘I am Lake Urmia’: a social media campaign takes on the environment in Iran Continue reading... [...]
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CBSE introduces uniform assessment from Class VI to IX
The Central Board of Secondary Education on Tuesday released a circular, instructing schools to implement a uniform system of assessment, examination pattern and issuance of report cards for classes six to ninth also on the same pattern. The CBSE [...]
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Honda Aviator BS-IV launched at Rs 52,077
The 2017 Honda Aviator is BS-IV compliant and gets automatic headlamp on; comes with a disc brake variant. [...]
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2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, Turbo Executive launched
Turbo and Turbo Executive models priced at Rs 1.93 and 2.06 crore, respectively; 0-100kph in 3.8sec for Turbo and 3.9sec for Turbo Executive. [...]
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No ID, no benefits: thousands could lose lifeline under India’s biometric scheme
Controversial Aadhaar card restricts fundamental rights, argue critics, limiting access to free school meals and exposing 1 billion people to privacy risks Hundreds of thousands of people in India could be left without essential government services and benefits – including free school meals and uniforms, food subsidies and pensions – under new rules that make access to more than three dozen state-funded schemes conditional on showing identification.Over the past month, citizens have been notified that they have to prove their identity with a biometric ID, known as an Aadhaar card, to be eligible to use various services. Booking railway tickets online, applying for some jobs, and getting fuel subsidies will also be dependent on showing the controversial card. Related: India goes from village to village to compile world’s biggest ID database Continue reading... [...]
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Ajmer blast case: Two get life imprisonment
The Special National Investigation Agency court on Monday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment after holding them guilty in the Ajmer blasts case. Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel were held guilty and ordered to undergo imprisonment for life. On [...]
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Meat shops vandalised in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras
Even as BJP government began its crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, a mob set several meat shops in UP's Hathras ablaze on Tuesday night. Suspected cow vigilantes set shops on fire and indulged in vandalism but police claim that [...]
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New Zealand accused of cover-up over Afghan civilian deaths
Book claims killing of civilians in raids on two villages amounts to ‘dark and guilty secret of New Zealand’s recent history’A botched raid by New Zealand special forces in Afghanistan, which led to the deaths of six civilians including a three-year-old girl, was the subject of a military and political cover-up, according to allegations contained in a book by investigative journalist Nicky Hager.Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour, co-authored by war correspondent Jon Stephenson, appears to contradict official statements that raids on two villages in Baghlan province in August 2010 killed “numerous insurgents” but no civilians. Continue reading... [...]
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Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings
Indian court cites the Whanganui in New Zealand as example for according status to two rivers considered sacredThe Ganges river, considered sacred by more than 1 billion Indians, has become the first non-human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people.A court in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand ordered on Monday that the Ganges and its main tributary, the Yamuna, be accorded the status of living human entities. Related: India set to start massive project to divert Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers Related: New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being Continue reading... [...]
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Mamata says SC order on Narada 'positive'
Kolkata, March 21: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ton Tuesday termed the Supreme Court ruling on the CBI probe into the Narada sting operation as a positive one. "Positive. Welcome," the Trinamool Congress supremo told reporters when asked [...]
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Junk food ‘lowers child’s IQ’
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Thousands of Mumbai doctors strike after assaults on hospital staff
Hospitals in chaos after at least 2,000 junior doctors boycott wards claiming emotional distress and fear of assaultThousands of doctors have gone on strike in Mumbai to protest against violence in hospitals, after three medics were attacked on wards in the last week.At least 2,000 junior doctors at 17 government hospitals have taken unpaid leave for the second day in a row, claiming emotional distress and fear of assault. Continue reading... [...]
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Giving up Defence Ministry big sacrifice by Parrikar: Goa BJP
Panaji, March 21: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar made a huge sacrifice by giving up the defence portfolio and choosing to govern the state, BJP spokesperson Nilesh Cabral said on Tuesday. Reacting to Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut's charge on [...]
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From businesswoman of the year to £5 a day in a shared house
Artist Samira Kitman dreamed of being the female Bill Gates, but after fleeing from the Taliban faces an uncertain future in the UKShe was voted Afghan businesswoman of the year, has been praised by Prince Charles and has had her art displayed at the V&A museum in London and the Smithsonian in Washington. She is the subject of a chapter in a book by a former US president’s wife celebrating women in Afghanistan and once declared her ambition to be “the female Bill Gates in my country”.But these days Samira Kitman is living on £5 a day in a shared house in Lancaster, north-west England, unable to work, missing her family and desperate for the Home Office to grant her refugee status so she can start a new life in the UK. Related: They left Afghanistan a family of nine. They arrived in the UK a family of two Related: UK sending Syrians back to countries where they were beaten and abused Continue reading... [...]
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Minor earthquake hit NE India, parts of Bangladesh
Shillong, March 21: A minor earthquake was recorded in India's northeastern states and parts of Bangladesh on Tuesday night, an official said.However, there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage to property. The quake, measuring 3.9 magnitude on the [...]
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Sushma Swaraj asks for report on 29 captive Indians in Saudi Arabia
New Delhi, March 21: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday sought a report from the Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia on the 29 migrant workers held in captivity there after she was approached by Telangana minister K T Rama Rao. [...]
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Mahaghatbandan on the cards in Karnataka ahead of 2018?
The assembly elections in Karnataka are almost a year away but political calculations for the same have already begun. If the April 9 bypoll in Nanjangud and Gundlept is anything to go by, a mahaghatbandhan is a possibility between the Congress [...]
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Mining baron Sekhar Reddy arrested, remanded in judicial custody
The Enforcement Directorate has arrested mining baron Sekhar Reddy. He has been sent remanded in judiciary custody till March 28. Reddy was arrested just a few days after a CBI court had granted him bail. The Enforcement Directorate will [...]
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