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800 years of wonder, Notre-Dame Cathedral saw it all | A brief history
800 years of wonder, Notre-Dame Cathedral saw it all | A brief history [...]
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Drugs, cash, booze & more: Sins our netas are committing in 2019 Lok Sabha election | A daily tracker
Drugs, cash, booze & more: Sins our netas are committing in Lok Sabha polls [...]
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RBI bids for Air India's iconic Nariman Point tower
RBI bids for Air India's iconic Nariman Point tower [...]
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Women to join Taliban delegation for first time in Afghan peace talks
Move follows calls for female representation in discussions aimed at ending 17-year warWomen will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation for talks this month with US officials and Afghan representatives in Qatar on the future of Afghanistan, the movement’s main spokesman has said.For a group known for its strictly conservative attitude to women’s rights, the move represents a step towards addressing demands that women be included in the talks, aimed at ending more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan. Related: 'The Taliban took years of my life': the Afghan women living in the shadow of war Continue reading... [...]
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'Dirt and filth': Russia attacks film about Red Army in Afghanistan
Portrayal of Soviet withdrawal from country distorts historical facts, claims politicianA row has broken out in Russia over a film about the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, after politicians and former servicemen criticised its unflattering depiction of Red Army soldiers as unpatriotic.Leaving Afghanistan, directed by Pavel Lungin, is based on the experiences of Nikolay Kovalyov, a veteran of the Afghan war who went on to lead Russia’s FSB spy agency. It tells the story of a group of Red Army soldiers whose departure from Afghanistan is delayed after they are ordered to free a Soviet general’s son taken captive by mujahideen fighters. Lungin told Variety magazine last year that the film depicts the “senselessness and cruelty of war”. Continue reading... [...]
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Azam Khan’s son gives communal colour to EC’s gag order
Lucknow, Apr 16: The ban on Azam Khan and BSP chief Mayawati from campaigning over controversial remarks has left the Samajwadi Party's leader fuming and he said that attempts are being made to crush the voices of Dalits and Muslims. {image-azamkhan-1555401024.jpg [...]
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Red dawn: the Sindoor Jatra festival in Nepal
Every year, Nepal becomes awash with vermillion powder as Hindus celebrate Sindoor Jatra to welcome the arrival of spring and Nepalese new year Continue reading... [...]
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The two MPs of British descent who do not have to stand in Indian election
Anglo-Indian George Baker, who occupies one of two reserved seats that are a relic of colonial rule, speaks to Michael SafiWinning a seat in India’s parliament can take months of gruelling campaigning across vast electorates, often in stifling heat. Unless you are George Baker.The award-winning actor from eastern India is one of just two members of the country’s 545-seat lower house whose name will not appear on any ballot in India’s six-week election season, which kicked off on Thursday. Related: In India’s election race, Modi is not the strongman the world assumes | Ruchir Sharma Continue reading... [...]
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Timely induction of Rafale jets would have boosted Balakot airstrike: BS Dhanoa
New Delhi, Apr 15: Technology was on India's side in the Balakot airstrikes, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday, asserting that the results would have been further tilted in the country's favour if Rafale jets were inducted in time. [...]
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ED attaches assets worth Rs 3.68 crore of Om Prakash Chautala in money laundering case
New Delhi, Apr 15: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday said it has attached assets worth Rs 3.68 crore in Delhi, Panchkula and Sirsa of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala in connection with a money laundering case against him and [...]
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No Happy Harvesting | Punjab
No Happy Harvesting | Punjab [...]
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2019 is an election for consolidation: Arun Jaitley
2019 is an election for consolidation: Arun Jaitley [...]
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Delving deeper into the Amritsar massacre | Letters
Dr Zareer Masani takes issue with an article by Mihir Bose, Judy Stober says it is a delusion that Britain has been a world leader in establishing a just and tolerant society, but Randhir Singh Bains thinks there is little point in apologising for the 1919 massacreMay I point out several factual errors in Mihir Bose’s article on the 1919 Amritsar massacre (A century on, Amritsar is an atrocity Britain must confront, 13 April)?Gandhi never described British rule as “satanic” then or ever. The Liberal-led coalition government in London did indeed intend dominion status for India and introduced liberal reforms to that end the same year. The repressive Rowlatt Act never came into force. Continue reading... [...]
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Monsoon to be 'near normal' this year: IMD
New Delhi, Apr 15: The country is likely to have 'near normal' monsoon this year with a well distributed rainfall which could be beneficial for the agriculture sector, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Monday. The seasonal rainfall [...]
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Hyd BJP MLA releases patriotic song, Pak claims he copied it from them
Hyderabad, Apr 15: Thakur Raja Singh Lodh, a BJP member of the Telangana Assembly representing the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad has posted a video of him singing a song "Hindustan Zindabad" on Twitter. The Pakistani Army on Sunday asked India to [...]
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IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya's cameo guides Mumbai to 5-wicket win over Bangalore
Chasing a competitive 172 for victory, Rohit Sharma (28 off 19) and Quinton de Kock gave a perfect start to Mumbai`s innings, taking them to 52 for no loss in the initial five overs. [...]
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IPL 2019, Bangalore vs Mumbai Highlights: As it happened
After sealing their maiden win of the 2019 IPL, Bangalore will look to continue their momentum when they take on Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium on Monday [...]
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Ajax Amsterdam hopeful midfielder Frenkie De Jong will be fit for Juventus clash
The 21-year-old went off after just 22 minutes of the Dutch league game against Excelsior Rotterdam on Saturday clutching his hamstring but coach Ten Hag said it was a precaution. [...]
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India: high-profile candidates banned from election trail over hate speech
BJP star campaigner and regional Dalit leader among four barred for caste and religion commentsA star campaigner for India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party has been banned from the election trail for 72 hours over hate speech targeting Muslims, one of four candidates to receive suspensions on Monday as the country’s election season turned acrimonious.A cabinet minister, a high-profile candidate and a regional leader from a party representing Dalits, the “lowest” caste of Hindus, were also banned from campaigning on Monday for breaching election-time rules against making provocative comments about caste or religion.Up to 900m Indians will vote over the next six weeks in a democratic contest that dwarfs any other. More than 11m polling officials and security personnel are involved, and for security reasons, the contest is broken down into seven phases, which allows teams of federal police — who are considered more impartial than their local counterparts — to monitor each one of the country’s 800,000 polling stations. Related: What's at stake as India's 900m voters head for the polls? We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs: Shri @AmitShah #NaMoForNewIndia Continue reading... [...]
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EC issues 72-hour gag order for Azam Khan, 48 hrs for Maneka Gandhi
New Delhi, Apr 15: The Election Commission of India on Monday barred Azam Khan of Samajwadi party and union minister Maneka Gandhi from campaigning for violating the Model Code of Conduct. The move comes hours after the EC barred UP CM [...]
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My constitutional rights being denied: Mayawati on poll panel gag
Lucknow, Apr 15: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Monday lashed out at the Election Commission's gag order and alleged that there was an hidden agenda behind the move. Addressing a press conference, Mayawati questioned the EC not taking any action [...]
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Factionalism within Madhya Pradesh may cost Congress dearly
New Delhi, April 15: The factionalism within Madhya Pradesh Congress may cost the party dearly in the Lok Sabha elections despite having the government in the state, say sources. Madhya Pradesh has 29 Lok Sabha seats and the Congress [...]
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Mahindra Thar special edition with ABS to mark end of current generation
The Mahindra Thar was originally launched in 2010 and, in 2015, it received a mid-life facelift. The current-generation Thar will soon be discontinued, as it does not meet the upcoming crash-test regulations that will come into effect from October 1, 2019. And so, to bid adieu to the first generation, we can now confirm that Mahindra will give the Thar a special edition that will, most likely, be the final version of the SUV in its current avatar. While the name of this special edition has not been announced just yet, this final version will have one feature that no other Thar has had so far – anti lock brakes or ABS. The special-edition Thar is also said to get a set of decals on the exterior that will help differentiate it from the standard car, and it is likely to come only in the top-spec CRDe engine option. It will also get a slightly different interior package with optional extra bits. The standard car comes with a set of steel wheels with wheel caps, while the special-edition Thar gets a set of alloy wheels as part of standard equipment. The next-gen Thar is said to be bigger, more powerful, more fuel efficient and more comfortable. However, if the current-generation Thar, with its traditional MM540-like design, is what you prefer, this final special edition could very well be the best one for you, especially due to the addition of ABS. While the current-gen car will not meet crash-test regulations, the next-gen Thar will meet the upcoming safety norms and BS-VI regulations when it launches in 2020. It will also get a more powerful 140hp 2.0-litre engine paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new Thar will be based on Mahindra’s Gen3 Chassis that is derived from the likes of the TUV300. The car will also get airbags (which the current generation does not have), rear parking sensors and a speed warning. Click here for Mahindra Thar prices, reviews, images, videos and more Click here for Mahindra India models, prices, reviews, videos, images and more [...]
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Kush Maini secures podium finish in Formula Renault Eurocup debut
Indian racer Kush Maini impressed on his Formula Renault Eurocup debut – securing 3rd place and 5th place for the M2 Competition team in the two races of the series’ 2019 season-opening round at Monza. Starting the first race at 4th on the grid, Maini survived contact with polesitter Lorenzo Colombo to move up to 3rd place on the opening lap itself. The safety car was employed soon after to collect Colombo’s car and once the race restarted, Maini found himself under pressure as Oscar Piastri, Victor Martins and Federico Malvestiti caught up to him. Piastri briefly managed to pass him around the outside at Turn 1, but Maini was able to re-take the position at the second chicane. He then started closing the gap to 2nd-placed Leonardo Lorandi, who went wide at the second Lesmo. Despite making several attempts, Maini was unable to overtake Lorandi and ended up finishing the race in 3rd place, with Ugo de Wilde taking victory. He then survived the tricky conditions in a wet Race 2 to cross the finish line in 5th place – having started the race from the same position. The result made him the highest-place rookie racer in the second race. Alexander Smolyar won the race, with Victor Martins and Lorenzo Colombo completing the podium. “We had good pace in being consistently in the leading group during the pre-season collective tests. We expected to run up front, but last month I never thought that we would finish third in our first race, then win the rookie category. This gives us a solid foundation and I hope that we can continue to get stronger as the season progresses,” said Maini, who moved to Formula Renault Eurocup after securing 3rd place in the overall standings of the British F3 championship, last year. The series will now make its way to Silverstone for Round 2, which will take place from May 10-12, 2019. The 2019 season of the Formula Renault Eurocup also marks the debut of the new Formula Renault FR-19 racer. [...]
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Ahead of polls, MLA hostel searched in Chennai
Ahead of polls, MLA hostel searched in Chennai [...]
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Revealed: What was inside the mystery black trunk in PM Modi’s chopper
Bengaluru, Apr 15: The Congress has raised concerns over the mystery box that was present in the chopper used by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress on Sunday demanded a probe into the alleged transportation of a "suspicious black trunk" [...]
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'Pulwama attack was planned, Modi murdered 42 jawans for political gains': Ex-Guv Qureshi says
New Delhi, Apr 15: Former Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi has reportedly made a controversial remark on the Pulwama terrorist attack in which over 40 CRPF personnel were martyred. "Plan karke aapne ye karwaya taki apko mauka mile, lekin janta [...]
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Azam Khan's 'underwear' remark snowballs into major controversy, FIR registered
Lucknow, Apr 15: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan's "underwear jibe" allegedly against actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaya Prada has snowballed into a major controversy with National Commission for Women (NCW) saying that it would issue a notice to [...]
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